Volume 42 No. 9
September 2011













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IBCS Graduation

Wacky Olympics
Moving In
Pharmacy Volunteers
Speech Path in Nicaragua

Yearbook Training

1834 Mass of the Holy Spirit Sept. 11

The annual Mass of the Holy Spirit will celebrated Sept. 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Administration Auditorium.

All members of the XU community are invited to come together to ask God’s blessings on a new academic year.

1834 Fast Food Nation Author at XU

This year’s shared reading for the University’s Read Today, Lead Tomorrow initiative is Fast Food Nation by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser.

While students will be reading and discussing this book in the Freshman Seminar, everyone on campus has been encouraged to engage this fascinating study of that uniquely American cuisine, fast food.

To further foster and enhance the campus-wide dialogue about this book, Read Today, Lead Tomorrow and the Office of Academic Affairs are bringing the author to campus Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm in the University Center’s McCaffrey Ballroom (third floor). Schlosser will talk about his investigation into the sometimes questionable and sometimes horrifying practices of the fast food industry.

All members of the XU community are encouraged to attend. For more info visit HERE.

1834 XU Recovery Month Celebration

Xavier will host a National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month event Sept. 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the University Center.

The University’s Recovery event is part of National Recovery Month, a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with substance use or mental disorders to live a healthy and rewarding life.  Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, and treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

Keynote Speaker for the event will be Florida State Representative and XU alum Darryl Rouson '77, who has compiled a successful career in law and politics. He is also a recovered addict.

Visit HERE for more info and the full schedule of events.

1834 Al Jarreau Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for the 4th Annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert featuring seven-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau are on sale now.

The concert, scheduled for Nov. 18, 2011 at the New Orleans Convention Center Theater, will also feature XU alum John Boutte ’80, co-writer of the theme song for the HBO series “Treme”.

Call the XU ticket hotline at (504) 520-4252 to reserve the best seats in the house today or visit HERE for sponsorship opportunities..

1834 Constitution Day Celebration Planned

“Race, Citizenship and Civil Rights” is the topic for the 2011 Xavier University Constitution Day celebration Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Panelists include Isabel Medina of Loyola University, Dr. Jas Sullivan of LSU, and Jeff Johnson, commentator on the Tom Joyner Morning show.

The event is free and open to the public. For more info visit HERE or call Dr. Pamela Franco at (504) 520-7462.

1834 Alum Elected
NABJ President

Gregory Lee Jr. ‘96, senior assistant sports editor at the Boston Globe, has been elected president of theNational Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Lee, who previously served as treasurer of the association, is the first sports journalist to be named to the post, and one of the youngest ever elected. He attributed his victory to his years of work with NABJ, having joined in 1996, and said he was part of the "first real campaign that was social-media driven" within NABJ.

The NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.

1834 Students Explore
Summer Research

Three students participated in the LSU-hosted 15th Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute (PDSI), a summer program devoted to increasing the number of students in under-represented populations entering doctoral programs and introducing those students to the LSU Graduate School and Baton Rouge.

Students participating in hte research and informational program were: Corneisha McCorkle, a senior English major from Marrero LA (John Ehret High), working with Solimar Otero, assistant professor in the Department of English; Nelahnta Riley, a senior psychology major from New Orleans LA (De La Salle High), working with Jason Hicks, associate professor in the Department of Psychology; and Alonza Terry, a senior biology/premed major from Conyers GA (Southwest Dekalb High), working with Ricardo Estrada, professor in the Department of Mathematics.

1834 XU in the News

2Huffington Post Rebuilding the Health of NO Children From Ground Up


Enthusiastic members of Xavier's incoming Freshman class – (front row, L-R) Edwin Scott and Jerren LeBlanc, and (back row) Meagan Williams, Kimberly Feast, Quenisha Thomas, Moira Kirk, Taylor Reuther and Ivory Bibbins – proudly display their new Class of 2015 baseball caps following the annual "capping" ceremony, part of the week-long New Student Orientation program.

Photo by Irving Johnson III


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

Preliminary numbers show 787 new freshmen and 152 new transfers on campus, which pushes the university’s current overall enrollment to 3,401 students – ever so slightly higher than last fall’s figures. It continues a trend that has seen enrollment grow at a slow but steady pace in the six years since Katrina knocked down the student population to around three-quarters of its best pre-storm figures.

The 2011 numbers are pretty close to what the Office of Admissions had projected for the incoming freshman class, considering the economic environment and enrollment trends across the nation.

“Xavier has experienced a steady increase in overall, freshman and transfer enrollments over the past few years,” said Winston Brown, Dean of Admissions. “The increases have occurred in spite of the downturn in the U.S. economy, which in recent years has prompted more students to opt for a less expensive public four-year or community college education.”

Year Freshmen Enrollment
2011 787 3,401
2010 779


2009 765 3,338
2008 778 3,230
2007 664 3,088
2006 444 3,013

“We are pleased that families realize the value of the private college educational experience that Xavier offers,” he said.

Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs concurred.

“We are pleased with the increase in our student population, though this growth isn’t nearly as substantial as we would ultimately like it to be,” said Blanchard. “We recognize, however, that many colleges and universities throughout the region and the nation are competing for the same limited pool of prospective college students, particularly those who are well-prepared to embrace the rigors of a college curriculum.”

Blanchard said Xavier has responded to the nation’s current and anticipated demographic and economic realities by developing and implementing several outreach programs and strategies, including awarding more targeted institutional scholarships, increasing communications with applicants and their families, and strengthening the recruitment and retention plans of every academic program.

“Student recruitment and retention remain an institutional priority at Xavier and we will continue our efforts to build and stabilize student enrollment which is essential to Xavier’s sustainability,” he said.

This fall's total figures include 2,591 undergraduates enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, 623 students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, 182 students enrolled in graduate programs, and another five students enrolled via the consortium.


Winston Boyd, a senior English major from New Orleans (McDonogh 35 High) has published a collection of his poems Bowties and Socks. He also read from his collection this summer at Bridge Lounge in New Orleans.

Keishondra Sampson, a senior chemistry/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (McKinley High), participated in an intensive eight-week research program in Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School’s Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship Program in Massachusetts this summer. Her research was on Beta-Amyloid Immununotherapy and Stereological Analysis for Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention.


Audrey Browder '69, received a Master of Theology degree from XU’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies and graduated from the Leaders Fellowship this summer. She was also honored for three years of outstanding service and leadership as Chairperson for the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation.


Three faculty members – (from left) Dr. Cecile Brookover, Dr. Kathleen Kennedy (dean) and Dr. Margarita Echeverri – are congratulated by Dr. Rodney Carter, President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, after being presented the 2011 Rufus A. Lyman Award for the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Photo courtesy of AACP


A team of XU faculty members were awarded the 2011 AACP Rufus A. Lyman Award honoring the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE) at the 2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting and Seminars Closing Banquet in San Antonio TX.

“Nine Constructs of Cultural Competence for Curriculum Development” was authored by College of Pharmacy dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, pharmacy faculty member Dr. Margarita Echeverri, and Dr. Cecile Brookover of the Office of Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment. The paper examines the self-administered Clinical Cultural Competency Questionnaire (CCCQ), which assesses the perceived level of cultural competence of students in the College of Pharmacy to guide curriculum development within the 4-year academic program.

“The Lyman Award is one of the most significant honors in pharmacy education as it is awarded to the authors of the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education each year,” said Joseph DiPiro, editor of AJPE and executive dean of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

The award is presented annually as a framed certificate along with a stipend of $5,000 to be shared by the authors of the paper. Visit HERE for more info.


Torian Lee is keenly aware of Xavier’s mission, especially the part about “preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.”

And as the University’s new director of The Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP), he is determined to help students (and faculty) maximize their opportunities to gain cultural insight and develop a more worldly view.

“It’s a global society and students who are exposed to different cultures – whether by actually traveling overseas or by participating in intercultural activities on campus – will be at a major advantage over those who haven’t been as they begin their careers,” said Lee. “Our job is to make sure that Xavier students are introduced to the many opportunities to study abroad which are available – which are substantial – and to provide similar avenues for cultural exploration right here on campus.”
In order to accomplish those goals, Lee said his office will offer a wide array of services and programs, including providing a high level of advising for students interested in study abroad; seeking ways to internationalize the curriculum; encouraging faculty international development; staging campus intercultural and international activities, and advising multicultural student organizations.
He also hopes to play a major role in recruiting foreign students and scholars to Xavier.
torian lee
Torian Lee
“By opening the door to partnerships and affiliations with foreign universities, we have a great opportunity to market Xavier internationally and to attract more international students and scholars to our campus,” said Lee.

He encourages students and faculty to visit the CIIP WEBSITE for more information or drop in on him or associate director Karen Lee (no relation) at the CIIP office (Music Building, Room 105).

Lee, who arrived on campus in July, came to Xavier from Elizabeth City State University, where he served as faculty in both the Criminal Justice Department and History Department. He was also charged with building ECSU’s international programs and was successful in sending the first class of ECSU students to complete a semester of study abroad.

Prior to his stint at ECSU, In 2002, Lee returned to Capital University Law School to serve as Director for Student Affairs, which included overseeing the international student program. His work in this area led to his selection as a Fulbright Scholarship winner in 2005, under which he attended the German Fulbright Higher Education Seminar for U.S. Administrators.
Previously he managed the local government political campaign in Norfolk VA, served on the staff congressional staff of former U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb (VA), and served as a legislative liaison for the non-profit National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and a law degree from Capital University.


XU’s cross country teams will run on familiar territory throughout the 2011 season.

Xavier runners open the season Sept. 1 in the Mississippi College Opener at Clinton MS (which will also the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships in October). That will make 10 appearances in seven seasons at Choctaw Trails Cross Country Course.

Both Xavier teams are five-time defending GCAC champions. The Rush and Nuggets won GCAC team titles at Choctaw Trails in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Joseph Moses is back for his seventh season as coach of the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets. Xavier also has seven returning All-GCAC runners: Matt Pieri, Ray Walston, Javon Mead and Charles Shaw on the men's team and Anna D'Souza, Ashley Taylor and Donyé Coleman on the women's. Pieri was the 2010 GCAC men's champion.

The GCAC has reclaimed its automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships after a one-year hiatus, so several from the conference — the top men's and women's team, plus the fastest five males and females not on those winning teams — will qualify for the NAIA meet Nov. 19 at Vancouver WA. The XU men and women qualified for nationals in 2008 and 2009.

For the complete schedules visit HERE (men) and HERE (women).


The Gold Nuggets volleyball team opened the 2011 season by splitting its first two games, losing a five-game match at Belhaven College before bouncing back with five-game match win over Mobile at the Barn.

Five Gold Nuggets — sophomore Kerris Crier and seniors Iva Bobkova, Joyy Joseph, Patrice Hightower and Celeste Poe — return from last season's 11-26 team, which finished third in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Bobkova was named to the All-Conference team. The team is now under the guidance of first-year head coach Christabell Hamilton.

The GCAC will crown a regular-season champion this year, and the winner of the league tournament Nov. 9-12 at Nashville TN will earn the GCAC's automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship.

Visit HERE for the full schedule.


One student you won’t see on campus this year is senior Abigail F. Hyndman, who was recently the winner of the 2011 Miss Universe British Virgin Islands pageant.

As Miss British Virgin Islands she was awarded a full four-year scholarship and other prizes, plus the opportunity to represent her territory in the worldwide 2012 Miss Universe Pageant next year.
“It has been a life-long dream for me,” said Hyndman, a native of St. Thomas VI. “Really and truly I love the British Virgin Islands and I find no other way in which I can give back to my community in a positive aspect such as being Miss British Virgin Islands. It is something that I always wanted to do.”

As a result of her stunning victory, Hyndman has temporarily withdrawn from the University to fulfill contractual agreements with the Virgin Island’s Ministry of Education and Culture, but she is determined to come back to finish her degree.

Abigail Hyndman
“I look forward to returning to school next year to finish up my degree,” she said. “I’ll really going to miss all my friends at Xavier.”


... Xavier is among the nation’s “best and most interesting colleges and universities” according to the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The annual guide, published by Edward Fiske, education editor for the New York Times newspaper for 17 years, features just over 300 of the more than 2,200 four-year colleges in the United States. Schools are assessed in terms of academics, social life and overall quality of life.

... The latest issue of Xavier Review (Spring/Summer 2011) is now available. The Spring/Summer 2011 edition introduces the new editor, Ralph Adamo, and features a long excerpt from New Orleans writer Nancy Lemann's fifth novel. Pick up your copy at the English Department (Administration Annex, Room 204). The price is $10.

Xavier was singled out as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in its annual college guide publication, "The Best 376 Colleges” guide. For more info, visit HERE.



Later this fall there will be an official unveiling of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC’s National Mall. When that event takes place, no one will be wearing a wider smile than Harry Johnson, Sr. ’77, who played a significant role in this memorial to the great civil rights leader.
Johnson, a Houston attorney and partner in the Law Office of Glenn and Johnson, has served as president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. since 2002. Under his leadership, the Foundation has raised more than $112 million of the $120 million needed to complete the memorial.

“Here we are 48 years after the March on Washington, Dr. King’s magnificent words and others, we will now dedicate for the first time in our history a memorial to a man of peace, a non-president, and a person of color,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s role in the project is a direct result of his affiliation with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity – the fraternity of which King was a member – which he served as national president from 2001 to 2004.  Alpha Phi, which has more than 700 chapters located throughout the United States and abroad, played a pivotal role in the idea and origin of King’s legacy being honored through a Washington memorial.
harry johnson
Harry Johnson
“Alpha Phi Alpha got involved because of five visionaries – Harold Navy, Al Bailey, George Sealy, Oscar Little and Eddie Madison – who observed that people of color were not visiting the National Mall in great numbers,” said Johnson. “They obviously said, ‘hey, well what if there were some memorials or statues of people of color, then people of color would come’.”

The MLK Memorial Foundation anticipates 4 million will visit the King memorial.
“We want people worldwide, and especially young children in this country, to see that now, for the first time in our history, the National Mall will be diversified,” said Johnson. “There may be memorials to people of color elsewhere, but certainly not anything of this magnitude. And Dr. King is situated between the Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington memorials – it’s a great piece of real estate.”

The most remarkable aspect of the MLK memorial is that it went from conception to completion in just 25 years. In contrast, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s memorial took 45 years from concept to completion with a staff of 44 and a budget of $170 million. With a staff of 11, the MLK memorial is one of only a few memorials to raise funds from private sources.

“Well from what I’ve been told, Dr. King would want to know what all the fuss is about,” offered Johnson. “But in my honest opinion we don’t build memorials to men, we build them from ideals of which they have. We built this memorial because of the ideals Dr. King stood for.”

Johnson, a career lawyer, previously served as city attorney for Kendelton TX from 1996-99, and taught at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law and School of Public Affairs (his other alma mater).

For HERE for more info on the MLK Memorial Foundation and a virtual tour.

Did You Know? …

The XU Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment (OPIRA) is here to provide the Xavier community with useful-accurate and timely information and support. To that end, we are here to share knowledge, provide service, and deliver expert information to you on a vast array of data.

Now that the school year has begun we are continuing the "Did you know? ..." feature in TMAX.  Each month we will highlight/provide national, regional, and/or local statistics with the XU Community. This month we are providing recent data on reading to a child and how it promotes literacy.

Did You Know…? “Persons who read to their young children promote language acquisition and it is linked with literacy development, and later on, with achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school.” 

The source for this information is ChildStats.gov, 2011. The information is located in the Administration Annex building, 1st floor bulletin board, located across from the OPIRA office.  For any questions about this report or any other data you may be seeking, please feel free to contact us at ext. 7566.

Terri Burton ’94, has been promoted to associate vice president of membership & new media at the National World War II Museum, responsible for managing the Museum's 130,000 base membership program. She also made a presentation "10 Ways to Increase Your Revenue Now" at the Bridge Conference in Washington DC sponsored by the Direct Mail Association of Washington and the area Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Agnes Donahue ’68, was a member of the official choir which performed at the dedication ceremony of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC. She was interviewed by NBC and the Washington Post for the occasion. Earlier this summer she was in a church choir that sang at Mass in St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican.

Krystal Hill ’09, has earned a Master of Science degree in Early Oral Intervention/Deaf Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Brandy DeMesme ’09, has earned a Master of Science degree in Early Oral Intervention/Deaf Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has also accepted a position as a Parent Advisor at Sunshine Cottage in San Antonio TX.

Jeanine A. Jackson, ’91, has earned a Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. She previously received a MA from the University of Tennessee and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She is currently practicing in Atlanta GA.

Dr. Lamont Jones ’98, has been named Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit MI. He recently became a diplomat of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and is the Director of the Craniofacial Clinic.

Dr. Kim LeDuff '96, has been awarded tenure at the University of Southern Mississippi and promoted to Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Crystal Moore '07, has been accepted into the MBA Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She recently completed a one year ProInspire Fellowship at DC Public Schools in the Office of Secondary School Transformation.

LaNard Robinet ’58, Community Relations Officer for St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, has been inducted into the Louisiana Credit Union Hall of Fame. He was honored for 11 years of volunteer service to Louisiana Federal Credit Union by serving on the Supervisory Committee and Board of Directors.

Steven Sweetwyne ’04, served as film score composer for Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition, a documentary set in New Orleans which provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models.

Kara M. Turman '04, has been accepted into the M.A. program in industrial and /organizational psychology at the University of New Haven in West Haven CT.


Dr. Dominique Gendrin (communications) presented a paper, "Fiction and Reality in HBO’s Treme: A Narrative Alchemy at the Service of Political Truth", at the International Conference on American Television Series, University of Paris-Diderot in Paris, France. She also presented a paper, "Historicizing the Culture of New Orleans through David Simon’s Television Drama Series Treme: The Black Mardi Gras Indians", at the International Conference of Intercultural Communication Studies in Las Chiapas, Mexico.

Dr. Pamela Franco (academic affairs) has been named interim director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies. She replaces Sister/Dr. Jamie Phelps O.P., who retired from the position after this summer’s institute.

Two works of literary nonfiction by Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English) appear in current issues of online journals: "Lost" in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and "Believe (Notes Written in a Laundromat on Highway 1 in Marksville, LA)" in Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society. The latter essay, which imitates the cadence and structure of poetry and includes singing, appears not only in print but as a recorded performance piece, videotaped specifically for the journal.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) published a story, “The Nudists Come Calling,” in Bottle Rockets. He also gave a lecture and led a discussion on “Frogs and Poets: What’s the Difference (to Issa)?” at the Haiku North America conference in Seattle WA.

Dr. Carroll Mace (languages, retired) has had a book on Maya dramas published in Spanish by Marrokuin University in Guatemala. He is the considered to be among the world's leading scholars in this area of research.

Michele Woods (Library) published a book review of Greg Lastowka’s Virtual justice: the New Laws of Online Worlds in Choice’s:Current Reviews for Academic Libraries July issue.  Earlier she had a book review of Supreme Court Justice’s Stephen Beyer’s book Making Our Democracy Work: a Judge's View published in the April issue of Choice.

Two Division of Business faculty – Dr. James Bartkus (Liberty Bank Professor of Banking & Finance) and Dr. Shael Wolfson – co-authored an article, "Assessing Economic Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation: The State of Louisiana", which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Economics.

If you have any comments about TMAX or have some information you would like to submit for publication, please direct an e-mail to rtucker@xula.edu

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