Volume 39 No. 11
November 08


Xavier Expands Campus
Via Real Estate Acquisitions

Five Join Xavier
Board of Trustees

Campus Leaders Make
Annual Who's Who List

Xavier Still No. 1
in Physics Graduates

Basketball Previews:
Gold Rush
/ Nuggets

University Honors 70
Long-Time Employees

Alumni Reconnect
at Homecoming 2008



Cosby to Emcee
Francis 40th Gala

Legendary vocalist and seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight will be joined by world renowned comedian, actor and philanthropist William “Bill” Cosby for the Nov. 21 “Legacy For a Legend” gala concert presented by Liberty Bank & Trust.

The Friday evening Gala, planned to celebrate Dr. Norman Francis’ 40th anniversary as president of the nation’s only Historically Black and Roman Catholic college, will feature a concert at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (Hall B) with performances by Knight and Cosby, the latter of whom will also serve as master of ceremonies.
Liberty Bank & Trust, a local New Orleans institution since 1972, is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala.

“Liberty Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor for this Gala not simply because of his role as our founding Chairman of the Board, but also because of his amazing legacy of leading Xavier to tremendous heights all these years plus always being available to serve his fellow Louisiana citizens." said President & CEO Alden McDonald.

Francis still serves chairman of Liberty Bank, one of the five largest African-American-owned financial institutions.

Net proceeds from the Gala will be used to establish the Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund. Tickets are now on sale for $50, $75, and $100. Exclusive patron party tickets are also available at $500 each.

For more info please contact Nannette Smith at 504-520-7575 or email nsmith11@xula.edu.


Student Activities for
Campus Homecoming

Alumni aren't the only ones celebrating Homecoming 2008. Xavier students also have a whirlwind of activities planned for this month.

They are as follows:

Nov. 7 - Coronation Ball at the Hilton Riverside, 9:00 p.m. to midnight
Nov. 14 - Tailgate Kickoff and Game
Nov. 16 - Mass in the Chapel Nov. 19 - Comedy Show
Nov. 20 - Boatride, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21 - Student/Alumni Blowout, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 23 - The Queens Brunch, UC Room 2005, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more info, contact SGA President Chelsea Singleton at 504-520-7367.


Commemorative Art
Tribute Now On Sale

A limited-edition, original art print celebrating Dr. Norman Francis’ 40th Anniversary as president is being offered for sale by the National Alumni Association.

Entitled “Honoring an Icon”, the artwork is an artistic rendering of Francis’s life and varied accomplishments. It was designed and created by alumnus Steve Prince ’91and being reproduced by the world-renown Brandywine Press.

The 22" x 30" commemorative artwork will be available both as signed limited-edition lithographs (costing $500 to $1,000) and full-color silk-screen posters (costing $60).

Proceeds from the sale will support establishment of a XU National Alumni Association scholarship in honor of Dr. Norman and Blanche Francis.

Click HERE to download an order form, or contact Kim Reese, XU director of alumni relations, at 1-877-WE LUV XU or kreese@xula.edu.

1834 New Alumni Directory
Set for Publication

Xavier has contracted with the Harris Publishing Company to produce a new alumni directory.

Scheduled for release in August 2009, the directory will be the most up-to-date and complete reference on more than 20,000 XU alumni ever compiled. This comprehensive volume will include current names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail and business/career information bound into a classic library-quality edition.

Harris will soon begin compiling the information for the directory by e-mailing or mailing a questionnaire to all alumni with known addresses in January 2009. Please be on the lookout for yours.

The last alumni directory was printed in 2004, also by Harris.

1834 Got News for TMAX?

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1834 Xavier in the News

Success of Bailout
Unclear, Panelists Say

1U.S. Catholic
Post Katrina America:
What the Waters Left Behind

2Daily Press.com
Black Inventors Come to Life
in Comics - Steve Prince '91

1Alton (IL) Telegraph
Young Lawyer Returns Home
- Ebony Huddleston '02

Much to Learn,
Love about New Orleans

Local College Enrollments Bouncing Back


Genee Bailey, a P3 pharmacy major from Gretna, LA (Archbishop Blenk), takes the blood pressure of one of shoppers at the Lakeside Mall Shopping Center who stopped by to learn more about Diabetes and to receive free glucose and blood pressure tests from students and faculty during the College of Pharmacy's annual "Operation Diabetes" community outreach event.  

Photo by Irving Johnson III


The purchase of two buildings on either side of the Washington Avenue canal in the past few months has allowed the University to quietly expand its properties in and around the general campus area.

The biggest acquisition was the old Printworks Building bounded north-to-south by Howard Avenue and Dixon Street. The large warehouse-style building, which encompasses an entire city block, has housed several commercial businesses in the past in addition to the namesake printing company, but has been largely vacant since Hurricane Katrina.

A feasibility study is being conducted to determine the best use of the building, including if it would be better to renovate or demolish the building.

A smaller property, a free-standing, one-story brick building located at 7800 Washington Avenue directly across the canal from the Administration Building, has also been  purchased. This property, which housed a machine shop prior to Hurricane Katrina, received a new roof and windows following the storm from its previous owners, but the building remained unoccupied following the storm.

The future of the Washington property is no less tentative, with the possibilities ranging from a student exercise and workout facility to a base for community outreach programs.


The University has added new leadership to its governing Board of Trustees.
The five newest members joining the Board for their first of two three-year terms are Dr. Dale Mason Cochran, Michael Lynton, Sister Rita Radloff, S.B.S., Mark Romig and David Voelker.

Cochran, who hails from Los Angeles, CA, is President of Concourse Ventures, Inc. She has extensive experience in marketing, having previously held positions with the Nissan Motor Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank, Chiat Day Advertising and Mattel Toys.
She holds a Ph.D. in counseling/psychology from Atlanta University.

Lynton currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, he previously served as president of Time Warner International, AOL International and AOL Europe. He resides in Culver City, CA.

Radloff is financial/development director at Our Lady of Fatima in Birmingham, AL. A long-time educator, she has previously served as principal at four schools (including St. Monica in New Orleans) and taught at junior highs in four different cities. She holds a master’s degree from St. Joseph College.

Romig currently serves as vice president of marketing and public relations for HCA Healthcare, Inc. He previously held the title of president Peter A. Mayer Advertising and as vice president of Hibernia National Bank. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Voelker is part-owner and manager of Voelker Investments LLC and chairman of Summit Holding LLC. He was previously a partner with Johnson Rice Investments and director of Stone Energy Corp. He is a graduate of LSU-Baton Rouge.

Active carryovers on the 22-member board, who are serving either their first or second terms, include Sister Doris Blum, S.B.S. ’55, Oliver Butler '62, Sister Elizabeth Collins, S.B.S., Janice Frielot Wilkins ’67, James Garner, Sister Juliana Haynes, Dr. Norman Francis ‘52 (ex-officio), the Rev. Monsignor Paul Lenz, Sister Amedee Maxwell, S.B.S., Dr. Myron Moorehead (chair), Ponchitta Pierce, Michael Rue, Leo Sam Jr. ’52, Paula Saizan '69, Sister Patricia Suchalski, S.B.S. (vice chair), Sister Eileen Sullivan, S.B.S. (assistant secretary) and Mary Keller Zervigon (secretary/treasurer).

Rotating off of the Board after serving two terms were Richard Bachmann, the Most Reverend Dominic Carmon, S.V.D., Dr. Timothy Franson, John Kallenborn, Sister Rhonda Sherrod, S.B.S., and Dr. Everett Williams.


One hundred and fifty student scholars will appear in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s outstanding campus leaders.

The students – chosen by XU department chairs and faculty and approved by the editors of the directory – were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

They join an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

The students included in this year's directory are listed below, grouped by their academic departments:

BIOLOGY – Deha Butler, Merije Chukumerije, Jenna Hill, Conisha Holloman, Amber Koon, Bretton LeFlore, Lynez Preyan, Amber Robins, Rebekah Sadaiappen, Ashley Sutherland and Hau Tram;   

BUSINESS – Chantal Davis, Morgan Galbreth, Arian Gilyot, John Green, Autumn Guidry, Charlita Harris, Robin Johnson, Sabrina Jones, Kandice Keelen, Bryttannie Mason, Wyashika McClebb, Kirsten McGregor, Awndaasha Moore, Dominique Payne, Harold Reese, Jessica Taylor, Aminn Thompson, Cynthia Watson and Derrick Wilbourn;

CHEMISTRY –Brittany Allison, LaShathan Banks, Ryan Graham, Geannette Green, Hassan Hamide, Ayana Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Joffre Johnson, Shari Johnson, Sylvia Johnson, Leslee McElrath, Ashley McNeil, Shauntell Myles, Owokunile Otubusin, Mark Poussard, Jabarri Robertson, Schenell Thompson, Kendrick Wilkins and Aishah Yanssaneh; 

COMMUNICATIONS – Tracy Daniel, Georgiaree Godfrey, Krystal Hill and Brittany Warren; 

EDUCATION – Tonia Baker-Muse, Daphine Barnes, Danyelle Bridges, Bridget Brown, Richelle Caiton, Renata Carter, Chandra Cuillier, Semantha DeFlanders, Nikia Dillard, Emily Ferris, Damon Jackson, Sabrina Johnson, Arlington Kirby, Toya LaMothe, Tina Nelson, Benjamin Ploeger, Nzia Pratt, Tiffany Reckley, Marilyn Robb, Olga Smith, Ebonee Spencer, Sinnidra Taylor, Essence Thomas, Kirk Thomas, Kenneth Vogt and Mona Wexler; 

ENGLISH – Troy Baham;    

LANGUAGES – Patrish Lewis;  

MUSIC – Robert Graham;  

PHARM.D – John Andry, Courtney Anthony, Genee Bailey, Gevoni Bolden, Courtney Chavis, Jarryn Cleaves, Victoria Dixon, Shonte Foster, Kisha Gant, Nicholas Hernandez, Geoffrey Gros, Brandi Hamilton, D’Andrea Hogg, Ronnika Jackson, Ambra King, Sherrie Lathon, Kirk Lebouef, Michael Lievers, Lorraine Massey, Meagan Minor, Heather Olivier, Alexis Omari, Kenesha Pace, James Peavy, Alana Powell, Takena Reese, DeShawn Stevenson, Reggie Sylve, Laquisha Thomas, Kimberli Thompson, Arneka Tillman, Dominique Tomlinson, Tina Tweedley, Jade Vincent, Yolan Walker, Alonga Williams and Bionca Williams.

PHILOSOPHY – Andrew Harris;  

PHYSICS – Michaela Allen, Justin Frederick, Benjamin Moore, Desiree Smith and Christyn Thibodeaux; 

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Edward Jenkins, Kristen Mitchell, Akia Nevills, Maegan Williams and Anthony Wilson; 

PSYCHOLOGY – Tyeshia Boyle, Alexandra Broussard, Erin Campbell, Jada Etienne, Nikkeia Finely, Shanhai Heywood, Monique Lewis, Mercianna Oliver, Paisley Robertson, Ayana Smith, Pauline Smith, Courtney Thomas and Matara Wright;

THEOLOGY – (undergraduate) Keri Crump, Brandon Davis, Joe Drexler-Dreis and Carla Samuel; (IBCS) , Fessahaye Mebrahtu, Selena Wilson and Gwendolyn Young.


The latest report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) on physics enrollments and degrees, issued October 2008, confirms that Xavier is still first in the nation in awarding physics BS degrees to African Americans. That REPORT covering the latest available three-year period (2004-06), showed Xavier with an annual average of 16 bachelor’s degrees in Physics – far ahead of second-place Benedict College (South Carolina) with an annual average of seven.
The latest distinction is hardly “news” however, for those already familiar with Xavier’s leadership when it comes to graduating more Black students than anybody else each year not only in physics, but in chemistry and the biological sciences as well.  XU averages more than forty Black graduates in chemistry and twice that number in biology, on an annual basis.

Meanwhile its preeminence in sending pre-med graduates on to medical schools has gone unchallenged for the past fifteen years. In addition, the College of Pharmacy continues to be one of the nation’s top producers of African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy degrees.


More than 70 years ago, Xavier University of Louisiana produced its first of four consecutive 20-game winners in men's basketball.

Times change, but Xavier's tradition of excellence hasn't. Gold Rush basketball in 2008-09 is seeking a sixth consecutive 20-game winner, which would tie the school record set from 1990-96. Xavier's 25 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most in the history of Louisiana men's collegiate basketball.

This most recent 20-win streak began in Dannton Jackson's first season as head coach. Jackson's tenure includes a pair of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championships and a school-record four consecutive appearances in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship. Before Jackson became head coach, the Rush never reached the NAIA nationals more than two consecutive years.

"It's a great accomplishment," said Jackson, 115-50 in his first five seasons. "You can attribute it to the guys we've had here. They've been able to reach their potential. At times they overachieved. Our recent success is overwhelming when you look back on the history of the program."

Also notable is that Xavier is one of nine schools with active streaks of four or more consecutive appearances at the NAIA Division I nationals.

"We haven't always been the most talented," Jackson said, "but we've been hard-working. We've always had great leadership on the floor since I've been in charge. Guys like Kenneth Mickie, Michael Varnado, Alfred Williams, Shaun Dumas."

Visit HERE for the complete preview of this year's squad.


For the first time since the 1994-95 season, there are no seniors on the Xavier University of Louisiana women’s basketball team. But 10th-year head coach Bo Browder isn’t worried.

"This is my best recruiting class," said Browder of his nine scholarship newcomers — eight freshmen and one junior. "Our recruiting class the year before was exceptionally good too. We’re going to be fine."

Other coaches in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference seem to agree. The Gold Nuggets received eight of 10 first-place votes and the most points in the 2008-09 preseason poll.

How well those newcomers blend with five returning letter winners — four sophomores and a junior — will help determine if Xavier ends city rival Loyola’s two-year reign atop the GCAC regular-season standings and reaches its annual benchmarks.

"We could be very good again," said Browder, whose Nuggets were 27-7 this past season, finished second in the GCAC regular season, won 65-64 at Loyola in the GCAC Tournament final and qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship for a school-record seventh consecutive time. That team had seven seniors, including four-time All-GCAC guard Jarryn Cleaves, who finished as the Nuggets’ career leader in 3-pointers and No. 5 in points.

"Our new players have plenty to learn, but they all brought good skills and good attitudes here. This should be as athletic a team as I’ve had. I see us pressing and running a lot and going deep into our bench, which I’ve always liked."

Visit HERE for the complete preview of this year's squad.



Four senior speech pathology majors – Dominique Brown of El Cerrito, CA (El Cerrito High), Brandy DeMesme of New Orleans (Xavier Prep), Krystal Hill of New Orleans (Carver High) and Gregory Perrault of New Orleans (St. Augustine High) – teamed with Dr. Joe Melcher to perform hearing screening tests on nearly 100 constituents during health fairs at St. Maria Goretti's Church and the Lafayette Charter School. By the end of the semester they will have tested another 200 Head Start Children at Kingsley House.

Four College of Pharmacy students participated in the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools’ Ferguson Infectious Disease Program at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. The 2008 Ferguson Fellows and their research included: Thomas Matta, a P2 from St. Rose, LA (Destrehan High School), “Recovery of Burkholderia cepacia from Contaminated Health Care Products”; Kyla Leon, a P2 from Knoxville, TN (Catholic High), “Disparities in Influenza Treatment Among Disabled Medicaid Patients in Georgia”; DeShawn Stevenson, a P3 from Fort Wayne, IN (South Side High), “The development of a TaqMan assay for the detection, identification, and quantitation of Coxiella burnetii and Bartonella spp.”; and Victoria Dixon, a P3 from Baron Rouge, LA (Baton Rouge Magnet), “Title: A Comparison of Polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) and Monocytes in Opsonophagocytosis Assay”.


Dr. Kelvin Adams ’91, has been named superintendent of St. Louis (MO) public schools. He previously served as a teacher, school principal and superintendent, and most recently served as chief of staff for the Recovery School District in New Orleans.

Valencia Hawkins '82, has been named associate director of central services, programming and outreach for the New Orleans Public Library.

Dr. Lisa Hollingsworth ‘00, a doctor of chiropractic medicine and a licensed acupuncturist at Holistic Wellbody Innovations in Long Beach, CA, is an active participant in the Southern California University of Health Sciences/Los Angeles College of Chiropractic’s Alumni Mentors Network, which offers individuals interested in related health careers the chance to meet one-to-one with a professional already in successful practice. 

Steve Prince ’91, an art teacher at Hampton Hill School in Hampton, VA, has teamed up with his Hampton science colleague Gary Smith and fellow alum Ayo Scott ‘03 to create an educational comic book designed to teach students about black inventors and pioneers. The 40-page, full-color book, "The Little Professor & His Friends" follows the story of the school’s custodians. For more info visit HERE.

Lynda Plant McGee ’84, college counselor at the Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, CA, was named recipient of the 2008 Yale Counselor Award. She was nominated by a recent graduate of DMHS, now a freshman at the college.

Kimberly Tran '08, now a first-year medical student at LSU-New Orleans, won the Top Undergraduate Paper award for her piece, “Examining Conversational Constraints in Vietnamese Patient-Doctor Communication: A Case Study”, at the 2008 Louisiana Communication Association Meeting.


Dr. Thomas Bonner (Emeritus) lectured on academic leadership to chairs and program directors at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. His reviews of literary studies recently appeared in Choice.

Raymond Anthony Brown ’97, (Director of Environmental Health and Safety) has earned his JD degree from Southern University Law Center.

A photograph by Randall Schexnayder (pharmacy) of an out-of-state high school marching band practicing amongst the cypress trees prior to the Endymion Mardi Gras parade – which he dubbed “Music in the Cipriere” – was chosen as the featured front page image for the online journal Southern Spaces.

Sister Grace Mary Flickinger, S.B.S. receives the applause of her fellow long-time employee honorees and a packed gymnasium crowd including faculty, staff and students for her 40 years of service to the University during the annual Founder’s Day Convocation.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Seventy long-time faculty and staff members were honored as part of Xavier University of Louisiana's annual Founder’s Day celebration. 

Topping the list of honorees celebrating anniversaries of their employment at XU were Sister Grace Mary Flickinger, S.B.S. with 40 years of service in biology and with the athletic department, and Sister Barbara Hughes, CSJ (history), Marlene Robinson (graduate education) and Dorothy Sterling (admissions), all honored for 35 years.

Other employees honored for long-term service included:

30 years – Dr. Jose Bautista (business), Dr. Marie DeLarge (upward bound), Thais Kennedy (library), Dr. Deidre Labat (biology), Dr. Joseph Lefevre (philosophy) and Harriet McCoy (library).

25 years – Sharlena Black-Johnson (human resources), Dr. Vimal Kishore (pharmacy), Gladys Norwood (office of senior vice president for administration), Henry Sparks (ITC), Charles Spencer (physical plant) and Carolyn Thomas (career placement).

20 years – Nedra Alcorn (student services), Dr. Robert Berman (philosophy), Lori Blouin (admissions), Cathy Brimmer (financial aid), Medgar Brock (campus police), Emile Labranche Jr. (financial aid), Dr. Treva Lee (planning and institutional research), Sandra Monroe (library), Dr. Patience Obih (pharmacy), Dr. Joseph Ross (biology), Kenneth Rucker (campus police) and Kathy Smith (pharmacy).

15 years – Dr. Douglas Athey (education), Charlotte Banks (English), Edith Cox (financial aid), Rawn Davis (physical plant), Carolyn Durand (fine arts), Dr. Jerry Farmer (theology), Melvin Hosley (physical plant), Dannton Jackson (athletics), Dr. Nancy Martino (communications), Brenda Medley (health services), Dr. Justina Ogbuokiri (pharmacy), Dr. Thomas Palfrey (mathematics), Dr. Lisa Schulte-Gipson (psychology), Selena Vance (financial aid) and Edvige Wilkerson (library).

10 years – Dr. Michael Adams (chemistry), Erroll Audrict (central plant), Sheila August (counseling), Dr. Thora Bayer (philosophy), Marion Bracy (facilities), John Broggi (central plant), Edwin Buggage (library), Dr. Mary Carmichael (biology), Dr. Lonald Daughtry (pharmacy), Dr. Valerio De Angelis (mathematics), Steven Elloie (physical plant), Lawrence Ewell (physical plant), Veronica Farve (yearbook), Sharrone Godfrey (university center), Richard Gould (pharmacy), Erin Harris-Williams (human resources), Jenestaer Home (ITC), Typhanie Jasper (volunteer services), Karen Lee (international studies), Cornelius Marshall (ITC), Dr. Joe Ricks (business), Dr. Elizabeth Rousselle (languages), Maynard Sayas (physical plant), Avis Stuard (registrar), Holly Terrie (admissions), Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore (political science) and Dr. Thomas Wiese (pharmacy).


Alumni are invited to “Reconnect, Reminisce and Remember” at the 2008 Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 20-23.

All alumni, especially reunion classes (in years ending in the 3’s and 8’s), are encouraged to participate in this year’s reunion.

Music kicks off the weekend with free concerts from the Xavier Jazz Ensemble on Thursday night. Friday is a busy day starting with the National Alumni Association’s Board of Governors meeting, which is open to all alumni. At noon the Celebration on the Yard, co-hosted by the Alumni Office and the Student Government Association, is an opportunity for current students and alumni through the years to get together and share a bar-b-que on the University Center Terrace.

Later on Friday alumni are invited to attend the Homecoming Alumni Art Exhibit featuring Steve Prince ’91. The College of Pharmacy will host a continuing education seminar and reception at 2:00 pm. Friday evening is the Tribute Concert honoring America’s longest-serving college president, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, and presented by Liberty Bank and Trust. Entertainer Gladys Knight headlines along with guest emcee and performer comedian Bill Cosby.  

On Saturday it’s the Gold Rush Basketball team against Texas College at the Homecoming Basketball Game at noon. The grand event is the Homecoming Gala at the University Center that evening. The weekend comes to a close with the Sunday Alumni Mass and continental breakfast. Former homecoming queens are invited to attend the Queen’s Brunch hosted by current Miss Xavier LaGina Williams.

For more information on Reunion 2008, contact the Alumni Office at 504-520-6782 or 1-877-WE-LUV-XU.


New artwork graces the Quad areas of the campus – part of the Sculpture for New Orleans project, a two-year exhibition placing monumental sculptures throughout th city to bring attention to the visual arts and artists of post-Katrina New Orleans. The XU Art Department assisted with installation here on campus.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

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