Xavier Names Jason Horn as New Athletics Director
New Orleans LA - Senior Vice President for Administration Ralph Johnson has announced the appointment of Mr. Jason Horn as the new Athletics Director (AD) at Xavier University of Louisiana. He will join the athletics staff effective March 31, 2014.
|Horn comes to Xavier from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) in Detroit MI, where he has served as Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs since 2011, overseeing the areas of event management, marketing, licensing, development, fundraising, ticket sales, social media, branding, and media relations, as well as supervising several sports. During his tenure he also served as UDM interim Director of Athletics for more than seven months.
“I am elated that Mr. Horn will be joining the Xavier community,” said Johnson. “His professional accomplishments are remarkable and he has extensive and successful experience in athletics operations. He will be a tremendous asset as we position all aspects of the Xavier athletics program for enhanced success.”
| Jason Horn
Horn replaces Xavier’s retired AD Dennis Cousin, taking over an athletics program that has achieved unparalleled success competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
During the past 10 years Xavier teams have won 53 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference or NAIA unaffiliated group championships and qualified 36 times for NAIA National Championships in basketball, cross country, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. During that same stretch, 125 of 130 senior student-athletes under the current head coaches received degrees from Xavier or are still enrolled.
XU facilities also received a major upgrade last year with the completion of the XU Tennis Center and the new Convocation Center, which hosts all of the University’s intercollegiate basketball and volleyball games.
Horn’s professional career spans nearly 20 years in the field of marketing and promotions, ticketing and sales, holding positions with Northwestern State University, the University of Central Florida, Bowling Green State University, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Development League, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Conference USA, and the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games.
Prior to his work at UDM, he served as Northwestern State University’s (LA) Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing & Promotions for two years. At Northwestern, he was directly involved in marketing, revenue generation, event management, branding and licensing. He also provided oversight to the ticket office, equipment services and was involved in event scheduling. He helped manage and heighten awareness of the university’s athletic website, social media and licensing programs, setting new school records for revenue and customer and fan traffic in each quarter. He also helped develop season and group ticket sales strategies resulting in overall revenue increase for all ticketed sports.
From 2006-08, he was with Central Florida as the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions, where the marketing team's ticket sales strategies in 2006-07 led to a 21 percent spike in basketball attendance, 58 percent in baseball attendance and 32 percent for softball. In 2007 alone, over 7,000 new football season tickets were sold generating over $1.4 million in new revenue.
At Bowling Green State University he created and planned season and group ticket sales strategies that created a 40 percent increase in football season ticket revenue and an overall all-sports ticket revenue increase of 21 percent. He developed and maintained corporate contacts for partnerships, event sponsorships and promotions and hired, trained and evaluated marketing and game-day staff members.
Horn’s work history has also included the NBA Developmental League for the Mobile Revelers (2001-02) as their Director of Marketing and Community Relations, the Detroit Pistons (1996-97) as an account executive for corporate sponsorships and the New Haven County Cutters (2004-05) minor league baseball team as an assistant general manager.
A University of Michigan (UM) graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Horn started his career as a UM Basketball Operations Assistant. He was born and raised in the Detroit MI, graduating from Southfield Lathrup Senior High School. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators.
St. Joseph Altar Making Tradition at Xavier
New Orleans LA - The St. Joseph Altar making tradition will be the topic of a workshop and lecture to be presented at Xavier University of Louisiana March 16 and March 19.
A cuccidati/symbolic pastry workshop will be held Sunday, March 16, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in University Center 205C. Workshop facilitator Treschere Washington will present a fun and informative workshop about the tradition and the art of making the fig-filled cookies that are carved into symbolic shapes. It is free and open to the public. Cookies made during the workshop will be displayed on the altar.
The annual St. Joseph’s Day Altar will be setup for viewing in Xavier’s original chapel, now the "Old Boardroom" March 19 in the Administration Annex from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enter building on the Corner of Drexel and Pine.
University Chaplin Father Etido Jerome will bless the altar at 12:45 p.m. that day, followed by a presentation by XU professor Dr. Michael Homan entitled “Altars, Feasts, and Sacred Spaces: How Sacrifice Makes Us Human”.
Homan is an associate professor in Xavier’s Department of Theology. His research interests and publications combine the disciplines of Theology, History and Archaeology to focus on how people in the Bible and the ancient Near East lived. He has supervised 14 archaeological excavations in Israel and Jordan, and has published more than 40 articles and four books, including The Nine Commandments (Doubleday, 2000), To Your Tents, O Israel (Brill, 2002), The Bible for Dummies (Wiley, 2002), and the forthcoming Over, Under and Through the Bible (Eerdmans 2014).
Monetary donations (alms) will be accepted, with all funds going toward the Xavier University of Louisiana Student Emergency Fund.
Xavier Selected for HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative
New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana is among 15 historically-black colleges and universities (HBCU) chosen to lead a multi-year collaboration to foster innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship on their respective campuses.
Sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office for Access and Success (OAS), the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), the United State Patent and Trademark Office, and the United Negro College Fund, the HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative establishes an inaugural cohort of 15 HBCUs (both public and private) which have committed to implementing new institutional courses, changing faculty pedagogy, and developing partnerships that will lead to success for students on their campuses.
Partnering with Xavier in the new initiative, which is funded by The Lemelson Foundation, are: Clark Atlanta University, Fayetteville State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the Virgin Islands, and Virginia State University.
“Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to be included in this inaugural cohort of HBCU’s that have committed themselves to a leadership role in the critical area of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. "Our strategic efforts in this arena over the last few years have been productive and we look forward to the added incentives and challenges that this collaborative will offer.”
“We especially look forward to collaborating with the other selected institutions in assuring that our faculty, students, and graduates are focused on the future and addressing emerging societal needs in state-of-the-art ways,” he said.
Selected universities will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative community seeking to increase innovation and entrepreneurship across disciplines (i.e., agriculture, business, science, mathematics, engineering and technology, etc.) in order to build an innovation community among institutions, administrators, faculty and students, the federal government and private industry. This cohort of HBCUs will be able to access current and future funding opportunities that will find a consortial approach attractive.
“Xavier has had a long standing commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, and this new partnership opens up new avenues for exploration and funding opportunities to extend upon previous initiatives,” said Dr. Loren Blanchard, Xavier University Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The 15 member cohort was selected from a list of 44 institutions that submitted competitive applications for the limited number of spaces in the initial cohort. Institutions were rated on the following criteria: Institutional Commitment, Institutional Capacity, Federal Research Engagement, Intellectual Property Engagement, Faculty Innovation Potential, and Cross-Disciplinary Impact.
The institutions will kick off their participation at the 2014 HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative Symposium in conjunction with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance 18th Annual Conference that will be held in San Jose, CA. March 21-22.
Xavier Hosts The New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Tradition Extravaganza
New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana will host is hosting a special program highlighting unique local carnival customs, the New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Tradition Extravaganza Feb. 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the XU University Center Ballroom.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The program will feature presentations by representatives of several longtime Carnival groups and practices, including Big Chief Darryl Montana (of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian Tribe), Clarence Becknell (Zulu Club historian), Dr. Kim Vaz (author of The Baby Dolls), Cinnamon Black (Treme Million Dollar Baby Dolls), Royce Osborn (Skull & Bones Gang member and Producer of the documentary, All On A Mardi Gras Day) and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson (singer of Carnival Time). There will also be a performance by the TBC (To Be Continued) Brass Band.
Each representative will discuss their personal experiences as well as the history and meaning of their tradition. They will also give brief demonstrations. This is a rare opportunity to see these unique local traditions presented together and also for the public to ask questions and interact with the authentic their authentic practitioners.
This program is sponsored and hosted by Dr. Michael White, Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Xavier.
Xavier Named Partner in 100Kin10
National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force
New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has been accepted as a partner in 100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.
Xavier is the only university in Louisiana and the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) nationally in the collaboration.
As part of its commitment to 100Kin10, Xavier will provide hands-on professional development for 225 STEM teachers (including elementary) through workshops and site-visits led by STEM professionals, with activities that are culturally sensitive to the community and students with special needs.
In addition, the University will also prepare 110 teachers (50% will be elementary) who will be trained to work with students in urban high needs schools and districts, highly knowledgeable in STEM content areas, and culturally sensitive to special needs of the inner-city community.
“Xavier is delighted to have been selected to join this elite group of organizations and foundations committed to training 100,000 STEM teachers over the next ten years,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “STEM literacy and the importance of ensuring that our nation is fully prepared to address the current STEM teacher shortage is a national priority and one that we at Xavier stand ready to address.”
“We especially look forward to collaborating with the growing number of more than 150 partners currently in the network in order that we can share our own STEM successes while learning new and innovative practices and concepts that will help ensure America’s leadership in this critical area,” he said.
More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students – not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools— must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. Xavier is one of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace.
With 65 percent of its incoming freshmen focusing on a STEM discipline, XULA has perfected the model in successfully guiding and educating minority STEM students. The university’s success has been well-documented. According to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2011 Xavier was the top producer of African-American students who earned medical degrees – besting the nation’s most prestigious schools including Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Sixty of its alumni graduated from medical schools across the country compared to 22 Harvard graduates, 21 Yale graduates and 20 Stanford graduates.
According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the university is first in the nation in awarding African-Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences. The university is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. The National Science Foundation ranks XULA ninth on its list of schools whose minority alumni complete a PhD. Xavier is also one of the nation's top producers of African-American Doctor of Pharmacy graduates.
“Xavier has had a long standing commitment to preparing highly qualified STEM teachers and this new partnership with 100Kin10 supports our efforts on a national level,” said Dr. Rosalind Pijeaux Hale, an XU professor in the Division of Education and Counseling. ”We are looking forward to collaborating with the other partners to share our successes and also learn from them. Together we will reach the goal of 100Kin10.”
Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers and the University of Chicago. Reviewers are looking for organizations that bring innovation, boldness, and a proven track-record to their commitment(s) toward expanding, improving, and retaining the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force, or building the 100Kin10 movement.
A complete list of partners – with new partners highlighted – appears below and is also available on the 100Kin10 website [http://www.100kin10.org].
As partners fulfill their ambitious commitments and work together to spark innovation, they have access to exclusive opportunities—including competitive research opportunities, solution labs, collaboration grants, a growing research and learning platform, and a funding marketplace. Each of these is designed to foster collaborative problem-solving and support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments.
In January 2014, 100Kin10 launched its third fund with $5 million and leadership from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and the Overdeck Family Foundation. To date, 100Kin10 funding partners have committed more than $57 million in support of the work of the partners. Over $31 million has already been distributed to partner organizations in 99 grants since the first fund launched in June 2011.
In the first two years of the effort, 100Kin10 partners who have committed to increase the supply of great STEM teachers have recruited and prepared 12,412 teachers. They are projected to prepare just shy of 37,000 teachers by 2016, five years into the project’s ten-year timeline. The network’s continued growth (through organizations such as those announced here) will add to this total number. In addition, nearly 75 partners are working to support and improve existing teachers so that more of them stay in the profession, with the goal of over time reducing the need for so many new teachers entering the workforce.
African American Professionals on Campus for YMTF/BEEP
New Orleans LA -
The Xavier University of Louisiana Office of Career Services will sponsor the annual Youth Motivation Task Force/Black Executive Exchange Program (YMTF/BEEP) on February 23-25.
This program will bring to campus a team of 50 African American professionals from a variety of career fields including education, the military, business, government, and the private and non-profit sectors.
Team members will go into classrooms to talk with students about their goals and how they should prepare to achieve them. The program will also include panels on Careers in Law and Career Options to Medical School.
Chaired by Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas, ’71 the event will include 27 alumni including Eugenia Foster Adams ’73, Jhan Doughty Berry ’93, Whitney Brown ’08, Monica Bertran ’88, Ken Boutte ’76, Mark Boucree ’90, Patricia Boyer ’80, Charlese Brown ’81, Lynette Smith Causey ’72, Clement Dugue ’80, Royce Duplessis ’04, Houston Gilliand ’89, Kimberly Henderson ’03, Kristi Hubbard ’78, Paula Narcisse Hooks ’89, Frank Joshua ’84, Adrienne Johnson ’95, Algernon Kelley ’04, Amanda Kelley ’06,; Wayne Lopez ’99, Vernon Martin ’73, Willie McKinney ’90, Andrea Rance ’09, Larry Rivarde ’74, Randall Schexnayder ’80, Pete Thomas ’90, and Cheryl Mayo Thomas ’71.
Xavier to Host Historic Tobacco Summit
New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host an historic, national one-day summit focusing on how prevention can lead to a tobacco-free generation Feb. 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the XU Convocation Center.
The “Summit on the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Tobacco Report” marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, a report which concluded that smoking cigarettes is harmful to your health. The focus of the summit, however, is on prevention.
The event will feature conversations with the several former U.S. Surgeons General, tobacco control history makers, youth activists, advocacy groups, foundations, public health officials, and national and local community leaders.
Co-hosted by Xavier and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center under the leadership of Dr. Regina Benjamin, the XU nola.com/Times-Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences and the 18th U.S. Surgeon General, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit HERE for more details or to register.
Xavier Announces High School Business Idea Competition
New Orleans, LA - The Entrepreneurship Institute of Xavier University of Louisiana will host a business idea competition for New Orleans high school students this spring.
“Our competition provides New Orleans high school students who have an idea to put it into motion and have our experts in entrepreneurship evaluate it. In addition, students will meet other high school and some college students from across New Orleans who are creative thinkers,” says Mark Quinn, Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute.
The deadline for all entries is 11:59 p.m. on March 8, 2014. Semifinalist and Finalists presentations will be on March 22, 2014. The winner and runners up will be announced at an awards banquet on April 3, 2014. The winner receives $400 and 4 runners up each receive $150. Applications are available by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (504) 520-5046.
Sponsors of the competition are the Xavier University Entrepreneurship Institute; Capital One Bank; the Xavier Encatus Team, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.
Xavier College of Pharmacy Awarded Drug Patent
New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a U. S. Patent for a new drug formulation which promises to improve methods for treating pain and heroin addiction.
Patent No. 8,628,701B2 – “An improved method of microencapsulation” – is for a new, long acting buprenorphine formulation developed in the Xavier College of Pharmacy that allows for a reduction in the frequency of dosing. Buprenorphine is a pain killer which is also effective against opioid addiction.
“The new patented buprenorphine formulation will not only reduce the frequency of dosing from daily to once in three or six months because of the compositions and preparation method, it will also reduce the potential for abuse,” said Dr. Tarun Mandal, the lead inventor of the subcutaneous or intramuscular injection formulation and the head of the group which will initiate the safety and efficacy study soon.
“Opioid addiction is a medical condition; not caused by lack of morals, nor controlled by willpower, not cured by good advice. It is a disease as is cancer or diabetes,” he said, noting that virtually every American has been touched by addiction in some way, whether it was an addicted parent or child or spouse or co-worker or friend. He estimated that addicts’ costs the country in excess of $400 billion a year.
Buprenorphine is commercially available as sublingual tablet and film (SubutexÒ and SuboxoneÒ) for daily dose. Subutex, which contains only buprenorphine is not allowed as take home medication because of its abuse potential and must be dosed in a clinic, whereas Suboxone contains a second drug naloxone to reduce the abuse potential and therefore, used as a take home medication. Sales of these two medications reached $1.5 billion in the U.S. in 2012 and are growing by about 10 percent annually.
For more information, contact Dr. Tarun Mandal, Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, at (504) 520-7432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
694 Scholars Make Xavier University of Louisiana Fall Dean’s List
New Orleans LA - A total of 694 student scholars made the Xavier University of Louisiana Dean's List during the fall 2013 semester, according to XU Registrar Avis Stuard.
Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours. The honor students listed below are grouped by major and include their classifications, high schools and/or (hometowns). Unless otherwise noted, the latter is New Orleans.
The complete lists are available HERE (College of Arts & Sciences) and HERE (College of Pharmacy).
Applications Open for Xavier Summer Programs
New Orleans LA - Students who will attend Xavier University of Louisiana’s diverse array of pre-college and collegiate summer programs can count on learning analytical reasoning and verbal skills that will help them with their future studies, in some cases college credits.
Applications for the pre-college student programs are being accepted now, and the University is encouraging the community to enroll students soon, expecting the programs to be filled to capacity. Space is limited. New this year is an online, common application that should make applying easier and convenient.
In addition to those special programs, the summer schedule also includes regular college degree-credit courses available in two five-week sessions, and an additional eight-week session. Some new and exciting online and hybrid courses will be offered, too. All three sessions, offered at low tuition rates, are open to currently enrolled, new and returning Xavier students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for Session I and II are May 26 and June 27, respectively. Session III registration is June 6.
“Whether it’s junior or high school students participating in one of the summer enrichment programs, or our own current students mixed with transient or adult learners taking affordable summer classes for college credit or trying to improve their professional skills, each summer the Xavier campus is filled with a myriad group of students all with the common goal of getting summer enrichment,” said Damon Williams, XU Director of Summer Programs. “This summer we will offer more evening and online courses which gives the students more flexibility and the ability to work or carry out other responsibilities during the day.”
Interesting and informative pre-college programs beginning in May and June include:
- British Petroleum STEM Summer Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
- Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs – offers three “STAR” programs – MathStar, BioStar, and ChemStar – for high school students who have an expressed interest in science careers
- Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP)/Summer Scholars – a competitive and intensive honors program designed to improve the analytical reasoning and verbal skills of students considering careers in engineering, mathematics or the sciences
- Exploring Computer Science at XU – for students interested in learning more about science
- Center of Excellence Program – a four-week session designed to grant a small group of high school students interested in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements and exposure to various career opportunities in pharmacy
- Future Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy (FMSTA) – a worldwide hands-on, middle and secondary school-based science/math education program
- The Stress On Analytical Reasoning (SOAR1) – a program that prepares students in analytical reasoning and provides early exposure to science/health careers
- SuperScholar/EXCEL – a four-week residential summer enrichment program that is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing college degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education
While the pre-college programs give the campus a different feel during the summer, XU’s regular collegiate summer school sessions, offered at low tuition rates, and several special college-level programs also attract a brisk enrollment. Special program offerings include the following:
- Biomedical Scholar Summer Program (BSSP) – provides the opportunity for very high-ability incoming freshmen students who intend to major in Biology, Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed to complete one semester of Xavier's General Chemistry course earning 3 hours of college credit. Invitation only.
- Business Achievers Summer Program – for incoming freshmen business majors. Invitation only.
- Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Summer Bridge – enhances diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority- serving colleges and universities and the National Science Foundation
- Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program – ten-week program for students interested in obtaining first research experience in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program – a five-week program for incoming freshmen majoring in math, computer sciences, physics and engineering
- XUPharmPrep - a four-week program for incoming freshmen majoring in Chemistry-Prepharmacy that is designed to prepare students in key academic areas and expose them to opportunities in pharmacy. Invitation only.
In addition, the Math and Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) and Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) are expected to draw higher enrollment numbers as well.
For more information on Xavier’s Summer Programs, visit HERE.
Psychology Major Receives MLK Service Award
New Orleans LA - Yves-Yvette Young, a Xavier University of Louisiana senior psychology major from St. Paul MN, was honored for her community service during the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration.
Young, whose passion for children and love of people has fueled her zeal for community service throughout her years at Xavier, was recognized for emulating the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and for embracing the Xavier’s mission of leadership and community service.
Young’s penchant for involvement became obvious as early as her freshman year, her volunteer work with the Girl Scouts at Xavier and the Hunger Coalition earning her a reputation of “always going the extra mile.” The next year she served as Outreach Day Project Coordinator, organizing cultural enrichment and educational activities for youth 6–12 years.
A MARC Scholar, she has served as a Peer Dean (orientation leader), XU Love freshman mentor, Orientation Community Service Chair, and on the MLK Week of Peace Committee. Embracing her passion to serve and capacity to lead, Young is now in her second year as co-chair of MAX (Mobilization at Xavier), keeping tabs on over 250 volunteers, 10 programs and 15 project coordinators.
“I just try to lead by example,” she said. “Encouraging others and showing the way to keep the Xavier tradition, and my purpose, growing strong.
Young was one of four students (one from each of the MLK Week-sponsoring local institutions: XU, Tulane, Dillard and Loyola) to receive a community service award during MLK Week’s signature convocation. Other events included an interfaith service, an expressions of unity celebration, and a community service day.
Dr. Vaz’s ‘Baby Dolls’ to Highlight State Library Black History Month Celebration
New Orleans LA - In celebration of Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting Dr. Kim Marie Vaz, author and Xavier University of Louisiana Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, for a discussion of The ‘Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition.
The presentation will take place at noon on Feb. 6 at the State Library Seminar Center in Baton Rouge LA. Registration is not required for this free event.
Vaz’s book is a history of the Million Dollar Baby Dolls, one of the first women’s organizations to participate in Mardi Gras, and its post-Hurricane Katrina comeback. The ‘Baby Dolls’ traces the tradition as it spread to different New Orleans neighborhoods and empowered women.
The book uncovers the fascinating history of the women who wore baby doll costumes—short satin dresses, bonnets and stockings with garters—and their bold behavior during their journeys into the predominantly male Mardi Gras celebration.
Vaz will share photographs from different time periods to highlight how the practice changed over time. The photos, along with short video clips, bring to life the spirit of fun and play that constitute the practice of masking.
The ‘Baby Dolls’ served as the basis for a major installation on the Baby Doll tradition at The Presbytere as part of the permanent Carnival exhibit.
Production of XU Music Professor’s Opera Nominated for Big Easy Award
New Orleans LA - The 9th Ward Opera Company's double bill of George Gershwin's "Blue Monday" and Xavier University of Louisiana music professor Dr. Dan Shore's "An Embarrassing Position" has been nominated for a Big Easy Award.
The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced special awards and nominations for performances of classical music, opera, ballet and ethnic and contemporary dance in the New Orleans area in 2013. Winners will be announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Feb. 14 at the Hotel Monteleone.
The production, which featured Xavier graduates Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson ’10 and Dedrian Hogan ‘13 as well as current music major Micah Turner in “An Embarrassing Position”, was nominated in the Best Student/Community Opera Production category.
For a complete list of nominees, visit HERE.
Explore Xavier Open House Set for Jan. 23
New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host its annual Open House for prospective students, parents, and counselors Jan. 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
"Explore Xavier" gives students and their parents the opportunity to learn about admissions, majors and fields of study, financial aid and scholarships, and student life. Attendees should go to the University Center to begin Open House.
Campus tours will be available throughout the evening. Tickets will be available for that weekend’s Xavier-Dillard Crosstown Classic basketball doubleheader.
For more info call 1-877-XavierU or 504-520-7388.
“Little Rock Nine” Icon to Keynote MLK Jr., Week for Peace Celebration
New Orleans LA - Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the nine African Americans who desegregated Arkansas’ Little Rock Central High School (e.g. “the Little Rock Nine’) in 1957, will be the keynote speaker for the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, Jan. 17-20, 2014.
The theme for this year’s event – a joint collaboration between Xavier University of Louisiana, Tulane University, Loyola University and Dillard University – is “50 Years Later: Evolution of the Dream”
The keynote address will take place during the annual MLK Convocation and Symposium Jan. 18, which will be hosted this year by Loyola University in the Dana Center (St. Charles Room, 10:00 a.m.). Students from all four universities will be presented community service awards at the signature event.
The four-day celebration kicks off Jan. 17 with an Expressions of Unity Talent Showcase and Step off at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium (7:00 p.m.), followed by an Expressions After Party. Other MLK week activities include an Interfaith Service Jan. 19 at Dillard University’s Lawless Chapel (6:00 p.m.) and a Day of Service Jan. 20 at Xavier University beginning at the University Center (8:00 a.m.).
All events are free and the public is invited to participate.
Minnijean Brown Trickey entered history in 1957 by striding through the front doors of the then whites-only Central High School in Little Rock AR. As a member of the “Little Rock Nine”, in front of a worldwide television audience she walked past armed guards and an angry mob to help set America on the path toward desegregation in public schools.
That was just the beginning of her fiery career as a social activist. In her adult life, Brown-Trickey continues to be an activist for minority rights, peacemaking, environmental issues, developing youth leadership, diversity education and training, cross-cultural communications, and gender and social justice advocacy. She has spoken in 49 states, and internationally in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada, England, New Zealand and South Africa.
A journalist and educator, during the President Bill Clinton Administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity in the Department of the Interior.
For her lifetime of work she has received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the Spingarn Medal, the Wolf Award, and a medal from the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, among other citations. She has also appeared in two acclaimed documentaries: Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey and HBO's Little Rock: 50 Years Later.