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NEWS ARCHIVES 2007
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DECEMBER 2007
BET’s Jeff Johnson is Keynote Speaker for Annual MLK Week of Peace
Nuggets Win Sixth Straight
Hammer Named CAT Director  
Nuggets Beat Sterling 68-56 for Fifth Straight Win
Growth Leads to Creation of Division of Business at Xavier
Rush, Nuggets Basketball Squads Both Nationally Ranked
Gold Rush Give Jackson his 100th Victory
Nuggets Beat Houston Baptist for the First Time
Lake, Dumas Push Rush Past Savannah
Student Newspaper Sports a New Look
NOVEMBER 2007
Nuggets Win 73-42; Browder Gets 200th Victory
Stroger Selected for Alumnus of the Year Honors
Wiley Gives Gold Rush its First Loss of the Season
Nuggets Finish 2-0 in Xavier Classic
Dumas Gets It Done; Rush Go to 5-0
Xavier Team Grabs Seven More PRSA Awards in 2007
Xavier Business Students Excel in Sales Competition
Christian Brothers Snaps Nuggets Win Streak
Ruffin Rescues Rush in Overtime Against Rams
Nuggets Win on Road Against NCAA D-I Opponent
Gold Rush is 5th in VSN's NAIA Rankings
Stewart's Shot Caps Comeback Win
Cleaves, Turnbull Help Gold Nuggets Whip Wiley
Gold Rush Speed Past Wesley in Season Opener
Xavier Jazz Ensemble Concert Nov. 15
Modern Pioneers in "Jazz in New Orleans: the 1950’s” Symposium
Runners Repeat as GCAC Men's and Women's Champs
Nuggets Win 16th Consecutive Home Opener
Langston Defeats Gold Nuggets 53-44 in Opener
Miss Xavier to be Crowned Nov. 2
Campus Leaders Make Annual Who's Who List
Xavier Men No. 10 in NAIA Preseason Basketball Poll
OCTOBER 2007
Distinguished Alumna Dara Rahming is Guest for Xavier Concert
Operation Diabetes a Success at Lakeside
Xavier No.1 in Physics
XU Concert Choir Performs in Two Free Concerts
Jupiter Chamber Ensemble Presents XU Concert Nov. 2
Dumas, Stewart Make Preseason All-GCAC Men's Basketball Team
New Chairman, Three New Xavier Board Members
Cleaves, Turnbull Are Preseason All-GCAC
Exciting Fall Music Performances at Xavier
Francis Receives Wisdom Award for Education
Braud Named Director of Advancement at Xavier
'No Place Like Home' for Xavier Alumni Reunion
University Honors 59 Long-Time Faculty/Staff Members

Men Picked First / Women 2nd in GCAC Basketball Polls

Operation Diabetes Returns October 20 to Lakeside Mall
Alumni Invited to XU 2007 Homecoming
U.S. News Report Ranks Xavier Among Top HBCUs
Donors, State Funds Create Endowed Professorships
Salmon Shines at Rhodes CC Meet
Walker Wins 2 Titles for Xavier Men's Tennis
SEPTEMBER 2007
Stephen Klineberg to Speak at Annual Phi Beta Kappa Couper Lecture
Carnegie Commits Millions to Revitalize Xavier, New Orleans
XU Students Continue Support of Jena 6
Gold Rush CC Runs Season Record to 23-3
McArthur Places Second in Consolation Tennis Bracket
Carnegie Corporation Commits $14 Million to to Revitalize N.O. Intellectual Infrastructure
Xavier Students Show Support for the ‘Jena 6’
XU Teams Win at Big Easy Invitational
Dumas Impresses at Adidas Basketball Experience
XU Campus Ministry Presents "Many Voices, One Praise" Sept. 28
Freshman Salmon Sets Men's CC Record
Enrollment on the Rise at Xavier University
Tennis Teams to Compete Twice in September
Xavier Mourns Death of John T. Scott / IN MEMORIAM
Xavier Men First in Tulane CC Meet
Freshman Class Increases: Overall Enrollment Steady
Biology Professor Brings World Famous Worm to N.O.
Alumna Spearheads XU Recruiting Efforts in Harlem
Committee Approves Faculty Promotions
New Chairs Provide Leadership this Fall
AUGUST 2007

Ohio Parishioners Deliver New Sanctuary to Xavier Chapel

Cross Country Squads Ready for Another Run at the Titles
Gold Rush Announce 2007-08 Basketball Schedule
Nuggets Announce 2007-08 Basketbal Schedule
XU Included Among The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges”
Xavier Ranks High in U.S. News College Guide
“White Coat Ceremony” for New Xavier Pharmacy Students August 22 
Freshman Orientation at Xavier Begins August 17
Cross Country Teams Ready to Run in 2007
Revised Orientation Program to Welcome New Freshman Class
JULY 2007
NAIA Honors Fugate and Richardson
Math Gets Grant to Study Developmental Programs

XU Selected to Host GCAC Cross Country Championships

Bracy Receives 2007 APPA Pacesetter Award
Xavier Ranks High in Diverse Issues Report
New Approach Should Benefit Incoming Freshman Students
University's Top Students Designated Rousseve Scholars
Psychology Professor Has Tales to Tell
Healthy Homes Youth Art Contest
JUNE 2007
Students Learn Mardi Gras Indian Culture in Unique Summer School
St. Charles Named VP for Institutional Advancement
Theology Professor is Scholar in Residence at NYU and Paris
MAY 2007
Vincent, Richard, Murphy to Retire; Sister Monica to Head A&S
Bell, Richardson, Knowles Make All-Louisiana Tennis
Xavier Launches New Alumni NetCommunity
567 Scholars Make Spring ’07 Dean’s List
Bell is First-Team NAIA Tennis All-American
American Express CEO Says Xavier Graduates Well-Prepared
Six from Xavier are Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars
Xavier Still Tops at Placing African American Students in Medical School
Entzminger Twins Leave Their Mark at Xavier
American Express CEO to Address '07 Graduates
Dumas Selected for LABC Award
Athletics Returns From Hurricane Hiatus With a Bang
President Enhances Student Life at Cal State Fullerton--
New Student Leaders Selected
Microsoft Pilot Program Succeeds
XU Offers Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer School
Xavier Student Selected for Cannes Filmmaker Program

APRIL 2007

Boutte Selected to Head Freshman Studies
Tennis Teams Bow Out in Regionals
Summer Sessions Are Back at Xavier
Xavier's Summer Science Academy Accepting Applications
Emergency Communications High Priority for Weather and Other Disasters
Xavier Sweeps GCAC Tennis Championships
American Express CEO to Address Xavier’s 2007 Graduates
Phi Beta Kappa Couper Scholar Lectures April 19
"Prescriptions for the Healthy Woman" Symposium April 26 
Perfect Finish for Xavier Tennis Teams
XU Music Department Schedules Two April Concerts
Stewart Makes Men's All -Louisiana 3rd Team
Cleaves is Women's 3rd Team All-Louisiana Again
Funeral Arrangements Set for Sr. Mary Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, S.B.S.
Gold Nuggets Clinch No. 1 for GCAC Tennis Tournament
Men's Tennis Beats No. 24 Oklahmona Baptist

MARCH 2007

Tennis Teams Drop Two
Lecture on Three Novels of the African Diaspora March 28 at Xavier
Men's Tennis Defeats No. 25 Oklahoma Christian
Xavier Hosts Students on Alternative Spring Break
Dumas is Chosen NAIA Third-Team All-American
New Text Message System Keeps Xavier Community Informed
Tennis Teams Remain Unbeaten in Conference Play
NW Oklahoma Ends Gold Rush Run
Team Xavier Triumphs in Ford HBCU Business Plan Competition
Rush Win First NAIA Tournament Game Since 1973
Gold Nugget Rally Falls Short at NAIA Tournament
XU Opens 2nd Neighborhood Health & Technology Information Center
Stewart Enterprise Chairman Emeritus to Speak at XU Institute
575 Scholars make Fall '06 Dean's List
Nuggets' Tennis Team Reaches NAIA Top 10 for First Time
Gold Rush Receives NAIA At-Large Bid
Nuggets to Meet Carroll in NAIA First Round
“Mardi Gras Indians: A New Orleans Tradition" March 14 at XU

Open House at Xavier Draws Determined Students
Nuggets Earn NAIA Bid Despite Loss in GCAC Tournament Final
NAIA Honors Sr. Grace Mary Flickinger With National FAR Award
Xavier and NYU Students Collaborate on Digital Storytelling Project
Nuggets Reach GCAC Title Game, Clinch NAIA Bid
LSUS Knocks Rush from GCAC Tournament
NSU Tennis Sweep Includes Women's First Loss
XU Celebrates St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day with Celebration
Stewart Sets Career Record in Rush's GCAC Tourney Victory
Nigerian Writer to Lecture at XU March 7
Former U.S. Surgeon General to Lecture on Health Disparities
Xavier Team Returns to Finals in Ford-HBCU Business Plan Contest
Walk-on Helaire's the Hero in GCAC Quarterfinals

FEBRUARY 2007

Basketball Teams To Host Postseason Openers
Gold Rush Earns a Share of GCAC Championship
Xavier Women Beat Dillard, Clinch Second in GCAC
Xavier CoP Examines Health Disparities with Health Professionals
Kennedy's Career Night Keeps Gold Rush Atop GCAC
Gold Nuggets Rally to Reach 20 Victories Again

Tennis Teams Sweep Prairie View
XU Hosts First Archdiocesan Gathering of Black Catholics Since Katrina
Xavier Holds Open House for Prospective Students
Gold Rush in 3-Way Tie for First after Win at Belhaven
Nuggets Win 65-57 at Belhaven
Berlin Conductor to Give Master Class and Performance

LSUS Ends XU Men's WInning Streak
LSUS Scores First 17 Points in Win over Nuggets

Local Heroes Printmaking and Performance Project Honors John Scott
XU Forensics Team Shines at LSU Mardi Gras Invitational
Gold Rush Enter Top 25 for First TIme This Season
Okoroha Named GCAC Player of the Week for 2nd Time
Gold Rush Win 10th Straight
Nuggets Lose to SUNO
Gold Rush Earns Ninth Consecutive Victory
Loyola Knocks Nuggets Out of First
Tennis Teams Win Twice, Stay Perfect
CSLS Opens Neighborhood Center

Gold Rush wins 80-67 at Mobile
Mobile Rallies to Defeat Nuggets
Tennis Teams Ranked in NAIA Preseason Top 25
Gold Nuggets Move Up to 22nd in NAIA Poll
‘Heroes’ of the 7th Ward Focus of a N.O. Black History Arts Project
Gold Rush Moves to the Top of the GCAC
Turnbull Scores Career-High 20 in Nuggets' Win

Institute for Black Catholic Studies - Back Home at Xavier
XU Tennis Teams Sweep Spring Hill
Gold Rush Win Streak Reaches Six Games
Nuggets Win Again, Turnull Ties Scoring Mark

JANUARY 2007

Admissions Prospects Encouraging for Xavier's 2007 Freshman Class
Gold Rush Beats Dillard for 5th Straight Win
Second-half Surge Carries Nuggets over Dillard
Tennis Teams Sweep Southern on the Road

Gold Rush Down SUNO for 4th Straight Win
SUNO Rallies Late to Step Nugget Streak
Nuggets Ranked No. 21 in NAIA National Rankings
Renowned Artist Howadena Pindell to Speak at Xavier Jan 29

Xavier to Benefit from "Evening of Stars" Tribute to Aretha Franklin
Rush Beats Carey for 3rd Straight Win
Cleaves Brings Nuggets Back Against Carey

NYU Professor and Xavier Art Courses Help to Rebuild New Orleans
Okoroha Leads Gold Rush Past Belhaven
Whitmore's 3-pointer Beats Buzzer, Belhaven
Gold Nuggets Advance to No. 22 in NAIA Poll
Dumas Leads Late Surge to Help Gold Rush Beat Loyola
Turnbull Takes Control in OT Win Over Loyola
Nuggets Take Sole Possession of First Place
Stewart Scores 28 in Gold Rush Loss at Spring Hill

Gold Nuggets Earn 4th Straight Win
Gold Rush Lose to 5th-ranked LSU-Shreveport
Early Start for XU-Loyola DH to Avoid Saints Game
Gold Nuggets Rally Past Mobile
Late Threes Help Mobile Defeat Gold Rush

Nuggets Extend Their Dominance Over Tougaloo
Gold Rush Lose GCAC Opener at Tougaloo
Nuggets, Rush Climb in NAIA Rankings
Okoroha is Selected GCAC Men's Player of the Week
Cornel West is Keynote Speaker for MLK Week of Peace

New College of Pharmacy Hires Latest in Alumni Faculty
XU Students to Host High School Leadership Summit
University Names New Registrar

XU to Benefit From Joyner Campaign


ARCHIVES 2005-2006

News Releases

BET’s Jeff Johnson is Keynote Speaker for Annual MLK Week of Peace

New Orleans, La. - Social activist, international journalist, and executive producer,  ‘Cousin’ Jeff Johnson, will be the keynote speaker for the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, January 19-25, 2008.

The Martin Luther King Week for Peace is presented by Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard Universities. The theme for 2008 is “Are You Engaged, where do you stand?”

In addition to the featured Tuesday lecture – at which Lifetime Achievement and Student Community Service awards will be presented – other MLK week activities include an interfaith service, a community service day, a candlelight march and an Expressions of Unity celebration. All events are free and open to the public.

Jeff Johnson is a political motivator and a social commentator, most widely known for his appearance on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on the shows “The Jeff Johnson Chronicles” and “Rap City.”  On these shows, Johnson is known to speak of and challenge the issues of violence and voting. He is currently a commentator for several radio shows as well as BET and CNN.

A native of Cleveland, OH, Johnson attended the University of Toledo. He   was elected President of the Black Student Union twice, and played an integral role in the formation of black student awareness on campus. He has served as National Director for the NAACP’s Youth and College Division, and later, Vice President for the Russell Simmons Hip Hop Summit Action Network.

All of the Week’s events are free and open to the public. The complete calendar of MLK activities are as follows: 

Saturday, January 19, 2008
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Community Service Day (MLK Outreach New Orleans)

Students choose from eight sites including schools, neighborhood clean ups, playground building and more. http://www.mlkoutreachnola.tulane.edu

Monday, January 21, 2008
Interfaith Service - 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6331 St Charles Avenue

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
MLK Convocation: Reception - 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; Convocation - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Student Community Service Awards
    Speaker: Jeff Johnson
Dillard University

Friday January 23, 2008
Candlelight March from Tulane Pocket Park to Xavier’s University Center - 4:45 p.m.
Expressions of Unity celebration follows in the XU University Center.

Nuggets Win Sixth Straight

Miami Shores, Fla. - Patrice Hawkins had career highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday, and LaTashia Wise had career highs of 14 points and seven assists to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a 79-47 women's basketball victory over Central Methodist in the Cruzin Classic.

Tiffany Norris had season highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds -- her second career double-double - for the Gold Nuggets (10-2), who won both their games in this event and their sixth straight overall. Xavier is ranked 21st in NAIA Division I. Stephanie Todd and Holly Wade scored 11 points apiece for Central Methodist (3-9), which was 0-2 in the event and has a four-game losing streak. Megan Hirsch scored 10 points.

Wise - who had a career-high 10 rebounds Tuesday in a victory over Sterling - scored 12 points to help Xavier build a 37-28 halftime lead. Hawkins scored 11 second-half points, including the final three of a 13-5 run which gave Xavier a 50-33 lead with 15:21 remaining. The Nuggets' biggest lead was 33 points. Xavier outshot the Lady Eagles 47 to 33 percent from the floor, outrebounded them 50-28 and held them to their lowest point total of the season.

Xavier's next game will be its Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opener at Belhaven at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 3. The Nuggets' next home game will start at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 against SUNO at The Barn.

Hammer Named CAT Director  

New Orleans, La. - Elizabeth Yost Hammer has been named Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Hammer, who is also a professor in the Psychology department, received a bachelor of science in psychology from Troy State University (Alabama) and both a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology at Tulane University.

Her research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and she has published on service learning, mentoring, collaborative learning, and the utilization of social psychological theories in the classroom in publications such as The Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology and the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 

She is a National Past-President of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology and was recently elected as Treasurer for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

She is a co-author on the textbook, Psychology Applied to Modern Life (9th edition).  She is currently co-authoring a book entitled Psychology of Disasters for Blackwell Publishing. 

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching is an academic resource for Xavier University's faculty and the broader educational community. The Center’s mission is to advance the art and science of teaching and learning.

Nuggets Beat Sterling 68-56 for Fifth Straight Win

Coral Springs, Fla. - Jarryn Cleaves scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half Tuesday to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a 68-56 women's basketball victory over Sterling in the Cruzin Classic. The victory was the fifth in a row for the Gold Nuggets (9-2), who are ranked 21st in NAIA Division I.

Cleaves, Xavier's only double-figure scorer, added five rebounds and three steals. Tiffany Norris scored eight points, and Erica Turnbull and Brittany Whitmore had seven apiece. Whitmore's point total was a season high, and LaTashia Wise grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds.

Jacci Tinkel scored 14 points, and Ashley Kraft had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sterling (5-5). Britany Gasper scored 10.
Cleaves' 3-pointer at 9:20 of the first half put the Nuggets ahead to stay at 16-13. Xavier led 37-30 at halftime and took its biggest lead, 62-44, on a Norris free throw with 5:54 remaining.

Sterling outshot Xavier 41 to 39 percent from the floor, but the Nuggets had a 37-30 rebound advantage and gained 27 turnovers, six more than they committed. Xavier made 17 of 22 free throws for a season-high percentage of .773.

Xavier will play Central Methodist at 6 p.m. EST Wednesday (5 p.m. New Orleans time) at Miami Shores, Fla., to conclude its participation in this event, which includes 16 women's teams. Sterling, a 57-52 loser to Cardinal Stritch on Monday, finished 0-2 in the Cruzin Classic.

Growth Leads to Creation of Division of Business at Xavier

New Orleans, La. - Besides enjoying a national reputation as a school where students attend to major in the sciences and health related fields, one of the fastest growing areas at Xavier University of Louisiana has been in Business.  That growth has resulted in the creation recently of a new Division of Business, to replace what had been an academic department inside the university's College of Arts & Sciences.

Nationally accredited, with more than 250 students enrolled as majors, the Business department was already growing and expanding before Hurricane Katrina came along and delayed this latest expansion. According to department chairman Anil Kukreja, because of its increasing enrollment and after being accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, there was even discussion into the possibility of becoming a college of business. Those plans have been scaled back, but Business at Xavier is nevertheless pressing forward.
 
The department's ascendancy in November 2007 to become the Division of Business makes it the second academic division in the College of Arts and Sciences (besides Education.)    
 
“Our business program is unique in that we have four separate programs,” said Kukreja, adding that Xavier's programs of study in accounting, finance, management and sales and marketing cover the areas students want and where the demand is greatest in the business world.
 
“We’re excited about our change to a Division,” said Kukreja. “This new status will give us increased visibility and is a significant step towards our ultimate goal of becoming a college or school of business.”
 
For now the new Business division is focused on recruitment and building the program. Says Kukreja, "We've streamlined the curriculum, and we’ve done our homework to make ourselves ready for growth. There is a lot of growth potential in business, and we’re glad the University has shown its commitment by making us a division.”
 
Xavier students have consistently been successful in obtaining employment with Fortune 500 companies and they are also winning various regional and national business competition. A team of Xavier University business students won the 2007 Ford-HBCU Business Plan Competition, a national contest; plus, a team of Sales and Marketing students won recently at the Bayou Sales Challenge Competition.
 
The Xavier Division of Business currently hosts two pre-college programs, Business Scholars and Business Achievers for high school seniors. Students in both courses take an "Introduction to Business" course and obtain college credit.
 
The Division of Business has five endowed professorships and one endowed chair.  In addition Xavier has three joint programs with Tulane University where students may obtain an undergraduate degree and a masters degree in finance or accounting or an MBA degree. Currently there are four business students enrolled at Tulane in the joint programs.

For more information, contact the Division of Business at (504) 520-7505 or visit online at www.xula.edu/business.

Stroger Selected for Alumnus of the Year Honors

New Orleans, La. - John Stroger Jr. ’52 was honored as the University’s top alumni at the annual Alumni Homecoming Gala.

Stroger, who recently retired as president of the Board of Commissioners of Illinois’ Cook County (Chicago), was unable to attend the event due to illness, but his daughter, Yonnie Lynn Clark, accepted the 2007 Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award for him on his behalf.
A powerful Democratic political figure in Chicago for decades, Stroger rose to the level of chief executive of one of the most significant counties in the nation, a multi-city area with a larger population and bigger budget than 35 states. He presided over a workforce of 23,000. The billion dollar Cook County hospital was named in his honor.

Stroger was recognized for his extraordinary dedication and service to his alma mater. He served as both a member and chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. He has given of his time and resources to the many endeavors of the Chicago Alumni Chapter.

A faithful financial supporter of the University, he and his wife Yonnie are charter members of the Xavier 500 Alumni Leadership Initiative – a select group of individuals who have committed $10,000 or more over a 10-year period to support student scholarships. This past year – at the request of his family – his John H. Stroger Jr. Charitable Foundation contributed $500,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund for deserving Xavier students.

The annual Homecoming Gala drew a sell-out crowd more than 460 attendees to the University Center Ballroom. Class Agents for the 14 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $620,693. The Class of ’52 led the way with 21 individual donors contributing $392,275.

Xavier Team Grabs Seven More PRSA Awards in 2007

New Orleans, La. - For a second consecutive year, Xavier University of Louisiana's Office of University & Media Relations (U/MR) brought home seven awards from the annual Public Relations Society of America, New Orleans Chapter Awards banquet, held Nov. 14. 

The U/MR team received Excellence awards for its online magazine "This Month At Xavier" (TMAX) and for a video production entitled “Norman C. Francis' 50 Years at Xavier: In His Own Words.” Both pieces may be viewed currently on the university's web site www.xula.edu.

In addition, Xavier photographer Irving Johnson III received an Excellence award in addition to a "Best in Category" citation for his photo promoting the university's “E-2 Campus sign-up" campaign.

The University & Media Relations team also received merit awards in the Feature Story category for “The Last Snap” about Xavier’s last football team, written by publications director Richard Tucker; in the External Publication category for its Xavier Gold alumni magazine; and in The Great Idea category, for the "E-2 Campus Text Messaging" campus sign-up campaign.
 
Associate Vice President Warren Bell, Jr. heads the University and Media Relations team for Xavier; which includes Tucker and Johnson, as well as Carol Dotson, media relations manager and Trina Vincent, marketing & promotions manager.

The U/MR team’s winning entries were judged in competition against entries from some of the top agencies and PR professionals in New Orleans.

Xavier Business Students Excel in Sales Competition

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana business sales and marketing students took home first place honors in the Fifth Annual Bayou Sales Challenge competition, held earlier this month. .

Giselle Rouson, a senior marketing major from Mobile, Ala. (McGill-Toolen High School), took first place in the Overall Competition; Christina Gilbert, a senior marketing major from West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley High School), won first place in the ‘Pressure Round’

Team Xavier took second place. Team members included Rouson and Gilbert, along with Jessica Taylor, a junior marketing major from Oxnard, Calif. (Oxnard High) and Tresa Northington, a senior Spanish major from Bellevue, Wash. (Newport High).

Bayou Sales Challenge is a sales role-play competition that gives students a chance to compete against each other and demonstrate their selling skills.  Students compete on an individual level and also on a team level representing their university. The judges for the competition are sales professionals from a variety of industries.

Dr. Joe Ricks served as the faculty advisor and coach of the winning team.  Last year Team Xavier also took home two first place awards and placed second in the competition.

Xavier Jazz Ensemble Concert Nov. 15

New Orleans, La. - The Xavier Jazz Ensemble will host its annual Fall Homecoming Concert under the direction of Dr. Timothy R. Turner on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Xavier Music Building Recital Hall.

The ensemble will feature masterworks from the Edward Kennedy Ellington Library. Literature for the evening will include “Latin American Sunshine” and “Oclupaca” from Ellington’s “Latin American Suite” as well as “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue,” “Across The Track Blues” and other masterworks made famous by the Ellington Orchestra.

The Xavier University Jazz Ensemble is a featured group at the Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has toured the United States and other South American countries quite frequently. The group performs various repertoire ranging from big band swing to contemporary Jazz ensemble literature. Great emphasis is placed on providing an educational account of the historical development of Jazz that will serve to inspire audiences to appreciate and understand the contribution that Jazz has given the world of music.

The Jazz Ensemble concert is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Department of Music and is a part of the Xavier University Homecoming Festivities.

For more information concerning the concert and other scheduled musical events on the Xavier campus, contact the Department of Music or Dr. Timothy R. Turner, Director of Bands at 504-520-7597.

Modern Pioneers in "Jazz in N.O.: the 1950’s” Symposium

 New Orleans, La. - Local jazz pioneers will be the featured performers and panelists for a Nov. 14 program at Xavier University entitled “Jazz in New Orleans:  the 1950’s Part 1 – Modern Jazz.”
 
Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste and Jesse McBride and the Next Generation will be the panelists for the program at the University Center on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Mary & William McCaffrey Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
                             
The panel will be moderated by Xavier alum, professor and local jazz performer and historian, Dr. Michael White. Professor White is the university's Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities. White, who is coordinating the event, also has plans to present a "Part II" of the "Jazz in New Orleans" symposia in 2008.
 
“New Orleans is the birthplace and land of traditional jazz,” said White. “In the 1950’s there were a few African Americans who took up and performed modern jazz as it was done in New York and they became pioneers or revolutionaries in New Orleans music.”
 
Ellis Marsalis is a pianist, composer, music teacher and patriarch of the musical Marsalis family. He is the dean of jazz education in New Orleans.
 
Harold Battiste is a composer, saxophone player, and arranger. “He was very forward thinking in terms of both music and also Black image. He was a proponent of Black musicians coming together and controlling their own destiny.” Battiste founded the All for One (AFO) record label and the American Jazz Quintet – a modern jazz group that recorded on that label.  Battiste has arranged for Sam Cook, and started the careers of many jazz musicians. He was the musical director for the Sonny and Cher television show.
 
Both Marsalis and Battiste taught in the jazz program at the University of New Orleans. They are now both retired. “This program is a rare opportunity to hear them talk about their experiences and perform,” said White.
 
Jesse McBride and the Next Generation is a young band that plays some of the material of the American Jazz Quintet. McBride moved to New York following Hurricane Katrina and has continued to perform in New Orleans.
 
Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum. For more information on “Jazz in New Orleans: the 1950’s Part 1 – Modern Jazz,” visit the Xavier website at www.xula.edu.

Miss Xavier to be Crowned Nov. 2

New Orleans, La. - Megan Minor will reign as Miss Xavier University of Louisiana 2007-08.  The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native will be presented and crowned at the annual University Ball and Coronation Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 2 at 9:00 p.m. at the downtown Hilton Hotel.

Megan, a senior pharmacy major, is a 2004 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy.  She is the daughter of Monica Boissiere Minor and Marty Minor, Sr.  During her Xavier career Meagan has been a member of the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., the Academy of Student Pharmacists, the student chapter of the Louisiana Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the Student Government Association. She served as Miss Junior on last year’s homecoming court. She is an honor roll student and has received a College of Pharmacy scholarship and is a TOPS Honors Recipient.

Also on the 2007-2008 Homecoming Court are Miss Freshman, Erin Elise Mitchell, a psychology/premed major from LaPlace, La. A 2007 graduate of East St. John High School, she is the daughter of Stacy Mitchell and Tarni Jones-Mitchell.

Miss Sophomore, Kristyn Patterson, a biology/premed major from Chicago Ill.  She is a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High.  She is the daughter of Julie and Cecil Gill.

Miss Junior, Natalie Clark, a pharmacy major from Baker, LA. The 2005 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School is the daughter of Albert and Evangelynn Brown Clark.

Miss Senior, Alicia Pressley, a biology premed major from Slidell LA. She is the daughter of Anthony and Belinda Barney Pressley.

Distinguished Alumna Dara Rahming is Guest for Xavier Concert

New Orleans, La. - The Xavier University Music Department continues a long operatic tradition when it presents distinguished alumna, Dara Rahming ‘95, soprano, in vocal recital. The program, free and open to the public, happens Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:00 in the Xavier Music Building Recital Hall. 

The concert is part of the Alumni Reunion activities.

Rahming has been guest artist with the Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis and the Dundas Center for the Performing Arts in Nassau, Bahamas. In 2006 Ms. Rahming was a finalist in the Altamura/Caruso International Voice competition. She is a winner of the Paul Robeson Vocal Competition; a winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions and a Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship finalist. 

The program at Xavier will include arias and art songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Margaret Bonds, Gustave Charpentier, Erich KIorngold, George Gershwin and Moses Hogan. Joining Ms. Rahming in duets from the operas I Pagliacci and Porgy and Bess will be bass/baritone Brian Keith Johnson who is also enjoying outstanding success on the operatic and musical theater stages. She will also be accompanied by Xavier Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Wilfred Delphin ‘71.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more info please call:  504-520-7597.

Operation Diabetes a Success at Lakeside

New Orleans, La. - Nearly 150 area residents learned more about Diabetes prevention and management of the widespread disease when Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy students and faculty recently hosted their third annual “Operation Diabetes” outreach event at the Lakeside Shopping Center mall.

Xavier’s American Pharmacists Association student chapter and Student National Pharmaceutical Association co-sponsored the event.

Xavier student pharmacists provided blood pressure and glucose screenings to participants and brochures to educate the public on symptoms of diabetes and ways to manage the disease to prevent long-term complications. The students also gave out door prizes.

XU No.1 in Physics

New Orleans, La. - The latest report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) on physics enrollments and degrees, confirms that Xavier is first in the nation in awarding physics BS degrees to African Americans.

The report, which covers the latest available three-year period (2003-05), shows Xavier with an annual average of 10 bachelor’s degrees. Benedict College (South Carolina) and Dillard are tied for second with an average of seven. All of the schools finishing in the Top 10 are either an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or a predominately black college or university.

To view the report [it's on page 20], visit HERE

XU Concert Choir Performs in Two Free Concerts

The Xavier University Concert Choir will perform in two concerts, the first on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal
Church 1329 Jackson Avenue, as part of the Trinity Artist Series. 

The group will perform again on Monday, Nov.  5 at 7:00 p.m. on the Xavier campus in the Music Building Recital Hall. Both
concerts are free and open to the public.

The choir will perform Haydn’s “Te Deum”, Charpentier’s “Magnificat” and works by Judith Baity, Geoffrey Burgon and Roland Carter. The Xavier Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. John E. Ware. For more information contact the Xavier Music Department at 520-7597.

Jupiter Chamber Ensemble Presents XU Concert Nov. 2

New Orleans, La. – The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble will perform at Xavier University of Louisiana on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Professional musicians and dedicated amateurs make up the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble which was founded in 1981. Coached and led by violinist, Sojiro Yamada, the group plays a classical repertoire. They have played concerts in numerous churches, uiversities, and as part of the Trinity Artists’ Series in New Orleans

Xavier student musicians have performed as members of the Jupiter Chamber Ensemble on several occasions. Special guest performer with the Jupiter Ensemble will be Xavier artist-in-residence, Dr. Wilfred Delphin, who will play the cembalo.

Dumas, Stewart Make Preseason All-GCAC Men's Basketball Team

New Orleans – Xavier University of Louisiana guards Shaun Dumas and Mark Stewart were selected to the preseason All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball team by the league's head coaches.

Dumas is a 5-foot-11 junior from New Orleans and a 2004 graduate of St. Augustine High School. He averaged 13.2 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 steals this past season for the Gold Rush and was a third-team NAIA Division I All-American.

Stewart, a 6-1 senior from Destrehan, La., and a 2002 graduate of Destrehan High School, was All-GCAC this past season and third-team All-Louisiana. As a junior he led the Gold Rush with a 16.8 scoring average and set Xavier records for 3-pointers made in a season (109) and career (202). He scored a game-high 19 points, including five 3-pointers, in Xavier's 82-79 upset of NAIA No. 3 Georgetown (Ky.) – the Gold Rush's first victory in the national tournament since 1973.

The Gold Rush, 22-10 this past season, will travel to the University of Texas for an exhibition game next Friday (Nov. 2). Xavier will play Wesley (Miss.) at The Barn in the regular-season opener on Nov. 6.

New Chairman, Three New Xavier Board Members

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana's governing Board of Trustees has new leadership with the election of a new chair and the addition of three new members.

The newly elected chair is Dr. Myron Moorehead, local surgeon and director of the Women’s Laser Institute in Kenner, La., and a board member since 2004. He takes over the leadership reins from Carroll Suggs, who had served in that capacity the past three years.
 
The three newest members of the board – selected for their first three-year terms – are Sister Doris Blum, S.B.S. ’55, James Garner and Janice Frielot Wilkins ’67.
 
Blum, who retired from Xavier in 2005 after forty years of service to the University as a professor of education and music, is currently a music therapist at the Senior Center in Covington, Tenn. She is also organist at St. Alphonsus Church.
 
Garner is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, LLC in New Orleans, specializing in professional liability, commercial, toxic tort and environmental and insurance coverage litigation. He previously served on the Xavier Board of Visitors.
 
Wilkins is director of internal audit and vice president of finance and enterprise services with the Intel Corporation in Woodside, Calif. She has been at Intel for 26 years. Wilkins previously served on the XU Board of Visitors.
 
Besides chairman Moorehead, active carryovers on the 23-member board, who are serving either their first or second terms, include: Richard Bachmann, Oliver Butler '62, the Most Rev. Dominic Carmon, S.V.D., Sister Elizabeth Collins, S.B.S., Sister Juliana Haynes, Dr. Timothy Franson, Dr. Norman Francis ‘52 (ex-officio), John Kallenborn, the Rev. Monsignor Paul Lenz, Sister Amedee Maxwell, S.B.S., Ponchitta Pierce, Michael Rue, Leo Sam Jr. ’52, Paula Saizan '69, Sister Rhonda Sherrod, S.B.S., Sister Patricia Suchalski, S.B.S. (vice chair), Sister Eileen Sullivan, S.B.S., Dr. Everett Williams ’53 (secretary/treasurer) and Mary Keller Zervigon (assistant secretary).

Leaving the Board of Trustees after serving two three-year terms are Suggs, Alexis Herman ’69 and Sister Kathleen Kajer, S.B.S.

Exciting Fall Music Performances at Xavier

New Orleans, La. - The Xavier University of Louisiana music department will offer concerts from its performance groups as well as individual student recitals and special guest appearances. 

The Xavier Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. John E. Ware will perform Nov. 4 at Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue, as part of the Sunday Artists series, and again Nov. 5 on campus. Xavier's special guests, the Jupiter String Ensemble, will perform on campus Nov. 2.  Xavier alumna Dara Rahming ‘95 will be the guest for the Homecoming Vesper Concert Nov. 16.  The Jazz Lab Band concert is set for Nov. 15 while the Symphonic Band Concert is Nov. 29. The University Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Malcolm Breda, gives the final concert of the semester Dec. 2.

Student recitals are scheduled for Thursdays on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29.

All performances are free and held in the Music Building Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.  For more information on Xavier’s music performances contact the Music department at 504-520-7597.

Xavier Music Calendar - Fall Semester 2007

Nov. 2 - Jupiter String Ensemble at 7:00 p.m. in the XU Recital Hall          
Nov. 4 - Concert Choir Concert at 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Church         
Nov. 5 - Concert Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall            
Nov. 15 - Jazz Lab Band Concert at 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall            
Nov. 16 - Vesper Concert featuring Dara Rahming ‘95 at 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall             
Nov. 29 - Symphonic Band Concert at 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall             
Dec. 2 - University Chorus Concert at 3:00 p.m., Recital Hall  

Francis Receives Wisdom Award for Education

Washington, D.C. - The National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) awarded Louisiana Recovery Authority Chairman and Xavier University of Louisiana President Norman C. Francis the distinguished Wisdom Award for education today at its 2007 Intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America.

"We are so proud to honor such an extraordinary leader in education as well as pay tribute to his tireless commitment to his beloved city during its most trying times," said Camille O. Cosby, co-founder and president of the NVLP.

The NVLP is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit educational organization created in 2002 "to ensure that the wisdom of our country's extraordinary African-American elders is preserved by and passed on to the young people who will lead us tomorrow."

The summit, held at the Library of Congress, featured Dr. Francis as one of six extraordinary "visionaries" or African-American elders who have made a significant impact in shaping the history of the United States. Other notable "visionaries" honored in the past include historian Maya Angelou, musician Ray Charles and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King.

To learn more about the National Visionary Leadership Project visit http://www.visionaryproject.org.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated South Louisiana, claiming 1,464 lives, destroying more than 200,000 homes and 18,000 businesses. The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) is the planning and coordinating body that was created in the aftermath of these storms by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to lead one of the most extensive rebuilding efforts in the world. The LRA is a 33-member body which is coordinating across jurisdictions, supporting community recovery and resurgence, ensuring integrity and effectiveness, and planning for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana.

Braud Named Director of Advancement at Xavier

New Orleans, La. - Glenn Braud, Sr. has been named Director of Advancement Services at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Braud has worked at Xavier for the past five years as chief accountant in the Office of Fiscal Services. Prior to coming to Xavier, Braud worked with the Xerox Corporation and Chevron.

In his new position Braud reports to the vice president of Institutional Advancement. He is responsible for advancement operations including overseeing the gift acknowledgement system, and maintaining the database and computer system for gift and alumni records. He will also coordinate stewardship activities and supervise a staff of three.

'No Place Like Home' for Xavier Alumni Reunion

New Orleans, La. - Xavier alumni agree that there’s “No Place Like Home” and that is the theme of Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2007 Alumni Reunion Homecoming, scheduled for Nov. 15-18 on campus.

All alumni, especially reunion classes (2’s and 7’s), are encouraged to participate in this year’s reunion.

The weekend kicks off with a free concert from the Xavier Jazz Ensemble on Thursday night. Friday is a busy day starting with the National Alumni Association’s Board of Governors meeting, which is open to all alumni. At noon the ‘No Place Like Home’ Celebration on the yard, co-hosted by the Alumni Office and the Student Government Association, is an opportunity for current students and alumni through the years to get together and share a picnic on the yard.

Later that day alumni are invited to attend the Homecoming Art Exhibit featuring Ayo Scott ’03; a Vesper Concert featuring Dara Rahming ’95; the Homecoming Basketball Game; and the Alumni Mixer.

On Saturday alumni are invited to tour the campus and meet and mingle with old friends. Saturday evening is the main event with all honored classes at the homecoming Gala in the University Center. The weekend ends with the Sunday Alumni Mass and continental breakfast. Former homecoming queens are invited to attend the Queen’s Brunch hosted by current Miss Xavier Meagan Minor.

For more information on Reunion 2007, contact the Xavier Alumni Office at 504-520-6782 or 1-877-WE-LUV-XU.

University Honors 59 Long-Time Faculty/Staff Members

New Orleans, La. - Fifty-nine long-time faculty and staff members were honored as part of Xavier University of Louisiana's annual Founder’s Day celebration. 

Topping the list of honorees celebrating anniversaries of their employment at XU were Dr. Norman Francis with 50 years of service in administration (including the last 39 as president), Dr. Malcolm Breda with 40 years of service in the music department, and Emma Carter of admissions, also with 40 years of service.

Other employees honored were:

35 years – Calvin Tregre, senior vice president for administration.

30 years – Jean Augillard, MBRS program; Dr. Thaddeo Babiiha, English; Harriet Mason, ITC; Joanne Paige, music; and Dr. Adrian Woods, academic enhancement.

25 years – Sister Jean Marie Craig, S.B.S., education; Earnest Haynes, central plant; Shirley Labbe, counseling; Dr. Cheryl Stevens, chemistry; Dr. John Ware, music, and James Williams, student center.

20 years – Katherine Clark, ITC; Albert Cornish, campus police; Dr. Gary Donaldson, history; Wanda Doss, auxiliary and support services; Carol Dotson, university and media relations; Lucy Johnson, fiscal services; Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, pharmacy; Joyce Sandifer, fiscal services; Robert Skinner, library; and Lester Sullivan, archives.

15 years – Dr. Karen Becnel-Moore, languages; Rose Cordier, fiscal services; Patricia Coston, library; Dr. Tien Huang, pharmacy; William Jeffrion, associate vice president, auxiliary and support services; Barbara Johnson, ITC; Dr. Alden Reine, sponsored programs; Dr. Royal Saunders, biology; Florina Sheard, institutional-advancement; Dr. Susan Spillman, languages; Gloria Thomas, education; Andrea Toles, financial aid; Mary Watson, housing; and Dr. Naijue Zhu, chemistry.

10 years – Dr. Janel Bailey-Wheeler, pharmacy; Joyce Brossett, pharmacy; Robert Browder, athletics; Larry Calvin, human resources; Gloria Clark, housing; Dr. Richard Collins, English; Roland Francis, ITC; Sister Donna Gould, S.B.S., English; Dr. Tammy Hart, pharmacy; Dr. Dana Jamero, pharmacy; Eric Joseph, library; Kenneth Kirk, ITC; Irwin Lachoff, archives; Dr. Biljana Obradovic, English; Dr. Justina Ogbuokiri, pharmacy; Dr. Joe Ricks, business; Sheryl Rodriguez, pharmacy; Diane Scott, library; Dr. Donna Stutson, mathematics; and Melva Williams, ITC.

Operation Diabetes Returns October 20 to Lakeside Mall

New Orleans, La. - Education is key in learning to live with diabetes. Operation Diabetes, an annual initiative of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, will once again offer free screening and educational information on controlling and preventing diabetes. Operation diabetes 2007 will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at Lakeside Mall, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Xavier’s American Pharmacists Association student chapter and Student National Pharmaceutical Association are co-sponsoring the event.

“Diabetes is a health disparity in the African American community,” said Alexis Omari, president of the APhA student chapter. “We are happy to provide this important service for the community. Many people may not got to the doctor for these screenings and don’t realize they have the disease. Many also don’t realize that their weight and lifestyle can lead to diabetes.”

Launched nationally in 2001, Operation Diabetes is a promotional campaign designed to increase awareness of diabetes, provide information on the dangers associated with the disease, and identify patients with undiagnosed diabetes. The campaign also promotes public awareness of the pharmacist’s role in diabetes management and care.

Operation diabetes began as a statewide screening day in California. Since that time the project has grown into a national Campaign, with 65 chapters participating in 2006. Student pharmacists screened almost 19,000 patients for risk factors of the disease and referred more than 2,400 to their primary care health professionals.

Xavier student pharmacists will provide blood pressure and glucose screenings to participants as well as educate the public on symptoms of diabetes and ways to manage the disease to prevent long-term complications. The screenings are FREE to the public and door prizes will be offered.

Diabetes is the leading cause of death by disease in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death by disease in Louisiana. For more information on Operation Diabetes, contact Alexis Omari or Dr. Cori Brock at 504-520-5677.

Alumni Invited to XU 2007 Homecoming
 
New Orleans, La. - Plans are well underway for Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2007 Alumni Reunion Homecoming, scheduled for November 15-18 on the Xavier campus.
 
Acting Alumni director Lakeysha Arthur is encouraging all alumni and especially the Reunion classes (years ending in 2’s and 7’s) to participate in this year’s reunion.
 
The weekend kicks off with a concert featuring the XU Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, November 15.  Friday is a busy day beginning with a meeting of the National Alumni Association’s Board of Governors followed by the Homecoming art exhibit, Vesper concert, alumni mixer and basketball game. On Saturday, XU alumni are invited to tour the campus and meet old friends. Saturday evening is the "main event" with all Reunion classes being honored at the Homecoming Gala in the University Center.  The weekend ends with the Sunday Alumni Mass and a continental breakfast.
 
For more information on Reunion 2007, contact the Xavier alumni office at 504-520-6782 or 1-877-WE-LUV-XU.

U.S. News Report Ranks Xavier Among Top HBCUs

New Orleans. La. - Xavier is ranked eighth among eighty-one historically black colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report magazine's first-ever ranking of the nation’s HBCUs.

The 2008 edition of “America’s Best Black Colleges” marks the first time U.S. News has released a stand-alone ranking of historically black colleges and universities, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. The issue is the latest extension of the magazine’s expanding “Best” series which also includes the annual “America’s Best Colleges” special edition.

In the article accompanying the rankings, U.S. News acknowledges one of Xavier’s strengths, noting: “Indeed, HBCUs do seem to offer unique success. Xavier University in New Orleans places more African-American students in medical school than any college in the country …”

Heading the list of magazine’s top HBCUs was Spelman College. Rounding out the top ten schools were: Howard, Hampton, Morehouse, Fisk, Tuskegee, Claflin, Xavier, Dillard and John C. Smith.

Of the 81 schools eligible for the list, only 37 were included among “Best Black Colleges” rankings. Another 33 so-called “second tier” schools were listed alphabetically, while still another 11 were unranked.

According to the report, the methodology used to rank the undergraduate education at the colleges was based on several standards: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The complete list is available online at HERE.

Donors, State Funds Create Endowed Professorships

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

This month the University took another giant step forward in that direction by establishing another endowed academic chair and seven endowed professors, thanks to the generosity of some private donors and an additional $680,000 in matching monies from the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund.

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

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

With this year’s matching state funds, Xavier has added one new chair – the College of Pharmacy’s endowed chair in Minority Health Disparities, supported by the Schlider Foundation – and seven professorships.

Endowed professorships include the J.P. Morgan Chase Business Solutions to Urban Problems Professorship in business, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Professorship in Theology, the Holzer Family- Professorship in Accounting, the W. Emile & Alitia D. Coleman Professorship in Pharmacy Practice, and the Malcolm N. Ellington  Professorship in pharmacy, as well as two professorships from the Times-Picayune/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.

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

With this year’s additions, the University now has four chairs and forty-one professorships in its Eminent Scholar Chairs and Professorships program.

Salmon Shines at Rhodes CC Meet

Memphis, Tenn. – David Salmon ran 8,000 meters in 27 minutes, 21 seconds – the fastest by a Xavier University runner in the past two seasons – and finished 19th out of 128 runners Saturday in the Rhodes Invitational cross country meet at Plough Park.

Salmon, a freshman from Shorewood, Wis., has finished in the top 20 of all five Xavier races and beaten 88 percent of his opponents. Teammate Darren Wallace, a junior from Baton Rouge, La., finished 41st in 28:15, less two seconds slower than his career best.

The Gold Rush entered the meet with a 23-3 record but placed 10th out of 12 schools with 239 points for its first lower-division finish of the season. Texas-Tyler was first with 42 points, and the Patriots' R.J. Cowan won the race in a school-record 25:39.

In the women's race, Xavier's Ebony Harding ran 5,000 meters in 20:51 to finish 30th in a field of 137. The junior from Baton Rouge has led the Gold Nuggets in all 11 of her races in two seasons. Teammates Lonique Moore (21:49) and Ashley Broden (21:51) finished 55-56, and both recorded season bests at that distance.

Xavier's women scored 262 points to place 10th out of 18 teams. Birmingham-Southern was first with 79 points, and Emily Malinowski of Memphis won the race in 18:29.

Xavier will return to Memphis next Saturday for the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. It will be Xavier's final meet before the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 20 at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge.

Walker Wins 2 Titles for Xavier Men's Tennis

Atlanta, Ga. – Xavier University's Matthew Walker won a pair of men's titles Saturday in the HBCU National Tennis Championships at Sugar Creek Tennis Center, and Xavier won its first women's team championship in this event.

Walker, a sophomore from Charlotte N.C. (Country Day), defeated Florida A&M's Boris Jenkins 8-3 to win the B-flight singles consolation championship. Walker and Mikhail Vaval-Desse won the B-flight doubles title after beating FAMU's Michael Moore and Maurice Wamukowa 9-8 (7-3) in the semifinals and Alcorn State's Aziz Abdurazzakov and Yannick Hawkins 8-6 in the final.

Xavier edged Southern University and Alcorn for the women's team title, which was determined by the number of match victories. Xavier finished second in the men's team standings, behind FAMU and ahead of third-place Hampton. Fifteen men's teams and 16 women's teams competed.

"It was a great tournament for our men and women," fifth-year Xavier Coach Alan Green said. "Both teams looked good and conducted themselves well. Not only was this our first women's team title here, it was also the highest our men have finished."

In A-flight women's doubles, Xavier's Yuliem Dominguez and Colleen McArthur lost 8-4 in the championship match to Southern's Megan Wiltz and Kathryn Curtis.
Dominguez and McArthur defeated Bethune-Cookman's Shaunda Gaiter and Chanetra Brown 8-1 in the semifinals. Xavier's Dominique Bell and Anastesia Opata lost 8-6 to Bethune-Cookman's Monika Musilova and Jenice Ward in the semifinals of the women's doubles A-flight.

The event was the second of two in the fall semester for Xavier, an NAIA school in New Orleans. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will resume their schedules in January with dual matches.

Stephen Klineberg to Speak at Annual Phi Beta Kappa Couper Lecture
 

New Orleans, La. - Stephen Klineberg will be the speaker for the annual Phi Beta Kappa Couper Lecture at Xavier University of Louisiana, Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 105 of the Norman Francis Science Building.

Klineberg will speak on the topic of "Making Sense of Our Times: The Economic and Demographic Transformations of Houston and America."   

In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual "Houston Area Survey," now beginning its second quarter-century of systematic research into the changing demographic patterns, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of Harris County residents.

For 26 years, the annual Houston Area Survey, consisting of random-digit-dialed, computer-assisted telephone interviews, has been tracking the continuities and changes in demographic patterns, life experiences, attitudes, and beliefs among successive representative samples of Harris County residents. No other metropolitan area in the nation has been the focus of a long-term study of this sort. None more clearly exemplifies the remarkable transformations of American society at the dawn
of the twenty-first century.

The presenter will review more than a quarter century of systematic survey research to take the measure of these remarkable transformations. He will describe how he and his students explore the way they are unfolding both in Houston and in the nation as a whole, and consider their implications for the challenges that lie ahead. 

A graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Stephen Klineberg joined Rice University's Sociology Department in 1972. The recipient of nine major teaching awards at Rice, Klineberg is at work on a book that will explore the way the general public is responding to the economic, demographic, and environmental challenges of our time.

The Couper Scholar Program is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and endeavors to serve the types of colleges and universities underrepresented among the Society’s host institutions, such as historically black institutions and those serving Hispanic communities.

Carnegie Commits Millions to Revitalize Xavier, New Orleans

New Orleans, La. - Xavier has received a $4 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of a much larger $12 million commitment to higher education in New Orleans.

Carnegie President Vartan Gregorian, speaking at an education forum hosted by the University, said the Corporation’s investment in the city’s intellectual infrastructure – e.g., its institutions of higher education and K-12 teacher pool – is intended to underscore the importance of education to the city’s economic revitalization. 

The $4 million grant will allow Xavier to recruit new and retain current faculty while also ensuring the availability of adequate student financial assistance. The school’s storm-related losses exceeded $90 million due to physical damage, lost tuition and scholarship revenue – a devastating sum for a school with an modest endowment of $52 million. 

“The tremendous support from Carnegie Corporation will allow Xavier to continue to attract and educate deserving students,” said XU President Norman Francis. “Additionally, it will allow us to attract and retain key faculty, while embracing the many initiatives that are critical to the continued recovery of our neighboring communities. Higher education can – and must – serve as a catalyst New Orleans' path to recovery.” 

In addition to the grant to Xavier, Carnegie also awarded grants of $2 million to Dillard University and $5 million to Tulane University. The grants are the largest commitment of private funds to support higher education in post-Katrina New Orleans. Each of the universities incurred significant hurricane-related damage and losses and will use the new funds to focus on development, retention and hiring of displaced and new faculty; recruitment and retention of new students; resumption of critical strategic planning initiatives; and ensuring the availability of adequate financial aid.

A $1 million grant also made to Teach for America, the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, will allow the organization to triple the size of its New Orleans teacher corps over the next three years. 

“New Orleans’ universities are a powerful engine of intellectual, cultural and scientific innovation and growth,” said Gregorian. “Today, more than ever, New Orleans needs this engine to prepare students to think conceptually and perform competently in business and the professions, and to prepare a technically skilled workforce capable of contributing to the city’s long-term economic vitality.”

“Dillard, Tulane and Xavier represent not only tangible manifestations of the recovery of New Orleans but are also powerful symbols of the inestimable value that the city and the nation place on human intellect, culture, education, learning and knowledge,” said Richard W. Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Corporation.

One of the strongest signs that New Orleans’ universities are regaining their strength is the increase in the number of matriculating freshmen. Xavier’s freshman class has increased by 50% to 688 students this year, up from 447 last year.
 
All three universities supported by Carnegie Corporation have been back in operation for many months, yet each continues to repair and replace physical infrastructure and human capital, a process that will take years.

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." For more than 95 years the Corporation has carried out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge.

XU Students Continue Support of Jena 6

New Orleans, La. - It was still dark when students gathered on the Xavier University campus to board buses and cars to travel to the small Louisiana town of Jena, LA early Friday morning. 

More than 200 students left the campus about 1:00 a.m. and joined a procession of hundreds of others who came from across the country to support the Jena 6.

“It was good to see that many African Americans show up in one place and be as peaceful as it was,” said Jovanne Patterson, a senior biology/pre-med major from Kansas City, Mo. (Ohara High School) and president of the Xavier chapter of the NAACP, which was one of the organizers of the event. “It could have been a tad bit more organized, but it made a really good statement."

“This was the first real Black movement, especially of my generation, that we could really say that we could be part of,” agreed Anthony Wilson, a junior political science/pre-law major from Lakewood, Calif. (Artesia High). “I think it has awakened our generation to the fact that we still have a lot of work to do.”

Students at Xavier will continue that work with a follow up forum scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Center, Room 205. That forum is sponsored by the Xavier NAACP chapter and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.  The Student Government Association and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will also continue to sell Jena 6 t-shirts.

Visit HERE for photos.

Carnegie Corporation Commits $14 Million to to Revitalize N.O. Intellectual Infrastructure
Grants toUniversities, Teach for America Emphasize Education as Critical Element in the Building of a New Economy 

New Orleans, La. - Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, announced today that the foundation has committed $14 million to help New Orleans build and retain the intellectual capital necessary to participate and succeed in the global knowledge economy.  The Corporation’s investment in the city’s intellectual infrastructure—its institutions of higher education and K-12 teacher pool—is intended to underscore the importance of education to the city’s economic revitalization. 

Carnegie Corporation has awarded grants of $2 million to Dillard University, $5 million to Tulane University and $4 million to Xavier University of Louisiana.  The grants are one of the largest commitments of private funds to support higher education in post-Katrina New Orleans.  Each of the universities incurred significant hurricane-related damage and losses and will use the new funds to focus on development, retention and hiring of displaced and new faculty; recruitment and retention of new students; resumption of critical strategic planning initiatives; and ensuring the availability of adequate financial aid.

A $1 million grant to Teach for America, the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, will help the organization to triple the size of its New Orleans teacher corps over the next three years. 

Today’s announcement of grants by Carnegie Corporation follows a $2 million grant announced in June 2007 to the Broadmoor Improvement Association for the reconstruction, restocking and refurnishing of the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, a building that serves as the historic Broadmoor neighborhood's learning, cultural and civic hub.

“New Orleans’ universities are a powerful engine of intellectual, cultural and scientific innovation and growth for the city and the nation,” said Vartan Gregorian.  “Today, more than ever, New Orleans needs this engine to prepare students to think conceptually and perform competently in business and the professions, and to prepare a technically skilled workforce capable of contributing to the city’s long-term economic vitality.”

“Dillard, Tulane and Xavier represent tangible manifestations of the recovery of New Orleans.  They also are powerful symbols of the extraordinary value that the city and the nation place on human intellect, culture, education, learning and knowledge,” said Richard W. Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Corporation.

One of the strongest signs that New Orleans’ universities are regaining their strength is the increase in the number of matriculating freshmen.  Dillard enrolled 260 freshmen in August, compared with 185 last year and 150 in August 2005.  Xavier’s freshman class has increased by 45 percent to 671 students this year from 447 last year.  And Tulane’s freshman class of 1,332 is a 51 percent increase above last year’s incoming class of 882.

All three universities supported by Carnegie Corporation have been back in operation for many months, yet each continues to repair and replace physical infrastructure and human capital, a process that will take years.

With its funds from Carnegie Corporation, Dillard University will recruit 17 faculty members in three critical areas: Education and Psychological Studies, Social Sciences and the Humanities.  Hurricane Katrina not only devastated the campus but led to the departure of more than half the student body.  In spring 2006, the university established temporary classrooms, administrative offices and housing at a local hotel.  Dillard’s campus in the historic Gentilly neighborhood re-opened earlier this year.

“Colleges and universities are crucial to the city’s post-Katrina restructuring effort.  Higher education will equip women and men to contribute to the creation of a boundless and successful future for both the local and global community,” said Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President of Dillard University.  “Dillard’s academic excellence and deep dedication to New Orleans is evident in our students’ public service and the contribution of the school’s graduates to the revitalization of the city and region in areas raging from medicine and government to law and the arts.”

Support from Carnegie Corporation will contribute to Tulane’s renewal efforts, which include a re-dedication to building a world-class educational and research institution, and an emphasis on better understanding and participating in the growth and development of the city’s urban communities.  Faculty, students and staff at Tulane, as at other institutions of higher education in New Orleans, have been deeply involved in rebuilding and recovery on their respective campuses and within the broader community. 

“By attracting students and researchers from across the country to live and work in New Orleans, by providing the forces for one of the largest volunteer efforts in our nation's history and through their critical scholarship and research, New Orleans universities—among the first institutions to re-open after Hurricane Katrina—are proving to be the economic and intellectual underpinning of the city's recovery,” said Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University.  “New Orleans universities are playing an unprecedented role in the recovery of the city in a manner never before expected of institutions of higher education.”

Xavier’s $4 million grant will allow the nation’s only historically Black, Catholic university to recruit new and retain current faculty while also ensuring the availability of adequate student financial assistance.  The school’s storm-related losses exceeded $90 million due to physical damage, lost tuition and scholarship revenue—a devastating sum for a school with an endowment of $52 million.  The loss was compounded when the U.S. government froze Xavier’s financial aid accounts, thus removing its primary source of revenue. 

“The tremendous support from Carnegie Corporation will allow Xavier to continue to attract and educate deserving students,” said Norman Francis, President of Xavier University.  “Additionally, it will allow us to attract and retain key faculty, while embracing the many initiatives that are critical to the continued recovery of our neighboring communities.  Higher education can—and must—serve as a catalyst in the city of New Orleans' path to recovery.” 

By 2010, Teach for America plans to nearly triple the 130 corps members currently serving in Greater New Orleans.  The planned increase of teachers dedicated to serving in the region will both broaden and deepen the impact on student achievement and the overall education system, ultimately leading to a stronger, more vibrant New Orleans.
 
“In New Orleans, we have an unprecedented opportunity—because of the commitment and vision of local leaders and of philanthropists and educators nationally—to build an excellent and equal public education system that serves as the foundation for a prosperous and thriving city,” said Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America. “We are committed to doing everything we can to support this effort because of the tremendous needs and the possibility of creating an exceptional school system that serves as a model for the rest of the country.”

Vartan Gregorian added: “To sustain this city, we need schools with quality teachers who are equipped to prepare their students—especially low-income, historically underserved groups—to graduate with the academic preparation required to gain admission to, and succeed in college.  The types of jobs that will help revive this city—and offer decent livelihoods to its people—will be far more technical, requiring substantially higher levels of literacy and mathematics for problem solving.  To benefit from and contribute to a growing knowledge-based economy, young people must be prepared for higher education.”

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." For more than 95 years the Corporation has carried out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge. As a grantmaking foundation, the Corporation will invest more than $85 million this year in nonprofits to fulfill Mr. Carnegie's mission, "to do real and permanent good in this world."  The Corporation's capital fund, originally donated at a value of about $135 million, had a market value of $2.5 billion on September 30, 2006.

Xavier Students Show Support for the ‘Jena 6’
Bus Ride for Students Set for Sept. 20

New Orleans, La. - More than 170 Xavier University of Louisiana students will be riding buses to Jena, Louisiana on the morning of Sept. 20, to show their support for the high school students who have become known nationwide as the “Jena 6.”

Xavier’s NAACP student chapter, Student Government Association (SGA) and Activities Board (XAB) coordinated the bus ride in support of the six African American teenagers who were charged with attempted second-degree murder in the Louisiana town.

The six were accused of assaulting a white teenager in December of 2006 following an incident where nooses were hung in a tree on the high school campus.  Civil rights advocates have decried the charges against the students as unfairly harsh, and for only being applied to the Black students involved.

Three charter buses have been hired for the Sept. 20 trip. Student coordinators are also sending 300 letters to the governor and the attorney general expressing their concerns and what they plan to do. The Xavier students have also been selling t-shirts and have organized forums in support of the ‘Jena 6’ students.

XU Teams Win at Big Easy Invitational

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University won the men's and women's team championships, and Mobile's Dennis Kimeli and Loyola's Mary Erin Imwalle won the individual titles Saturday in the Xavier/Loyola Big Easy Invitational cross country meet at Audubon Park.

Xavier's Gold Rush had five of the first seven male finishers and scored 22 points. Mobile was was second with 49. Kimeli won the 8,000-meter men's race in 29 minutes, 0.69 seconds, nearly 17 seconds faster than runner-up Milo Barry of Xavier.

Xavier's women had four of the first 10 finishers to win its division with 28 points. Loyola was second with 43. Imwalle ran 5,000 meters in 20:36.65 to win her race by nearly 10 seconds over Xavier's Ebony Harding, the runner-up.

The team victories were the first of the season for Xavier's women and the second in three weeks for Xavier's men, who are 13-1 and ranked fifth in NAIA Region XIII.

Results

Women (5,000 meters)

Team: 1. Xavier 28, 2. Loyola 43, 3. Mobile 58, (Belhaven, no team score)

Individual: 1. Mary Erin Imwalle, Loyola, 20:36.65; 2. Ebony Harding, Xavier, 20:46.20; 3. Sherri McIntosh, Mobile, 21:30.78.

Men (8,000 meters)

Team: 1. Xavier 22, 2. Mobile 49, 3. Belhaven 61, (Loyola, no team score)

Individual: 1. Dennis Kimeli, Mobile, 29:00.69; 2. Milo Barry, Xavier, 29:17.59; 3. Darren Wallace, Xavier, 29:46.19.

XU Campus Ministry Presents "Many Voices, One Praise" Sept. 28
 
New Orleans, La. - The Xavier University Gospel Choir will perform along with several other local choirs in a special fund-raising concert, Friday,  September 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Xavier University Center’s McCaffrey Ballroom.
 
With the theme “Many Voices, One Praise,” the concert will feature special guests including the McDonogh #35 High School Choir, the Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, the St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir, the Arc Singers, and more.
 
Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased from the Campus Ministry Office, Administration Building Room 101. The choir is raising funds to participate in the HBCU Choir Competition next fall in Atlanta.
 
 For more information contact Xavier’s Campus Music minister Dwight Fitch at 520-7593.


Enrollment on the Rise at Xavier University

New Orleans, La. - When you ask Admissions dean Winston Brown "what’s up?" this Fall at Xavier University of Louisiana, he’ll tell you with a smile -- it's the student enrollment numbers, of course.
 
The new semester has begun and enrollment at Xavier is definitely on the rise.  While not yet peaking at pre-Hurricane Katrina numbers, enrollment for the Fall 2007 semester has increased.
 
668 freshmen have enrolled at Xavier this Fall, an increase of 50% over last year's freshman class. And with a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,098 students – nearly 100 more than last year – America’s only historically Black and Catholic university is confident about reaching pre-Katrina numbers of more than 4,000 students within the next few years.
 
“We are very encouraged by the freshman class enrollment, which is 223 students larger than last year’s class of new Xavierites; an indication that families around the country are more comfortable again with the notion of sending their students to New Orleans for their education—and their awareness that Xavier didn’t miss a beat when it comes to recovering from Katrina and ensuring its continued excellence as a higher education institution,” said Brown.”
 
In addition, a new program is in place this year to help with retention and academic success. Dr. Kenneth Boutte, dean of Freshmen Studies, is leading a team in the newly established Office of Academic Enhancement.
 
“Our goal is to provide incoming students with all the resources they need to be successful both here at Xavier and in their professional careers,” said Boutte.
 
The new, comprehensive First-Year Experience Program will guide new students throughout their freshman year. "We are deliberately referring to this as the freshman-year ‘experience’, not the freshman year ‘program’,” said Boutte. “By instituting these changes we hope to engage students early on so we can identify any problems and provide solutions.”
 
In addition, students will also be schooled in some fundamental skills which the University deems essential to a successful first year in college, such as time-management, test-taking skills and reading a syllabus.
 
It is important that all our students understand our history and appreciate the unique culture that exists here – in other words, what it means to be a Xavierite.”

Xavier Mourns Death of John T. Scott; Campus Memorial Service Sept. 08

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana has scheduled a special memorial service on Saturday morning, Sept. 08, 2007, to mark the passing of one of its most illustrious alumni who was also a dedicated faculty member for four decades.

Longtime art professor John T. Scott (Class of '62) died in Houston, Texas on September 1 following a lengthy struggle to recuperate from double lung surgeries.

Scott’s large, three-dimensional public works can be found in a dozen locations in New Orleans, as well as in six other major cities (Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Houston, Nashville and Philadelphia). His other creations can be found in public and private collections throughout the country.

At the family's request, the 10:00am service at the Xavier Barn (gymnasium) on Saturday will be a public celebration of Scott's life
featuring remarks from loved ones as well as musical performances from friends including vocalist Tricia Boutte, pianist Ellis Marsalis, and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe.

Following the service, family members and those in attendance will be led in procession by a traditional brass band to Scott's iconic kinetic sculpture "Ancestral Legacy" on the Xavier campus. At that time, doves will be released into the air as a final tribute.

Often honored and celebrated, John T. Scott was bestowed“Genius” status in 1992 when the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recognized him for his extraordinary originality and exceptional creativity. Scott continued to inspire Xavier art students until Hurricane Katrina forced him to relocate to Houston.

John T. Scott had been on extended leave while recovering from double lung surgery. He taught at Xavier for more than 40 years. In addition to his XU degree, he also held a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

At this year’s Commencement ceremony in May 2007, Xavier bestowed an honorary degree upon Scott for those creative
expressions in multiple art media that garnered him a national reputation and made him one of America’s most highly-acclaimed contemporary artists.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a special scholarship fund being established at Xavier University in memory of John T. Scott.

MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS: Saturday, September 8, 2007, 10:00 a.m. at The Xavier Barn

Ohio Parishioners Deliver New Sanctuary to Xavier Chapel
 
New Orleans, La. - It was a special day for those attending Mass at Xavier University of Louisiana when ten parishioners from Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio – led by their pastor – delivered a complete new sanctuary for the university's newly reopened chapel.
 
Attendees at daily and Sunday mass at America's only historically Black and Catholic university have had some challenges over the past two years.  The campus chapel, located in the historic Administration building, was flooded during Hurricane Katrina. Since reopening the campus in January 2006, daily mass was held in a former chapel used by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, that also once served as the University's board room; meanwhile Sunday services were temporarily held in an auditorium.
 
Renovation was finally completed on the Administration building and the chapel was restored.  The building's original high ceilings are back, after having been lowered in the late 1970's. The original windows and doors have been refurbished and the chapel was restored to a beautiful place of worship. But it still needed new "furniture" for the sanctuary.
 
That's where the parishioners from Holy Angels in Ohio came in, delivering a like-new wooden altar with matching candle holders and ambo (where the Liturgy is read) plus a complete set of the Stations of the Cross and a song board for the choir.
 
The pastor from Holy Angels, Fr. Chris Kardzis and ten of his parishioners came down by caravan to deliver the items personally. Fr. Chris said even more wanted to come.
 
"Our church is a Gothic style that was 'modernized in the 1970's," said parishioner Lyn Robron. "Although it was nicely done and the wood pieces created specifically for it are really nice, it just didn't fit the style of the building." Holy Angels was recently transformed back to its original Gothic style.
 
A Catholic hospital in the area recently closed and the parish acquired the marble altar pieces, more fitting to the 'new' style of their restored church.
 
With a completely new sanctuary for their church, the group had the option of placing the pieces from the renovation into a warehouse.  "Several churches in the area were closed and their items stored in the Archdioceses' warehouse. We visited it ourselves but didn't find anything we could use. After that visit though we realized we didn't want our pieces to collect dust in a warehouse- not sure if they would be used. We decided we had to find someone in need; and we knew New Orleans had a need, " said Gene Riedy.
 
"I don't like any furniture to be orphaned," said his wife, Brenda Riedy. "We wanted to find somebody to love it."
 
Ironically, the parishioner who made the initial contact with Xavier to offer the furniture – Bill Haney – could not make the trip. Haney has relatives in the New Orleans area, so he wanted to see his parishioners do something to aid in the recovery.
 
Members of the Holy Angels parish who made the trip to Xavier were: Fr. Chris Kardzis, Sr. Joyce Baters, SND, Gene and Brenda Riedy, Jeff and Geri Schoewe, Jerry and Lyn Robron, and Denny and Mary McMannon.
 
The group helped to re-assemble the set when they arrived, then stayed to celebrate the daily noon mass at Xavier. In his homily, university chaplain Fr. Jeffery Ott said the gift was an answer to a prayer. "We are so grateful to the Holy Angels community, for stepping out on faith and having the courage to be deliberate about your actions. Instead of storing your treasures in a warehouse, you allowed God to use you and we are so blessed by that."
 
Xavier president, Dr. Norman C. Francis, who was in attendance at the mass, also thanked the visitors, saying they "acted almost exactly like our founder, St. Katharine Drexel, in your giving. You didn't just send a check. You came and gave of yourself." 
 
"We believe this was meant to be," said Fr. Chris. "It's a blessing for us too. When we give we are blessed as well."


XU Included Among The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges”

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana has been singled out as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.

The New York-based education services company features Xavier, the nation's only historically Black and Catholic university, in the new 2008 edition of its annual guide, "The Best 366 Colleges." Only about 15% of the four-year colleges in American and two Canadian colleges were chosen for the book. XU was one of 358 holdovers from last year’s guide.

"We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, vice president for publishing, noting that the schools were evaluated based on institutional data collected from the schools, feedback from students enrolled in the schools, and Princeton Review visits to schools over the years.”

The guide offers two-page profiles on each of the 366 schools, in addition to ranking the top 20 colleges in the book in various categories based on student comments.

"In our opinion, each school in this book is a 'best' when it comes to academics" said Frank, “but as anyone visiting colleges can attest, their campus cultures and offerings differ greatly.”

“We compile rankings in multiple categories to give college applicants and their parents – particularly those who can't visit these schools – a wide range of information to decide which of these academically outstanding colleges will be best for them,” he added. It's all about the fit." 

Citing Xavier’s unparalleled success in a number of academic areas – particularly premedical and pharmacy studies – the college guide noted that the “typical Xavier undergrad is ‘black, smart, sometimes a little too hard on themselves,’ and ‘strives for success and wants to further her education through a graduate/professional program.’ Undergraduates here are typically studious …”

For more info on Xavier or a complete look at the guide, visit THE PRINCETON REVIEW.


Xavier Ranks High in U.S. News College Guide

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana once again gets the nod of U.S.News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Colleges.”

In the 2008 edition of its popular annual college guide, U.S. News ranks Xavier 36th on its list of the "Best Universities - Master's" from the southern region of the United States.

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

A total of 60 colleges and universities from 12 states were included among the “top tier” institutions in this year’s southern region rankings. According to the magazine, which lists more than 1,400 schools in all categories nationwide, the ratings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student s/electivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The complete list of  the southern "Best Universities - Master's" is available at U.S. News

“White Coat Ceremony” for New Xavier Pharmacy Students August 22 

New Orleans, La. - The recently appointed director of the Pharmacy Practice Managers section for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), will be the keynote speaker for the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony on Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m., in the Mary and William McCaffrey Ballroom of the Xavier University Center.

Edward Stemley, a 1996 Xavier pharmacy graduate, will speak to the P1 class and invited guests at the ceremony. Stemley was formerly chief pharmacy officer at Houston’s Harris County Hospital. Following his graduation from Xavier's College of Pharmacy, Stemley received a Master of Science degree in health-system pharmacy administration in 1998 from the Ohio State University Graduate School.

The Xavier White Coat ceremony event culminates a week of orientation events for the pharmacy students, focusing on increasing the students’ awareness of professional expectations.
 
The ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 30,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in in-patient, outpatient,
home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information, contact www.ashp.org.

Freshman Orientation at Xavier Begins August 17

New Orleans, La. - Incoming freshmen will invade the Xavier campus beginning Friday, August 17.  That’s when out of town students will start checking into residence halls and begin their life away from home, some for the first time.

Commuter students will be on campus as well for an information session at 5:30 p.m. At that time dormitory students will have a presentation from Resident Assistants – upperclassmen whose job it is to make the transition to dorm life easier.

The weekend continues with more activities for those first year students beginning with an address from Xavier president D. Norman C. Francis

Students will attend sessions on administrative polices and procedures, financial aid, maintaining a successful college career, technology followed by campus tours and departmental meetings.

All freshmen and their parents  are invited to the President’s Welcome Reception that evening.

The newbie students will spend the rest of the week, meeting with their groups for various activities, registering for classes, and participating in social activities to acclimate them to the campus and their new classmates. Those activities include a talent show, various mixers, a poetry slam, shopping trips, bowling, and a picnic.

A highlight of the week will be the capping ceremony on Thursday at 6pm when new students are officially initiated into the Xavier culture.

New freshmen are also introduced to community service, a major thrust of Xavier student life, with the Community Plunge, Saturday August 25, 8am-noon.

Parents are invited to share in some of the students seminars and activities on the weekend.  The parents will also have their own orientation seminars on topics such as  "Nurturing a Successful student", and  "Family transitions."

For more information on Freshman Orientation contact coordinator Kawanna Coulon at 520-7320.

Math Gets Grant to Study Developmental Programs

New Orleans, La. - The Mathematics Department has been awarded a three-year, $800,000 grant to redesign and evaluate the developmental mathematics program.

The funding is part of a larger $3.9 million grant that an inter-institutional team was successful in obtaining from the State Board of Regents through the Research Commercialization and Educational Enhancement Program (RCEEP). Other members of the team were Tulane’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, XU’s Department of Chemistry and Nunez Community College’s Process Technology Program.

The overall objective of the State’s RCEEP initiative is to revitalize the region’s economy through research commercialization and a highly-skilled workforce.

The Mathematics Department component of the proposal to the State was written based on the guiding principle that providing enhanced educational opportunities to students from underrepresented minority groups and low/middle income communities will enable them to excel academically and transition to rewarding careers in the chemical industry. The Department’s focus on Developmental Mathematics is aimed at enhancing retention of students in science and math disciplines.

At Xavier, the grant will significantly enhance the complex set of instructional assessment and pedagogical tools that are necessary to address the needs of students who lack adequate background in mathematics to enroll in a college credit course. An anticipated outcome will be a stronger and more effective role the mathematics department will be able to play in the training of Louisiana’s scientists.

Bracy Receives 2007 APPA Pacesetter Award

New Orleans, La. - If it is indeed true that the recognition and respect of one’s peers is the greatest honor that a person can receive, then Marion Bracy has truly arrived.

This past month, Bracy, XU’s vice president of facility planning and management, was presented the 2007 Pacesetter Award from the APPA – the association serving educational facilities professionals – at the group's conference in Baltimore, Md.

In presenting him the award, the APPA cited Bracy for his dedication to his profession and his service to the association on both the state and regional level, his exceptional work ethnic, and his supervision of restoration of the Xavier campus following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

APPA is the association of choice serving educational facilities professionals, representing more than 1.500 learning institutions encompassing more than 4,700 individuals throughout the United States, Canada and internationally.

"Marion has played a heroic role since Katrina – remaining during the hurricane to help protect the campus and our students who stayed behind, then assuming the difficult challenge of overseeing our campus repairs and restoration even though his own home had been destroyed like so many of us,” said Francis. "He continues to play a critical role in our dealings with contractors as campus repairs continue, as well as our insurance claims adjusters and FEMA."

Bracy, whose promotion to vice president was approved by the Xavier Board of Trustees in June 2006, began his career at Xavier in 1998 as associate director of facility planning and management. Shortly after his arrival, he was promoted to director.

He leads a team of 10 managers and 85 employees and is responsible for the overall maintenance and improvement of the University. He also serves as liaison between federal, state, and local agencies, contractors, companies and community members.

In addition to his APPA affiliation, Bracy serves as president for the Southeastern Association of Physical Plant Administrators, he is board member-elect with the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. He is also affiliated with the International Facility Management Association and the Louisiana Federal Property Assistance Agency where he serves on the Advisory Board.

Xavier Ranks High in Diverse Issues Report

New Orleans, La. - An annual special report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine once again provides continuing documentation of the University's success in a number of academic disciplines.

In its "Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers" issue (May 31, 2007), the magazine shows Xavier once again ranking first in the nation in the number of African American students earning baccalaureate degrees in two areas – the biological/biomedical sciences and the physical sciences.

Xavier is far ahead of the pack in both categories. XU graduated 165 students in the biological and biomedical sciences – more than twice that of second-place Howard University – and another 48 students in the physical sciences – more than 50 per cent higher than runner-up Florida A&M.

The University also places 26th in awarding undergraduate degrees in psychology to African Americans with 53.

The Diverse Issues report is based on a review of the 2005-2006 preliminary data distributed by the U.S. Department of Education, which includes the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

The magazine has reported on degrees conferred since 1992, tracking trends in bachelor degree conferrals to African American students by HBCU institutions compared to all other institutions.

New Approach Should Benefit Incoming Freshman Students

New Orleans, La. - When members of the new freshman class arrive in August, they’ll be the beneficiaries of some significant changes Xavier University of Louisiana has made in its approach to incoming students.

Since being named Xavier’s Dean of Freshman Studies earlier this year, Dr. Ken Boutte ’76 has been working closely with academic departments and other campus offices to develop a unique freshman year experience – part of an overall plan to increase the retention and graduation rates for all students.

While the planning has only just begun, some new strategies for supporting the freshman class have already been deemed ready for prime time. They entail changes to the University’s traditional freshman orientation week and the freshman curriculum, as well as the addition of a new reading component. 

“We are deliberately referring to this as the freshman-year ‘experience’, not the freshman year ‘program’,” said Boutte. “By instituting these experiences we hope to engage students early on so we can identify any problems and provide solutions.”

“Our goal is to provide incoming students with all the resources they need to be successful both here at Xavier and in their professional careers – starting on Day One,” said Boutte.

While making a smooth transition from high school to college life and providing an opportunity for students to socialize with their new classmates remains an important aspect of orientation week, this year’s freshmen will be spending more time interacting with the faculty and staff in their respective academic departments during orientation than in the past. 

“After reviewing our orientation week activities, it was quite apparent that there were not enough academic aspects,” said Boutte, noting, for example, that students were spending just one hour with their departments. That meant little time for proper student evaluation, counseling and scheduling. “Working with Student Services, we’ve been able to address this concern.”

In addition to spending more time within their departments, students will also be schooled in some fundamental skills which the University deems essential to a successful first year in college.

“Some students come to Xavier having never seen a syllabus, while others have no concept of time management,” said Boutte. “We don’t want them to be shocked on their first day of class.”

Boutte said the special attention for freshmen won’t stop once classes begin. There will be an extensive monitoring and mentoring process. In addition, the freshman experience will include a new, non-credit Freshman Seminar course that will be a part of every freshmen schedule this fall.

The new seminar course is not an orientation course but has topics that have been developed by teams of faculty and integrated into the entire academic experience. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn important study, time-management and test-taking skills. Guest speakers will share their real-life knowledge of the skills and behaviors that promote academic and professional success. Students will be invited to investigate ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Last, but not least, they will also become familiar with Xavier’s history and mission.

The implementation of a freshman seminar was actually begun last year with Tuesday sessions led by faculty under the leadership of Dr. Marguerite Giguette and Sr. Monica Loughlin. Having a time set aside next year on student schedules will allow the University to build on what they began.

“It pains me to say that there are seniors who think Xavier’s colors are black and gold, and others who don’t know what the initials S.B.S. stand for,” said Boutte. “It is important that all our students understand our history and appreciate the unique culture that exists here – in other words, what it means to be a Xavierite.”

Boutte said a one-hour credit course is being developed for Spring 2008 that will complete the freshman cycle.

Another new facet of the freshman experience is the requirement that all new students read The Paradox of Choice, a best-selling book which examines the myriad of choices in our society, the adult dilemma of making the right choices, and the idea that there would be less stress if there were fewer choices.

“These are young adults, many of whom will be making independent choices without parental guidance or influence for the first time in their lives,” said Boutte. “There is, of course, a proper method for making the correct choice and we hope this book will be a catalyst for discussion. We are encouraging faculty who will be teaching freshman to incorporate the book into their respective disciplines.”

Looking further down the line, Boutte and the Freshman Planning Committee are developing a program that will allow students needing to complete developmental courses to do so in the summer before starting their freshman year. Implementation of the program, which may also include a summer freshman orientation program, is scheduled for summer 2008.

University's Top Students Designated Rousseve Scholars

New Orleans, La. - Thirty upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2007-08 school year at Xavier University of Louisiana . Students selected for the Rousseve Scholars Program generally represent the top ten students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes based on their academic performance the preceding two semesters. Each recipient receives a full tuition scholarship and a book allowance.

This year’s recipients, grouped by their class, are listed below along with their major field of study, hometown and high school.

Sophomores – Rita Aregbesola, biology/pre-med, Orlando, Fla. (Bishop Moore); Ryan Boudreau, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Metairie, La. (Rummel); Jenna Hill, biology/pre-med, New Orleans (McMain); Uyen Tram Le, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, West Minister, Calif. (Laquinta); Anita Madison, biology/pre-med, New Orleans (Xavier Prep); Josiah Morgan, chemistry/pre-med, New Orleans (McDonogh 35); Luu Ngo, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Houston, Texas (Cornerstone Christian); Dat Hoang Nguyen, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North); Ugochi Obih, biology/pre-med, New Orleans (Dominican); and Pauline Smith, psychology/pre-med, Redford, Mich. (Bishop Borgress).

Juniors – Brittany Allison, chemistry/pre-med, New Orleans (Dominican); Meghan Bias, biology/pre-med, Grand Coteau, La. (Sacred Heart); Shelley Dailey, biology/pre-med, Forestville, Md. (Bishop McNamara); Kim-Hue Dinh, PharmD (P1), Marrero, La. (L.W. Higgins), Justin Frederick, engineering, Atlanta, Ga. (Druid Hills); Thuy Nguyen, PharmD (P1), Ocean Springs, Miss. (Ocean Springs); Britney Richardson, biology/pre-med, Independence, La. (Independence); Nina Vo, PharmD P1), New Orleans (Ben Franklin); Lauren Williamson, biology/pre-med, New Orleans (Ben Franklin); and Nazima Yousuf, PharmD (P1), Chalmette, La. (Andrew Jackson).

Seniors – Airat Agbetoba, biology/pre-med, Richmond, Texas (Bush); Garrett Anderson, biology/pre-med, Hinesville, Ga. (Bradwell); Michael Aregbesola, biology/pre-med, Orlando, Fa. (Bishop Moore); Joshua Coney, biology/pre-med, Houston, Texas (Debakey); Breyanna Grays, biology/pre-med, Grand Blanc, Mich. (Grand Blanc); Desmin Milner, chemistry/pre-med, Birmingham, Ala. (Ramsay); Alyce Richard, psychology/pre-med, New Orleans (Ursuline); Erica Stevens, biology/pre-med, Mobile, Ala. (Murphy); Thao-Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Marrero, La. (John Ehret); and Alona Williams, PharmD (P2), Baton Rouge, La. (Broadmoor).

Psychology Professor Has Tales to Tell

New Orleans, La. - We’d be lying if we said that Edgar Rice Burroughs (of Tarzan fame) is alive and teaching at Xavier University of Louisiana, but there are those who would say that’s not too far off the mark.

Enter Dr. Charles Allen Gramlich, by all appearances an unassuming professor of experimental psychology and unbeknownst to most, a prodigious crafter of yarns and spinner of tales. He is the author of several novels and numerous short stories, most of which fall into the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror.

Three of his novels have already been published: the horror/action-themed Cold in the Night (2002) – whose sci-fi elements have drawn comparisons with the early work of N.Y. Times best-selling author Dean Koontz (Strangers) – and his fantasy, adventure-themed Swords of Talera (2007) and Wings Over Talera (2007) – which some critics have likened to the works of the legendary Burroughs [think John Carter: Warlord of Mars]. 

This summer he is anticipating publication of his latest novel, Witch of Talera, the third and perhaps final chapter in what he calls the Talera Cycle – his fantasy adventure series in which a 19th-century Earthman is mysteriously transported into a world dominated by ancient warriors and deadly beasts. 

Although the Talera trilogy is just now being released in book form, it dates back to his college days; in fact, Gramlich wrote the first installment during late night breaks from his graduate research. But his interest in the genre and his love of writing goes back much further than that.

“I grew up reading adventure stories like Tarzan and John Carter and they really struck a cord with me,” said Gramlich. They were also ready companions for a young boy growing up on a farm near the foothills of the Ozark Mountains six miles away from his nearest neighbor.

“When I first started ‘telling’ stories to myself as a pre-teen, without writing them down, I set almost all of them in a fantasy landscape that was essentially an expanded version of the farm where I was growing up,” he said, explaining that the seven ponds in the area became the seven seas of his fantasy world. “Even today some of my fantasy stories take place in a variation on that original world building.”

“I love telling a good story; that’s what I am looking to do whenever I write,” he said.

Intitially Gramlich wrote for his own amusement, but after sharing some of his stories with his college friends, he began to realize he had some talent in that area. Much to his chagrin, however, he had launched his writing career in what mainstream publishers dubbed “the waning years of the popularity of the adventure/fantasy genre” – thus the huge gap from creation to fruition. 

However, he eventually caught the eye of the now-defunct Startling Science Stories magazine, which published the trilogy as a four-part series in 1999. He also earned the magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for that year.

Oddly enough, the novel he wrote in between volumes of the Talera series – Cold in the Night, a horror novel about earth-evolved humanoids run amok in rural Arkansas [think along the lines of Predator] – was published in book form first. It was also much harder to write.

“Cold has a lot more sub-plots than the Talera series,” said Gramlich. “I had a basic concept and an ending, but unlike the trilogy I didn’t plot out the story before I started writing because I didn’t want to know all the answers up front. I wanted to even surprise myself.”

Today all four novels are available through amazon.com and other on-line retailers, and Gramlich is hopeful that they might soon find their way to retail stores. And while book sales have not reached the point where he is ready to give up his day job, he admits the additional income has provided more than few extra luxuries.

“Let’s just say I make enough money that I’m not wasting my time doing this,” he laughed.

For Gramlich, who has taught at Xavier since 1986, fiction novels represent just one facet of his writing repertoire. Over the years he has published more than 70 short fiction stories, 60 poems and 100 non-fiction and academic writings.

Oddly enough, his fictional writing has been shelved this summer while he completes some more “educational” projects for the publisher of his Talera trilogy (Borgo Press), most notably a student guide for writing effective term papers.

Of course for some students, writing term papers is an adventure in itself.

Healthy Homes Youth Art Contest
 
New Orleans, La. - Xavier University’s Neighborhood Health, Technology & Information Centers are sponsoring a youth art contest to help inform the public about the services they offer.
 
The two centers are supported by a grant from HUD’s Universities Rebuilding America Partnership (URAP) program. The first center, located at Little Zion Baptist Church in Gert Town, opened in February. It was followed by a second location at McDonogh #35 high school in March.
 
The Centers provide information and resources to assist in the efforts of low- and moderate-income residents, as well as the elderly and small businesses, to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
 
The Centers also offer workshops on children’s health issues, mental health counseling, and basic computer skills training.

Students city-wide in two age groups (10-13 and 14-17) are invited to participate in the art contest, whose theme is “Healthy Homes.” First and second place winners will be selected in each age category, with prizes including movie passes and school supply kits.
 
Entry forms are available at both Centers, and the deadline for entries is Friday, July 20. All entries must be created on the back of the entry form and they must be submitted to the Center at Little Zion Baptist Church, 4821 Earhart Blvd.
 
The Neighborhood Health, Technology & Information Centers are staffed by Americorps volunteer teams six days a week. The current team, Green 3 out of Sacramento, is led by Andrew Romaner. The group hopes to generate more awareness of health issues among the youth of New Orleans. “The use of children as health messengers in communities has proven effective in other cities around the country and we knew we had to try it here,” said Romaner.
 
Americorps*NCCC  (national civilian community corps) is part of Americorps – a network of national service programs created to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, assist in disaster relief, and other un-met human needs. 
 
For more info about the art contest or the Xavier Neighborhood Health, Technology & Information Centers, call 520-5737.

Students Learn Mardi Gras Indian Culture in Unique Summer School at Xavier

New Orleans, La. - Youngsters in Xavier University’s Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer School are getting hands-on experience in a unique program focusing on Mardi Gras Indian costume design and tradition. 

The summer course, offered by Xavier’s art department and held in the Art Village, includes lectures, video screenings, and conversations with guest speakers to help students understand the rich costume and parade traditions of Mardi Gras Indians, including Native American and African-Caribbean influences. Shawn Vantree is the program director.

Students recently had a session with Chief Larry Bannock of the Golden Star Hunters tribe.

 PHOTOS: 
#1 Chief Larry Bannock of the Golden Star Hunters, with students Lerhon Edwards and Tyrelle Henderson working on a purple Indian suit. http://www.xula.edu/image-bank/high_res/xu-mardi_gras_indian_arts-2007/images/20070607-xu-ij3--203.jpg

#2 Chief Larry Bannock explains the process to student Anjone Neapolliun. http://www.xula.edu/image-bank/high_res/xu-mardi_gras_indian_arts-2007/images/20070607-xu-ij3--210.jpg

#3 Taylor Ranson gets a hands-on sewing lesson from Chief Larry Bannock. http://www.xula.edu/image-bank/high_res/xu-mardi_gras_indian_arts-2007/images/20070607-xu-ij3--215.jpg

#4 Chief Larry Bannock guides students Jayda White (left) and Trania Barrow (right) through their needlepoint work. http://www.xula.edu/image-bank/high_res/xu-mardi_gras_indian_arts-2007/images/20070607-xu-ij3--219.jpg

#5 Domonique Alexander tries on an Indian suit with assistance from Chief Larry Bannock of the Golden Star Hunters tribe. http://www.xula.edu/image-bank/high_res/xu-mardi_gras_indian_arts-2007/images/20070607-xu-ij3--226.jpg

St. Charles Named VP for Institutional Advancement at Xavier University
 
New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana has promoted Dr. Kenneth St. Charles to serve as its Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

St. Charles, who came to Xavier in 2005, previously served the University as associate vice president for Strategic Initiatives. Before that, St. Charles served nine years as the Area Development Director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
New Orleans office, where he was responsible for raising more than $19 million during his tenure there.

"Xavier is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Kenneth St. Charles as its new Vice President for Institutional Advancement," said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. "Dr. St. Charles brings to this position years of experience specifically related to the university institutional advancement area. The national search conducted by the university's committee confirmed the significant value Xavier gains in Dr. St. Charles' appointment."

As the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, St. Charles will be responsible for overseeing the university's fund-raising activities through the Development Office, Advancement Services, Alumni Office and the University & Media Relations office.
 
His previous positions included senior development officer at Loyola University, alumni affairs director at St. Augustine High School and positions in human resources and finance at Entergy Corporation.
 
A New Orleans native, St. Charles is a graduate of St. Augustine High School, and holds a bachelors degree from Loyola, and an MBA and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans. 

He is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, where he has been an active member for the past twenty-four years. He is married to the former Lori Robinson and has two teenage daughters, Taylor and Kennedy, who attend Xavier University Preparatory High School.

Xavier Theology Professor Scholar in Residence at NYU and Paris

New Orleans, La. - Fr. Phillip J. Linden, S.T.D., Ph.D., associate professor of theology at Xavier University of Louisiana, will serve as a summer scholar-in-residence at New York University and will continue his research in Paris later this summer at Institute de Catholique and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

Linden’s research project is 'Theological Uses of the Past: Religion and Society.' His research focuses on unearthing ‘forgotten memories’ that call into question our understanding of democracy, free market, and humanity’s relationship to (or disassociation with) these entities today. Linden says “the past has the potential of confronting the major distortions in contemporary history and offer theology as a critical and prophetic engagement in the world.”

The NYU Summer Scholar-in-Residence program allows Network faculty to come to New York University to engage in research, develop curricula, and/or produce manuscripts for publication. The program allows Scholars to explore new dimensions in their disciplines, to engage in intellectual exchange and investigate resources not available to them at their home institutions, to broaden their own pedagogical expertise, to enrich existing courses or create new ones, and to expand professional contacts. Participation in the SIR program not only enhances the faculty members’ knowledge and skills, but also significantly contributes to the intellectual environment of their home institutions as they share what they learn with their colleagues and students.

Linden will continue his research in Paris at the Institut de Catholique and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in July and August.

Vincent, Richard, Murphy to Retire; Sister Monica to Head A&S

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana President Norman Francis has announced the retirement of two long-time administrative staff members and one long-time faculty member, all of which will take effect this summer.

Retiring are Dr. Harold Vincent, the current Dean of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Alvin Richard ’55, the current dean of the Graduate School; and business professor Robert Murphy, Jr.

Francis also announced that assistant dean Sister Monica Loughlin, S.B.S. ’69, the current associate dean of Arts and Sciences, will assume the position of dean effective Aug. 1. In addition, Dr. Andrea Edwards has been named associate dean, also effective on that date. No replacement has been named for Richard, who retires at the end of this month.

Vincent has been at Xavier for 41 years, the first 31 of those years teaching in the Physics Department, where he rose in academic rank from Instructor to Professor. He also served as coordinator of the pre-engineering program and chair of the physics. He was named Dean of the Arts and Sciences in 1996.

Richard has served as dean of the Graduate School since 1995, having returned to his alma mater after nearly 20 years at Dartmouth College, where he served in a variety of roles, including director of equal opportunity and affirmative action, dean and associate dean. From 1965 to 1976 he served at Xavier in a series of administrative positions: dean of student services, dean of admissions/financial aid and dean of men.

Murphy, a popular and dedicated member of the business department faculty, taught at Xavier for more than 26 years.

Sister Monica is no stranger to her new position, having previously served as dean of Arts and Sciences from 1991-1995 in addition to her latest one-year stint as associate dean. She has a long history of service at Xavier punctuated by leadership roles with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. In previous assignments at the University – starting in 1974 – she has taught medical technology and biology. She left New Orleans to become a member of the SBS leadership team in 1980-85 and then president from 1995-2005, during which time she served four terms on Xavier’s Board of Trustees.    

Edwards has been at XU since 1999 as a professor in computer sciences, specializing in such academic areas as data structures, artificial intelligence, graphics and robotics.

Xavier Still Tops at Placing African American Students in Medical School
 
New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana continues its track record of placing more minority students into medical and professional schools than any other institution.
 
Xavier, recognized as the ‘Hottest School for Premed” in 2005 by the Kaplan-Newsweek Guide to Colleges, has placed an average of 80 students per year into medical school over the past three years and has placed approximately 60 students per year into other science-related fields such as osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, and public health school.
 
Additionally, Xavier has been number one nationally in placing African-Americans into medical school since 1993, and continues its success despite recently coping with recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
 
So far this year, 69 Xavier students have already been accepted into medical, dental, and other schools for entry in the Fall of 2007. According to the Xavier Pre-med Office, the University expects to maintain its number one status in placing African-Americans into medical school and to do well in placing students into the other health professions.

Entzminger Twins Leave Their Mark at Xavier [First Fulbright Scholars Since 1996]

New Orleans, La. - The upcoming graduation of the Entzminger twins – Laketa and Lakeshia – is a mighty big deal in their hometown Greensboro, N.C. There will be a charter bus full of well-wishers headed down to New Orleans for commencement next week who will testify to that.

But then the Entzmingers are already a big deal here at Xavier.

Laketa, a senior biology/pre-med major is the first Xavier student in 10 years to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship through the United States’ flagship international educational exchange program. Her sister, Lakeshia, also a graduating biology/pre-med major, has been selected as an alternate Fulbrighter to Peru and should find out next month whether she too gets the prestigious one-year grant.

Sponsored by the U.S Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the nation’s largest international exchange program, currently operating in more than 155 countries nationwide. Laketa was awarded her grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers fellowships to recent college graduates and other young professionals for study and research abroad. In any given year, more than 1,200 Americans are studying abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.

Xavier’s last Fulbright scholar was Jolanda Williams ‘96, who was awarded a grant to study the Germanic language and literature in Germany following her senior year.

Why have Xavier Fulbrighters been so rare? One of the reasons is that the program is extremely competitive, and requires a rare combination of academic ability, first-hand experience, and personal skills to qualify. Perhaps more importantly, whereas much larger colleges and universities have formal Fulbright committees that identify candidates as early as their sophomore year and place them on a Fulbright track, XU students have been pretty on their own to even learn about the program.

“The Fulbright program is serious business – it’s not about sight-seeing for a year overseas,” said Dr. Charles Baquet, XU’s Director of the Center for International Studies, who is taking steps to get faculty involved in the process. “To even be considered for a grant, students have to be fluent in the language of the country they are interested in, and have to prepare a fairly extensive proposal indicating what they intend to do there and how it applies to their chosen profession.”

And although Fulbright foots the bill, recipients are even required to arrange their own travel and lodging.

None of which proved to be a problem for Laketa or Lakeshia, despite a very short window of opportunity.

The Entzmingers did not even become aware of the Fulbright program until last summer, when they were in Argentina and Peru, respectively, through the Xavier-Tulane Minority Health International research Training (MHIRT) Program. When they returned home in August, the application deadline loomed only a couple of short months away.

“Fulbright starts accepting applications in May, and that presumes some prior preparation time,” said Baquet, who himself only learned of the twins interest in the Fulbright program upon their return to campus. “I talked to them at length about the program and I did what I could to encourage them, but it is a testament to their level of commitment and their organizational skills that they were able to pull everything together so quickly.”

What also loomed large was their fluency in Spanish and their previous research experience abroad.

With her Fulbright grant already in hand, Laketa plans to return to Argentina, where she spent ten weeks last summer through the MHIRT program. There she hopes to continue the research on the availability and quality of prenatal care that she began last year at Institute for Clinical Effectively and Health Policy. She will also assist in establishing a children’s play center in one of the public hospitals.

She intends to stay with the same Buenos Aires family that housed her last summer.

“I have always been interested in other countries and their cultures,” said Laketa, who in addition to Argentina previously spent a summer during research in Thailand through the University of Washington program. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime to really spend some time in-country and to learn about the people first-hand.”

Once she returns, she plans to enter medical school, probably at St. Louis University – where she has already been accepted – with the ultimate goal of working among underserved populations both in the U.S. and abroad.

Baquet and Lakeshia are optimistic that she too will get a grant, and, if she does, she will be just as prepared as her sister. Two years ago she participated in a summer program in the Dominican Republic and this past summer she spent 11 weeks in Peru last summer under the same MIHRT program, working for the non-governmental organization PRISMA.

Last summer she researched some of the psychological and social issues facing tuberculosis patients. Under the Fulbright grant, she hopes to focus on the same topic, but from the physician perspective. Should the Fulbright scholarship not materialize, Lakeshia has an equally good Plan B – she has already been accepted into medical school at Meharry Medical College and St. Louis University.

Those who know them best are not at all surprised that the Entzminger twins are Fulbright material.

“The Entzmingers are well known on campus – they have exhibited stellar academic performances throughout their years at Xavier,” said Dr. Michelle Bell Boissiere ‘86, an assistant professor of biology and former chair of the department. “They are pleasant, polite and personable, and they have a love of learning both in the classroom and in the world. They are clear examples of all of the wonderful things a Xavierite can be.” 

“Both Laketa and Lakeshia have a clear vision of what they want to do and where they want to go, and they have all the tools to be successful,” echoed Baquet. “Their pursuit of international experiences has truly broadened their horizons and enhanced their progress towards careers in medicine.” 

American Express CEO to Address '07 Graduates [John Scott to Receive Honorary Degree]

New Orleans, La. - Kenneth Chenault, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the American Express Company will be the keynote speaker when Xavier holds its 80th annual commencement Saturday May 12,  at 6:00 p.m. in the New Orleans Arena.
 
It will be the second straight year the graduation will be held at the Arena, with University returning to its traditional combined Arts and Sciences/College of Pharmacy format. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held earlier in the day at 10:00 a.m. in the University Gymnasium. The Most Rev. John H. Ricard, bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola and Tallahassee and a native of Louisiana, will deliver the Baccalaureate homily.

As president and chief executive officer of the American Express Company, Chenault is considered one of the most powerful and influential people on Wall Street. Before becoming company CEO, he had spent 16 years at American Express holding a variety of senior posts. In 1997 he was hand-picked by his predecessor to continue to shape the future of the company, and today is one of only three African American CEOs of a Fortune 500 company.

Prior to joining American Express, Chenault served as a management consultant for Bain & Co and was an associate with the law firm of Rogers & Wells. In addition to American Express, he sits on the boards of several other companies and nonprofit organizations.

He has received numerous awards, including the Business Leadership Community Builder Award from Phipps Houses and the Ceiling Breaker Award from Wharton University. He and his wife, Kathryn were honored by the Citizens Committee of New York for their extraordinary contributions to the City of New York.

Chenault, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from Harvard University, was awarded an honorary degree from Xavier in 1997. 

At this year’s ceremony, Xavier will bestow an honorary degree upon longtime art professor John T. Scott ’62, whose art has garnered him a national reputation of one of America’s most highly-acclaimed contemporary artists and whose teaching continues to inspire Xavier art students.

Scott’s large, three-dimensional public works can be found in a dozen locations in New Orleans, as well as in six other major cities (Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Houston, Nashville and Philadelphia). His other creations can be found in public and private collections throughout the country.

Often honored and celebrated, Scott was bestowed “Genius” status in 1992 when the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recognized him for his extraordinary originality and exceptional creativity.

Scott, who is on extended leave while recovering from double lung surgery, has taught at Xavier for more than 40 years. In addition to his XU degree, he also holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Athletics Returns From Hurricane Hiatus With a Bang

New Orleans, La. - During the final week of April, new trophy cases – replacements for those lost during Hurricane Katrina – were delivered to the lobby of The Barn. The timing couldn’t have been better; there’s plenty of new hardware to display.

After a one-year suspension because of the hurricane, Xavier athletics accomplished much more than a spirit-lifting comeback in 2006-07. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets won nearly half a dozen conference championships.

Five of Xavier’s six teams — men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis — won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships to provide a pleasant surprise during the rebuilding of New Orleans.

"What a tremendous feat," said athletics director Dennis Cousin. "It was the result of a lot of hard work and the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I had no idea we would come back as strongly as we did."

Firsts and improbable comebacks accompanied the championship harvest. The men’s cross country team won its first GCAC title. The men’s basketball team survived an 0-4 start in conference to earn a share of the regular-season championship. And en route to its fifth GCAC title in six years, the women's tennis team earned its first NAIA top-10 ranking.

"We don’t have the biggest department around, but pound-for-pound our department does an outstanding job," Cousin said. "We had great success winning in the GCAC this year, but more importantly, on graduation day, we’ll have our share of young men and women receiving their degrees. That’s the combination we strive for every day."

A recap of the championship seasons:

Women’s Cross Country: The Gold Nuggets and their school-record six All-GCAC runners – Ashley Broden, Ebony Harding, Amani Harlee, Lonique Moore, Mimi Mornay and Stacey Young – cruised to a 31-point victory over runner-up Spring Hill in the league meet October 21 at Clinton, Miss. Xavier finished fourth in the NAIA Region XIII meet two weeks later, and Harding earned All-Region XIII and All-Louisiana honors. Harding also was selected Louisiana Newcomer of the Year, and second-year Coach Joseph Moses was GCAC and Louisiana Coach of the Year.

"I had the feeling our women could win conference," Moses said. "We peaked at the right time in the conference meet, and Ebony was consistent all year."

Men’s Cross Country: The Gold Rush ran well but didn’t run away with their GCAC championship. Despite a higher aggregate time than Spring Hill, the Gold Rush edged the Badgers by one point, 37 to 38, to earn their first title. Darren Wallace, Chris Butler, Bryan Khan and Joshua Miles were All-GCAC, and Wallace was All-Region XIII after leading Xavier to a fifth-place finish in that meet. Moses was GCAC and Louisiana Coach of the Year.

"I knew the conference race was close," Moses said. "I didn’t know we won until I was handed the official results. It was a great breakthrough for our men’s program."

Men’s Basketball: It was a rebuilding year for the Rush, but you never would have known it after Jan. 11, when a 70-66 loss at Spring Hill was Xavier’s sixth in seven games and dropped Xavier to 0-4 in the conference. From that point a predominantly freshman team with no returning starters from 2004-05 ripped off 10 consecutive GCAC victories for the first time in 20 years and earned a share of the regular-season title. Xavier then earned an at-large bid to the NAIA Division I National Tournament – the third consecutive invitation was the first for the program – then upset third-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) 82-79 to advance past the first round for the first time in 34 years.

Xavier’s strongest area was its backcourt. Sophomore Shaun Dumas made the NAIA All-America third team and was chosen Louisiana Small College Player of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches. Junior Mark Stewart shattered Xavier records for 3-pointers made in a season (109) and career (202) and was chosen third-team All-Louisiana. Both Dumas and Stewart were All-GCAC.

"It was an amazing season," Coach Dannton Jackson said. "It was a special group of young men with great chemistry and a commitment to improving every day. Short of winning a national championship, I doubt I’ll experience a more satisfying season as a coach."

Men’s Tennis: The Gold Rush was ranked 25th in the NAIA preseason poll, dropped out and reclaimed the No. 25 spot in mid-April. In between the Rush dominated the GCAC, winning all 62 of its regular-season and tournament matches and beating 2006 champion Spring Hill 6-0 in the tournament final April 13 at City Park in New Orleans. Not surprisingly, Xavier grabbed all but one spot on the All-GCAC team. Terry Richardson was Player of the Year, Cameron Knowles was Newcomer of the Year, and Alan Green was Coach of the Year. Miroslav Vukicevic, Mario Myles, Visumzi Kempele and Thomas Fugate also were all-conference.

"Our men had a very successful season," Green said. "But not advancing past the first round of the regionals has left a bad taste in our mouths. That loss is motivating us already for next season. Our guys are working hard and preparing to go even further in 2008."

Women’s Tennis: The Gold Nuggets, winner of four consecutive GCAC titles from 2002-05, captured another one April 13 by defeating 2006 champion Mobile 7-1 at City Park. Along the way the Nuggets earned their highest NAIA preseason ranking (No. 13), and their first top-10 ranking (No. 9 on March 7). Junior Dominique Bell was GCAC Player of the Year for the third time, and freshman Angelina Callis was GCAC Newcomer of the Year. Joining them on the all-conference team were teammates Alexandra Broussard, Yuliem Dominguez, Colleen McArthur and Jihanna Mughnee.

"You could make a case that this was the best women’s tennis team in Xavier history," said Green, the women’s GCAC Coach of the Year. "And we should be as good, if not better, next season because everyone will be back, and we’ll add one or two new players."

The lone Xavier team that did not win a GCAC championship, Women’s Basketball, didn’t fare badly either. Coach Bo Browder’s Nuggets lost four projected starters to season-ending knee injuries but still won 23 games, finished second in the GCAC regular season and tournament, then tied a program record by earning a sixth consecutive NAIA tourney bid. Junior guard Jarryn Cleaves led the Nuggets with a 14.2 scoring average, made a Xavier-record 88 3-pointers and was All-GCAC for the third time. She was one of three NAIA Division I players to reach 80 3-pointers, 60 assists and 70 steals during the season, and she was third-team All-Louisiana for the second time.

Sophomore center Erica Turnbull, who played just 37 minutes as a freshman, averaged 12.2 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds and was All-GCAC. Senior forward Dominee Matthews had her best season, averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.

"We’ve never faced this much adversity in a season," Browder said. "I was proud of our ladies for their refusal to give up when times got tough. They should be proud of what they accomplished."

President Enhances Student Life at Cal State Fullerton
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Fullerton, Calif. - Early on in his tenure at Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Milton Gordon ’57 was perceived by some as being a president more involved in fundraising activities than in such day-to-day concerns as academics and student affairs.

It is not without some irony, therefore, that some 18 years into his presidency, Gordon has been honored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators – the nation’s largest professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty members and graduate students (with more than 11,000 members at 1,400 campuses nationwide) – for his “significant and outstanding contributions” to the campus, student affairs and to higher education.

In fact, in presenting him with their 2007 President’s Award, the NASPA specifically lauded Gordon for his “direct involvement in enhancing the quality of student life” and for strengthening student recruitment and retention programs. Hmmm. No mention of fundraising there.

“This award is very special to me because I have always considered students to be my top priority,” said Gordon of the NASPA award. “It is especially gratifying to be recognized by the group of individuals who are most directly involved in college student affairs.” 

With an enrollment of almost 36,000 students Cal State Fullerton ranks as the most populous of the 23-campus, California State University system and is second in enrollment only to UCLA among all universities in the state.

Among its distinctions, CSUF awards more bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics than any other university in California and is the No. 1 destination for California community college transfer students among all public universities in the state.

Gordon himself, however, is most proud of the diversity of his student body, which includes more than 9,600 Hispanics, 8,000 Asians, 1,200 African Americans and 1,528 international students. For nearly half of the students – most of who are first-generation college students – English is a second language.

“People outside of California have a rather simplified view of the different cultural groups – they just see Hispanics, Asians, African Americans,” said Gordon. “But the reality is much more complex: there are more than 70 different languages spoken in the K through 12 school systems in California.”

“In a sense you could say we are a majority “minority” college,” he added. “Considering the level of diversity we have here, that fact that these students have meshed so well together is an altogether remarkable achievement.”

Gordon said one of the major challenges facing all colleges and universities today is meeting the changing needs of its students. Across the country, the “traditional” full-time college student who graduates in four-to-five years is gradually becoming less and less the norm. That’s already true at a commuter college like Cal-Fullerton, where the average student age is 24 years old and only 800 of its 36,000 students live on campus.
 
“The best learning experience will always be a student and a teacher interacting in a classroom – and we will always offer that,” said Gordon. “But it is clear that technology has changed the way that students learn – and that the students themselves have changed – and it is important that we focus our energies on providing students with the tools and opportunities that will allow them to maximize their learning experience.”

Gordon knows of what he speaks – he has spent all of his professional career in higher education. A professor of mathematics by training, he previously served as vice president for academic affairs at Cal-Fullerton. Before that he held the positions of director of Afro-American Studies and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University.

His personal commitment to Cal-Fullerton – and the reciprocal satisfaction of the University in his job performance – is reflected in his longevity. At 18 years and counting, he has long surpassed the normal expected tenure for a University president (the national average is just five years) and he shows no signs of slowing down.

He scoffs at the notion, however, that he will ever approach the bellwether set by fellow alum Dr. Norman Francis, Xavier’s own president for 39 years.

“Cal-Fullerton is a truly great place to work and my wife (Dr. Margaret Gordon) and I really enjoy southern California,” said Gordon, who was a Xavier student when Francis – then Dean of Men – was just beginning his long career in education.

“We certainly hope to be here for a long time – but I think Norman’s record is quite safe.”

New Student Leaders Selected

New Orleans, La. - Ruben Battley, a senior biology/pre-med major from Shreveport, La. (CE Byrd High) has been elected the president of the Student Government Association, heading the list of new student leaders for the 2007-2008 school year.

He will be joined on next year’s SGA Executive Board by Gabriel Jackson, a senior psychology/pre-med major from Houston, Texas (DeBakey Health), who was elected vice president; Julius Tonzel, a junior biology/pre-med major from Little Rock, Ark. (Central), elected secretary; Stephanie Curtis, a junior biology/pre-med major from Philadelphia, Pa. (University City), elected treasurer; and Megan Minor, a P1 PharmD. major from Baton Rouge (St. Joseph’s Academy), the new Miss Xavier.

Microsoft Pilot Program Succeeds

New Orleans, La. - When Microsoft co-workers Ian Heisser ’95 and Osama Hamdan ’96 devised a plan to get computer science students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to start thinking in terms of teamwork, they naturally launched their pilot program at dear old XU (Xavier University of Louisiana)..

Called the Vista Challenge, the competition involved having students to create new applications for tagging photographs and sorting them on the computer based on different criteria. The real challenge was that the students had to work in three-to-four man teams – not as individuals – to execute the project, taking their initial concepts through planning, design, development and testing.

“We wanted to increase their knowledge of what it's like to work in the computer industry as well as expose them to different concepts of software engineering,” said Heisser, a member of the Content Access Protection Engineering Team at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash. “But we also wanted to do that in the context of working as team – with the added pressure of a finite deadline.”

According to Heisser and Hamdan, they were very pleased with the dedication and execution of the students and outcome of the pilot program. Earlier this week, Heisser and Hamdan, who serve as Microsoft’s liaison to XU, recognized the teams which met for their successes and hard work.

The winning project was submitted by "The Fantastic Four" team, which consisted of: Ryan Grayer, a junior computer science major from Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson High); Vyaisha Moss, a senior computer science major from Baton Rouge, La. (Christian Life); Jean-Paul Trudeau, a senior computer science major from New Orleans (Edna Karr); and Kory Twaites, a sophomore computer science major from Kent, Wash. (Kentridge).

XU Offers Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer School

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana is offering a new Mardi Gras Indian Arts program this summer from students ages 11-14.

This eight-week intensive program is for students who want to LEARN THE BASICS OF MARDI GRAS INDIAN COSTUME DESIGN:  During hands-on sessions, students will learn how to imagine, design, and create a Mardi Gras Indian costume from start to finish.

MOVE BEYOND DESIGN: Lectures, video screenings, and conversations with guest speakers will help students understand the rich costume and parade traditions of Mardi Gras Indians, including Native American and African-Caribbean influences.

Classes begin June 5. Students will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the studios and classrooms of the Xavier University Art Village. The session ends ends August 3.

The Summer School is open to youth ages 11-14. Interested youth must apply. You can request an application or more information by calling (504) 520-7552 or emailing svantree@xula.edu. Applications are also available for download in PDF format (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) at www.xula.edu/art. Applications are due May 28, 2007.  Enrollment is limited. 

Tuition for the camp is $50.  Need-based scholarships are available. Interested youth must apply.

The Summer School is offered by the Department of Art at Xavier University through its Community Arts Program.  This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Boutte Selected to Head Freshman Studies

New Orleans, La. - Dr. Kenneth Boutte ‘76 has been named to the newly created position of Dean of Freshman Studies, where he will work closely with academic departments and other campus offices to develop a unique freshman year experience and to enhance the overall learning experience and retention rates for all students.

 As head of the University’s equally new Office of Academic Enhancement, Boutte will plan and direct all initiatives designed to assist, reinforce and enhance the total Xavier learning experience, including overseeing the academic content of new student orientation, monitoring the academic progress of freshman and Deciding majors, developing a challenging honors program, and ensuring the quality of the University’s existing academic support and tutoring activities.

Boutte, who has served at Xavier since 1985 as a professor of biology and, most recently, as associate dean of Arts & Sciences, will collaborate with the Office of Student Services, Admissions, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office in an effort to make the freshman year experience more efficient, more effective and more student friendly.

 “There are mechanisms already in place that will serve next year’s freshman class well,” said Boutte, who will report directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. “But we have also engaged several faculty and staff committees in developing a more comprehensive and long-range plan.”
 
 “It is our intention to provide incoming students to have a freshman experience like no other,” he said, “an experience that will provide students with all the resources they need to be successful both here at Xavier and in their professional careers.”

Xavier Student Selected for Cannes Filmmaker Program

New Orleans, La. - Jai Hayes, a senior English major at Xavier University of Louisiana,
has been selected for the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival Student Filmmaker Program.

In addition to working with filmmaking professionals, Hayes will have the opportunity to participate in a challenge in which four students work together to create a short film that will be judged at the festival.

Hayes, a native of Culver, Indiana, is a graduate of Culver Academy. She has a minor in creative writing.

“I’ll be working for six hours everyday," said Hayes. "During my off time, I’ll have the opportunity to meet with directors, producers and others, learn how to use Adobe filmmaking computer programs, and work on a short film.  Overall the program gives us a chance to get seriously involved in filmmaking and meet other filmmakers.”

The Cannes Film Festival May 16 to May 27.

Prior to the start of the Festival, the students will participate in a four-day Festival orientation and tour of Cannes. During this time students attend workshops and seminars designed to help them gain a greater understanding of the business side of the film industry, such as a session on the art of networking.

Once the Festival begins, students start their six-hours-per-day work placements with The American Pavilion with one of the sponsors, or with other companies doing business at the Festival. Regardless of their individual work placements, all students have the opportunity to meet and interact with industry professionals, observing firsthand the fast-paced nature of the Festival and Market.

Students will also attend many of the numerous industry panels and press conferences hosted by the American Pavilion.

Through lectures, group discussions and firsthand observations, film students are exposed to various aspects of the film industry including marketing, publicity, distribution, sales and exhibition. With the official Festival accreditation badges, students have the opportunity to visit the thousand-plus film production and distribution offices and to see films in official competition as well as market screenings and other special screenings, none of which are open to the general public.

Summer Sessions Are Back at Xavier

New Orleans, La. - Summer is back in vogue at Xavier – summer classes that is!

College students generally view the lazy months of summer as a time to pick up some much needed credit hours in a shorter period of time than it would take during a regular semester, as well as an opportunity to tackle some of the more challenging courses in their curriculum in a more relaxed and concentrated setting.  

That wasn’t the case at all for Xavier students last summer. Hurricane Katrina had altered the University’s academic calendar such that the summer months were needed to finish what was technically the regular spring semester.

But now that the University has gotten its calendar back on track, summer courses have returned. And the idea remains as popular as very, with a rather brisk scheduling of summer offerings having taken place during Xavier’s earlier pre-registration period for returning students last month.

The summer schedule boasts two five-week sessions – with each offering a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional course offerings running the gamut of disciplines from business, the sciences, mathematics, the liberal arts and the humanities. A complete list of courses is available at https://webban.xula.edu/pls/xavier/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched.

Undergraduate courses and graduate level courses are being offered at $110 per credit hour, while professional pharmacy courses are $190 per hour. Institute for Black Catholic Studies offerings are $140 per hour.

All sessions are open to currently enrolled, new and returning students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for the first five-week session begins May 25, with classes starting May 28. Registration for the second five-week session is June 2.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 504.520.7583.

Xavier's Summer Science Academy Accepting Applications

New Orleans, La. - The “Hottest School for Premed” is now accepting applications in its Summer Science Academy for Summer 2007.

Xavier University of Louisiana's Summer Science Academy features summer programs for students in grades 8-12. The Summer Science Academy includes Math Star, June 4-15 for students who will take their first Algebra course in the fall, BioStar, June 6-26 for students who will take their first Biology course in the fall; ChemStar, July 9-27, for students who will take their first Chemistry course in the fall, and SOAR 1, July 2-27, for students who will be seniors next fall.

Xavier has gained a reputation for its premedical program. The University is number one in the nation in placing African American into medical school and has also been successful in placing students into related health professions such as osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, and public health/health care administration

All of the programs will be held Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Applications and information on all of the programs is available on the web at www.xula.edu/premed. Select the link for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. For more information contact the Xavier Summer Science Academy at 520-5418 or xusummerscience@yahoo.com.

Xavier’s Emergency Communications High Priority for Weather and Other Disasters

Editors Note:  This is a follow up to the March 19 news release regarding the establishment of the E2Campus system on the Xavier campus.

New Orleans, La. - At Xavier University of Louisiana, the recent tragedy on the campus of Virginia Tech serves as a painful reminder that safety on any campus will always be major concern.

Xavier has addressed many of these types of concerns through improved emergency communications in a variety of formats. 

Before and since Hurricane Katrina, emergency communications has been a high priority for the Xavier campus. Some of those initiatives that have been in place include broadcast emails to all students, faculty and staff, a toll-free telephone hotline, an emergency website that is available even when the on-campus system is out, and the use of dormitory resident hall assistant (RAs) to contact students on a room by room basis.

More recently, in an effort to reach students as quickly as possible, the campus initiated the E2Campus text messaging system, an emergency text messaging system that will immediately send critical information to the entire Xavier community when needed, via their personal cell phones or other mobile devices.

While a voluntary registration is required to receive the notifications, more than 1200 students, faculty and staff have already signed up since the system was initiated in March and more are expected. Xavier’s current enrollment is nearly 3000 students; faculty and staff number close to 600. Members from the Student Government Association have held sign-ups around the campus to reach as many students as possible. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to sign up.
 
In addition, Xavier’s University Police is made up of trained Officers who hold State of Louisiana University Police commissions or Special Officer commissions issued by the New Orleans Police Department.

Although the commissions authorize University Police Officers to be armed and to apprehend persons who have been observed committing criminal acts, the primary mission of the University Police Officer is to prevent and serve as a deterrent to criminal activities. 

American Express CEO to Address Xavier’s 2007 Commencement

New Orleans, La. - Kenneth Chenault, the Chairman and CEO of American Express, will be the keynote speaker at the 80th Xavier University of Louisiana Commencement on Saturday May 12, 2007, 6:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.
 
The Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held earlier that day at 10:00 a.m. in the University Gymnasium. Bishop John H. Ricard, Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola/Tallahassee and a native of Louisiana, will deliver the Baccalaureate homily.

As president and chief operating officer of the American Express Company, Kenneth I. Chenault is one of the most powerful and influential people on Wall Street.  He spent 20 years at American Express before becoming the company CEO, and held a variety of senior posts, including a four-year stint as chief operating officer. In 1997 he was hand-picked by his predecessor to continue to shape the future of the company, and today is one of only three African American CEOs of a Fortune 500 company.

Prior to joining American Express, Chenault served as a management consultant for Bain & Co and was an associate with the law firm of Rogers & Wells. In addition to American Express, he sits on the boards of several other companies and nonprofit
organizations.

He has received numerous awards, including the Business Leadership Community Builder Award from Phipps Houses and the Ceiling Breaker Award from Wharton University. He and his wife, Kathryn – who have two sons, Kenneth Jr. and Kevin – were honored by the Citizens Committee of New York for their extraordinary contributions to the City of New York.

Chenault holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a law degree from Harvard University. He currently serves as a member emeritus of the Bowdoin College Board of Overseers and as a member of Harvard’s Dean's Advisory Board. 
 
Chenault was previously awarded an honorary degree from Xavier ten years ago, in 1997. This year, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree is being bestowed upon longtime Xavier art professor John Scott who is nationally recognized for his work.

Phi Beta Kappa Couper Scholar Lectures April 19

New Orleans, La. - Dr. William Reinhardt, 2007 Phi Beta Kappa Couper Scholar and professor of chemistry at the University of Washington, will present two lectures on the campus of Xavier University of Louisiana on Thursday, April 19, 2007. 

The first lecture, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 105 of the Norman C. Francis Academic Science Complex, will be for science faculty, students, and aficionados and is entitled The Quantum Mechanics of Large Objects: a Gentle Introduction to the Bose-Einstein
Condensation.  Reinhardt provided the following abstract of his lecture:

[When I was younger, people said:  "well, we don't understand quantum mechanics" because it describes things too small to see. Well, we can see them now, and it doesn't help! Starting with electrons which are complicated even one at a time, specially when they are in wave "superposition" states…we will review some simple uses of quantum mechanics to "build up the periodic table of the elements."  Then Bosons (& lasers!) enter the picture and things cool down very quickly, leaving us with quantum gases, big enough to see with the naked eye. These quantum blobs do all the things that, formerly, were only attributed to "electrons", namely they act like both particles AND waves: we can "watch" but it doesn't help much, though it certainly is surprising. We are currently trying to put billions of atoms in several places (states) at the same time, like Schrödinger's Famous Cat, which he imagined as being dead and alive at the same time.]

Reinhardt’s second presentation, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium is tailored for the general public and presupposes no training in science. Entitled A Tour of Real and Imaginary Universes: Jorge Luis Borges meets Stephen Hawking, the talk features selections from Creation myths, texts by Faulkner, Toomer, Vonnegut, as well as Borges’ short story “The Library of Babel”, dramatized by speakers from the Xavier community who will assist Professor Reinhardt. Illustrated with images well known to the New Orleans public, A Tour of Real and Imaginary Universes is an integration of visual art, performance, and science that will give the audience a new perspective on the relationships among disciplines and modes of thought.

"Prescriptions for the Healthy Woman" Symposium April 26 

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy will address health disparities in minority women and provide a variety of health screenings for women from the nearby Gert Town area at a symposium and community health showcase, Thursday, April 26, 2007, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 205 of the University Center.  

The “Prescriptions for the Healthy Woman: Eliminating Health Disparities in the Minority Underserved Female Population” symposium is designed to provide health education and information about preventable diseases shown to be prevalent in the female population, particularly in minority and poor women. Clinical faculty from Xavier’s College of Pharmacy will provide the services.

According to Patrice Rose, program manager, many patients living in poverty often have little to no access to health care; and since Hurricane Katrina, many others have limited access.

“Many displaced patients returning to the City of New Orleans have experienced severe interruptions in their health care services such as physician visits and medication use and availability,” she said.  Minority health plus health disparities research and education are a major initiative of Xavier’s College of Pharmacy.  

Free health screenings, as well as checks for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol will be offered.  In addition, patients who need additional services will be referred to available area health clinics. For more information on the Prescriptions for the Healthy Woman Symposium and community health showcase, contact Patrice Rose at 520-5106.

Funeral Arrangements Set for Sr. Mary Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

New Orleans, La. - Sister Mary Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, S.B.S., a long-time member of the staff at Xavier University of Louisiana in the 1980’s and ‘90s and committed member of the religious order Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, died Sunday April 1, 2007, at the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa. She was 89 years old.

Formerly Sister Mary Nathanael, Sister Mary Elizabeth was born on Jan. 13, 1918 in New York City, New York. She was the second of four children born to the union of Francis Joseph and Catherine Veronica O’Doud Fitzpatrick. Her ministry began in the early 1940’s and continued until she returned to St Michael Hall in Bensalem in 2000 when, due to illness, she could not longer work.

Sister Mary Elizabeth’s ministry in the S.B.S. included her service as President of the Congregation from July 1970 until 1980. From 1981 until 1998 she served in several capacities at Xavier, including as secretary to the Dean of the Graduate School, as an administrative assistant and as assistant in the Chemistry Department. She also served as Convent Administrator during her years at Xavier.

Sister Mary Elizabeth is survived by her brother J.G. and two sisters, Frances Evola and Kathleen Simpson, all of New York. A viewing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2007.  Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2007 at the Motherhouse Chapel Bensalem, Pa., with internment at the Motherhouse cemetery.

XU Music Department Schedules 2 April Concerts

New Orleans, La. - The Xavier University Symphonic Band will perform its annual spring concert on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of Xavier University in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. The ensemble will feature Wilfred Delphin, Professor of Piano at the university, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major the Rondo, Frank Mayes, Professor of Woodwinds performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto K.622, 3rd Movement, Erion Williams, senior major performing Stephen Bulla's Caprice for Saxophone, and the Xavier University Chorus on Aaron Copland's The Promise of Living.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Xavier University Jazz Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of Xavier University in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.  The ensemble will perform "An Evening of William Basie" featuring original and orchestrated compositions from the library of legendary jazz saxophonist Frank Foster.  Selections chosen are "Victorius Blues", "Uptown Recollections", "Down For The Count" and others.  The ensemble will also feature vocal jazz great from the New Orleans area, Ms. Germaine Bazzle. 

This concert is also free and open to the general public.

Lecture on Three Novels of the African Diaspora March 28

New Orleans, La. - Dr. Robin Vander, Xavier University’s Scholar-in-Residence, will present a lecture on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center 205. 

Dr. Vander will speak on "Speaking Bodies Entering Texts: Narrative and Performance in Three Novels of the African Diaspora." She will discuss Erna Brodber's Louisiana, Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco, and Julie Dash's Daughter of the Dust.
The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Vander  is a 1992 English graduate of Xavier, and a Ph.D. graduate of the University of North Carolina (2003). The lecture is sponsored by the Xavier University Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information contact Violet H. Bryan, Xavier English Department, 520-7635 or 520-5158.

Xavier Hosts Students on Alternative Spring Break

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana is serving as the host site this month for several “Alternative Spring Break” student groups assisting in the New Orleans recovery.
 
Rowan University of New Jersey spent a week on the campus last week, and this week Xavier is hosting students from three schools – the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), Morgan State University (an HBCU in Baltimore, MD) and the University of Maryland (Baltimore).
 
Students from around the country have always given up spring vacations to do community service. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have become a hot spot for these "alternative" spring breaks for many students.
 
According to Kimberly Reese, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Student Leadership and Service, Xavier houses the campus groups and coordinates volunteer activities for some of them.  “Some groups, such as Rowan University, had planned their service activities," explains Reese, "while others asked for our assistance."
 
Xavier offers an orientation for the visitors and the Student Government Association hosts informal leader-to-leader sessions with ice breakers and conversations about Hurricane Katrina and other issues related to college students.
 
For more information contact The Center for Student Leadership and Service at (504) 520-7358 or 520-5133.

New Text Message System Keeps Xavier Community Informed
 
New Orleans, La.  - The quickest way to get information to Crystal Moore, a senior from Mississippi attending Xavier University of Louisiana, is through a text message on her cell phone. And, as parents of any teens or college students already know, Crystal is not alone.

Moore, who serves as president of the Student Government Association, recently convinced the university to invest in an emergency text messaging system that will immediately send critical information to the entire Xavier community when needed.
 The "E2Campus" system is capable of sending notices instantly and simultaneously to all registered mobile phones, Blackberry’s, wireless PDAs, pagers, smart or satellite phones, and email addresses.
 
A voluntary registration is required to receive the notifications. Members of SGA will have information and sign-up tables located around the campus during the initial sign-up period in March. The university has also reached out to the entire campus community via web addresses to encourage all faculty, staff and students to enroll.
 
“The Xavier family doesn’t have to worry about being bombarded with messages they don’t want,” said Warren Bell, associate vice president for University & Media Relations. “This system is intended primarily for emergency information that would benefit the students. Whether that’s a campus closing or a chemical leak, flooding in parts of the campus or other weather-related emergencies.”
 
In addition, Xavier students will be able to ‘opt-in’ to other groups if they wish to receive additional messages of importance from the SGA, Student Services, Campus Housing, Financial Aid, Registrar's Office, etc.
 
“Everyone doesn’t always check their email frequently, but we all get our text messages right away,” said Moore. “The last time the power went out on campus (February 2007) after the overnight tornadoes, nobody knew what was going on. With E2Campus in place next time, we’ll receive the information as soon as the
University sends it.”
 
After learning about it, Moore proposed that Xavier adapt the E2Campus system because it allows the campus community to choose the types of electronic devices to receive the information whether cell phone, mobile device, email, or instant messaging. Plus, it allows them to receive other information too.
 
“I know students who need to be reminded of the deadline to add or drop classes, or whenever important financial aid information is due,” said Moore. "This makes it possible for them to also get those reminders right on their cell phones."

The SGA campus theme this year is "Breathing new life into students, Bringing more to Xavier.”

Team Xavier Triumphs in Ford HBCU Business Plan Competition

New Orleans, La. - Team Xavier has won the Ford HBCU Business Plan Competition.  

The four XU team members – Brenton Combre, a sophomore business major from Houston, Texas (Strake Jesuit High); Brandon Leach, a senior accounting major from Marrero, La. (Ehret High); Jovan Smith, a junior business major from New Orleans (Warren Easton High); and Johnnie Wilson III, a senior biology major from St. Helena Island, S.C. (Beaufort High) – presented their business plan, “One Source Realty, LLC: Offers Affordable Housing for Renters and Home Buyers in the New Orleans Area, Post-Katrina,” in front of a panel of prestigious entrepreneurs during the Annual Conference for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) in Washington, D.C.

They bested teams from Howard University, Florida A&M University, Morehouse College and Spelman College in the finals to claim $50,000 in scholarship prizes.

According to faculty moderator Dr. Louis Mancuso, professor of business and the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship, the students developed the business plan in his Introduction to Entrepreneurship class last semester and submitted the 10-page document to the Ford HBCU Business Classic Web site. The plan included the required five key elements: type of business, product service, pricing considerations, target market, competition and general operations.

The original nationwide competition was open to HBCU students nationwide and more than 80 percent of the nation’s HBCU’s made submissions. Initial business plans were judged by a panel from SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” Using overall presentation, its viability and overall benefit to the community as their criteria, SCORE narrowed the competition down to the five teams that were chosen to advance to the finals in Washington, D.C.

It was the second year in a row that a team of Xavier students had advanced into the finals of the annual Ford HBCU Business Plan Competition, an event designed to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Xavier Opens 2nd Neighborhood Health & Technology Information Center    
  
New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana's Center for Student Leadership & Service will open a second Neighborhood Health and Technology Information Center at McDonogh #35 High School, 1331 Kerlerec St., at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 17.

The first center opened in February 2007 at Little Zion Baptist Church, 4821 Earhart Blvd. The Centers are supported by a grant from HUD’s Universities Rebuilding America Partnership (URAP) program.
 
According to Nadrea Reeves, program assistant, the Center will provide information and resources to assist in the efforts of low-and moderate-income residents, as well as the elderly and small businesses, to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. The Center will also offer workshops on children’s health issues, mental health counseling, and basic computer skills training.
 
The Center, located in room 102 of the McDonogh #35 school building, will serve residents of the surrounding Treme area. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For more info, contact the Center for Student Leadership and Service at (504) 520-5139.

“Mardi Gras Indians: A New Orleans Tradition" March 14 at Xavier

New Orleans, La. - New Orleans' truly unique Mardi Gras Indians will be the subject of a panel discussion and performance at Xavier University of Louisiana on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary and William McCaffrey Ballroom of the University Center.
 
Dr. Michael White, Xavier’s Keller Chair in the Humanities is the event host and moderator for “Mardi Gras Indians: A New Orleans Tradition.”   The event is free and open to the public.
 
Panelists will include Dr. Joyce Jackson of LSU, Chief Larry Bannock, Chief Daryl Montana, Queen Cherise Harrison-Nelson and Betrand Butler, head of the Mardi Gras Indian Council. In addition to the panel discussion there will be performance/demonstration by Bannock along with Harold Miller and the Creole
Wild West tribe.
 
For more information on “Mardi Gras Indians: A New Orleans Tradition,” contact Dr. Michael White at 504-520-5001.

Stewart Enterprise Chairman Emeritus to Speak at XU Institute

New Orleans, La. - Frank Stewart, chairman emeritus of the Board of Stewart Enterprises Inc., will be the guest speaker for Xavier University of Louisiana’s Entrepreneurship Institute Monday, March 26, at 4:00 pm in the Mary and William McCaffrey Ballroom in the University Center. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.
 
Stewart previously served as CEO of Stewart Enterprises, Inc., the second largest provider of products and services in the death care industry in the United States. A graduate of Tulane University, he is an active member and past chairman of the A.B. Freeman Business School Council. He has received the Freeman Schools Outstanding Alumnus Award, Jesuit high school’s Alumnus of  the Year award. He serves on the Tulane board of Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund and is an honorary member of the board of Governors for the Tulane Medical Center.
 
For more information on the Xavier Entrepreneurship Institute contact Dr. Louis Mancuso at 504-520-5046.

Open House at Xavier Draws Determined Students
 
New Orleans, La. - More than 125 visitors crowded into the University Center lobby at Xavier University of Louisiana on March 1, to sign up for the Office of Admissions’ Spring "Explore Xavier" open house event.
 
High school students and some parents visited with academic departments and admissions counselors, as well as financial aid counselors and other university  departments.
 
Joshua Hawkins, a student at Warren Easton High, said Xavier is the school he really wants to attend. He already has plans to be involved with the Student Government Association, and he enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Xavier students from SGA.
 
Hawkins friends Jasmine Ratliff and Mallory Lambert, both students at Franklin High School, are also considering Xavier and joined him at the open house.
 
Xavier re-opened fully operational in January 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. Admissions director Winston Brown admits that, when recruiting students living outside the Gulf Coast area, the university still has to contend with "the Momma Factor." That’s the term coined by Xavier’s longtime president, Norman C. Francis,
referring to parental reluctance about sending their students to college in a rebuilding city like New Orleans.
 
“We want to get our message across to the parents that Xavier has been reopened and fully functional for more than a year already, and that we continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment
 
J’Kailyn Reed, a senior at Denham Springs high school, came to the open house with her parents.  While her father relaxed, she and her mother Jacquelyn visited the tables and displays that were set up. J’Kailyn already knows she will major in biology/pre-med, so she and her mother spent more time at the financial aid tables.
 
With the number of applications for the Freshman 2007 class approaching pre-Katrina levels, Xavier has extended its deadline for students to apply for the Fall 2007 semester.
 
Allen Banks, a Xavier alumnus, dropped by the open house to pick up information for his daughter Tiwuan who was home sick. “She’s taking courses now and has been in a summer program at Xavier,” said Banks. “She knows this is where she wants to attend. So now, I’m going to talk with Financial Aid!”
 
To apply for the Fall 2007 semester prospective students may visit the Xavier website at <http://www.xula.edu/admissions/> OR contact the Xavier Admissions office at 504-520-7388.

Xavier and NYU Students Collaborate on Digital Storytelling Project
 
New Orleans, La. - Ten art students along with two faculty members from Xavier University of Louisiana recently took a trip to NY to participate in a collaborative program with New York University graduate students.
 
The project entitled “Digital Storytelling and Community: An Exploration of Home,” is funded by a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.  It is a collaboration of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University and the Art Department at Xavier.
 
ITP is a multi-disciplinary graduate-level interactive design program.  The students selected have extensive experience in  online publishing and participatory media environments.  Members of the group have videoblogged from their home country of Iran, have built and operated story collection booths at both the
pentagon and World Trade Center sites in the months after 9/11.  Some have  created cell phone based storytelling systems which allow users to call in from a location and leave a message that is then published to a website, while others have built environments  that allow people to take pictures with their cell phone and upload them to an environment for community  members to share, and more.

While in New York, the Xavier students participated in workshops on the basics of editing digital audio and video and spent the week collecting imagery for digital stories.
 
The New York students will now travel to New Orleans March 12-17 to begin the next portion of the project.  They will look at the distribution of the digital stories through online environments - -  blogging, video blogging, podcasting and more.
 
The students have created a blog, NY2NO.net, set up to communicate between the New York students and New Orleans students.
 
Xavier will host a private reception on March 12 for the New York students where Xavier students will show them some of the edits of the work they collected in the Big Apple.
 
A public unveiling of multiple completed projects is expected later in the semester or at the beginning of the fall semester. One project is to create a storytelling booth so that the Xavier community can tell their Katrina stories as a way of healing and connecting.

XU Celebrates St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day with Celebration

(New Orleans, La.) - Xavier University’s Office of Campus Ministry and the New Orleans Alumni Chapter, Club #1 will host the annual St. Katharine Drexel Mass on Sunday, March 4, at the 12:30 p.m. Mass in the Administration Auditorium on the Xavier campus. All students, alumni and friends are invited to attend.

The mass kicks off a week of activities celebrating St. Katharine Drexel whose feast day is March 3. St. Katharine Drexel is the founder of the religious order, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and Xavier University. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891 with the mission of assisting the Native American and African American peoples.

Founding and staffing schools throughout the country became a priority for St. Katharine and her congregation. During her lifetime she and her order opened and supported nearly 60 schools and missions across the country including Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Georgia, Virginia, Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, Massachusetts and Louisiana

She was declared a saint in 2000.

Following the mass, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament will host a Convent Open House. Later in the week, the Xavier Music Department will have a Vesper service for St. Katharine Drexel on Thursday March 8 at 5:30pm in the Music Building. Other activities include a community service project on Saturday, an essay contest and an exhibit in the University Center.

For more info on the Week’s activities contact the office of Campus Ministry at 520-7593.
 
St. Katharine Drexel Biography
From Philadelphia Princess to American Saint

She was the 19th century equivalent of an American princess, born into the privileged family of a wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist. She could have lived her life in the lap of luxury, oblivious to the suffering of others.

But instead, throughout the 1890’s and the first half of this century – long before taking up the cause of racial equality came into vogue – St. Katharine Drexel was at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of others. During these decades shadowed by the segregation and degradation forced on Blacks – combined with the dispossession, relocation and betrayal of Native Americans – the name of St. Katharine Drexel shone out as a beacon of hope.

St. Katharine was at the forefront of efforts to educate African-Americans and Native Americans with an eye toward helping them to develop their own leadership and self-determination. Her schools were always open to all faiths; and the nuns who followed her lived among the poor they served.

Katharine Drexel was born in 1858 to wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist Francis Drexel and his wife Hannah, who died a mere five weeks after giving birth. Her father remarried two years later. It was from her parents – revered for their own generosity and charity to the less fortunate – that St. Katharine learned early the lesson of stewardship and responsibility to the poor.

Early on, St. Katharine indicated her intent to establish a bureau to distribute her wealth to Indians and Black missions, and to enter a cloistered religious order. But instead, during a trip to Rome with her family, she accepted the challenge of Pope Leo XIII and established a brand new order – the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament – which went on to found and staff schools and centers in the inner cities of the North and East, the Indian reservations of the west and across the Deep South.

Despite the many obstacles placed in their path, including strong opposition from whites, by 1942 the Sisters were operating black Catholic schools, convents and mission centers in some 13 states. So extensive was her influence in the Black, rural areas of New Iberia, St. Martinville and other Acadiana parishes that she is often referred to as the “Patron Saint of South Louisiana.”

St. Katharine’s presence was also felt in urban New Orleans, where the Sisters not only opened a Catholic high school and several elementary schools, but also established Xavier University of Louisiana – which was to become the capstone of her educational system.

          Originally a coeducational secondary school, Xavier evolved into a teacher’s college and by 1925 had achieved full university status. A College of Pharmacy – now one of only two pharmaceutical schools in the state – was added two years later. That same College of Pharmacy at Xavier has educated and trained one-fourth of the Black pharmacists currently practicing throughout the United States.

The stresses and strains of building a nationwide network of schools for black and Indian children were hard on St. Katharine. The never-ending work and awesome responsibilities that she shouldered for more than a half-century finally took their toll in 1935 when she suffered a near-fatal heart attack. For 20 years she was confined to the infirmary at the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa., where she is said to have spent most of her remaining waking hours in prayer and meditation.

St. Katharine Drexel died on March 3, 1955. She was officially canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in October of 2000 by Pope John Paul II. She is only the fifth American to have been canonized and only the second American-born Saint. She is now in the select company of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Rose Philippine Duchesne, Bishop John Neumann and Mother Elizabeth Seton.

“(Katharine) Drexel is an excellent example of that practical charity and generous solidarity with the less fortunate that has long been the distinguishing mark of American Catholics,” the Pontiff said during a rain-soaked canonization ceremony that drew tens of thousands to the Vatican, noting that her life brought about “a growing awareness of the need to combat all forms of racism through education and social services.”

It is estimated that St. Katharine – who during her lifetime shared the annual income from her father’s trust fund with her two sisters – gave away more than $20 million. “She and her family gave away substantial amounts of money to large numbers of less fortunate people,” points out Xavier University President Norman C. Francis, himself a 1952 alumnus. “All she ever asked in return was ‘Just pass it on. Don’t thank me, just pass it on’.”

In a special effort to honor its founder, Xavier University is embarking on a capital fundraising campaign to build and endow the Saint Katharine Drexel Chapel. The chapel will be designed by the famous architect Cesar Pelli, who recently completed design of the new St. Thomas Moore chapel at Yale University.

Xavier Team Returns to Finals in Ford-HBCU Business Plan Contest
 
New Orleans, La. - A team of four Xavier University of Louisiana students has been selected among five finalists to compete in the national Ford HBCU Business Plan competition.  
 
The Xavier students include Brenton Combre, a sophomore majoring in business administration, Houston, Texas; Brandon Leach, a senior accounting major, New Orleans; Jovan Smith, a junior majoring in business administration, New Orleans; and Johnnie R. Wilson III, a senior biology/pre-med major, St. Helen Island, SC.  Their team made the finals with a business plan proposal for “Company One Source Realty.”

The students developed the business plan in Professor Louis C. Mancuso 's "Introduction to Entrepreneurship" class last semester.  Dr. Mancuso, the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair of
Entrepreneurship and head of the Entrepreneur Institute at Xavier, is the team’s moderator.
 
“Normally, over 900 teams compete in this event and we are very proud to have a Xavier team among the top five for the second year in a row,” said Mancuso.
 
The student business plans are judged on overall presentation, viability of success and overall benefit to the community and must include several key elements: type of business, product or service; pricing considerations; target market and competition, and general operations.
 
The competition winners will be chosen at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) national conference in Washington, D.C., in March 2007. Grand Prize winners receive $35,000 for personal scholarships and $15,000 for their school. The first-place team wins $20,000 and $15,000 and the second-place team earns $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, in personal and school scholarships.
 
Ford Motor Company sponsors the annual $100,000 business plan competition.  For more than 40 years, the Ford Motor Company has been a major supporter of the hopes and dreams of HBCU students. In the last six years alone, Ford has donated over $10 million to Black colleges and universities. Ford is recognized as a leading proponent of minority business development.  The company has the largest number of ethnic minority-owned dealerships among the domestic manufacturers.

Besides the Ford Business Plan Competition, students from the Xavier Entrepreneurship Institute have had other success including top sales awards in the Bayou Sales Classic, rookie of the year in the Students in Free Enterprise competition.
 
For more information on the Xavier Entrepreneurship Institute contact Louis C. Mancuso at 520-5046 or visit the Xavier website at www.xula.edu.

Former U.S. Surgeon General to Lecture on Health Disparities

New Orleans, La. - Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and current Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, and Poussaint Satcher Cosby Chair in Mental Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine, will present a lecture on “Health Disparities and its Impact on African-American Families” March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the NCF Science Building Room 105. The lecture, co-sponsored by co-sponsored by Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Pharmacy as part of the Co-Curricular Enhancement Series, is open to all students, faculty, and staff. For further info contact Andree Summers via email at asummers@xula.edu

Nigerian Writer to Lecture at XU March 7
 
New Orleans, La. - Dr. Toyin Falola will lecture at Xavier University of Louisiana on "The African Impact on the United States" Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary & William McCaffrey Ballroom at the University Center.
 
The lecture is sponsored by the Xavier Endowment for the Humanities, the Xavier Oral History Project and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
 
Dr. Falola is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letter and the Historical Society of Nigeria.  He is the Francis Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is viewed as the foremost expert on Nigerian studies, and has written extensively on subjects ranging from political economy, nationalism, development, and religious violence.

Professor Falola is the author and editor of more than 50 books and countless articles. His recent memoir “A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt”  received the E. J. Alagoa Prize from the West African Oral History Association and the President’s Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Association of Third World Studies. The book was also a finalist for the prestigious Melville J. Herskovits Award presented by the Association of African Studies.
 
He has received various awards and honors, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and the Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Award for Research Excellence.
 
For more info on the Falola lecture, contact Xavier history professor Dr. Steven Salm at 520-5272.

Xavier CoP Examines Health Disparities with Health Professionals
                                                          
New Orleans, La. - The Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy will host a regional conference on health disparities March 4-6, 2007 at the Hotel Intercontinental in New Orleans.

The symposium is titled “Building Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities: Translating Integrated Approaches to Achieve Improved Health Outcomes.”  The conference is designed for health professionals who are primarily non-physicians, and who manage patients with chronic diseases (i.e., pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners) and is being sponsored by Xavier’s Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE)  and supported by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana  was created in 2002 with an endowment award from the NIH. This award initially established the Xavier Pharmacy Endowment for Minority Health. The University has since received additional funding for the center, whose mission of the Center is to support research and provide clinical training and community outreach aimed at eliminating health disparities.

According to Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Associate Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Xavier, “It is important to address health disparities and how the shortage of physicians in certain areas affects the role of other health professionals, such as nurses, nurse practitioners
and pharmacists.”

The conference will focus on areas such as health literacy, the state of health disparities, models of care and race concordance in health outcomes. For more information please visit the conference web site at http://xula07.the1joshuagroup.com or contact the Xavier University College of Pharmacy at 520-7500.

Basketball Teams To Host Postseason Openers

New Orleans, La. - Both the Gold Nugget and Gold Rush will host their opening games in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference postseason basketball tournament on Wednesday (Feb. 28) and Thursday (March 1), respectively, at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn.

The Nuggets, who finished second in the regular season, will host the winner of an earlier seeding game between Tougaloo and William Carey. The Rush, who finished in a tie for first during the regular season, will host the winner of the Loyola-Spring Hill playoff.

Both Xavier teams could host semifinal games as well later in the week.

Ticket prices for all tournament games are $5 for adults and $2 for students. For the complete tournament pairings and schedule, visit http://www.xula.edu/athletics.

XU to Host First Archdiocesan-wide Gathering of Black Catholics Since Katrina

New Orleans, La. - The Office of Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in collaboration with the Institute for Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana, will host a Day of Reflection in preparation for the National Black Catholic Congress (which is scheduled for July, 2007 in Buffalo N.Y.). 

The Day of Reflection will be held this Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom of Xavier University. The event is open to high school youth, young adults, all parishioners, religious sisters or brothers, priests, and deacons who are Black Catholics and/or minister in or worship in predominately Black or multi-racial churches.

The day’s events include an opening prayer and call to action by Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, a reflection by Dr. Michael Cunningham, a Mass con-celebrated by Bishop Dominic Carmon and Bishop-elect Shelton Fabre, and presentations by Sister Jamie Phelps, OP, PhD, and Dr. Joyce Gillie. 

Contact the OBCM (Office of Black Catholic Ministries) at 861-6207. Pre-registration is suggested; the cost is $7 per participant. Lunch will be served.

Xavier Holds Open House for Prospective Students
 
New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana will host its 2nd annual “Explore Xavier” open house event for prospective students Thursday, March 1, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor lobby of the University Center.
 
The event will feature information on financial aid, student life, and academic departments. Representatives from student organizations, academic departments and administrative offices including admissions and financial aid will be on hand to answer questions from prospective students and their parents.

Since reopening its campus in January 2006, less than five months after being damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the university has seen more than 70% of its students return. Plus, there has been a resurgence of interest in attending Xavier as the City of New Orleans continues to recover -- with more than two-thousand applications already received for the 2007 Freshman class.
 
For more information on the "Explore Xavier" open house, or applying to Xavier University of Louisiana, contact the Admissions office at 520-7578.

Berlin Conductor to Give Master Class and Performance

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana’s Music Department will host Michael Dixon in a guest residency Feb. 28 through March 5, culminating in a gala performance.

Michael Dixon is currently Professor of Voice and Music Theater at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany.  Since moving to Europe in 1984 he has enjoyed an outstanding career as a conductor, performer and teacher.  His credits include productions of CATS in Hamburg, Amsterdam and Paris, the directorship of the State Theater Orchestra in Luneburg, Germany and numerous appearances as guest conductor.  He is a frequent solo performer and often presents cabaret style concerts of the music of George Gershwin.

Dixon will be on the Xavier campus Feb. 28 through March 5 for a series of lessons and master classes with music students and faculty.  The closing gala performance of Dixon and participants will be held on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 in the Music Building Recital Hall.

Professor Dixon completed his Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral work at SUNY, Fredonia, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Indiana University.  He taught voice and choral conducting at Xavier for five years.

While at Xavier he will work with students privately, in open classes and in choral rehearsals.  All classes and the final performance on Monday, March 5 are free and open to the public.  For further information please contact Joanne Paige in the Department of Music at 520-7597.

Local Heroes Printmaking and Performance Project Honors John Scott

New Orleans, La. - On Saturday Feb. 24th at 1:00 p.m., a dozen kids from The Porch 7th Ward Cultural Organization will perform Local Heroes. The free outdoor show will take place on the field on Urquhart St. off Pauger, directly across from the AP Tureaud School. It will be followed by a potluck barbecue. Raindate is Sunday (Feb 25) at 1:00 p.m.

The performance is an extension of artists Willie Birch and Ron Bechet’s Local Heroes printmaking project. According to Birch and Bechet, “It brings attention to ten New Orleanians of African descent, several of them connected to the 7th ward, whose contributions and accomplishments help displace the neighborhood’s less positive images.” The idea to produce their images as silkscreen prints on paper came from John T. Scott, in response to Black History month.

In the first phase, simple black and white, 9x12 images of the ten people and their names were produced using water soluble ink. Birch, Bechet, and Xavier University students made multiple copies of each. In the second phase, the images were put up early on the morning of February 9th, in the Porch’s neighborhood within the 7th ward, bordered by N. Claiborne St, St. Bernard, Elysian Fields Avenue, and St. Claude. The prints were stapled to street posts, where they could be seen, turning the streets into a gallery. The group intended and hoped that people would take the prints down and hang them in their homes.

Local Heroes is the first effort of a newly formed youth theatre composed of a dozen neighborhood kids who will identify these ten people and their contributions in their very first performance. The company was initiated by local community activist Ed Bucknell, choreographer Stephanie McKee, visiting NYU professor Jan Cohen-Cruz, spoken word artist Chris Williams, and five students from Xavier, NYU, and Tulane. The kids will perform on the mobile stage constructed for the Porch by University of Kansas School of Architecture.

The ten heroes are John T. Scott, Harold “Duke” Dejan, Tootie Montana, Mahalia Jackson, AP Tureaud, Jerome Smith, Dorothy Mae Taylor, Oretha Castle Haley, Ernest “Dutch” Morial, and Leah Chase. For more information contact Ed Bucknell at (504) 401-1836.

The Porch youth theatre workshop is a component of HOME, New Orleans?, a community/ arts network initiated by artists and faculty from Xavier, Dillard, Tulane, NYU, The VESTIGES Project, and several neighborhood and cultural organizations. Our focus is home in its many manifestations: individual dwellings, neighborhoods, and the city itself, all of which have been radically challenged post-Katrina. Our process emphasizes sustainable ways to contribute to ongoing neighborhood life and reinvision its future.

XU Forensics Team Shines at LSU Mardi Gras Invitational

New Orleans, La. - Jordan Sanchez (’09, PSCI) was named the top Louisiana college debater leading the Xavier Forensics Team (XFT) to an overall ranking of sixth out of eighteen teams in the novice division at the Mardi Gras Invitational Debate Tournament held Feb. 9-11. 

Sanchez placed second out of seventy-five novice debaters at the tourney while Andrew Harris (’08, CHEM) and Torri Epperson (’10, CHEM) earned awards for making it to the octo-finals.  Xavierites debated teams from Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Alabama as well as LSU, Louisiana Tech, La.-Monroe, and Louisiana College.

Gold Rush Win 10th Straight

New Orleans, La. - Shaun Dumas had 14 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals Monday to lead Xavier to a 68-53 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory against NAIA No. 18 SUNO at The Barn.

For the first time in 20 years, Xavier (17-7 overall, 10-4 GCAC) has 10 consecutive conference victories.

Mark Stewart scored 16 points and Olumide Olafioye 11 for the Gold Rush, which led 32-27 at halftime after outscoring SUNO 15-0 in the first five minutes. Marcus Scott scored 19 points and Kevin Thomas 16 for SUNO (11-10, 9-6), and James Hudson grabbed 15 rebounds. Xavier limited Willie Chaney, who entered the game with an NAIA Division I-leading .578 3-point field-goal percentage, to 1-of-6 from behind the arc. Xavier outshot SUNO 42 to 35 percent from the floor.

Nuggets Lose to SUNO

New Orleans, La. - Lateefa Marshall had 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists Monday to lead SUNO to a 70-55 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball victory against Xavier at The Barn.

Shatyne Hearn scored 18 points for the Lady Knights (14-6 overall, 10-5 GCAC), and Disha Leonard and Sherrie Varcise scored 10 apiece. Erica Turnbull scored 18 points and Dominee Matthews 13 for Xavier (18-9, 10-4).

SUNO snapped Xavier's 32-game win streak at The Barn against GCAC opponents. It was Xavier's first such loss since a 64-62 decision against SUNO on Feb. 7, 2002. SUNO outshot Xavier 38 to 27 percent from the floor.

CSLS Opens Neighborhood Center

New Orleans, La. - The Xavier University Center for Student Leadership & Service will open the first of two Neighborhood Health and Technology Information Centers at Little Zion Baptist Church, 4821 Earhart Blvd, this Saturday, Feb. 10.

The Center is made possible by a grant from HUD’s URAP (Universities Rebuilding America Partnership) and Xavier’s partnership with the NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center and the Gert Town Revival Initiative.

“The Center will serve the Gert Town and surrounding communities and assist in the efforts of low and moderate income residents, and the elderly to rebuild their homes and small businesses by providing information and resources,” said Nadrea Reeves, program assistant.

Little Zion B.C. will provide staffing and the center will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The grand opening, in partnership with NAACP- Gulf Coast Advocacy Center and the Gert Town Revival Initiative, will feature workshops on children’s health issues, mental health and basic computer skills. There will also be free vaccinations for MMR, flu, tetanus and children’s vaccines.

For more info call the Center for Student Leadership and Service at 520-5139.

‘Heroes’ of the 7th Ward Focus of a N.O. Black History Arts Project

New Orleans, La. - Celebrating the contributions to the 7th Ward by African American New Orleanians is the goal of the “Heroes Project” created by the Xavier University Art Department and the Porch 7th Ward Cultural Organization.

The Porch is a cultural arts organization founded in February 2006 by concerned individuals who want to use arts and culture to make positive social change in the 7th ward community. 

“The idea is based on (Xavier professor) John Scott’s ideas in response to Black History month,” said Xavier art chairman Ron Bechet. “A group of us were sitting around talking about how we always get calls for works for Black History month. Scott mentioned that what he’d like to do is something like this project – plastering the city with the names of famous black people. 

“We thought it would be a good time to honor him by doing his project. We decided to modify it a bit using images and names,” said Willie Birch, one of the project coordinators and a friend of Scott’s. He and Bechet visited Scott in Houston where he is recovering from an illness, and told him the idea. 

The project will focus on a group of ten people, bringing them to the forefront in order to assist in displacing less positive contributions in the neighborhood. 

The selected heroes for the project are Allison ‘Tootie’ Montana, Oretha Castle Haley, John T. Scott, Dorothy Mae Taylor, Jerome Smith, A.P. Tureaud, Louis Barbarain, Ernest ‘Dutch’ Morial, Leah Chase and Mahalia Jackson.

Using silkscreen prints on paper, artists and university students will create simple black and white prints of the subjects and post the images in the areas designated by the Porch Cultural Organization. Those areas include N. Claiborne Ave., St. Bernard Ave., Elysian Fields Ave and St. Claude Ave. The first prints should in place Feb. 8, 2007.

“The prints will be placed on the street posts where they can be seen, turning the street into a gallery,” said Bechet.  “We hope they’ll be taken by the people or remain until the end of the month.

“The next step is to educate the community about who these people are,” said Bechet. “They contributed a lot to the city. You will see images and the name of person; some people will know who some of them are, some people may not know any. Later they will find out all about them.”

That will be on February 24 where a newly formed theatre group from the Porch will do performances throughout the neighborhood to explain the contributions of those individuals documented by the silk screens.

The theater group was formed with the help of Jan Cohen Cruz and the students in the “Building Community through the Arts” course at Xavier. Cruz is a visiting professor from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

The group will use a mobile stage built for the organization by the University of Kansas School of Architecture. In addition, a written explanation will be provided to foster more discussion about these individuals.

“Students and some local artists in the 7th ward are now creating a piece of theatre. These people will be characters in a street performance,” said Cruz. “We’re doing a workshop now with 15 young. The performance will be very modest and simple. Theatre is new to this group, but they will be terrific. We also have students from Xavier, NYU and Tulane participating, along with dancer Stephanie McKee and spoken word artist, Chris Williams.”

“We’ll move through the neighborhood beginning at 1:00 pm near A.P. Tureaud
school and eventually ending at Urquhart and Pauger,” said Cruz.

 For more information on the Heroes project contact Bechet at 520-7949.

Institute for Black Catholic Studies - Back Home at Xavier
 
New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana's Institute for Black Catholic Studies
(IBCS) returns to the New Orleans campus for its 20007 summer session.
 
While America's only historically Black and Catholic university recovered quickly after Hurricane Katrina and re-opened its campus in January 2006, normal classrooms and dormitories that would have been available for IBCS would still be in use that summer. The Institute accepted the invitation of the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana, to become its temporary home while the IBCS director, Sr/Dr. Jamie Phelps, O.P. relocated briefly to stay with relatives in Chicago.
 
“We were grateful to receive offers of assistance from several Catholic universities following Katrina,” said Phelps. “I sensed that at Notre Dame we would have a community of support because administrators and several other colleagues made the invitation simultaneously. We happily accepted their offer.”
 
Notre Dame served as the host site for planning the Summer 2006 IBCS session.   “The administrators, staff and entire Notre Dame community were extremely hospitable and generous in supporting myself and the entire IBCS community of administrators, faculty, staff and students,” noted Phelps.  “Because of this, our summer theme “Do not be afraid…just have faith (Mk 5:36) was realized. At Notre Dame we experienced what it meant to be a part of the Catholic extended family!”
 
About 66 students participated in different aspects of the three-week summer sessions. Some Gulf Coast students and faculty received tuition and transportation scholarships as part of a special Catholic Charities USA Grant that was awarded to the Institute.
 
Founded in 1980, the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) offers programs in pastoral ministries, religious education and pastoral theology, taught from the perspective of the Roman Catholic traditions as expressed in the Black religious community. The IBCS offers a Master’s of Theology Program (the only such program in Black Catholic theology in the United States) in addition to several certificate and enrichment programs.
 
Participants may take classes for ongoing education and enrichment as well as courses towards a degree in Theology. 
 
The Institute is designed to assist Black and cross cultural priests, religious, laymen, seminarians, novices, catechists, diocesan administrators, deacons, lay associates and volunteers from Black and all other cultural heritages who are engaged in Catholic
ministry among Black Catholics and the broader Pan African Community in the United States.
 
“Participants will find the institute a holistic experience of community life structured around prayer liturgy, theological and ministerial studies, as well as experiences designed to enrich
understanding of African American culture,” said Phelps.
 
Among the degree courses offered in 2007 will be:  “Black Approaches to Theology,”  “Black Psychology,” and “The History of Black Catholicism.”
 
In addition to Sr. Dr. Jamie T. Phelps, O.P., the faculty for this summer’s degree program includes Rev. Dr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., Dr. Cheryl A. Kirkduggan, Rev. Dr. Maurice Nutt, Rev. Dr. Eugene Ukukwu, C.S.Sp., Rev. Dr. Charles Payne, O.F. M. and Dr. Cecilia Moore.
 
The IBCS is also offering a one-week seminar on Pastoral Leadership in African American communities led by Rev. Freddy Washington, C.S.SP  The course will lead pastors through an investigation into the methods, dynamics and styles involved in pastoral leadership in African American Catholic communities.
 
Plans for the certificate and continuing education programs include courses in scripture, black theology, doctrine, spirituality History and Black religious expressions (drama, dance, drumming and art) for parish leaders, catechists, youth and young adult ministers.
 
For more information on the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, visit www.xula.edu/IBCS or call 504-520-7691.

Admissions Prospects Encouraging for '07 Freshman Class

New Orleans, La. - What a difference a year makes, when you’re the Dean of Admissions at a university whose campus was ravaged by a hurricane and still being repaired during the critical months when most high school seniors are submitting their applications to become members of your next Freshman class.

That was the situation in the Fall months of 2005 for Winston Brown and his staff of admissions counselors, working from satellite offices outside of New Orleans on behalf of Xavier University of Louisiana. Working closely with the university communications, information technology and media relations staff, the Admissions team was steadily communicating its post-Katrina recruitment message: that the Xavier campus was reopening as of January 2006 for its current students, and that they were aggressively recruiting applicants for the Fall 2006 semester.

“We printed and mailed nearly 30,000 Admissions search pieces to high school recruits nationwide, followed up by regular e-mail messages that included progress reports on our campus’ road to recovery with photos of the campus being completely renovated,” says Dean Brown, who had lost his own home to the hurricane along with 85% of the Xavier staff and faculty. “But with nonstop national media coverage of the city’s slow pace of recovery, unsafe health conditions, and so forth, applicants for the 2006 freshman class was much smaller than it had been for decades.” The end result? 445 Freshman started the Fall ’06 semester at Xavier, compared with an average one- thousand Freshmen in the years before Katrina.

One year later, the Admissions office at Xavier is once again a busy place, processing almost 1,600 applications as of January 15, 2007. That is nearly as many applications as they received for the same period in the pre-Katrina years. Students from the region and
across the nation are apparently showing renewed interest in applying to the nation’s only historically Black and Catholic university, due in part to its continuing reputation for excellence and leadership in the math and science fields – especially Biology, Pre-Med and Pharmacy – combined with a solid liberal arts core curriculum.

Still, the Admissions dean is cautious with his optimism about Xavier’s next Freshman class being closer to pre-Katrina levels, pointing out that “It is great to see nearly three-quarters of the applicants that we used to see, but we still have to overcome what we call the Momma Factor…”

That’s the term coined by Xavier’s longtime president, Norman C. Francis, referring to parental reluctance about sending their students to college in a rebuilding city like New Orleans. Like their counterparts at other local universities, the Xavier recruiters have had to reassure parents in far away states that their midtown campus has long since been cleaned up, repaired and restored. They tell them about hundreds of available dormitory rooms, a fully functional multi-purpose center, various student services and other recreational activities, a modern cafeteria, and – perhaps as important as anything else – a safe campus, thanks to a fully commissioned campus police force.

Brown opines, “If we can get our message across to the parents that Xavier has been reopened and fully functional for more than a year already, and that we continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment, then we are confident that we will see our yield of
Freshman increase.” The University will also continue exploring ways to enhance its outreach strategies in order to recruit more students. The university’s web site www.XULA.edu has been refined to offer more complete admissions information to
prospective students, and to encourage them to take advantage of Xavier’s online application process.

Meanwhile, enrollment at the 81-year-old HBCU continues to hold steady for the 2006-07 academic year with a total enrollment of nearly 2,900 for the Spring 2007 semester. That’s an increase over the Spring 2006 enrollment, and it represents more than 70% of Xavier’s pre-Katrina enrollment.

The University is also engaged in a major strategic planning initiative involving faculty, staff and students, to chart a course for it was no surprise that our pool of the university’s next two decades. Campus expansion and progress are, in fact, already on the drawing board. Groundbreaking will take place later this year for a major expansion of the College of Pharmacy building, and plans are being developed to build a free-standing chapel dedicated to the memory of Saint Katharine Drexel, Xavier’s founder. (The current chapel, located on the ground floor of the administration building, is being renovated after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina flood waters.)

The University is also pursuing plans to establish a Center for Math & Science Teaching, as a means of sharing its tradition of excellence in those areas with math and science teachers at the middle- and high-school levels.

For university president Norman C. Francis, it’s all very simple: “With our recovery from the ravages of Katrina nearly complete, our message for 2007 is that Xavier is not only back, but advancing and expanding our mission so that we’ll be even better moving forward.”

Renowned Artist Howadena Pindell to Speak at Xavier Jan 29

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University will host a lecture by artist  Howardena Pindell on Monday January 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mary and William McCaffrey University Center Ballroom. Pindell will be in Louisiana to host an exhibition at a museum in Baton Rouge and will take the time to visit at Xavier and discuss her works of art. 

Pindell holds an MFA from Yale University's School of Art and Architecture and a BFA in Painting from Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts. She has honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston Massachusetts and from Parson School of Design/The New School University, New York .

She worked for 12 years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was an Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books. She has taught at Stony Brook in the Art Department since 1979. She was a visiting Professor of Art at Yale University's School of Art from 1995 to 1999.

The artist has received numerous grants and awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Joan Mitchell Grant, a Studio Museum in Harlem Artist Award as well as the Most Distinguished Body of Work or Performance Award in 1990 from the College Art Association.

Her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Yale Art Museum, New Haven, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, The Rhode Island School of Art Museum among many others.
In addition she is an author. A book of her writings "The Heart of the Question," was published in 1997 by Midmarch Arts Press, New York.

For more information on the lecture at Xavier contact the Xavier art department at 520-7556.

Xavier to Benefit from "Evening of Stars" Tribute to Aretha Franklin

New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana will be among the beneficiaries of pledges made during the upcoming United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF)  “Evening of Stars” Tribute to Aretha Franklin. 

The tribute will air locally Saturday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 p.m.on WWL-TV, Channel 4. Xavier is one of two UNCF schools in New Orleans (Dillard University is the other).

This year’s United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) An Evening of Stars® Tribute to Aretha Franklin (AEOS) kicks off Black History Month with national broadcasts, including the top ten media markets across the country. A complete station lineup, background information and the AEOS Press Room can be found online at www.uncf.org/AEOS.

This year’s program, produced by acclaimed five-time Emmy-award winning director Louis J. Horvitz, marks the first time in 28 years a woman has been honored for her longstanding and generous support of UNCF’s mission to provide deserving students with access to higher education and scholarship support. Additionally, Franklin is also respected for her well-known activism and philanthropy on behalf of numerous other causes.

The program features stellar performances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including recent Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominee Jennifer Hudson, winning rave reviews for her performance in Dream Girls. Other performers include recent Kennedy Center honoree Smokey Robinson , American Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Fantasia, former AEOS honoree Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton and Joss Stone, to name a few. Ahmet Ertegun, music industry titan, founder of Atlantic Records and a Franklin mentor, makes his last national television appearance on the program honoring the Queen of Soul. Ertegun died in December of 2006.

“This year’s program promises to be one of the best we’ve ever produced,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO of UNCF. “We expect our largest AEOS audience ever this year,” he continues. “UNCF has made unprecedented gains in media outreach to promote the show and the response from the national and local markets has been overwhelming.”

Xavier is one of two UNCF schools in New Orleans (Dillard University is the other).

Established in 1925, Xavier has developed an unmatched reputation for educating African American and other minority students in the sciences, especially the health related sciences.

Xavier sends more Black students to medical schools every year than any other institution, and its College of Pharmacy is a top producer of African Americans receiving Pharmacy Doctorate degrees.

In addition Xavier is rebounding from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and re-opened just a few months after the storm.  Xavier is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2007 semester. For more about Xavier University, visit www.xula.edu/.

NYU Professor and Xavier Art Courses Help to Rebuild New Orleans

New Orleans, La. - A visiting professor from New York University will work with Xavier University of Louisiana faculty and students with a focus on building community through the arts.

Jan Cohen Cruz of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is co-teaching two courses with Xavier art department chairman Ron Bechet.

Bechet says through the courses, “Developing Community Programs through the Arts” and “Arts Trends and Policy,” students will contribute to rebuilding New Orleans. “There’s a community component involved in the courses, that not only gives students hands-on experiences, but will also support the development of New Orleans Culture, said Bechet.

Students in the course will work with the Porch organization, the Ninth ward’s Nina Center, a Lakeview theatre group, and the Ashe Center.

Cohen-Cruz is an associate professor of drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she helped to found the Center for Art and Public Policy.  She has edited two books, ‘Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy and Activism’ and ‘Radical Street Performance: An International Anthology.’  She is the author of the recently released book ‘Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States.’  She was scholar-in-residence for the Bronx Museum of Art’s two-year Action Lab.

Bechet has served as director of Xavier’s Community Arts Program and served in many arts and youth programs in the New Orleans Area. He was recently nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters’ and Sculptors’ Grant.  He was part of the production of the recently released national community arts casebook, “Art/Vision/Voice- Cultural Conversations in Community,” which also featured Xavier’s Community Arts Partnership Program.

Cornel West is Keynote Speaker for MLK Week of Peace

New Orleans, La. - Dr. Cornel West, one of America’s most gifted, provocative and important public intellectuals, will be the keynote speaker for the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, Jan. 15-19, 2007.

The Martin Luther King Week for Peace is presented by Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard Universities. The theme for 2007 is “Defining Our Citizenship: Uniting Communities.” 

In addition to the featured Tuesday lecture – at which Lifetime Achievement and Student Community Service awards will be presented – other MLK week activities include an interfaith service, a community service day, a candlelight march and an Expressions of Unity celebration. All events are free and open to the public.

West, whose writings, frequent lecturing and preaching have brought him widespread attention and honors, is a professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University.  

His work has been described as a “polemical weapon that attempts to transform linguistic, social, cultural, and political tradition to increase the scope of individual development and democratic actions.” His writing, speaking, and teaching weaves together the American traditions of the Baptist Church, transcendentalism, socialism, and pragmatism.

His best-selling book, Race Matters (1993), sold 400,000 copies and changed the course of America’s dialogue on race, justice, and democracy.

The complete calendar of activities are as follows:

Monday, Jan. 15
10:00 a.m. - Interfaith Service
XU UC Ballroom 3rd Floor

Immediately following: A Day of Service in Greater New Orleans in sponsorship with City Year, Volunteers of America and Interfaith Works. School refurbishment site location: John McDonogh High School (Esplanade Ave.).

Tuesday, Jan. 16
MLK Convocation
6:00 p.m. - Reception
TU Lavin-Bernick Center Kendall Cram Room

7:00 p.m. - Lecture
(Dr. Cornel West)
TU McAlister Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 23
Candlelight March
XU University Center
5:00 p.m. - Candle Distribution
5:15 p.m. - Kickoff Speaker
5:30 p.m. - The March will begin at the Xavier and proceed to the Tulane campus. The Expressions of Unity celebration will be held at Tulane's McAlister Auditorium.

New College of Pharmacy Hires Latest in Alumni Faculty

New Orleans, La. - Returning to their alma mater to teach was the farthest thing from their minds when they were roaming the campus as students not all that long ago, but when the opportunity presented itself all three – Dr. Vida Henderson ’00, Dr. Kristi Isaac ‘05, and Dr. Keturah Robinson ‘05 – jumped at the chance.

The three new College of Pharmacy hires are the most recent XU products to come back home, joining some 31 other faculty members – out of 167 full-time University faculty – who can trace either their undergraduate or graduate roots back to Xavier.

Henderson, the farthest removed from her student days, has been working in the retail sector as a registered pharmacist at Walgreen’s Pharmacy since her graduation six years ago. Now a clinical instructor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Services and a coordinator of the pharmacy practice lab, she has spent much of the time since her arrival at Xavier this past November submerged in the details of directing the professional experience rotation site at Operation Blessing, a free medical, dental and pharmacy clinic in New Orleans East.

“I was ready to move out of retail and when I found out about the opening at Xavier I was thrilled,” said Henderson, who also operates her own franchise of Curves, Inc. and dabbles in creative writing, having been published in various anthologies and magazines.

Isaac, an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, returned to XU after completing her primary care pharmacy residency program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Although she is scheduled to teach courses in disease state management this semester, since arriving on campus last August she has spent much of her time working with students in the pharmacy skills lab – helping students develop their interviewing techniques and communication skills with patients and physicians.

She has also been immersed in planning and preparation for the implementation of the University’s new Asthma Center, which just recently opened at the Ochsner Health Clinic. The Center offers a wide range of educational services.

“As with many treatable diseases, education is such a big portion of asthma management,” she said. “Knowing what causes the asthma and proper treatment can help both the patient and medical health facilities by cutting down on hospitalization and emergency room visits.”

Robinson, who came aboard last September as a professor of clinical pharmacy, also splits her time between teaching and managing a clinical rotation site for P4 students.
In the classroom she teaches a lecture course that covers such areas as acute coronary syndromes and gastrointestinal, upper respiratory and urinary track infections. At the clinic, she manages the internal medicine rotation site at Ochsner Clinic Foundation – accompanying P4 students through their internal medicine rotations.

Robinson is quite familiar with Ochsner, having served her residency in pharmacy practice there.
One of the biggest challenges all three have faced has been the rather abrupt transition from student to teacher. Less than two years removed from the classroom, Isaac is all too aware how students can become short-sighted, that is, studying to get past the next test instead of mastering the knowledge for future application in their careers.

“I know where they are coming from – I can remember thinking the same thing myself - but I hope I can communicate to them that really applying themselves now will make things easier for them down the line,” she said. “Maybe they will listen to me because I have recently walked in their shoes.”

And then there is the situation where your former professors are now your professional colleagues.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to call them (former professors) by their first names,” laughed Henderson, “but I have to say that they have all been really helpful as I feel my way around.”

The addition of Henderson, Isaac and Robinson to the faculty represents a positive trend for both the University and the nation: young African American PhDs and PharmDs who are returning to colleges to share their expertise with current students. Such individuals are at a premium.

“Full-time faculty with terminal degrees are hard to come by in any discipline,” said Dr. Wayne Harris, dean of the College of Pharmacy, “but that’s especially true in pharmacy.”

Harris pointed out that a newly-minted pharmacist going out into the retail market can earn nearly $100,000 to start, whereas an individual choosing to follow an academic track would have to settle for a $35,000 residency – not to mention the prospect of more schooling.

“Considering that most pharmacy graduates have already racked upwards of $40,000 in student loans, it’s not hard to imagine why so few new graduates are choosing teaching careers,” he said.

Needless to say, Xavier is pleased to welcome their returning alums.

XU Students to Host High School Leadership Summit Jan. 27

New Orleans, La. - College students at Xavier University of Louisiana will host a leadership summit for high school students Saturday January 27 on the Xavier campus.

The High School Leadership Summit will be hosted by XU LEADS (Xavier University Leadership Education and Development Skills), a leadership program for Xavier Students that promotes effective and ethical leadership skills. The program originally designed for campus organization officers, is now open to all students. Students receive certification after participating in the program, which is required in order to hold leadership position on campus.

The summit will include presentations, activities on topics such as managing student life, conflict resolution, communication skills, post-secondary preparedness and options, and leadership skills.

"The High School Leadership Summit has been planned, organizing, and will be executed by Xavier University leaders, said Kawana Coulon, coordinator of the program. “We hope to engage local students in academic, leadership, and personal topics that impact their everyday lives. This summit is a valuable way to connect high school students with college students who are impacting change through education and involvement."

For more information on the High School Leadership Summit, contact Coulon at 520-7320.

University Names New Registrar

New Orleans - Lynn Brown has been named Registrar at Xavier University of Louisiana. Ms. Brown comes to Xavier from St. Louis University where she was coordinator of registration and grading.  

Brown holds a bachelor of arts degree from St. Louis University and has also done post graduate work at St. Louis.    

During a visit to New Orleans for a conference a few years ago, Brown said she fell in love with the city. After Hurricane Katrina she felt she needed to contribute to the city’s recovery.  “Anyone can write a check,” she said. “When I learned that Dr. Francis, (Xavier’s president) was on the task force for rebuilding, I knew I wanted to be a part of Xavier."

“Student centered” is the phrase Brown uses in talking about future direction for the division she is leading.  “I have a good staff and we’ll be working to improve the services we offer.”

XU to Benefit From Joyner Campaign

New Orleans, La. - Nationally syndicated morning radio host Tom Joyner joined the leadership of Xavier, Dillard and SUNO in announcing a new initiative designed to raise funds for the ongoing needs of historically black colleges and universities in New Orleans still working to recover from the devastation of last year's Hurricane Katrina.

Student leaders and administrators from the three schools joined Joyner on the Dillard campus to officially open the “Rebuilding Through Education” Initiative, a nationwide campaign which will be promoted through Joyner's syndicated morning program which airs in 120 markets reaching nearly 8 million listeners. The initiative's goal, which it hopes to meet by the end of January 2007, is to raise at least $1 million to be divided among the three institutions.

All three college campuses were hard hit by Katrina, and each is still engaged in varying stages of rebuilding and recovery while moving forward with their mission to educate their students. Paying for those repairs, and providing financial assistance for students who have also been impacted by the storm in many cases, continues to be a daunting challenge for the HBCUs. As part of its overall mission, the Foundation seeks to make sure these HBCUs continue to provide quality education and opportunities for many more years to come.

Through its partnerships with various corporations and donations from listeners, "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" has already raised tens of thousands of dollars that have been used to provide scholarships to HBCUs for needy students.

 

 
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