1903 Basketball: Crusaders' Last-minute Comeback Defeats Gold Rush
1902 Basketball: Free Throws Help Gold Rush Escape with 56-55 Victory
1903 Basketball: Nuggets Win by 20 in First Road Game of Regular Season
1902 Basketball: Gold Rush Double Up on Martin Methodist
1903 Xavier Students Present to 3M Executives
1902 Volleyball: Lawing Promoted to Head Coach after Hamilton Leaves XU
1903 Basketball: Nuggets Achieve Highest Pre-Christmas Rank of Browder Era
1902 Basketball: Gold Rush in NAIA Top 25 for the 14th Consecutive Time
1903 Volleyball: Reuther is Xavier's First Female Academic All-American
1902 Music Performance Nominated for Big Easy Awards
1903 Basketball: Gold Nuggets Defeat Wolf Pack for Fifth Consecutive Victory
1902 Basketball: Wolf Pack on Target in Upset of NAIA No. 13 Gold Rush
1903 Xavier Scholar's Presentation Cited at Research Convention
1902 Broussards Named 2012 Alumnus of the Year
1903 College of Pharmacy Initiates New Contingent Admit Program
1902 Basketball: Gold Rush Extend Their Streaks, Hold Off Rams
1903 Basketball: Gold Nuggets Beat Mobile for Fourth Consecutive Victory
1902 Basketball: Stellar Shooting Lifts Rush in HBCU Classic
1903 Basketball: Nuggets Rout Texas College for 3rd Straight Victory
1902 Xavier to Host "First Class" Seminars
1903 Basketball: Rush Can't Handle Payne in First Convocation Center Loss
1902 Basketball: Gaston-Loyd's Late Basket Gives Nuggets Victory against LSUS
1903 Basketball: Gold Rush Are 6-0 After Overtime Victory Against Wiley
1902 Basketball: Griffins Give Gold Nuggets a Rare Home Defeat
1903 Volleyball: Georgetown Eliminates Nuggets in NAIA Opening Round
1902 CC: Fakler leads Xavier at NAIA National Championships
1903 Basketball: Franklin's Career-high 18 Helps Nuggets Beat Spring Hill
1902 Basketball: Joseph Scores Career-high 26 to Help Rush Move to 5-0
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Repeat as GCAC Champion; Echebelem is MVP
1902 Basketball: Rush Take Free Ride to Beat Tuskegee in Big Easy Classic
1903 Volleyball: Xavier Tops Dillard for 2nd Straight GCAC Tourney Victory
1902 CC: Nuggets Tied for 34th in Final Poll before National Meet
1903 Volleyball: XU's Reuther on Capital One Academic All-District Team
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Sweep Philander Smith in GCAC Tourney Opener
1903 Volleyball: Defending Champ Nuggets to Play Host Team in GCAC 1st Round
1902 Basketball: Rush Host Big Easy Classic
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Sweep Dillard for 2nd Straight 10-0 GCAC Run
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Rally from 2-set Deficit, Repeat as GCAC Champs
1903 Xavier Opens New Convocation Center Nov. 3
  OCTOBER 2012
1902 Volleyball: Mobile Sweeps Gold Nuggets After Rallying in First Two Sets
1903 Convocation Center replaces The Barn
1902 Volleyball: Gold Nuggets Win in 4, Earn Season Sweep of Belhaven
1903 Volleyball: Gold Nuggets Win 18th Straight in GCAC Regular Season
1902 Xavier to Dedicate Six New Tennis Courts Friday
1903 Volleyball: Xavier Tops Tougaloo, Remains Unbeaten in GCAC
1902 Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Awards Grant to XU Public Health Program
1903 Two Join Xavier University Board of Trustees
1902 Xavier CUR Awards Faculty Grants
1903 CC: Nuggets, Rush Run into Record Books at GCAC Meet
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Drops Match to Loyola
1903 Operation Diabetes Returns to Lakeside Mall Nov. 3
1902 Xavier President to be Honored by American Catholic Historical Association
1903 Xavier Campus Leaders Make Annual Who’s Who List
1902 Free Student Tickets Ready Next Week for XU Arena Debut
1903 CC: XU 37th in Poll, Awaits Saturday Defense of GCAC Title
1902 Women's BB: Nuggets Open with 8 Consecutive Games in New Arena
1903 Volleyball: Loyola Sweeps XU to End Nuggets' 7-match Win Streak
1902 Xavier Chosen to Participate in National Initiative to Prepare Critical Faculty
1903 Xavier to Host Symposiums on Current Economic Topics
1902 Xavier Hosts PARCC Information Session
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Defeat Dillard in Three Sets
1902 CC: Fakler Breaks 6K Record; XU Wins Team Title in Tiebreaker
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Sweep Lady Tigers for 6th Consecutive Victory
1902 Men's BB: Gold Rush to Play 6 of First 7 Games in Brand New Arena
1903 Grand Opening Set for Confucius Institute at Xavier
1902 Tennis: AUM Beats XU's Howell, Flowers in Regional Doubles Final
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Win 5th Straight Overall, 10th Straight on Road
1902 XU McNair Program Receives Re-funding
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Defeat Fisk for 9th Consecutive Road Victory
1902 CC: Gold Nuggets' 11 Points Earn Them Tie for 34th Nationally
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Rally in 4th Set to Defeat SUNO
1902 Volleyball: Xavier Sets Record with Seventh Consecutive Road Victory
1903 CC: Nuggets Beat Big East team, Place Second in Florida Meet
1902 Tennis: Howell Defeated in Consolation Final of Big Easy Classic
1903 Tennis: Rush, Nuggets Open Season at UNO's Big Easy Classic
1902 Volleyball: Mobile Defeats Nuggets in 4 Sets
1903 Dedication Activities Planned for Xavier’s St. Katharine Drexel Chapel
1902 Volleyball: Nuggets Reschedule Loyola Match for Oct. 10
1903 Commencement Back Home at Xavier
1902 CC: 6K record for XU's Fakler; PRs for Pieri, Kwame Jackson
1903 President Francis to be Honored During Evening of Excellence
1902 CC: Women Receive Most Points in NAIA Poll Since 2008
1903 XU Ranks No. 5 on the U.S. News Best Colleges HBCU List
1902 Volleyball: Spring Hill Sweeps Xavier After Lengthy First Set
1903 Xavier Pharmacy Student Named Albert Schweitzer Fellow
1902 CC: Nuggets Open Season with Victory at Wolf Pack Invitational
1903 Volleyball: XU Beats Belhaven for Tourney Title
1902 Volleyball: Reuther Serves Nine Aces in Rout of Rust
1903 Volleyball: Nuggets Defeat MC for 2-0 Start in Belhaven Tournament
1902 Volleyball: Reuther, Kirk, Williams Produce Timely Hits to Sweep PCC
1903 Xavier Partner in NIH-Funded Biomedical Research Project
1902 Athletics Adjusts Schedules after Hurricane Isaac
  AUGUST 2012
1903 CC: Runners withdraw from Mississippi College Opener
1902 Volleyball: Gold Nuggets Bust Union, Collect First Victory of Season
1903 Volleyball: Third-ranked Lee Defeats Nuggets in 3
1902 Volleyball: 20th-ranked Lindsey Wilson Stymies Nuggets in Opener
1903 Volleyball: After Tasting Success, Nuggets Make Iowa Their Focus
1902 XU Gets Nod in in Princeton Review Best Colleges Guide
1903 The O’Jays, Stephanie Mills Headline Xavier Scholarship Benefit Concert
1902 New Book Examines the Painting: "The Assumption of Mary"
1903 Volleyball: Former South Carolina Standout Joins Gold Nuggets' Staff
1902 CC: Runners Revise Schedule, Travel to Florida Two Weeks Earlier
1903 Volleyball: Gold Nuggets Announce 2012 Schedule
1902 Fiske Guide to Colleges Tabs Xavier 2013 Best Buy
  JULY 2012
1903 Rolland's Debut: All-America in Long Jump, 4.0 GPA at XU
1902 Top Xavier Students Designated Rousseve Scholars
1903 Xavier Awarded “Big Read” Grant
1902 London-Jones Named XU Director of Student Financial Aid
  JUNE 2012
1903 XU Business Department Recognized for Top Sales Program
1902 Xavier LA First in African American Medical Graduates
1903 No. 50 Finish in NAIA All-Sports Standings is Xavier's Best Ever
1902 Xavier Has Five Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars in 2011-12
1903 XU Wins GCAC All-Sports Trophy for 2nd Consecutive Year
1902 650 Scholars Make Spring 2012 Dean's List
1903 Cross Country: XU Runners Open Aug. 31, Compete at Disney in October
1902 Xavier Hosts Contractor Lecture Series
1903 Tennis: An NAIA rarity: XU's Didavi is Louisiana Player of the Year
1902 Tennis: XU All-Americans: Didavi 1st Team, Taylor Again 2nd Team
1903 Xavier's Jackson to Serve as USA Basketball Court Coach
1902 Cross Country: Mead, Pieri Make Capital One Academic All-District Team
  MAY 2012
1903 XU Offers Basketball and Volleyball Camps, Hosts Summer League
1902 Xavier Selected to Participate in HHMI Science Education Initiative
1903 Xavier Names Director for Confucius Institute
1902 XU Faculty Receive NCF Excellence Awards
1903 Tennis: Men Finish 7th heaven in NAIA Postseason Poll / Women in Final Top 25 Again
1902 XU Freshmen to Experience Lagniappe Preview
1903 Tennis: XU's Green Selected NAIA Region IV Coach of the Year
1902 Tennis: Gold Rush Can't Solve Embry-Riddle in NAIA quarterfinals
1903 Tennis: XU Men Advance in National Tourney
1902 Tennis: Vanguard Ousts Nuggets at NAIA National Championship
1903 18 Student-Athletes, 3 Managers Receive Xavier Degrees
1902 550 Receive Degrees at Xavier Commencement
1903 Xavier Education Programs Combine Professional Growth and Financial Assistance
1902 Two Freshmen Named Kemper Scholars
1903 Jones Named Chips Quinn Scholar
1902 XU STEM Program Recognized by UNCF Merck Science Initiative
1903 Tennis: Men Get NAIA Tournament 1st Round Bye / Women Get Rematch with Vanguard
1902 Tennis: Gold Rush 7th, Nuggets 19th in NAIA Coaches Polls
1903 Committee Approves Xavier Faculty Promotions
1902 Evening, Online/Hybrid Courses Add Spice to Xavier Summer
  APRIL 2012
1903 Tennis: Xavier Sweeps NAIA Unaffiliated Group Championships
1902 Catholic Charities USA Awards Xavier Centennial Medal
1903 Xavier SIFE Team Wins at USA Regional Competition
1902 Tennis: Men Seeded First, Women Second for NAIA Qualifiers
1903 Denim Day at Xavier
1902 Tennis: Gold Rush Again Reach Highest-ever NAIA Ranking, No. 8
1903 Tennis: Men Close Regular Season with 4-0 Victory at Alcorn
1902 Tennis: XU Beats Tougaloo in Opener of Mississippi Trip
1903 XULA Alum Named NABJ Educator of the Year
1902 Tennis: Men Offer Plenty of Resistance Before Losing 6-1 to Wave
1903 XULA, UNO Collaborative Choral Performance
1902 Three XU Students Selected for Biomedical Research in Ghana
1903 XU's Kenner Receives $2,000 Pattison Family Scholarship
1902 Tennis: Men/Women Lose to Vanguard in California Finales
1903 Tennis: Concordia (Calif.) Doubles Up to Defeat XU
1902 Tennis: Men knock Off Another Top-10 Team; Women Lose by 1
1903 Tennis: Men Defeat Seventh-ranked Point Loma Nazarene
1902 Xavier Spotlights Achievements in Student Research
1903 NAFEO Honors XU President
  MARCH 2012
1902 XU CAT Offers Education Podcast Series
1903 XU Alum, Presidential Appointee to Speak at Awards Banquet
1902 Tennis: Top-5 Auburn Montgomery Teams Defeat XU
1903 Xavier to Host Biosciences Workshop
1902 Xavier Dynamic Duo Paired for Success
1903 Tennis: Women Return to Top 25, Lose to UCO; Men Still 9th
basketball Union Keeps Gold Nuggets Winless in NAIA Second Round
1903 Tennis: Women Lose to Tech, Then Both XU teams Defeat Loyola
basketball Gold Nuggets Feeling OK after Beating Southern Nazarene
basketball LSU-Shreveport Blocks Xavier's Path at NAIA Tournament
1902 Tennis: Nicholls State defeats Gold Rush 5-4, Gold Nuggets 9-0
1903 Xerox CEO to Address 2012 Xavier Graduates
1902 Summer Programs Expect Big Increase in Applicants
1903 Tennis: No. 5 AUM Edges No. 9 Xavier in AUM Invitational Final
1902 Tennis: Rush, Howell Continue Their Success at AUM Invitational
1903 Tennis: Gold Rush Reach Eight Straight Wins for 1st Time Since '08
1902 Tennis: Tennis Defeats Both Ranked Belhaven Teams on the Road
basketball Gold Rush to Play LSU-Shreveport in NAIA Opening Round
basketball Nuggets Draw Southern Nazarene in Final 1st-round Game
basketball Gold Rush Earn At-large Berth in Nationals
basketball Tourney-bound Gold Nuggets Climb in Polls
1903 Tennis: Women Win 1st of Year; Men Beat 4th Straight Ranked Foe
1902 Tennis: Men Win Third in a Row Against a Top-15 NAIA Opponent
1903 Freedom Riders Arrive at Xavier 50 Years Later
basketball Nuggets Top Talladega for 3rd Straight GCAC Tourney Title
1903 Southern beats Women's Tennis 6-1; Materre wins in singles
basketball SUNO Holds on to Beat Rush by 1 in GCAC Semifinals
basketball Gold Rush Hold Off Fisk 68-61, Reach GCAC Semifinals
basketball Gold Nuggets Use Fast Start to Foil Fisk in GCAC Opener
basketball Jackson Earns 1st GCAC Honor; Simmons a Repeat Choice on Men's All-GCAC
1902 Fifth Health Disparities Conferences Recognizes Health Equity Partnerships
basketball Hall, Franklin, Grant Selected to Women's All-Conference Basketball Team
basketball Rush Surge to 18th, Nuggets Fall to 20th in NAIA polls
basketball Both XU Teams Open with Fisk in GCAC Tournaments
basketball Rush Defeat Dillard 67-43 to Grab Share of GCAC Title
basketball Nuggets Beat Dillard 59-53, Win GCAC Title Outright
1902 Tennis: Men Topple William Carey
1903 Tennis: SLU Tops Women
basketball Rush Defeat Fisk to Give Jackson his 200th Victory
basketball Nuggets Beat Fisk, Clinch Tie for GCAC Regular-season Title
1902 Tennis: Men Still 9th in NAIA poll; Women Gain Support
basketball Rush Extend State Record; Jackson Closes in on 200 Wins
basketball Nuggets Win to Extend Streak; Browder Ties State Record
1903 XU Students Inducted to Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society
basketball Nuggets Drop to 21st, Rush Still 25th in NAIA Polls
basketball Gold Rush Close The Barn with 67-61 Comeback Victory
basketball Nuggets End Tenure at The Barn with 52-46 Victory
basketball Xavier Takes on Tougaloo in Basketball Finales at The Barn
1902 Tennis: Gold Nuggets Still Winless After 7-0 Defeat at McNeese
basketball Rush Lose 84-64 at Talladega But Still Second in GCAC
basketball Talladega Beats Nuggets for First-place Tie in GCAC
1903 Tennis: Rush Defeat Swedes in Matchup of Ranked NAIA Teams
1902 Tennis: Gold Rush Win, Nuggets Lose at Prairie View
basketball Gold Nuggets Drop to 19th, Rush Still 25th in NAIA polls
1902 Xavier to Conduct Volleyball Tryouts for the 2012 Season
basketball Iles on Target Again; Gold Rush Win 73-62 at SUNO
basketball Franklin Helps Nuggets End Their Monday Road Woes
1903 Jaguars Beat Women's Tennis, but Howell Breaks Through at No. 1
1902 Men's Tennis Beat Privateers for First Time
1903 633 Scholars Make Xavier's Fall Dean's List
basketball Gold Rush Rally Past Privateers 75-69 for Season Sweep
1903 Fall 2012 Freshman Applicant Pool Impressive
1902 Check Out Xavier’s Summer Programs
  JANUARY 2012
basketball Gold Rush Get Defensive with William Carey Again
basketball Carey Wins 62-59 in Another Monday Malaise for Xavier
1903 Xavier Adds Communication Studies and Public Health Majors
1902 Institute for Black Catholic Studies Holds Early Enrollment
1903 Tennis Teams Will Face Challenging 2012 Schedules
basketball Tougaloo Beats Rush 69-64 in Matchup of Ranked Teams
basketball Tougaloo's 59-51 Victory Ends Nuggets' Many Streaks
basketball Rush Fight the Power, Beat Talladega and Grab GCAC Lead
basketball Nuggets Beat Talladega 66-48, Extend GCAC Streak
1902 Pharmacy Student Receives MLK Service Award
1903 St. Joseph Academic & Health Resource Center Dedication Jan. 27
1902 Xavier University to Hold Open House Feb. 9
basketball Nuggets Return to 16th, Rush Drop to 19th in NAIA Polls
basketball Gold Rush Survive Brown's 45, Defeat Panthers 87-80
basketball Kelly's Double-double Leads Nuggets Past Philander Smith
basketball Gold Rush Free Throws Preserve 65-58 Victory Against Fisk
basketball Nuggets Wallop Fisk 71-28, Earn Seventh Victory in a Row
basketball Gold Rush Defense Fuels 70-39 Rout of Edward Waters
basketball Nuggets Beat Edward Waters 63-35 for 6th Straight Victory
basketball SUNO is White-hot in Overtime Victory at Xavier
basketball Gold Nuggets Delay King's Quest for his 200th Victory
basketball Nuggets Down a Notch to 17th; Rush Climb to Tie for 18th
basketball Xavier, With Five in Double Figures, Wins at Philander Smith
basketball Nuggets Extend GCAC Streak with a Hall-acious Victory
basketball Gold Rush Defeat Privateers for the First Time Since 1974
basketball Grant's 3 Gives XU Season Sweep of 18th-ranked Shorter
1903 Loughlin to Head Mission Integration at Xavier
basketball Hall's Double-double Helps XU Rally Past Southern Poly
1903 Education Author to Highlight MLK Week Celebration
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Xavier Students Present to 3M Executives

New Orleans LA - A team of Xavier University of Louisiana students presented a business plan to executives at the 3M Corporation in St. Paul MN.

The six students, all seniors, teamed up to present a business plan called “Steps for Empowerment”, an initiative to export used shoes to Liberia. The group included: Nnenia Clark, a business-finance major from Riverdale GA (The Paideia School); Gina Ricard, a business-sales/marketing major from South Orange NJ (Columbia High); Anjanique Hill, a business-sales/marketing major from Marrero LA (L.W. Higgins High); Jacobe Hollins, business-management major from Houston TX (C.E. King High);  Jacqre’ Stewart, a chemistry major from Fresno TX (Hightower High); and Timothy Jackson, a business-management major from Opelika AL (Opelika High).

In addition to making the presentation, the students had the opportunity to meet with 3M executives from a number of its operating units. 3M uses this event as a place to identify talent and to stimulate students to address global issues using business principles.

“The Sales for Social Impact class combines the characteristics of Xavier’s Sales & Marketing Program with the Entrepreneurship Institute to give students the opportunity to address real world issues,” said professor Mark Quinn, the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Xavier. “We are preparing our students for viable careers with corporations while developing their entrepreneurial skills.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to dig deep into today’s global issues and the challenges of other lower developmental countries” said Jackson. “The experience of presenting a plan and responding to questions in an authentic corporate setting helped me greatly.”

A number of Xavier University graduates have joined 3M as interns and full time employees in recent years. The Sales for Social Impact class is offered in the fall semester and all Xavier students regardless of their major are welcome to enroll.

Additional information on these activities is available by contacting Quinn at or at 520-5046.

Music Performance Nominated for Big Easy Awards

New Orleans LA - The performance by the Xavier University of Louisiana Music Department at the French Quarter Festival has been nominated for a Big Easy Award for "Best Performance of New Classical Music." 

The performance, which took place in April 2012, included a number of pieces performed by the Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. John Ware ‘77, a song cycle written by Dr. Daniel Shore and performed by Darah Rahming ‘95, and several scenes from Shore’s own opera, "Freedom Ride". The winners will be announced at the Big Easy "Tribute to the Classical Arts" banquet Jan. 7 at the Hotel Monteleone. This will be the fourth year in a row that Xavier's Music Department has been featured at the event, including Dr. Ware's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. 

Two other ensembles who have been nominated for awards, OperaCreole and the 9th Ward Opera Company, also feature current Xavier music students, recent alumni, and faculty.

Xavier Junior's Presentation Cited at Research Convention

New Orleans LA - Yves-Yvette Young, a Xavier University of Louisiana junior psychology major from Ponchatoula LA (Ponchatoula High) was one of 22 students nationwide who received an award for social and behavioral sciences and public health research presented at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), held San Jose CA. More than 1,700 of the attending students participated in poster and oral presentations in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

ABRCMS, the largest professional conference of its kind in the nation, is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including STEM disciplines; it also provides faculty with resources for facilitating student success.

More than 3,400 people attended ABRCMS in 2012, including approximately 2,100 students, 550 faculty and program directors, and 540 recruiters for graduate and summer research programs. All undergraduate and postbaccalaureate presentations were evaluated by active-researcher scientists, and the students with the highest scores in each scientific discipline and for each educational level received monetary awards. Twenty-five organizations contributed to awards of $250 each to 277 students for outstanding research, and the awards for the social and behavioral sciences and public health disciplin - sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Heart Association, and American Stroke Association - were presented to the students listed below.

Broussards Named 2012 Alumnus of the Year

New Orleans, LA - The dynamic husband and wife duo of Consuella Broussard ’53 and Edmund Broussard ’54 were honored as Xavier University of Louisiana's top alumni at the 2012 Alumni Homecoming Gala.

They were each presented Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year awards by Victor Labat, Jr. ‘55, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, and National Alumni President Frederick Carter '69 at the annual Homecoming Gala.

The annual gala drew a crowd of nearly 500 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 14 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $485,565.31. The Class of '52 led the way with 30 members contributing $134,647.99, followed by the Class of 1967 (33 members, $63,255.10 contributed) and the Class of 1957 (56 members, $48,200 contributed).

The Broussards were honored for the individual and composite efforts they have made for the betterment of their alma mater since their respective graduations. They have been staples in the Houston Alumni Association from its beginning and have held positions ranging from President to Parliamentarian. They currently serve as the advisor to the President of the Houston Alumni Chapter and will always available to “chauffeur” University representatives visiting the Houston area.

The honorees served as the chairpersons for the University’s Annual Fund in the early 2000s and have served the National Alumni Association in many capacities. They were also instrumental in raising funds for the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel.

The Broussards were also recognized for living the mission of St. Katharine Drexel through their commitment to the Catholic Church, education, and philanthropy. They are active members of numerous civic and social organizations, including Jack and Jill, the Houston Professional Administration Association, and St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church. Members of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver, respectively, both were recipients of the Papal Honor: Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.

Xavier College of Pharmacy Initiates New Contingent Admit Program

New Orleans LA - Exceptional high school seniors considering a career in pharmacy now have a unique opportunity to get a leg up on their professional education through a new program being offered by Xavier University of Louisiana.

Under Xavier’s new Contingent Admit Program (CAP), students can apply for admission into the College of Pharmacyas seniors in high school. Those who qualify and are accepted into the CAP will be guaranteed a seat in the professional pharmacy program if they satisfactorily complete all of their pre-requisite courses in two years.

Previously, all applicants for the four-year professional program were required to complete the same requirements either at Xavier or another college before they would even be considered for admission into pharmacy school.

“This is a significant step that takes some of the anxiety out of the admissions process,” said Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, dean of the XU College of Pharmacy. “Students in the Contingent Admit Program will know exactly what is expected of them, allowing them to focus on what is really important – their academic work – with the assurance of enrollment in the pharmacy program.”

Xavier is the only college in the state, and one of a handful nationwide that offers this option.

To be considered for contingent admission, high school students must have a minimum composite ACT score of 23 (or equivalent SAT score) and a minimum cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in a college preparatory curriculum. They will also need to submit an online application, a personal statement, and two letters of reference from their high school math or science teachers. An on-campus personal interview is also required.

Once admitted into the program, students must take 66 hours of prescribed courses and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the pre-pharmacy curriculum.  They will also be required to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) in the fall semester of the second year. Students admitted to the program who do not maintain the requisite GPA will be withdrawn from the program, but may still apply for admission into the college along with the remainder of the class.

Pharmacy graduates receive a Pharm.D. degree, providing access to an exciting and dynamic role in the healthcare industry. Pharmacy practice settings include retail pharmacies, hospital and clinics, and long-term care facilities. Pharmacists also work in the pharmaceutical industry, state and federal government, academia, research organizations, and a variety of other professional settings.

For more information on the program, including application deadlines, visit HERE or call 520-5397.

Xavier to Host "First Class" Seminars

New Orleans LA - The Enactus team at Xavier University of Louisiana has been awarded $1,500 grant from EnactusUSA to implement “First Class,” a Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment project.

Through the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership, The XULA Enactus team will equip women with the skills to obtain a career thus creating a better, more sustainable world for themselves.

“First Class” is a series of eight seminars that will be held weekly beginning Jan. 16 at Xavier. In each seminar, women aged 18-25 yrs. old will learn skills to assist them in finding or advancing their career. Amanda Materre, a sophomore pre-Pharm XULA student from Richmond TX (Westside High School), developed the concept for this project.

“The Xavier Enactus team is excited to see their project come to life in ‘First Class,’” said Mark Quinn, the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at XULA’s Division of Business. “These students are receiving an opportunity to make a difference in young women’s lives. I am proud to see this team accomplish their goals.”

For more information email or call 504 520-5046.

Xavier Opens New Convocation Center Nov. 3

New Orleans LA- Xavier University of Louisiana will celebrate the opening of its first spacious indoor assembly area as well as issue in a new era of athletics when it officially opens its new Convocation Center and Annex Nov. 3.

Opening activities get underway at 10:00 a.m. with tailgating. The official ribbon-cutting and blessing of the facility will be held at 11:30 a.m., with a basketball doubleheader featuring the men’s team vs. Morehouse at 1:00 p.m. and a women’s game vs. Johnson & Wales at 3:00 p.m. to follow.

The Convocation Center, large enough to house the University’s commencement and other large-scale events, will also provide a state-of-the-art arena for the men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. It replaces the University’s venerable old gymnasium, known as “The Barn”, which opened in 1937.
“The Barn will always be a part of Xavier’s history, but I look forward to seeing the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets continue their winning traditions as well as establishing new traditions in the Convocation Center,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis.

The new center boasts more than 93,000 square feet of space that can be reconfigured for a variety of purposes, with seating ranging from 3,500 to 4,100 depending on the event. A state-of-the-art scoreboard includes four LED displays providing live and recorded video.
The new facility also houses weight room facilities, taping and training areas, coach’s offices, and home/visitor locker rooms. A monumental staircase at the entrance leads to a high-end VIP suite, and a dramatic second floor pre-function area that allows views to the outdoor plaza below while providing natural daylight into the facility.

An Annex to the building has also been constructed diagonally from the Convocation Center, providing more athletic offices, as well as classrooms and meeting rooms.

Manning Architects served as architects for both the Convocation Center and Annex, which are anticipated to be LEED Silver Buildings and incorporate community connectivity, water conservation, energy efficiency, recycled and regional materials, and improved indoor air quality.

The Convocation Center located is across Washington Avenue from the main campus on a site bounded by Fern, and Stroelitz streets. A pedestrian bridge provides access from the main campus to the new building.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Awards Grant to XU Public Health Program

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has been awarded a $249,992 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in support of its new public health programs.

According to Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., chair and professor in the new Public Health Sciences Department, the new funding will be used primarily to hire and maintain a Field Placement Coordinator, whose principal responsibility would be securing internship sites for students.

“The Field Placement Coordinator is a critical position in the department,” said Dr. Leonard Jack. “The coordinator will serve as the lead personnel in securing internship sites for students, which is essential to providing our graduates with the training and real-world experience that will make successful in their service careers.”

The new Public Health Sciences major, which was approved in January 2012 and enrolled its first students during the Fall 2012 semester, plays to the University’s demonstrated academic strengths and successes, and aligns with the Xavier mission.

“The new curriculum encourages strong critical thinking skills,” said Jack. “Public Health majors will consider the broad social implications of chronic diseases, and learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate tailored health and wellness strategies meant to curb the impact and prevalence of these health concerns.”

He said PHS graduates will be ready for entry-level careers and prepared to pursue graduate studies in an array of public health tracks.

“Louisiana and Mississippi have some of the worst health care outcomes in the nation,” said Jack. “There is a great need to train a work force to serve in this region, as well as to meet the growing shortage of public health professionals nationwide.”

Students following the PHS curriculum will need to complete 130 semester hours, including 36 in the public health major. PHSC students will also serve senior internships at an approved public health site.

Two Join Xavier University Board of Trustees

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana has added two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Newcomers to the governing board are Beaumont TX Bishop Curtis John Guillory S.V.D. D.D., and New Orleans attorney Gladstone Jones III. Both have previous connections to Xavier: it is Guillory’s second stint on the Xavier Board (having previously served from 1997 to 2002), while Jones was a member of the university’s Board of Visitors during 2010-2012.

Elected to leadership roles on the Board at the fall meeting were: Michael Rue (chair), Sister Patricia Suchalski S.B.S. (vice chair) and Mark Romig (secretary).

Guillory, named the fifth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont in 2000, is the first African American to serve in that capacity.

A strong supporter of the Catholic school system, he commissioned the Diocesan School Board to conduct an 18-month study to look at the sustainability of the Catholic schools in the Beaumont Diocese and, in August 2004, put their findings into effect. The implementation has resulted in notable student retention and an increase in student financial aid.

Bishop Guillory has also made notable strides in evangelization, appearing weekly on the local CBS affiliate with inspirational messages based on the Bible. His multi-part evangelization project has encouraged Catholics to return to their faith, and renew their commitment to service within their respective parishes.

Guillory has ties to New Orleans, having served for nine years as an associate and pastor of St. Augustine Parish in New Orleans. He was also the founding director of the Tolton House of Studies in New Orleans - the seminarian residence of the Divine Word students.

Jones is founder and senior managing partner in the New Orleans’ law firm of Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC, a specialty boutique litigation law firm based in New Orleans which handles complex business and environmental disputes.
For over eleven years, Jones has served as lead counsel in litigation pending in New York, Florida, California, Mississippi and Louisiana. In 2007, he was named one of the top 500 litigators in the United States.

Jones was a founding member of Smith, Jones & Fawer in 1995 and in 2000 created Jones, Verras & Freiberg, LLC, now known as Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC. For more than ten years, this practice has focused on complex litigation in both the environmental and commercial litigation areas. He has and continues to represent many of Louisiana’s largest landholders and business families.

He remains active in the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association and has served as a professor at Tulane University Law School in Toxic Torts and is a regular speaker at LSBA Continuing Legal Education Seminars. Jones, a native of Jackson MS, holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a J.D. from Tulane Law School.

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 Jane Norton, S.B.S., Sonia Perez, Sister Marianne Poole S.B.S., Sister Rita Radloff  S.B.S., Romig, Rue, Leo Sam, Jr. '52, Sister Barbara Specker S.B.S., Suchalski, Phyllis Taylor, and Janice F. Wilkins '67. XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis '52 is an ex-officio member on the Board.

Rotating off of the Board after serving three  terms and as chair of the Board was Mary Zervigon.

Xavier CUR Awards Faculty Grants

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) has awarded 15 grants to 16 faculty members whose projects provide undergraduate students with an opportunity for research experience within their respective academic disciplines.

Nine faculty received CUR mini-grants (ranging from $4,000 to $6,000) for seven projects, including: Dr. Mehnaaz Ali (chemistry), miRNA detection using aptamer scaffolds with enzymatic signaling; Dr. Katherine Eskine (psychology), Contemporary Entailments of Music; Drs. Dominique Gendrin and Nancy Martino (communications), Coping Strategies of Central American Parents who have Children with Communication Impairments;  Drs. Ross Louis and Elizabeth Edgecomb (communications), From Textual Analysis to Performance Composition: Using Performance Experiments to Construct a Mystory; Dr. Steven Salm (History), Youth Politics and Popular Culture in Urban Africa; ; Dr. Gloria Thomas (chemistry), Development of MicroSELEX Method for the Analysis of Transcription Factors; andDr. John Ware (music), Music Education in the 21st Century.

Eight faculty were awarded Enhancement Grants (ranging from $1,400 to $2,276) to support their ongoing projects or to fund student mentoring and travel, including: Dr. Valerio  De Angeles (mathematics), Dr. Stassi DiMaggio (chemistry), Dr. Oliver Hennessey (English),  Dr. Thomas Huckaba (biology), Dr. Lester Jones (mathematics), Dr. Dean Richardson (physics), and Dr. Robert Stratfford (pharmacy), and Dr. John Ware (music).

CUR awards mini-grants three times a year (fall, spring and summer), averaging some 30 grants each year. Funding sources include the Mellon Foundation and Title III. For more info contact Gary Donaldson, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research, at

Operation Diabetes Returns to Lakeside Mall Nov. 3

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy will host its annual “Operation Diabetes” event at Lakeside Mall in Metairie LA Nov. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The event, organized by the Xavier chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), is free and open to the public.

“The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the New Orleans community about diabetes, and to screen those who may be at risk,” according to XU APhA-ASP chapter advisor Dr. Pramar.

Free services will be provided, including: blood sugar tests, blood pressure tests, cholesterol tests, bone density screening, body mass index tests, nutrition counseling, and medication counseling and reviews.

Door prizes and T-shirts will be available at the event. Students and faculty from the College of Pharmacy will conduct the event.

For more information call 520-5346.

Xavier President to be Honored by American Catholic Historical Association

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana President Dr. Norman C. Francis will be honored for his “Distinguished Service to Catholic Studies” by the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA).

Francis, and two other honorees – Marvin O’Connell, Professor emeritus of History, University of Notre Dame, for the Distinguished Achievement Award for Scholarship; and Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., Professor emeritus of Church History, St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, for the Distinguished Teaching Awardwill receive their awards Jan. 5, 2013, at a presidential luncheon to be held at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans.

The ACHA Award for Service to Catholic studies acknowledges the exceptional contributions of those who “promote study and research of the history of Catholicism broadly conceived” apart from teaching and publication.

Francis, the longest-sitting university president in the United States, has served as president of Xavier University of Louisiana, the nation's only historically Black and Catholic university, since 1968.

During his tenure, Xavier has more than doubled its enrollment, broadened its curriculum, expanded its campus, and strengthened its financial base. Today Xavier is not only highly-regarded as a leader in minority education, but is also recognized as a national leader in science and the health professions. Named as one of “America’s Best Leaders” in 2009 by the U.S. News Media Group and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy's School of Government, Francis is often cited for his involvement in the community and his work on the national, state and local levels to improve education.

In 2006 then-President George W. Bush presented him with the nation’s highest civil award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Xavier 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 2013 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 divisions/departments:

ART – Jameel Paulin

BUSINESS – (Accounting) Nadine Bizimana, Shanequa Grayson, Christopher Hayes, Kyle McClue, Javon Mead, Ariel Revere, and Amber Williams; (Finance) Peter Baham and Kara Everhart; (Management) Nnenia Clark, Jacobe’ Hollins, Tayler Loyd, Bryan Lucky-Heard, and De’Angela Smith; (Sales & Marketing) Kaylin McLeod, Amir Rahbar, and Whitney White

BIOLOGY – (Biology) Charmelle Spatcher; (Biology/Pre-Med) Cydney Chatters, Sharelle Davis, Mariah Dunbar, Dung Duong, Jessica Johnson, Parixit Joshi, Elaina Marshall, McKenzie Moses, Gretchen Peppers, Anthony Pham, Paris Richardson, Danielle Sanders, Christina Tate, Maza Tchedou, De’Angellica Vaughn-Allen, Donielle Williams, and Vernicia Winford

CHEMISTRY – (Biochemistry) Endia Blunt; (Chemistry ACS) Milana Jones and Jonathon Watson; (Chemistry/Pre-Med) Toluwanimi Adebanjo, Jasmine Dillard, Brandan Dotson, Marquisha Johns, Deanna Johnson, LeaAnn Love, Tuyet-Trinh Nguyen, Marvin Stewart, and Karry Wright; (Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy) Crystal Huynh; (Chemistry Education) Mia Ward

COMMUNICATIONS – (Communication Studies) Lexus Jordan; (Mass Communication) Randi Lemons; (Speech Pathology) Courtney Brooks, Jade Romain, Taylor St. Charles, and Corinne Williams

COMPUTER SCIENCE – (Computer Information Systems) Jasmine Lewis; (Computer Science) Ashley Bernard, Keith Carroll, Alex Presley, and Camille Rhodes

ENGINEERING: (Dual Degree-Chemical) Kamirah Demouchet; (Dual Degree-Mechnical) Harold Nero; and (Engineering) Arnold Jaymona

EDUCATION – (Graduate Level) Jessica Baker, Julia Condon, Emily Everett, Aaron Harrison, Brenda Leonard, Daina Marshall, Emily McAveeney, Evonne Mitchell, Christopher Perriatt, Melissa Rhodes, and Gentri Williams; (Elementary Ed) Hattre’Ona Simon; (Middle School Ed) Vallery Jenkins

ENGLISH – (English) Javon Bracy, Veronique Dorsey, Akia Jackson, Corneisha McCorkle, Melanie Moore, and Shenitria Myles; (English Education) Kamaria Beamon, Viktor Svoboda, and Brittany Williams

HISTORY – Felicia Hood, Evan Pipion, and Kiara Roberson

MATHEMATICS – Kaitland Brannon and Kara Keller

PHARMACY – Sarah Anthon, Jonn Bailey, Latoya Batiste, Asia Bradley-Stephens, Breannie Charles, Kelly Childs, Lauren Day, Sarah El-Rachidi, Eboni Evans, Joshua Gauthier, Marina Ghaly-Wassif, Shanette Harris, Queenet Ibekweh, Courtney Jason, Johmyrin Johnson, Jessica Lowe, Tendai Makina, Britt Martin, Joseph McDonald, Shacory Morris, Duy Nguyen, David Nwakanma, Chioma Obih, Alayne Perkins, Claire Reuter, Brittany Singleton, Cherise Steib, Terreca Taylor, Valencia Walker, and Harron Waseem

PHYSICS – Krista Burton and Uchenna Onwuegbusi

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Jade Crutch, Shaniese Foster, Megan Haynes, Isaiah Jones, and Bailey Smith

PSYCHOLOGY – (Psychology) Christina Barnes-Matthews, Courtney Christy, Vickyann Cortes, Felice Gaddis, Gabrielle Gloston, Dorian Johnson, Fredericka Lewis, Kathrina McGary, Cyrell Roberson, Ashleigh Saunders, Rarelle Triplett, and Jillian Young; (Psychology/Pre-Med) Cierra Bonvillian, Michelle Lawrence, Autumn Myers, Felicia Obialo, Nikki Odofin, and Emmanuel Spence

SOCIOLOGY – Brionee Broussard, Jeanece Kelly, and Makeda Roberts

THEOLOGY – LaShaunda Reese

Xavier Chosen to Participate in National Initiative to Prepare Critical Faculty

New Orleans LA — Xavier University of Louisiana has been chosen through a national competition sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF), a project that supports women of color faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in becoming strong academic and administrative leaders, both on campus and within their respective disciplines.

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). The institutions selected over the three cohorts represent many different types – including two-year and four-year, public and private HBCUs.

The 10 colleges and universities chosen to participate include Xavier, Alcorn State, Bowie State, Hampton, Howard, Jackson State, Lane College, Lincoln, Southern-New Orleans, and Tougaloo.

Xavier chemistry professors Dr. Gloria Thomas and Dr. Florastina Payton-Stewart will participate in all phases of the project along with colleagues from the other participating institutions, including attending the AAC&U’s Institute on Integrative Learning and The Departments in July 2013.

The goals of the PCFF project are to provide professional and leadership development for women of color faculty in STEM disciplines, or in NSF natural and behavioral science disciplines; and to enhance undergraduate STEM education at HBCUs and beyond. This project provides participants with the opportunity and the financial support to engage in and influence the national dialogue on improving undergraduate STEM education. Project participants will both contribute to and gain from national efforts to develop and implement innovative STEM teaching and learning practices and effective curricular change strategies.

This initiative is supported with a grant from the National Science Foundation. For additional information about the project, see:

Xavier to Host Symposiums on Current Economic Topics

New Orleans, LA – The Division of Business of Xavier University of Louisiana will host two symposiums on current economic topics October 23-24. The events are part of Business Week at Xavier, an annual event during which New Orleans residents and Xavier students explore current business topics.

“Business Week has grown in recent years and we expect attendance to be the most that we’ve ever seen’” says Dr. Joe M. Ricks, Jr., Chair of the Xavier Division of Business.

The first symposium – Crowdfunding The New Trend on Small Business Financing – will be held Oct. 23, while the second – Gas Prices 101:  Policy, Industry, and Financial Market Perspectives – will be presented Oct. 24. Both events will be held in the University’s Norman C. Francis Academic Building (Room 105) at Drexel Dr. and Short St. at 6:30 p.m. with a reception preceding them.

The events are free to the public. Reservations for Crowdfunding may be made HERE at and reservations for Gas Prices 101 may be made HERE. For more information call (504) 520-7505. Seating is limited so reservations are strongly recommended.

Xavier Hosts PARCC Information Session

New Orleans LA – The Xavier University of Louisiana Division of Education, the Departments of Mathematics and English, will sponsor a PARCC Informational Session Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. 

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community of the changing standards in mathematics and English/Language Arts for grades Kindergarten to 12th. The changing standards are called the Common Core Standards and will increase the rigor of the curriculum. The LEAP tests will be phased out this year, and replaced by assessments powered by the new standards.

Registration will begin at 9:30 am in the University Center Ballroom on the third floor. A continental breakfast will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

For more information contact Renee Akbar at (504) 520-7536 or

Grand Opening Set for Confucius Institute at Xavier

New Orleans LA - The grand opening of the Confucius Institute (CI) at Xavier University of Louisiana will be held Oct. 19-20.

The official ribbon cutting will be held in front of the St. Joseph’s Academic and Health Resource Center Friday (Oct. 19) at 3:00 p.m. Other scheduled events include a Presidential Gala (by invitation only) and free mini-workshops. Visit HERE for more info.

The CI is partnership between Xavier, the Hebei University, and the Office of Chinese Language Council International of the Chinese Ministry of Education (Hanban), which is committed to sharing knowledge to all who wish to learn about Chinese language and culture and building bridges between cultures. Hebei is the only comprehensive university in its Province and one of the first institutions in China to admit international students.

The primary focus of the partnership is cultural-educational exploration through the disciplines of education, pharmacy, art, and music as well as language instruction (Mandarin).

Attending the grand opening will be a delegation representing China, which includes Consul General Xu Erwen from the Consulate of China in Houston, and Professor Zhang Yiqun, Consul and Director of the Education Office; as well as five officials from Hebei University: Dr. Wang Fengming, Senior Vice President; Professor Shen Shigang, Assistant to the President; Professor Li Xiaoliu, Director of the Office of International Cooperation & Exchange; Dr. Tian Jianmin, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts; and Professor Liang Weige, Head of Foreign Affairs Section, Office of the International Cooperation & Exchange.

Xavier is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the nation and the first university in Louisiana to establish a Confucius Institute (CI) following a historic agreement endorsed by Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing, China in December 2011.

Dr. Yu Jiang, director of the Xavier Confucius Institute, said he envisions the Xavier CI becoming a leading teaching, learning and resource center of China for students, educators, community groups, civic organizations, and businesses in the Greater New Orleans area. The CI will teach Chinese language, culture and economic development courses to Xavier students and the community.

Jiang, who grew up in China’s Sichuan Province near Tibet, has been at Xavier since May 2012. He came to Xavier from Southern University at New Orleans, where he had been serving as an assistant professor of Museum Studies. Prior to that, he served as an assistant professor of art history at Florida Atlantic University and as a curatorial postdoctoral fellow in the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Under his leadership, the Institute has already begun to organize a broad range of activities, including: teaching Xavier students Chinese language, culture, and economic development courses; providing support, pedagogical training and certification of the Chinese language to K-12 school teachers; developing student/faculty exchange programs with partner schools in China; offering non-credit Chinese language and culture courses for professional and personal enrichment to individuals and groups; forming partnerships with local community groups and educational organizations; opening Summer School for students interested in learning US and Chinese cultures and traditions; exploring, documenting, and presenting the roots and achievements of local communities; offering customized workshops on Chinese business etiquette and communications to organizations; and providing consulting services about China’s market and business opportunities. 

“The Confucius Institute aspires to collaborate with the entire Xavier community to prepare students to become global leaders,” said Jiang. “With foreign language skills and multicultural perspectives, our students receive quality education on their way to becoming highly competent professionals and leaders in society. The Confucius Institute also “aims to facilitate research activities and promote increased understanding between the United States and China,” Jiang further noted. 

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. The Institute is named after Confucius (551-479 BCE), an educator, thinker, and political figure who advocated education, justice, ethical behavior, and social harmony in ancient China. The teachings of Confucius had a profound impact on the development of traditional East Asian civilization.

XU McNair Program Receives Re-funding

New Orleans LA – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Xavier University of Louisiana a new five-year, $1.2 million grant in support of its Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalureate Achievement Program. 

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities.

McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

This is the third time that Xavier’s McNair program – the only one in New Orleans and one of three in the State of Louisiana – has received funding. Only 125 of the 200 colleges and universities that offered the programs last year were refunded in 2012.

XU’s McNair program, which is headed by Damon L. Williams, Jr., Director of Graduate Placement, McNair and Super Scholar/EXCEL, has 30 scholars participating in the program this fall and is currently accepting applications. McNair scholars participate in 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.

Xavier places 95 percent its McNair participants into graduate and professional school.

Dedication Activities Planned for Xavier’s St. Katharine Drexel Chapel

New Orleans LA - It would be an understatement to suggest that building a free-standing religious chapel on campus has been an elusive dream for most of Xavier University of Louisiana's history.

A chapel was actually included in (then) Mother Katharine Drexel’s original blueprint plans for the Xavier campus in the late 1920’s and it was mentioned as an upcoming project in nearly every university strategic plan for the past 80+ years. However those plans were always deferred in order to address other essential campus needs such as new classrooms and laboratories, faculty and staff offices, living residences and other student oriented service facilities.

But now that dream has finally become a reality. The new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel will be officially dedicated with a series of activities the week of Oct. 6-12.

“The new chapel and its centrality on campus reinforces Xavier’s historic Catholic identity and its continued commitment to the goals and mission established by Saint Katharine, and will welcome students of all faiths to share in their spiritual development,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “The St. Katharine Drexel Chapel will be a place where the Xavier community can come together to celebrate the Eucharist, enrich its knowledge of the liturgy, foster religious vocations, attend life-altering retreats, participate in ministries of service, and give time and talent to assist the poor.”

Scheduled opening week activities include the official dedication and consecration Mass Saturday, Oct. 6, at 4:00 p.m. with the Most Rev. Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, serving as the principal celebrant. Other events include special individual Masses (for alumni, faculty, staff, and students), a city-wide ecumenical service for local religious clergy, on-campus receptions, concerts, and personal tours of the chapel.

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli and built at a cost of more than $10 million [with all funds coming from private sources], the 11,000 square foot structure is situated next to the University’s new pharmacy addition alongside the Interstate-10 Expressway bringing motorists to and from downtown New Orleans.

The chapel, which seats 450, is contemporary in design, yet the sanctuary's octagonal plan is rooted in traditional religious structures. Raised four feet above the grade, the building is reached by an 80-foot long sloping processional approach. This path is aligned with the original campus quadrangle and the site from which Pope John Paul II spoke in 1987.

The design connects with the university's tradition of building materials and color. Like the other buildings on campus, the chapel’s exterior is made of limestone. Its domed copper roof, which with time will change into a beautiful green color, has a large cross located strategically at its crest that architect Pelli joked “will be visible from the airport to the river...” adding that “...people will see this cross and know it is the chapel at Xavier University.”

Inside, the main sanctuary is 65 feet tall, with a ring of skylights which allows natural light to be diffused through a screen and illuminate the sanctuary. Incorporating sustainable strategies related to lighting, landscaping, and materials, the building is expected to attain LEED certification.

A smaller mediation chapel will be used for daily Mass and for individual reflection. The two worship spaces will be served by common liturgical areas including a narthex, work and vesting sacristies, and a reconciliation room.

Pelli, whose firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the most famous buildings in the world, including the Petronas twin towers in Malaysia that were once the tallest in the world, expressed excitement at the opportunity to design a house of worship at Xavier.

“The idea of constructing a building with spiritual purposes is extremely attractive to me,” said Pelli, who himself grew up in a Catholic family. “This building will embody Drexel’s traits of modesty, simplicity and spirituality. It will make you feel totally uplifted.”

About Xavier

Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, co-educational institution offering a comprehensive liberal arts program and professional programs, including 38 undergraduate majors, five master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program.  Xavier is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States and draws students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Guam,  the Virgin Islands and 7 foreign countries.  For more information contact Xavier University of Louisiana, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans LA  70125, Phone: 504-520-7568, Fax 504-520-7933.

St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, October 6

Chapel Dedication / Consecration
4:00 p.m.
Celebrant – The Most Rev. Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans
By Invitation Only
Sunday, October 7
Donor Mass
9:00 a.m.
Celebrant – The Rev. Kenneth Brown
By Invitation Only
Donor Mass
12 noon
Celebrant – The Rev. Phillip Linden, S.S.J.
By Invitation Only
Student Mass
5:30 p.m.
Celebrant – The Rev. Edward Branch
XU Students Only
Monday, October 8
St. Katharine Drexel
Social Justice / Civil Rights
Panel Discussion
     6:00 p.m.
Open to the Public
Tuesday, October 9
Citywide Gospel Choir Concert
7:00 p.m.
Open to the Public

Wednesday, October 10
XU Music Department Concert
7:00 p.m.
Open to the Public
Thursday, October 11
Faculty and Staff Mass
12 noon
Faculty/Staff Only
Citywide Prayer Service
7:00 p.m.
Open to the Public


Monday-Thursday, Oct. 8-11
Daily Mass 12 noon
Tours 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Open to the Public

Commencement Back Home at Xavier

New Orleans LA - It is official! After 29 years, Xavier University of Louisiana is bringing its commencement back home!

With the opening date of the  93,000 square-foot, 4,100-seat Convocation Center right around the corner,  University officials decided to return to its tradition of hosting its Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises right on its main campus during the 2013 Mother’s Day weekend.

Prior to 1984, Xavier commencements had traditionally been held outdoors in the Quad area. Heavy rains the previous year were predominant in the decision to move the event indoors, but with no indoor facility on campus large enough to hold the anticipated crowds, commencement was moved off campus. Over the years, Xavier has held its commencement in various venues, including the Kiefer Lakefront Arena, the Municipal Auditorium, the Alario Center, and the New Orleans Convention Center.

“Commencement is always an extraordinary time for Xavier, and bringing the exercises back to campus will certainly make it even more special,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, in making the announcement.

This year’s Baccalaureate service is scheduled for May 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and the Commencement slated for May 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The University has developed a system to accommodate the family and friends of this year’s graduates to witness the important milestones.

President Francis to be Honored During Evening of Excellence

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana President Dr. Norman C. Francis and three other influential leaders and advocates of change in the areas of education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be honored at the 4th Annual Evening of Excellence.

Essence & the Southern Company, in partnership with Perennial Strategy Group, will host the annual event, a prestigious awards reception that is part of the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 42nd Annual Legislative Conference.

Among the honorees this year are Francis, actress and education advocate Alfre Woodard, Alabama A & M University president Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., and The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl writer and creator Issa Rae.

Hosted by CNNnews anchor Fredricka Whitfield, the invitation-only event will take place Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

XU Ranks No. 5 on the U.S. News Best Colleges HBCU List

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana tied for the No. 5 spot among Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group.

XU and Fisk were tied for the No. 5 spot on the list of 79 HBCUs that were compared. Also locally, Dillard University was ranked at No. 9. Topping the HBCU rankings were Spelman, Howard, Morehouse and Hampton.

According to the guide, the HBCUs were compared only with one another for the rankings. In order to be on the list, a school must be designated currently by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU. To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, an HBCU also must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first year, first-time students and must be a school that is currently part of the 2013 Best Colleges rankings.

Among all U.S. colleges and universities, U.S. News ranked Xavier 178th in the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

Xavier Pharmacy Student Named Albert Schweitzer Fellow

New Orleans LA – Lauren Day, a third-year (P3) Xavier University of Louisiana pharmacy student from Missouri City TX (Hightower High School) has been selected as one of 10 New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows by The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF).

This year Day will join approximately 240 other new Schweitzer Fellows across the country who will partner with local community-based organizations to develop and implement yearlong, mentored service projects that improve the health and well-being on underserved people – all on top of their regular academic responsibilities.

For her part, Day will develop and implement a physical fitness and nutrition program for adolescent girls in several schools throughout New Orleans, including L.B. Landry High School.

Upon completion of her Fellowship year, Day will become a Schweitzer Fellow for Life – and join a vibrant network of nearly 2,500 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.

“Fellows deliver immediate impact on the root causes of health inequities by partnering with area community-based organizations to carry out mentored, entrepreneurial, yearlong service projects on issues like early childhood literacy, obesity, and access to health care,” said ASF President Dr. Lachlan Forrow, Director of Ethics and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston MA, where the national office is headquartered. “But the Fellowship’s leadership development programming also helps them to contextualize this experience – delivering lasting impact by developing health professionals with the capacity and cultural competence to address social factors on an ongoing and effective bass throughout their careers.”

Since 2007, the New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program has supported nearly 50 local Fellows in delivering more than 8,000 hours of service within the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. The program is funded entirely through charitable donations and grants.

Xavier Partner in NIH-Funded Biomedical Research Project

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana is one of eight higher education academic, research, and health care delivery institutions in Louisiana partnering in a biomedical research project that has received a nearly $20 million, five-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.

The NIH Institutional Development Award Program for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) grant will fund the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center whose goal is to increase the critical mass of and to support the next generation of clinician scientists. The LA CaTS Center will provide an infrastructure across the academic institutions of Louisiana to facilitate research in chronic disease prevention and improved health care in underserved populations. The initiative is led by Pennington Biomedical Research Center.       

Research undergirded by LA CaTS will focus on nutrition and chronic disease, health disparities, and expanded clinical trials, all ultimately designed to improve health care.

The LA CaTS Center is comprised of four primary collaborating institutions: Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Tulane Health Sciences Center, and the seven public hospitals of the LSU Health Care Services Division. Also participating are four research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Xavier University of Louisiana, Research Institution for Children at Children’s Hospital, and LSU-Baton Rouge.

“Xavier's NIH-designated Center for Health Disparities is pleased to be playing a significant role in this important initiative,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “Louisiana is currently ranked 49th in the U.S. in the overall health status of our citizens. And, racial and ethnic minority populations are impacted disproportionately. One of the goals of this grant is to translate the results of medical research in a manner that more quickly and effectively impacts the health of our communities, including the prevalent health disparities they suffer.”

XU Gets Nod in in Princeton Review Best Colleges Guide

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has once again received the endorsement of yet another prominent, annual college rating publication.

The university was singled out as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2013 edition of its annual "The Best 377 Colleges” guide. In its profile on Xavier the guide praises the school for its academics, faculty, and providing a “thriving underlying foundation upon which students can achieve the very best for themselves.”

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

For more info, visit HERE.

The O’Jays, Stephanie Mills Headline Xavier Scholarship Benefit Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Book Examines the Painting: "The Assumption of Mary"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fiske Guide to Colleges Tabs Xavier 2013 Best Buy

New Orleans LA - The 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has tabbed Xavier University of Louisiana as among its “Best Buy Schools” for academics and affordability.

The publication has designated 41 such institutions – 20 public and 21 private – as “Best Buys.” To qualify for the distinction, the colleges and universities must have a four- or five-star academic rating, be in the inexpensive or moderate price category, and have a good quality of student campus life.

Xavier is the only Louisiana university and one of only three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to make the list.

In its 25th year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has provided millions of parents, counselors, and college-bound students with an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. The author, Edward B. Fiske, served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times.

Other schools selected include: (public) University of British Columbia-Canada, College of Charleston, University of Edinburgh-UK, Evergreen State College, University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Mary Washington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Oregon State University, University of St. Andrews-UK, SUNY–Binghamton University, SUNY–College at Geneseo, University of Texas at Austin, Truman State University, University of Utah, and University of Wisconsin–Madison; (private) Adelphi University, Alfred University, Brigham Young University, Butler University, Clemson University, Cooper Union, Deep Springs College, DePaul University, Elon University, Emerson College, Marquette University, Millsaps College, Morehouse College, Olin College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of the South (Sewanee), Spelman College, Trinity University-Texas), Warren Wilson College, and Wheaton College-Illinois.

Top Xavier Students Designated Rousseve Scholars

New Orleans LA - Thirty-four upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2012-13 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, hometown and high school:

Seniors / P2s – Peter Baham, business-finance, New Orleans (Grace King High); Krista Burton, engineering, Jonesboro GA (Creekside High); Nnenia Clark, business-management, Riverdale GA (The Paideia School); Brittany Gorden, pharmacy, New Orleans (St. Mary’s Academy); Megan Haynes, political science, New Orleans (Xavier Prep); LaTasha Henderson, biology/pre-med, Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish High); Tuyet-Trinh Nguyen, chemistry/pre-med, New Orleans (Ben Franklin High); Mia Ward, science education-chemistry, McKinney TX (McKinney North High); Faith Webre, pharmacy, Reserve LA (Riverside Academy); and Schuyler Williams, biology/pre-med, Collierville TN (Houston High).

Juniors / P1s – Nadine Bizimana, business-accounting, Opelika AL (Opelika High); Javon Bracy, English, New Orleans (De La Salle High); Brandon Dang, biology/pre-med, Harvey LA (Archbishop Shaw High); Brandan Dotson, chemistry/pre-med, San Francisco CA (Lowell High); Taylor Harris, chemistry/pre-med, Little Rock AR (Wilbur Mills High); Rayya Hunter, pharmacy, Markham IL (Hillcrest High); Vallery Jenkins, middle school education, Centreville MS (Wilkinson County Christian Academy); Kayla Johnson, biology/pre-med, Milwaukee WI (Rufus King High); David Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Harvey LA (John Ehret High); and Jeffrey Quach, pharmacy, Marrero LA (Archbishop Shaw).

Sophomores – Kristia Abernathy, biology/pre-med, St. Louis MO (Hazelwood East High); Jamie Bolden, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, LaPlace LA (Riverside Academy); Caitlin Bucher, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Kenner LA (Archbishop Chapelle High); Sara Elsayed, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes Academy); Paige Estave, biology/pre-med, Kenner LA (Archbishop Chapelle High); Catherine Fakler, English, Phoenix AZ (Xavier Prep); Nicole Fisette, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, River Ridge LA (Archbishop Chapelle High); Kristen Fowler, biology/pre-med, Kenner LA (Archbishop Chapelle High); Kyriante Henry, psychology/pre-med, New Orleans (Xavier Prep); Stacey Le, chemistry/pre-med, Harvey LA (Thomas Jefferson High); Jesslyn Magee, biology/pre-med, Corona CA (Centennial High); Amber Owens, psychology/pre-med, Jackson MS (Jim Hill High); Devinn Rolland, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Harvey LA (Cabrini High); Chandler Schexnayder, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Patterson LA (Patterson High); and Chelsey Walker, biology/pre-med, Harvey LA (Haynes Academy).  

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

Xavier Awarded “Big Read” Grant

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana has announced that it, in partnership with the New Orleans Public Library, has been awarded a grant to host The Big Read in New Orleans.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Xavier was one of 76 not-for-profits to be recommended for a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read in New Orleans will focus on A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Activities will take place February 23 and March 23, 2013.

“Providing our students and our fellow New Orleanians with opportunities to discuss Mr. Gaines’s book, to learn about the historical context in which it is set, and to think about its connection to their present day lives will encourage literacy through NEA’s model of focusing on a single book within the community,” says Jason Todd, XU English professor and Quality Enhancement Plan Director.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “Since 2006, nearly three million Americans have attended a Big Read event, more than 39,000 volunteers have participated locally, and nearly 27,000 community partner organizations have been involved. The Big Read’s success depends on these commitments of time, energy, and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing these 76 communities come together in celebration of a great work of literature.”

The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $17,000 to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including Reader’s, Teacher’s, and Audio Guides.

The Big Read initiative fits into XULA’s ongoing Read Today, Lead Tomorrow program, in place since 2010. Read Today, Lead Tomorrow has been designed, in part, to foster the formation of literary communities and to make students more engaged readers by providing opportunities to think about reading material in the context of the greater world around them.

Xavier’s Big Read activities will include an opening night ceremony honoring Mr. Gaines, an oral history project through which local high school students will interview local senior citizens about life under segregation and Jim Crow, essay contests for other students, a series of book discussions and related lectures, a film series of books by Mr. Gaines, and a closing night ceremony celebrating the work and learning done by local students.

For more information about The Big Read please visit

London-Jones Named XU Director of Student Financial Aid

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has announced that Ms. Emily London-Jones has been named Director of Student Financial Aid, effective July 1, 2012.

London-Jones comes to Xavier from the University of New Orleans, where she served as Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for the past 12 years. She has been in the financial aid profession for more than 38 years, including 26 years previously at Xavier where she served as Associate Director of Student Financial Aid.

London-Jones received both her BA and MA degrees from Xavier. She is a past president of the Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA). She has held many positions in the state association and has served on many committees and advisory boards (nationally, private sectors and institutions). She has presented numerous Financial Aid workshops and conferences on the state and regional level.

“We are very pleased and excited to welcome Ms. London-Jones back to Xavier University,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “The services provided by our student financial aid office are critically important to students and their families and I am confident that Emily’s many years of experience in financial aid administration will continue to contribute to our overall success.”

She replaces Mrs. Mildred Higgins, who retired as Director of Student Financial Aid after 26 years of service at Xavier.

XU Business Department Recognized for Top Sales Program

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Department of Business was one of 66 U.S. colleges and universities recognized as a “Top University Sales Program for 2012” by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).

The selected schools were cited for demonstrating a strong sales curriculum, university recognition and support, and the opportunity for experiential learning such as internships. The schools are listed in the SEF’s sales education annual publication, which is available online HERE.

Xavier offers both a major and minor in sales and marketing. The major requires a core of 48 hours in business, including 24 hours in sales and marketing focusing on selling and data analysis skills.

XU First in African American Medical Graduates

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana is first among the nation’s colleges and universities in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school, according to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Xavier had 60 African-American graduates earn medical degrees in 2011, the latest year for which complete data is available. Howard University was second with 43 graduates, followed by the University of Florida with 26. The remaining schools ranked in descending order are Harvard University, Yale University, Duke University, Stanford University, Spelman College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The statistics, which were published in the June 7 issue of Diverse issues in Higher Education magazine, are not altogether surprising, since for the past three decades Xavier has been one of nation’s leaders in preparing and sending graduates to medical and professional schools. In fact, Xavier was No. 1 in the nation in placing African Americans for 15 straight years before an enrollment drop due to the six-month closure of the school following Hurricane Katrina curtailed its numbers. Even still, in 2011 the University placed 68 students into medical school according to AAMC data, second only to much larger Howard University.

Nor is it surprising in light of some recent grants Xavier has received designed to help the university continue, build upon, and share with other colleges and universities the programs and practices that have helped build it into a powerhouse of science education.

Earlier this year The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced that Xavier was one of 47 U.S. colleges and universities selected to participate in a $50 million initiative that will enable the school to create more engaging science classes, bring real-world research experiences to students, and increase the diversity of students who study science.

Identified as among the best universities in the nation at producing graduates who go on to science careers, Xavier was given a Capstone Award of $1 million. Capstone recipients are charged with assessing which elements of their various approaches to science education have been successful and why, establishing a leadership role for these schools. More details available HERE.

Xavier’s undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program was also recognized with a $500,000 grant from UNCF/Merck Science Initiative. As the only recipient of this grant, Xavier was able to demonstrate the strength of their STEM program and stand out in UMSI’s competitive selection process. More details available HERE.

XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis stands proud of the longstanding and ongoing accomplishments of the University in producing the highest quality science graduates well-prepared for graduate and professional schools in the field. 

“Xavier has achieved a national reputation for excellence in placing the most African American students in medical schools and graduating the most African American biologists, chemists, and physicists, in addition to an impressive number of African Americans completing PhDs in science and engineering,” said Francis. “Going forward we intend to build upon that success.” 

650 Scholars Make Spring 2012 Dean's List

New Orleans LA - A total of 650 student scholars made the Xavier University of Louisiana Dean's List during the spring 2012 semester, according to XU Registrar Avis Stuard.

Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours. The honor students listed below are grouped by major and include their classifications, high schools and/or (hometowns). Unless otherwise noted, the latter is New Orleans.

The complete lists are available at COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES / COLLEGE OF PHARMACY.

Xavier Hosts Contractor Lecture Series

New Orleans LA - The Alliance of Minority Contractors has partnered with NewCorp and Xavier University of Louisiana's Division of Business to present the Contractor Lecture Series.  The lectures will cover a number of topics including lien law, business development, subcontractor agreements and construction law.

 The Alliance of Minority Contractors was formed in order to assist emerging, minority, and women owned businesses in improving their capacity to compete for construction and construction related projects, to mitigate fiscal, political, and cultural barriers which such businesses may encounter, and to provide its members with a broad range of support by way of innovative practices, programs, and collaborative partnerships with public, private, and community based organizations.

Partnering with groups like the Alliance of Minority Contractors is important to executing the mission of Xavier’s Division of Business, said Dr. Joe Ricks, chairman of the division.

“Preparing minority and women owned businesses to compete and helping to open greater opportunities are key to our local economy and helps to create opportunities the socially responsible business leaders we develop here at Xavier”, he said.

The lecture information is listed below. The business development seminars are for alliance members only. To request an application for membership or to RSVP for a non-member event, email HERE.

June 12, 5:00 p.m.
Contractor Lecture Series 
"Lien Law"
Jeffrey K. Prattini - Shields Mott Lund
XU University Center

June 19, 4:30 p.m.
Business Development
F.H.P  Tectonics Corporation,  a division of F.H. Paschen
Norman Mayer Library
* Members Only *

July 10, 5:00 p.m.
Contractor Lecture Series
"Subcontract Agreements"
Charles Seemann Jr.
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles
XU University Center

July 24, 4:30 p.m.
Business Development
 F.H .Myers Construction Inc
Norman Mayer Library
* Members Only *

August 6, 5:00 p.m.
Contractor Lecture Series
"Construction Law"
Bernard L. Charbonnet
Charbonnet & Assoc.
XU University Center

August 21, 4:30 p.m.
Business Development
Ryan Gootee Construction
Norman Mayer Library
* Members Only *

Xavier Selected to Participate in HHMI Science Education Initiative

New Orleans LA – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has announced that Xavier University of Louisiana is one of 47 small colleges and universities in the United States selected to participate in a $50 million initiative that will enable the school to create more engaging science classes, bring real-world research experiences to students, and increase the diversity of students who study science.

Identified as one of the best universities in the nation at producing graduates who go on to science careers, Xavier was given a Capstone Award of $1 million. Capstone recipients will be charged with assessing which elements of their various approaches to science education have been successful and why, establishing a leadership role for these schools.

“There is an enormous trove of know-how and wisdom at these schools, and we would like to see how that information can be shared more broadly,” said David Asai, director of HHMI’s precollege and undergraduate program. “We are looking forward to seeing how the Capstone awardees can provide leadership to some of the other grantees who are new to HHMI, as well as to advise HHMI about our efforts in undergraduate science education.”

Xavier’s proposal, entitled Project SCICOMP, was chosen out of 182 submissions after two rounds of peer review and a scientist’s panel. Project SCICOMP will focus on high enrollment in the sciences and continued enthusiasm in pre-med programs to address the growing and urgent problem of declining African American professionals in the field of medicine. Project SCICOMP will develop a competency-based pre-professional curriculum implementing specific recommendations issued by the Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians (SFFP) committee. A joint venture between the Association of American Medical Colleges and HHMI, SFFP’s goal is to make students more active learners with demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply the principles of biology, mathematics and statistics along with those of computer programs, physics, chemistry and biochemistry to human health and diseases.

Project SCICOMP will introduce an array of innovative instructional approaches. Two new courses in Biology will be launched to address self-reported impediments for freshman level success and labs will be revised to infuse more discovery/research oriented projects such as those in Xavier’s currently HHMI funded ‘Phage Genomics’ course offered in the department of Biology. Several additional pre-med courses will be infused with increased in-class’ activities, more interdisciplinary content, and exercises to hone students’ computational and critical thinking skills with an emphasis on the application of knowledge as opposed to rote memorization.

In addition, non-STEM courses will be identified that could be revised and/or added to the premed curriculum to more greatly enrich the liberal education experience of premed students. Students also will have the opportunity to serve as STEM Undergraduate Teaching Assistants or serve as peer tutors. Equally importantly, the SCICOMP project will support processes that will introduce newer types of testing, assessment and student-tracking mechanisms that will result in formative and summative evaluation of course/curricular revisions.

“What happens during the undergraduate years is vital to the development of the student, whether she will be a scientist, a science educator, or a member of society who is scientifically curious and literate. HHMI is investing in Xavier because they have shown they are superb incubators of new ideas and models that might be replicated by other institutions to improve how science is taught in college,” said Sean Carroll, vice president of science education at HHMI. “We know that Xavier has engaged faculty. They care deeply about teaching and how effectively their students are learning about science.”

Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis stands proud of the longstanding and ongoing accomplishments of the University in producing the highest quality science graduates well-prepared for graduate and professional schools in the field. 

“Xavier has achieved a national reputation for excellence in placing the most African American students in medical schools and graduating the most African American biologists, chemists, and physicists, in addition to an impressive number of African Americans completing PhDs in science and engineering,” said Francis. “HHMI support for the past twenty years has played a vital role in our success.” 

Project SCICOMP and management of the HHMI grant will be led by Dr. Shubha Kale Ireland, Professor and Chair of the Biology Department, an accomplished researcher and teacher with a history of success in multi-year, bench-based and multi-disciplinary pedagogical projects.

“With the current HHMI support, Xavier will continue to be a leader in science education and share our results and components of Project SCICOMP nationally through journal publications, faculty presentations at national conferences, and distribution of brochures and CD-ROMs,” she said.

Xavier Names Director for Confucius Institute

New Orleans LA – Dr. Yu Jiang has been named director of Xavier University of Louiana’s new Confucius Institute (CI), according to XU President Norman C. Francis.

Xavier is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the nation and the first university in Louisiana to establish a Confucius Institute (CI) following a historic agreement endorsed by Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing, China in December 2011.

Xavier’s CI is partnered with China’s Hebei University, the only comprehensive university in the Hebei Province and one of the first institutions in China to admit international students.
The primary focus of the partnership is cultural-educational exploration through the disciplines of education, pharmacy, art, and music as well as language instruction (Mandarin).

Jiang, who grew up in China’s Sichuan Province near Tibet, comes to Xavier from Southern University at New Orleans, where he had been serving as an assistant professor of Museum Studies. Prior to that, he served as an assistant professor of art history at Florida Atlantic University and as a curatorial postdoctoral fellow in the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

He holds a B.A. in archaeology from Beijing University, as well as a M.A. and Ph.D. in art and architecture history from the University of Pittsburgh.

“We are pleased to have identified Dr. Jiang to lead our Confucius Institute going forward,” said Francis. “We are confident that under his leadership Xavier’s Institute will provide our students and faculty unprecedented access to Asia particularly at this critical historic moment of increased globalization.”
Jiang said he envisions the Xavier CI becoming a leading teaching, learning and resource center of China for students, educators, community groups, civic organizations, and businesses in the Greater New Orleans area.

Jiang has already begun to organize a broad range of activities through the Confucius Institute, including: teaching Xavier students Chinese language, culture, and economic development courses; providing support, pedagogical training and certification of the Chinese language to K-12 school teachers; developing student/faculty exchange programs with partner schools in China; offering non-credit Chinese language and culture courses for professional and personal enrichment to individuals and groups; forming partnerships with local community groups and educational organizations; opening Summer School for students interested in learning US and Chinese cultures and traditions; exploring, documenting, and presenting the roots and achievements of local communities; offering customized workshops on Chinese business etiquette and communications to organizations; and providing consulting services about China’s market and business opportunities. 

“The Confucius Institute aspires to collaborate with the entire Xavier community to prepare students to become global leaders,” said Jiang. “With foreign language skills and multicultural perspectives, our students receive quality education on their way to becoming highly competent professionals and leaders in society.”  The Confucius Institute also “aims to facilitate research activities and promote increased understanding between the United States and China,” Jiang further noted. 

Xavier began offering Mandarin courses this past semester. A group of faculty and administrators will visit Hebei University this summer to continue to plan the activities of the CI.

The campus office of the Confucius Institute, which will be housed in the newly-renovated St. Joseph Academic and Health Resource Center, is expected to officially open this September.

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. The Institute is named after Confucius (551-479 BCE), an educator, thinker, and political figure who advocated education, justice, ethical behavior, and social harmony in ancient China. The teachings of Confucius had a profound impact on the development of traditional East Asian civilization.

XU Faculty Receive NCF Excellence Awards

New Orleans LA - Five Xavier University of Louisiana faculty members were honored during the 2012 Commencement ceremony for their extraordinary performance in the areas of teaching, service and scholarship.

The winners of the 2012 Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Awards were:

Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching: (junior faculty) Dr. Stassi DiMaggio in chemistry and (senior faculty) Dr. Janet Privett in chemistry.

Faculty Excellence Award in Service: (senior faculty) Dr. Joe Melcher in communications. 

Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship: (junior faculty) Dr. Hector Biliran in biology and (senior faculty) Dr. Dominique Gendrin in communications.  

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.

XU Freshmen to Experience Lagniappe Preview

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 25-26. It’s the fourth 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.

Students will receive a list of the courses in which they will be enrolled in fall 2012 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.

See the schedule of events here: Students / Parents.

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

550 Receive Degrees at Xavier Commencement

New Orleans LA - 550 graduates were awarded their degrees at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 85th annual commencement May 12 at the Kiefer Lakefront Arena.

Xerox chairman and chief executive officer Ursula Burns, the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, delivered the commencement address at the event and be awarded an honorary Doctor of Business degree.

Two other special guests also received honorary degrees. Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., a monk and professor of church history who has authored several works on black Catholic history, received a Doctor of Humane Letters, and Terence Blanchard, local jazz performer/composer and five-time Grammy Award winner, was awarded a Doctor of Music.

Three students – Jasmine Holmes, a chemistry/premed major from New Orleans; Ashley Matthew, a chemistry/premed major from Quincy MA; and Asia Matthew, also a chemistry/premed major from Quincy MA – headed this year’s group of summa cum laude graduates with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

- Honor Graduates

- Summa Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Dominique Gabriel and Ashley Varnado.
Bachelor of Science: Leslie Anderson, Shaheera Chughtai, Truc Dinh, Kara Edmond, Kim Hoang, Jasmine Holmes, Ashley Matthew, Asia Matthew, Michael Nguyen, Thuylinh Nguyen, Valencia Potter, JaNae’ Richard, Justin Spraglin and Simone Williams.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Elizabeth Cao, Catherine Chaucer, Yvette Estave, Metasebia Gedlu, Courtney Harrell and John Nguyen.

- Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Andrea Hodge, Ariel Johnson and Jessica Joseph.
Bachelor of Science: Talasha Aubert, Allan Augillard, Kaitlyn Gaddis, Mia Holmes, Eboni Kaglear, Jamaan Kenner, Brittany Moore, Alan Nguyen, Telycia Peters, Corie Robinson, Keishondra Sampson, Chavez Scott, Sykari Thomas, Hai Tran, Khuong Tran, Quang Vu and Tamera Warren-Jackson.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Devon Bardash, Sandy Dang, Haley Dufrene, Kimanh Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Eki Obazee, Jenny Perino, Tuong Pham and Christine Russo.

- Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Dudley Grady, Barry Jackson, Jessica Johnson, Blake Smith, and Morgan Weber.

Bachelor of Science: Nicholas Alexander, Mone’ Armah, Sobia Arshad, Iva Bobkova’, Ashley Conoway, Brittany Dent, LaAisha Elliott, Oriema Ewo, Christina Houston, Herstyn Jones, Charlie Luu, Deshanna McDonald, Perry Mitchell, Malcolm Moise, Yen Nguyen, Sharon Ogidan, Ogochukwu Oseji, Terry Pham, Ayrielle Pollard, Christina Richardson, Nelanhta Riley, Ashley Taylor, DeAndrea Washington, Jasmine Watson, Morgan Weber, Danielle White, Jasmine Wise, Kelly Wright, and Tatiana Zague.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Robert Andrews, Frank Anin, Holly Blanchard, Ryan Boudreau, China Davis, Ebisa Deressa, Britany Jackson, Michael Jeanfreau, Janeque Jones, TeAra McClendon, Luu Ngo, Amanda Nguyen, Dat Nguyen, Thu Nguyen, Sampson Ogbuchi, Cong Pham, Uyen Tram Phan, Jakarta Robinson, Hannah Ta, and Tonny Vo.

- Graduate Degrees with honors

Master of Arts: Melantha Bell, Shaniece Cook, Ollie Hayes-Hudson, Kiosha Jefferson, Whitney Lain, Nichelle Logan, Ashley Ojo, Jeanne Sabolyk, and Benjamin Smith.

Master of Arts in Teaching: Michelle Cratchan, Ashley Gerfin, Toni Graham, Rebecca Hardy, and Monica Roberts.

- All Graduates

- Bachelor of Arts

Nadira Abdur-Rahman, Brooke Adams, Tenasia Alcorn, Allen Anderson, Averis Anderson, Domonique Bartley, Kendra Beard, Jazmyne Beverly, Cherie Blue, Winston Boyd, Glenn Braud Jr., Christina Bryant, Zachary Carroll, Jennifer Carter, Vania Clemons, Nicole Coleman, Jessica Dandridge, Jeanine Daniels, Ash Davidson, Brandy Davis, Monique Dieudonne, Jessica Dumas, Megan Duronslet, Melissa Ealem, Alexis Easterling, Eugene Foy, Jemela Freeman, Dominique Gabriel (Summa Cum Laude), Charlotte Galloway, X'Zavierr Garland, Dudley Grady (Cum Laude), Marian Gray, Nicole Green, Anna-Patrice Harris, Mylinh Hoang, Andrea Hodge (Magna Cum Laude), Ryan Hopkins, Barry Jackson (Cum Laude), Jasmine Jhounkin, Ariel Johnson (Magna Cum Laude), Jessica Johnson (Cum Laude), Maya Jones, Robert Jones Jr., Jazmin Jordan, Jessica, Joseph (Magna Cum Laude), Christopher Jupiter, Bre'on Kelly, Jazzmin Kilgore, Khristen Kirkland, Nile Lang, Alden Lombard III, Kristine Mbadugha, Daniel McGee, Tyree Micheau, Porche' Monroe, Tiffany Morris, Shana O'Connor, Amanda Oden, Anastesia Opata, Laura Parish, Nikita Peters, Brittney Rhea, Kelsey Riley, Najla Robinson, Rabiat Saraki, Xavier Semien, Taj Shackelford, Lester Singleton, Blake Smith (Cum Laude), Keenon Smith, Willie Smith, Ariana Stone, Cierra Stovall, Chantique Strong, Felicia Thomas, Andrea Toney, Kenneth Underwood Jr., Ashley Varnado (Summa Cum Laude), Alexzandria Walker, DeAnna Walker, Leeann Washington, Morgan Weber (Cum Laude), Sherman White III, Kevin Wiles, Cierra Williams, Derek Williams, and Juan Woolfolk Jr.

- Bachelor of Music

Gregory Dixon

- Bachelor of Science
Kenneth Aiken Jr., Nicholas Alexander (Cum Laude), Kelly Allison, Leslie Anderson (Summa Cum Laude), Ganiat Animashawun, Mone' Armah (Cum Laude), Sobia Arshad (Cum Laude), Brittney Atkinson, Talasha Aubert (Magna Cum Laude), Allan Augillard (Magna Cum Laude), Justin Augustine IV, Jakara Bachus, Taylor Bailey, Candra Barrett, Sade Barrett, Briana Bell, Brianna Bell, Candice Bennett, Iva Bobkova' (Cum Laude), Megan Boudouin, Shayla Boyd, JaNay Brandford, Khalia Brewer, Ashton Brown, Jordan Bryant, Andria Buckner, Angela Burke, Erin Burks, Ashley Burton, Quiana Carney, Erica Carr, Princess Carter, Kali Castle, Cassandra Chambers, James Charlot, Kristy Chiles, Constance Christian, Shaheera Chughtai (Summa Cum Laude), Tabatha Colar, Kristin Collins, Marshall Collins, Monica Collins, Ashley Colvin, Ashley Conoway (Cum Laude), Alexandra Creed, Derrickia Cullins, Brittney Curtis, Justin Cutrer, Brittany Daniels, Jesaka Davitt, Brittany Dent (Cum Laude), Thabata DeSuze, Monique Desvignes, Truc Dinh (Summa Cum Laude), Diana DiStefano, Taurah Dizadare, Lance Doley, Anna D'souza, Kara Edmond (Summa Cum Laude), Jason Edwards, LaAisha Elliott (Cum Laude), Lauren Engram, Mikelle Eskinde, Jacob Evans, Ifeoma Eweni, Oriema, Ewo (Cum Laude), Nadia Fairley, Gemima Fauvel, Jana Fleet, Ryan Ford, Le'Andre Foster, Raven Foster, Brittani Franklin, Venita Freeman, Kaitlyn Gaddis (Magna Cum Laude), Taryn Gaines, Geoffrey Gant, Jessica Gardner, Alaine Garner, Jochele Gibson, Veronica Gilbert, Montrell Givens, Candice Glasgow, Jerlicia Gooden, Jasmine Goudeau, Charisse Graham, Devyn Guillen, Nakia Hagamin, Erin Hall, Donnisha Hebert, Sonja Hebert, Faith Hicks, Patrice Hightower, Kim Hoang (Summa Cum Laude), Jasmine Holmes (Summa Cum Laude), Mia Holmes (Magna Cum Laude), Christina Houston (Cum Laude), Darnell Howard Jr., Jessica Hudnall, Shakiyah Huston, Joseph Huynh, Odell Isaac, Courtney Jackson, Jasmine Jackson, Kaneisha Jackson, Kimberly Jackson, Devinne James, Kory Jenkins, Roseanna Jessup, Kristina Jolivette, Gabrielle Jones, Herstyn Jones (Cum Laude), Keonne Jones, LeReginald Jones, Monique Jones, Sharmaine Jones, Derek Joseph Jr., Joyy Joseph, Wanto Joseph, Yaesha Joseph, Eboni Kaglear (Magna Cum Laude), Curtis Kass, Arriyell Kelly, Jazmone Kelly, Danielle Kennebrew, Jamaan Kenner (Magna Cum Laude), Kimberly Kensey, Thu Anh Kha, Nathaniel Landry, Renelle Langie, Alayne Lawrence, Jaimee Lewis, Ryan Littleton, Kisha Lockhart, Jillique Logan, Francesca Lott, Charlie Luu (Cum Laude), Grace Mamou, Samuel Mamou, Traiana Mangum, Deante Markey, Amad Martin, Ashley Matthew (Summa Cum Laude), Asia Matthew (Summa Cum Laude), Aleia Mays, Tailyr McAlpin, Deshanna McDonald (Cum Laude), Ashley McGill, Kendall McManus-Thomas, LaTonya Meadows, Brantley Minor, Eric Mitchell, Perry Mitchell (Cum Laude), Malcolm Moise (Cum Laude), Brittany Moore (Magna Cum Laude), Jasmine Moore, Jaime Morgan, Kelsey Moss, Samra Naeem, Britton Nelson, Alan Nguyen (Magna Cum Laude), Cindy Nguyen, Julie Nguyen, Michael Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), Monica Nguyen, Thong Nguyen, Thuylinh Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), Yen Nguyen (Cum Laude), Onome Oboh, Osereme Oboh, Sharon Ogidan (Cum Laude), Gbenga Onayiga, Ogochukwu Oseji (Cum Laude), Celita Owens, Phelicia Parker, Chanel Perry, Telycia Peters (Magna Cum Laude), Terry Pham (Cum Laude), Kiristin Phillips, Kendrea Pleasant, Celeste Poe, Ayrielle Pollard (Cum Laude), Valencia Potter (Summa Cum Laude), Jennifer Powell, Sharifa Rahman, Michelle Rapp, Britney Reeder, JaNae' Richard (Summa Cum Laude), Christina Richardson (Cum Laude), Jason Richardson, Sean Richardson, Nelanhta Riley (Cum Laude), Corie Robinson (Magna Cum Laude), Robert Robinson III, Alexandria Ross, Brittany Rowe, Keishondra Sampson (Magna Cum Laude), Ashley Sankey, Brittany Scott, Chavez Scott (Magna Cum Laude), Mecca Scott, Kristin Signater, Christina Simmons, Daniel Smalls, Alison Smith, Kenneth Smith Jr., Kirsten Smith, Joy Sorells, Willie Sparkman, Justin Spraglin (Summa Cum Laude), Amber Spurlock, Jerry Stewart Jr., Sierra Stewart, LaTisha Stimage, Kirbye Sullivan, Ashley Taylor (Cum Laude), Chelsea Taylor, Nichelle Taylor, Shannon Taylor, Julian Terry, Marice Thomas, Sykari Thomas (Magna Cum Laude), Mia Thornton, Avinaashi Torry, Audra Tousaint, DanVy Tran, Hai Tran (Magna Cum Laude), Khuong Tran (Magna Cum Laude), Linh Tran, Viet-Huy Truong, Ivis Turner, Marquise Turner, Tracy Ugwuh, Asha Vagas, Clyde Varner II , Deandrea Veal, Leah Verdin, Lindsey Verdin, Kristen Vincent, Quang Vu (Magna Cum Laude), Ciera-Chauntel Walker, Verina Walker, Jeremy Waller, Raymond Walston III, Simone Walters, Jarroid Warner, Christina Warren, Tamera Warren-Jackson (Magna Cum Laude), DeAndrea Washington (Cum Laude), Autumn Watkins, Jasmine Watson (Cum Laude), Morgan Weber (Cum Laude), Danielle White (Cum Laude), Jacinda Whitley, Ashley Williams, Cristina Williams, Erin Williams, Freddie Williams Jr., Melinda Williams, Miguel Williams, Mychelle Williams, Simone Williams (Summa Cum Laude), Brittany Williamson, Jordan Wilson, Richleen Wimberly, Joseph Windon, Jasmine Wise (Cum Laude), Terrianna Woodard, Yahti Wooten, Danielle Wright, Kelly Wright (Cum Laude), Kayla Yowman, and Tatiana Zague (Cum Laude).

- Doctor of Pharmacy

Mike Acheampong, Robert Andrews (Cum Laude), Frank Anin (Cum Laude), Devon Bardash (Magna Cum Laude), George Batiste, Lonzie Beamon Jr., Holly Blanchard (Cum Laude), Ryan Boudreau (Cum Laude), Audrey Breaux, Terione Brock, Lauren Browder, Marcus Brown, Arielle Burnett, Elizabeth Cao (Summa Cum Laude), Catherine Chaucer (Summa Cum Laude), Therese Colin, David Collins, Janie Connelly, Dzu Dang, Sandy Dang (Magna Cum Laude), China Davis (Cum Laude), Nicole Delavallade, Ebisa Deressa (Cum Laude), Joseph DeSantis, Candace Dixon, Linh Do, Haley Dufrene (Magna Cum Laude), David Duong, Ha Duong, Ladadriel Eastman, Vincent Ekenga, Ashley Englade, Yvette Estave (Summa Cum Laude), Claudius Fincher III, Harry Gabriel, Metasebia Gedlu (Summa Cum Laude), LeAnne George, Dirck Gillam, Jo-Ann Giraud, Merna Girgis, Christopher Greene, Vivian Han, Courtney Harrell (Summa Cum Laude), Maxwell Haslauer, Destini Hill, Ka Ho, Mong Truc Hoang, Lauren Holcomb, Shanna Horace, Mia Incaprera, Charnay Ingram, Britany Jackson (Cum Laude), Michael Jeanfreau (Cum Laude), Brooke Johnson, Charles Johnson, Veronda Johnson, Janeque Jones (Cum Laude), Jessica Jones, Tiffany Jones, Gurpreet Kaur, Son Kim, Kieoka Knight, Cameron Knowles, Amy Kwanbunbumpen, Steven Lanosga, Sally Le, Cristopher LeBlanc, Jonathan Lee, Francesca Lott, Hieu Luu, Sesily Macon, TeAra McClendon (Cum Laude), Julie, Mentz, Luu Ngo (Cum Laude), Amanda Nguyen (Cum Laude), Amy Nguyen, Dat Nguyen (Cum Laude), Ellie Nguyen, John Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), Katrina Nguyen, Kim Phung Nguyen, Kimanh Nguyen (Magna Cum Laude), Phuc Nguyen, Thao Nguyen (Magna Cum Laude), Thu Nguyen (Cum Laude), Tuyet-Nhi Nguyen, Eki Obazee (Magna Cum Laude), Sampson Ogbuchi (Cum Laude), Michael Olaiya, Shionka Patterson, Michelyn Patton, Jenny Perino (Magna Cum Laude), Cong Pham (Cum Laude), Dao Pham, Tuong Pham (Magna Cum Laude), Michael Phan, Uyen Tram Phan (Cum Laude), Alexis Reed, Danielle Riley, Justin Ritter, Adrienne Roberts, Casey Robinson, Jakarta Robinson (Cum Laude), Christine Russo (Magna Cum Laude), Akilah Scott, Renata Surles, Hannah Ta (Cum Laude), Caressa Thornton, Jessica Todesco, Chi Tran, Khanh Tran, Linda Tran, Minh Tran, Thang Tran, Thuan Tran, Trang Tran, Tu Tran, Hanh Truong, Nnabugo Ukpaka, Annie Ulmer, Ana Valladares, Michelle Vaultz, Tommy Vo, Tonny Vo (Cum Laude), ShaRhonda Watkins, Larry Wheeler Jr., Cortlyn Williams, Kashawne Williams, and Mallori Williams.

- Master in Theology

Audrey Browder and Marcos Leon-Angulo.

- Master of Arts

Randal Anderson, Melantha Bell (4.0), Kylynn Boissiere, Delores Briscoe, Denise Cagnolatti, Tai Cambre, Michelle Catipon, Shaniece Cook (4.0), Jennifer Cotton, Ashlei DeLarge, John Echakara, Persephonie Foster, Angelle Guillion, Ollie Hayes-Hudson (4.0), Jhyrmila Hills, Kiosha Jefferson (4.0), Frankie Johnson, Jeannette Johnson, Whitney Lain (4.0), Nichelle Logan (4.0), Danielle McAllister, Amy Millet, Ashley Ojo (4.0), Farah Parker, Mary Ring, Carolyn Robinson, Jeanne Sabolyk (4.0), Monica Sails-Gaines, Tanesha Sanchez, Erica Sanders, Shannon Sanders, Benjamin Smith (4.0), Shenetta Stump, Kim Washington, Corey Williams, Nicole Wilson, and Renita Woolridge.

- Master of Arts in Teaching

Lori, Adams, Angelique Alexander, Grace Blakeman, Stephen Borengasser, Michelle Cratchan (4.0), Ashley Gerfin (4.0), Toni Graham (4.0), Rebecca Hardy (4.0), Meghan Johnson, Ji-Peri Jordan, Blanca Lopez, Jacyntha Lovely, Justin Mack, Kevin O'Malley, Teri Rhodes, Monica Roberts (4.0), Katedra Sanchez, Doris Smith, Craig Tolliver, Betty Uribe, and Zarree Walker.

Xavier Education Programs Combine Professional Growth and Financial Assistance

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Division of Education is offering new and established mathematics and sciences teachers in the Greater New Orleans Area and surrounding parishes a chance for professional growth, with the extra benefit of tuition scholarships and salary supplements.

The Mathematics and Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) at Xavier has announced new two new programs – the Noyce Teacher Fellows Program and the Master Fellows program – both designed to address the critical need for K-12 teachers in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the local school system. 

The Noyce Teachers Fellows Program offers recently-graduated STEM students and professionals the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, which will lead to Louisiana State Teaching Licensure and a teaching position at a high needs elementary and secondary school within the Orleans Parish School District. Participants can receive a full tuition scholarship toward completion of the MAT degree, as well as $10,000 stipend in addition to their regular teaching salaries upon graduation.

The Master Fellows Program is geared toward highly qualified teachers who wish to become national board certified in either math or science. The program offers intensive professional development hours at Xavier, the Stennis Space Center, the ExxonMobil Mickelson Academy, and Algebra Project. Master Teaching Fellows will also serve as mentors for the Teacher Fellow cohort. Participants can earn up to $10,000 in salary supplements as well as tuition assistance toward their national boards.

“The focus of the Mathematics & Science Teacher Institute is two-fold: to encourage new young professionals to enter the teaching profession and to encourage continuous professional growth and development among all STEM teachers in the area,” said Ahdija Donatto, Interim Program Director of the Institute. “The ultimate goal, of course, is to increase student achievement in Orleans Parish elementary and secondary schools.”

There are only 10 positions available in each of the new programs, which are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Robert Noyce Foundation, with additional support and in partnership with the ExxonMobil Corporation. The MSTI is supported by a grant from ExxonMobil.

For more information, contact Ahdija Donatto at 504-520-7533 or or Shoneka Thomas at 520-5143 or

Two Freshmen Named Kemper Scholars

Two Xavier University of Louisiana freshmen – political science major Devon Pruitt of Meridian MS (Meridian High) and English major Mia Ruffin of Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet) – have 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 the best undergraduates from a group of sixteen exemplary liberal arts colleges around the country,” explains Dr. Ryan LaHurd, President and Executive Director of the James S. Kemper Foundation. “They are selected because they are committed to their studies and service in their communities and because they have exhibited leadership and well-rounded, ethical character. Throughout the over six decades of the program, scholars have gone on to make outstanding contributions as leaders in organizations around the country.”

Jones Named Chips Quinn Scholar

New Orleans LA - Maya Jones, a Xavier University of Louisiana 2012 mass communications graduate from Plano TX (Plano West High), has been selected as a 2012 Chips Quinn scholar and to the national Sports Journalism Institute.

As a Chips Quinn Scholar, she will attend training at the Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute in Nashville TN before heading to the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism to participate in a sports journalism "boot camp." She then will complete a paid internship at the Detroit News. Both selections were highly competitive.

Jones served as editor of the Xavier Herald this past academic year. She also was a summer 2011 Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholar. She completed an 11-day immersion course at the center in Nashville TN, followed by a paid, eight-week internship at The Tribune in South Bend IN. In the summer of 2010, she interned in the sports department at the Times-Picayune, followed by work as a stringer.

The Chips Quinn Scholars program offers recently-graduated minority journalism students hands-on training in journalism and mentoring by caring news veterans. The aim is to provide special support and encouragement that will open doors to news careers and bring greater diversity to the nation's daily newspaper newsrooms.

The program, sponsored by the Freedom Forum, provides internships, training and $1,000 scholarships.

XU STEM Program Recognized by UNCF Merck Science Initiative

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana’s Undergraduate STEM program is recognized with a $500,000 grant from UNCF/Merck Science Initiative (UMSI), in conjunction with the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Capacity Building Program. As the only recipient of this grant, Xavier was able to demonstrate the strength of their STEM program and stand out in UMSI’s competitive selection process.

STEM occupations generate technological changes that shape all other occupations. Minorities are historically underrepresented in STEM fields and with projections of 1.2 million new STEM jobs over the next six years, Xavier University is poised to change this.

“With support from UMSI, Xavier University is making a difference, not only in this important field, but in the lives of the students we’ll be able to help with this grant,” Xavier University President Norman C. Francis states, “We are proud to be the only recipient of this grant which will nurture STEM students into graduates.”

“Merck’s investment in the promising students and scholars of Xavier University’s STEM program is a major commitment to developing the next generation of researchers and professors in biological science and engineering and an investment in longer and better lives for millions of people not only in America but around the world,” says Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF President and CEO. “It also enables Xavier University’s STEM program to have a significant impact on increasing the number of African Americans who enter this field and on expanding the pipeline of future STEM professionals.”

Over the next four years Xavier will use the STEM Capacity Building Program to grow the number of students graduating with a STEM degree and pursuing research careers in the biological and chemical sciences. By providing assistance to students at risk of incompletion, Xavier will ensure outside elements will not be an obstacle to obtaining a STEM degree.

This $500,000 grant awarded by UMSI will have a significant impact on the STEM graduation rates at the University. In turn, Xavier graduates will be in position to take advantage of the significant job growth this field is projected to have.

Committee Approves Xavier Faculty Promotions

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Rank and Tenure Committee and President Dr. Norman C. Francis have approved the promotions of six faculty members in three disciplines for the 2012-2013 academic year, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Kathleen Morgan in chemistry was promoted to the rank of full professor, while Ralph Adamo in English, Dr. Stassi DiMaggio in chemistry and Dr. Sarah Weaver in chemistry were all promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Dr. Kristi Rapp and Dr. Keturah Robinson were both promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences.

Morgan, who holds a PhD in chemistry from Yale University, has taught at Xavier for 11 years, concentrating in organic chemistry, and her own capstone course, Molecular Structure and Organic Synthesis Lab. Her research interests include investigating the interrelationships between molecular structure, energy and reactivity, using a combination of experimental methods and theoretical studies. She is currently using high-precision reaction calorimetry to study the thermochemistry of simple epoxides and sugars.

Adamo, in his fifth year at XU, teaches world literature, freshman honors English and all three basic freshman courses. He is also serves editor of Xavier Review, the University’s long-running professional literary magazine. His research mostly involves contemporary and modern poetry: he has published six books of his own poetry – his latest being Waterblind: New and Selected Poems – and edited several other books of poetry. He holds a MFA from the University of Arkansas, a terminal degree in creative writing.

DiMaggio is in her second stint, having worked at Xavier as the general chemistry and organic chemistry labs coordinator from 2003-2005, and returning to a teaching position in in 2006. A PhD in chemistry (University of New Orleans), she teaches organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry), and general chemistry labs. Her research efforts are focused on the design and synthesis of targeted drug delivery systems that selectively deliver chemotherapeutics to tumor cells preferentially over healthy cells thus increasing efficiency of the drug while minimizing its side effects.

Weaver, who holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Florida, joined Xavier in 2007. The organic chemistry laboratory coordinator at XU, she teaches several organic chemistry labs and is responsible for updating all organic lab experiments and ensuring the organic labs run efficiently and safely. Her own research involves investigating the step-by-step chemical mechanism of ethylbenzene being turned into styrene over an iron-oxide catalyst. Styrene is a major commercial product that is used a starting material for many plastics and polymers.

Rapp teaches courses in pulmonary disorders, respiratory systems, self-care therapeutics, and pharmacogenomics. She also maintains an allergy and asthma clinic site at Ochsner and is the co-principle investigator of the Head Off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana project, which seeks to improve pediatric asthma management and outcomes by implementing tailored asthma education into community health centers. A 2005 XU pharmacy graduate, she has taught for six years.

Robinson has also been at Xavier for six years, primarily teaching cardiology in the COP’s Disease State Management series. She earned a Pharm.D from Xavier in 2005 and is Board Certified. Her current research interests and projects focus on medication reconciliation (the process of avoiding inadvertent inconsistencies across transitions in patient care) and cardiology, specifically heart failure.

Evening, Online/Hybrid Courses Add Spice to Xavier Summer

New Orleans LA - The traditional daytime schedule of summer classes at Xavier University of Louisiana will soon be giving way to even more and better as the university has unveiled offerings that for the first time include both evening and online/hybrid courses.

No less than 28 evening degree-credit courses – starting at 5:30 p.m. – will be available this summer, including offerings in Art, English, African American Studies, Business, Communications, Languages, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Political Science. In addition two other sections of art will start at 5:30 p.m.

Students will also have the option of earning college credits via nine online/hybrid courses that combine traditional, face-to-face classroom meetings with online, computer-based learning. Disciplines included are Business, Computer Science, Chemistry, Communications, Languages, and Theology – are being offered.

The courses are available to both Xavier and non-Xavier college students.

“Xavier is always looking at ways to expand the learning opportunities for our students, and in this fast-paced and technology-driven age moving into this venue is a natural extension of the quality education we have always provided,” said Dr. Kenneth Boutte Sr., the university’s associate dean of summer programs and external initiatives.

The new summer options offer many of the same benefits as the more traditional daytime courses, such as allowing students to pick up some extra degree-credit hours in a shorter period of time than it would take during a regular semester, as well providing an opportunity to tackle some of the more challenging courses in a more relaxed and concentrated setting. 

“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.”

What’s more, all classes are being offered for only $180 per credit hour for undergraduate courses, $190 per credit hour for graduate school level courses, and $250 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 at

Registration for Session I and II are May 28 and June 29, respectively. Registration for Session III is June 8. For more info contact the Registrar’s Office at 520-7583.

Catholic Charities USA Presents Centennial Medal to Xavier University

New Orleans LA - Catholic Charities USA has presented Xavier University of Louisiana a Centennial Medal in recognition of the University's commitment to racial equality in higher education.

“As this nation’s only historically Black Catholic University, Xavier exemplifies the critical role that access to education plays in eliminating poverty,” said Catholic Charities USA President and CEO Rev. Larry Snyder, upon presenting the award to XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “It is an honor to present this award to Xavier, not only in recognition of what it has contributed to our country in the past, but also for the difference in the lives of so many that it will continue to make far in the future.”

XULA, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, prides itself on offering a unique experience that relies on its rich Catholic heritage to provide a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates academics, research and community service.

“I was surprised and honored to accept this award on behalf of Xavier,” said Francis. “We work hard to uphold the traditions of Saint Katharine Drexel in making sure our students not only get a good education, but also understand the importance of service to their communities. “

The Centennial Medal, a symbol of Catholic Charities USA's first 100 years, recognizes the valuable contributions of individuals and organizations to the reduction of poverty in the United States and the work that Catholic Charities staff and volunteers perform every day in service to the least among us.

Xavier SIFE Team Wins at USA Regional Competition

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana’s business team was named a regional champion and Rookie of the Year at the SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) USA Regional Competition held in Dallas, TX.

“This competition was an enriching and thrilling experience for the students” said Prof. Mark Quinn, the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and SIFE Sam Walton Fellow at Xavier.   

Xavier is one of nearly 600 SIFE programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

During this academic year, the Xavier SIFE team organized three projects in the New Orleans community, including conducting the Team Academy Business Idea Competition; helping to operate Xavier’s student business incubator; and preparing a business plan to provide clean water to residents of Liberia and lesser developed countries.

“We are especially excited about the project to provide clean water to lesser developed countries in a way that helps in their economic development” said Derek Williams, a Senior Biology Major and Sales & Marketing Minor from Benton Harbor, Michigan. His team mate Herstyn Jones, a Senior Sales & Marketing Major from Shreveport, added “The Teen Academy Business Idea Competition allowed us to talk to local high school students about business ownership and to hear the great ideas and ambitions that younger students have.”

The culmination of the SIFE program is an annual series of competitions that provide a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Teams compete first at the regional and national levels, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the SIFE World Cup.

As a SIFE USA Regional Champion, the Xavier SIFE team now advances to the 2012 SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City MO May 22-24.

Denim Day at Xavier

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana students will demonstrate their support for efforts to raise awareness of violence against women at a Denim Day rally April 25 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the University Center yard.

Denim Day is a project of Peace Over Violence - a non-profit, feminist, multicultural volunteer organization dedicate to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. Denim Day was launched in 1999, in protest of an Italian High Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.

On April 24, XU student groups – led by the Student Government Association (SGA), the Wellness Peer Counselors, Pan Hellenic Council, Inter-Organization Council (IOC), and Resident Assistants – will conduct educational outreach and programming.

At the April 25 rally – hosted by SGA President Kaitlyn Gaddis and Miss Xavier 2012 Mia Holmes – participants will wear denims and commemorative shirts.  A Denim Day Banner, signed by students, will be symbolically raised in support of Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW):  The HBCU Project.  Denim Day will be held concurrently at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) across the nation.

The Wright Group has provided a mini-grant to fund the event. For more information, contact or call 520-7367.

XULA Alum Named NABJ Educator of the Year

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Allissa Richardson, an assistant professor of communication studies and coordinator of the journalism program at Morgan State University, as Journalism Educator of the Year at its winter meeting.

Richardson, who earned her undergraduate degree at Xavier University of Louisiana (2002), will join other top honorees in New Orleans during NABJ's 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest annual gathering of minority journalists in the country.

Richardson is an award-winning journalist who empowers her students to tell stories and speak truth to power using new media. Most recently, the Knight Foundation's Institute for Interactive Journalism awarded her a $25,000 grant to create a cutting-edge mobile journalism (MOJO) lab at the university. All MOJO students are learning to report using only Apple iPhones and iPads. Richardson has also authored two ebooks: "Facebook for College Professors" and "Twitter for College Professors."

"Professor Richardson is cutting-edge in her approach, and she challenges her students to embrace new technologies in their reporting, while still teaching them the traditional principles of our profession. Together, those are the skills that will help her students to be newsroom leaders," NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. said. "Professor Richardson exemplifies the very best in journalism education and we are proud to honor her as one of our own."

Richardson has appeared on NPR twice to discuss her project. She also created a traveling iPod storytelling workshop series for Slavery by Another Name, a PBS documentary film that aired nationally in February. Richardson toured the country to offer professional-development workshops to educators, teaching them how to use the sounds and sights from the film to make multimedia slideshows using only the iPod. Additionally, Richardson has taught her unique brand of iPod journalism to students in nearly a dozen cities in Africa. In June 2011, she traveled to South Africa to teach 10 HIV-positive girls how to report using the iPod. Later that year, she was invited to train 40 Muslim girls in Morocco these valuable skills.

"I would like to thank the National Association of Black Journalists for honoring me with this award. I believe journalism carried out with mobile devices will continue to gain momentum all around the world. I appreciate NABJ's support as I endeavor to provide cutting-edge training to some of the world's brightest student journalists," said Richardson.

Richardson's work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, the Examiner newspaper, and on She earned the Weinstein-Luby Outstanding Young Journalist Award in 2002, and the Freedom Forum's Chips Quinn Scholars award that same year.

Professor Richardson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Xavier and a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School. 

NABJ's 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place June 20-24 in New Orleans, LA. For additional information, ticket sales, registration, please visit

XULA, UNO Collaborative Choral Performance

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Department of Music will present the XU University Chorus and the University of New Orleans Choirs in a collaborative choral performance, “OF LIFE AND BREATH”, April 24 at 7:00 in the UNO Music Auditorium, and again April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the XU Administration Auditorium.

The two ensembles, under the direction of Dr. John Ware and Dr. Caroline Carson, respectively, will perform such works as Brahms’ “Requiem” featuring Ibinas Prizgentas (organ) and Kyle Bolme (piano), Daniel Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven”, and Aaron Copland’s “The Promise of Living” featuring Wilfred Delphin & Sandi Lewanika (piano), as well as other selections.

The public is invited. For more information call (504) 520-7597.

Three XU Students Selected for Biomedical Research in Ghana

New Orleans LA - Three Xavier University of Louisiana students have been accepted to participate in San Diego State University’s Minority Health-Disparity International Research Training (MHIRT) Program for summer 2012 in Ghana, Africa at the University of Cape Coast. 

The students – Princess Carter, a senior biology/premed major from Philadelphia PA (William Sayre H.S.); Maura Jones, a junior biology/premed major from Monroe LA (Ouachita H.S.); and Shavonne Temple, a junior biology/pemed major from New Orleans LA (St. Mary’s Dominican H.S.) – will participate in ethno-pharmacology research studies examining the use of plants and herbs to treat diabetes and hypertension.

Only six students were chosen to participate from a nationwide search. The 10-week summer program includes costs for a three-day orientation in San Diego CA, all airline fares, room and board in Ghana, lab supplies, and a stipend. 

In addition, another student – Antonio Roberts, a sophomore biology/premed major from Alexandria LA (Peabody H.S.) – was accepted to participate in the program for summer 2013.

XU's Kenner Receives $2,000 Pattison Family Scholarship

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana's Jamaan Kenner was one of five NAIA men's basketball student-athletes selected to receive a $2,000 Pattison Champions of Character Scholarship for the 2011-12 season.

Kenner, a senior guard from LaPlace LA (East St. John H.S.), was also was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second consecutive season.

Each of the 32 teams that qualified for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship nominated a player who best represents the five core values of the Champions of Character program: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Those student-athletes then were automatically considered for the Pattison scholarship.

The other scholarship recipients are Jake Greene of LSU-Shreveport, Maurice Rutherford of Rogers State, Brice Sharp of Lee (Tenn.) and Mico Sjekloca of Life. This is the eighth year that longtime NAIA supporters Dr. Phil and Mary Pattison have awarded these scholarships.

Kenner, a biology/pre-med major with a 3.62 GPA, will graduate from this May 12. He has been accepted into the School of Medicine of LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport and Meharry Medical College of Nashville, Tenn.

Kenner, a four-year letterman, averaged 5.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 30 games and made 37-of-98 3-pointers this past season. The Gold Rush finished 23-9, earned a share of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship and were 24th in the NAIA postseason coaches poll.

Xavier Spotlights Achievements in Student Research

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana students know that in today’s competitive environment, participating in undergraduate research can improve their chances of landing the right job or being accepted into their preferred graduate or professional school.

Those student scholars will share their research efforts with the public April 12-13 when the XU Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts its 9th Annual Festival of Scholars from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University Center (2nd floor lobby). The event is free and open to the public.
The Festival of Scholars spotlights achievements in student research. Projects come from every discipline on campus. More than 100 students will present the work they have been engaged in during the past year through poster sessions, panel discussions, exhibitions and class forums.  Nearly 40 faculty members serve as mentors to the students.

This year, the conference continues its tradition of including presentations in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math), the social sciences and the humanities. Some of the scheduled presentations for this year include the effects of social network usage on communication skills, a study of follicle cell processes in dogfish sharks, and discussions about twentieth-century women writers.  At least two presentations that focus on post-Katrina New Orleans are on the program. One will discuss re-population of historic Treme while another will examine school reform throughout the city. There are also topics about Xavier University including its first St. Joseph’s Day altar and a study on the interethnic communication between African American and Vietnamese American students enrolled at the HBCU.

“Undergraduate research has become a right of passage for students headed to graduate school,” said CUR Director Dr. Gary Donaldson. “Not only does it give them the proper background they need to hit the ground running when they begin their graduate experience, but university recruiters are focusing more and more on students who have research experience as potential candidates.” 
CUR is funded through Title III, Part B and the Mellon Foundation. Each semester CUR offers grant opportunities for students to pursue their research interests. Many students gain invaluable experience in applying for grants to secure funding, conducting research projects, and presenting their work to the academic community and the general public.
This year, panel discussions include topics on suicide, self-esteem in athletes, racial identity, teen pregnancy, interethnic communication, long distance relationships and more. Among the poster presentations, research ranges from school reform in New Orleans and advanced health and science research to psychology research.

The festival has grown in the past nine years. It now includes special sessions highlighting performance-based research, and there are staged presentations adapted from research projects presented to live audiences. 

NAFEO Honors XU President

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana President Dr. Norman C. Francis was honored by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)  for his commitment to minority education and service to the community during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington DC.

In honoring Francis, the longest serving college president in the United States (44 years), the organization announced the creation of the AT&T-NAFEOP Francis Fellows Award, a new needs-based, exemplary achievement, student grant.

Also announced was the selection of sophomore biochemistry major Corey Arnold of Houston TX (Cypress Falls High) and freshman chemistry/pre-pharmacy major Cristal Wright of Zachary LA (Baton Rouge Magnet) as the two inaugural Francis Fellows from Xavier; XU Division of Education chair Dr. Rosalind Hale ‘69 as the University’s NOBLE Prize winner; and Harry Johnson ’77, a career attorney who served as President and CEO of the Washington DC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, as Xavier’s Distinguished Alumni.

Francis Fellows

The inaugural Francis Fellows awards consisted of four $5,000 awards to two Xavier students, and one each from Dillard University, Grambling University, Southern University, and Southern University New Orleans. The students, selected by the schools, are currently enrolled, full-time students in good standing, majoring in the sciences; computer sciences/technology; engineering; mathematics; physics, health professions; law; economics; teaching in a scientific field or any other discipline commonly included among STEM disciplines.

Noble Prize

For outstanding achievement was created to honor some of the many dedicated, distinguished historically or predominately black college faculty and researchers who are serving HBCUs or PBIs because of their commitment to the mission of the institution, their passion for their work and their love for assisting students with great promise to realize their human potential. The NAFEO Noble Prize allows NAFEO to showcase some of the abundant talent of HBCU and PBI researchers and faculty. The Noble Prize provides these first-rate professionals with a token of the deep and heartfelt appreciation of the entire black higher education community and its philanthropic, corporate and other partners.

Distinguished Alumni

NAFEO Distinguished Alumni citations are presented annually to outstanding alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs), nominated by their alma mater, who have distinguished themselves in their professions, their communities, our nation, or the world, for excellence and altruism.

XU CAT Offers Education Podcast Series

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) announces the premiere of the third season of our award-winning podcast series, Teaching, Learning, and Everything Else, with new host Alexios Moore.

The podcast series examines how teaching intersects with a diverse range of topics. Each episode consists of a conversation with a teacher in higher education.

The first two episodes of the new season are currently available online, including a conversation with Dr. Karen DeMoss of The New School about teaching, learning and under-prepared students. There's also a transitional episode in which the series' previous host, CAT Director Elizabeth Yost Hammer, interviews the new host, Alexios Moore.

“This series offers a fresh and personal approach to faculty development that will appeal to anyone who teaches at the college level, regardless of discipline or rank,” said Bart Everson, Media Artist at CAT and the series producer.

“The podcast is a natural extension of my informal line of inquiry into what makes students motivated and active learners, and what makes us more effective and inspired instructors,” said new host Alexios Moore, narrative non-fiction writer and teacher in Xavier's English Department. “For me, the conversation should take place in the space where data meets narrative—where the quantitative meets the qualitative.  Understanding the learning process requires a space of critical, but also humanistic engagement that reconsiders traditional norms of evaluation. I see this podcast as a space for this conversation to continue with insight, humor and loving rigor.”

For more info and to listen to the show, visit the podcast site at Viewers can subscribe to the podcast (or the entire CAT blog) using the links found on the right. 

Xavier to Host Biosciences Workshop

New Orleans LA - The Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Louisiana Board of Regents, BioDistrict New Orleans and Xavier are partnering to host a collaborative workshop April 15-16 examining how Louisiana universities and bioscience industries can develop more and more effective partnerships to grow the bioscience industry in Louisiana.

Events include a Poster Presentation & Reception April 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Marriott Renaissance Arts Hotel and a Workshop April 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Xavier. The workshop is open to the public. Visit HERE for more info.

Xavier Dynamic Duo Paired for Success

New Orleans LA – Over the years, Xavier University of Louisiana has built itself a national reputation for helping students to “beat the odds” against success. Well, try these odds for size.

Imagine a prestigious medical school which offers a highly competitive program for which they interview only 40 applicants per year and actually only accepts 7-10 of those students. What would be the odds of two students from the same undergraduate college being selected for the program?

Enter Ashley and Asia Matthew, a pair of Xavier senior chemistry/premed majors from Quincy MA (Quincy High School), both of whom have received acceptances into the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ 2012 MD/PHD program. Their tuition is fully-funded and includes a stipend.

And no one is more elated than the Matthews, a pair of bookend twins who have been virtually inseparable since birth.

“We were fully prepared to go on our own separate ways for the first time,” offered Ashley, acknowledging that she had weighed other options because she and her sister realized that the odds were against them both being chosen for the selective program. “But when we both got into UMass we just knew we had to go there.”

And it’s a natural fit. That’s where home is. Ironically, with no shortage of excellent colleges and universities to choose from in just the New England area, they traveled 1,500 miles south to Xavier to pursue the undergraduate degrees and skills that would eventually return them home in triumph.

“I heard about Xavier from my aunt and a family friend,” said Asia. “A little research made it clear that Xavier was a great school for both premed and chemistry, and when we took a campus tour in our senior year, we fell in love with the place.”

The rest is history. And now the two seniors, who have epitomized academic excellence while at Xavier, are out to conquer new worlds.

“We are pleased to have accepted them into the program,” said Karen Lawton, UMass Medical School Director of Admissions. “They were selected for the combined program based on their excellent academic preparation and qualifications. We certainly hope they matriculate here.”

At UMass the Matthews will enter a rigorous and challenging program that will have them simultaneously pursuing both a medical degree and a PhD in biomedical sciences. According to UMass, the eight-year MD/PHD program is designed to “provide highly motivated students the opportunities to develop skills and experience in biomedical investigation and the practice of medicine” and to “train physician-scientists who will make significant contributions to health care and who will become the leaders of academic medicine”.

Just what the doctor ordered.

“The program gives me a chance to not only study medicine but also be involved in medical research, which I believe will give me more skill sets and better overall perspective than I would get following a strictly medical school curriculum,” said Ashley. “I love the interaction between research and practical application.”

Both twins do. While at Xavier, Asia and Ashley participated in research projects on and off campus. Both spent the summer of 2010 in the UMass Medical School’s Summer Undergraduate Research program – Ashley studying host factors that protect individuals from lethal lung infections and Asia studying a major protein that is mutated during cancer development, both under the watchful eye of UMass scientists. Here at XU, the pair studied the Histone Deacetylase enzyme family under the tutelage of chemistry professor Dr. Terry Watt.

Academically they excelled, each earning a 4.0 grade point average. Designated as Rousseve Scholars (a distinction reserved for the Top Ten performers in their respective class years) and clockwork regulars on the bi-annual Dean’s List, Asia and Ashley also participated in the University’s Ronald McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program.

“Asia and Ashley are motivated, independent, and hard-working students in both the classroom and in the research lab,” said Watt. “I consider myself fortunate that they were interested in working with me on my research project, as they have made substantial contributions despite the difficulty in working on a project in its early stages.”

“They are extremely active in all areas of campus life but manage their responsibilities well, serving as both active mentors and unconscious role models for other students,” he added. “Their admission into a competitive MD/PhD program is a well-deserved honor, and I am certain they have ability to remain successful.”

The twins are also confident that their experience at Xavier has prepared them well for the challenges and rigors of the UMass program. So much so that they wouldn’t hesitate recommending that other high school students follow their same path.

“Xavier has a lot to offer if you want to work hard and take school seriously,” said Asia. “If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything you want here.”
As twins, Ashley and Asia are used to being viewed as a pair, rather than as the individuals they are. But the young siblings insist there are many subtle differences between them, and, in fact, that their friends can distinguish their very distinct personalities.

“Overall there are many more advantages than disadvantages to being a twin,” said Asia. “We are two separate people who have similar goals. My twin is my biggest supporter, and I am hers.”

“Asia is my support system; I never feel alone,” echoed Ashley. “I can’t wait to see what life at UMass will be like, and it’s even better that I’ll be able to do that with my best friend.”

See photo HERE.

Xerox CEO to Address 2012 Xavier Graduates

New Orleans LA – Xerox chairman and chief executive officer Ursula Burns will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 85th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lakefront Arena.

Burns, the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, is expected to address more than 560 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families at the commencement ceremony. She will receive an honorary degree.

Two other special guests – Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.B.B., a monk and professor of church history who has authored several works on black Catholic history, and Terence Blanchard, local jazz performer and composer – will also be awarded honorary degrees at the ceremony.

The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday (May 11), at 7:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium.

Ursula Burns

Ursula M. Burns is chairman and CEO of Xerox. With sales approaching $23 billion, Xerox is the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document systems.

When Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern, the company was the leader in the global photocopying market. As she later assumed roles in product development and planning, the company was securing its leadership position in digital document technologies. At a pivotal point in the company’s history, from 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams including the company’s color business and office network printing divisions.

In 2000, Burns was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. Alongside then-CEO Anne Mulcahy, Burns worked to restructure Xerox through its turnaround to emerge as a leader in color technology and document services. At the time Burns was responsible for leading Xerox's global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. 

In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, expanding her leadership to include the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts. At that time, she was also elected a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Burns was named chief executive officer in July 2009 and shortly after, made the largest acquisitions in Xerox history, the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services. This merger extended the company’s reach into diverse areas of business process and IT outsourcing – an annual $500 billion industry.

On May 20, 2010, Burns became chairman of the company, leading the 140,000 people of Xerox who serve clients in more than 160 countries.

Burns was raised by a single mother in the Baruch Houses, a New York City housing project. Both of her parents were Panamanian immigrants. She attended Cathedral High School, a Catholic, all-girls school on in New York.

Burns resides in Rochester NY with her husband Lloyd Bean, daughter Melissa and stepson Malcolm. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.

In addition to the Xerox board, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Express Corporation. Burns also provides leadership counsel to community, educational and non-profit organizations including FIRST - (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the National Academy Foundation, MIT, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, among others. She is a founding board member of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving the U.S.’s education system in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  In March 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Burns vice chair of the President’s Export Council.

Fr. Cyprian Davis

Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. is a monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Evansville IN, a professor emeritus of church history at the St. Meinrad School of Theology, and an author of numerous works on black Catholic history.

Davis is also a faculty member in Xavier’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies in the area of church history. From 1984-90 he also served as an informal "internal academic dean" to ensure the Institute's scholarly and pastoral integrity.
A national leader in historical studies of the African American Catholic Church in the United States, Davis has authored several articles and books on the history and spirituality of African American Catholics; he wrote The History of Black Catholics in the United States for which he received an award from the American Catholic Historical Association.

Other books include The Church: A Living Heritage; Stamped with the Image of God: African Americans as God’s Image in Black, which he co-edited with Sr. Jamie T. Phelps, OP; Henriette Delille: Servant of Slaves, Witness to the Poor; and a book of historical essays about Saint Meinrad, To Prefer Nothing to Christ.

Davis joined the Benedictine community at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He began teaching in 1957, later taking time off to earn a licentiate in 1963 and a doctorate in 1977, both in historical sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

In 2002, he was awarded the Johannes Quasten Medal for excellence in scholarship and leadership in religious studies from The Catholic University of America. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Saint Meinrad Alumni Association. He also received the Marianist Award from the University of Dayton in 2007 and the Acacia Award in 2010 from the Archdiocese of Louisville. He has previously received four honorary degrees.

Davis is the archivist for the Archabbey, the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation and the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, of which he was a founding member in 1968.

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer.

He emerged on the American music scene more than three decades ago with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and shortly thereafter with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Blanchard has gained universal recognition as one of the world’s leading jazz artists. He was considered an integral figure in the resurgence of jazz in the 1980s.

As a trumpeter and bandleader, Blanchard has recorded several award-winning albums for Columbia, Sony Classical and Blue Note Records, including Flow in 2005, which was produced by pianist Herbie Hancock and received two Grammy Award nominations. In all he has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning five.

His 2001 CD Let’s Get Lost featured new arrangements of classic songs written by Jimmy McHugh and performed by his own quintet along with the leading ladies of jazz vocals: Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Dianne Reeves, and Cassandra Wilson.

Along with his virtuoso as a performer and arranger, it is Blanchard’s work as a film composer that has reached his widest audience. His trumpet can be heard on nearly fifty film scores; more than forty bear his unmistakable compositional style. His most recent collaboration was the 2012 release Red Tails with executive producer George Lucas, for which he served as composer of the original score.

He has also composed for other directors, including Leon Ichaso, Ron Shelton and Kasi Lemmons. With over forty scores to his credit, he is the widely considered the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for movies. Entertainment Weekly proclaimed Blanchard "central to a general resurgence of jazz composition for film."

Blanchard has also served as artistic director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California, a conservatory that offers an intensive, tuition-free, two-year master's program to a limited number of students (up to eight students every two years), and as the artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Blanchard, who was born and raised in New Orleans, studied with the Marsalis brothers at the famed New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. He still lives in the city with his wife Robin and his four children.

Xavier Summer Programs Expect Big Increase in Applicants

New Orleans LA – Teenagers – Teenagers and young adults who give up their free summers to attend Xavier University of Louisiana’s diverse array of summer programs can learn analytical reasoning and verbal skills that will help them with their high school studies or earn college credits.

Applications for the pre-college student programs are being accepted now, and the University is encouraging the community to enroll students soon, expecting the programs to be filled to capacity. Space is limited.

In addition to those special programs, the summer schedule also includes regular college degree-credit courses available in two five-week sessions. Both sessions, offered at discounted tuition rates, are open to currently enrolled, new and returning Xavier students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for Session I and II are May 28 and June 29, respectively.

“Xavier’s campus during the hot summer months is jumping with local and non-local high school and college students because of the diverse set of course offerings,” said Summer Programs Associate Dean Dr. Ken Boutte, Sr. “It also shows the desire of our young people to want to further themselves and get a jump on higher education. This summer we will offer some evening courses and online courses for students with responsibilities that prevent them from taking courses during the day” 
Interesting and informative pre-college programs beginning in May and June include:

  • British Petroleum Math & Science Initiative – designed to reinforce math and science skills learned during the school year through concentrated studies and applications
  • British Petroleum STEM Summer Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
    • Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs – offers three “STAR” programs for high school students who have an expressed interest in science careers
    • Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP)/Summer Scholars – a  competitive and intensive honors program designed to improve the analytical reasoning and verbal skills of students considering careers in engineering, mathematics or the sciences
    • Exploring Computer Science at XU (new for Summer 2012) – for students interested in learning more about science
  • Center of Excellence Program – a four-week session designed to grant a small group of high school students interested in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements and exposure to various career opportunities in pharmacy
  • Future Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy (FMSTA) – a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program
  • STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program – a five-week program for incoming freshmen majoring in math, computer sciences, physics and engineering 
  • The Stress On Analytical Reasoning (SOAR1) – a program that prepares students in analytical reasoning and provides early exposure to science/health careers
  • SuperScholar/EXCEL – a four-week residential summer enrichment program that is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing college degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education
  • Upward Bound – gives opportunities to selected high school students who want to pursue careers requiring postsecondary education

While the pre-college programs give the campus a different feel during the summer, XU’s regular collegiate summer school sessions, offered at discounted tuition rates, and several special college-level programs are also expecting a brisk enrollment. Special program offerings include the following:

  • Biomedical Scholar Summer Program (BSSP) – provides the opportunity for very high-ability students who intend to major in Biology, Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed to complete one semester of Xavier's General Chemistry course  earning 3 hours of college credit
  • Business Achievers Summer Program – for incoming freshmen business majors
  • Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Summer Bridge – enhances diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority- serving colleges and universities and the National Science Foundation
  • Bard Urban Studies in New Orleans Program – 20 students will investigate notions of urbanism, ecology, and social policy
  • Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program – ten-week program for students interested in obtaining first research experience in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

In addition, the Math and Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) and Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) are expected to draw higher enrollment numbers as well.

For more information on Xavier’s Summer Programs, visit the website at

Freedom Riders Arrive at Xavier 50 Years Later

New Orleans LA – On May 4, 1961, the first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17. The Freedom Ride consisted of activists who called themselves “Freedom Riders” and rode interstate buses through the Southern United States to demonstrate against racial segregation.

Xavier University of Louisiana is honoring their legacy and proudly presents “Freedom Riders Remembered” and scenes from the opera, “Freedom Ride” March 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. 

The Freedom Riders’ peaceful mission did not come without strife. Freedom Riders provoked violent reactions in cities where the busses stopped. However, that helped fuel the passion of the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Riders were arrested and attacked by mobs but never fought back or intervened. 

“Freedom Riders Remembered” is a conversation with some of the original Freedom Riders including, Jerome Smith, Sandra Nixon Thomas, Alice Thompson, Claude Reese, Matt Saurez, and Doratha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons. They will discuss their difficult, yet victorious experiences before performance excerpts from Xavier music professor, Dan Shore’s opera, “Freedom Ride,” which honors those civil rights activists.

The project began about a year ago when Executive Director of Longue Vue House and Gardens Joe Baker commissioned Shore to create something new that was socially significant and relevant to the New Orleans community.

“I was attracted to the story of the Freedom Rides because of, among other reasons, the strong local connection,” said Shore. “Not only was New Orleans the original planned destination of the rides, but many of the non-violence training workshops the riders underwent were held in New Orleans. And when I found out some of the riders were housed at Xavier University after the Alabama bombings, I knew that the Freedom Rides absolutely had to be the subject of the opera.”

While the opera is steeped in factual details of a historic event, the opera is completely original. It tells the story of a young girl, Sylvie Davenport, a fictional African-American resident of Pontchartrain Park preparing to attend college on scholarship. 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.

“Although much of the achievement of the Civil Rights Movement were accomplished due to the strength, vision and leadership of a core group of dedicated activists, my primary interest in the opera is in the hundreds of volunteers who came from all places and walks of life who made tremendous personal sacrifice,” said Shore.

The XU University Concert Choir, directed by John Ware, will be performing scenes from the opera, which features four professional soloists; faculty member Dara Rahming, Valerie Jones Francis, Chauncey Packer and Anthoney Zoeller as well as faculty member Dr. Wilfred Delphin on piano. 

Fifth Health Disparities Conferences Recognizes Health Equity Partnerships

New Orleans LA – The Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s Center for Minority Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) launches its Fifth Health Disparities Conference, March 6-8 in New Orleans. The conference titled Achieving Health Equity through Access, Advocacy, Treatment and Policy Development was developed to join the national discussion on the importance of improving equity in access and utilization of health services, particularly the involvement of mid-level providers. 

Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, College of Pharmacy Dean, and Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., CMHDRE Director, will co-chair the conference.

“Through the presentations of new evidence and the critical analysis of existing evidence, this conference will strengthen the innovative manner in which health professionals and their respective communities expand their knowledge about health disparities and the effective use of mid-level providers,” said Dr. Kennedy. “We hope this Fifth Conference on Health Disparities increases the recognition and effective use of interdisciplinary collaborations at the national, regional, and global levels as we aim to eliminate health disparities.”

Xavier President Norman Francis stated that “The conference aims to create an environment whereby clinicians, scholars, researchers, and students can explore solutions to the health challenges facing Louisiana, the region, and the nation. The conference represents the confluence of emerging issues in clinical practice, basic science research, and public health that is central to the effectiveness of today’s health providers.”

The CMHDRE conference will present discussions led by key thought leaders around Healthy People 2020, and the National Partnership for Action. Drs. Adewale Troutman (President Elect of the American Public Health Association), Dr. Garth Graham (former Assistant Secretary of DHHS, Office of Minority Health) and Dr. Thomas LaVeist (John Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions) will take part in these discussions. Presentations that address the significant contributions of pharmacists and other mid-level providers will be presented by Dr Lawrence Brown, American Pharmacists Association and Dr Aisha Moultry, Association of Black Health Systems Pharmacists.  Additional interactive discussions take place around the conference theme and include presentations on Disease Process and Disparities, Health Services and Policy, and Social Determinants of Health.

The Xavier College of Pharmacy will also partner with the American Pharmacists Association and its national annual meeting to host a community outreach program at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This joint venture will include the APhA’s 4th Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry Saturday-Sunday (March 10-11) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Registration Area (Hall G). Additionally, a Health Fair will take place Saturday, March 10.  Both activities are free to the public. For more information visit HERE or contact Patrice Rose at 504-520-5106. 

For more information about the Fifth Health Disparities Conference, visit HERE or call (404) 559-6191.

XU Students Inducted to Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society

New Orleans LA – One hundred seventeen 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 2015 include: Kristia Abernathy,  Brianna Ali, Niveen Attamari,  Shaniqua Bagley, Brittany Banks, Tayla Banks, Antoinette Bell, Breanna Bell, Ashley Bernard, Nia Beasley, Jamie Bolden, Chantel Bonner, Bianca Brenk, Simone Brown, Caitlin Bucher, Terrell Buckson, Amber Carter, Alyna Carter-Smith, Chloe' Castro, Ricaylah Citizen, Kayla Colbert, Armond Collins, Rochelle Cole, Kai Combs, Aja Cooke, Kellie Cooley, Phyllis Cu, Sable Cureaux, Duy Dang, Evangeline Dech, Gregory Degruy, Alexis Donald, Chinedu Echebelem, Morgan Edwards, Sara Elsayed, Paige Estave, Amber Faciane, Catherine Fakler, Nicole Fisette, Jacquelyn Ford, Kristen Fowler, Quentin Guillory, Taylor Harris, Jasmine Haydel, Kyriante' Henry, Christianna Hudson, Kuturah Jackson, Deneesha Jarvis, Xiang Jiang, Carrie Johnson, Gregory Jones, Anh Le, Duc Le, Stacey Le, Tien-Trang Le, Akerria Lee, Ivyanne London, Anthony Lotten, Jesslyn Magee, Shahed Mahmud, Gabrielle Martin, Lydia Mensah, Jessica Minor, Tamara Mitchell, DeMaurian Mitchner, Jymirah Morris, Keisha Murray, Elizabeth Nguyen, Hue Hillary Nguyen, Kenny Nguyen, Melissa Nguyen, Nam Nguyen, Anthony Hieu Nguyen, Thuy-Linh Nguyen, Minh Luan Nguyen, Vy Nguyen, Amber Owens, Alexis Parker, Taylor Parker, Shama Patel, Nancy Pham, Tri Pham, Anthony Poché, Jordan Powell, Taylo Reece, Taylor Reuther, Marie Reynon, Alexis Richards, Megan Riley, Melissa Riley, Devinn Rolland, Mia Ruffin, Keidre Sampson, Heba Sarhan, Chandler Schexnayder, Andrea Stewart, Eric Stewart, Theresia Sutherlin, Ashley Taylor, Treyc Terry, Taylor Thibeaux, Keyaisha Thomas, Egeria Thomas-Sand, Khalil Thompson, Victoria Thompson, Jennifer Tran, Michelle Tran, Jennifer Vicks, Shalia Wagner, Chelsey Walker, Danyelle Wesley, Ashley Williams, Ciara Williams, MaLener Williams, Toiya Williams, Ty'Riana Wilson and Mariam Zayed.

For more info on Xavier’s First Year Success program, visit the Xavier website HERE.

633 Scholars Make Fall Dean's List

(New Orleans LA) - A total of 633 student scholars made the Xavier University of Louisiana Dean's List during the 2011 fall 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.

XU Fall 2012 Freshman Applicant Pool Impressive

New Orleans LA - As Xavier University of Louisiana’s priority deadline of March 1 fast approaches, XU Dean of Admissions, Winston D. Brown, reports that there is a robust application pool for fall 2012.

An impressive group of 1,070 freshmen have qualified for “early action” decisions – an increase of 13 per cent over the same time last year. Though acceptances for the various science disciplines remain strong, this increase spans most offerings of the University.

Applications from Louisiana students are steady, but we are continuing to see interest from applicants from throughout our region and across the country,” said Brown. “Because of the competition for admission slots, it is important that students who are serious about attending Xavier apply as early as possible.”
Applicants show a distinct preference for the online application. Online applications have increased 85 percent for the fall 2012 class. The use of the Common Application has increased to 37 percent of all applications.
Meanwhile, enrollment at the University for the spring 2012 semester holds steady at 3,175 students. This number includes 89 new or returning undergraduates.

Brown said this is evidence that enrollment is strong in spite of the tough economic times. “A Xavier education remains a great value and rewarding experience,” he said.

Interested students should apply ONLINE.

Check Out Xavier’s Summer Programs

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana is now taking applications for its popular slate of pre-college and collegiate summer enrichment programs.

This summer’s program offerings include the following:

Pre-collegiate Programs

- British Petroleum Math & Science Initiative
- BP STEM Summer Institute
            1) Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs – MathStar, BioStar, and ChemStar
            2) Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP)
            3) Summer Program in Computer Science (new for Summer 2012)
- Center of Excellence Program
- Future Mathematics and Science Teacher (FMSTA) Academy
- Mardi Gras Indian Arts Program
- STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program
- Stress on Analytical Reasoning (SOAR) 1
- SuperScholarEXCEL
- Upward Bound

Collegiate Programs

- Biomedical Scholar Summer Program (BSSP)
- Business Achievers Summer Program
- Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Summer Bridge
- New Orleans Urban Initiative Program - Bard College
- Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Interested students (and parents) are encouraged to apply early for all programs as slots tend to fill up quickly.

Check HERE for more detailed info.

Xavier Adds Communication Studies and Public Health Majors

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has established two new undergraduate degree programs both of which build upon its strengths in the disciplines of communication and health sciences.

The new majors, which will be offered for the first time in the fall semester 2012, include the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (CMST) and the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences (PHS).

Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier said the new majors draw from Xavier’s strong liberal arts base and will largely showcase the talents and expertise of the university faculty.

“We are pleased that these programs are equally grounded in our general education requirements that span from African American studies, to philosophy and art,” Blanchard said of Xavier’s Core Curriculum that includes 60 hours of humanities, science and social science coursework. “From that foundation, both degree programs will help to place their respective graduates at the cutting edge of their disciplines.”

According to Dr. Ross Louis, chair of XU Department of Communications, the new Communication Studies program will offer students unprecedented career flexibility and, more broadly, will allow them to build personal communication skills applicable to a variety of career options or further study at the graduate level.

“Today, virtually every professional job requires effective communication skills,” said Louis, pointing to career fields in arts and entertainment, business, education, healthcare, government, law, non-profits, and social and human services. “Having a fundamental understanding of how and why people communicate in the way that they do can translate into a remarkable advantage in the workplace.”

He said the new focus is especially suited for students to better navigate the demands of today’s global society.

“Communication is essential to the world experience,” said Louis. “Our students will learn about the different peoples of the world not just by studying their language, culture and history, but how they themselves communicate with one another. Communication Studies students will have the ability to view the  world primarily through the lens of communications.”

Students following the CMST curriculum will need to complete 128 semester hours, including 42 in the major in applied communication, performance studies and rhetorical studies. The program also provides opportunities for collaborative research with faculty. In keeping with the University’s social justice mission, all students must complete six hours of service-learning coursework.

The new Public Health Sciences major also aligns with the Xavier mission.

According to Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., chair and professor in the new Public Health Sciences Department, the new curriculum encourages strong critical thinking skills. Public Health majors will consider the broad social implications of chronic diseases, and learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate tailored health and wellness strategies meant to curb the impact and prevalence of these health concerns.

Jack said PHS graduates will be ready for entry-level careers and prepared to pursue graduate studies in an array of public health tracks.

“Louisiana and Mississippi have some of the worst health care outcomes in the nation,” said Jack. “There is a great need to train a work force to serve in this region, as well as to meet the growing shortage of public health professionals nationwide.”

Students following the PHS curriculum will need to complete 130 semester hours, including 36 in the public health major. PHSC students will also serve senior internships at an approved public health site.

Xavier President, Dr. Norman C. Francis, praised the university faculty and academic departments for their efforts to be responsive to market needs and make Xavier graduates more competitive in a rapidly changing market.

“We recognize the challenges our graduates face as they embark on a career and we aim to not only sufficiently train them, but also equip them with the advantages and exceptional educational experiences that will be essential to their success,” Francis said.

The two programs will welcome their inaugural classes during the fall of 2012. Both chairs report significant interest in the new majors among current and prospective students.

Institute for Black Catholic Studies Holds Early Admission

Early admission for the 2012 Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) is currently underway NOW through March 15.

The IBCS is a school of ministry for clergy, religious and laypersons working in the Black community and Catholic Church that convenes each summer at Xavier. Session dates for 2012 are June 22 – July 14.

The Master's Program offers a three-week course of pastoral theological studies. Certificate & Enrichment courses (for catechists, youth/young adult ministers, parish leaders, elders) are held in three one-week modules.

For more info, including scholarship application deadline, visit HERE or call 504-520-7691.

Pharmacy Student Receives MLK Service Award

New Orleans LA - Raven Jackson, a Xavier University of Louisiana P2 pharmacy student from Palmetto LA, was honored for her community service during the 26th 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.
Jackson, who prepped at North Central High School, 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.

She has served as a Peer Dean for the New Student Orientation and a Project coordinator for the OURstory volunteer programs, where she was responsible for assisting new Xavier students and their parents with the transition into college and for planning, implementing and overseeing a volunteer program that reads African American stories to Kindergarten through 3rd graders students.

For the past three years, she has been one of the lead coordinators for Xavier’s monthly Service days that occur throughout the academic year, and for the past two years has served on the Day of Service committee for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Peace.

Jackson also excels academically, maintaining a 3.60 GPA as a second-year (P2) student in the College of Pharmacy.

She 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. Legendary New Orleans jazz musician/educator Ellis Marsalis, patriarch of the musical Marsalis family, was presented the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award during the same event.

Educator and author Dr. Steve Perry Poet delivered the keynote address at the MLK Week’s signature convocation. Other MLK events included an interfaith service, expressions of unity celebration, and community service day.

St. Joseph Academic & Health Resource Center Dedication Jan. 27

(New Orleans LA) – Xavier University of Louisiana’s former St. Joseph’s Residence Hall – heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and at one time scheduled for demolition – has since been transformed into the new energy efficient St. Joseph Academic & Health Resource Center.

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies for this new campus student hub will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Drexel Drive and Pine Streets.

Originally built in 1965, St. Joseph’s served as one of the University’s primary women’s residence halls until it suffered catastrophic damage from flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. It sat unused until University administrators developed a new plan for the three-story building, e.g. to provide a common cutting-edge facility for various student-oriented offices that were scattered throughout the campus.
The building was gutted down to its frame and then reconstructed by Carl E. Woodward LLC, including the installation of new water lines, elevators, electrical, stairwells, roof insulation and energy efficient windows. The cost of renovations – nearly $5 million – was funded largely through FEMA.

The rejuvenated building now houses state-of-the-art Writing, Math, and Reading Centers, as well as the Counseling Center, Health Services, the Graduate Placement Office, the Office of Career Services, the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR), the Center for Intercultural & International Programs (CIIP) and the Student Academic Success Office.

Xavier’s new Confucius Institute – the first at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) anywhere in the nation and the first in Louisiana – will also be housed in St. Joseph’s.
“We felt it was important to have all of these student-service oriented offices located in a central spot on campus,” said XU President Norman C. Francis. “This consolidation, and the physical improvements it provides to all the offices involved, makes it easier for students to use these facilities and for us to better service them.”

The new St. Joseph replaces the Old Student Center – yet another victim of Hurricane Katrina – and compliments the services already available in the sprawling University Center (opened in 2004), which is directly across the street.

Xavier University to Hold Open House Feb. 9

(New Orleans LA) - The Xavier University of Louisiana Office of Admissions will host its annual "Explore Xavier” Open House Feb. 9, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the University Center, 3rd floor Ballroom.

Prospective students, parents, and school counselors are invited to meet faculty and students representing various majors and programs offered by the University. Tours of the University will be available during the evening.

Call the Admissions Office at 504-520-7388 for more info.

Loughlin to Head Mission Integration at Xavier

New Orleans LA - Sister Monica Loughlin, S.B.S., has been named to Assistant to the President for Catholic Identity and Mission Integration at Xavier University of Louisiana.

In her new role, Loughlin is charged with promoting the integration of Xavier’s mission and core values into the everyday life of the University. It is designed to assure the university’s Catholic ministry and mission-related programs reflect the university’s commitment to maintaining high standards, emphasizing Xavier’s distinctive role as the nation’s only Catholic HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).

The creation of the new position spawns from a three-year University-wide task force study on Mission and Ministry.

Loughlin will also continue to serve as Director of Freshman Seminar. She has previously served in various other administrative positions at Xavier, including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She has also served as national president of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS).

Education Author to Highlight MLK Week Celebration

New Orleans LA - Educator, speaker and author Dr. Steve Perry will be the keynote speaker for the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, Jan. 16-21, 2012.

The Martin Luther King Week for Peace is presented by Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard Universities. This year’s theme is “When Push Comes to Shove: Where Will You Stand?”

Highlighting the week is Thursday's (Jan. 19) annual convocation during which Lifetime Achievement and Student Community Service awards will be presented. Students from all four universities will also be honored.

In addition to the convocation, other MLK week activities include an interfaith service, Expressions of Unity celebration, and a community day of service. All events are free and the public is invited to participate.

Perry is the education columnist for CNN and Essence magazine, and the author of the bestselling self-published book Man Up! In his latest book, Push Has Come to Shove, Perry spares no sacred cows in describing what steps need to be taken to ensure that all American schools, whether urban or suburban, deliver a first-rate education to our kids – the kind of schooling that will return the United States to the top of the global education rankings.

He is also the founder of the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness Program (ConnCAP) at Capital Community College, which over a six-year period sent 100% of its low-income first-generation graduates to four-year colleges. That led to the establishment of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut’s lowest performing district, in 2004. Since its inception that school, too, has sent 100% of its graduates to four-year colleges. Capital Prep has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools. 

Dr. Perry’s uncompromising, no-excuses approach to designing the ideal educational experience for children led to his being featured on CNN’s documentary “Black in America” and from there to an official role as a weekly education contributor to the network. His “Perry’s Principles” and other reportage, regularly seen on both Anderson Cooper 360 and American Morning, tackles the most contentious issues being debated in American education.

A nationally sought after speaker, he has also appeared on hundreds of radio and television broadcasts and at education and cultural forums around the country. 
The complete calendar of MLK events follows: 

Monday, Jan. 16
- Interfaith Service, 6:00 p.m.
    Lawless Chapel, Dillard University

Thursday, Jan. 19
- MLK Convocation: Reception 5:30 p.m.; Convocation 6:30 p.m.
    Presentation of Awards, Keynote Speaker Dr. Steve Perry
    University Center (Grand Ballroom), Xavier  

Friday, Jan. 20
- Expressions of Unity, 7:00 p.m.
    McAlister Auditorium, Tulane

Saturday, Jan. 21
- Community Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Staging area, Loyola (Recreation Complex)

For more information call 520-5420 or 865-5181.

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