Volume 43 No. 11 November 2012










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1834 Spring 2013

Pre-registration for the Spring 2013 semester will be held Nov. 12-16.

Visit HERE for more info.

1834 Alumni Homecoming Set Nov. 14-18

Alumni return to the campus to celebrate Homecoming 2012 Nov. 14-18.
Activities scheduled for the Reunion Weekend include the distinguished alumni recital, Jazz Ensemble concert, student/alumni Celebration on the Yard, receptions for the College of Pharmacy, Division of Education and Legal professionals, Alumni Mixer, TGIF party, a basketball doubleheader and tailgate brunch, the Alumni Mass and more.

In addition the fifth annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert is set for Nov. 16 featuring musical legends The O’Jay’s and Grammy/American Music Award-winning recording artist Stephanie Mills.

The Classes ending in 7 and 2 and will be honored during the Homecoming Gala banquet. For more info on the 2012 Alumni Reunion Homecoming call 520-5189 or

1-877-WE-LUV-XU, or visit HERE for the complete schedule.

1834 Operation Diabetes at Lakeside Mall

Xavier University’s College of Pharmacy will host its annual “Operation Diabetes” event at Lakeside Mall Nov. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event is being organized by the Xavier chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). 

The event is free and open to the public.

“The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the New Orleans community about diabetes, and to screen those who may be at risk,” according to XU APhA-ASP chapter advisor Dr. Pramar.

Free services will be provided which include: blood sugar tests, blood pressure tests, cholesterol tests, bone density screening, body mass index tests, nutrition counseling, and medication counseling and reviews.

Students and faculty from the College of Pharmacy will conduct the event.

For more info call 520-5346.

1834 CUR Awards
Faculty Grants

The XU Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) has awarded 15 grants to 16 faculty members whose projects provide undergraduate students with an opportunity for research experience within their respective academic disciplines.

Nine faculty received CUR mini-grants (ranging from $4,000 to $6,000) for seven projects, including: Dr. Mehnaaz Ali (chemistry), miRNA detection using aptamer scaffolds with enzymatic signaling; Dr. Katherine Eskine (psychology), Contemporary Entailments of Music; Drs. Dominique Gendrin and Nancy Martino (communications), Coping Strategies of Central American Parents who have Children with Communication Impairments;  Drs. Ross Louis and Elizabeth Edgecomb (communications), From Textual Analysis to Performance Composition: Using Performance Experiments to Construct a Mystory; Dr. Steven Salm (History), Youth Politics and Popular Culture in Urban Africa; ; Dr. Gloria Thomas (chemistry), Development of MicroSELEX Method for the Analysis of Transcription Factors; andDr. John Ware (music), Music Education in the 21st Century.

Eight faculty were awarded Enhancement Grants (ranging from $1,400 to $2,276) to support their ongoing projects or to fund student mentoring and travel, including: Dr. Valerio De Angeles (mathematics), Dr. Stassi DiMaggio (chemistry), Dr. Oliver Hennessey (English), Dr. Thomas Huckaba (biology), Dr. Lester Jones (mathematics), Dr. Dean Richardson (physics), and Dr. Robert Stratfford (pharmacy), and Dr. John Ware (music).

CUR awards mini-grants three times a year (fall, spring and summer), averaging some 30 grants each year. Funding sources include the Mellon Foundation and Title III. For more info contact Gary Donaldson, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research, at gdonalds@xula.edu.

1834 XU to Participate
in National Initiative

Xavier has been chosen through a national competition sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF), a project that supports women of color faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in becoming strong academic and administrative leaders, both on campus and within their respective disciplines.

Visit HERE for details.

1834 Francis to be Honored by ACHA

President Dr. Norman C. Francis will be honored for his “Distinguished Service to Catholic Studies” by the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA).

Visit HERE for details.

play ball PLAY BALL!

The Barn will always have its place in Xavier lore, but the University will definitely open a new era in athletics when the state-of-the-art Convocation Center officially comes on line Nov. 3. Here's your chance to be a part of history: join your fellow Xavierites for a tailgate, ribbon-cutting, and basketball doubleheader.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier will celebrate the opening of its first spacious indoor assembly area as well as issue in a new era of athletics when it officially opens its new Convocation Center and Annex Nov. 3.

Opening activities get underway at 10:00 a.m. with tailgating. The official ribbon-cutting and blessing of the facility will be held at 11:30 a.m., with a basketball doubleheader featuring the men’s team vs. Morehouse at 1:00 p.m. and a women’s game vs. Johnson & Wales at 3:00 p.m. to follow.


Xavier has added two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Newcomers to the governing board are Beaumont TX Bishop Curtis John Guillory S.V.D. D.D., and New Orleans attorney Gladstone Jones III. Both have previous connections to Xavier: it is Guillory’s second stint on the Xavier Board (having previously served from 1997 to 2002), while Jones was a member of the university’s Board of Visitors during 2010-2012. more


Xavier has been awarded a $249,992 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in support of its new public health programs.

According to Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., chair and professor in the new Public Health Sciences Department, the new funding will be used primarily to hire and maintain a Field Placement Coordinator, whose principal responsibility would be securing internship sites for students.


One hundred and fifty student Xavier scholars will appear in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s outstanding campus leaders. more


Zahri Jackson and Matt Pieri won individual titles as the men’s and women’s track teams Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush extended their dominance of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.

Jackson, a sophomore from Kingwood TX (Kingwood High Park), repeated as women's individual champion in a school-record 18 minutes, 54.69 seconds for 5,000 meters, while Pieri, a senior from New Orleans (Brother Martin High), ran 8,000 meters in 26:54.21 to win the men's individual title for the second time in three years. Visit HERE for more detailed race results.

It was the seventh consecutive conference title for both teams, which in the process earned earned automatic bids to the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 17 in Vancouver WA.

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William “Bill” Allen, Jr., ’72, a select sales executive with the Travelers Insurance Co., has been presented the Dach Award by the InVEST program, which honors insurance industry volunteers who have made tremendous contributions in fostering the growth and development of InVEST. The program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry.

Shamier Bouie ‘10 has been named public relations account manager at the Spears Consulting Group, a marketing and advertising agency in New Orleans.

Dr. Shameza Boyd Dennis '96
has opened her own private Pediatric practice, Small Steps Pediatrics, in Birmingham AL.

Timothy Francis ’80 has been named to the Tulane University Board of Trustees.

John T. Fuller ’58 has been awarded a 50 Years of Service Award by the California State Board of Pharmacy in recognition of his excellence and distinguished attributes as a pharmacist. During that span he has worked as a registered pharmacist and pharmaceutical consultant in both the public and private sector.

Dr. Tunicia Giron ’92 was named Medical Director of Anesthesiology at Tanner Health System, a three hospital system with facilities located in Carrollton, Bremen, and Villa Rica, GA.



Emma Carter (left), an administrative assistant in Admissions, and Calvin Tregre (right), Senior Vice President for Administration, are congratulated by XU President Norman Francis for 45 and 40 years of service to Xavier at a special Founder’s Day reception. Francis, who topped them both at 55 years, was also among the 64 long-time faculty and staff members honored.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


ixty-four long-time faculty and staff members were honored as part of the University’s annual Founder’s Day celebration.

Topping the list of honorees celebrating anniversaries of their employment at XU were Dr. Norman C. Francis (president) with 55 years of service, Emma Carter (admissions) at 45 years, and Calvin Tregre, senior vice president for administration, at 40 years.

Other employees honored for long-term service included:
35 years – Dr. Thaddeo Babiiha (English), Harriet Mason (ITC), and Dr. Adrian Woods (student academic success).

30 years – Sister Jean Marie Craig, S.B.S. (education), Dr. John Ware (music), and James Williams (UC building manager).

25 years – Catherine Clark (ITC), Albert Cornish (university police), Dr. Gary Donaldson (history), Wanda Doss (auxiliary and support services), Lucy Johnson (fiscal), Dr. Kathleen Kennedy (pharmacy), Joyce Sandifer (fiscal), Robert Skinner (library), and Lester Sullivan (library).

20 years – Patricia Coston (library), Dr. Jerry Farmer (theology), Dr. Tien Huang (pharmacy), William Jeffrion (auxiliary and support services), Barbara Johnson (ITC), Vondra Richardson (institutional advancement), Florina Sheard (institutional advancement), Dr. Susan Spillman (languages), Gloria Thomas (education), Margaret Thomas (biology), and Mary Watson (housing).

15 years – Dr. Janel Bailey-Wheeler (pharmacy), Joyce Brossett (pharmacy), Robert Browder (athletics), Larry Calvin (human resources), Gloria Clark (housing), Roland Francis (ITC), Sister Donna Gould, S.B.S. (English), Dr. Dana Jamero (pharmacy), Eric Joseph (library), Kenneth Kirk (ITC), Irwin Lachoff (library), Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English), Dr. Justina Ogbuokiri (pharmacy), Dr. Donna Stutson (mathematics), and Melva William (ITC). 10 years – Lilly Blouin (admissions), Bryan Carraway (admissions), Dakshna Murthy Devanga Chinta (pharmacy), Dr. Gene D’Amour (sponsored programs), Karl Findorff (ITC), V. Allen Gale (planning), Alan Green (athletics), Dr. Camtu Ho (pharmacy), Dr. Vladimir Kolesnichenko (chemistry), Marilyn Lee (library), Monica Magee-Adams (housing), Marian Minnard (career services), Shirley Moses (fiscal), Dr. Syed Muniruzzaman (biology), Doris Parker (admissions), Edward Phillips (fiscal), Dr. Calvin Porter (biology), James Shade (English), Lakisha Shelton (pharmacy), and Dr. Janice Whitney (pharmacy).

convocation center

The Convocation Center, large enough to house the University’s commencement and other large-scale events, will also provide a state-of-the-art arena for the men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. It replaces the University’s venerable old gymnasium, known as “The Barn”, which opened in 1937.
“The Barn will always be a part of Xavier’s history, but I look forward to seeing the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets continue their winning traditions as well as establishing new traditions in the Convocation Center,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis.

The new center boasts more than 93,000 square feet of space that can be reconfigured for a variety of purposes, with seating ranging from 3,500 to 4,100 depending on the event. A state-of-the-art scoreboard includes four LED displays providing live and recorded video.

The new facility also houses weight room facilities, taping and training areas, coach’s offices, and home/visitor locker rooms. A monumental staircase at the entrance leads to a high-end VIP suite, and a dramatic second floor pre-function area that allows views to the outdoor plaza below while providing natural daylight into the facility.

An Annex to the building has also been constructed diagonally from the Convocation Center, providing more athletic offices, as well as classrooms and meeting rooms.

Manning Architects served as architects for both the Convocation Center and Annex, which are anticipated to be LEED Silver Buildings and incorporate community connectivity, water conservation, energy efficiency, recycled and regional materials, and improved indoor air quality.

The Convocation Center located is across Washington Avenue from the main campus on a site bounded Fern and Stroelitz streets. A pedestrian bridge provides access from the main campus to the new building.

board of trustees cont

Elected to leadership roles on the Board at the fall meeting were: Michael Rue (chair), Sister Patricia Suchalski S.B.S. (vice chair) and Mark Romig (secretary).

Guillory, named the fifth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont in 2000, is the first African American to serve in that capacity.

A strong supporter of the Catholic school system, he commissioned the Diocesan School Board to conduct an 18-month study to look at the sustainability of the Catholic schools in the Beaumont Diocese and, in August 2004, put their findings into effect. The implementation has resulted in notable student retention and an increase in student financial aid.

Bishop Guillory has also made notable strides in evangelization, appearing weekly on the local CBS affiliate with inspirational messages based on the Bible. His multi-part evangelization project has encouraged Catholics to return to their faith, and renew their commitment to service within their respective parishes.

Guillory has ties to New Orleans, having served for nine years as an associate and pastor of St. Augustine Parish in New Orleans. He was also the founding director of the Tolton House of Studies in New Orleans - the seminarian residence of the Divine Word students.

bishop guillory
Bishop Guillory
gladstone jones
Gladstone Jones III
Jones is founder and senior managing partner in the New Orleans’ law firm of Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC, a specialty boutique litigation law firm based in New Orleans which handles complex business and environmental disputes.

For over eleven years, Jones has served as lead counsel in litigation pending in New York, Florida, California, Mississippi and Louisiana. In 2007, he was named one of the top 500 litigators in the United States.

Jones was a founding member of Smith, Jones & Fawer in 1995 and in 2000 created Jones, Verras & Freiberg, LLC, now known as Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC. For more than ten years, this practice has focused on complex litigation in both the environmental and commercial litigation areas. He has and continues to represent many of Louisiana’s largest landholders and business families.

He remains active in the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association and has served as a professor at Tulane University Law School in Toxic Torts and is a regular speaker at LSBA Continuing Legal Education Seminars. Jones, a native of Jackson MS, holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a J.D. from Tulane Law School.

Active carryovers on the 20-member board, who are serving either their first or second terms, include: Sister Doris Blum, S.B.S. '55, Dwight Bush Sr., Dr. Dale Mason Cochran, Carla Harris, Sister Stephanie Henry S.B.S., Dr. Toni Hoover, James Mitchell Jr., Sister Jane Norton, S.B.S., Sonia Perez, Sister Marianne Poole S.B.S., Sister Rita Radloff  S.B.S., Romig, Rue, Leo Sam, Jr. '52, Sister Barbara Specker S.B.S., Suchalski, Phyllis Taylor, and Janice F. Wilkins '67. XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis '52 is an ex-officio member on the Board.

Rotating off of the Board after serving three terms and as chair of the Board was Mary Zervigon.

public health program cont

“The Field Placement Coordinator is a critical position in the department,” said Dr. Leonard Jack. “The coordinator will serve as the lead personnel in securing internship sites for students, which is essential to providing our graduates with the training and real-world experience that will make successful in their service careers.”

The new Public Health Sciences major, which was approved in January 2012 and enrolled its first students during the Fall 2012 semester, plays to the University’s demonstrated academic strengths and successes, and aligns with the Xavier mission.

“The new curriculum encourages strong critical thinking skills,” said Jack. “Public Health majors will consider the broad social implications of chronic diseases, and learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate tailored health and wellness strategies meant to curb the impact and prevalence of these health concerns.”

He said PHS graduates will be ready for entry-level careers and prepared to pursue graduate studies in an array of public health tracks.

“Louisiana and Mississippi have some of the worst health care outcomes in the nation,” said Jack. “There is a great need to train a work force to serve in this region, as well as to meet the growing shortage of public health professionals nationwide.”

Nicole Chapman Griffin ’93 has earned a Master’s degree in nursing from Loyola University.

Dr. Tomia Palmer Harmon ’94 has been named Director of Primary Care Skills at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mia Holmes ’12, a first-year dental student at the Meharry Medical College School of dentistry, has been awarded a full academic scholarship by the National Health Service Corps. The grant covers all tuition and fees, books, instruments, uniforms, travel, clinical supplies, health insurance, lab expenses, a computer, as well a monthly stipend, totaling more than $350,000 in scholarship funds.

Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry ’94 is featured on the 85th anniversary billboard for Texas Southern University Legends and Leaders campaign for work achievements as a NASA space toxicologist, speaker, and published author.

Dr. James Paschal ’57 has been elected Lt. Governor of the 16th Georgia District of Kiwanis International.

Judge Karen Wells Roby ’83, Magistrate of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was installed as president of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA) at its 50th annual convention, held in Denver CO. She is the first African American female to serve as FMJA president.

Sierra Stewart ‘11 was accepted into the Southern University Law Center.

Dr. Myiesha Taylor ’96
has been selected as a “2012 Great Women of Texas” by the Forth Worth Business Press. She was cited for the care she provides in the emergency department at the Texas Regional Medical Center, the We Are Doc McStuffins collage and her work in creating and serving as president of the Artemis Medical Society.

Voris Vigee ‘91, executive vice president of programs for Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans, has received the organization’s 2012 National Leadership Excellence in Administration award.

Elijah Williams ’05, a Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs specialist with the NASA-Johnson Space Center, was selected as one of Houston’s Top 30 Under 30 award recipients recognizing his professional achievements and community involvement.


Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) chaired the Southern Literature session at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention in Boulder CO. He also received "The Coin" from the Department of English and Fine Arts at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he has served twice as Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (African American Studies/English), staged two of his works, "Alice," and "Nina," at the annual Louisiana Creole Research Association conference, held in New Orleans. In addition, his article, "Creole Sensibility in New Orleans and Vicinity, 1712-1803," appears in La Creole:  A Journal of Creole History and Genealogy.

Torian Lee (Director, CIIP) was interviewed for spainedu.org  (Study in Spain), a program designed by ICEX-Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and the association EDUESPAÑA aimed at promoting Spanish international education in the United States.

Dr. Tauran Mandal (pharmacy) was one of 10 individuals named 2012 Fellows by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). An endowed professor and the founding Director of the Center for Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery at XU, he was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the area of innovative drug delivery.

Students following the PHS curriculum will need to complete 130 semester hours, including 36 in the public health major. PHSC students will also serve senior internships at an approved public health site.

who's who cont

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 divisions/departments:

ART – Jameel Paulin

BUSINESS – (Accounting) Nadine Bizimana, Shanequa Grayson, Christopher Hayes, Kyle McClue, Javon Mead, Ariel Revere, and Amber Williams; (Finance) Peter Baham and Kara Everhart; (Management) Nnenia Clark, Jacobe’ Hollins, Tayler Loyd, Bryan Lucky-Heard, and De’Angela Smith; (Sales & Marketing) Kaylin McLeod, Amir Rahbar, and Whitney White

BIOLOGY – (Biology) Charmelle Spatcher; (Biology/Pre-Med) Cydney Chatters, Sharelle Davis, Mariah Dunbar, Dung Duong, Jessica Johnson, Parixit Joshi, Elaina Marshall, McKenzie Moses, Gretchen Peppers, Anthony Pham, Paris Richardson, Danielle Sanders, Christina Tate, Maza Tchedou, De’Angellica Vaughn-Allen, Donielle Williams, and Vernicia Winford

CHEMISTRY – (Biochemistry) Endia Blunt; (Chemistry ACS) Milana Jones and Jonathon Watson; (Chemistry/Pre-Med) Toluwanimi Adebanjo, Jasmine Dillard, Brandan Dotson, Marquisha Johns, Deanna Johnson, LeaAnn Love, Tuyet-Trinh Nguyen, Marvin Stewart, and Karry Wright; (Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy) Crystal Huynh; (Chemistry Education) Mia Ward

COMMUNICATIONS – (Communication Studies) Lexus Jordan; (Mass Communication) Randi Lemons; (Speech Pathology) Courtney Brooks, Jade Romain, Taylor St. Charles, and Corinne Williams

COMPUTER SCIENCE – (Computer Information Systems) Jasmine Lewis; (Computer Science) Ashley Bernard, Keith Carroll, Alex Presley, and Camille Rhodes

ENGINEERING: (Dual Degree-Chemical) Kamirah Demouchet; (Dual Degree-Mechnical) Harold Nero; and (Engineering) Arnold Jaymona

EDUCATION – (Graduate Level) Jessica Baker, Julia Condon, Emily Everett, Aaron Harrison, Brenda Leonard, Daina Marshall, Emily McAveeney, Evonne Mitchell, Christopher Perriatt, Melissa Rhodes, and Gentri Williams; (Elementary Ed) Hattre’Ona Simon; (Middle School Ed) Vallery Jenkins

ENGLISH – (English) Javon Bracy, Veronique Dorsey, Akia Jackson, Corneisha McCorkle, Melanie Moore, and Shenitria Myles; (English Education) Kamaria Beamon, Viktor Svoboda, and Brittany Williams

HISTORY – Felicia Hood, Evan Pipion, and Kiara Roberson

MATHEMATICS – Kaitland Brannon and Kara Keller

PHARMACY – Sarah Anthon, Jonn Bailey, Latoya Batiste, Asia Bradley-Stephens, Breannie Charles, Kelly Childs, Lauren Day, Sarah El-Rachidi, Eboni Evans, Joshua Gauthier, Marina Ghaly-Wassif, Shanette Harris, Queenet Ibekweh, Courtney Jason, Johmyrin Johnson, Jessica Lowe, Tendai Makina, Britt Martin, Joseph McDonald, Shacory Morris, Duy Nguyen, David Nwakanma, Chioma Obih, Alayne Perkins, Claire Reuter, Brittany Singleton, Cherise Steib, Terreca Taylor, Valencia Walker, and Harron Waseem

PHYSICS – Krista Burton and Uchenna Onwuegbusi

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Jade Crutch, Shaniese Foster, Megan Haynes, Isaiah Jones, and Bailey Smith

PSYCHOLOGY – (Psychology) Christina Barnes-Matthews, Courtney Christy, Vickyann Cortes, Felice Gaddis, Gabrielle Gloston, Dorian Johnson, Fredericka Lewis, Kathrina McGary, Cyrell Roberson, Ashleigh Saunders, Rarelle Triplett, and Jillian Young; (Psychology/Pre-Med) Cierra Bonvillian, Michelle Lawrence, Autumn Myers, Felicia Obialo, Nikki Odofin, and Emmanuel Spence

SOCIOLOGY – Brionee Broussard, Jeanece Kelly, and Makeda Roberts

THEOLOGY – LaShaunda Reese

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