Volume 39 No. 09
September 08


Freshman Class Size
Increases by 18%

Four Decades of
Educational Leadership

XU Among "Top Tier"
in U.S. News Guide

New Minor Added
in Women's Studies

University Approves
Seven Faculty Promotions

Artistic Tribute Nets
Funds for Scott Scholarship

Donors, State Funds Create Endowed Professorships

Recent Grad Earns
Top Newspaper Slot


1834 Homecoming 2008
Activities Announced

Jot down these dates on your calendar – Nov. 20-23 – that's when XU alumni will make the journey back to campus for Alumni Homecoming 2008.

Although this year’s celebration will honor the 16 five-year anniversary Classes of 1928, 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003, all alums are encouraged to participate in the festivities.

For info on planned activities, visit HERE or contact Kimberly Reese, Director of Alumni Relations at 1-877 WE LUV XU (1-877-935-8898) or kreese@xula.edu.  


Highly-rated Runners
Open 2008 CC Season

Back-to-back conference championships have boosted the national profile of the XU men's and women's cross country teams.

Both the Nuggets and Gold Rush received votes in the preseason NAIA Top 25 polls for the first time in five years, ranking 32nd and 40th nationally, respectively.

"We are grateful for any national recognition," said Joseph Moses, in his fourth season as coach. "Our runners have had success the last two years and have been working hard all summer."

Both XU teams are No. 1 in the preseason conference (GCAC) ratings, which this year will replace regional ratings in terms of qualifying for nationals.

XU returns six All-GCAC runners — Ashley Broden, Ebony Harding and Stacey Windon on the women's team; Joe Drexler-Dreis, David Salmon and Darren Wallace on the men's. Also back for the Rush is Bryan Khan, who was All-GCAC in 2006.

Moses, named the GCAC men's and women's Coach of the Year in both 2006 and 2007, has also earned consecutive All-Louisiana men’s Coach of the Year honors.

To view the complete season schedule, visit HERE. Note that the first two meets were cancelled due to Hurricane Gustav.

1834 Speech Path Targets Bilingual Education

The XU Speech Pathology program has been awarded an $800,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Education to train students to be speech-language pathology assistants who are bilingual in Spanish.

Students will participate in a two year program at Xavier where they will become competent in the culture, language and speech and language development of Latinos.
Students will receive tuition and stipend support for the two years they are in the project.

Once students graduate with a B.S. in Speech Pathology, they must commit to working in a public school for four years.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nancy Martino at nmartino@xula.edu or 504-520-5090.

1834 Courses Added in
Arabic, Japanese

This fall Xavier have the added option of studying Arabic and Japanese on campus.      

As part of a commitment to participate fully in the internationalization of the curriculum,, the Department of Languages has expanded course offerings beyond the traditional instruction in French and Spanish to include less commonly taught languages that will be significant in the development of international business, diplomacy, and

The courses in elementary Arabic and Japanese, are three-credit courses designed to give students access to strategic language study on the Xavier campus. 

ARAB1010 will teach the students modern standard Arabic through conversation, writing, important points of culture and introduction to Arabic poetry in the first year. Students begin with an intensive period of study of Arabic calligraphy, then progress to the development of the four fundamental language skills: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

Through university participation in the Arabic Studies telelearning network based at Montana State University, students will participate in two weekly classes taught by Dr. Nabil Abdelfattah as well as small group laboratory and drill sessions directed by Ms. Hind Ohmani, a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Morocco. 

Students who complete ARAB1010 and 1020 with a satisfactory grade will be eligible for a $1,600 scholarship to be applied towards intensive summer study in Egypt or academic-year study in Morocco. 

Through a collaborative arrangement with Dillard University, Dr. Masako Dorrill is teaching one class of elementary Japanese on the XU campus.

For more info on the courses, contact Dr. Susan Spillman, chair of the Department of Languages at sspillma@xula.edu

1834 Gold Rush Basketball
Schedule Announced

Sixteen home games and a early season trip to California highlight the 2008-09 men's basketball schedule.
The Gold Rush will play their earliest regular season opener ever when they host South Polytechnic on Oct. 31. That’ll be the first game of a six-game home stand at The Barn.

Xavier will make its first trip to California since 2004 when it plays Mid-America Nazarene and Montana State-Northern in the Concordia Holiday Classic at Irvine on Nov. 28-29.

The Gold Rush will begin conference play with a pair of road games before hosting Tougaloo on Jan. 15.

Jan. 24 is the date for the annual Crosstown Classic game at the New Orleans Arena against Dillard.

Visit HERE to view the full schedule.

1834 Former XU Coach
Enters Hall of Fame

Ralph Metcalfe, an Olympic gold medal sprinter and the men's track and field coach at Xavier more than 70 years ago, has been inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in New York City NY.

Metcalfe earned both a silver and bronze medal at the 1932 games in Los Angeles CA,and both a gold and silver medal at 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He was known as the "world's fastest human" during the early '30s.

Metcalfe joined the XU coaching staff immediately after the '36 Olympics. He coached the men's track team to four consecutive SIAC conference outdoor championships (1938-41). During his tenure Xavier became the first HBCU (historically black college or university) to win an event at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia PA.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and settled in his hometown Chicago IL after the war, where he was elected four times to the U.S. House of Representatives. He died in 1978.

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First-year College of Pharmacy students sign their professional oaths at the annual White Coat Ceremony, during which the neophyte students received their first professional uniform - the white jacket - symbolizing ethical practice and signifying the beginning of their professional pharmacy educations.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier received another “green light” on its road to recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when 911 new students – including 784 members of the freshman Class of 2012 – enrolled for the 2008 fall semester.

That influx of new students pushed the University’s current overall enrollment to 3,233 students, five percent higher than last fall and holding steady at slightly more than three-quarters of its record pre-Katrina student population.

The preliminary figures for this fall show 2,447 students enrolled in the College of Arts and Science, 673 enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and 110 in the Graduate School. The new students included 784 freshmen and 127 transfers.

“It’s very gratifying to see students from across the nation are showing renewed interest in attending Xavier,” said President Norman Francis, attributing the sustained interest to the University’s continuing national reputation for excellence and leadership in the math and science fields – especially biology, pre-med and pharmacy – combined with a solid liberal arts core curriculum."


espite causing the evacuation of the campus and the cancellation of a week’s worth of classes, Hurricane Gustav’s impact on the University proved to be minimal. Physical damage to the campus was limited to a few broken windows, a flattened fence and scattered tree debris.

“We have never compromised our commitment to academic excellence despite Katrina’s toll," said Francis, noting that the University has graduated nearly 2,400 students since Katrina. "Our students continue to compete and excel in the sciences as well as in business and liberal arts.”

The 2006 and 2007 freshman classes (the first two recruiting classes following the University’s reopening on January ’06) had 447 and 664 members respectively, much less than the last pre-Katrina Freshman class that was more than 1,000 strong. However, enrollment was down not just for Xavier, but also at every other college in the New Orleans area.

Although the smaller 2006-2007 freshman classes will continue to be a factor influencing the University’s overall enrollment for several years to come, Xavier officials expect to see increased numbers of freshman with each passing year as Katrina becomes less of an issue, and getting a quality education becomes more so.



In 1948 a young man from Lafayette, Louisiana arrived in New Orleans to attend the nation’s only historically Black and Catholic university; armed with a determination to succeed and a letter from the Holy Family sisters –- who taught him in high school -- asking the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS) to give him a chance to attend Xavier University despite his family’s limited financial resources, and even if it meant “working off” his tuition.

Sixty years later, with the exception of two years in the U-S Army, Norman Christopher Francis is still “working off” that tuition as he prepares this Fall to celebrate forty years of service as Xavier’s first and only lay president.  That also makes him America’s current longest serving university president and a universally respected leader in higher education circles. This at a time when according to sources like the Chronicle of Higher Education, the typical career expectancy for newly hired university presidents is 5-7 years.

Francis is still a dynamo at age 77 who spends long hours on the job and maintains a travel schedule that might easily debilitate younger men.  This visionary has served in advisory roles to four U.S. presidents on the subject of improving education in the United States, beginning with Ronald Reagan who appointed him to the Commission that drafted the famous “Nation at Risk” report.

Francis earned further national respect when he led the recovery of Xavier's devastated campus in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, making good his pledge to reopen the campus in less than five months. In addition to that challenge, he accepted the role as chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority following Katrina. Those dual roles and the visionary leadership Francis demonstrated in both undoubtedly led to President Bush awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2006.

To celebrate those forty years of visionary leadership and service not only to Xavier, but also to his community and to the nation, the University will honor its president on November 21, 2008 with “A Legacy for a Legend” gala featuring a concert by legendary vocalist and seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight at the amphitheater of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The gala will serve as a major fundraiser to establish a special Norman C. Francis scholarship fund, with sponsor tables and individual tickets available through the Office of Institutional Advancement. Concert Tickets are $50, $75, and $100, with exclusive patron party tickets available at $500 each. For more information please contact Nannette Smith, Director of University Events at (504) 520-7684 or email nsmith11@xula.edu.


The University has once again garnered inclusion in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” special edition.

In the newly released 2009 edition of the magazine’s widely-read and popular annual college guide, Xavier was ranked 29th among the publication’s list of the "Best Universities - Master's" from the southern region of the United States. That places the university in the “top tier” of the 1,400 institutions rated and marks an improvement over last year’s ranking of 36th.

The university also received a new distinction in this year's edition, with experts who participated in the magazine's annual peer assessment survey placing Xavier 8th among the "up-and-coming" Master's schools in the South Region.

The annual guide divides all colleges and universities into four categories – national, master's, comprehensive and liberal arts colleges – grouping them further into designated geographical regions. Xavier is included among the master's schools because it offers a full range of undergraduate and master's level programs, in addition to a single doctoral program.

A total of 59 colleges and universities from 12 states were included among the “top tier” institutions in this year’s southern region rankings. According to the magazine the ratings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The complete list of the southern "Best Universities - Master's" is available HERE, while the complete guide can be accessed at HERE.


The College of Arts and Sciences added has added a new minor program in Women’s Studies to its academic offerings this fall.

The interdisciplinary minor will introduce students to a comprehensive body of knowledge that critically analyzes the gendering process from a multidisciplinary perspective. To complete the minor, students must complete 18 credit hours from a broad-based package of courses, including three (nine credit hours) required courses – Introduction to Introduction to Women’s Studies, Women in International Contexts and Twentieth Century Women Writers – and three (nine credit hours) electives which may be selected from a pool of 17 courses from 13 different disciplines.

Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore, chair of the Political Science Department and coordinator of the program, said the new minor promises to enhance and revitalize course offerings in the core and major curricula.

Adoption of the women’s minor is especially appropriate at Xavier, where more than two-thirds of its 3,000 enrollment is female.

In the coming semesters, a Women’s Resource Center, complete with books, magazines, videos and related electronic equipment will be established. It will be utilized and supported by a women’s studies student organization and a Women’s Studies Coordinator. The Center will feature book club readings, occasional guest speakers, debating contests, and community activities (e.g. poetry readings and Spoken Word clinics involving community and collegial representatives).

For more info on the program, contact Dr. Waldron-Moore at pnmoore@xula.edu.


The University Rank and Tenure Committee has approved the promotions of seven faculty members in five different disciplines, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, vice president for academic affairs.

Three members of the faculty –Dr. Anil Kukreja in the College of Arts and Science’s Division of Business, and both Dr. Levon Bostanian and Dr. Shashikant Phadtare in the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Basic Sciences – were promoted to the rank of professor, while four others – Dr. Stephen Boyd in pharmacy, Dr. Calvin Porter in biology, Dr. Leslie Richardson in English and Dr. Elizabeth Smith Rousselle in languages – were all promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Kukreja, who serves as chair of the business division, is starting his 14th year at Xavier. Among the courses he teaches (and has taught) are operational management, service management, quantitative methods for business and computer based information systems. The holder of a Ph.D. in management science (University of Alabama), Kukreja has done research in such areas as management, simulation methodology, technology implementation, and productivity and quality, the results of which have been published in many top tier journals.

Bostanian, a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry (Ohio State University), has been at the university for 13 years. He is currently teaching pharmaceutical calculations, pharmaceutics, and biopharmaceutics and basic pharmacokinetics. Bostanian is one of the inventors of a U.S. patent for small particle formation and has several publications in the area of drug delivery and has secured extramural funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) as well as the National Institute of Health (NIH). His research interests focus primarily on the pre-formulation of drugs as well as the physical-chemical characterization of drugs in dosage forms.

Phadtare, a 19-year XU veteran, teaches such courses as principles of drug action, medicinal chemistry I & II and pharmaceutical sciences lab. A Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry (University of Pune in India), he has conducted extensive research on the design and development of new nucleic acid base derived nucleoside analogues as potential anticancer agents specifically targeted to breast cancer. He has published several articles and received a $718,000 grant from the National Institute of General Medicines in support of his research.

Boyd, entering his fourth year at Xavier, holds a PharmD degree from the University of Nebraska. Among the courses he has taught (or is teaching) include disease state management and pharmacy practice (immunizations). His research interests include diabetes, weight loss, student audience response system) and pharmacoeconomic outcomes at employer worksites.

Porter, who holds a Ph.D. in biology from Texas Tech University, is starting his seventh year at the university. His teaching credits include general biology, general zoology, anatomy and physiology lab, non-majors biology, biodiversity and organic evolution. His research involves investigating the evolution of repetitive DNA sequences in asexually-reproducing lizards.

Richardson is starting her seventh year at Xavier, where she has taught (and teaches) world literature, intro to British literature, twentieth-century women writers, post-colonial fiction, restoration and eighteenth-century literature, intro to women’s studies, and English composition. A Ph.D. in English (Tulane University), she is working on a couple of books – one on violence in the eighteenth-century novel and the other an anthology of feminist theory geared toward undergraduates rather than specialists.

Smith Rousselle, a professor of Spanish and French language and literature, holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Tulane University. At Xavier since 1998, she teaches a new Spanish novel class which is part of the new Women’s Study minor and will also be overseeing globalization-related activities at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching in her second year as faculty-in-residence. Her research focuses on analyses of gender, psychological and social issues in nineteenth- to early twentieth-century Spanish and Latin American literature.


Two P4 pharmacy majors – Ambra King and Kanesha Pace – were awarded scholarships by the Louisiana Pharmacists Association at the annual convention held in Sandestin, FL. King, from Lake Charles LA (Washington-Marion High), is past president of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, while Pace, from Canton MS (Canton High), is active in Student Government and Pharmacy Students Association activities and was past campus recipient of the MLK Week for Peace Leadership Award.


Alvin E. Amos '71, a professor of music at Lincoln University, was presented the   University Board of Trustees’ Henry G. Cornwell Distinguished Teaching Award during the colleges’ annual commencement exercises.

Maggie Beckley ’06, associate financial analyst at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital (Aurora Health Care) has been honored as the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee’s Black Achiever of the Year in recognition of her volunteer efforts as a mentor to area teenagers.

Dr. Kimberlynn Becnel Davis ‘04
, has joined the Atlanta office of Fish & Richardson P.C. – one of the top intellectual property law firms in the country – as a technical specialist, where she will support the firm’s Patent Prosecution Group in the area of chemistry. Prior to joining Fish, she was a graduate research assistant in the Chemistry Department at Emory University and an intern in the Office of Technology Transfer.

Monica Boudouin '84, has been named Principal of Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies in Algiers.

Dr. Isil Guney ‘99, a postdoctoral Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was named one of 19 recipients of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s 2008 Young Investigators Award, which recognizes the most innovative thinkers in the field and rewards them with a three-year grant totaling $225,000 to support their research.  

Kelley Harris-Johnson ’03, has successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Molecular insights to lung establishment and branching morphogenesis, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has accepted a postdoctoral position with the school.

Juval O. Scott ’97
, assistant federal defender for Indiana Federal Community Defenders, Inc. has been chosen the National Bar Association's 2008-2009 vice chair for the Criminal Law Section and Deputy Director for Region VII, which includes Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Corey Stayton '94
, received a two-room makeover from HGTV's Deserving Design with Vern Yipp for his work feeding the homeless in Atlanta GA and excellence in teaching at Morehouse College. The episode premiered on July 23.

Harold D. Stewart ’96, CEO and co-founder of The Inspirels Company, has been accepted into the Stevens Institute of Technology Master in Telecommunication Management Program.

Kimberly Tran ’08
, received the Top Undergraduate Paper Award at the Louisiana Communication Association Annual Conference for her research entitled, “Examining Conversational Constraints in Vietnamese Patient-Doctor Communication: A Case Study,” which was conducted under the direction of Dr. Dominique Gendrin (communications). It’s the third straight year a Xavier student has won the award.

Kara M Turman ’04, has been appointed Circulation Evening Supervisor at Sacred Heart University Ryan-Matura Library in Fairfield CT.

Dr. Regina Whitfield ’92, has completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Wright State University and has joined Group Health Associates in Cincinnati OH. She holds a medical degree from Rush Medical College and a master’s degree in public health.

Terry Wynn '00, has been named a writer and producer at BET NEWS for the nationally broadcast talk show "The Truth with Jeff Johnson."


President Norman Francis and First Lady Blanche Francis thank XU alumnus Terrance Osborne ‘00, one of the contributing artists to the John T. Scott Scholarship Exhibition held in conjunction with White Linen Night at the Arthur Roger Gallery.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


Over 50 artists and 74 works of art bore tribute to famed New Orleans artist John T. Scott at an exhibit designed to honor his outstanding accomplishments as an artist, scholar and teacher and to raise funds for a scholarship in his name at the university.

Scott’s former students and fellow artists contributed works for the month-long exhibit at the Arthur Roger gallery in New Orleans, which culminated with the Warehouse/Art District’s White Linen Night in early August. The fundraiser netted more than $41,000.

“We’re grateful for the generous support of the Arthur Roger Gallery and thankful to the art community for embracing this endeavor,” said Gia Soublet, XU assistant vice president for campaigns who along with gallery owner Arthur Roger coordinated the exhibit. “I think everyone who came to the exhibit was impressed with the variety and expertise of the artists in the show.

Among the artists contributing pieces to the show were: Jan Arrigo, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Isaac Badu, David Bates, Ron Bechet, Willie Birch, Jacqueline Bishop, Nini Bodenheimer, Douglas Bourgeois, Nicole Charbonnet, Teresa Cole, Albert Cooper, Chuck Crosby, Bruce Davenport, Jr., Lesley Dill, Kimberly Dummons, Karen Edmunds, Lin Emery, Beverly Erdreich, Margaret Evangeline, Dorothy Furlong-Gardner, Alan Gerson, Sam Gilliam, Simon Gunning, JoAnn Flom Greenberg, Bill Hemmerling, Sharon Jacques, Augustus Jenkins, Jr., Richard Johnson, Mike Kilgore, MaPo Kinnord-Payton, Gene Koss, M. Nkoyo Lavigne, Carol Leake, Robin Levy, Lory Lockwood, Shirley Rabe Masinter, Bert Myers, Katheleen Michael, Larry Nevil, Terrance Osborne, Francis Pavy, Deborah Pelias, Martin Payton, Steve Price, Jim Richard, Bradley Sabin, Ann E. Schaefer, Karoline Schleh, John T. Scott, Elizabeth Shannon, Hunt Slonem, Allison Stewart, Cely Tapplette-Pedescleaux, Kate Trepagnier and Gretchen Wheaton.

Scott, a 1962 Xavier graduate and recipient of a MacArthur Fellow, taught at Xavier for more than 40 years. He died in 2007 following a lung transplant.

Several show items remain unsold. Anyone interested in purchasing art that was not sold during the show or would like to make a contribution to the scholarship fund should contact Soublet at 504-520-7575 or gsoulbet@xula.edu.


Xavier’s commitment to attracting the finest instructors to its roster of faculty is a never-ending process.

This month the University took another giant step forward in that direction by establishing five new endowed professors, thanks to the generosity of some private donors and additional matching dollars from the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund.

Each year the Board of Regents awards grants to public and private colleges across the state to assist in creating special $1 million academic chairs and $100,000 professorships. Money from the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund is added to private donations secured by the respective universities to create the endowed accounts. The state fund provides 40 percent of the cost of establishing an endowed chair or professorship, with private donors covering the balance.

Earnings from an endowment can be used to enhance a professor’s salary or pay for support items, such as travel or a research assistant.

With this year’s matching state funds, Xavier has added five professorships, including the J.P. Morgan Chase Professorship in business, the Dr. JW Carmichael Professorship in pre-medicine and the Nora Vincent. Pierce Professorship in mass communications, as well as two professorships from the Times-Picayune/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.

“These positions mean a great deal to the University because they allow us to offer students a quality education by providing the best faculty at the forefront of their respective fields,” said Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, vice president for institutional advancement. “Offering our professors additional funds for research and specialized academic pursuits is vital to the overall development of our students.”

St. Charles said the University was especially grateful to those private donors – including John Kallenborn (Chase), Ashton Phelps (Times-Picayune), alumni and friends, and other anonymous donors – whose generous contributions made matching the state funds possible. 

The grants will be awarded at a Board of Regents presentation Sept. 12. With this year’s additions, Xavier now has four chairs and forty-six professorships in its Eminent Scholar Chairs and Professorships program.


Dr.Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C. this summer.

Typhanie Jasper Butler
(student Services) has been named associate director for the Center for Student Leadership and Service.

Joseph K. Byrd
(Vice President for Student Services) participated in a panel discussion:  "The Challenges of Educating African American Youth in the 21st Century," held during the 50th Anniversary Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held in New Orleans.

Michelle Washington Carter ’97, has been named director of Graduate Placement and McNair. She comes to XU from Minnesota State University-Mankato, where she was interim director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. It’s her second stint at Xavier, having served as assistant director of Graduate Placement, McNair and SuperScholar/EXCEL from 1999-2001.

 Dr. Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English/languages) had her story "Click!" featured in the 55 Word Stories Online Literary Journal this summer. In addition, her essay "Calliope" has been named a finalist of the annual Wisdom/Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. She also is serving as advisor of New Voices.

Dr. David Lanoue
(English) gave the keynote talk, "America's First Haiku Masters: Jack Kerouac and Richard Wright," at a haiku conference in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. In addition his book, Laughing Buddha, has appeared in Bulgarian translation. He participated in a bilingual reading/ book signing in Sofia.

Hazel Parker (student services) has been named the new director for the Center for Student Leadership and Service.

Two University Police officers – Charles Maurice and Gregory Sartain – graduated from the Port of New Orleans Harbor Police Academy.


Allison Hudson ‘08 has only been out of college for three months, but the years of practical experience and training she acquired through internships and her work with the Xavier Herald has already paid off. She was just recently named the new editor for the Donaldsonville Chief (LA) newspaper.

While at Xavier pursuing a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in print journalism, Hudson served as editorial editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief for the student newspaper for three years. She covered various issues, such as recovery of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, sports, student government, entertainment, and feature stories.

Hudson also interned with the New York Times Journalism Institute in 2007, being one of the first students to ever participate from Xavier.

Allison Hudson

"We're excited about adding Allison to our group of newspapers as editor at The Chief," said Glenn Stifflemire, group publisher for The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, The Donaldsonville Chief and The Plaquemine Post South.

"Although she has just recently graduated from school, she brings a lot of experience to the position in Donaldsonville because she served in a comparable position at the university newspaper as their editor in chief, along with other editorial positions during her time in college," he said.

“She learned a lot while at Xavier, and I like her enthusiasm and willingness to produce a top-notch editorial product for our readers in the Donaldsonville and Assumption Parish areas. She definitely will be an asset to our organization," he said.

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