1902 Men's Basketball: Joseph's Layup at Buzzer Gives Rush an Overtime Victory
1903 Men's Basketball: Bobcats Use Late Burst to Defeat Gold Rush 70-60
1902 Volleyball: Hamilton and Reuther Earn All-Louisiana Honors
1903 Cross Country: XU's Jacksons, Moses Receive All-Louisiana Recognition
1902 Women's Basketball: Xavier Beats Sterling 74-60 to Gain Split in Vegas Hoopla
1903 Women's Basketball: Top-ranked Oklahoma City Throttles Gold Nuggets, 86-48
1902 Men's Basketball: Gray's Play Makes Gold Rush Blue; Loyola Wins in 3 OTs
1903 Women's Basketball: Council scores 30 to help Wolfpack hold off Gold Nuggets
1902 Men's Basketball: Hadnot, Rush Defense Stay Hot in Victory at William Carey
1903 Basketball: Nuggets 16th, Rush 21st in NAIA Polls
1902 Xavier First HBCU in U.S., First Louisiana University Awarded a Confucius Institute
1903 Three XU Exchange Students Head to Big Apple
1902 Men's Basketball: Gold Rush Defense Takes Control in 62-45 Win Over Mobile
1903 Students Publish Research Online
1902 Men's Basketball: Haywood's Scoring Burst Leads Rush Past Concordia
1903 Women's Basketball: XU Rallies Past Shorter in Matchup of Ranked NAIA Teams
1902 XU Students Bring Clean Water to Liberia
1903 Gardner Selected 2011 Alumna of the Year
1902 Women's Basketball: Gold Nuggets are a finalist for the 2012 HBCU Awards
1903 Men's Basketball: Loyola Controls Second Half to Beat Gold Rush 66-59
1902 Women's Basketball: Hall's Hot Second Half Helps XU Beat William Carey
1903 Men's Basketball: Xavier's Haywood Makes Seven 3s, But Wiley Wins by 11
1902 Women's Basketball: Gold Nuggets Lead from Start to Finish Against Holy Names
1903 Women's Basketball: Langston Rolls Past XU in Matchup of Ranked NAIA Teams
1902 NFL's Saints to Honor XU Alum, Journalist Champ Clark
1903 Tennis: XU Makes a Splash in Campbell's-ITA Preseason Rankings
1902 Cross to Add Crowning Touch to SKD Chapel
1903 Xavier Receives BP America Grant to Support Summer Programs
1902 Women's Basketball: Lady Pilots Rally in Second Half to Defeat Gold Nuggets
1903 Cross Country: Xavier's Pieri Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
1902 Men's Basketball: Gold Rush Defense Steps Up Late to Rally Past Wiley
1903 Women's Basketball: Early Run Buries Huston-Tillotson
1902 Cross Country: Souza, Kwame Jackson Lead XU at National Meet
1903 Volleyball: Spring Hill's Strong Start Eliminates Xavier in NAIA Opening Round
1902 Baton Rouge Junior Receives Hank Aaron Scholarship at Xavier
1903 Men's Basketball: Miller, Joseph Help Unbeaten Rush Win 80-71 at Mobile
1902 XU Associate Pharmacy Dean Awarded SOPHE’s Highest Honor
1903 Campus Leaders Make Annual Who's Who List
1902 Volleyball: Xavier Gets Rematch at Spring Hill in NAIA Opening Round
1903 Poetry Readings at Xavier
1902 Men's Basketball: Gold Rush Rally in Second Half to Defeat Bobcats
1903 Women's Basketball: Nuggets Rally from 16 Down to Win at Georgetown (Ky.)
1902 XU Hosts Lecture/Demonstration on St. Joseph Altar Tradition
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Finish the Job, Sweep SUNO to Win GCAC Tourney
1902 Volleyball: Kirk is Freshman of Year; Hamilton Shares Coaching Honor
1903 Five Join Xavier Board of Trustees
1902 Coronation Ball Kicks Off XU Student Homecoming
1903 Women's Basketball: Nuggets Beat Badgers for Browder's 300th Victory at XU
1902 Cross Country: Xavier Again Collects One Point Apiece in NAIA Polls
1903 Men's Basketball: Commodores on Target in 102-62 Exhibition Win vs. Rush
1902 Volleyball: XU Survives Dillard, Finishes 10-0 in GCAC Regular Season
1903 Men's Basketball: Xavier Loses 73-61 to Western Kentucky in Road Exhibition
1902 Women's Basketball: Gold Nuggets Defeat Florida Memorial in Opener, 72-48
1903 Cross Country: Jackson Siblings Get Face Time in Sports Illustrated
1902 Men's Basketball: Erves Perfect in Opener to Lead Gold Rush Past Carver
1903 Women's Basketball: LSU Dominates Gold Nuggets in Exhibition
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Beat SUNO, Win GCAC Championship Outright
1903 Men's Basketball: Rush Expect More Success If Defensive Intensity Continues
1902 Women's Basketball: Gold Nuggets Searching for Deeper Meaning This Season
  OCTOBER 2011
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Defeat Faulkner in Five
1902 Home Bodies at Xavier Nov. 16
1903 XU Concert Choir Fall Concerts Nov. 7 &13
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Bounce Back, Win at UNO in Four Sets
1903 Cross Country: Jackson Siblings Lead Xavier to Sixth Straight GCAC Titles
1902 Volleyball: Lady Rams Sweep Gold Nuggets
1903 Innovative Partnership to Deliver Quality Asthma Care
1902 Cross Country: One is Not a Lonely Number for XU in the NAIA Polls
1903 Basketball: XU Celebrates Midnight Madness on Friday at The Barn
1902 Basketball: Rush Tabbed 2nd in GCAC Poll / Nuggets Pick to Win Another GCAC Title
1903 Tennis: Didavi Takes Fifth Place, Improves to 17-3 in Fall
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Sweep Judson on Road, Earn 15th Victory
1903 Tennis: XU's Didavi, Taylor Grab Third Place in NAIA Doubles
1902 XU Art Village Dedication
1903 XU Celebrates Business Week
1902 Tennis: Didavi, Taylor Advance at Small College Championships
1903 Volleyball: Late Surges Give Loyola Three-set Sweep Against Xavier
1902 Tennis: Didavi, Taylor Take Aim at National Event for Small Colleges

Cross Country: Both XU Teams Receive Vote in NAIA National Polls

1902 XU Climbs to Fourth on Champions of Character Scorecard
1903 XU Professor's " Freedom Ride" Opera Premieres at Longue Vue
1902 Basketball: PSB to Stream Live 12 Men's and Women's Games
1903 Renovated Art Village Dedication Oct. 14
1902 Cross Country: Nuggets, Rush Sweep UD Titles; Zahri Jackson Runs First
1903 Volleyball: Stallings, Smith, Rencher Step Up in Gold Nuggets' Victory
1902 Volleyball: Xavier's Kirk, Reuther Experience the Kills of Victory
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Set School Record with 12th Victory of Season
1902 Volleyball: Prairie View Hands Xavier First Home Loss
1903 Operation Diabetes Returns to Lakeside Mall Oct. 22

Closing Reception for Augustus Jenkins Art Exhibit

1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Beat UNO, Set School Record for Home Victories
1902 Division of Education Receives NCATE Accreditation
1903 Volleyball: Gold Nuggets 5-0 in GCAC After Four-set Win at Dillard
1902 Cross Country: Runners Work Quickly at Gulf Coast Stampede
1903 Tennis: Didavi, Taylor Qualify for Small College Championships
1902 Xavier, Delgado Forge Educational Partnership
1903 Xavier to Collaborate with Catholic University in Haiti
1902 Twelve New Faculty on Board for Fall
1903 McNair Scholars Named
1902 Mahalia Jackson Centennial at Xavier

XU Alumni Homecoming November 16-20

1902 Volleyball: Southern Sweeps to End Gold Nuggets' Record Win Streak
1903 “Daughters of Domestics Respond to ‘The Help’” at Xavier
1902 XU Professor Premieres Original Work at Creole Conference
1903 Tennis: Newcomer Didavi Wins HBCU Men's Singles Title
1902 Cross Country: Another XU record, This Time for Fakler at LSU Invitational
1903 Volleyball: Crier Helps XU Become Lone Unbeaten in GCAC Matches
1902 Volleyball: Kirk Tames Lady Tigers with 13 kills
1903 Volleyball: XU Wins Again in First of Three GCAC Matches at Talladega
1902 Xavier Hosts Master Class/Performance by Met Star
1903 Xavier Goes PINK October 5
1902 Tennis: XU Wins 10 of 11 in Singles at HBCU Championships
1903 Al Jarreau Headlines Xavier Scholarship Benefit Concert
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Defeat Southern, Extend School-record Win Streak
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Beat SUNO for School-record 4th Straight Victory
1902 Cross Country: Jacksons, Pieri, Fakler Go Low in Ragin' Cajuns Invitational
1903 Baton Rouge Native Tami Lee Hughes will perform at Xavier Oct. 3
1902 Cross Country: Jacksons, Fakler Have Times of Their Lives at Loyola Meet
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Sweep at Alcorn State for First Road Win of Season
1902 Volleyball: Kirk's a Big Hit in Nuggets' Win Over Judson

Fast Food Nation Author to Speak at Xavier Sept. 19 

1902 Volleyball: NAIA Kills Leader Helps 7-0 Badgers Defeat XU
1903 Men's BB: Rush Basketball to Play 15 at Home, Exhibition at Vandy
1902 CC: Four XU runners in top 10 at Mississippi College Opener
1903 Fall 2011 Enrollment Creeps Higher at Xavier
  AUGUST 2011
1902 Race, Citizenship and Civil Rights Discussion
1903 Xavier Hosts Recovery Month Celebration Sept. 14
1902 XU Faculty Receive AACP Lyman Award
1903 Freshmen Arrive for Fall Orientation 2011
1902 Students Participate in Summer Research Program at LSU
1903 Xavier Highlighted in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012
1902 LPA Awards XU Students Leadership Scholarships
1903 XU Professor Named Outstanding ALD Advisor of the Year
1902 XU Ranks High in Diverse Issues Annual Report
1903 Four New Chairs Provide Leadership at XU This Fall
  JULY 2011
1902 XU Students to Create Clean Water Plan for Liberia through 3M Social Impact Grant
1903 Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer Camp 2011 Exhibition
  JUNE 2011
1902 Committee Approves Seven Faculty Promotions
1903 XU Signs Cooperation Agreement with China's Hebei University
1902 Top Students Designated Rousseve Scholars
1903 568 Scholars Make Spring Dean's List
1902 XU Hires Christabell Hamilton as Women's Volleyball Coach
1903 Runner Dekine is XU's First Female Academic All-District Athlete
1902 Super Elite Summer League Tips Off for the Third Time
  MAY 2011
1903 Green Named State Tennis Coach of the Year
1902 Celebrity Basketball Slam Jam to Benefit XU Men's Basketball Program
1903 Xavier Announces New A&S Deans
1902 Hale Will Not Return as Gold Nuggets' Head Volleyball Coach
1903 XU's Abbas, Taylor are Second-team NAIA Tennis All-Americans
1902 Vanguard Eliminates Men's Tennis in NAIA 2nd Round
1903 Men's Tennis Faces Vanguard in NAIA Opener
1902 Xavier Collects First GCAC All-Sports Trophy
1903 Men's Tennis Gets First-round Bye at NAIA National Championship
1902 Men's Tennis Eighth in Final NAIA Poll; Tournament Looms
1903 523 Graduates Accent 2011 Commencement Ceremony
1902 Seniors Presented Top University Service Awards
1903 Outstanding Faculty Recognized at Commencement
1902 Freshman Named Kemper Scholar
1903 Pharmacy Student Awarded Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
1902 Pharmacy & Business Team up to Compete in National Business Plan Competition
1903 Degree for Olympic Medalist — 71 Years after Enrolling
1902 Xavier Herald Wins LPA Awards
1903 Freshmen to Experience Lagniappe
1902 Summer Sessions at XU a Great Value
1903 Men's Tennis Qualifies for 3rd Straight National Meet / Women's Season Ends
  APRIL 2011
1902 Xavier Basketball Camp for Ages 6-16 Scheduled for June 27-30
1903 Men's Tennis Drops in National Poll / Women's Tennis Closes with Loss at SLU
1902 Jaguars Dominate Women's Tennis 9-0
1903 XU Students Selected for MHIRT Summer Research in Ghana
1902 Men's Tennis Closes Regular Season with Loss
1903 Athlete Honor Society Welcomes Seven from XU's New Chapter
1902 Tennis Doubly Disappointed in Losses at William Carey
1903 Men's Tennis Holds at 8th in NAIA Poll / Nuggets Lose Ground
1902 SWAC West Champion Southern Defeats Women's Tennis
1903 Pile-driving Signals Go for New XU Convocation Academic Center
  MARCH 2011
1902 XU Library to host Lincoln Traveling Exhibit
1903 Communications Week Presents Race Peace Event, Treme Forum
1902 Auburn Montgomery Tennis Shuts Down Xavier Again
1903 Tennis Teams Defeat Loyola on City Park's New Courts
basketball Rush's Andrew is Honorable Mention on NAIA All-America Basketball Team
1903 Men's Tennis Still Ranked 8th in National Poll / Women Fall Out of Top 25
1902 Jazz Headlines Annual Xavier Music Festival
basketball XU’s Kenner Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete
basketball Gold Nuggets See Stars — and Lots of OCU Free Throws
basketball Evangel Shoots Past Gold Rush at NAIA National Tourney
basketball Nuggets Outrun Lee, Advance in NAIA Basketball Tournament
1903 Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers at Xavier March 24
1902 African Roots of New Orleans Jazz Program
1903 St. Katharine Drexel Named to National Women's Hall of Fame
basketball Nuggets vs. Lee, Rush vs. Evangel at NAIA Nationals
basketball Rush, Nuggets Earn NAIA Basketball Tourney Berths
1902 Urban League CEO to Address 2011 Xavier Graduates
basketball Gold Nuggets Repeat as GCAC Tournament Champion  
basketball Great Day for Tougaloo, overtime loss for Gold Rush  
1903 Men's Tennis No. 8 Ranking is Highest Ever / Nuggets Fall in Rankings 
1902 No. 8 Westmont rallies for 5-4 win against No. 14 Xavier Men's Tennis
basketball Gold Rush Defeat SUNO 75-66 to Reach GCAC Title Game
basketball Gold Nuggets Stifle Dillard to Reach GCAC Title Game
1903 Men's Tennis Records First Victory Against Top-10 Opponent  
1902 XU New Orleans Alumni Invited to "A Day at the Races"
basketball Rush, Nuggets Open Basketball Postseason Play
basketball Gold Rush's Andrew, Simmons Earn All-GCAC Recognition
basketball Nuggets' Warren selected GCAC Player of Year; Browder Named Coach of the Year
basketball Rush Still 17th in National Basketball Rankings / Nuggets Move Up to 21st
1903 Mitchell Joins Xavier Xavier Board of Trustees
1902 What They'll be Reading Next Fall at Xavier
basketball Rush Closes Out Regular Season with Win Over Dillard / Nuggets Slide Past Dillard
1902 Women's Tennis Drops Match at LSU
1903 Men's Tennis 14th in National Rankings / Women Still at No. 22
basketball Gold Rush Reach 25 Victories for First Time Since 1983-84
basketball Gold Rush 17th in NAIA Coaches Poll / Nuggets Fall to 21st
1902 XU Students Inducted to Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society
basketball SUNO Surprises Gold Rush / Nuggets Use Second-half Run to Defeat SUNO
1902 Men's Tennis Beats 17th-ranked RedHawks
basketball Simmons, Miller Lead Rush to 24th Victory  / Mobile Stops Nuggets
1902 Xavier Review Features Father and Son Dubus
basketball Gold Rush / Nuggets Drop in NAIA National Polls
1902 XU College of Pharmacy to Host 4th Annual Health Disparities Conference
1903 Tennis Drops Dual Meet at Nicholls State  
basketball Tougaloo Makes 42 Free Throws, Defeats Gold Rush
basketball Nuggets Increase GCAC Regular-season Win Streak to 22
1902 Men's Tennis Rallies Past Prairie View
1903 Tennis Posts 3-0 record on Texas Trip
1902 Tennis Splits with South Alabama
basketball Rush Win 9th Straight at Spring Hill / Nugget Streak Stopped at William Carey
basketball Gold Rush Return to Top 10 / Nuggets Climb to 12th in NAIA Poll
basketball Rush 22-2 After Victory at Dillard / Nuggets Rally Past Dillard
1902 Tennis Defeat Tougaloo for 1st Wins of the Season
basketball Rush Pull Away to Beat Belhaven / Nuggets Throttle Lady Blazers
1902 540 Scholars Make Fall Dean's List
basketball Gold Rush Remain 11th in NAIA Division I Top 25 / Nuggets Jump to 14th
1902 Freshman Applications Up for Fall 2011
1903 YMTF/BEEP Welcomes Black Professionals to Campus
  JANUARY 2011
basketball Andrew's Free Throws Beat SUNO /  Nuggets Give SUNO First Loss of Season
1903 Rain Postpones XU-Loyola Tennis 
1902 Green Wave Zero in on Tennis 2011 Opener
1903 Xavier Named Member of HHMI Science Education Alliance
basketball Gold Rush Climb to 11th in NAIA Poll / Nuggets Hold at 16th
1903 Tennis Opens with Division I Opponents
1902 Travels with Mae" Author Elieen Julien at Xavier Feb. 9
basketball Gold Rush Line Up to Beat Mobile / Nuggets Rally from 15 Down to Defeat Mobile
basketball Gold Rush Rally Past Tougaloo / Nuggets Win GCAC Opener
1903 Speech Pathology Major Receives MLK Service Award
1902 XU Music Professor's Opera Earns Big Easy Award
basketball Gold Rush Climb to 12th place in NAIA Division I Top 25
basketball Rush Beat Spring Hill, Clinch Another Winning Season
basketball Late Basket Lifts Rush Past Loyola  / Nuggets on Target Against Loyola
basketball Rush 13th / Nuggets 17th in NAIA Top 25 Basketball Polls 
1903 MLK Week for Peace Celebrates 25 Years
basketball Rush Complete Season Sweep of Crusaders / Hall Leads Nuggets Past WC 
1903 Philander Smith, Talladega to Join GCAC Next Season
basketball Roche Leads Blazers Past Rush / Blazers Beat Nuggets in OT
basketball Erves Doubles Up to Lead Gold Rush Past Concordia
basketball Nuggets' Defense Keeps Low Profile Against Concordia
1903 Haiti Earthquake Anniversary Observances at XU
basketball Gold Nuggets Win by 46 in First Game Since Break
1903 XU Engages New Emergency Message System
1902 Nikki Giovanni to Highlight MLK Week Celebration
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Xavier First HBCU in U.S., First Louisiana University Awarded a Confucius Institute

(New Orleans LA) - Senior Administrators from Xavier University of Louisiana have signed a historic agreement that will make Xavier the first HBCU in the nation and the first university in Louisiana to establish a Confucius Institute (CI).

Dr. Loren J. Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs led a four-member delegation that consisted of Dr. Monique Guillory, Special Assistant to the Administration, Dr. Rosalind Hale, Chair of Xavier’s Division of Education, and Ms. Julia Wilson, an international consultant. The official document was endorsed by Ms. Lin Xu, Director General of Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing.

In the process of developing the focus for the Institute, Xavier has partnered with Hebei University in Baoding, China. The two universities recently formalized their collaborative agreement upon the opening of the 6th Annual Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing. Xavier’s CI application was the only one approved in conjunction with this meeting. Joint programming for Xavier’s CI will specifically target language instruction (Mandarin and English), Education, Pharmacy and Art.

“Hebei University and Xavier share the same vision for a Confucius Institute at Xavier,” said Professor Wang Hongrui, President of Hebei University. “We have appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this historic institution and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”

“We are pleased to embark on this partnership with Hebei University and to share with our students China’s remarkable language, history, and culture,” said Xavier President Norman C. Francis. “We are confident that this exchange will provide our students unprecedented access to Asia particularly at this critical historic moment of increased globalization,” Francis said.

In partnership with Hebei University, Xavier will start offering Mandarin courses in January concurrent with the campus’s anticipated official opening of the Confucius Institute in the earlier half of 2012.

There are more than 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide with roughly 80 in the United States. Through the Confucius Institute network, universities and k-12 schools receive substantial support in the development of Chinese language and culture programs. Several local and state officials commended Xavier on this historic achievement.

“Xavier’s Confucius Institute will contribute to the city’s economy and prosperity,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans who supported Xavier’s bid for the Confucius Institute. “The dynamic curriculum demonstrates a strong commitment to fostering leadership and service in a global context,” Landrieu said.

Senator Mary Landrieu (Democrat, Louisiana) echoed the mayor’s congratulatory sentiments. “I commend Xavier University for giving its students a phenomenal opportunity to experience Chinese culture. Xavier's Confucius Institute represents an exciting cross-cultural partnership, and I am pleased to support it.”

Xavier’s journey to the Confucius Institute began nearly two years ago through a cultural and economic delegation sent to China through the National Urban League. Urban League President and CEO, Marc Morial, was present at the inception of Xavier’s Confucius Institute and is pleased to see the idea come to fruition.

“The Confucius Institute at Xavier will be an essential step towards showcasing the richness of New Orleans and Xavier University to the world. Hopefully this will be the first of many similar initiatives at historically black colleges and universities to promote intellectual and cultural exchange with China,” Morial said.

XU has begun its preparations to send a group of students to Hebei University this summer to continue their language instruction. Hebei University is the only comprehensive university in the Hebei Province and was among the first institutions in China to admit international students since 1956. The university consists of 30 colleges with 86 undergraduate majors. Current enrollment is 47,000 students and 8,000 faculty members. Hebei University has also established a Confucius Institute with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That institution has expressed an interest in joint programming with Xavier’s Confucius Institute.

Three XU Exchange Students Head to Big Apple

New Orleans LA - Three Xavier University of Louisiana students will be spending Spring 2012 in the "Big Apple" at New York University participating in the NYU/Xavier Student Exchange Program.

Participating in the program are: Jade Crutch, a sophomore political science major from Garland TX (Lakeview Centennial High); Shaniese Foster, a junior political science major from Houston TX (Westside High); and Breanna Thompson, a junior art major from Pass Christian MS (Pass Christian High).

“The student exchange program at Xavier gives students an opportunity to study and learn in a new and different environment at no additional cost, as well as a chance to take courses not offered here,” said Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Associate Dean for Summer Programs and External Initiatives. “Just as importantly, it enables students to explore post-graduate programs offered at those institutions.”

Students pay regular Xavier tuition, fees, and room and board using their financial aid and financial resources. They are responsible for their travel and educational materials such as books. Exchanges usually take place in the spring semester and eligible students are required to have a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA).

“It’s a two-way street because students at the other institutions have the option to spend a semester at Xavier,” said Boutte, noting that several NYU students have attended XU in past years.

Boutte said Xavier currently also has active student exchange agreements with Howard University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is actively negotiating with other institutions to establish new programs that will provide even more student exchange opportunities.

For information on Xavier's student exchange programs, contact Dr. Ken Boutte at

Students Publish Research Online

New Orleans LA - The newest issue of XULAneXUS, Xavier University of Louisiana’s online undergraduate research journal, is now available online HERE.

(Vol. 9, No. 1) includes articles from students in philosophy, psychology and sociology, including: King’s Apology: Reading the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” as a Modern Version of the Socratic Speech by Christian Latrice Heyser, chemistry (mentor: Dr. James Dunson), The Frankfurt School and the Problem with Popular Culture: The Culture Industry as Mass Deception Revisited by Nelanhta Riley, sociology (mentor: Dr. Christopher Faircloth), Do Severity and Consequence Influence College Students’ Perception of Cyberbullying? by Marion Alejos, psychology (mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer), The Connection between Online Social Networking and Relationship Conflict by Sonja Hebert, psychology (mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer), Geographic Distance and Its Influence on Romantic Relationships: Comparing Long Distance and Geographically Close Relationships by Aleia Mays, psychology (mentor: Dr. Lisa Schulte), Alcohol Consumption, Sensation Seeking and Sexual Behavior among College Students by Gabrielle Dowdy, psychology/pre-med (mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer), Mother-Daughter Relationships In Adulthood: Attachment, Self Esteem, and Illusory Superiority by Vanencia Jaquia Lynch, psychology (mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer), and A Journey Through Child Development: An Analysis of Child Behavior by Courtney Christy, psychology (mentor: Dr. Annette Iskra).

Students from every department are encouraged to submit their work in three categories: creative scholarship, scholarly notes, and research manuscripts. Student authors work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in preparing and revising scholarly projects for submission and publication.

All submissions are reviewed by an editorial board of faculty and students. The peer-reviewed academic journal is sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research with funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

XU Students Bring Clean Water to Liberia

New Orleans LA - Clean drinking water is something we may take for granted here in the United States, but in other parts of the world it is not so easy to come by.

A small group of Xavier students are part of a class that is not only researching this issue, but taking steps to making clean water a reality.

The class – Sales for Social Impact – is based in the University’s Division of Business’ Entrepreneurship Institute. Led by E.I. director and professor Mark Quinn, the students are working together to create a business and feasibility plan for an innovative product with a focus on the African country of Liberia. The class was developed with the proceeds of a grant from the Frontline Program of the 3M Foundation.

Students Derrick Bradley, Venus Black, Herstyn Jones and Derek Williams each have a role in the formation of the plan and the group will present their final plan to 3M executives Dec. 2 at 3M headquarters in St. Paul MN.

Bradley, a third year pharmacy student from Ringgold LA, is in charge of operations.

“I look at the feasibility, the raw materials and the technical aspect,” he explained. “Before taking this class I was aware of the world’s water problems, but did not realize it was this big. Earlier in the semester we had to complete research reports and get background information for the project. I think we’re all more global minded because of this course.”

Black, a senior from Bloomington IL for whom the class represents a convergence of her double majors (sociology and marketing), is responsible for the finance part of the project.

Jones, a marketing senior from Shreveport LA and a veteran business plan competition participant said that although he has competed, the course was an eye opener for him as well. “Working on this project I have learned that this is about more than just the product and the customer. You have so much more to consider and pay attention to in order to have a successful outcome.”

This is no one hour, once a week easy course. Of course there is the usual class work, guest speakers and discussions, but it goes beyond that for this group. The team meets in class once a week for two and one-half hours, but also meets outside of class at regularly scheduled meetings on Thursdays and Saturdays … and sometimes more often. 

“It is very time consuming, and we’re each doing our own research outside of when we meet as a group, but we want to make sure we have a quality product and plan,” said Jones.

“I certainly have much more respect for business now,” said Williams a senior biology major from Bangor MI. “This can be tedious work. There is a lot of research involved and a lot of adjustments to be made. Communications with a third world country has been one of our biggest challenges.”

But despite the setbacks and obstacles, all of the team members consider it a positive experience.

“Our speakers were really helpful,” said Black. “We had a former Peace Corp participant who gave us good feedback about what to expect and some of the difficulties we might face in this kind of country, and what he had to go through to get clean water, considering he contracted malaria twice!”

“We think we have a great product, that is far less expensive than other devices like it,” Jones explained. “The inventors of the product are retired 3M engineers and it utilizes solar energy and can produce up to 10 gallons of clean, microbial free water each hour.”

The group received a prototype of the product (known as “AquaTherm”) and has installed it on campus to test it and actually get a feel for how it works and ease of use.

“We are planning to market it as a microenterprise to charities, non-profits and small businesses. So it is important for us to know first-hand how well it works,” said Bradley.

The class has done research on the international water crisis, and case studies of other companies, looking at their distribution methods and similarities. They’ve even reviewed the memoir of the current president of Liberia.

“Social responsibility is important,” said Williams. “We are not only finding a way to provide a clean water alternative in a remote area, at an affordable price, but as a result the project could possibly create jobs, stimulating the economy, here and in Liberia, and making it profitable.”

“I would certainly recommend this class for someone interested in becoming an entrepreneur, said Black. “It gives you the tools you need to take your ideas to the next level. It’s not easy, but it is rewarding. “

Quinn is as excited about the possibilities as his students. “This is not just an academic exercise,” he said. “We plan on pursuing it beyond this initial class. We believe this can make a big difference in the world.”

Gardner Selected 2011 Alumna of the Year

New Orleans LA - Mildred Gardner ’56 of El Cerrito CA, a retired school administrator, was honored as Xavier University of Louisiana’s top alumni at the 2011 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

She was presented the Victor H. Labat Alumna of the Year award by National Alumni president Frederick Carter '69, Dr. Joseph Labat ’59, and XU President Norman Francis '52 during the annual Gala, the traditional highlight of alumni homecoming week.

The annual gala drew a crowd of nearly 500 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 15 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $298,455. The Class of '61 led the way with 50 members contributing $61,655, followed by the Class of ’56 (42 members, $46,655 contributed) and the Class of 1971 (50 members, $42,260 contributed).

Gardner was honored for her more than 40 years of volunteer service to Xavier, including her unwavering support of National Alumni Association activities, most recently serving as a member of the fundraising committee. In that capacity she assisted in raising $25,000 to establish the Dr. Norman C. Francis and Mrs. Blanche Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund. 

Currently president of the Northern California Alumni Chapter, she has been a regular at the annual Homecoming Reunions in New Orleans since her graduation and has served as the Class Agent for her class for several reunions.

Through the years Gardner has championed HBCUs through her participation in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Coalition of Northern California. At her own Alma Mater, she funds a yearly scholarship and is a generous supporter of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Before her retirement, she received numerous awards in the field of education for her dedication to children and learning. She remains very active in her church and is part of an ongoing group who serve food to the homeless. She has served on the Sister Parish-Haiti Committee for over ten years and has helped finance various projects in Haiti.

Cross to Add Crowning Touch to SKD Chapel

New Orleans LA - The ST. KATHARINE DREXEL CHAPEL at Xavier University of Louisiana is nearing completion and the crowning touch – the installation of a seven-foot tall cross on the roof of the uniquely shaped building – will take place Wednesday (Nov. 23) at 10:00 a.m.

The building was designed by world famous architect CESAR PELLI. Once it is installed, the cross, at its highest point will be 90 feet above the ground. Rising from the octagonal roof of the chapel, it will serve as a beacon and landmark for Xavier.

“The construction of a free standing chapel has been a dream for the University since our founding in 1925,” said Xavier president Dr. Norman C. Francis. While many motorists entering and exiting the city have wondered about the planned purpose of the new building, once that cross is installed there will be no question as to the religious significance of this new building as well as our position as the nation’s only Black and Catholic University.”

The main sanctuary is 65 feet tall with seating for up to 430 worshippers. A ring of skylights allow natural light to be diffused to illuminate the sanctuary. The building also features a smaller day chapel and bell tower. The copper roof has been installed and the cream colored exterior limestone base has been added.

ST. KATHARINE DREXEL, who was canonized a Saint of the Catholic Church on October 1, 2000, chose to leave a life of wealth to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament religious order, whose mission is to serve African Americans and Native Americans. St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of her order have left a legacy across the U.S. through the numerous schools they have founded and staffed, most notably Xavier University of Louisiana.

Xavier Receives BP America Grant to Support Summer Programs

New Orleans LA - BP America has awarded Xavier University of Louisiana a $750,000 grant to establish the BP STEM Summer Institute, to include the following  programs: MathStar, BioStar, ChemStar, Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP), and Computer Science.

The grant, distributed over a three-year period, will allow the existing “Star” and LEAP programs to sustain and enhance offerings and support the development of a new summer program in the Computer Science Department, while also funding ongoing recruitment and retention efforts.

“Since coming to our aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, BP America has supported Xavier math and science programs every year,” said Xavier University President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “The establishment of the BP STEM Summer Institute comes at a critical time and the Xavier community is delighted to have them on board. We are extremely grateful to BP America for its continued investment in our educational mission.”

For over 25 years Xavier has provided summer programs that promote academic excellence by contributing to a solid foundation in STEM courses – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - as well as analytical reasoning and leadership.

It is Xavier’s philosophy that participation in pre-college access programming will further encourage middle and high school-aged students to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in these areas in the future. These vital programs have positioned more than 7,500 students to excel in high school science and mathematics, as well as prepare them for college undergraduate studies with STEM focus.

With a $150,000 grant received from the BP Foundation in 2010, the BP Math and Science Initiative secured a three-year commitment from 30 students to participate in Xavier’s “Star” programs. In addition to the traditional curriculum offered in these programs, this cohort of students has been introduced to petro-technical studies.

“We recognize that Xavier’s math and science camps begin the career journey for many bright, young future doctors, scientists, and engineers,” said Crystal Ashby, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at BP America. “BP is pleased to expand its commitment to Xavier’s summer education camps and honored to be the lead corporate sponsor for these prestigious programs.”

Baton Rouge Junior Receives Hank Aaron Scholarship at Xavier

New Orleans LA – Cyrell Roberson, a junior psychology major from Baton Rouge LA, has been awarded the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream 4 for 4 Endowed Scholarship at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Roberson, a graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, was selected for the award because of his solid academic performance and his commitment to service. He is the son of William and Carol Roberson of Baton Rouge.

“Cyrell has demonstrated a sense of giving back through his involvement in both campus based and community organizations,” said Gia Soublet, assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement, of his nomination.

“He is well respected by his peers and serves as a role model and mentor to the younger members of his church family,” she added. “He does not seek recognition or accolades for his involvement; rather he exemplifies many of the attributes of the servant leader. This young man demonstrates both merit and need and he is indeed ‘chasing the dream.’”

While at Xavier Roberson has served as Freshman Class and Sophomore Class treasurer, Junior Class Congressman, as  a member of the Peer Dean Association, XU Love Mentor Program, Chaplain for the 100 Black Men’s Collegiate 100,. Roberson has been a Horatio Alger Scholar, Papa Johns’ Scholar, Bryant F. Joseph Scholar and on the Dean’s List. 
He competed in the 2011 Bayou Sales Challenge and was a delegate for the Teach for America New Orleans Student Leaders of Color Summit. He is a member of the Psychology Club and PreLaw club at Xavier.

He has done volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, the Martin Luther King Jr. Week Community Plunge, the Hunger Coalition, and served as a tutor.  He is active in the City of Love Church in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge at the New Beach Grove Baptist Church.

The scholarship is named for retired baseball legend Hank Aaron, whose Major League Baseball career spanned the years 1954 through 1976. Aaron is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. His most notable achievement was breaking the career home run record set by Babe Ruth.

His Chasing the Dream Foundation has established several scholarships for deserving youngsters who have chosen to pursue their dreams by attending college.

XU Associate Pharmacy Dean Awarded SOPHE’s Highest Honor

Washington DC – Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., an academic leader from Xavier University of Louisiana, was presented the Society for Public Health Education’s highest honor, the Distinguished Fellow Award, at the SOPHE annual meeting, held in Arlington VA.

Jack, associate dean for research in XU’s College of Pharmacy and director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE), was recognized for “decades of groundbreaking contributions to public health scholarship and practice.”

Jack’s focus on diabetes self-management, especially in African Americans, highlighted in his recent book, Diabetes in Black America, has provided a new framework that expands beyond the traditional focus on individual behavior to include social context for successful disease management and control.
During his 20-year career, Jack has published nearly 60 refereed articles, served as guest editor on six journal theme issues, authored or co-authored three books, and authored or coauthored 10 book chapters. In 2010, he was named editor-in-chief of SOPHE’s journal Health Promotion Practice.

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. SOPHE’s 4,000 national, international and chapter members work in various public and private organizations to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health.

Campus Leaders Make Annual Who's Who List

New Orleans LA - One hundred and fifty student scholars will appear in the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s outstanding campus leaders.

The students – chosen by XU department chairs and faculty and approved by the editors of the directory – were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continue.

They join an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

The students included in this year's directory are listed below, grouped by their divisions/departments:

ART – Brenna Thompson

BUSINESS – (Accounting) Andria Buckner, Akilah Hills and Kimberly Jackson; (Finance) Jaquia Abreu and Peter Baham; (Management) Iva Bobkova, Nnenia Clark, Jacobe Hollins, Chris Iles, Bryan Lucky-Heard, Kiristin Phillips, De’Anglea Smith, Tamera Warren-Jackson and Cynthia Watson; (Marketing) Brianna Bell and Herstyn Jones; (Sales & Marketing) Jacob Evans and Whitney White

BIOLOGY – (Biology) DeAndrea Washington; (Biology/Pre-Med) Leslie Anderson, Treshawn Anthony, Allan Auguillard, Shaheera Chughtai, Iesha Colla, Chelsea Conrad, Jessica Cooper, Chigozie Dike, Truc Dinh, Dung Duong, Racquel Gardner, Danny Giang, Kevin Giang, Diari Gilliam, Christen Harris, Patrice Hightower, Christopher Holloway, Eboni Hooper, Thuylinh Nguyen, Ogochukwu Oseji, Brandord Smith, Quinette Thomas, Kaylise Trahan, Quang Vu, Monique Westley, Schuyler Williams and Keon Wimberly

CHEMISTRY – (Biochemistry) Endia Blunt; (Chemistry ACS) Shirmir Branch; (Chemistry) Talasha Aubert and Brittani Franklin; (Chemistry/Pre-Med), Kara Edmond, Jasmine Holmes, Deanna Johnson, Ashley Matthew, Asia Matthew, Brittany Moore, Telycia Peters, Keishondra Sampson, Marvin Stewart, Morgan Weber, Simone Williams and Tatiana Zague; (Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy) Sobia Arshad and Manisha Paul

COMMUNICATIONS – (Mass Communication) Brook Adams; (Speech Pathology) Kaitlyn Gaddis, Deshanna McDonald, Tiffany Ransom, Joy Sorells and Corinne Williams

COMPUTER SCIENCE – Keith Carroll and Micaya Davis

EDUCATION – (Grad School) – Ashley Bley, Shenice Cook, Ashley Gerfin, Amelia Noel and Dodie Plaisance; (Elementary Ed) Cherie Blue; (Middle School Ed) Jessica Joseph

ENGLISH – Shenitria Lewis, Kristine Mbadugha, Nikita Peters and Nia Weber

MATHEMATICS – Kara Keller and Alonza Terry

MUSIC – (Music Ed) Llowen Robinson

PHARMACY – Jonn Bailey, Candace Bloomer, Breannie Charles, Chuwuemezi Chimezie, David Collins, Seth Delise, Haley Dufrene, Felicia Gibson, Shanette Harris, Destini Hill, Queenet Ibekweh, Courtney Jason, Brooke Johnson, Teresa Lee, Jessica Lowe, Ryan Myers, Duy Nguyen, John Nguyen, Katrina Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Chioma Obih, Brittany Pegues, Porscha Showers, Brittany Singleton, Andrea Speights, Terreca Taylor, Janae Thompson, DeAnn Vessel, Shavonda Wilson and Michelle Winn

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Nicole Coleman, Jessica Dandridge, Shaniese Foster, Doretha Gibson, Anna-Patrice Harris, Megan Haynes, Sunseray Joseph, Daniel McGee, Laura Parish, Bailey Smith and Ashley Varnado

PSYCHOLOGY – (Psychology) Kelly Allison, Vickyann Cortes, Oriema Ewo, Gemima Fauvel, Felice Gaddis, Sonja Hebert, Dorian Johnson, Jillique Logan, Ayrielle Pollard, Nelanhta Riley, Rarelle Triplett, Mychelle Williams and Jasmine Wise; (Psychology/Pre-Med) Cierra Bonvillain, Victoria Dauphin, Michelle Lawrence, Felicia Obialo, Nikki Odofin, Chavez Scott and Ashley Taylor

THEOLOGY – LaShaunda Reese and DeAnna Walker

Poetry Readings at Xavier

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana’s Department of English will host two poetry readings by Shara McCallum and Katherine Soniat Nov. 17 and Nov. 30, respectively. Both events are free and open to the public.

Shara McCallum’s reading will be Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Auditorium. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, McCallum is the author of four books: The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, Song of Thieves, and
The Water Between Us.

Katherine Soniat’s reading will be Wednesday, Nov.30 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Soniat’s fifth collection of poetry, The Swing Girl, is recently out from Louisiana State University Press, and A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge, is forthcoming in 2012. Earlier collections include A Shared Life, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize.

Soniat and McCallum’s visits are funded in part by Poets &Writers, QEP, and the Xavier English Department.

For more information on either event, contact  Dr. Biljana D. Obradović at (504) 520-5155 or

XU Hosts Lecture/Demonstration on St. Joseph Altar Tradition

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host a lecture on the History and Religious Symbolism of the St. Joseph Altar Dec. 1st and 3rd at the University Center.

Author Sandra Scalise Juneau will speak on the History/Religious Symbolism and Lore of the St. Joseph Altar Tradition Thursday (Dec. 1) from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. and again at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the University Center, Room 205.

A demonstration of "Cuccidatta" carving technique/recipes, with visual presentation of vintage Saint Joseph Altars will be presented Saturday (Dec. 3) at 10:00 a.m. to noon.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Five Join Xavier Board of Trustees

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana added five new members to its Board of Trustees at the October meetings of the governing board.

Newcomers to the Board are Sister Jane Norton, S.B.S., who works in parish ministry in New York NY; Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana; Sister Marianne Poole, S.B.S., a project manager in educational ministry in Nashville TN; and Phyllis Taylor, chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Company and president/chairman of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

Rejoining the Board is Michael Rue, president of Marketplace Properties in Anaheim CA, who had previously served from 2005-2010.

Norton, who resides in New York NY, has served as an elementary school teacher, school principal and parish minister during her 50+ years as a member of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, working in such cities as Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, New Orleans, Philadelphia PA and Harlem NY.

Perez has served as president of AT&T Louisiana since March 2010, where she works closely with community leaders, elected officials, stakeholders and others at the company to bring the best technology and the most advanced services to Louisiana customers.

Poole, currently serving as a project administrator in educational ministry in Nashville TN, has been member of the S.B.S. for 50 years. She previously served as a principal, administrator and teacher in such cities as Philadelphia PA, Cleveland OH, Santa Fe MX, Harlem NY and New Orleans.

Taylor, chairman and CEO of Taylor Energy Company and president/chairman of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, has previously held positions as an In-house Counsel for John Mecom Sr. and as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Louisiana and Orleans Parish District Court.

Rue, president of Marketplace Properties in Anaheim CA, previously served as executive vice president for Westar Associates and assistant general counsel for the Vons Grocery Company.

Active carryovers on the 20-member board, who are serving either their first or second terms, include: Sister Doris Blum, S.B.S. '55, Dwight Bush Sr., Dr. Dale Mason Cochran, Carla Harris, Sister Stephanie Henry S.B.S., Dr. Toni Hoover, James Mitchell Jr., Sister Rita Radloff  S.B.S., Mark Romig (secretary), Leo Sam, Jr. '52, Sister Barbara Specker S.B.S., Sister Patricia Suchalski (vice chair), David Voelker, Janice F. Wilkins '67, and Mary K. Zervigon (chair). XU President Dr. Norman Francis '52 is an ex-officio member on the Board.

Coronation Ball Kicks Off XU Student Homecoming

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana’s Mia Holmes and her court will be presented at the Coronation Ball Nov. 12 in the University Center Ballroom.

The University Ball kicks off a week of student homecoming activities including an opening celebration on the yard and a talent show Nov. 14. Other planned activities include The Clash of the Classes, a Boat Ride, and a Celebration on the Yard where students and alumni come together. Visit HERE for the complete schedule. 

Holmes, a senior biology/premed major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High School), is the daughter of Ginger and Eugene Holmest. She is an active student and is a member of the Peer Dean Association, the XU L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program, the Pre-Dental Club and the Student Government Association. She has served as Miss Junior, vice president of her sophomore class and freshman class congressperson.

She has excelled academically and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor society, the Alpha Epsilon Delta International Premedical Honor Society, the Tri Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Alpha Kappa Mu University Honor Society. She is a Rousseve Scholar and has received the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship as well as a full Xavier academic scholarship and TOPS scholarship.

Holmes plans to attend dental school next fall with a specialization in Orthodontics or pediatric dentistry.

Home Bodies at Xavier Nov. 16

New Orleans LA – “Home Bodies,” a collaborative performance interrogating the concept of “home” through language and movement, will be performed Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Xavier University of Louisiana in the Nissan Room on the 6th floor of the Library Resource Center.

Dr. Lisa Flanagan of Xavier University, Jade C. Huell, PhD. Candidate in Communication Studies at LSU, and Dr. Danielle Vignes of Baton Rouge Community College, co-direct and produce “Home Bodies.” Involving students from each college, this performance asks the students to traverse their institutional homes by sharing the stories of their own homes with each other and with an audience.

“Home Bodies” was created by using performance to investigate issues surrounding the topic of home through the performance of literature, personal narrative, performance in everyday life, and interpretive movement. Students were challenged to engage such subjects as homeyness, gender and domesticity, homelessness, diasporic homelands,
nostalgia for home, and home as community.

According to producer, Jade C. Huell, “Home Bodies” seeks to “open up a space in which to share, critique, and mobilize ideas of home.”

Audience members are encouraged to bring in one or two non-perishable food items to the show. According to Flanagan, preferably, these items should remind you of your current or past homes.

“We’re asking everyone to attach a label or postcard with short story, poem, or recipe that tie the food item to your home,” she said. There will be a donation box outside the Nissan room on the day of the show.

The donations are collected in conjunction with the XSHARE food drive going on through Nov. 18. The group is accepting donations of dry goods and canned foods at green and white donation boxes across the campus – in the lobbies of the library, the UC near the cafeteria), or XU South (first floor). Donations will help provide nutritional meals to several nursing homes and low-income families in New Orleans.

For more information on “Home Bodies” contact Dr. Lisa Flanagan at 504-520-5100.

XU Concert Choir Fall Concerts Nov. 7 &13

New Orleans LA – The Xavier University of Louisiana Concert Choir will perform two concerts in November.

The group’s annual fall concert is Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Xavier Administration Auditorium. They will perform again at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson
Avenue, at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 13.  Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir is a select group of music majors. Student soloists include Crystal Morris, soprano, Micah Turner, bass, Gregory Dixon, tenor, and Christopher Cotton on trumpet. The performances will include Xavier faculty Wilfred Delphin on piano and guest Albina Prizgintas on organ.

The choir will perform The Song of Fate (Schicksalslied) by Brahms, the Remembrance of Love by James McCray and works from Beethoven, Handel, Moses Hogan, Brazeal Dennard, Rene Clausen and Roland Carter.

Dr. John Ware is the conductor/director and Dr. Malcolm J. Breda is the associate director.

For more information on the Xavier Concert Choir, contact the Xavier Department of Music at 504-520-7597. 

Innovative Partnership to Deliver Quality Asthma Care

New Orleans LA - The disappearance of reliable healthcare services in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina left many children with asthma no choice but to seek treatment in emergency rooms across town – if they sought care at all.

Xavier University of Louisiana’s Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE), Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) and the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) have teamed up to reverse that trend by bringing reliable healthcare directly to these children. The organizations are partnering on the second phase of Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), a program that has been helping New Orleans families manage their children's asthma since Katrina struck. The program is funded by non-profit Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) and the Merck Company Foundation. 

HEAL, Phase II, a four-year project aimed at improving childhood asthma management in New Orleans, will use a unique, well-documented approach to deliver care through community health centers and mobile clinics placed in neighborhoods that lack a central source of healthcare. This approach is especially important given the burden of asthma on New Orleans’ children. Asthma prevalence rates in New Orleans are three times higher than the national rate – among the highest in the nation – and death rates from childhood asthma are the highest in Louisiana.

“We are doing something that’s never been done in New Orleans because waiting for things to ‘return to normal’ just wasn’t an option for kids with asthma,” said Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr.,  Director of Xavier’s CMHDRE and principal investigator for HEAL Phase II. “Innovation and science-based approaches are crucial in post-Katrina New Orleans, where thousands now have the daunting task of managing health conditions like asthma in the absence of consistent healthcare and in the face of new environmental challenges.”

HEAL, Phase II will extend and build upon the lessons learned from the first phase, the most significant of which was that successful childhood asthma management requires access to continuous, evidence-based care that incorporates the home, healthcare setting and school.

The program will enroll children (ages 2 – 18) who receive care at any of the DCSNO clinic locations and the Children’s Health Fund-Tulane University Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics mobile clinic that currently serves Fredrick Douglas High School and A.D. Crossman Esperanza Charter School. HEAL, Phase II will use the following elements to provide coordinated care for children with asthma and their families, including Provider Training, Asthma Educators, Electronic Medical Records: and Community Outreach and Asthma Awareness: The program will use community health workers to engage schools, churches, social services and community-based organizations located near the care sites to enhance the child’s network of support outside of the clinical setting.

In 2007, the unique conditions in New Orleans after Katrina – the flooding and subsequent proliferation of mold – prompted MCAN to launch the HEAL project alongside the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The outcome of the first phase of HEAL revealed the need to take key learnings into “real world” settings. The second phase will hopefully make the important case for incorporating training, education, evidence-based care, technology and outreach into sustainable, community-based asthma interventions across the country. In addition, partners and funders are hopeful the findings will provide a basis for advancing national policies that remove barriers that block better asthma management and care.    

The Xavier CMHDRE is an education center in the XU College of Pharmacy supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health. The Center works to eliminate health disparities by providing an environment that supports research, experiential training and community outreach education to students and faculty at Xavier University. CMHDRE partners local, regional and national organizations, including the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc., Wal-Mart, the Louisiana Office of Public Health and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Chronic Disease and Prevention Unit, to provide services and education to the community on various health topics. Visit HERE for more info.

XU Art Village Dedication

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana will have the official Ribbon Cutting
and Dedication Ceremony for the newly renovated Xavier Art Village Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. The event is for the Xavier campus community, the XU Board of Trustees members, and invited neighborhood guests.

The Xavier Art Village is located at 3500 Pine Street, just across the canal from Xavier’s historic Administration Building, in the Gert Town Neighborhood. It is a complex of 3 buildings that houses the Xavier Art department and includes classrooms, graphic design, painting, ceramics and sculpture studios.

The upgrades include both interior and exterior improvements, improved lighting, and technological classrooms as well as an art gallery and outreach center.

There will be an unveiling of one of artist John Scott’s final pieces. Scott, a 1962 Xavier graduate, was a long time faculty member of the Art Department. He died in 2007. One of his final outdoor sculptures, “Women’s House” is now installed in the Xavier Art Village.
XU Celebrates Business Week

New Orleans, LA – The Division of Business at Xavier University of Louisiana will host its annual Business Week celebration Oct. 24-28.

Business Week is an opportunity to showcase the Division of Business, its outstanding students and faculty, and the importance of business in our society. In addition, Business Week recognizes the programs within the Division of Business, the five business student organizations, and the Division’s Business Advisory Council members.

Activities for the week include a kick-off celebration on Monday, entrepreneurship events and a forum and reception on Tuesday, a panel discussion on the National Debt and student development seminars on Thursday. Business students will host a “Casual Friday Office Party” event on the yard on Friday in an effort to show the “lighter side of business.” The week will wrap up with business students participating in a community service project.

Business students will also attend an invitation only luncheon with BAC members. All other events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule is below.

Visit HERE for the complete schedule. For more info contact the department at 520-7505.

XU Professor's " Freedom Ride" Opera Premieres at Longue Vue

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana music professor Dan Shore will premiere three vignettes from his original opera Freedom Ride SATURDAY (Oct. 22) at 7:30 p.m. atLongue Vue House and Gardens.

The XU Music Department will be well represented, with faculty member Dara Rahming ‘95 singing, Dr. Wilfred Delphin ‘71 on piano, and Dr. John Ware ‘77 conducting the XU Concert Choir.

Tickets are $75 and $35. Student tickets are available for $10 with a valid student ID. To purchase tickets contact Chris Bowers at 293-4179 or

“Longue Vue founders Edith and Edgar Stern commissioned new works, supported emerging artists and engaged the community in social justice discourse,” said Executive Director Joe Baker. “Freedom Ride continues the Stern’s legacy and reinvigorates the museum’s commitment to offering lively, contemporary programs that are significant to the New Orleans community.”

Freedom Ride is set in 1961, as activists who became known as the Freedom Riders began traveling on interstate buses into the American south to draw attention to civil rights injustices and challenge the segregated public transportation system. The opera tells the story of Sylvie Davenport, a fictional African American resident of Pontchartrain Park who is preparing to attend college on scholarship.

The Freedom Riders have just arrived in New Orleans and are seeking activists to travel to Jackson, Mississippi, where they most likely will be jailed by local police.

Although initially wary of joining the movement, Sylvie is drawn in by Clayton Thomas, an old acquaintance who has become a Freedom Rider. As reports of beatings and mob violence in Mississippi reach New Orleans, Sylvie’s mother forbids her from riding the buses, fearing for her safety and warning her that she stands to forfeit her scholarship if she is arrested.

Torn between pursuing her academic career and joining the Civil Rights Movement, Sylvie’s story of self-realization and love highlights the courage and sacrifice of those who pursue social justice.

For more information visit the Longue Vue site HERE.

PSB to Stream Live 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana announced Monday that Panhandle Sports Broadcasting of Pensacola FL will provide live internet broadcasts of 12 XU men's basketball games and 12 XU women's basketball games during the 2011-12 regular season.

All broadcasts will be XU home games at The Barn, beginning with the Gold Rush opener Nov. 2 against Carver and the Gold Nuggets' opener Nov. 4 against Florida Memorial.

PSB will broadcast 10 XU doubleheaders, including seven Gulf Coast Athletic Conference matchups. Fans can access the live broadcasts at  or

There will be no charge to watch the games live. PSB will archive XU broadcasts at its website,, and sell DVDs of broadcasts for $20 per game.

"This is another upgrade for our program," said Dennis Cousin, Xavier's director of athletics. "These live broadcasts will strengthen our brand and provide us increased visibility."

Panhandle Sports Broadcasting is a regional company which covers college, high school and youth sports through internet streaming in audio and video media. Its first broadcast was in 2007. Co-owners are Bill Brownell and Joe Paschal.

"PSBLIVE is very excited about this opportunity," Brownell said, "and looks forward to broadcasting Xavier basketball to its many loyal fans both nationally and internationally."

Businesses and individuals interested in advertising on the broadcasts should contact Institutional Advancement at (504) 520-7575.

Visit HERE for the full schedule.

Renovated Art Village Dedication Oct. 14

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana will have the official Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for the newly renovated Xavier Art Village on Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. 

The event is open to Xavier campus community and invited neighborhood guests.

The XU Art Village, located at 3500 Pine Street in the Gert Town neighborhood (across the Washington Avenue canal from the main campus), is a complex of three buildings that houses the Art department and includes classrooms, graphic design, painting, ceramics and sculpture studios. The upgrades include both interior and exterior improvements, improved lighting, and technological classrooms as well as an art gallery and outreach center. 

It encompasses more than 26,000 square feet of space for the Art Department's current needs and future growth.

Operation Diabetes Returns to Lakeside Mall Oct. 22

New Orleans, LA - Xavier University’s College of Pharmacy is celebrating American Pharmacists Month and will host its annual “Operation Diabetes” event at Lakeside Mall Oct.22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. The theme for the American Pharmacists Association month is “Know your MEDICINE! Know your PHARMACIST!”

“The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the New Orleans community and surrounding areas about diabetes and screen those who may be at risk,” said XU APA chapter president Breannie Charles.

Free services will be provided which include: blood sugar tests, blood pressure tests, cholesterol tests, bone density screening, body mass index tests, nutrition counseling, and medication counseling and reviews. Representatives from the American Diabetes Association
and the National Kidney Foundation will be available for information.

Target and Walgreens pharmacists will be available for counseling as well. Prizes and T-shirts will be available at the event. Xavier Pharmacy students and members of the APA-Academy of Student Pharmacists will host the event.

For more information call 520-5346.

Closing Reception for Augustus Jenkins Art Exhibit

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host a closing reception for the Augustus Jenkins, Jr. Faculty Art Exhibit Oct. 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Library Gallery (first floor).

Jenkins’ exhibit includes a selection of linocuts, wood engravings, and solar plate etchings.

Jenkins received a B.A. in Art from Xavier University of Louisiana and an M.F. A. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Illinois. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Art at Xavier.

About his work, the artist has noted “What drives my work is a sense of history. This sense of history was passed on to me in the form of stories that I heard while growing up in New Orleans. In these narratives, the lives of everyday people who worked, struggled, sacrificed, lived, built the city and shaped the community were remembered and shared…I became interested in the power of storytelling, and began to use the narrative as a way of reflecting not only their experiences, but also my own.”

The exhibit has been organized by Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, assistant professor, Department of Art, and Curator of University Art Collections. For more information contact Jessica Legaux at 520-6723.

Xavier’s Division of Education Receives NCATE Accreditation

New Orleans, LA – It’s official! The Division of Education at Xavier University of Louisiana has received national accreditation of its Educator Preparation Program by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation was also approved by the State of Louisiana.

“The accreditation process for education is probably more complex than for any other area,” said Dr. Rosalind Hale, chair of the Division of Education at Xavier. It is primarily because we have to document not only how well our students are doing, but how well we collaborate within the university and the community.”

“So when teams come to visit our campus for reaccreditation they don’t just interview faculty, they interview students, faculty in the College of Arts and Science  outside of education to see how well we work together, and principals and teachers out in the community, so it is a very complex process,” she explained. “This re-accreditation is really meaningful because we had to rebuild our education program after Katrina. So many of our students relocated and the school system here had lost a lot of its enrollment.”

“Accreditation with NCATE means our program is comparable to any other college or university that has an education program and is NCATE certified. No matter the size of the program, we all have to follow the same guidelines and we are compared to other schools’ programs that are more than twice the size of ours,” said Hale.

NCATE currently accredits 623 institutions which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year. Ninety-nine institutions are candidates or pre-candidates for accreditation.

NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey it so that students learn. The college or university must carefully assess this knowledge and skill to determine that candidates may graduate.

The institution must have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn. Candidates must be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. College and university faculty must model effective teaching practices. And the school, college, or department of education must have the resources, including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates
to meet new standards.

NCATE revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practice and research in order to ensure that the standards reflect a consensus about what is important in teacher preparation today. In the past decade, NCATE has moved from an accreditation system that focused on curriculum and what teacher candidates were offered, to a data driven performance-based system dedicated to determining what candidates know and are able to do.

The new system expects teacher preparation institutions to provide compelling evidence of candidate knowledge and skill in the classroom. Multiple types of performance assessment are expected throughout the program of study. Candidate qualifications are assessed upon entry, and candidate competence is assessed throughout the program as well as prior to student teaching/internship work, and before completion of the program.

Meeting NCATE accreditation standards also helps institutions prepare new teachers for new, more rigorous licensing standards in many states. NCATE accreditation standards incorporate the model state licensing principles developed by a task force of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Xavier’s Division of Education offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees leading to teacher certification in elementary, middle and secondary education; master of arts in counseling, educational leadership and curriculum and instruction, and master of arts in teaching.  In addition Xavier’s Division of Education supports programs such as the
Exxon/Mobile Math Science Teacher Institute, a professional development program for 4th- 8th grade math teachers.
For more information about Xavier’s teacher education program, visit the website at More information about NCATE is available at

Volleyball: Gold Nuggets 5-0 in GCAC After Four-set Win at Dillard

New Orleans LA - Taylor Reuther had 19 kills and a season-high 21 digs Saturday in Xavier University of Louisiana's 24-26, 25-16, 25-12, 25-18 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball victory at Dillard.

The Gold Nuggets (10-3, 5-0) won for the ninth time in 10 matches.

Chinedu Echebelem had 10 kills and 16 digs for Xavier, Moira Kirk had 10 kills and three blocks, and Patrice Hightower had a season-high-tying 10 digs and a career-high 42 assists. Celeste Poe had 19 digs, one less than her career best.

It was the second time in the Nuggets' four-year history that they won on the road after losing the first set. It was the first time they did it on an opponent's floor, and it was the first time in four tries that they beat Dillard at Dent Hall.

"I always wanted to come to Xavier and break records," said Echebelem, who recorded her second kill-dig double-double of the season. "I'm glad to do it as a team."

Dillard (5-7, 0-2), the defending GCAC Tournament champion, opened the match with a 10-1 run. Xavier rallied for ties at 20, 21, 23 and 24, but the Lady Bleu Devils closed the set with a Monica De Alcantara kill and a Jessica Goods-Morris block.

The teams will meet again Nov. 5 at The Barn. Next for the Gold Nuggets will be a two-match home stand – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday against the University of New Orleans, then a 5:00 p.m. Thursday against Prairie View A&M – before returning to Dillard for GCAC matches against Philander Smith and Tougaloo on Friday and Edward Waters on Saturday.

Cross Country: Runners Work Quickly at Gulf Coast Stampede

Pensacola FL – Freshman Freshman Zahri Jackson ran 5,000 meters in 19 minutes, 19.7 seconds Saturday to lead a slew of Xavier University of Louisiana cross country runners with notable times in the Gulf Coast Stampede.

Jackson, who finished 18th out of 122 runners, ran the second-fastest 5K in XU women's history. She set the school record of 19:15.18 three weeks earlier.

Freshman Catherine Fakler was 24th in a career-best 19:43.8, the fifth-fastest time in XU history. Another freshman, Hali Yarmush, was 31st in 20:03.6, No. 9 on the Gold Nuggets' all-time list. And senior Anna D'Souza, a three-time All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference performer, was 42nd in 20:31, her best time as a collegian.

In the 8K men's race, junior and defending GCAC champion Matt Pieri placed 21st out of 98 runners in 26:51.1. It was the fastest 8K by a Gold Rush runner since Farris Gransberry set the school record of 25:54 at the 1998 GCAC meet.

Kwame Jackson was 27th in a career-best 27:27.1 and was seventh out of 34 freshmen.

The Gold Nuggets scored 153 points to finish sixth out of 16 schools and improve to 32-14-1 through five meets. They were 22-27 a year ago. The XU women finished ahead of city rival Loyola by 71 points after losing to the Wolfpack in the first two meets this season.

The Gold Rush were fifth out of 13 teams and are 29-16 after finishing 18-22 in 2010.

Xavier's next event will be the University of Dallas Invitational in Irving, Texas, next Saturday. It will be the final race for the Rush and Nuggets before the GCAC Championships on Oct. 22 at Clinton MS.

Tennis: Didavi, Taylor Qualify for Small College Championships

Atlanta GA – Xavier University of Louisiana's Loic Didavi defeated teammate Steffen Giles-Osborn 6-2, 6-4 in the men's singles final, then teamed with Zach Taylor for a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 doubles upset of William Carey's top-seeded Jody Claasen and Thomas Rizk on Sunday in the USTA/ITA NAIA South Regional tennis championships.

The victories qualified Didavi and Taylor for the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships at Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 13-16. It will be the first time Xavier will be represented at that event.

"It feels weird being on this end of it," ninth-year Xavier coach Alan Green said. "Winning a fall regional . . . it's great."”

A year ago the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets had no finalists in this event, to which Xavier played host. But the arrival of Didavi, an XU junior and a two-time second-team NAIA All-American at Auburn Montgomery, and other key recruits is making Green, an eternal optimist, even more excited.

"I have a good feeling about our teams," Green said.

Didavi, winner of the singles A-flight at the HBCU National Championships one week earlier, has yet to lose a set in eight singles matches at Xavier. He's 5-1 in doubles with Taylor, an NAIA All-American in doubles last season with Hassan Abbas, now an XU student assistant coach.

The Mobile event will conclude Xavier's fall competition. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will play dual matches during the spring semester, and Green will announce that schedule by the end of December.

"We'll be playing a lot of ranked teams in the spring," Green said. "We'll be going back to AUM's tournament and back to California for several matches. We're looking forward to playing the best competition available and bringing out the best in our players."

Xavier, Delgado Forge Educational Partnership

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana and Delgado Community College have signed a formal agreement of cooperation to work together to develop academic programs and other collaborations that would be of mutual benefit to both institutions.

The nonbinding, five-year Memorandum of Understanding was officially ratified by XU President Norman C. Francis and Delgado Community College (DCC) Delgado Community College Acting Chancellor Deborah Lea at a simple campus ceremony.

“Although each of these institutions has its own distinct mission, a major commitment of each is to provide educational services to the people of the Greater New Orleans area,” said Francis. “This common goal, together with geographic proximity, argues for close cooperation between the two institutions. It is in this spirit of cooperation that we enter into this partnership.”

The agreement calls for both institutions to explore opportunities for future academic and educational collaborations, including, but not limited to: a process for dual admissions, the seamless transfer of DCC students to XU, scholarship opportunities for qualifying DCC students, a reinstatement of an articulation agreement between DCC and XU, transfer credits of DCC online courses to XU, funding opportunities for academic partnerships, development of joint academic programs, curricular alignment in specific academic disciplines, and exchanges of information.

Xavier to Collaborate with Catholic University in Haiti

New Orleans LA - Some six years after helping Xavier University of Louisiana recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the Middle Eastern country of Qatar is now seeking the help of the University in providing a similar helping hand to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

XU President Dr. Norman Francis sits on an ad hoc committee created by the Qatar government that is charged with analyzing proposals for approximately $20 million in grant money that has been earmarked for recovery projects in Haiti. After Katrina, Qatar gave Xavier a $12.5 million grant to build a new pharmacy building and $5 million in scholarships for students affected by the storm.

Francis and a team of XU administrators hosted two Haitian bishops and the rector of the Catholic university in Haiti to flesh out ideas for a proposed collaboration between XU and the Universite Notre-Dame d’Haiti that could involve exchanges of students and professors as well as the creation of a school of pharmacy and an expanded teacher certification program in Haiti.

Archbishop Guire Poulard of Port-au-Prince, Bishop Pierre-Antoine Paulo of Port-de-Paix and Msgr. Pierre-Andre Pierre, rector of Universite Notre-Dame d’Haiti, spent three days on campus to discuss their needs and what joint initiatives might be most effective.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with Xavier University,” Msgr. Pierre said. “We have common ground. We have common values. It would be the first Catholic university in Haiti partnering with the first university created by St. Katharine Drexel in the United States to serve the black people here. For us, it is very meaningful.”

Notre-Dame d’Haiti, founded by the Haitian bishops in 1996, currently has about 3,000 students studying at campuses across Haiti. The university already has a medical school already in place in Port-au-Prince, but is now considering adding a pharmacy school. Currently Haiti has only one pharmacy school in a public university.

Also, the bishops emphasized Haiti’s desperate need for trained teachers at the kindergarten through 12th-grade level.

“We can’t build homes or do irrigation projects, but we can help develop the human capital of skilled professionals so that they would be able to go back to Haiti and help develop the next level,” said Francis. “Education is really the key to that. The archbishop said the K-12 system is very important to him. He’s very much concerned about the elementary schools and the high schools, and that’s one of our strengths.”

Xavier is one of only two universities in Louisiana with a school of pharmacy. One possibility under the new collaboration would be to have fourth-year pharmacy students make their six-week residency in a Haitian hospital.

“It would be a great opportunity to go and see not just the poverty but the different degrees of suffering as well as what services are needed as pharmacists,” said Francis. “It would be eye-opening for a young 21-year-old to see that.”

Twelve New Faculty on Board for Fall

New Orleans LA - Twelve new professors and instructors have joined the faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana for the 2011-12 school year according to the Dr. Loren Blanchard, vice president for academic affairs.

They are listed below by department:

Biology – Dr. Thomas Huckaba (assistant professor) and Rebekah Sadaiappen (instructor)

Division of Business - Dr. Cary Caro (assistant professor), Dr. Amanda Elizabeth Helm (assistant professor), and Dr. Richard Peters (assistant professor)

Chemistry - Dr. Shannon Watt (lecturer)

Communications - Dr. Elizabeth Edgecomb (assistant professor)

English - Dr. Robert Thomas Conner (assistant professor and Writing Center Director), Dr. Anya Groner (lecturer), and Alexios Moore (lecturer)

Languages and the Division of Education - Dr. Anthony Aramburo (associate professor)

Political Science - Jason S. Plume (lecturer)

McNair Scholars Named

New Orleans LA - Fifteen students have been selected to participate in the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program for the 2011-2012 academic year at Xavier University of Louisiana, according to the Office of Graduate Placement and McNair/Gradstar programs.

Selected as McNair Scholars from the Class of 2012 were Princess Carter (biology), Veronique Dorsey (English), Gemima Fauvel (psychology), Marian Gray (chemistry), Arnold Jayoma (physics/engineering), Jillique Logan (psychology), Ashley Matthew (biology), Asia Matthew, Ayrielle Pollard (psychology) and Jacinda Whitley (psychology).

Members of the Class of 2013 include Sean Johnson (biology), Corneisha McCorkle (English), Antonio Roberts, Jr. (biology), Alonza Terry (mathematics) and Corrine Williams (speech pathology).

The McNair program is designed specifically to help students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. Participants attend semi-monthly seminars featuring guest speakers and topics of importance for prospective Ph.D. students. Select McNair students travel during the year and conduct research internships in the summer.

Mahalia Jackson Centennial at Xavier

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host a Mahalia Jackson Centennial celebration Oct. 23-27 on campus. The week’s events will include performances from XU faculty and alumni, as well as a special performance by Bernice Johnson Reagon.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit HERE for the complete schedule of events.

Known as “The Queen of Gospel”, Jackson, a native of New Orleans, was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist and recorded more than 30 albums during her career. More than a dozen of her singles were million-sellers.

XU Alumni Homecoming November 16-20

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana alumni will return to the campus to celebrate Homecoming 2011 Nov. 16-20.

Activities scheduled for the Reunion Weekend include the student/alumni Celebration on the Yard, an Alumni Art Exhibit, Alumni Music Recital, receptions for the College of Pharmacy, Division of Education and Legal professionals, the Gold Rush/Gold Nuggets basketball game and tailgate brunch, the Alumni Mass and more.

In addition the fourth annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert is set for Nov. 18 and features Grammy award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau and New Orleans’ own John Boutte a 1980 graduate.

The Classes ending in 1 and 6 and will be honored during the Homecoming Gala banquet. For more information on the 2011 Alumni Reunion Homecoming call 520-6782 or
1-877-we-luv-XU, or visit HERE for the complete schedule.

“Daughters of Domestics Respond to ‘The Help’” at Xavier

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana will present “Daughters of Domestics: Poets and Academics Respond to The Help,” Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pharmacy Qatar Pavilion Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Kimberly Chandler, assistant professor of communications at Xavier will be the moderator. Guests include poets Kelly Harris DeBerry, Kysha Brown Robinson, and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, along with Dr. Theresa M. Davis, associate professor of Cross Cultural Performance at the University of Virginia; Dr. Brenda Edgerton-Webster, professor of communications at Xavier; and Dr. Denese Shervington, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, and clinical professor of psychiatry at Tulane University.

“This engaging panel of intellectuals and artists will take on the contradictions, complexities and sites of contention engaged in a movie and book that has become an American cinematic favorite!” said Chandler. “The poets will perform creative literary works while the academics will engage in a provocative discussion with the audience and each other.”

For more information on “Daughters of Domestics: Poets and Academics Respond to The Help,” visit HERE or contact Chandler at 520-5091.

XU Professor Premieres Original Work at Creole Conference

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana professor Dr. Ronald Dorris will premiere his original scholarly theatrical work depicting the 1811 Slave Uprising, “African Legacy and Créole Sensibility,” at the annual LA Creole Conference in October in New Orleans.

Dorris, a 1972 Xavier graduate, is a professor of English and African American Studies at Xavier and holds the Class of 1958 Endowed Professorship in  Liberal Arts. He has presented at
previous LA Creole Conferences.

"Dorris' years of research and gifted writing and dramatic skills bring to life an underappreciated chapter of the history not only of Louisiana but of the nation as well,” said Elizabeth Rhodes, LA Creole president. “It is particularly timely on the eve of the bicentennial celebrations for Louisiana Statehood. His original work sheds light on previously unreported aspects of the contributions and sacrifices of men and women of color to our particularly Louisiana tapestry.”

“This is a performance piece that includes music, poetry and theatre,” said Dorris. “When I wrote it I had to put the pieces together to show the different countries that were involved. I have the role of the storyteller and the actors bring it to life,” he said.

Louisiana Créole Research Association, or LA Créole, will host its Seventh Annual Conference on Créole history and culture in New Orleans, Oct. 14-16. La Creole is dedicated to preserving
Créole culture through historical and genealogical research, and in addition to its annual conferences, offers free public programs, and publishes an annual journal in support of the vitality of Créole contributions to the community.

This year’s theme is “Historic Turning Points in Créole Louisiana.” Advance registration is required for some activities. More information is available at www.lacré  or email

Xavier Hosts Master Class/Performance by Met Star

New Orleans LA - New York City Metropolitan Opera tenor Russell Thomas will give a
master class and performance at Xavier University of Louisiana Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. The class and performance are free and open to the public.

A native of Miami, tenor Russell Thomas is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene, most recently as the First-Prize winner of the prestigious “Viñas Competition” in Barcelona (First Prize, Audience Favorite and Best Tenor) and at the “Competizione dell’Opera” in Dresden.

An alumnus of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera, Thomas was also a member of Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, a Roger R. Hinkley artist at the Florida Grand Opera, a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St Louis, an apprentice at the Sarasota Opera and was proud to take part in the 2005 and 2006 Marlboro Music Festivals. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Performance from the New World School of the Arts.

For more information on Russell Thomas’ visit please contact the Xavier Music Department at 520-7597.

Xavier Goes PINK October 5

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will go pink on October 5.

That’s when the Susan G. Komen On The Go breast cancer awareness van will be on campus. The van will be parked in St. Mike's parking lot on Dixon St. from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will move to the gym parking lot that evening.

Staff nurse Virginia Pellerin said Xavier is excited to have the Komen On the Go van back on campus. “During the day there will be a fun day of music, games and prizes. Students, faculty and staff ask asked to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness.”

That evening the Xavier Gold Nuggets women’s volleyball team will dedicate their game to breast cancer awareness. Nuggets volleyball coach Christabel Hamilton said she expects a sea of pink in the stands of the Barn and on the court. “We’ll be playing UNO and they are excited about participating with us in the awareness campaign. Their team will wear pink jerseys and the Nuggets will have pink shoelaces as well as warming up in pink.”

Hamilton plans to have t-shirts for sale, and raffle prizes.  “It’s a big thing because everyone has a friend or family member who has been through cancer. We’re glad to do what we can to bring awareness.”

The Xavier vs. UNO game will begin at 7:00 pm. Everyone is asked to wear pink. For more information call the Xavier Health Center at 520-7396.

Al Jarreau Headlines Xavier Scholarship Benefit Concert

New Orleans LA – Grammy Award winning artist Al Jarreau is the concert headliner for Xavier University’s fourth annual benefit concert Nov. 18 at 8 :00 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Theater.

New Orleans native and 1980 XU graduate John Boutte is the opening act for the fourth annual Dr. Norman C. Francis scholarship benefit, and BP America, Inc. is the event sponsor.

The benefit concert began three years ago to celebrate Dr. Francis’ 40th Anniversary as president of Xavier University, the nation’s only Historically Black and Roman Catholic institution of higher education, and to raise funds for the special endowed scholarship fund created in his honor.

The net proceeds generated by the annual concert series are dedicated to supporting the Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Fund. The ultimate purpose of this fund is to help ensure that deserving students are able to earn a college degree regardless of their financial situation. The total goal established for the endowed scholarship fund is $1 million.

Under Dr. Francis’ tenure, Xavier’s enrollment has grown to over 3,400 and the operating budget exceeds $90 million. The physical campus has also grown and expanded with new modern facilities. Francis has received 40 honorary degrees, 20 major awards in recognition of his leadership and service to New Orleans and the nation.

Guest artist Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy Awards in three categories of jazz, pop, and R&B.

In 1975, he was signed by Warner Brothers records and released his debut album, We Got By. Al’s career breakthrough came in 1977 when he released Look to the Rainbow, his live double album which earned his first Grammy for Best jazz Vocal Performance. The album,
All Fly Home was released in 1978 and earned Jarreau a second Grammy for Best Jazz Vocalist. It was followed by a string of innovative and original offerings, including 1980’s This Time, and the million-selling Breakin’ Away, which brought him a broader audience and two more Grammy’s for Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Male Jazz Vocalist.

He received his Star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame,” in March 2001, commemorating his status as one of the best singers of his generation. Time Magazine has called him “the greatest jazz singer alive.”

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

Baton Rouge Native Tami Lee Hughes will perform at Xavier Oct. 3

New Orleans LA - Violinist and Baton Rouge native Tami Lee Hughes will perform in
a recital at Xavier University of Louisiana October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Xavier’s artist-in-residence Dr. Wilfred Delphin will accompany her on piano. Hughes’ program will include pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Korngold and African American composers:  George Morrison, Ozie Cargile and Chad 'Sir Wick' Hughes.

As a soloist, she has appeared with a number of symphony orchestras across the United States, including the National, Monroe, Mississippi, and Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Orchestras and others. She has extensively appeared as recitalist in universities and concert venues in the United States, Costa Rica, Bermuda, Austria and Russia and has performed as solo or chamber artist in the Ann Arbor Chamber Fest, Natchez Festival of Music, Silver Anniversary Celebration of the New Arts Cultural Society, and a tribute concert to composer Judith Zaimont, broadcast on National Public Radio. Other notable appointments include appearances with the Rocky Mountain Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival
Opera Orchestra, Emerald Sinfonietta, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Consorde Chamber Consort.

In August of this year, Albany Records released Hughes’s debut solo album Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers. The recording features music for violin and piano by Francis Johnson, George Morrison, David Baker, Ozie Cargile and Chad "Sir Wick"

Her performance of Ballade for Violin and Piano appears on Vocalise, a compact disc of music by composer Brian Nelson released in 2010.  As chamber musician, Hughes performs on Music for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, a Profil recording featuring performances by
Ksenia Nosikova of works by Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Clementi.

Hughes is an assistant professor of Violin at the University of Kansas and has taught at Marygrove College, Interlochen, and the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts. She also performs outreach programs in public schools, rendering concerts and serving as guest clinician at institutions across the country.

A native of Baton Rouge LA, Hughes received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan.

For more information on the Tami Lee Hughes recital please contact the Xavier University Department of Music at 504-520-7597.

Fast Food Nation Author to Speak at Xavier Sept. 19

New Orleans LA - Eric Schlosser, author of the bestselling Fast Food Nation will speak
at Xavier University of Louisiana Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Fast Food Nation is this year’s shared reading for Xavier’s “Read Today, Lead Tomorrow”  initiative. While students will be reading and discussing this book in the Freshman Seminar, everyone on campus has been encouraged to engage this fascinating study of that uniquely American cuisine, fast food.

Schlosser will talk about his investigation into the sometimes questionable and sometimes horrifying practices of the fast food industry. Fast Food Nation helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two years.

Schlosser is the author of Reefer Madness, another New York Times bestseller that looked at American’s thriving underground economy, as well as Chew on This, a bestselling children’s book co-written with Charles Wilson that introduces young readers to the health effects of fast food and the workings of industrial agriculture.

The nearby Hollygrove Market and Farm will be on hand to provide samples of their produce and to talk about their work as a source of fresh, local produce for underserved neighborhoods in New Orleans.

For more information, contact: Dr. Jason Todd at 520-5353.

Fall 2011 Enrollment Creeps Higher at Xavier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Race, Citizenship and Civil Rights Discussion

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

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

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

Xavier Hosts Recovery Month Celebration Sept. 14

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

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

Keynote Speaker for the XU event will be Florida State Representative Darryl Ervin Rouson, J.D.  A 1977 graduate of Xavier, Rouson has compiled a successful career in law and politics, is also a recovered addict. Visit HERE for the full schedule.

Rouson has a powerful story of his struggle with a cocaine addiction that cost him his family and even left him homeless. However, it is his story of recovery that ultimately led him to a career of community activism and awareness.

He accepted a friend's offer of cocaine while at a party and he developed an addiction to cocaine that grew at the expense of his practice, his standing in the community, and his marriage. In 1987, he sold his practice and his home and divorced his wife. After some time, he met Reverend George Clements in Chicago. Clements was the founder of One Church-One Child adoption program. Rouson became the recovery revival coordinator for One Church-One Addict, a program that taught churches how to help recovering addicts. He would eventually return to St. Petersburg and embark on a path of community activism. Rouson says he made the effort to make his weakness – addiction – a strength. He says his journey is what made him who he is today.

In 1981, he became the first African American prosecutor in Pinellas County. In 2003, he was appointed the first Chairman of the newly formed Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for The National Bar Association. He has emerged as one of the Bay areas most successful businessmen as voted by Tampa Bay Business Journal.

As St. Petersburg Branch President of the NAACP (2000-2005), he made headlines by demanding a fair share agreement for African-American and other minority contractors on the $41 million rebuilding of Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg.

In April 2008, Rouson’s years of activism, bold leadership and community service culminated in his being elected to represent Tampa Bay-area District 55. He simultaneously served on the prestigious Statewide Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. He was also appointed to serve on the Transition Teams of Attorney General and Governor Charlie Crist.

He has appeared as an analyst and consultant on CNN, Court TV, ESPN, FOX News, Rita Crosby Live & Direct and Kathy Crier Live TV.

In addition to the guest speaker, Xavier’s activities to promote Recovery Month include poster displays, informational tables, videos and two panel discussions “Addiction in 2011: Designer Drugs” and “Recovery 101”, as well as individual assessments.

Participating community agencies include Depaul-Tulane Behavioral Health Center, River Oaks, Townsend, Salvation Army, and Metropolitan Human Services District, Addiction Recovery Resources of New Orleans, and Leaders Education/Counseling. Campus affiliates include the Xavier College of Pharmacy, the Xavier University Library, the Counseling and Wellness Center and Wellness Peer Counselors, the psychology, sociology, and political science departments and the Counseling students from the Division of Education as well as Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha the Xavier Activities Board, Resident Assistants and SGA.

For more info contact Shirley Labbe (Counseling & Wellness) at 504-520-7315.

The full schedule follows:

10:00 a.m. to 2: 00 p.m., 1st Floor UC
Poster Display
Informational Tables
Video: 12 Young Adults Speaking From the Heart

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Rm. 205 UC
Keynote Speaker
Florida State Representative Darryl Ervin Rouson, J. D.
12:00 to 12:30 p.m., 1st floor UC
Counseling Education Program

12:30 to 1:00 p.m., 1st floor UC Gallery
Addiction in 2011: Designer Drugs
With Panelists: John Antuci (Townsend), Vincent Chamberlain (River Oaks) and Major Charles Stewart (Salvation Army)

1:15 to 1:45 p.m., 1st floor Gallery UC
Recovery 101
With Panelists: Angela Loubout (Depaul-Tulane Behavioral Health Center), Anthony Lowery (Leaders Education/Counseling) and Mervin Moore (Metropolitan Human Services District)

XU Faculty Receive AACP Lyman Award

New Orleans, LA – A team of faculty members from Xavier University of Louisiana were awarded the 2011 AACP Rufus A. Lyman Award honoring the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE) at the 2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting and Seminars Closing Banquet July 12 in San Antonio.

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

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

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

The authors administrated the CCCQ to each class of student pharmacists during spring 2009. Exploratory factor analysis with principal components and varimax rotation was conducted to build the constructs explaining the factors measuring students' self-assessment of cultural competence. Nine factors, including 46 items extracted from the CCCQ and explaining 79 percent of the total variance, were found as the best fit to measure students' self-assessment of cultural competence. Results demonstrated that the CCCQ was found to be a practical, valid and reliable self-assessment instrument to measure the perceived level of students' knowledge, skills, attitudes and encounters in cross-cultural environments. The questionnaire allowed the identification of students' needs for training in cultural competence and the development of a curriculum tailored to satisfy those needs.

“As we prepare students to be sensitive to the diverse patient population that they will serve, we wanted to apply an instrument to guide the development of our program and to assess the students’ perceived level of cultural competence,” said Kennedy.

Echeverri is an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences (DCAS) and serves as the educational coordinator in health disparities, cultural competence and diversity in the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining the faculty at Xavier, Echeverri had a joint position as research assistant professor at Xavier and Tulane Universities. During this time she developed research and curricula in health disparities and cultural competence across the pharmacy and medicine programs at both universities.

Brookover is the director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment in the Xavier Office of Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment. She previously served as assistant professor in the department of Psychology at Xavier and the University of New Orleans, and as director of the Rosa Keller Campus, an older adult education program. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans as well as an Master of Science in Psychology; an MBA from Tulane University and bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dr. Brookover specializes in adult development and aging and has publications and research presentations in attitudes toward aging from a minority perspective.

Kennedy is dean of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. She completed the Management Development Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2004 and the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2006. In 2004, Kennedy received the Malcolm Ellington Professor of Health Disparities Research Endowed Professorship and was appointed director of the CMHDRE where she served until January of 2009. As director of CMHDRE, Kennedy provided leadership in the development of the research infrastructure necessary to support health disparities research, education and training in the College of Pharmacy. Kennedy’s research has been in the area of behavior modification and cultural competence. 

XU Freshmen Arrive for Fall Orientation 2011

New Orleans LA - An estimated 700 incoming freshmen join the Xavier University of Louisiana family arrived on campus today (August 12), kicking off the Fall 2011 New Student Orientation program.

Out of town students started checking into residence halls and begin their life away from home, some for the first time. Residential students will also have presentations from upperclassmen Resident Assistants starting at 6:00 p.m.

Friday also begins the Parent Orientation that continues through Sunday with information tables and various presentations geared toward the parents.

The weekend continues with more activities for those first-year students including information sessions on such topics as administrative policies and procedures, financial aid, maintaining a  successful college career, and technology and a church fair, as well as time for fun and socializing.

All freshmen and their parents are also invited to the President’s Welcome Reception on Saturday evening, August 13, at the University Center. The new students will spend the rest of the week meeting with their assigned groups for various activities, registering for classes,  
and participating in social activities designed to acclimate them to the campus and their new classmates.

Those activities include the "capping" ceremony when new students are officially initiated into the Xavier culture; and the “Community Plunge” where students are introduced to and share in the Xavier spirit of community service and activism by lending a hand to local organizations in need.
Registration for upperclassmen will be held Thursday and Friday August 18-19. Classes begin at Xavier Monday August 22.
For a complete freshman 0rientation schedule visit HERE. For more info on Xavier’s Freshmen Orientation contact David Lewis at 520-7320. 

XU Students Participate in Summer Research Program at LSU

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

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

Students came from across the country to the institute and gained valuable research experience. LSU faculty and staff also assisted the PDSI scholars in preparing graduate school applications.

PDSI scholars participated in a series of workshops, seminars and social activities, and conducted research projects with the guidance of faculty mentors. Scholars represented different disciplines and institutional types, including historically black colleges and universities, women's colleges, and  predominantly white institutions. At the conclusion of the institute, PDSI scholars presented their research at a symposium.

PDSI, housed in the LSU Graduate School, is a collaboration between the Graduate School and the LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach.

Xavier Highlighted in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana is among the nation’s “best and most interesting colleges and universities” according to the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The annual guide, published by Edward Fiske, education editor for the New York Times newspaper for 17 years, features just over 300 of the more than 2,200 four-year colleges in the United States.

“This small New Orleans university continues to thrive in post-Katrina: enrollment has returned to pre-Katrina levels and the campus has been completely restored,” says the Guide. “The university also continues to prepare students for great careers while providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts.”

Schools are assessed in terms of academics, social life and overall quality of life.

Visit HERE for more info on the guide.

LPA Awards XU Students Leadership Scholarships

New Orleans LA - The Louisiana Pharmacists Association (LPA) presented scholarships to Xavier University of Louisiana fourth-year pharmacy students David Collins of Shreveport LA and Thoa T. Nguyen of New Orleans LA.

Ngyuen, a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, served as the 2010-11 president of the Xavier Pharmacy Student Association. Collins, a graduate of Caddo Parish Magnet High School, served as vice president of the Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society and chaplain of the Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society.

The Louisiana Pharmacists Association held their 129th Annual Convention at Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport LA July 14-16, 2011 where the association recognized the 2011 Award Recipients.

The Louisiana Pharmacists Association, established in 1882, strives to promote the interests of all pharmacists of the State of Louisiana. For more information about the LPA and its benefits, contact Phyllis Perron or Julie Fuselier, LPA Co-Executive Directors at (225)-346-6883.

XU Professor Named Outstanding ALD Advisor of the Year

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana professor Dr. Marion Carroll, has been named as one of the Executive Director’s Outstanding Advisor of the Year for 2010-2011, according to Susan Huffman, President of National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  Initiated in 1998, this award is given annually to only five outstanding Alpha Lambda Delta advisors in the nation.

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta selected Marion Carroll who is the First Year Academic Success Director at Xavier University of Louisiana. He has served as the chapter advisor for the Xavier University of Louisiana Alpha Lambda Delta chapter since its founding in 2010. 

“The extraordinary pride and enthusiasm of Marion Carroll in this honor society is evident in everything he does with the chapter,” said Huffman.  This year the chapter had 181 eligible students  joining the honor society.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national society that honors academic excellence during a student’s first year in college. Founded at the University of Illinois in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta has 270 chapters throughout the United States and has initiated more than 850,000 students. For additional information, visit

XU Ranks High in Diverse Issues Annual Report

New Orleans LA - A special report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine once again provides documentation of Xavier University of Louisiana's academic success.

In its annual "Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers" issue (July 2011), the magazine shows XU ranking 11th in the nation in the number of African American students earning professional doctorate degrees (in Xavier’s case, the Pharm.D. degree).

The Diverse Issues report is based on a review of the 2009-2010 preliminary data distributed by the U.S. Department of Education. The magazine has reported on degrees conferred since 1992, tracking trends in degree conferrals to African American and other minority students.

Four New Chairs Provide Leadership at XU This Fall

New Orleans LA - Four academic departments and divisions are under new leadership this school year at Xavier University of Louisiana according to Dr. Anil Kukreja, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Taking over the chairmanship in their respective A&S disciplines are Dr. Christopher Faircloth in sociology, Dr. Ross Louis in communications, Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr. in the Division of Business, and Dr. Paul Schafer in philosophy.

Faircloth, a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida who has been at Xavier since 2006, was recently elected chair of the Department of Society. He regularly teaches Medical Sociology, Sociological Theory, Popular Culture and Society, and Sociology of Deviance. He has just completed invited chapters for The Interview Handbook, 2nd Edition (Sage) and The Handbook of the Body (Routledge), and is currently researching how cancer treatment for patients with leukemia and lymphoma impacts individual's perceptions of body and self with a co-investigator at the LSU Health Science Center.

Louis, who has been at XU since 2003, holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from LSU. His subject areas include Public Speaking, Performance of Literature, Theatre, Health Communication, and Intercultural Communication, in addition to the Freshman Seminar course. He also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and the editor of the XULAneXUS, the University’s online undergraduate research journal. His current research interest is how citizenship is performed in post-Katrina New Orleans via cultural performances (such as Mardi Gras).

Ricks, the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing, has taught at Xavier for 14 years, specializing in such areas as Multivariate Analysis and Sales Force Management and Marketing Research. He has also served as chair of the coordinating committee of the University Academic Assembly. His current research is examining emotions in the sales profession, and he and his colleagues at other universities have one manuscript "Sales Manager Support: Fostering Emotional Health in Salespeople" accepted for publication in the European Journal of Marketing and a second “Managing Emotions in Personal Selling …” is under consideration. He holds a Ph.D. in business from LSU.

Schafer, who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from DePaul University, is in his 12th year at Xavier. His teaching assignments include Great Books in Philosophy, Problems in Philosophy, Business Ethics, Health Ethics, Philosophy of Science, History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, and 19th & 20th Century Philosophy. He is also leader of Course Portfolio Working Group in CAT and co-advisor for Xavier's Forensics & Debate Team. He current research interests are the development of Karl Marx's early writings and effective practices for successful college level reading.

Fourteen other faculty chairs have returned to guide their respective departments and divisions for yet another school year. They include: Dr. Murty Akundi in physics/engineering, Dr. Gurdial Arora in mathematics, Dr. Andrea Edwards in computer science, Dr. Jerry Farmer in theology, Dr. Nicole Greene in English, Dr. Rosalind Hale in the Division of Education, Dr. Elliott Hammer in psychology, Dr. Shubha Ireland in biology, Bro. Herman Johnson in languages, Nora Olgyay in art, Dr. Steven Salm in history, Dr. Cheryl Stevens in chemistry, Dr. Timothy Turner in music, and Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore in political science.

XU Students to Create Clean Water Plan for Liberia through 3M Social Impact Grant

New Orleans LA - Addressing clean water needs in a far off country is not what you would expect to encounter in a business class focused on sales. Yet, students at Xavier University of Louisiana will do just that this fall, as part of a $25,000 3M Sales for Social Impact (SSI) grant.

Xavier’s Division of Business received the grant from the 3M Foundation to develop a class focusing on sales for social impact and social entrepreneurship.

Xavier is a partner in the 3M Frontline Initiative to prepare the next generation of sales talent. This grant was funded through Frontline’s newest program, Sales for Social Impact (SSI). SSI helps students use the skills they learn to develop a sales plan that can contribute to the greater good of humanity by having a direct positive impact on meeting the needs of those who reside at the base of the socioeconomic pyramid.

Dr. Joe Ricks the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales and Marketing and faculty member Mark Quinn, the Conrad Hilton Chair of Entrepreneurship wrote the grant to develop an undergraduate class to deliver a comprehensive business plan to address the clean water needs  in the country of Liberia. The class will be taught this fall by Quinn as an independent study course offered to junior and senior level students from any major; however some business background will be necessary. The project will be supervised by both Quinn and Ricks.

“This program is important for us here at Xavier as it fits into the University’s mission to create a more just and humane society and the division’s mission of developing tomorrow’s socially responsible business leaders” said Ricks. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their business skills while increasing their global consciousness and gaining firsthand experience in executing our mission.”

"The concept of the Sales for Social Impact program is a natural extension of 3M values," said Candice Mailand, 3M’s Sales Innovation Manager. "It is directly aligned with 3M’s Sustainability Initiative which is a commitment to both innovation and ethical conduct. 3M understands that by increasing sustainability at the economic, social and environmental levels, we can build a strong, vital company that will leave a rich legacy for future generations."

"At 3M, we realize the importance of harnessing the chain reaction of new ideas. We are committed to investing in universities so they can help students apply the skills they have learned (and are learning) to not only a business situation but societal situations as well," she said." The Sales for Social Impact program challenges students to think outside the box and get out of their comfort zone to apply their learning to real life situations.  It encourages them to examine how business can be a contributor for 'good'."

The students will be placed into teams and will learn through a combination of lecture, self-study, and interaction with partners, the University of Liberia and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) arm of the World Bank to guide the students in completion of the  business plan. At the end of the course a team of students will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota and present their plans to 3M leaders at the company’s Global Headquarters.

In the Fall of 2010, the XU Division of Business hosted a group from the University of Liberia and Southern in Baton Rouge, to discuss a partnership between the schools.

Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer Camp 2011 Exhibition

New Orleans LA - The Community Arts Program (CAP), part of the Xavier University Department of Art, presents Mardi Gras Indian Arts: Summer Camp 2011, an exhibition that represents the culmination of an eight-week summer program for New Orleans youth that focuses on a rich legacy of Mardi Gras Indian traditions July 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Xavier University Center, 1 Drexel Drive (1st floor gallery).

The exhibition, which will remain on view through Sept. 9, features an eclectic selection of beadwork, photographs and other materials that document the program’s hands-on sessions, taught by artist and educator Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians and Big Chief Walter Landry of The Black Mohawks.  Students were immersed in four-week sessions marked by instruction in both Uptown and Downtown Mardi Gras Indian sewing styles, and an engagement with historical narratives that highlighted the vibrancy and diversity of Mardi Gras Indian Culture, a New Orleans tradition that has endured since the mid-19th century.

The 2011 Mardi Gras Indian Arts theme focused on insects as primary subject matter. Students participated in interactive field trips to gain inspiration for insect-themed designs.
They also visited cultural and art museums to learn about the histories of various New
Orleans traditions and cultural practices. These visits included trips to the Audubon
Insectarium to learn more about exotic insects from around the world, the Dances and
Feathers Mardi Gras Center and the New Orleans African American Museum in Treme.

The program was supported by a grant from the Unfied Summer Grants Collaborative. The United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area  and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation provided funding to 34 summer programs, totaling just under $250,000 and serving more than 5,000 low income children and youth in a seven parish region.

Earlier this summer, representatives from the United Way and the Lagasse Foundation
kicked off the program at the opening day of the Xavier Mardi Gras Indian Arts camp.

The Xavier Mardi Gras Indian Arts exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Xavier CAP Director Rashida Ferdinand at 504.975.5168
or email at For more info on Unified Summer Programs visit

Committee Approves Seven Faculty Promotions

New Orleans LA - The University Rank and Tenure Committee and President Dr. Norman C. Francis have approved the promotions of seven faculty members in six different disciplines for the 2011-2012 academic year, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore in political science was promoted to the rank of professor, while Dr. Renee Akbar in education, Katheryn LaBorde and Dr. Bonnie Noonan in English, Dr. Christopher Faircloth in sociology, and Dr. Andrea Edwards in computer science were all promoted to the rank of associate professor. Dr. Camtu Ho ‘99 was promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences.

Waldron-Moore has been at Xavier for the past 13 years, having joined the University after obtaining a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston. Her main teaching areas have been Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, International Law and Relations, Political Psychology, Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis. She complements her teaching with research interests, ranging from a general inquiry into issues of social justice and political development, as national transitions to democracy are consolidated, to a more specific investigation of how minority students are motivated to assume global citizenship. Currently she is pursuing research on gender justice and engaging comparative analysis of the intersections of race, class and citizenship on the multiplicative identity of women in the African diaspora.

Akbar holds a Ph. D. in Educational Foundations from Florida State University. She has served at Xavier since 2003, teaching on both the undergraduate (Child Psychology, Classroom Management, Elementary Mathematics Strategies and Techniques, and Educational Psychology) and graduate level (Educational Leadership) She is also involved in the Louisiana School Turnaround Specialist program, which teaches sitting principals how to turnaround a "failing" school, and is the principal investigator of the Transition to Teaching program, which provides participants with the opportunity to become certified in teaching and earn a Master’s degree.

LaBorde, who teaches freshman composition courses and the New Voices practicum, came to Xavier in 2001. She is currently fleshing out a novella, which won the 2010 Pirates' Alley Faulkner Society Medal, into a full length novel for an agent's consideration. In addition, she is finishing a monograph about The Assumption of Mary (the large painting in the library) and preparing for a trip to Milledgeville GA to research the life of Flannery O'Connor. She holds a MFA degree in fiction from the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop.

Noonan, who has a Ph.D. degree in English from LSU, has been at Xavier since 1991, serving as Writing Center instructor and teaching in the English Department. Her main areas of focus are Freshman Composition (all levels, including developmental and honors), Advanced Writing, Rhetoric, Writing and the Teaching of Writing. She is currently fulfilling a book contract with McFarland Publishers for Gender and the Science Fiction Films of the Sixties and Seventies.

Faircloth, a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida who has been at Xavier since 2006, was recently elected chair of the Department of Society. He regularly teaches Medical Sociology, Sociological Theory, Popular Culture and Society, and Sociology of Deviance. He has just completed invited chapters for The Interview Handbook, 2nd Edition (Sage) and The Handbook of the Body (Routledge) and is currently researching how cancer treatment for patients with leukemia and lymphoma impacts individual's perceptions of body and self with a co-investigator at the LSU Health Science Center.

Edwards holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University, has been at Xavier since 1999. Among the courses she has taught are Intro to PCs, Computer Science I and II, Data Structures, Computer Literacy and Capstone. Her research efforts are concentrated in bioinformatics and computer science literacy, including working with the Departments of Art and Communications to develop an interdisciplinary course on Engaging Digital Media.

Ho, who has served at Xavier for eight years, coordinates and teaches applied pharmacokinetics and infectious disease management.  She also maintains a practice site at the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic where she conducts her Clinical Clerkship Course for P4 pharmacy students. She is currently researching and writing an article on newly approved antibiotics.

XU Signs Cooperation Agreement with China's Hebei University

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana and Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology (HNUST) have signed a cooperation agreement to promote Mandarin instruction at Xavier and support faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions.

The agreement is an important milestone in the university’s efforts to establish a Confucius Institute at Xavier.

The two universities formalized the agreement upon the conclusion of a three-day campus visit by a small delegation of HNUST administrators, during which the delegation toured campus facilities and departments that are specifically targeted for Xavier’s CI programming, including the Department of Languages, the Division of Education, the College of Pharmacy and the Art Department.

XU will start offering Mandarin courses in the spring of 2012 concurrent with the anticipated official opening of the Confucius Institute at Xavier.

“HNUST and Xavier share the same vision for a Confucius Institute at Xavier,” said Professor Qianfeng Shi, Chairman of the HNUST University Administration Committee. “The campus has been impressive and your hospitality is as warm as the weather.”

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and to share with our students China’s remarkable language, history, and culture,” said Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier. “We are confident that this exchange will be beneficial to both institutions as we strive to foster greater mutual understanding between these two nations.”

XU has begun its preparations to send a six-member delegation to HNUST in the first week of July. With 24,000 students, HUNST is among the smaller universities in China and was selected to partner with Xavier due to its size and similar academic programs which include five research centers and 19 schools or departments. HNUST has also partnered with Troy University in Alabama and established Confucius Institute there in 2007.

During the upcoming visit to China, a delegation of Xavier and HNUST representatives will attend meetings at Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing where they intend to solicit approval for the joint application.

Upon the approval of its application, Xavier is positioned to be the first Confucius Institute at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and the first in the State of Louisiana. There a more than 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide, including 87 in the United States.

Top Students Designated Rousseve Scholars

New Orleans LA - Thirty upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2011-12 school year at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Students selected for the University’s Rousseve Scholars Program generally represent the top ten (or more) students in the senior, junior and sophomore 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 majors, high school and hometown.

Seniors/P2s – Truc Dinh, biology/pre-med, L.W. Higgins High, Marrero, LA; Dominique Gabriel, mass communications, Cabrini High, New Orleans; Kim Hoang, biology/pre-med, John Ehret High, Harvey LA; Ashley Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High, Pearland TX; Asia Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High, Pearland TX; Theresa Nguyen, pharmacy, Morgan City High, Amelia LA; Thuylinh Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Edna Karr High, New Orleans; Phuc Tran, pharmacy, Bonnabel High, Kenner LA; Ashley Varnado, political science, Rich Central High, Matteson IL; and Simone Williams, chemistry/pre-med, Pass Christian High, Pass Christian MS.

Juniors/P1s – Nnenia Clark, business-management, The Paideia School, Riverdale GA; Jessica Cooper, biology/pre-med, Oberlin High, Oberlin LA; Danny Giang, biology/pre-med, Archbishop Shaw, Harvey LA; Megan Haynes, political science, Xavier Prep, New Orleans; LaTasha Henderson, biology/pre-med, Caddo Parish High, Shreveport LA; Meagan Piazza, pharmacy, Belle Chasse High, Belle Chasse LA; Desmond Stewart, biology/pre-med, duPont Manual High, Louisville KY; Angelica Vu, pharmacy, Acadiana High, Lafayette LA; Faith Webre, pharmacy, Riverside Academy, Reserve LA; and Schuyler Williams, biology/pre-med, Houston High, Collierville TN.

Sophomores – Kaitland Brannon, mathematics, Debakey High for Health Professions, Houston TX; Tram Bui, chemistry/pre-med, Thomas Jefferson High, Harvey, LA; Jade Crutch, political science, Lakeview Centennial High, Garland TX; Rose Duchane, chemistry/pre-med, West St. Mary’s High, Jeanerette LA; Parixit Joshi, biology, Grace King High, Metairie LA; Injee Lim, chemistry/pre-med, John Curtis High, River Ridge LA; David Nguyen, biology/pre-med, John Ehret High, Harvey LA; Quan Nguyen, chemistry/pre-med, Slidell High, Slidell LA; Oyebadejo Oluwadola, biology/pre-med, McArthur High, Grand Prairie TX; and Jeffrey Quach, chemistry/pre-med, Archbishop Shaw, Marrero LA.

The scholarships are named in honor of the Rousseve family, outstanding alumni and supporters of Xavier.

568 Scholars Make Spring Dean's List

New Orleans LA - A total of 568 student scholars made the Xavier University of Louisiana Dean's Honor Roll during the 2011 spring semester according to XU Registrar Avis Stuard.

Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours.For the complete list of honor students, click HERE.

New A&S Deans Announced at Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans LA - Dr. Anil Kukreja, chair of the Division of Business at Xavier University of Louisiana since 2003 and the Capital One Endowed Professor in Finance and Management, has been named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier.

“We have seen the Division of Business grow and thrive under Dr. Kukreja’s exceptional leadership. The College of Arts and Science is the foundation of our liberal arts program and I am confident that Dr. Kukreja will continue to share with the college the skills and expertise he has brought to the Division,” said Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in announcing the appointment.

In addition, Dr. Kim Vaz, an associate professor at the University of South Florida, and founder of the Florida Consortium for Women’s and Gender Studies, has been named the new Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier.

Kukreja replaces Sr. Monica Loughlin, SBS, who will now serve as the Director of Freshman Seminar at Xavier.

Kukreja came to Xavier in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of Business and served as Interim Chair from 1997-2000. Under his leadership the Division has seen considerable growth and achievement. In 2003 he led the Division’s efforts to secure accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the renewal of that accreditation this past year. Under his direction, the Division established two units- the Sales Leadership Institute and the Entrepreneur Institute.

“Kukreja’s tenure at Xavier has been characterized by consummate professionalism and collegiality,” said Blanchard. Kukreja helped establish Business Week at Xavier, designed to share with prospective students highlights from the Division’s four programs in accounting, finance, management, and sales and marketing.  He helped guide the Business Advisory Council which consists of several prominent corporate and community leaders who help to shape the focus and professional network for the business programs.

He earned a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; an MBA from the College of Commerce and Business Administration in Udaipur, India; and a bachelor of science from the University of Jodhpur (India). His specialization is Operations Management and he has published articles in In Management Science, Computers and Operations Research, and Performance Improvement. In 2005 he received the Visionary Leader Award offered by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office.

Xavier also welcomes Dr. Kim Vaz, a native New Orleanian, as the new Associate Dean. Vaz has served more than 20 years at the University of South Florida, most recently as an associate professor in the College of Education. She also was a faculty member of the Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies and former chair of the department of women’s studies at USF.

“Dr. Vaz will be a welcomed addition to the Xavier family,” said Blanchard. “The administrative experience and research background she will bring to this position will nicely complement many of the initiatives and efforts currently underway in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Vaz holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Tulane University.

Vaz will replace Dr. Jonathan Rotondo-McCord, who is returning to teaching in the History Department after  serving for two years as Associate Dean. 

Dr. Kukreja begins his appointment on June 15 while Dr. Vaz  starts on July 1.

523 Graduates Accent 2011 Commencement Ceremony

New Orleans LA - 523 graduates received their degrees from the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, and graduate programs during Xavier’s 84th annual commencement.

National Urban League President/CEO and former New Orleans mayor Marc H. Morial was keynote speaker at the event. The university also awarded honorary degrees to businesswoman and philanthropist Camille Hanks Cosby, BET President/CEO Debra L. Lee, and 1948 Olympic track medalist and businessman Herbert P. Douglas, Jr. during the ceremony.

A total of 114 graduated with honors, including 22 earning summa cum laude honors, 29 earning magna cum laude honors and another 52 earning cum laude distinction. An additional 11 students earned graduate honors.

Steve Morgan Jr., a biology/pre-med major from Gray LA (H.L. Bourgeois High) headed this year’s group of summa cum laude graduates with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Also earning degrees with summa cum laude honors were:

Bachelor of Arts – Jillana Cavalier, Hong Nguyen and Raphaela Romero.

Bachelor of Science – Alycia Boutte, Lauren Cooper, Russell Fertitta Jr., Danielle Foster, Joannie Ivory, Danielle Jones, Trisha Le, Joseph Lee, Marylynn Nguyen, Kristen Walker and Sondra Willis.

Pharm.D. – Ashley Casey, Christopher Gillard, Kelly Hebert, Chinwe Ike, Thuy Nguyen, Ifeanyi Onor and Malloy Waguespack.

Earning their degrees with magna cum laude honors were:

Bachelor of Arts – Monika Arceneaux and Joshua Davis

Bachelor of Science – Chante Calais, Thy Ho-Pham, Kordell Hunter, Tasha Johnson, Steven Le, Angela Nguyen, Paulyna-Quyen Nguyen, Tran Nguyen, DaJonitta Richmond, Nailah Smith, Dominique Sowell, Daphanie Taylor, Duyen-Anh Tran, Hanh-My Tran, Joann Tran and Kelsey Williams

Pharm.D. – Nazima Alvi, Elizabeth Barthelemy, Chesere Cancienne, Kim-Hue Dinh, Jasie Gautreaux, Jocelyn Hooks, Kamille Miles, Theresa Scardina, Jessica Tate, Marian Tesvich and Nina Vo.

Earning their degrees with cum laude honors were:

Bachelor of Arts – Meliki Addison, Kristin Fletcher and Shantel Ragland

Bachelor of Science – Leland Abrams, Nnanna Alozie, Meighan Anderson, Sanchia Anderson, Jenese Antoine, Bilesha Autry, Shontrell Bailey, Ashley Coleman, LaTaura Davis, Thuy Doan, Ashley Fulton, Joseph Gallien, Adrienne Glover, Sierra Hall, Victoria Hoang, Terrika Jones, Jaspreet Kaur, Daniel Le, Julian McKnight, Whitney Miller, Andrew Minias, Jennifer Msigwa, Teekay Nguyen, Tiffany Nguyen, Jennifer Olofindayo, Xavier Readus, Jared Romance, Devin Sasser, Ashley Simon, Janae Thompson, Marleesa Thompson, Erin Vincent, Christina Vo, Ashley Walker, Ashley Williams, Carita Winn and Mansoor Zaheer.

Pharm.D. – Tanya Breaux, Bruce Burkenstock Jr., Liliana Cosenza, Kristel Maes, Dat Nguyen, Travis Ortiz, Lisa Pritchard, Linda Tran, Phung Tran, Anh Vu, Savannah Washington and Jennifer Wills.

Receiving Graduate School degrees with honors were: (Master of Arts) Nicole Smith; and (Master of Arts in Teaching) Nicole Belt, Zaheerah El-Amin, Tiffany Elston, Sara Howe, Edmond Jarrell Jr., Shavon Magee, Steven Nelson, Trung Nguyen, Sophia Scott-Shezbie and Trenton Vincent Sr.

The complete list of graduates can be viewed HERE.

Seniors Presented Top University Service Awards

Chante Calais and Ifeanyi Onor were named recipients of the University’s two most coveted service awards at the 2011 Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation.

Calais, a biology/pre-med major from Breaux Bridge LA (Cecilia High) and Onor, a pharmacy major from Nigeria, were presented the St. Katharine Drexel Award and the Mother Agatha Ryan Award, respectively.

They topped a short list of graduating seniors receiving awards, including:

General University Awards and Honors

– National Council, Knights of Peter Claver leadership awards:

– Jared Romance (the Gilbert Faustina Award)
– Lauren Cooper (the Louis Israel Award)
– Meighan Anderson (the Alphonse Pierre Auguste Award)

– Sister Thea Bowman Award – Tasha Johnson
– Sister Beatrice Jeffries Student Leadership Award – Devin Sasser
– William H. Mitchell Christian Leadership Award – Raphaela Romero
– Walter J. Barker, Sr. Award – Danielle Foster
– St. Cecilia Music Award – Brian Murray
– University Service Keys – Margaret Alabi, Meighan Anderson, Sanchia Anderson, Monika Arceneaux, Kevin Barnes, Jilliana Cavalier, Lauren Cooper, Joseph Gallien, Lee Gibbs, Kordell Hunter, Tasha Johnson, Terrika Jones, Nixia Jordan, India Keys, Charles Mason, Steve Morgan, Jared Romance, Devin Sasser, Daphne Taylor and William Taylor.

College of Pharmacy Awards and Honors

– Academy of Students of Pharmacy Service Award – Savannah Washington
– Rho Chi Recognition – Tessa Bridges, Dustin Foret, Joshua Gauthier and Theresa Nguyen
– KE Pharmacy Fraternity for Women Achievement Award – Alexandria Goins
– Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Service Award – Eboni Evans
– Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award – Alexandria Goins
– Mary Munson Runge Activity Award – Alexandria Goins
– Special Pharmacy Faculty Award – Thao Nguyen
– SNPhA Award – Tammara Allen
– ASHP/SSHP Award – Maxwell Haslauer and Mia Incaprera
– Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Award – Mallory Waguespack
– Facts & Comparisons Award – Christopher Gillard
– Albert Lauve Hospital Pharmacy Award – Ifeanyi Onor
– Highest Scholastic Standing (Practice and Ethical Conduct) – Ifeanyi Onor
– Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award – Liliana Cosenza
– Merck & Co. Award – Kelly Hebert, Ashley Lenfant, Thuy Nguyen and Marian Tesvich
– COP Award for Excellence in Research – Kyla Leon
– Lilly Achievement Award – Ifeanyo Onor
– COP Award for Excellence – Ifeanyi Onor
– COP Award for Leadership – Charles Mason

Outstanding Faculty Recognized at Commencement

New Orleans LA - Six Xavier University of Louisiana faculty members were honored during commencement for their extraordinary performance in the areas of teaching, service and scholarship.

The winners of the 2011 Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Awards were:

Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching: (junior faculty) Dr. Keturah Robinson in pharmacy and (senior faculty) Dr. Murty Akundi in physics/engineering.

Faculty Excellence Award in Service: (junior faculty) Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya in physics/engineering and (senior faculty) Clifford Wright in business. 

Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship: (junior faculty) Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee in biology and (senior faculty) Dr. Michael Homan in theology.  

Initiated in 2009, the Faculty Excellence Awards are designed to honor both "junior" faculty (those who have worked at the XU for seven years or less) and "senior" faculty members (more than seven years of service.) The awards of $5,000 each will be split evenly between the award recipient and his/her academic area.

The winners were also presented specially designed medallions minted to convey this distinctive honor. The medal was created by Art Department faculty member Ron Bechet.

XU Student Named Kemper Scholar

New Orleans LA - Freshman Adia Wallace, a Xavier University of Louisiana philosophy major from Jackson MS (Jim Hill High School), has been named to the Kemper Scholars Program’s Class of 2013.

Designed to prepare students for leadership and service, the prestigious program promotes education in the liberal arts while providing opportunities for career exploration and practical experience through internships. It has been sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago since 1948.

Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships of up to $10,000 a year (based on need) as well as stipends while serving internships at major nonprofit organizations in the Chicago IL area and at major for-profit corporations in the summer following their sophomore and junior years, respectively.

In Chicago scholars live are placed in full-time administrative positions where they can learn about financial management, organizational strategy, fund-raising, and organizational administration.

“Kemper Scholars represent academically superior, community spirited, committed and well-rounded undergraduates selected from a group of fifteen excellent liberal arts colleges around the country,” said Dr. Ryan LaHurd, President and Executive Director of the James S. Kemper Foundation. “Throughout the over six decades of the program, scholars have gone on to make outstanding contributions as leaders in organizations around the country.”

XU Student Awarded Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

New Orleans LA – Derrick Bradley, a second-year Xavier University of Louisiana pharmacy student from Ringhold LA (Ringhold High School), has been awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF).

Over the coming year he will join the 260 other members of the Schweitzer Fellows Class of 2011-12 from around the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health needs of underserved individuals and communities.

Bradley plans to work through the Daughter of Charity to deliver programming that improves health competency, comprehension, and literacy in minority communities in New Orleans.

Upon completion of his initial year in the program, Bradley will become a Schweitzer Fellow for Life – joining a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.

Pharmacy & Business Team up to Compete in National Business Plan Competition

New Orleans, LA- Students from Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy and Division of Business combined forces recently to compete in the Opportunity Finance Company Venture Challenge (OFCVC), a prestigious national business plan competition, in Atlanta.

Xavier undergraduates teamed with second year pharmacy students in presenting a business plan to introduce a new product called PEnorphine. PEnorphine is a new drug developed by Xavier pharmacy professor Dr. Tarun Mandal that is used to treat recovering heroin addicts and as a pain reliever.

Participating students were: Sondra Willis, senior, business management major, from Kenner (Grace King High School), LA; Bilesha Autry, senior, business marketing, Oxford, Maryland (Oxford High); Herstyn Jones junior business marketing, Shreveport (Caddo Parish Magnet High); Andria Buckner, senior, accounting, Greenville, Mississippi (Mississippi School for Math-Science, Columbus, MS); and second year pharmacy students Valencia Walker (Tara High) and DeAnn Vessel (Baton Rouge Magnet), both of Baton Rouge, LA.

In addition to competing, the students had the opportunity to meet and interview with recruiters from a number of major corporations, including Sam’s Club/Walmart, ConAgra, BB&T, The Hershey Company, and ADP. “We’re excited to report that three Xavier students (two from Business and one from Pharmacy) received offers for full time jobs or internships there,” said Dr. Anil Kukreja, Chair of the Division of Business.

“This opportunity is just one activity that has been developed through the Entrepreneurship Institute at Xavier,” he said.  “Entrepreneurship is recognized as a viable career option by major corporations as well as the general public, and here at Xavier we are responding to that reality and are preparing our students for the world that awaits them.”

“There is a natural connection between technology created in the Xavier College of Pharmacy and the Division of Business,” adds Dr. Mandal. “This experience exposed pharmacy students to this relationship in a practical setting and has enhanced their educational experience here at Xavier.”

“Although we did not win, it was a fantastic experience,” said Sondra Willis. “I strongly encourage students to participate in this type of event when the opportunity presents itself.”

Xavier will compete in OFCVC as well as the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition in 2012. SIFE also features direct contact with corporate recruiters at its annual competition. All Xavier students are welcome to participate; additional information on these competitions is available by contacting Prof. Quinn at or at 520-5046.

Xavier Herald Wins LPA Awards

New Orleans LA - The Xavier Herald, the student newspaper for Xavier University of Louisiana, took home six awards in the Louisiana Press Association’s Student Newspaper Competition during the LPA’s annual convention. University publications from across the state competed for awards for newspapers published during 2010.

The Herald placed second in overall general excellence, based on the April 13 and Nov. 23, 2010, editions entered, said Melinda Shelton, faculty adviser and director of student publications.

Other awards divisions and recipients included: 1st place, Staff Generated Advertisement, color: Stacey Windon; 1st place, Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page: Cline Bailey; 2nd place, Best General News/Feature photograph: Herald staff photographers; 3rd place, Staff Generated Advertisement, color: Hong Nguyen; and 3rd place, Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page: Stacey Windon.

Members of the spring 2010 semester staff were: Jalisa Mathis, editor-in-chief; Windon, graphics design editor; Kevin Barnes Jr., managing editor; Shamier Bouie, arts and entertainment editor; Maya Jones, sports editor; Jonathan Tennial, Aja Wheeler, senior reporters; Britney Dooley, Dominique Gabriel, Ariel Johnson, Adrienne Lee, Nader Mirfiq, Ashley Pinkney, Cassie Smith, Cierra Stovall, staff writers; Mark Clayton, Adrienne Lee, Ruston Henry, photographers; Derek Reed, web editor; and Teniesha Biagas, business manager.

Fall 2010 staff members included: Windon, editor-in-chief; Nguyen, graphics design editor; Maya Jones and Ariel Johnson, managing editors; Michael Seaberry, photo editor; Bailey, web editor and arts and entertainment designer; Cassie Smith, Brittanae Veal, senior reporters; Brooke Adams, Matthew Baker, Tiara Barthe, Leonard Clay, Mylinh Hoang, Jimmie Johnson, Kenneth Norwood, Shana O’Connor, and Kim Young, staff writers; Ruston Henry, Alyssa Mercadel, photographers; and Melanie Kaufman, business manager.

Freshmen to Experience Lagniappe

New Orleans LA - In the vernacular of New Orleans, the term "lagniappe" connotes "something extra" that you get when you purchase an item or services.

That’s the idea behind the Lagniappe New Student Summer Preview weekend for new incoming freshmen, which is scheduled for May 27-28. It’s the third year for the new initiative, which underscores the University's commitment to easing the transition of high school graduates into a university environment and to better prepare them for academics at the college level.

Regional students (e.g. those from Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee) are required to attend the program. Students from further away are also encouraged to participate.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet current XU students and faculty in their prospective majors. Advance placement tests will be given in reading and math, while students requiring developmental courses or looking to pick up some early credit hours can scope out the city's most affordable summer tuition. In fact, Lagniappe students receive a 50% tuition discount on 2011 summer session courses,

Students will receive a list of the courses in which they will be enrolled in fall 2011 and be invited to complete their registration during the Lagniappe weekend through fiscal clearance and health clearance. 

The new freshmen are encouraged to stay in the campus residence halls over the two-day affair to get a taste of student life at Xavier.

The program isn’t just for the students, however. Parents can also take advantage of the weekend to meet with representatives from administrative areas like financial aid, student health services and student accounts.

Some 750-800 students expected to enroll in the fall.

Summer Sessions at XU a Great Value

New Orleans LA - Summer is back in vogue at Xavier – summer classes that is!

College students traditionally view the lazy months of summer as a time to pick up some extra degree-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. 

They couldn’t be more right, says Dr. Kenneth Boutte Sr., the university’s associate dean of summer programs and external initiatives.

“The summer sessions allow students to concentrate on some of their more difficult courses or those subjects that they might be weak in without having to worry about three or four courses as they would during the regular school year,” he said. “Students tend to do better when they are focused on a particular area.”

It’s also ideal for incoming freshmen, especially those requiring developmental courses. Boutte said that unlike some other colleges which require that developmental courses be taken at a junior college, Xavier still encourages incoming students to come to on campus where they can get up to speed academically and settle into their new surroundings at the same time.

“No matter what their academic level, all new students need some time to get acclimated to the college environment,” he said. “The summer sessions gives them that opportunity under less stressful conditions.”

What’s more, all classes are being offered at discounted summer rates: $160 per credit hour for undergraduate courses, $170 per credit hour for graduate school level courses, and $230 per credit hour for pharmacy courses.  

This year’s summer schedule boasts two five-week sessions (Summer Session I and II) with courses offered in more than 20 different disciplines, and another eight-week session with offerings in five areas. The complete list of courses is available HERE.

All sessions are open to currently enrolled, new and returning students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for Session I and II are May 20 and June 24, respectively. Registration for Session III is June 3.

For more info contact the Registrar’s Office at (504) 520-7583.

XU Students Selected for MHIRT Summer Research in Ghana

New Orleans LA - Three students at Xavier University of Louisiana have been selected to participate in the Minority Health Disparity International Research Training (MHIRT) summer program through San Diego State University.

Selected were: Blake Gray, a sophomore biology/pre-med major from DeSoto, TX (DeSoto High School); Janay Tyler, a junior psychology/pre-med major from New Orleans (Slidell High); and Shavonn Whiten, a senior biology/pre-med major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet).

This summer the students will travel to Ghana, Africa and participate in ethnobotany research for 10 weeks on plants used to treat diabetes in Ghana. Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the relationships that exist between people and plants.

The program, funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, covers all costs in addition to an $800 a month stipend.

Pile-driving Signals Go for New XU Convocation Academic Center

New Orleans LA - As the saying goes, “Pardon Our Progress”.  

While it doesn't look like much yet, the evidence of pile-driving tests signals the beginning of Xavier University of Louisiana’s newest construction project – a Convocation Academic Center – which will be located across Washington Avenue from the main campus on a site bounded by Short, Palm and Stroelitz Streets.

Upon its completion, the much anticipated addition to the campus skyline will provide Xavier with its first spacious indoor assembly area: a modern 4,500 seat arena suitable for athletic and other large-scale events. The new facility will replace the 74-year old, storm-damaged gymnasium (“The Barn”), which heretofore has traditionally hosted all indoor athletic events and most other special ceremonies. The Barn seats just 1,200 for athletic events.

In addition to the arena, the building will also house classrooms, meeting spaces, and offices. Actual construction is expected to commence this May, with the anticipated completion date late summer 2012.

XU Library Hosts Lincoln Traveling Exhibit

New Orleans LA - The story of America’s immense struggle to rid itself of the scourge of slavery and preserve its fragile democracy is the focus of a traveling exhibit for libraries, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, being hosted by the Xavier University of Louisiana Library Resource Center through June 25.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War highlights the three constitutional crises Lincoln faced as President from 1861 until his assassination in 1865: Secession, Slavery and Civil Liberties during the Civil War. This exhibition vividly traces Lincoln’s struggle to resolve these questions, through three distinct divisions entitled: Divided, Bound, and Dissent which serve as a backdrop to revive the Constitution and embrace the long held belief that “all men are created equal” which Lincoln quoted in his famous Gettysburg Address.

The traveling exhibition and tour organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Xavier is one of only 25 public, academic and special libraries selected to host the 1,000-square-foot exhibit during its five-year national tour, which began in 2009. An opening ceremony and reception was held April 13 featuring the world renowned author, playwright and professor David Madden.

For more information contact Michele Woods at 520-7584 or visit HERE.

Communications Week Presents Race Peace Event, Treme Forum

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University Communications Department will host several activities for students and the New Orleans community as part of its Communications Week celebration April 11-17.

A “Networking Night and Race Peace Event” and “The Treme Forum: Portraying a Living Culture” are both free and open to the public.

Networking Night and Race Peace Event will be held April 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. The event will welcome the community and prospective students to an evening of networking and theater. Race Peace will present a cross-generational performance which uses humor and personal experience to talk about the debilitating effect of racism. Refreshments will be served prior to the performance. 

The Treme Forum: Portraying a Living Culture April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the University Center room 205B, will feature Eric Overmyer, writer and co-producer of the TV series Treme. Also featured will be Lolis Eric Eli, co-writer and consultant to the series.

Students are also invited to participate in a departmental service project and the department talent night featuring students and faculty. For more information on the XU Communications Department Week call 520-5087.

Jazz Headlines Annual Xavier Music Festival

New Orleans LA – The Xavier University of Louisiana Department of Music will host its third annual Jazz Festival April 12-14.

The festival, a three-day event offering clinics/workshops and an evening concert series, focuses on the multiple genres of the jazz art form. The clinics/workshops will feature well-established jazz artists presenting various topics of their choice and expertise, while the evening concerts will have specific themes featuring guest artists in performance.

Sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Office of Black Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, the festival is designed to expose XU students and the New Orleans community to a wide range of jazz forms and world-class jazz artists.

All events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the XU Music Recital Hall. The schedule is as follows:

Day One (April 12 – 7:00 p.m.) The festival opens with an evening concert featuring internationally acclaimed traditional jazz musician and historian Dr. Michael White ‘76 and his Original Liberty Brass Band.

Day Two (April 13 – 7:00 p.m.) Day two offers a performance by the celebrated modern jazz combo, Astral Project.

Day Three – Afternoon (April 14 – 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.) The final day of includes a series of one-hour clinic/workshops, featuring Dr. White (New Orleans jazz), the Astral Project (modern jazz), pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis (improvisation) and trumpeter extraordinaire Nicholas Payton (improvisation).

Day Three – Evening (April 14 – 7:00 p.m.) The festival concludes with a final concert featuring Payton and the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble.

Visit HERE for details or call the XU Department of Music at 520-7597.

Nuggets Outrun Lee, Advance in NAIA Basketball Tournament

Jackson TN – Senior forward Christina Warren scored 19 points Wednesday, and Xavier University of Louisiana's defense excelled again in a 63-53 victory over Lee (Tenn.) in the opening round of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship at Oman Arena.

The Gold Nuggets (27-6), ranked 20th in the final coaches' poll, defeated the 13th-ranked Lady Flames (25-7) by double digits for the second time this season and limited them to 29.4-percent field-goal shooting. Xavier entered the tournament No. 1 in scoring defense in NAIA Division I and fourth in field-goal percentage defense.

Xavier will play fourth-ranked Oklahoma City, an 87-45 winner against Montana Tech, in the second round at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

Warren, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, scored 15 points to carry Xavier to a 33-22 halftime lead. Brandi Young's basket with 14:13 remaining gave Xavier its biggest lead, 39-22, and the Nuggets pulled away with a 10-4 run after Lee closed to 53-49 at 4:38.

"I wasn't concerned about finishing this game," XU Coach Bo Browder said, "because we had a good learning experience at nationals last year."

Last year Xavier led Cumberlands 43-36 in the 34th minute before losing 67-62 in overtime in the opening round at nationals. This time the Nuggets led for the final 34:26 and took the lead for good on a Marchelle Jones basket. Jones had 14 points, including 8-of-8 free throws, five rebounds and two steals, and Young had 13 points, four rebounds and a career-high-tying six steals.

The Nuggets ended a five-game first-round losing streak at nationals — the last victory had been 64-55 against Trevecca Nazarene in 2003 — and gave Browder his 300th victory a head-coach at four-year colleges. Browder is 298-101 in 12 seasons at Xavier, and he was 2-8 as Evansville's interim head coach to close the 1995-96 season.

"It's good to end the drought," Browder said. "That's been the million-dollar question — when are the Nuggets going to win at nationals again? It's always great to make it to nationals, but it's extremely difficult to win once you get there. Winning games at nationals is like getting some dessert."

Senior guard Brooke McKinnon, the Southern States Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year, was 4-of-13 from the floor and scored 12 points for Lee, an NAIA semifinalist a year ago and in its seventh consecutive appearance at nationals. McKinnon was the Lady Flames' only double-figure scorer.

Xavier shot 44.2 percent the floor — the Nuggets' third-best percentage in 20 games at nationals and their highest since 1997 — and produced defensive stands in which Lee missed 12 and 10 consecutive field-goal attempts. Xavier has limited 15 opponents this season, including the last three, to less than 30 percent from the floor.

Xavier's next opponent, Oklahoma City, was No. 2 in the coaches poll for most of the season and was the Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season champion. No Gold Nuggets team has reached the quarterfinals, and Oklahoma teams eliminated XU three of the previous four times in the second round — including a 91-53 Oklahoma City victory in 2003.

Aliens Immigrants & Other Evildoers at Xavier March 24

New Orleans LA – New Orleans-based award-winning multidisciplinary visual and performance artist José Torres-Tama will present an unplugged version of Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers at Xavier University of Louisiana March 24.

The event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center’s Mary and William McCaffrey Ballroom, is free and the public is invited. 

Aliens, based on Torres-Tama’s filmed interviews with Latino immigrants in Houston, New Orleans, and Washington DC is staged as a sci-fi Latino noir. The performance presents a bilingual satirical examination of a country built by immigrants that now vilifies foreigners. Throughout the various character portrayals, Aliens places a human face on such issues as the status of immigrant day laborers, border crossings, and the criminalization of immigrants across the country.

The performance is sponsored by the Xavier Endowment for the Humanities Speakers Series. For more information contact Robin Vander at 520-5003 or

African Roots of New Orleans Jazz Program

New Orleans LA - A concert and discussion entitled The African Root of New Orleans Jazz featuring hosted by clarinetist, historian and Xavier professor, Dr. Michael White 76, will be held March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Xavier University Center Ballroom.

This program will present an overview showing how early New Orleans jazz and popular social club parades and funerals are transformations of musical, dance and celebratory practices commonly found in West Africa.

The majority of enslaved people brought to New Orleans were from West Africa and they maintained a long standing custom of musical celebration and dance that are the roots and foundation of several local traditions like the second line, social club parades and funerals as well as jazz itself.

The program will also feature White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band, West African Master musician and dancer Seguenon Kone and local percussionist Luther Gray and his African drum ensemble, Bamboula 2000.

This program is sponsored by the Rosa and Charles Keller, Jr. Endowed Chair in the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

St. Katharine Drexel Named to National Women's Hall of Fame

New Orleans LA - The National Women's Hall of Fame has announced the induction of Xavier University of Louisiana founder St. Katharine Drexel.

She is one of 11 American women “who have made valuable and enduring contributions to our nation” who will be recognized in ceremonies to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Seneca Falls NY, the birthplace of the American Women's Rights Movement.

The National Women's Hall of Fame is the nation's oldest membership organization recognizing the achievements of great American women. Inductees are selected every two years based on their lasting contributions to society through the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.

This year’s inductees include: St. Katharine, Dorothy Harrison Eustis, Loretta C. Ford, Abby Kelley Foster, Helen Murray Free, Billie Holiday, Coretta Scott King, Lilly Ledbetter, Barbara Mikulski, Donna Shalala, and Kathrine Switzer.

The National Women's Hall of Fame, founded in 1969, has inducted 236 women since its inception. Visit HERE for more info.

St. Katharine, a missionary who dedicated her life and fortune to aid Native Americans and African Americans, is only the second recognized American-born saint. In 1891, she founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious order that today remains devoted to the education and care of Native Americans and African Americans. During her lifetime, she and her order founded more than sixty missions and schools, including Xavier University of Louisiana.

Saint Katharine was beatified in 1988 and canonized in 2000. She died in 1955.

Nuggets vs. Lee, Rush vs. Evangel at NAIA Nationals

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball team will get a rematch with Lee (Tenn.), while the XU men will play Evangel in the opening round of the NAIA Division I Basketball National Championships next week.

The Gold Nuggets (26-6), ranked 20th in the final poll announced Wednesday, will play No. 13 Lee (25-6) at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. See Women’s Bracket HERE.

The Gold Rush (27-5), ranked 17th, will play No. 15 Evangel (25-8) at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. See Men’s Bracket HERE.

Xavier's women defeated Lee 59-48 at The Barn on Dec. 6. The Gold Nuggets reached nationals for the second straight year and the 15th time in 17 seasons. They qualified by winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Xavier's men, in their best season since 1983-84, received an at-large bid after finishing second in the GCAC Tournament. This is their 12th appearance at nationals, their fifth in eight seasons and first since 2008.

The second round will be March 18. The Gold Nuggets would play at 10:45 a.m. against Oklahoma City or Montana Tech, and the Gold Rush would play at 2:15 p.m. against Concordia (Calif.) or Southern Polytechnic.

Rush, Nuggets Earn NAIA Basketball Tourney Berths

New Orleans LA - It's official: both Xavier University of Louisiana basketball teams will compete next week in the NAIA Division I National Championships.

The NAIA announced Wednesday that XU's men (27-5) received the fourth of 14 at-large bids to the national tournament, which is sponsored by Buffalo Funds and played at Municipal Auditiorium in Kansas City, Mo. The Gold Rush were 17th in the final coaches poll announced Wednesday -- XU's highest rating in the final men's poll since 15th in 2000-01. It will be the 12th time the XU men compete at nationals.

Xavier's women (26-6), 20th in the final poll for the second straight year, qualified for nationals Saturday by defeating Tougaloo 71-44 in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at Jacksonville, Fla. This will be the Gold Nuggets' second consecutive appearance at nationals and their 15th in 17 seasons. The women's tournament site will be Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn.

Each tournament will begin with eight first-round games March 16 and eight more March 17. The second round will be March 18, quarterfinals March 19, semifinals March 21 and the finals March 22. There are 32 teams in the Division I men's tournament and 32 teams in the Division I women's tournament.

Xavier is one of 13 schools this season to qualify its men and women for the NAIA Division I National Championships. The others are Azusa Pacific, Biola, Columbia (Mo.), Evangel, Freed-Hardeman, Lee (Tenn.), Olivet Nazarene, Rogers State, Southern Nazarene, Southern Polytechnic, Union (Tenn.) and Texas Wesleyan.

Urban League CEO to Address 2011 Xavier Graduates

New Orleans LA – Urban League CEO and former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial will be the keynote speaker when Xavier University of Louisiana holds its 84th annual commencement Saturday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lakefront Arena.

Morial, who has led the national civil rights organization since 2003 after an eight year stint (1994-2002) as mayor of the Crescent City, is expected to address nearly 600 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families at the commencement ceremony.

Also at the Commencement ceremony, Xavier will award honorary degrees to businesswoman and philanthropist Camille Hank Cosby, BET Holdings chair and CEO Debra Lee, and Olympic medalist and businessman Herbert Douglas.

The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday (May 6), at 7:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium.

Marc H. Morial

In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, Morial has served successfully as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor and CEO of the National Urban League, earning him a distinction as one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation.

An entrepreneur, he started several successful small businesses; a lawyer, he was recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his legal service to the poor and disadvantaged; a professor, he served as a member of Xavier’s adjunct; and a state senator, he was named Legislative Rookie of the Year and Education Senator of the Year. As mayor of New Orleans, he was a popular chief executive with a broad multi-racial coalition who led the city’s 1990’s renaissance, and left office with a 70 percent approval rating.

As President of the National Urban League since 2003 he has led the transformation of the nearly 100 year old civil rights organization, under which the League has had record fundraising success. He has championed initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs and Entrepreneurship Centers in 5 cities to help the growth of small businesses. He also created the National Urban League Empowerment Fund, which has pumped almost $200 million into urban impact businesses including minority business.

The son of former New Orleans Mayor Ernest Morial ’51 and Sybil Morial ’52, he has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine. He was awarded an honorary degree from Xavier in He was awarded an honorary degree from Xavier in 2002.

Camille Hanks Cosby

Cosby, married to one of the most recognized faces in the entertainment industry (comedian, author, and television actor Bill Cosby), has been a surreptitious public presence throughout much of husband’s career. And yet her influence has been immense.

In addition to having raised their five children, she serves as her husband’s business manager, overseeing all financial, philanthropic and staffing matters. She plays an active role in the management of her husband's career and estimated $300 million fortune. A large portion of that fortune has been given away to historic African American colleges and universities in an ongoing, one-family philanthropic mission.

She is also president of COC Productions, a film production company, and C&J Productions, a stage production company, through which she has undertaken some significant projects of her own, including a stage play based on a best-selling book and a film documentary about a mentoring program.

She holds both a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

Debra Lee

Lee has served as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of BET Holdings, Inc. (BET), a media and entertainment company and a division of Viacom, Inc., since 2005. Prior to her being named Chief Executive Officer, she was president and chief operating officer (COO) of BET Networks for nine years. She joined BET in 1986 as Vice President and General Counsel. She started at BET as corporate counsel in 1986 after being recruited by founder Robert Johnson to serve as the company’s first staff lawyer.

In her position at BET, Lee wields significant power as one of the relatively few female executives in cable television. During her tenure at BET, she has helped steer the company as it grew from a small, privately held cable company to a multibillion dollar, multimedia, publicly traded corporation.

Lee sits on the Board of Directors for WGL Holdings, Inc. (a public utility), Eastman Kodax, Marriott International, Inc. and Revlon, Inc. She has served  on the Board of Directors for a number of companies/organizations, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association the Ad Council, and the National Cable Television Association.

Herbert  “Herb” Douglas, Jr.

Douglas is perhaps best known to Xavierites as a member of the 1942 Xavier track team which made history as the first HBCU school to win a race at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia PA. However his lifetime accomplishments go far beyond that.

An accomplished athlete, Douglas won a bronze medal in the long jump at the 1948 Olympics in London, in addition to three collegiate track titles. He is also credited with helping to integrate the University of Pittsburgh's varsity football team in 1945. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

A successful businessman, he served as a sales executive for the Pabst Brewing Company before rising to become the third African-American vice president for Schieffelin and Somersot (makers of Hennessy Cognac). He was selected by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 Most Successful Black Men.

A member of the NAACP and Urban League, Douglas founded the International Amateur Athletic Association, Inc., and has served on the board of directors of the Jesse Owens Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh.

XU New Orleans Alumni Invited to "A Day at the Races"

New Orleans LA - The New Orleans Alumni Chapter of Xavier University of Louisiana is hosting a “Day at the Races” fundraiser on March 20 at the Fairgrounds Race Course. All XU alumni, family and friends are invited.

The event will benefit the New Orleans Alumni Chapter’s annual scholarship, given to a New Orleans area student, and also help raise funds for the soon to be built St. Katharine Drexel Chapel. Tickets for the "Day at the Races" are $45 per person and include admission, racing program, and buffet. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. with the first post time at 12:30 p.m.

For more information on the XU New Orleans Alumni Chapter’s Event visit HERE , email or call the Xavier alumni office at 520-6782.

Rush, Nuggets Open Basketball Postseason Play

New Orleans LA – The Xavier University of Louisiana men’s and women’s basketball teams open postseason play Friday (March 4) in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament in Jacksonville FL.

The Gold Rush, 26-4 overall and ranked 17th in the final regular season NAIA National Poll, are  seeded second in the men’s division. They will play third-seeded SUNO Fisk in the semifinals at 6:00 p.m. (EST).

The Gold Nuggets, 24-6 overall and ranked 20th in the final regular season NAIA national poll, are the No.1 seed in the women’s division. They will meet Dillard in the semifinals at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

The teams are vying for spots in the NAIA National Basketball Championships, which will be held in Kansas City MO (men) and Jackson TN (women), respectively.

For the complete GCAC tournament schedule visit HERE.

Mitchell Joins Xavier Xavier Board of Trustees

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has added a new member to its governing Board of Trustees: James Mitchell, Jr., manager in corporate government relations at General Electric Company.

Mitchell is a senior executive at GE and currently is a Lobbyist in the firm’s Government Relations Group in Washington DC where he helps GE drive its legislative agenda in the following areas: immigration, taxes, capital markets, international government relations, investment management and financial services.

In addition, he continues to lead the Office of the Chairman sponsored initiative designed to invest in minority and women owned financial services firms.  He has committed close to $1.0 billion of investments with minority-owned and women-owned investment firms. Mitchell holds degrees from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Finance (BS) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA). He is married to Dana Davis and they have two children.

Other members of the 18-member board include: Sister Doris Blum S.B.S. ’55, Dwight Bush Sr., Dr. Dale Mason Cochran, Dr. Norman C. Francis (ex-officio), Carla Harris, Sister Stephanie Henry S.B.S., Dr. Toni Hoover, the Rev. Monsignor Paul Lenz, Sister Amedee Maxwell S.B.S., Sister Rita Radloff S.B.S., Mark Romig (secretary), Leo Sam Jr. ’52, Sister Barbara Specker S.B.S., Sister Patricia Suchalski S.B.S. (vice chair), David Voelker, Janice Frilot Wilkins ’67, and Mary Keller Zervigon (chair).

What They'll be Reading Next Fall at Xavier

New Orleans LA - The students, faculty, and staff of Xavier University of Louisiana have selected Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal as next year’s shared reading. In the book, journalist Eric Schlosser chronicles the evolution of the fast food industry and documents some ugly truths about this hallmark of American culture.

With vivid detail, Schlosser argues that fast food poses greater dangers than just high cholesterol. From the ethics of marketing to children to wiping out rain forests to make room for cattle, from the abuse of immigrant labor to the risk of Mad Cow Disease, Schlosser makes a case that the fast food industry is a leading contributor to some of our world’s greatest threats, making the book an ideal candidate for Xavier’s shared reading.

The book will be required reading by all first-year students at Xavier, but it is a text that anyone on campus can and should read, as it is selected because it addresses issues relevant to Xavier’s mission.

In October, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Office asked members of the Xavier community to suggest possible titles for next year. After receiving over 70 suggestions, the list was narrowed to six, which were then voted on through a web-based poll. Fast Food Nation received a majority 25 percent of the vote from students, faculty, and staff.

XU Students Inducted to Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society

New Orleans LA – Ninety-two Xavier University of Louisiana students have been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) National Honor Society for First Year Students according to the group’s advisor and director of the First Year Student Success program, Dr.  Marion Carroll.

ALD is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year students. Today, ALD has more than 250 chapters throughout the United States and more than 700,000 students have been initiated into membership.

Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full-time freshmen students who earn a scholastic average of 3.5 or better at a four-year college or university enrolled in college level coursework.

"In order to be a scholar you need to see a scholar,” said Carroll. “These students come from all backgrounds, experiences and attitudes. I hope that recognizing ALD students will inspire and encourage all of our students and effect in a positive way the culture of learning on campus at Xavier."

Members of the XU Class of 2014 include: Yasser Abdelaziz, Zainab Adebayo, Corey Arnold, Dujuana Batiste, Kamaria Beamon, Jolie Bellow, Nadine Bizimana, Javon Bracy, Kaitland Brannon, Brionee Broussard, Tram Bui, Erreca Cato, Jasmine Chaisson, Chrystina Clinton, Jade Crutch, Aaron Dangerfield, Jordan Davis, Sharelle Davis, Kendall Davis, Kamirah Demouchet, Brandan Dotson, Rose Duchane, Mariah Dunbar, Celeste Edwards, Whitney Fant, Jamille Fields, Laura Flowers, Kaci Foster, Miracle Gaines, Shanequa Grayson, Nadia Halum, Taylor Hamilton, Briana Hampton, Brehana Hawkins, Christopher Hayes, Travanti Holmes, Jasmyne Hudson, Rayya Hunter, Kayrah Jack, Vallery Jenkins, Giovanna Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Bene' Johnson, David Jones, Milana Jones, Maura Jones, Parixit Joshi, Danyelle Kimble, Evan La Roche, Randi Lemons, Sandi Lewanika, Injee Lim, Leaann Love, Erika McClain, Kyle McClue, Ashlei McDonald, Kaylin McLeod, Javon Mead, Alyssa Mercadel, McKenzie Moses, Ashley Moss, David Nguyen, Quan Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Oluwadolapo Oyebadejo, Manisha Paul, Gretchen Peppers, Anthony Pham, Brittany Poirrier, Kai Prophete, Jeffrey Quach, Antonio Roberts, Jade Romain, Fizza Sajid, Danielle Sanders, Michael Seaberry, Herbert Smith, Charmelle Spatcher, Desmond Stewart, KhandaseTate, Maza Tchedou, Aviayna Thomas, Lauree Thomas, Hong Tran, Hieu Tran, Kha Tsang, Megan Webb, Donielle Williams, Francios Williams, Vernicia Winford and DeAngellica Vaughn-Allen.
For more information about the ALD honor society, visit For more information on Xavier’s First Year Success program, visit the Xavier website at

Xavier Review Features Father and Son Dubus

New Orleans LA – Catholic, Louisiana writer Andre Dubus and his son Andre Dubus III are prominently featured in the newest edition of Xavier Review.

In addition to scholarly, journalistic, and personal essays from the two legendary writers, the issue includes a chapter from the younger Dubus's forthcoming memoir, Townie, which will be published by Norton this spring.

The elder Dubus is regarded as one of the most important American short story writers of the 20th century. The Xavier University Library Special Collections houses a number of his papers. His son is the author of the novel House of Sand and Fog which was turned into a movie starring Ben Kingsley.

“Publishing a chapter from his forthcoming memoir is quite a coup for Xavier Review,” said Dr. Nicole P. Greene, editor of the Xavier Review and a professor of English at Xavier. “It means we will be credited in the paperback edition and in the video Dubus is making for Vanity Fair.

The new issue of Xavier Review (Vol. 30.1) is available for purchase at the Department of English and African American Studies, Administration Annex, Room 204, or by calling 520-5246.

Xavier Review Press publishes scholarly and creative works in the arts and humanities. It has special interests in the American South, New Orleans, the Gulf and Caribbean sphere, African American culture, ethnography, and religion. The non-profit press, active since 1988, publishes several books each year.

XU College of Pharmacy to Host 4th Annual Health Disparities Conference

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy (COP) will host the fourth annual Health Disparities Conference “Utilizing Interdisciplinary Strategies to Advance from Disparity to Reform” March 27-29 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

The conference, hosted by COP’s Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities, which will focus on replicable multidisciplinary collaborative models and approaches from the clinical, research, and community arenas that integrate all levels of providers to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.

“Mid-level providers provide an increasing amount of primary care resources, said Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., Associate Dean for Research and Director, Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) at Xavier. “Utilizing mid-level providers in a trans-disciplinary environment can provide lower costs, improve quality care and increase access to care in low income, racial and ethnic, rural and migrant communities, which are particularly affected by health disparities.”

Jack said the target audience for the conference is mid-level providers such as pharmacists and nurses. He said at the end of this activity participants will be able to demonstrate models of successful implementation of projects using multidisciplinary healthcare teams to address disparities in chronic disease; examine the impact of a culturally and linguistically competent healthcare workforce in the delivery services; and discuss policy changes related to healthcare reimbursement at local and regional levels.

The conference pre-registration deadline is March 14 and the deadline for submitting abstracts for poster presentation is Feb. 23. Visit HERE for more details.

Funding for the conference was provided [in part] by a grant from the from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Freshman Applications Up for Fall 2011
New Orleans LA - As the priority deadline of March 1 fast approaches, the Xavier University of Louisiana Office of Admissions reports that freshman applications 2011-2012 term are running 33 percent higher than last year.

That’s music to the ears of XU Dean of Admissions Winston Brown, who attributes much of the increase to a growing national interest in the University’s varied offerings.

“Applications from Louisiana students are up, but we are seeing more dramatic increases in applicants from throughout our region and across the country,” said Brown. “Because of the increased competition for admission slots, it is more important than ever for high school students who are serious about attending Xavier to apply as early as possible.”

This year’s pool of applicants shows a distinct preference for the online application. Online applications have increased from 62% last year to 81% for the Fall 2011 class. Xavier is in its inaugural year of membership in the Common Application.

Meanwhile, enrollment at the University for the Spring 2011 semester holds steady at 3,217 students. This number includes 123 new or returning undergraduates.

Brown said this is evidence that enrollment is expanding in spite of the tough economic times. “A Xavier education remains a coveted experience,” he said.

Interested students should apply ONLINE.

YMTF/BEEP Welcomes Black Professionals to Campus

New Orleans LA - Accomplished professionals from the public and private sectors will visit the campus Feb. 20-22 to participate in Xavier University of Louisiana's Office of Career Service’s annual Youth Motivation Task Force/Black Executive Exchange Program (YMTF/BEEP).

A team of 50 African American professionals, representing a variety of career fields ranging from medicine to the military, will visit classrooms to share their stories and give advice on how to succeed in life after college. 

In addition to the classroom visits, team members will be available to meet with students for an informal mixer, and the program will also include panel discussions on careers in law and career options to medical schools.

This year’s YMTF/BEEP team, chaired by XU Director of Career Services Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas ’71, includes 22 other alumni, including: Patricia Boyer ’81, Chad Broussard ’99, Conchetta Carpenter ‘99, Gary Carter ’96, Dr. Lynette Causey ’72, Veronica Harrison ’86, Ellen Hazeur ’86, Kristi Hubbard ’78, Dr. Adrienne Johnson ’95, Frank Joshua Sr. ’84, Clark Knighten ’79, Kristie Lebeau ’95, Dr. Ambrose Martin III ’76, Vernon Martin, Jr. ’73, Giovanni Morris ’90, Dylan Perry ’97, Howard Rodgers IV ’04, Randall Schexnayder ’80, Mike Scott ’85, Melanie Sullivan ’88, Sharonda Williams ’94, and Vernon Williams ’85.

This year’s event is being sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Xavier Named Member of HHMI Science Education Alliance

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana is one of twelve schools and the only HBCU to be named a 2011 member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Science Education Alliance. Fourteen others will join as associate members.

“The Department of Biology at Xavier is very excited about being awarded a full membership to the Science Education Alliance of the HHMI and as a member of Cohort IV, is looking forward to participating in the inquiry-based teaching initiatives,” said Dr. Shuba Kale Ireland, Professor and Chair of the department.

Xavier and the other schools will begin offering an innovative course from HHMI’s Science Education Alliance (SEA) that will give students hands on research experience in an elective course.

“This will be a small group of students doing very hands-on, intensive research,” said Dr. Joseph Ross, XU Associate Professor of biology and one of the program coordinators. The course will target sophomore biology majors, and students will be recruited mainly from those presently enrolled in Biology 1240 (the second semester of the General Biology series).

“This is a direction we have wanted to move some of our courses to for a while," he said. "It is a very effective technique to immerse students in research. We have of course done hands on before but nothing like this. This course will give them tools to enable them to do better in other science course work as well.”

While some participating schools offer the course as a substitute for their introductory biology laboratory, at Xavier the course will be an elective. Biology majors must choose 15 hours of biology electives in their program.

In the first term, the students isolate phages (a group of viruses that infect specific bacteria) from locally collected soil. Given the diversity of phages, each one is almost certain to be unique, and the students get to name their newly identified life form. They spend the rest of the term purifying and characterizing their phage and extracting its DNA.
Between terms, the DNA samples are sequenced at one of several research centers across the country. In the second half of the course, the students receive digital files containing their phage’s DNA sequence. The students then learn to use bioinformatics tools to analyze and annotate the genomes.

The 12 schools joining the SEA were – Xavier, Brown University, Carthage College, College of St. Scholastica, Georgia Gwinnett College, Johns Hopkins University, Montclair State University, Ohio State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Florida and Washington State University – were chosen through a competitive application process. They will offer the course beginning in Fall 2011. HHMI provides training, research, and laboratory materials, as well as support from HHMI staff.

HHMI created the SEA in 2007 to develop resources that enable undergraduate science educators to present innovative courses and programs. Since then, participating faculty have worked together to roll out the course and bring the excitement of experimental research to students in a novel, collaborative way.

Travels with Mae" Author Eileen Julien at Xavier Feb. 9

New Orleans LA - Author and XU graduate Eileen Julien ‘69 will read from her latest book “Travels with Mae: Scenes from a New Orleans Childhood” at Xavier University of Louisiana Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

In the novel, Julien, now a professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, uses a series of vignettes to tell the story of her girlhood, young womanhood, and cultural and political awakening against the backdrop of New Orleans in the 1950’s and 60’s. Not only is it the story of the author’s coming of age, but this is a loving portrait of family life. Julien gives an insider’s perspective on New Orleans culture.

The book includes several family photos and reproductions of paintings by her late husband Kalidou Sy.

In a 2009 review in the Times Picayune, writer Susan Larson said, “An episodic, anecdotal memoir, "Travels With Mae" offers a rare glimpse into the life of the African-American middle class in New Orleans … to travel with Mae is to be well-traveled indeed; Julien honors her mother's  spirit, her family's strength, with this affectionate, graceful portrait.”

Speech Pathology Major Receives MLK Service Award

New Orleans LA - Kaitlyn Gaddis, a Xavier University of Louisiana junior speech pathology major from New Orleans, was honored for her community service during the 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration.

She was recognized for embodying the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a community leader and a spirit for change in various efforts to restore, rebuild and renew the New Orleans community.

Gaddis, who prepped at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville GA, has totally embraced the institution’s mission of “promoting a more just and humane society,” dedicating countless hours of service and leadership to programs offered by the XU Center for Student Leadership and Service.

This year, she serves as chair of Mobilization at Xavier (MAX), the university’s student-led service organization that consists of twelve very diverse community service programs. She is also in her second year of coordinating Outreach Day, a MAX community service program which invites elementary school children in the New Orleans area to campus once monthly to participate in educational, cultural and social enrichment activities.

Last year, Gaddis also served as secretary of MAX, responsible for keeping tabs on and communicating with all students registered in the umbrella community service organization. She has also served on the planning committee for the citywide MLK Day of Service for two years and worked to coordinate community service projects as part of the 2010 Homecoming Week.

A member of the 2010–2011 XU Homecoming Court, she is also a  mentor in Xavier’s  Leading Others Via Excellence (XU L.O.V.E.) program, and an intern at the Lagniappe Academies of New Orleans. 

Gaddis was one of the four students from the MLK Week-sponsoring local institutions (XU, Tulane, Dillard and Loyola) to receive a community service award during the convocation. New Orleans’s desegregation pioneer Ruby Bridges, now chair of her own foundation which promotes "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences", was presented the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award during the same event.

Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni delivered the keynote address at the MLK Week’s  signature convocation. Other MLK events included a community service day and expressions of unity celebration.

XU Music Professor's Opera Earns Big Easy Award

New Orleans LA - “Embarrassing Position,” an original opera written by Xavier University of Louisiana music professor and composer Dr. Dan Shore, has been selected to receive the Big Easy Entertainment Award’s 2011 Creative Achievement in Opera award.

Shore will accept the honor at the organization’s 17th annual Tribute to the Classical Arts benefit gala Feb. 7 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The benefit supports the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education.

According to Shore the opera is based on a sketch by Kate Chopin set in 1890’s New Orleans and takes its musical inspiration from 19th-century Creole composers like Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Basile Barès.

The plot of the one-act comedy recounts the troubles of a young bachelor running for political office who receives an unexpected visit from the lovely and naïve daughter of a family friend and, before he can figure out what to do with her, notes another knock at the door – that of a gossip columnist for the New Orleans Times-Democrat!

“It’s a direct result of my experiences here in the city,” said Shore of the piece. “I wrote the entire score in my office at Xavier, and we tested out a scene with our opera workshop.”

The opera had its premiere at the New England Conservatory in Boston MA in May 2010. Xavier’s opera workshop performed the opera locally in the fall of 2010.

It’s not the first of Shore’s operas to receive recognition. His 2007 opera “The Beautiful Bridegroom,” hailed as ‘a little masterpiece’ by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David del Tredici. It has been produced 11 times throughout the country, including a date at the National Opera Association meeting earlier this month in San Antonio, TX.

Shore, who holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, has taught at Xavier since 2008 when moved to New Orleans from Boston MA in 2008 to join his wife Meredith Rouse, who plays the English horn with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

MLK Week for Peace Celebrates 25 years

New Orleans LA - When the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was first observed in 1986, local university officials from Xavier and Tulane Universities came together to present the first MLK Week for Peace commemoration.
Carolyn Barber-Pierre, then director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane, was on the committee. Twenty-five years later Pierre is now assistant vice president for student affairs at Tulane and she is still one of the main organizers for the event, which now also includes
Dillard and Loyola universities.

In this 25th anniversary year, the four universities will once again celebrate the annual MLK Week for Peace, January 17-2, 2011. Poet and activist NIKKI GIOVANNI will be the guest speaker and trailblazer RUBY BRIDGES will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

  “We started right after the national holiday was created because we believed this holiday was not just another day off, but a “day on” to reflect, commemorate and to celebrate Dr. King’s teaching, his vision, and dream,” said Barber-Pierre. “Dr. Francis (Xavier’s president) and Dr. Kelly (Tulane’s president) both supported that idea then.

“We continue to do it because there is still work to be done in our communities. We have to challenge our students to become good community servants, and to give back for all the opportunities they’ve been given with a college education. We have to stimulate the minds
of those who may not have lived during Dr. King’s time and share with them what the importance of his life meant, not only to black people to humanity,” she said.

Joseph Byrd, dean of students in 1987 and currently vice president for student services at Xavier was also on the committee in the early years. “It was a coming together of the universities to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King,” he said. It wasn’t a Black thing or a White thing, it was a university thing and universal.”

“It’s been exciting to be a part of the Week for Peace for so long and to see it grow, said Byrd. “I am excited to also be a part of this celebration at a national level as this year Alpha Phi Alpha will unveil the MLK memorial in Washington DC.”

In 1992 the group began presenting the Community Lifetime Achievement award. Recipients have included Rev. Avery Alexander, Rosa Keller, artist John Scott, Dr. Lolis Eli and others. In addition each year a student from each university is selected and honored for
their community service.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement award recipient is Ruby Bridges. Bridges was the face of desegregation in New Orleans Public Schools, the first African American student at William Frantz Elementary. Her historic civil rights move was the subject of a well known Norman Rockwell painting titled “The problem we all live with.”

She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences". Describing the mission of the group, she said, "racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it."

Bridges' childhood struggle at William Frantz Elementary School was portrayed in the 1998 made-for-TV movie Ruby Bridges, and was most recently in the news for the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the New Orleans Public School System.  She has
received numerous awards including in 2001 the Presidential Citizens Medal from then President Bill Clinton.

In addition to several books written about her and her experiences, Bridges published her own book, Through My Eyes. Week for Peace committee members have come and gone over the years, but each year the committee has organized different events and approaches to celebrating the week, from panel discussions with community members, college students and even high school students,  to movie showings, theatre productions, commemorative
marches, and  ecumenical services. This year’s Stepping for a Dream Step-Off Contest is a charity event with the winning team getting a cash donation for their favorite charity.

A guest speaker has always been a standard part of the Week’s celebration and those guests have ranged from veterans who were on the forefront of the Civil Rights movement to contemporary voices in the ongoing struggles, and educators. Those speakers have included such names as Fred Shuttlesworth, Juan Williams, Bernice King, Cornell West, Tavis Smiley, Jesse Jackson, Merlie Evers-Williams, Randall Robinson and Kweisi Mfume.

Barber-Pierre and Byrd both agree that it’s important that the universities continue to come together to celebrate. “We continue to celebrate because we feel that until there is equality and we rid some of the social ills in our community, we need to keep vigilant about where
our eyes should be,” said Barber-Pierre. “In New Orleans, even five years out from Katrina, we’re still struggling in education, in providing community services to our populations and addressing other economic, environmental and health issues.”

For more information on the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week for Peace, please visit the WEBSITE.

Haiti Earthquake Anniversary Observances at XU

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana will observe the anniversary of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake disaster January 12, 2011 with a midday Mass of Remembrance, followed in the afternoon by a moment of silence, and later a screening of a human rights documentary film about Caribbean sugar plantations and the exploitation of children.

A noon Mass will be held in the XU Chapel in remembrance of the tragic earthquake that claimed more than 200,000 lives and destroyed Haiti’s major cities. University chaplain Rev. Giles Conwill will be the Celebrant.

At 3:53 p.m. the Xavier campus community will observe a moment of silence and prayer at the exact time the earthquake struck Haiti.

Then, at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center (Room 205), director Amy Serrano will introduce the film, “The Sugar Babies”, and later field questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

“We at XU have much to be proud of vis-a-vis our efforts to not only raise funds for relief, but also to engage the campus in continued activities and events designed to increase our awareness of the Haitian people and their culture – in addition, of course, to monitoring what is going on with relief efforts since last year's earthquake including the latest cholera epidemic,” said Pamela Franco, Haiti Cherie relief committee coordinator.

Since the tragedy Xavier’s faculty, students & staff have raised more than $16,000 and distributed most of those funds to non-profit relief efforts – not only right after the tragedy, but more recently to provide critically needed medical supplies for fighting the Haitian cholera epidemic.

In addition to fundraising, the university has also co-sponsored several Haiti-focused activities, exhibits and academic programs designed to enhance the Xavier community’s awareness of the many ties between Haiti and New Orleans’s own cultural history. In fact, a Haiti-themed high school essay contest in association with the university’s Department of History is currently underway.

The documentary “The Sugar Babies” is a modern tale of slavery and sugar in the Dominican Republic, Haiti’s neighbor in the Caribbean. It explores the lives of descendants of the first Africans delivered to the island of Hispaniola for the bittersweet commodity that once ruled the world. These very same people continued to be trafficked to work in sugar under circumstances that can only be considered modern day slavery.

The critically acclaimed film is narrated by award-winning author Edwidge Danticat, and examines the moral price of sugar –present and past – from the perspective of conditions surrounding the children of sugar cane cutters of Haitian ancestry in the Dominican Republic, and the continuing denial of their basic human rights. It received an Emmy Award in the human interest section, and it was named Best Documentary at the Delray Beach Film Festival in 2008.

Plans are underway for continued activities at Xavier designed to keep the campus engaged during the Spring 2011 semester. Visit HERE for more information on Xavier’s Haiti Cherie activities.

XU Engages New Emergency Message System

New Orleans LA - Xavier has selected the Connect-ED® for Higher ED communication service from Blackboard Connect Inc. to deliver emergency messages and other time-sensitive notifications to all students, faculty and staff employees effective January 2011.

The university decided to replace its current E2campus alert system with the newer, multi-modal Connect-ED service to provide expanded capability to send information and updates during unforeseen events or emergencies. The service enables the University to schedule, send, and track via four different forms of communication:

•  Personalized voice messages to home, work and cell phones, and even e-mail addresses
•  Text messages to cell phones, PDAs, networked digital signage, and other text-based devices
•  Text messages to e-mail accounts
•  Messages to TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired

All students, faculty and staff were sent an e-mail at their accounts with instructions on how to sign up for the new service.

Nikki Giovanni to Highlight MLK Week Celebration

New Orleans LA - Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni will be the featured speaker for the 25th annual MLK week for peace Jan 17-21. 

The Week for Peace is sponsored by a collaboration of four local universities: Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard. This year’s theme is “Unity and Diversity: Universities for the Dream”.

Nikki Giovanni, a world-renowned writer, commentator, activist, and educator, is one of the most widely-read American poets. A Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech University, she is the author of some 30 books for both adults and children, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English."

Early in her career she was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry," and over the course of more than three decades of publishing and lecturing she has come to be called both a "National Treasure" and, most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey's twenty-five "Living Legends."
Among her many honors, Giovanni has received 25 honorary degrees and has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony Magazine.

Also during the convocation, students from all four universities will receive community service awards. In addition to the convocation, other MLK week activities include a community day of service, a talent showcase, a University step-off, and a closing celebration. All events are free.

The complete calendar of MLK events follows: 

Monday, Jan. 17

- Community Service Day, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     University Center, Xavier (staging)

Wednesday, Jan. 19
- MLK Convocation: Reception 5:30 p.m.; Convocation 6:00
    Presentation of Awards, Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
    Roussel Hall, Loyola

Thursday, Jan. 20
- Expressions of Unity, 7:00 p.m.
    Cook Fine Arts Center, Dillard

Friday, Jan. 21
- Stepping for the Dream (University Step-off), 8:00 p.m.
    McAlister Auditorium, Tulane
- Closing Party, 9:30 p.m.
    Danna Center, Loyola

For more info visit HERE.

Fitch Praise CD Celebrates Life, Benefits New Xavier Chapel

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana music minister Dwight Fitch, along with his wife Connie and their children Sunni, a Xavier graduate, John, Cory and granddaughter Amour, have released a new gospel praise CD “Victory in Jesus,” and they are donating the proceeds from the CD to benefit the building of the St. Katharine Drexel chapel.

Dwight Fitch is a fixture at the daily Mass on the Xavier campus. As the music minister on the Campus Ministry staff at Xavier, he plays piano and leads the worship songs at the daily noon Mass, coordinates the Sunday Student Gospel Choir, and assists on retreats, and with other activities.

The new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel at Xavier (to be named in honor of the university’s founder) will be the first free-standing house of worship built on the Xavier campus and has been designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli.

Fitch, who survived a battle with lung cancer in 2008, says the project was inspired by the outpouring of love and support from the Christian Community’s prayers, and he says “the all-around support that came from the Body of Christ, surely aided in my healing. As a family, we are so grateful to God and to His people for being with us on our journey of faith. We are offering the proceeds from this in appreciation for the many graces received. “

“We felt like we needed to give something back and I felt with my being a part of Campus Ministry (along with Connie who assists regularly!), we needed to contribute something. Being music minister I  had the opportunity to do that through music.  This way we get word of God out, plus we’re able to help with something in the new chapel.

Fitch, who has been with Xavier’s campus ministry for 15 years, is also currently the music minister at St. Raymond/St. Leo and has served as music minister has at other churches.

“I’m really excited about chapel, he said. The choir section is just awesome!  It holds 60 people and is elevated – you know it took years to get our current choir space elevated in the administration building chapel. There will be an organ and piano in the new chapel and space for drums so we continue the culture.

His experience with the students who make up the Campus Ministry Gospel Choir, have been inspiring for him. “In 2006 and 2007 after the storm was a rebuilding time for us and everyone In XU community and the city.

“I was struggling with six to twelve choir members, but we persevered. This year our group is awesome. We have forty students, mostly freshman, and they bring a great spirit to praise. They are sincere and committed – necessary when volunteering for Campus Ministry. They have a sense of commitment and we talk about that. They will take what they learn spiritually back to their communities. Coming here, getting degree and not taking  Jesus  with  you is not a good thing.”

In 2004 under Fitch’s direction, Campus Ministry Gospel Choir created a CD as a fundraiser. “They wrote every song on that CD, said Fitch. We didn’t have a studio at the time. We recorded it in chapel. It was a lot of fun and we had a great time.“

The Fitch’s "Victory in Jesus" CDs are currently on sale for $10 in the Campus ministry office. “We thought it was important that it be affordable,” said Fitch. “We wanted as many people as possible to get it and hear the word of God.”

In addition to benefitting the Xavier chapel, the Fitch’s are also offering the CD through St. Mary’s  Academy,  where Connie Fitch is the alumni director. Proceeds from those sales will go to scholarships at St. Mary’s.

Xavier’s Campus Ministry office is located on the first floor of the Administration building.  For more information contact Campus Ministry at 504-520-7593. The CD is also available on line at

Music Department Hosts Junior Mance Quintet

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host the Junior Mance Quintet in concert Jan. 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

A  jazz legend with over six decades of experience performing with other jazz greats, pianist Junior Mance fronts a cohesive and compelling jazz ensemble joined by bassist Hidé Tanaka, drummer Kim Garey, and saxophonists Rya1n Anselmi and Andrew Hadro.

The quintet includes bassist Hidé Tanaka, drummer Kim Garey, and saxophonists Rya1n Anselmi and Andrew Hadro. The group performs ballads, blues, and jazz standards.

The performance is part of the 2nd annual Jazz education Network conference being held in New Orleans Jan 5-8, 2011.

For more information contact the Xavier Music Department at 504-520-7597.

Pharmacy Students Shine in the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana pharmacy students  Christopher Gillard of Vacherie, LA and Ifeanyi Onor of Anambra State, Nigeria, were among the 10 teams in the finals in the 15th Annual Clinical Skills Competition held at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Mid-Year Clinical Meeting in Anaheim CA.
A record number 109 teams competed this year with Gillard and Onor representing Xavier. This is the first time that Xavier has had students place in the final round of the competition. The students won a $100 ASHP Gift Certificate, an iPOD touch preloaded with Lexi-Complete, a drug database software; and a subscription to ASHP's PharmPrep Online, an online pharmacy board exam preparatory tool.

During the competition, administered by ASHP’s Pharmacy Student Forum and sponsored by the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, students demonstrate their skills by assessing patient information and current therapy, identifying and prioritizing drug therapy problems, identifying treatment goals, and recommending a pharmacist’s care plan.

The Clinical Skills Competition is designed to facilitate an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for health-system pharmacists to help patients make the best use of their medications. The goals of the competition include fostering the development of clinical practice skills; reinforcing the pharmacist's responsibility for optimal drug therapy outcomes; facilitating the effective use of a systematic approach to clinical problem-solving; and enhancing written and oral communication skills.

Other activities for pharmacy students included sessions on career planning, pursuing residency training, and opportunities for involvement in ASHP and the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative.

Other top ten finalists included: Drake University College of Pharmacy; St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy; University of California – San Francisco School of Pharmacy;  University of Georgia College of Pharmacy; University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy; University of Maryland School of Pharmacy; University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy; University of Utah College of Pharmacy; and Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy.

Xavier Earns SACS Reaffirmation

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana’s regional accreditation has been reaffirmed for another 10 years by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), according to President Dr. Norman C. Francis after receiving the formal news today at the SACS winter meetings in Louisville, Kentucky.

The University was found to be fully compliant with all 86 SACS standards and requirements, including its new campus-wide Quality Enhancement Plan "Read Today, Lead Tomorrow" designed to encourage all members of the Xavier community to become more active and engaged readers.

This announcement follows an exhaustive two-year self-study performed by the University and an external review by an independent site visit team appointed by the Commission. The reaffirmation process and self-study are required at 10-year intervals.

“We are naturally pleased by this notable achievement, which is the result of a collaborative effort from faculty, staff, students, administrators and trustees to showcase Xavier in its very best light,” said Francis, noting that the accreditation required extensive assessment, reporting, documentation, scheduling, interviewing, logistics and hospitality. “This is a great victory for us all and we could not have hoped for a better outcome.”

Francis says today's acknowledgment from the accrediting agency marks the "dawn of a new day for Xavier,” further attesting to its fortitude and tremendous capacity to have come so far in the five years since being nearly devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Xavier’s last university-wide review/reaffirmation by SACS was in 2000.

Lieteau Selected for Alumnus of the Year Honors

New Orleans LA - Halvan Lieteau ’53 of New Orleans, a successful corporate businessman and entrepreneur on the national and international level, was honored as Xavier University of Louisiana's top alumni at the 2010 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

He was presented the Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award by National Alumni president Frederick Carter '69, Dr. Joseph Labat ’59, and XU President Norman Francis '52 during the annual Gala, the traditional highlight of alumni homecoming week.

The annual gala drew a crowd of 447 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 15 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $253,957. The Class of '60 led the way with 46 members contributing $33,828.

“Tonight we honor a prolific, tireless worker on behalf of Xavier University,” said Carter of this year’s honoree in his introduction. “His efforts on behalf of alumni association chapters have taken him from New York to New Orleans.”

A long-time employee of IBM in New York, Lieteau retired home to New Orleans, where he owned and operated Lieteau’s Shops and was General Manager of Pioneer Services Incorporated, a provider of engineering services to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

While in New York he served as chapter president for that city’s alumni chapter, and recently served in the same capacity for the New Orleans Alumni Chapter #1, where he coined the phrase “the Home Team”.  He also assisted the National Alumni Association as a member of the Fundraising Committee and has assisted the Office of Alumni Relations as a volunteer with the Annual Fund Phone-a-thon. 

Lieteau has been actively engaged as a consultant and speaker in the areas of financial planning, manufacturing management and general business operations.  Presently he serves as a Board Member and Chairman of the Education Committee for the New Orleans Rotary Club.

His dedication to the mission of St. Katharine Drexel also extends to his support of Xavier University Preparatory High School (The Prep) where is service includes hands-on and financial support for The Prep’s annual fundraiser “Remember When”. 

In keeping with his commitment to the University, he is insuring the continued growth of Xavier by making a provision in his will to benefit the University, thus establishing for himself and his wife, Theyon, a perpetual legacy.

Two-Sport Student-Athlete Takes Her Game to Medical School

New Orleans LA - There are student-athletes and then there are student-athletes. Some are average students, excelling in athletics; others excel in academics, but are just average athletes; while still others are those rare individuals who excel in both areas. Danielle Jones is one of the latter.

A senior biology-premed major at Xavier University of Louisiana, Jones is graduating later this month (December). Due to a combination of earned pre-college credits, summer school and internships, she is finishing up her college degree credit requirements in just three-and-a-half years. She has, however, crammed a wide variety of experiences into somewhat abbreviated time-frame.

A member of the Gold Nuggets basketball team for three years, she became a rare two-sport letterwoman for the University by joining Xavier’s fledgling volleyball program this semester. She has participated in two prestigious summer research programs at Ivy League institutions. She has worked as a volunteer with the several local organizations, including the Audubon Zoo and the Jesse Owens Recreational Center, and was involved in various green light and recycling projects.

“I was used to juggling academics and athletics in high school, so that in itself was no big deal,” said Jones, reflecting back over the years. “But college certainly takes it to a higher level and I found I had to push myself even harder.”

“Danielle has impressed me with her ability to merge athletics with academics without neglecting either one,” said biology professor Sister Grace Mary Flickinger S.B.S., Xavier’s Faculty Athletics Representative and Jones’ academic advisee since she arrived as a freshman. “She was always open to advice and willing to act on it. She is a gracious young woman who is respected by both faculty and peers.”

Jones, who prepped at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, excelled at both basketball and volleyball at that level. She was awarded a partial basketball scholarship (supplementing a full academic scholarship) to play for Xavier, which she did for three years, averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in 99 appearances.

When she realized last spring she would be completing her academic studies early, she decided to forego her fourth year of eligibility in the sport. As fate would have it, however, the University announced it was reviving its dormant women’s intercollegiate volleyball program for the 2010 fall semester. Although she hadn’t played the sport competitively since high school, Jones tried out for and made the new volleyball squad.

“For me, it was like what they say about riding a bike – once you learn how you never forget – so once practice started volleyball came back to me pretty easily,” said Jones, who professes to have inherited her athletic abilities from her mother (Andrea Jones). “The hard part was joining the team late; the other players had been practicing together while I was away doing summer research, so when I came back home I was like a stranger.”

Still she persevered and scored 47 kills and 23 blocks in 24 matches, mostly in a reserve role.

At the same time she continued to maintain the highest academic standards, earning a spot on the Dean’s List every semester and being named recipient of a Rousseve Academic Scholarship, an honor reserved for the University’s top 10 students in each class. She was also recognized nationally as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete.

“We take pride at Xavier in our student-athletes excelling both in the classroom and out on the court,” said Coach Robert “Bo” Browder, XU’s head women’s basketball coach since 1998. “There is no question that Danielle has exceeded those expectations.”

Jones made sure her summers were equally productive. She has spent the last two years conducting basic research in neurology, ecology and evolutionary biology under the watchful eyes of professor mentors at both Harvard and Yale Universities.

“There is a lot to be said for leaving your comfort zone (e.g. Xavier) and putting what you’ve been learning all these years to the test in an unfamiliar environment,” she said. “I think participating in those programs has helped make me a more complete candidate for medical school.”

Medical schools seem to agree. Jones has already been accepted for fall 2011 into such prestigious institutions as Johns Hopkins University, Emory University and Tulane University. Jones has not yet decided which medical school she will attend, but wherever she eventually matriculates to, she is in it for the long haul. She aspires to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon – a specialty that will add a seven-year residency to the traditional four years of medical school.

Jones’ interest in the area is personal. As a child she had a staph infection that left her with noticeable scarring under her lips. It wasn’t until high school that she was able to have scar vision surgery, and it changed her life.

“I still remember how self-conscious I felt; I didn’t want anyone to see me, to go out in public, or have my picture taken,” she said. “There are a lot of people out there who have more serious physical and emotional problems than I ever had to deal with, and I want to be able to give them a chance to improve their self-perception.”

Jones also credits her interest in the health sciences to her father (Wardell Jones) and maternal grandfather (Eugene Williams), who cultivated her natural curiosity by challenging her with home-based science experiments and infused in her a life-long love of learning.

“I still enjoy watching educational television,” she laughed.

“Over the years of teaching, I have been privileged to teach many wonderful young men and women,” said Flickinger, who has taught at Xavier for more than 40 years. “I refer to the most exceptional ones as being in my ‘Top Ten’ and Danielle is certainly in that number. I expect to hear great things from her in the future.”

Campus Leaders Make Annual Who's Who List

New Orleans LA - One hundred and fifty Xavier University of Louisiana student scholars will appear in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s outstanding campus leaders.

The students – chosen by XU department chairs and faculty and approved by the editors of the directory – were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

They join an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934. The students included in this year's directory are listed below, grouped by their departments:

ART – Nile Lang

ACCOUNTING – Andria Buckner, Christian Joiner and Tyrone Oubre

BUSINESS – Jenese Antoine, Bilesha Autry, Dareion Blackwell, Sierra Hall, Jared Romance, LaKeisha Shields, Mikhail Vaval, Cynthia Wilson, Kelsey Williams and Sondra Willis

BIOLOGY – Leslie Anderson, Allan Augillard, Shaheera Chughtai, Justin Cutrer, Brittany Dent, Anna D’Sousa, Lee Gibbs, Perry Mitchell, Malcolm Moise, Thuylinh Nguyen, Onome Oboh, Chanel Perry, Farah Raza, JaNae’ Richard, Ashley Sankey, Nailah Smith, Justin Spraglin, JoAnn Tran, Khuong Tran, Ashley Walker and Kelly Wright

CHEMISTRY – Talasha Aubert, Alisha Bailey, Angela Burke, Thy Ho-Pham, Janna Hutchinson, Joseph Lee, Ashley Matthew, Asia Matthew, Julian McKnight, Jennifer Olofindayo, Telycia Peters, Jamal Pratt, DaJonitta Richmond, Marleesa Thompson, Kia Williams, Simone Williams and Carita Winn

EDUCATION – (Undergraduate) Amanda Isaacs and Jessica Joseph; (Graduate) Tamieca Key, Jeanne Sabolyk, Erica Sanders, Nicole Smith, Brittney Thomas and Corey Williams

ENGLISH – Meliki Addison, Jillana Cavalier, Kristine Mbadugha, Raphaela Romero, Nia Weber and Courtney Williams

HISTORY – Michael Caldwell Jr.

LANGUAGES – Jeanine Daniels and Tatiana Zague

COMMUNICATIONS – Kourtney Cooke, Kristin Fletcher, Kaitlyn Gaddis, Dudley Grady, Ariel Johnson, Amber McGowan and Hong Nguyen

MATHEMATICS – Kara Keller and Andrew Wilson

PHARMACY – Margaret Alabi, Tammara Allen, Jonn Bailey, Derrick Bradley, Jeremy Branch, Derrick Burnett, Tehmi Chassion, Catherine Chaucer, David Collins, Liliana Cosenza, Cherell Dancy, Brittany Dean, Haley Dufrene, Sabrina Fenceroy, Brittany Franklin, Jasie Gautreaux, Alexandria Goins, Courtney Harrell, Maxwell Haslauer, Kelly Hebert, Destini Hill, Jocelyn Hooks, Mia Incaprera, Britany Jackson, Brooke Johnson, Kyla Leon, Dominique Mano, Charles Mason, Lakia Montegut, Duy Nguyen, Katrina Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Michael Olaiya, Ifeanyi Onor, Danielle Person, Adrienne Roberts, Casey Robinson, Jakarta Robinson, Akilah Scott, Hannah Ta, Tuyet Tran, Mallory Waguespack, Adrianne Walls, Savannah Washington and Jade Young.

PHILOSOPHY – Zachary Carroll, Joshua Davis and Blake Smith

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Monkia Arceneaux, Jessica Dandridge, Alexis Easterling, Daniel McGee, Shantel Ragland, Ashley Varnado and Natarche Walker

PSYCHOLOGY – Kelly Allison, Shontrell Bailey, Alycia Boutte’, Quiana Carney, Lauren Cooper, Adrienne Glover, Whitney Miller, Chinyelu Onuora, Nelanhta Riley, Chavez Scott, Ashley Taylor, Latasha Tinson, Brittanae Veal, Kristen Vincent and Jasmine Wise

SOCIOLOGY – Kelsey Riley and Ariana Stone

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