Volume 43 No. 09 September 2012







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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 the 2013 edition of its annual "The Best 377 Colleges” guide. In its profile on Xavier the guide praises the school for its academics, faculty, and providing a “thriving underlying foundation upon which students can achieve the very best for themselves.”

The New York-based education services company showcases only about 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States in its annual guide.

For more info, visit HERE.

1834 Mass of the Holy Spirit Set Sept. 11

The annual Mass of the Holy Spirit will celebrated Sept. 9 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 Free Computer Classes for Alumni

The Office of Alumni Relations is offering free computer classes covering a variety of areas this summer and fall.

Visit HERE for full details.

1834 National Recovery Day Celebration

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, a national celebration of people who have or are currently seeking treatment and recovery services for substance abuse and mental disorders for themselves or a loved one. 

Xavier will hold its own Recovery Celebration Sept. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the University Center, with an additional forum at 6:00 p.m. that evening. Visit HERE for more details or call Shirley Labbe, Counseling and Wellness Center, at 520-7319.

right fit THE RIGHT FIT

Enthusiastic members of Xavier's incoming Freshman class – (front, L-R) Taylor Brazley, Chelsey McDonald, Kennedy St. Charles and Kaylen Temple (back, L-R) Kadedra Murph, Thomas Nash III and Roland Daniels – proudly display their new Class of 2016 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


Slow-moving Hurricane Isaac might have played havoc with the academic calendar and caused wind/water damage to some buildings on campus, but Xavier escaped most of the storm’s wrath and has resumed the fall semester anew.

Residence Halls welcomed back returning students on Sept. 2 and the campus opened for regular operations today (Sept. 4), including classes and extended registration. Students who were unable to complete the registration process due to the disruption are being permitted to do so this week. more  


Musical legends/multiplatinum recording artists The O’Jay’sand Grammy/American Music Award-winning recording artist Stephanie Mills are the concert headliners for Xavier’s fifth annual benefit concert Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Theater.

BP America, Inc. is the event sponsor for this year’s Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert, which was inaugurated four years ago to celebrate Dr. Francis’ 40th Anniversary as president of the nation’s only Historically Black and Roman Catholic institution of higher education, and to raise funds for the special endowed scholarship fund created in his honor.


The Xavier Review Press announces publication of a new book, The Story behind the Painting, a closer look at Frederick J. Brown’s painting, “The Assumption of Mary”, which hangs prominently in the Library Resource Center.

Written by XU English professor Katheryn Krotzer Laborde, the book is an oral history that recounts the creation and installation of the 33 x 28 foot artwork. It also serves as a key to the identities of the many faces portrayed.

In addition recollections of the late artist (he died of cancer in May 2012), the book includes interviews with XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis and faculty members Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Sr., Sister Grace Mary Flickinger, S.B.S., and artist Ron Bechet. Excerpts of a talk by Sister Monica Loughlin, S.B.S., about St. Katharine Drexel are included in the section about the university's founder.  

The book features photos 86 photos/images provided by the artist and his widow (Megan Bowman), University photographer Irving Johnson, media specialist Jim Thiebaud, and archivist Lester Sullivan.

As a special bonus, the book also recounts the pope's visit to Xavier's campus in 1988 and tells the story of Joe Spencer, one of Xavier’s most beloved and iconic employees.  


The book, priced at $28, is available through Xavier Review Press and the Department of English, or by contacting Allison Pitcher at (504) 520-5158 or apitcher@xula.edu.

semester back on track cont

“We are pleased to welcome everyone back to campus, especially our new freshmen students,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, noting that the several hundred students who remained in the campus residence halls during the storm were all safe and well-cared for. “Our Xavier staff members are doing an incredible job in making the campus available for classes and the other required services.”

Although the most significant impact of the storm on the City of New Orleans and Xavier itself was the loss of electrical power for several days, some outlying areas received much more significant flood and wind damage. Many members of the Xavier family, including students, faculty, and staff, were negatively impacted.

Said Francis, “Several have lost their homes, which are now inhabitable, and others have damages that have impacted their ability to travel to and from the campus. Our prayers and support go out to each and every one of them.”
Another casualty of the storm is the contingency days the University had set aside as fall break (Oct. 8–9). That break has been canceled, and students/faculty will need to adjust their schedules accordingly.

benefit concert cont

The net proceeds generated by the annual concert series are dedicated to an endowed scholarship fund which was created to help ensure that deserving students are able to earn a college degree regardless of their financial situation. The total goal established for the endowed scholarship fund is $1 million; to date $820,000 has been raised.

The O’Jays, who were inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 2005, are living legends. With 24 Top Ten hits and 59 total charted songs, performing for more than 50 years, they are light years away from easing up on the gas. The O’Jays have contributed 10 Gold Albums with nine going Platinum and 10 No. 1 hits. Their For the Love album, released in 2001 was a chart topper and was nominated for a Grammy.

Two of the original members of the group – Eddie Levert, Sr. and Walter Williams, Sr. – will join with Eric Nolan Grant to perform such classic hits as “Back Stabbers”, “For the Love of Money”, “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby”, “Love Train”, and “Used Ta Be My Girl”, while executing their synchronized steps choreographed by the late Cholly Adkins.

At concerts in America and overseas, their soulful singing continues to bring in standing room only audiences.

Mills, who also routinely performs before sold out live audiences, was dubbed “the little girl with the big voice" as a young girl after successful appearances at the Apollo Theatre and a starring role in the Broadway production of The Wiz. Since then Mills has matured into an Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer.

Under the 20th Century Fox record label, Mills found her breakthrough in disco music, recording now-classic danceable songs such as "Put Your Body In It," "You Can Get Over," and "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'". The resulting album, What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin, was Mills' first gold record.

She quickly followed the success with 1980's Sweet Sensation, which featured Mills' biggest hit to date, the Reggie Lucas-produced "Never Knew Love Like This Before". Her version of the Angela Winbush-penned "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," also hit No. 1 on the R&B singles chart, as did her 1989 recording of the song “Home” – a posthumous tribute to “The Wiz” producer Ken Harper and song composer Charlie Smalls.

Tickets are on sale through the Ticket Master hot line 1-866-448-7849 or ONLINE. Additional concert information is available on the Xavier WEBSITE. Sponsor tables, patron packages and concert tickets are available through the Office of Institutional Advancement’s special concert hot line at 504-520-4252.

Alumni / FacultyStaff


Cliff Barthe ’81 has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Tulane University. He previously served as head basketball and athletics director of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, where he posted a 170-50 record in six years, including winning the 2011 Louisiana 5A State Championship.

Dr. Tara Benjamin ’01 has been awarded a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Medicine.

Shelita Gray Bourgeois ’75 has accepted a position as Associate Director of the Annual Fund at Tuskegee University. She also recently completed a Master of Science degree in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University.

Dr. Kendris Brumfield ’97 MA ’99, a senior management consultant and management professor, has published a crisis management resource for senior executive teams (S.E.T.s), middle managers, and company stakeholders, S.E.T Culture: What Every Organization Needs to Know Before Crises Occur.

Michael Caldwell ’11, a law student at Loyola University-New Orleans and a summer intern at the United States Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, presented a talk and hosted a discussion on youth and political involvement at the U.S. Embassy in Harare.

Dr. Sabrina Echols ’92, Medical Director of Bee Busy Wellness Center in Houston TX, made a presentation a health presentation, “Body, Mind, and Spirit”, at the Metamorphosis Women’s  Conference in Cachoeira, Brazil.

Rebecca Pittman Edwards ’99 was featured in the Charlotte Business Journal’s “People on The Move” section following her promotion to a Corporate Human Resources Analyst for the City of Charlotte.

Samba L. Goddard, ’04 has been has been named assistant principal of Quest Early College High School in Houston TX.

Dr. Tomia Palmer Harmon ’94 is serving as Director of Primary Care Skills and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tamorah Hawthorn ’11 is serving as a Youth Development Facilitator in the Peace Corps in Subic, Zambales in the Philippines. When she arrived she met another Xavierite serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cebu City in the Philippines: Adriane Clomax ’05.

Adriene Hobdy ’04, Educational Consultant and Director of Planning and Assessment at the Inspired Leadership Institute, spoke at the Centennial Gala.

Maya Jones ’12 has joined ESPN the Magazine as a researcher, where her duties include fact-checking, intense researching, and working closely with writers and senior editors.

The Hon. Ivan Lemelle ’71 was recently named a Trustee of the National American Inns of Court Foundation. He was also elected President-Elect of the United States Fifth Circuit District Judges Association and named recipient of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s Norman S. Early, Jr. Founder’s Award.

Terrance Osborne ’00 was featured in the New Orleans’ Data Newsweekly newspaper in a cover story, “The Art and Soul of a City.”

Krista Pouncy ’93 has been named sales director of digital solutions (advertising) for the new NOLA media group in New Orleans.

Kelsey Riley ’12, who is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at Vanderbilt University, was awarded a research assistant position with the Department of Special Education’s 1st Grade Reading and Math Project, which includes a full tuition waiver for 2012-13 plus a monthly stipend.

Jonathan Tennial '10 was ordained a Baptist minister by the Baptist Ministers Fellowship of Chicago and Vicinity and recently completed Level 1 Clinical Pastoral Education training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago IL.

Dr. Trevonne Thompson ‘97, an emergency physician and medical toxicologist at the University of Illinois-Chicago, was elected president-elect of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association.

Dr. Ingrid Taylor Trasada ’89, a physician in St. Louis MO, has been elected Chairman of the Board for the National Medical Association (NMA), the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States.

Shavonn Whiten ’11 has been accepted into the Master of Science program in the Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department at Montana State University.


Dr. James Bartkus (Liberty Bank Professor of Banking & Finance) co-authored two articles which have been accepted for publication: “Efficiency Determinants and Dynamic Efficiency Changes in Latin American Banking Industries” in the Journal of CENTRUM Cathedra (JCC): The Business and Economics Research Journal, and “Does Venture Capital Portfolio Size Matter?” in Studies in Economics and Finance.

Dr. Gary Donaldson (History) will have a second edition of his book, Making of Modern America: The Nation from 1945 to the Present, published in September by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Dr. Nicole Greene (Kellogg Professor of English) presented a paper "A Comparison of the 1889 and 1903 Editions of Somerville and Ross's First Novel, An Irish Cousin" at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures at Concordia University in Montreal CA. She also had a feature article on summer school published in the June 30 issue of The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in London, England.

Hannah Lawing (athletics) has joined the staff as assistant volleyball coach. A graduate of and former standout player at the University of South Carolina, she comes to XU from Heathwood Hall Episcopal High in Columbia SC, where she served as a varsity assistant and also co-coached the South Carolina Midlands 18s Elite club team.

Dr. Elizabeth Manley (History) had a article, “Intimate Violations: Women and the Ajusticiamiento of Dictator Rafael Trujillo, 1944-1961,” published in the peer reviewed journal, The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History, Vol. 69: 1, July 2012.
Dr. Elizabeth Rousselle (languages) and Joseph Drexler-Dreis ’09 published an article, “Lina soy yo: Mysticism as Subversion and Identity for the Modern Woman Writer in Emilia Pardo Bazán's Dulce Dueño” in the September 2012 edition of Hispanófila, a peer-reviewed journal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Steven Salm (chair, History), had a book co-edited book with Dr. Emmanuel Mbah, Globalization and the African Experience, published by theCarolina Academic Press, 2012).  He also co-authored the introduction to the book and authored a chapter, “Africanizing the West: Changing Expressions of Popular Culture among Urban Youth”.

Edward Stemley (vice chair, COP Division of Clinical and Administrative Services) participated in the Academy for Academic Leadership’s 2012 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP), held in Atlanta GA.
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