Volume 41 No. 09
September 2010



President Obama
Wows Xavier Audience

Fall Enrollment Reaches
New Post-Katrina High

MCAN, XU Partner to
Manage Childhood Asthma

Cosby Joins Men of Soul
for Scholarship Concert


Xavier in the News

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Volleyball is Back!
Professional Studies
Innovative Teaching
LPA Scholarships

Music at Xavier
Read Today, Lead Tomorrow

1834 XU Gets Nod in
Best Colleges Guide

Xavier has once again received the endorsement of yet another prominent, annual college rating publication.

The university was singled out as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in its annual "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" college guide.

The New York-based education services company showcases only about 25 percent of the four-year colleges in the U.S. in its regional guide (623 schools).

For more info, visit HERE.

1834 Women's Volleyball is Back at Xavier

Women's intercollegiate volleyball is officially back at Xavier after a five-year absence.

The team opened its new era with by splitting a season-opening, home doubleheader at the Barn, losing to a three-game match to Belhaven College before bouncing back with five-game match win over Alabama State.

Next up is Faulkner State Sept. 1 in the Barn (6:00 p.m.). Visit HERE for the full schedule and HERE for a season preview.

1834 Cross Country Team Opens on the Road

The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets cross country teams, both four-time defending champions of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, will open the season Sept. 3 in the Southern Miss Invitational at Hattiesburg MS.

Ray Walston, the defending GCAC men's champion, is among seven returning XU letter winners. Also back are All-GCAC Matt Pieri on the men's team and All-GCAC women Brianna Dekine, Anna D'Souza and Ashley Taylor.

Coach Joseph Moses said the 2010 schedules include four meets in Louisiana. Visit the respective links MEN / WOMEN for the complete schedule.

1834 Dare to Soar
Fall Lecture Series

An accomplished entertainer, a successful business entrepreneur and a sociologist/author will headline XU's Fall Speakers Series.

The “Dare to Soar” series will feature appearances by Common on Sept. 9 (12 noon), Dr. Calvin Mackie on Oct. 18 (6:30 p.m.) and Dr. Bertice Berry on Nov. 9 (6:30 p.m.).

All three events will be held in the University Center Ballroom and are free and open to the public.

For more info, visit HERE.

1834 Mark Your Calendar for Homecoming '10

Mark your calendars now for Homecoming 2010, which will be celebrated Nov. 17-21. Be sure to bookmark the new web link HERE (the official site for all homecoming info and updates).

1834 Praxis Study Sessions Offered

The Division of Education is offering Praxis Study Sessions for Praxis I and Praxis II on four occasions this month: Sept. 7, Sept. 9, Sept. 13 and Sept. 15.

All sessions will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Call (504) 520-7487 to reserve a seat.

1834 RIP Sister Eileen

The XU community sadly notes the passing of Sister Eileen Sullivan, S.B.S., a long-time member of the XU Board of Trustees and a life-long educator (serving as a teacher, principal and president at Xavier Prep). She will be missed.

1834 Alumni Sponsor
Varied Activities

Check ONLINE regularly for the alumni events near you. Here is some of what's brewing this month:

Sept. 18
Birmingham Chapter 

Jazz Brunch/Silent Auction
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Harbert Center
2019 4th Avenue North
Tickets- $35.00

Contact Rudy Lewis Jr. at
(205) 527-9240.

Oct. 17
So. California Chapter
Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch
12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Proud Bird Restaurant
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

For more info contact Anthony Sharp at (310) 413-3440.

1834 XU in the News

XU Leads N.O. Rebuilding
2Tavis Smiley Show
Interview with NCF [audio]
1Scientific Computing ARRA Improves Connectivity
2Associated Press
Feds: $25 M More for Recovery1Times-Picayune
Universities Set Own Course2Times-Picayune
Ready to Forgive, Not Forget
- Dr. Michael Homan, Op-Ed1Baton Rouge Advocate
Bringing Dialysis to Patients
- Dr. Kimberly Williams ‘96


President Barack Obama delivers his Hurricane Katrina observance speech on the Xavier campus to an audience of enthusiastic New Orleanians – including XU students and staff – and other invited White House guests. Visit HERE for a complete transcript of his remarks, a video and the official  photobank of the event.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


The Xavier campus has seen its share of dignitaries over the years (including world leaders and the Pope), but a new milestone was set this past month when President Barrack Obama chose the university as the site to deliver his Hurricane Katrina five-year observance speech.---- more -


Post-Hurricane Katrina enrollment has hit a new high again this fall, thanks to a solid freshman class that exceeded projected levels and a welcome influx of new transfer students. --- more -


The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) has pledged nearly $2 million to Xavier’s  Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) to sustain Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), a program that has been successfully assisting families manage their children's asthma. --- more -


World renowned comedian, actor and philanthropist William “Bill” Cosby will return once again to perform the opening act for the 3rd Annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert Nov. 19 sponsored by AT&T at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s New Orleans Theater. -- more -


President Barack Obama (center), working the crowd after delivering his Hurricane Katrina observance speech on the Xavier campus, is greeted by XU Vice President for Student Services Joseph Byrd and Associate Vice President for Student Services Nedra Alcorn.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

obama cont

An enthusiastic group of New Orleanians (including XU staff and students), as well as a host of national media and other White House invited guests, gathered in the University Center Ballroom to witness the historic event. Miss Xavier 2010-11, Jade Young, a junior chemistry/pre-pharmacy major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High), was accorded the honor of introducing the President.

In his remarks, much of which focused on the effect the storm had on the Gulf Coast region and the progress that has been made since then, Obama praised the university – and in particular XU President Norman C. Francis – for its own recovery efforts.

“And we see that here at Xavier. Less than a month after the storm struck, amidst debris and flood-damaged buildings, President Francis promised that this university would reopen in a matter of months,” said Obama. “Some said he was crazy. Some said it couldn't happen. But they didn't count on what happens when one force of nature meets another.”

“And by January – four months later – class was in session,” he added. “Less than a year after the storm, I had the privilege of delivering a commencement address to the largest graduating class in Xavier's history. That is a symbol of what New Orleans is all about.”

Visit HERE for a complete transcript of his remarks, a video and official photos of the event.


Enthusiastic members of Xavier's incoming Freshman class proudly display their new Class of 2014 baseball caps for the first time following the annual "capping" ceremony, part of the University's week-long New Student Orientation program.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

enrollment cont

Preliminary numbers show 781 new freshmen and 151 new transfers, which pushes the university’s current overall enrollment to 3,394 students, two percent higher than last fall’s figures. Enrollment has grown slowly but steadily in the five years since Katrina had knocked down the student population to around three-quarters of its best pre-storm figures.

Administrators are pleased with the university’s progress.

“It’s very gratifying to see students and parents from across the nation continue to put their faith in Xavier,” said President Norman Francis, attributing the sustained interest in the nation’s only historically Black, Catholic college to its continuing national reputation for academic excellence and leadership in the math and science fields, as well as its a solid liberal arts core curriculum.
“Despite the hardships we have endured following Katrina, Xavier has never wavered from its commitment to provide students with the academic excellence which people have come to expect," said Francis, pointing out that the university has produced nearly 2,800 graduates since re-opening six months after the hurricane in January ’06. "Our students continue to compete and excel.”

Admissions had projected an incoming freshman class of 775, so "getting 781 through the door is a very encouraging sign that the Xavier brand is still strong among those who seek a quality education" according to Winston Brown, Dean of Admissions.

Year Enrollment


2009 3,338
2008 3,230
2007 3,088
2006 3,013
“After Katrina we set out on a five-year plan to gradually grow our freshman class back to a sustainable level of around 800 new students each year,” he added. “We are pretty much on that schedule,” he said.

The total enrollment breakdown includes 2,551 undergraduates enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, 635 students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, 204 students enrolled in graduate programs and another four students enrolled via the consortium.

asthma cont

MCAN partnered in the first phase of HEAL with the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) under the auspices of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

The HEAL program partnered 184 children, 4 to 12 years old, with moderate to severe asthma and their families with a team of health education specialists and community health workers who provided education and counseling to caregivers on how to manage their child's asthma in a transformed environment. HEAL interventionists used tailored case management and home visitation to reduce risk factors and triggers in the home. The progress for children in the program was positive and cut children's days with symptoms in half, compelling MCAN to pledge nearly $2 million to continue the successful program.

One of the most significant HEAL Phase I research findings was that nearly 80 percent of children with asthma in post-Katrina New Orleans were sensitive to mold, a figure nearly 30 percent higher than for children involved in a study in seven other U.S. cities. Asthma prevalence rates in New Orleans are three times higher than the national rate and among the highest in the nation and the city has the highest childhood asthma death rate in Louisiana.

The next phase of the HEAL program will be led by Xavier’s CMHDRE. The Center specializes in eliminating disparities for minority and other medically underserved populations who often bear the heaviest burden of asthma and its consequences.

"We are pleased to be partnering with MCAN on this important effort to not only reduce disparities in vulnerable populations in New Orleans, but to improve the lives of our children," said Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., Director of the CMHDRE and a principal investigator for HEAL Phase II.

"This program has helped breathe new life into our community and will continue to give hope to hundreds of families who were forced to re-adjust everything they knew before the storm and intensify their efforts in managing asthma,” he said. “During the next four years we hope to translate the lessons learned from HEAL Phase I and HEAL II into policy initiatives that will help to institutionalize the successful case management and environmental intervention for children in New Orleans."

"We have heard a lot about how Katrina changed the city of New Orleans, but very little about how the city's post-Katrina environment changed health outcomes," said Dr. Floyd Malveaux, Executive Director of MCAN and former Dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University. "There is an undeniable connection between the environment and the health of children with asthma. Effective asthma management must go beyond traditional medical care and include additional interventions to manage the problem, as well as to reduce exposure to the specific environmental triggers known to exacerbate a child's asthma."


AT&T Louisiana President Sonia Perez presents a check to XU Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kenneth St. Charles and XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis in sponsorship of the university’s 3rd annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert. AT&T is the primary sponsor of this year’s event.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

concert cont

The Friday evening concert, which started three years ago to celebrate Francis’ 40th anniversary as president of the nation’s only Historically Black and Roman Catholic institution of higher education, will showcase performances by four legendary R&B vocalists – Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewitt and Freddie Jackson – performing together this year in the nationwide “Men of Soul” concert tour.

The university is also pleased to announce that AT&T Louisiana will be the primary sponsor of the 3rd Annual fundraiser.  Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana, says, “We are pleased to support Xavier University’s important role in educating future leaders of New Orleans, and we also salute Dr. Francis’ decades of exemplary leadership in service to our community."     

The annual concert serves as a major fundraiser to support the Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund. Tickets are on sale via the Ticket Master hot line 1-866-448-7849 or online at  www.ticketmaster.com. 

Special sponsor tables, patron packages and concert tickets are also available through the Office of Institutional Advancement’s special concert hot line at (504) 520-4252.


Two students – Breanne McLain, a senior psychology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (McKinley High), and Lashonda Dixon, a freshman English major from St. Louis MO (Maplewood Richmond High) – have been named recipients of the English Department’s Creative Writing program’s $5,000 Truman Capote Literary Trust Awards. McLain was selected for her play “Unsung Melody” and Dixon for her novel-in-progress, “Deception at Its Finest.”

Two students – Kaneisha Jackson, a junior chemistry/pre-med major from Ft. Worth TX (Northside High) and Kimberly Young, a sophomore English/French major from Memphis TN (Craigmont High) – have been named recipients of $1,000 National Association of University Women awards for creative writing. Jackson was selected for her story “My Sister’s Keeper” and Young for two poems, “Inside the Brain of a Messy Procrastinator” and “My Addiction to New Shoes.”


Dr. Troy Baldwin ’79, has earned a Ph.D. in philosophy (urban higher education) from Jackson State University.

Dr. Draion Burch ‘01
, chief resident at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the St. John Providence Health System Osteopathic Division Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren MI, has been elected as the intern and resident representative to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees. He was named the program’s OBGYN Resident of the Year.

Jared Brossett ’04, state representative for Louisiana’s District 97, has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University.

Dr. Nadiyah Morris Coleman ’99, has been named director of the New Orleans AfterSchool Partnership, where she will coordinate a new initiative that seeks to increase access to quality afterschool programs to children in the Greater New Orleans area.

CharDae Love '08, has received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Orleans, Summer 2010. She is currently employed by the federal government in New Orleans.

Celeste Parker ’03, has been named assistant professor and clinical supervisor of
communicative disorders in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at Nicholls State University.

Dr. Geneva Stark Price ’82, has received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of Louisville.


The Rev. Giles Conwill. Ph.D. and the Rev. Ferdand Cheri, OFM have joined the Office of Campus Ministry as director and associate director, respectively. Lisa McClain will also serve as an associate director.

Dr. Nicole P. Greene's (English/Afam) review of Joseph O'Connor's Ghost Light was featured as Novel of the Week in the August 7 issue of The Tablet: The International Catholic Weekly.

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (languages) will have a reading/signing of her book, Do Not Open: The Discarded Refrigerators of Post-Katrina New Orleans (McFarland), at Garden District Books Sept. 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. She was also honored at the Pirate Alley's Faulkner Society's Katrina Remembrance Reception and contributed to pieces to New Orleans: What Can't Be Lost (ULL Press).

Dr. Silas Lee (sociology) presented the “Economic and Programatic Impact Analysis of the Urban League” at the organization’s conference in Washington D.C. He was also the luncheon speaker at the Metairie Country Club, one of two analysts on WDSU-TV's "Hot Seat" and a panelist at the Summit of the African American Male. In addition, he completed polls for NORD's Charter Change and the County Executive's race in Prince George's County MD.

Monica Majors ’08 (graduate placement) has been named assistant director for graduate placement in the Graduate Placement/EXCEL Program Office.  She previously served as program coordinator.

Sr. Jaime Phelps, O.P., Ph.D. (director, Institute for Black Catholic Studies) shared theological reflections during a conference – “Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Welcoming Community?” – sponsored by the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans.

Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore (chair, political science) had had two articles accepted for publication: "Seeking a Just and Humane World: Motivating Minority Students to Become Global Citizens," to be published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Political Science Education, and "Gendered Inequity in Society and the Academy: Policy Initiatives, Economic Realities and Legal Constraints," which will appear in the Forum on Public Policy.

Damon Williams ‘02 (graduate placement) has been appointed as the director for graduate placement in the Graduate Placement/EXCEL Program Office.

Three faculty and staff members – Drs. Pamela Waldron-Moore (chair, political science), Wendy Gaudin (history) and Adrian Woods (assistant dean, academic advancement) – co-published an article, “Beyond Tolerance: Opportunities for Teaching and Learning Compassion in the HBCU Classroom," in the NYU Faculty Resource Network Journal.

          Alumni Club News

More than 75 alumni, students, entering freshmen and friends gathered at the Trammell Crow Park for the Atlanta Alumni Chapter Family Picnic and Membership Drive. Here Nnenia Clark '13 and Whitney Fant '14 meet the Chapter President, Dr. James Paschal ' 57.

Photo Courtesy of the Atlanta Chapter

Xavier Alumni enjoy catching up with each other at a Meet and Greet sponsored by the Houston Alumni Chapter. Joining in the the group photo (from left): Iriane Lee ‘06, Dr. Antoinette Marks ‘89, Deanna Gates '96, Angele White ‘98, Latoya Mason 98, Randall McHenry ‘86, Dr. Ronda Alexander ‘98, Dr. Denise Coleman ’98 and Nekesa Berkley '04.

Photo Courtesy of the Houston Chapter


(from left) Crystal Moore '07, Sarah Ann Anderson '06, Nwamaka Ngoddy '07, and Maryam Adeyola '06 enjoy the sounds of the Soul Rebels at an "Out of doors" Concert hosted by the Lincoln Center in New York. The XU Young Alumni Leadership Committee encouraged alumni of all ages to meet each other for an afternoon of New Orleans music in the Big Apple. More than thirty alumni gathered for good music, camaraderie, and a Second Line!

Photo Courtesy of New York Chapter

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