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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.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Students enrolled in the Division of Business' Leadership Seminar course celebrate completing more than 400 community service hours in the Greater New Orleans Area as part of their Senior Leadership Project requirements. The students worked in a variety of settings, including local churches, schools, and other community organizations.

OFF TO CHINA: Xavier students meet with Confucius Institute administrative specialist Shu Peng to discuss their upcoming summer abroad in China, which commences in May. (L-R) D'Undria Taylor, Gabriel Jones, Ashley Douglas, McKenzie Moses, Kathia Williams, Keyaisha Thomas, Ms. Shu Peng, Rayya Hunter, Kevin Lam, Reginald Alex, and DiQuan Forcell. Five additional students will also participate.

HITTING THE HIGH NOTE: Several XU music faculty members - (L-R) Dr. John Ware '77, Sr. M. Juliana Haynes S.B.S., Dr. Daniel Shore, Dr. Wilfred Delphin '71, Dara Rahming '95, and Chair Dr. Tim Turner - gather to celebrate news of the Department's reaccreditation by National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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.

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