Marketing & Communications

February 2018

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Guard Jeff Dixon goes in for a layup during the Gold Rush’s 90-72 win over city rival SUNO Monday night. The Rush, 17-6 overall and 4-2 in Gulf Coast Conference play, will host four crucial conference games later this month, including archrival Dillard Feb. 17. (See upcoming schedule HERE). Let's turn out and support your team.


757 SCHOLARS EARN SPOTS ON FALL DEAN'S LIST

A total of 757 student scholars made the Dean's List during the fall 2017 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).

The complete lists are available HERE (College of Arts and Sciences) and HERE (College of Pharmacy).

22 PREMEDS AMONG 2019 TULANE MED SCHOOL EARLY ACCEPTANCES

A record 22 Xavier University of Louisiana juniors have been granted conditional acceptance into the Tulane University School of Medicine for entry in 2019 via the school’s Early Acceptance Program, according to XULA Director of Premedical Programs Quo Vadis Webster.

Under the agreement, the students are guaranteed acceptance as long as they meet conditions set forth by Tulane, including maintaining their respective GPAs and scoring at or above the 70th percentile not he Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Tulane accepts a total of 190 students (early and regular entry) into each first-year class.

Students receiving early acceptances include: Sarah Bertrand, Shanzay Chaudhry, Mychael Delgardo, Camilla Do, Michael Do, Huyen Duong, Dalia El-Desoky, LaMiah Hall, Nicholas Hall, Rachel Hitchens, Amber Jackson, Tyler Kelly, Cara King, Rhea Lee, Brenda-Xuan Nguyen, Nancy Nguyen, Stephany Nguyen, Patricia Pham, Ericka Scott, Brianna Simpson, Brittany Strauss, and James Vu.

“It says a lot about Xavier, the academic progress of these individual students, and the expectations that the schools have for them, that Tulane and other prestigious medical schools are willing to accept them even before they have completed their undergraduate work,” said Webster, who noted that 18 Xavier students were accepted early by Tulane last year. “A significant benefit to the students is that now they can give their full attention to coursework and MCAT preparation during the spring semester, knowing that at least one medical school has guaranteed them acceptance if they meet the benchmarks."

Xavier has agreements with several schools that provided students with opportunities to gain conditional acceptance into medical school during their junior year of college, including the Tulane University School of Medicine, the University of Rochester School of Medicine, the St. Louis University School of Medicine, and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Students who are granted conditional acceptance through early medical school acceptance programs will be expected to complete their undergraduate education at Xavier and to maintain satisfactory academic and behavioral progress as articulated by each early acceptance institution. Students who are granted conditional acceptance into the University of Rochester program are NOT required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is, however, a requirement for the other early medical school acceptance programs. 

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REWRITING THE NARRATIVE OF THE YOUNG, BLACK MALE

Book Launch, Signing and Forum

Three Xavier graduates – Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien ’01 – will debut their new book, “The Pulse of Perseverance” with a Q&A forum, book signing and reception event at Xavier Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion Lobby and Atrium. This event is free and open to the public.

Award-winning The New York Times investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will moderate the discussion about the book, which details the three men’s struggles to overcome the obstacles of poverty, inadequate K-12 educations and family dysfunction as they pursued their dreams of becoming doctors. The forum will also highlight the role that Xavier, which sends more black undergraduates on to become doctors than any other college in the country, played in their success.

Visit HERE for more details.

YMTF PROFESSIONALS HIT THE XAVIER CAMPUS FEB. 04-06

The annual Youth Motivation Task Force Program (YMTF) hits the Xavier campus Feb. 04-06.

During the three-day event, professionals from such fields as medicine, business, pharmacy, government public relations, law, math, military, non-profits, clergy, education, and health sciences will go into classrooms to provide real-world advice to students. Of the 54 consultants scheduled to participate [LIST], 33 are Xavier alumni.

In addition to the classroom sessions, all students will have the opportunity to take advantage of several opportunities to interact with consultants during five afternoon special open sessions that Monday focusing on such topics as careers in science and the military, ethical professional dilemmas, using social media, and speed networking. Visit HERE for more info.

This year's YMTF is sponsored by: (Gold Level) Enterprise Holdings, Drs. Algernon Kelley ‘04 and Amanda Kelley ‘06, Dr. Willie McKinney ‘90, and Ronald Markham; (Green Level) Tamiko Chatman and Dr. Tasha Innis ‘93; (Purple Level) - Dr. Adrienne Johnson ‘95, Dwayne Aikens 05, Eugenia Adams ‘73, and Jacqueline Ray-Morris.

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XAVIERITES

Students 

  • Ezinne Agwaramgbo, a senior chemistry/premed major from New Orleans (Lusher High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College and LSU-New Orleans.

  • Clarke Allen, a senior biology/premed major from Mendenhall MS (Mendenhall High), has been accepted into the Howard University College of Dentistry.

  • Andrew Andre, a senior biology/premed major from Decatur GA (Arabia Mountain High), has been accepted into the Medical College of Georgia.

  • Allana Barefield, a junior mass communication major (creative writing minor), from Lynn MA (Lynn English High), was the only African American female and HBCU student selected to the prestigious Sports Journalism Institute (SJI). She will be the sole sports intern reporter at The Tampa Times this summer. Acceptance into SJI is considered prestigious as their alumni are the top journalists of color covering sports across the country. Visit HERE for more info.

  • Jessica Carmon, a senior biology/premed major from Humble TX (Summer Creek High), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

  • Drew Chatters, a senior biology/premed major from Lake Charles LA (St. Louis Catholic High), has been accepted into dental school at Meharry College, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and LSU.

  • Deja Dennis, a sophomore mass communication major / creative writing minor from Peoria IL (Peoria High), was selected out of over 100 applicants as a 2018 fellow for the Black on Campus project, where she will report for The Nation. See details HERE.

  • Alexandria Dixon, a senior biology/premed major from Memphis TN (White Station High), has been accepted into dental school at the University of Tennessee, the University of Louisville, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

  • Steven Do, a senior biology/premed major from Westwego LA (St. Lawrence Seminary), has been accepted into the Tulane University School of Medicine.

  • Noor Fatima, a senior biology/premed major from Metairie LA (Haynes Academy), has been accepted into medical school at LSU-New Orleans and Tulane University.

  • Robert Freter, a senior biology/premed major from Ann Arbor MI (Pioneer High), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

  • Indigo Gill, a senior biology/premed major from Atlanta GA (MLK High), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

  • Selena Gray, a senior biology/premed major from Edwardsville IL (Edwardsville High), has been accepted into dental school at the University of Florida, Ohio State University, UCLA, the University of Detroit-Mercy, and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

  • Afshanti Hunter, a senior biology/premed major from Florissant MO (Hazelwood Central High), has been accepted into the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

  • Hannah Mbony, a senior biology/premed major from Brookeville MD (Sherwood High), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

  • Faith Simiyu, a senior biology/premed major from Nashville TN (MLK High), has been accepted into dental school at the University of Tennessee, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Detroit-Mercy.

  • Tajhshea Walden, a senior biology/premed major from Memphis TN (Whitehaven High), has been accepted into the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

  • Demitrius Onuaguluchi, a P4 pharmacy student from Jamaica NY (Brooklyn Technical High School), was elected Province Parliamentarian of the Gulf Coast Province Executive Board for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. at the recent Province Assembly. He is the immediate past chapter of XULA’s Delta Eta Chapter.

Alumni

  • Tarrin Casey ’15 has been accepted into the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Duy Dang ’15 has been accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at LSU-New Orleans and Touro University-Nevada.

  • Learnard Dickerson '91, CEO and president of DACO LLC, a public relations and marketing firm, was the keynote speaker at Meridian (MS) Community College’s MLK Commemorative Celebration.

  • Dominique Johnson ’09 has been accepted into medical school at Southern Illinois University and Wright State University.

  • Kaylee Moore ’17 has been accepted into the Rural Scholars Program at the LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine.

  • Katie Peagler ’16 has been accepted into the Howard University College of Medicine.

  • Alejandro Perkins ’99, a partner in the law firm of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP in Baton Rouge LA, was sworn in for a second term as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for The University of Louisiana System. He also delivered the keynote address to 800 graduating seniors at Northwestern State University’s December 2017 Commencement.

  • Derriyan Price ’16 has been accepted into the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University.

  • Keegan Rayford ’17 was elected Vice-Satrap of the Gulf Coast Province Executive Board for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. at the recent Province Assembly.

Faculty/Staff

  • Joseph K. Byrd (Vice President for Student Services) received the "Champion of Education Award" for over 40 years of service to education, from the New Orleans Metro Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

  • Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (AADS/English) had an article "Constitutional Anomaly: The Dark Side of National Character," published in the anthology New Perspectives on Race & Ethnicity: Critical Readings about the Black Experience in Trump's America (2018).

  • Joanna Kirby (Institutional Advancement) has been awarded a scholarship to attend the New Professionals in Advancement Workshop and the CASE District IV Conference in Fort Worth TX.

  • Dr. Shearon Roberts (Mass Communications) has been named the new vice president for the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication (SWECJMC). As VP she will be in charge of the research paper competition for the organization’s yearly fall conference in Denver, after which she will take over the president position.

  • David Robinson-Morris (Institutional Advancement) co-authored an article, "Perturbing Possibilities in the Postqualitative Turn: Lessons from Taoism (道) and Ubuntu,” published online in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

  • Kim Vaz-Deville (CAS Associate Dean) was the keynote speaker for Allegheny College's weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of the Martin Luther King Jr. 

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