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CLEAN SWEEP: (L-R) Celebrated New Orleans artists and XU alums Richard Thomas '78 and Terrance Osborne '00 pose in front of the official commissioned posters they created for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's two signature 2014 events: the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, respectively, during a recent visit to the campus for a media interview.

FESTIVAL OF SCHOLARS: (L-R) P1 College of Pharmacy student Chandler Schexnayder of Patterson LA translates his cancer research project into lay terms for fellow students Joi Bowers of Vallejo CA and Erica Lang of Oakland CA during this year's Festival of Scholars, which highlights student scholarship in the sciences, communication, education, humanities, and art.

SWEET IDEA: (L-R) Tomi Gilliam of St. Louis and Taylor McBride of Houston TX hawk sweets in the UC during the Mobilization at Xavier (M.A.X.) feeding America hunger coalition fundraiser, "Hunger is not a Game".

PASSAGE TO INDIA: XU Dean of Arts & Science Dr. Anil Kukreja takes a seat among 200 rising senior students following his presentation on Xavier academic programs at the Delhi Public School during his visit to India. He later addressed other 500 rising junior and senior students at Maharani Gayatri Devi School.

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: Members of the Xavier Enactus team (L-R) Victoria Thompson, Victoria Philips, Yolanda Jackson, and Amithyse Moore, take a break from the intense competition at the Enactus USA National Expo in Cincinnati OH, where they advanced to the quarterfinal round.

ALMOST LIKE HOME: Five XU speech pathology graduates join current faculty members in a reunion of sorts during the National Black Association of Speech-Language-Hearing's annual convention in Charlotte NC. On hand were: (L-R) Dr. Patricia Minnis, Keshia Allen '98, RaKeesha Reeves Pelt '04, Dr. Joe Melcher, Celeste Parker '04, Diana Burns '03, Dr. Nancy Martino, and Martina Isaac '08.

HARVARD-BOUND: Adia Wallace, a senior philosophy major from Jackson MS, is congratulated by her Department Chair, Dr. Paul Schafer, after receiving notification of her acceptance into the Master of Education Program in Technology, Innovation and Education at Harvard University, a prestigious curriculum which traditional accepts less than 10 percent of its applicants.

GIVING BACK: Members of the XU Young Alumni Leadership Association relax after hosting the Ask An Alum campus mentoring event where they related their own experiences and provided advice on applying for internships and job interviews to current students. (L-R) John Williams '99, Dr. Samira Brown '00, Heather Ray '07, Dr. Torrie Harris '98, Stacey Windon '11, Kevin Barnes Jr. '10, Hong Nguyen '11, Mia Gonzales '08, Tresa Northington '08, Whitney White '14, Nikki Wesley '95 & '99, Teniesha Biagas '09, Gerallynn 'Lynn' Wesley '00, and Jacob Evans '12.

THE REAL DEAL: Senior English major Ariel Ellis of North Las Vegas NV, shown here visiting the Terracotta Soldiers Museum in Xi'an during her participation in previous study abroad programs in both Beijing and Shanghai, is headed back to China this summer after having been accepted again into the Tsinghua University English Summer Camp.

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