Volume 44 No. 11
November 2013









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Pink Day
Good Eats
helping hand
Helping Hand
The Real Deal
Grand Tour
grad fair
Grad Fair

1834 Pre-registraion
Set for Nov. 4-8

Pre-registration for the Spring semester will be held Nov. 4-8. Visit HERE for the schedule and other important details.

1834 Online Courses Offered This Spring

XULA Online is pleased to announce that several online and hybrid courses are being offered in the spring (Business, English, Languages, Public Health, Sociology, Theology, etc.). For a complete listing please refer to the Spring 2014 Class Schedule or email us for more info at xulaonline@xula.edu.

1834 Alumni Homecoming
Coming Nov. 20-24

Alumni from across the country will return to the campus Nov. 20-24 to celebrate Homecoming 2013. Make sure YOU are in that number!
Activities scheduled for the Reunion Weekend include the distinguished alumni recital, the Jazz Ensemble concert, the joint student/alumni Celebration on the Yard, receptions for special groups (art, business, education, pharmacy, the legal profession, and athletes), the Alumni Mixer, the TGIF party, the basketball doubleheader and tailgate brunch, the Homecoming Banquet, the Alumni Mass, and more.

“More” includes the sixth annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert Nov. 23 featuring Motown superstars The Commodores, the sophisticated R&B trio En Vogue, and legendary comedian Bill Cosby.

The Classes ending in 3 and 8 and will be honored during the Homecoming Banquet, but all alumni are encouraged to attend. Visit HERE to register online, or call 520-7575 or 1-877- WE-LUV-XU for more info.

1834 XU Seminar Eyes
N.O. Jazz Funderal

Xavier will host a special presentation on one of the city’s most unique cultural traditions, “The New Orleans Jazz Funeral:  A Joyous Path to Heaven,” Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The program is free and open to the public.

The program will feature a short film by noted author and historian Jason Berry, a panel discussion with Berry and several long time participants in jazz funerals (including musicians Gregory Stafford and Bennie Pete and social aid and pleasure club members Alfred “Bucket” Carter and Fred Johnson), and a live musical performance by Dr. Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band.

 The program is hosted and sponsored by Dr. Michael White, the Charles and Rosa Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Xavier.

1834 XU Students Shine in
Startup Compeition

A team of seven Xavier computer science majors took third place honors, while another pitched in to help the team which placed second, during the second-ever Startup Weekend New Orleans (SWNO).

The SWNO competition is based on a global model where designers, developers, market strategists, and entrepreneurs come together to design, build, and present a new company’s business model. The 54-hour local event attracted 77 participants, all of whom were there to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch companies.

The presentations were judged by a panel of local entrepreneurial leaders.

The XU team of Gavin Bauman, Camille Rhodes, Morgan Edwards, Nam Nguyen, Adrian Smith-Thompson, Adia Wallace, and Maurice Shorter created a prototype and presented a business plan for “GeoTones”, an app that changes ringtones based on the cellphone’s GPS, so “you never have another awkward moment at work again.”

Another XU student, Chris Matthews, lent his programming skills to Steeming, an independent team which created a mobile dating app that connects young professionals over a cup of coffee.

1834 Erna Brodber Lecture at XU

Erna Brodber, the prize-winning Jamaican writer, anthropologist, and social activist, will make a special presentation, “Why Louisiana?”, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center Annex, Room 111.

The event is free and open to the public.

Brodber is the author of four novels, including Louisiana
and The Rainmaker's Mistake, a collection of short stories, and a number of historical and ethnographic studies. .

For more information, call the English Department at 520-5158.

cross country
ONE MO’ TIME: Members of Xavier’s men’s and women’s cross country teams relax with Coach Joseph Moses after successfully defending their respective Gulf Coast Athletic Conference titles at the GCAC meet in Clinton MS. Front row (L-R) Ashley Flournoy, Danielle Rogers, Catherine Fakler, Briana Simms, coach Joseph Moses, Donyé Coleman, Hannah Finnegan, Zahri Jackson, Reeka Belton, and Hali Yarmush; (back row) trainer Melvin Wallis, Javon Mead, David Holobowicz, Emmanuel Detiege, Brent Kitto, Kwame Jackson, Aaron Yarmush, Christopher August, and Charles Shaw. Photo by Jacques Detiege.


Led by record-setting Catherine Fakler and repeat champion Kwame Jackson, Xavier once again won the women's and men's team titles at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.

The team championships were the eighth in a row for both the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush. The XU women have won nine team titles overall, a GCAC record in this sport. Joseph Moses was voted GCAC Coach of the Year for the eighth consecutive time on the men's side and the fifth straight season and the seventh time in eight years on the women's. more


Dr. Regina M. Benjamin ’76, the 18th U.S. Surgeon General (2009-2013) and nola.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences at Xavier, will be awarded the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) at its annual awards event in Cambridge MA. Nov. 1. She will also deliver a keynote speech at the organization’s annual Leadership Conference the following day. 

The Prize for Humanitarianism recognizes an individual whose life example has significantly mitigated the social determinants of health in the US and/or abroad, and whose commitment to service influences and inspires others. Past honorees include Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, Norman Cousins, Marian Wright-Edelman, Dr. David Satcher, Ted Turner, and Desmond Tutu. more

confucius WELCOME

(L-R) XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis presents a gift to Hebei University President Fu Guangsheng during the latter’s visit to campus for the Confucius Institute at Xavier’s Board of Directors meeting. Hebei is Xavier’s partner university in China.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Anastasia LeBeaud arrived in New Orleans three weeks before Hurricane Katrina and today, the Russian native is completing her pre-med requirements with a 3.85 grade point average at Xavier University of Louisiana. LeBeaud is among a growing number of international students Xavier is hoping to continue to attract. Increasing the number of International Students on campus is one of several priorities in Xavier’s Internationalization Strategic Plan 2013-2018. 

“We offer multiple opportunities for students to develop global awareness in both the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Torian Lee, Director for the Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP) at Xavier. “In today’s world, graduating students need to be able to articulate how their academic and intercultural experiences will be an asset to a company, organization or post graduate institution. While every student does not study abroad, the interaction between U.S. and international students at Xavier is one of the many ways students expose themselves to the interconnected world.” more


Sister Grace Mary Flickinger, S.B.S. (left), biology professor/faculty athletic rep, and Dorothy Sterlings (right), Office of Admissions records analyst, are congratulated by XU President Norman Francis for 45 and 40 years of service at a special Founder’s Day reception. 74 long-time faculty and staff were honored.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Seventy-four long-time faculty and staff members were honored as part of Xavier'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 45 years of service in biology and as faculty athletic representative, along with Sister Barbara Hughes, CSJ (history), Marlene Robinson (graduate education) and Dorothy Sterling (admissions), all honored for 40 years. more


Fourteen faculty members have been awarded Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) grants totaling nearly $53,000 for their respective faculty-student initiatives for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to Dr. Gary Donaldson, CUR director.
Those receiving Andrew Mellon Foundation mini-grants (and their projects) were: Ralph Adamo, Editing and Production of a Catalogue for the Xavier Review; Drs. Lisa Flanagan, Ross Louis, and Robin Vander, "'Here is Where You Turn Back: A Literary Study of New Orleans-based Short Stories through Performance"; Dr. Robin Runia, "Research of Mary Edgerton's Original Ennui"; Dr. Brian Turner, "Black Male Experiences in Higher Education: Identity, Relationships, and Experiences on Campus"; Dr. Brenda Edgerton-Webster, "'The Tale of Two Voices:' Women Communicators from the Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964"; and "'A New Black Feminist Concept,' A Mini-documentary”.

NCF Scholarship Concert
Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are on sale for $45 and $90 through the Ticket Master hot line 1-866-448-7849 or online HERE. Additional concert information is available on the Xavier WEBSITE.
Sponsor tables, patron packages and concert tickets are available through the Office of Institutional Advancement at 504-520-4252.

Dr. Michael Homan received a Andrew Mellon Foundation (Enhancement Grant) to fund student travel to the Southwest Region of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Receiving Title III mini-grants (and their projects) were: Dr. Andrew Klimas, "To Investigate Linear-Preserving Maps"; Dr. Anup Kundu, "Formation of a Targeted Nanoparticle System for the Treatment of Breast Cancer"; Dr. Candice Lawrence, "Drug Delivery Systems Utilizing Modified Nucleobase Hydrogelators and Polyamine Systems”; Dr. Krista D. Mincey, "Masculinity Scale in African American Males"; and Dr. Jayalakshmi Sridhar, "Synthesis of Potential Anti-Cancer Compounds". Dr. Lester Jones received Title III (Enhancement Grant) to fund student travel to the Field of Dreams Conference.

CUR was established in 2003 to foster undergraduate research at Xavier. The Center was originally funded by a grant from the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation, and has been refunded twice.

gold line

cross country cont

Fakler ran 5,000 meters in a school-record 18 minutes, 8.32 seconds to win the women's race by more than 90 seconds over teammate Donyé Coleman, the runner-up in 19:42.65. Coleman ran her best time as a collegian at this distance.

Jackson ran 8,000 meters in 27:15.84 to win the men's title for the second time in three years. Jackson won by 20 seconds over teammate David Holobowicz (career-best 27:35.28), the runner-up for the second consecutive year.

The top three female and male finishers qualified for the NAIA National Championships at Lawrence, Kan., on Nov. 23. SUNO's Mackola Joseph (20:19.21) was third in the women's race, and Xavier's Brent Kitto was third in 27:52.46 to give the Gold Rush a 1-2-3 finish at this meet for the fifth consecutive year.

The top 10 female and male finishers were named All-GCAC. All seven Gold Nuggets who competed earned that honor: Hannah Finnegan, Reeka Belton, Hali Yarmush, Briana Simms, and Danielle Rogers. Also making the men's all-conference team were Christopher August and Aaron Yarmush.

benjamin cont

“From her work with the National Health Service Corps as a medical student to her founding of the Bayou Clinic and her tenure as Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin’s service is an inspiring example for our Fellows, who will soon be influencing public policy in their own right,” said Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, executive director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “Dr. Benjamin epitomizes Albert Schweitzer’s famous observation, ‘With a little reason and much heart, one can change many things, or move mountains.’ We are so proud to honor her lifetime of service with the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.”

“I am so pleased to be receiving The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism,” said Benjamin. “Advancement of public health takes patience and perseverance, and The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is giving those who will be undertaking this important work the leadership skills they will need to get the job done.”

internationalization cont

Under the priorities of Xavier’s Internationalization Strategic Plan 2013-2018, the university will continue to attract, admit, and retain high quality degree-seeking international undergraduate and graduate students; increase the international aspects of the curriculum in all disciplines; expand campus and community intercultural outreach activities; increase the number of students who study abroad for a semester or summer; and increase faculty international research and program development activities.

The University is already very aggressive in its internationalization efforts. Xavier offers international development travel grants to its faculty. Many students spend a semester or summer at universities abroad.  Also, Xavier is the first university in Louisiana to develop a GlobeMed partnership, where public health and medical students enroll in service projects to gain practical and experiential learning overseas. Xavier’s Confucius Institute, promoting Chinese language and culture, is the first among the nation’s HBCU’s and in Louisiana.

Additionally, through a partnership with the HBCU-Brazil Alliance, Xavier is host to seven visiting international students in Biology and Pharmacy. Xavier also hosts visiting students from Pakistan and France through the State Department IREX program and the Louisiana consortium program, MICEFA. Finally, Xavier is connected to Middle Eastern institution, Qatar University and the University of Notre Dame in Haiti through international exchange and development initiatives.

Lee credits the Xavier’s administration, faculty, staff, and students with helping international students become part of the Xavier family.  Lee said, of the international student experience at Xavier, “Naturally, being a small institution, there is an opportunity to develop a close relationship with the students. We know their names. They know ours. It allows us to be a support mechanism to help them perform better academically and develop leadership and networking skills critical to their success in the Unites States and back home.”

Similarly, LeBeaud credits her high GPA and academic success to Xavier’s size and one-on-one attention to international students. “I love Xavier because it’s smaller. It is like a little family,” she said. “It helps because I get personal attention, and if I need help with a certain class or situation, I know the support is there.” Because of LeBeaud’s tenacity, she is also teaching math to high school students, is a chemistry tutor and plans on making the Dean’s list every year.  

As Xavier moves through the 21st Century, global learning has become a central component of its character, identity and success. With the launch of the Internationalization Strategic Plan: 2013-2018, the University will reach its ultimate goal of better enabling the Xavier community to become more aware of the world in which we live. To view the strategic plan visit HERE.

faculty/staff cont

Other employees honored for long-term service included:

35 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).

30 years – Sharlena Black-Johnson (human resources), Dr. Vimal Kishore (pharmacy), Gladys Norwood (Sr. VP for Administration’s Office), Charles Spencer (physical plant), and Carolyn Thomas (career services).

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

20 years – Dr. Douglas Athey (education), Dr. Karen Becnel Moore (languages), Edith Cox (financial aid), Rawn Davis (physical plant), Melvin Hosley (physical plant), Dannton Jackson (athletics), Dr. Nancy Martino (communications), Brenda Medley (health services), Dr. Justina Ogbuokiri (pharmacy), Dr. Lisa Schulte-Gipson (psychology), Selena Vance (financial aid), and Edvige Wilkerson (library).

15 years – Dr. Michael Adams (chemistry), Erroll Audrict (central plant), Sheila August (counseling), Dr. Thora Bayer (philosophy), Ron Bechet (art), Dr. Loren Blanchard (Provost, Sr. VP for Academic Affairs), Marion Bracy (facility planning), Dr. Mary Carmichael (biology), Dr. Lonald Daughtry (pharmacy), Dr. Valerio De Angelis (mathematics), Steven Elloie (physical plant), Veronica Farve (yearbook), Sharrone Godfrey (university center), Erin Harris-Williams (human resources), Sister Juliana Haynes S.B.S. (music), Jenestaer Home (ITC), Typhanie Jasper (volunteer services), 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).

10 years – Dr. Renee Akbar (education), Dr. Rondall Allen (pharmacy), Dr. Stassi DiMaggio (chemistry), Dr. Timothy Glaude (education), Bruce Hamilton (facility planning), Nedra Kelly (academic success), Dr. Ross Louis (communications studies), Deborah Modica-Fulgham (library), Morris Moore, Sr. (campus police), Trenice Pickney (fiscal services), Kecia Poplus (financial aid), Dr. Harish Ratnayaka (biology), Dr. Steven Salm (history), Ingenue Schexnider-Fields (fiscal services), James Thiebaud (library), Shoneka Thomas (education), and Alvin Tircuit III (campus police).
Students / Alumni / FacultyStaff


Brandan Dotson, a senior chemistry/premed major from San Francisco CA (Lowell High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.
XU’s Alpha Delta chapter has been awarded a $1,151 grant from the national Phi Lambda Sigma executive committee to help fund a chapter and Pharmacy Students Association-initiative to conduct a student leadership retreat tailored to professional pharmacy students


Sheena Bell ‘06, Education & Training Coordinator for the non-profit California Water Environment Association in Oakland CA, has been awarded a M.P.A degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University.

Kynisha “Daisy the Clown” Ducre ’96, owner of Clownin’ Around in Dallas TX, earned international acclaim by earning Top Five Honors at the World Clown Association’s 2013 Convention in Kuching, Malaysia. She previously won Best in Clown Awards at the Clowns of American International 27th Annual Convention and at the Texas Clown Convention.

Dr. L'Issa Gates ‘03, a pediatrician in New Orleans, was named a "Trailblazer" by the Louisiana Data News Weekly in recognition of her dedication to the medical profession and her commitment to community service. See article HERE.

Torri Jacobus ‘99, has been named Director of the Center for Self Help and Dispute Resolution for Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque NM, and was cited as one of “Albuquerque's 40 under 40”.

Dr. C.J. Minor '96, Assistant Professor of Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, presented a paper, “Culturally Relevant Teaching: Cultural Awareness and Impact on Teacher-Student Interaction,”at the Pursuing Extraordinary Outcomes in Public Education National Conference.

Adrienne Noble-Clark ‘09 has joined the veterinary staff at Waltz Animal Clinic in Madison IN. She recently received her degree from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Steve Prince '91 has been named the Artist in Residence at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA for 2 years.

Anais St. John ‘93, songstress and music educator, will perform during Homecoming 2013 as part of the Distinguished Alumni Concert on Nov. 4. A longtime headliner at the Windsor Court Hotel’s Polo Lounge and regular at some of New Orleans's most revered jazz clubs, she is currently the featured performer at the Hyatt Regency’s New Orleans 8 Block Kitchen & Bar.

Dr. Jamie Sias ’03 has joined the obstetrics and gynecology staff at Crescent City Physicians in New Orleans.

Dr. Nina Washington ’02 has joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. She holds both a M.D. degree from UMMC and a M.P.H. degree in hospital leadership and management from Johns Hopkins University.

Elijah Williams ’05 has been named the lead legislative liaison for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL. He previously worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston TX.


Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) had a poem "The Navigator" published in the journal War, Literature and the Arts. He also made presented papers at the South Central Modern Language Association in New Orleans, "Edna, Cyrille Arnavon's Translation of Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Publication Dates, Introduction, and History," and at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Vancouver WA, "Humor and the Gritty Characters of John Faulkner's Cabin Road and its sequels”.

Dr. Violet Bryan (English) presented the paper, "Cultural Memory Unearthed in Brenda Marie Osbey's Poetic Sequence History and Other Poems (2013),” and chaired the regular panel "African Languages and Literatures" at the South Central Modern Language Association Conference 2013.

Dr. Wilfred Delphin ‘71 (Music Artist-in-Residence) was honored with a Creole People’s Award during the Louisiana Creole Heritage Foundation Celebration, held at Northwestern State U.

Dr. Ronald Dorris '72
(African American & Diaspora Studies/English) delivered the opening address, “Weaving an Extended Heritage: Cultural Exchange and Creolization,” at the Louisiana Creole Research Association conference.

Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52 (President) will deliver the keynote address at the University of New Orleans’ fall 2013 commencement.

Shirley Labbe (Counseling and Wellness) attended a panel discussion on “Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity: Promoting Service Access and Quality for African Americans” at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration home office in Rockville MD.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) led a workshop, "Reading the New Haiku #5," at the Haiku Society of America conference in Evanston IL. He also led a workshop, “Issa at 250: A Sharing of Favorite Haiku,” at the Haiku Society of America South-East Regional Conference.

Torian Lee (Director, Center for Intercultural and International Programs) was awarded the Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Award, participating in a three-week program where he traveled to eleven colleges and universities in England and Scotland to learn more about their higher education systems and campus internationalization strategy.

Dr. Richard Peters (business) had another paper, “Organizational Structure and Supply Chain Integration: An empirical, cross-regional examination,” accepted for publication in a forthcoming edition of the Journal of Organization Design.

Dr. Daniel Sarpong (pharmacy) was appointed Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Education.

Jeremy Tuman (English) served on a panel, ”Creative Writing Workshop for Faculty Members in a Department Setting(s),” and presented a paper, “Writing Lenses: Creative Writing Workshop as Reflection,” at the South Central Modern Language Association conference.

Quo Vadis Webster (Premedical Adviser) was one of several undergraduate pre-health advisers selected from across the U.S. to participate in the Pre-Health Advisers Weekend held at Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in North Haven CT. She also penned an article “Applying to Medical School: Today’s Questions, Tomorrow’s Acceptance” for the Fall 2013 issue of the Journal of the Student Medical Association.

Two Division of Business professors, Dr. Shael Wolfson and Dr. James Bartkus, had a paper, “An Assessment of Experiments Run on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk,” accepted for publication in the Mustang Journal of Business and Ethics.
founders day


U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby '83 visits with seniors (L-R) Michael Seaberry, Shelby Haynes, and Gianni Baham during Xavier’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation, at which she delivered the keynote address.

photo by Irving Johnson III

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