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EXCELLING: Participants in this year's SuperScholar/Excel program take a break from their otherwise busy schedules for a group shot outside the XU Administration Building. The three-week summer academy prepares African-American youth for college through standardized test preparation and non-credit courses that strengthen their critical thinking, reading, writing, mathematics and oral presentation skills.

A WORLD AWAY: College of Pharmacy Center of Excellence scholars and their mentor - (L-R) Michael Ezebuenyi, Evelyn Ambush, Dr. Patience Obih, and Akeem Jimoh - pose by the abstract they presented before the 17th World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology in Cape Coast, South Africa. The topic: Comparative Evaluation of Antidiabetic Activities of Selected Medicinal Plants and Metformin in db/db mice.

IBCS COMMENCEMENT: Master of Theology degree recipient Ashley Morris (third from left) is congratulated by Institute for Black Catholics Studies Director Rev./Dr. Maurice Nutt, The Most Rev. Shelton Fabre, XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, XU Associate VP Dr. Marguerite Giguette, and XU Provost/Senior VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard following this summer's closing ceremony.

PRESS AWARDS: (L-R) Xavier Herald adviser Melinda Shelton and 2013-14 graphics design editor Latasha Smith display awards the student newspaper received in the Louisiana Press Association's Better Student Newspaper Competition, including 1st place in general excellence (the LPA's highest award) and staff generated color advertisement, and 2nd place in graphic design and feature photography.

LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG: Junior XU political science major Eric Craig of Los Angeles CA was selected as this year's winner of the University of Arkansas George Washington Carver Research Program's 2014 Research Poster Competition. The award is given annually to a summer GWCRP intern that demonstrates exceptional research and presentation skills in his/her chosen area of study.

PARDON OUR PROGRESS: The former B. Samuels building, corner of Drexel Drive and Jeff Davis Pkwy., undergoes demolition in preparation for construction of the University's new Fitness Recreation Center on that site. Workers are also replacing grout and windows on the nearby Xavier South building.

FIXER UPPER: Anyone who has driven a car the length of Drexel Drive through campus will appreciate the fact that the City of New Orleans has embarked on the lengthy process of street repairs on that well-traveled thoroughfare, as well as some other streets near the Convocation Center.

HANDS ON: ChemStar participants (L-R) Kira Bickham, Tierra Foley, and Jailyn Heisser get in some valuable, hands-on experience in the lab during this summer's program, one of five XU summer offerings under the umbrella of the BP STEM Summer Institute funded by a three-year, $750,000 grant awarded in 2011.

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