Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Mass Communication

1 Drexel Drive

Campus Box 93

New Orleans, LA 70125

504-520-5092 phone

504-520-7919 fax




Nancy Martino (faculty) and Corinne Williams (senior Speech Pathology major) had an article, African American English Usage and Development by Children During Story Retells, published in the ECHO Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, Fall, 2012.

Speech Therapy Unlimited in Houston

Kristen Smith and Taylor McAlpin, graduated May 2012, who now work for Speech Therapy Unlimited in Houston, Tx. Speech Therapy Unlimited is owned by a Xavier Speech Pathology grad, Dana Douglas Johnson.

The Petit Jean Performance Festival

October 19-20, 2012
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

Xavier students who attended and presented solo performances:
Brittany Martin
Lexus Jordan
Kyia Mostella
Mia Ruffin
Meagan Williams

Co-Incidence: Performance, Space, and Belonging
Festival Leaders:
David Terry, San Jose State University
Justin Trudeau, University of North Texas
The festival leaders will use the theme to lead festival participants as they explore ways of creating performances using scraps, accidents, coincidences, and found objects.
What happens when we take the little things that we are often tempted to edit out of the artistic process and make them central? What happens if we imagine performance not as making choices "on purpose" but as being open to the potential of that which is beyond our control? Participants will delve into space as the "dimension of stories-so-far," develop tools for "making do" in chance based performances, and explore the ethics of living a life more open to beauty from unexpected sources.

Xavier's Mass Communication program hosted the third annual National Association of Black Journalists High School Workshop (JSHOP) from June 17 to June 21. The purpose of the workshop is to expose high school students with some journalism experience to none at all to broadcast, print and online media. The five-day comprehensive workshop attracted 15 students primarily from New Orleans along with journalists and journalism educators from across the country. Click on the link to view the students work and learn more about JSHOP. http://highschool.nabjconvention.org/

Xavier University adds Communication Studies

In Fall 2012, the Department of Communications welcomes its newest major program in Communication Studies. Communication Studies is a broad academic area that studies and applies communication in many different contexts, including relationships, culture, and performance. Students are trained to apply their communication skills to a chosen profession and/or graduate school. The program includes opportunities for service-learning and collaborative research with faculty.

Majors will complete courses in Applied Communication, Communication and Culture, and Performance Studies. All our majors earn six hours in service-learning courses, partnering with a wide range of non-profit organizations throughout New Orleans. Sample courses include:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Race, Culture and Communication
  • Gender and Communication
  • Performance of Literature
  • Performance of Everyday Life

Majors work with a faculty advisor to create a personalized graduation and career path that connects relevant communication skills to their career of choice. Contact Dr. Ross Louis for more information about Communication Studies.

Tailyr McAlpin (Speech Pathology/Audiology, 2012) and Kirsten Smith (Speech Pathology/Audiology, 2012) are working as Speech Language Pathology Assistants for Speech Therapy Unlimited, a private practice owned by Dana Douglas Johnson, Speech-Language Pathologist (Speech Pathology/Audiology, 2002).

Deshanna McDonald (Speech Pathology/Audiology, 2012) and Yaesha Joseph, (Speech Pathology/Audiology, 2012) are attending graduate school in Speech Pathology at Lamar University. Christine Bevrotte (Speech Pathology/Audiology, 2004) is attending graduate school at LSU Health Sciences Center.

Both Communications Studies Faculty members,  Dr. Dominique Gendrin and Dr. Kimberly Chandler published an article in  Human Communication, 15(2), 103-119 called  Interethnic Encounters between African American and Vietnamese American Students in the HBCU Context.

Communications Studies Faculty members, C. Dessinges, Dr. Dominique Gendrin, & Wendy Hajjar wrote Fiction and reality in HBO’s Treme: A narrative alchemy at the service of political truth. TV Series, 1(1). Visit http://www.univ-lehavre.fr/ulh_services/IMG/pdf/11-Dessinges_et_al-OK.pdf.

3rd ANNUAL XSHARE (Xavier Students Help All Restore Energy) FOOD DRIVE 2012 – is a collaborative “giving” event hosted by several Xavier student organizations and the Pontchartrain Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  In conjunction with our “Founders Day” Celebration and Convocation on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, Xavier students, staff, faculty, and administrators are asked to bring and drop-off at least one dry good food stuff as they enter the Barn for the Convocation procession. The food drive will continue until the week of Thanksgiving, Xavier students, staff, faculty, and administrators are asked to donate dry goods and help the Just the Right Attitude Food Bank provide nutritional meals to several nursing homes and low-income families in New Orleans East.  

This event is in collaboration with Xavier University’s SGA (Student Government Association), NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists), PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), and XUTV/XURadio. Contact: Dr. Brenda Edgerton-Webster (x5087) and Mrs. Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel (x5087).

Dr. Elizabeth Edgecomb was awarded:

  • Faculty Community of Teaching Scholars (FaCTS) Grant. Awarded Spring 2012.
  • Read Today, Lead Tomorrow Curricular Mini-Grant. Awarded Spring 2012.

Top Performance Studies Papers Panel. Southern States Communication Association—2012.

Xavier Herald wins Louisiana Press Association “Better College Newspapers” awards
(2012), including: General Excellence, 3rd place; Most Effective Use Of Graphic Design On
A Single Page: 1st Place, Stacey Windon, Hong Nguyen; Best Feature Photo: 1st Place,
Alyssa Mercadel

Dominique Gabriel, as Senior Producer for XTVR (Xavier Television and Radio) managed
the operation that produced XTV News, eXpressions, and the creation of Raps and Reels. All
of the shows air on Cox Cable 96 in Orleans Parish and will be available on a newly created
website (http://bit.ly/MCmedia).

Five Speech Pathology students will travel to Honduras this summer (2012) to study culture and work with low-income children that have communication disorders. The students will do hearing screenings and speech and language evaluations in orphanages, schools, and clinics. Part of the Buena Lingua grant, this trip will allow students to use the skills they’ve learned in class as well as help them learn about working with children from another culture.

Drs. Kimberly J. Chandler and Dominique Gendrin will present their competitively selected research paper entitled "Your College is Not Like Mine": Interethnic Communication between African American and Vietnamese American Students on an HBCU Campus at the National Communication Association, November 2011, in New Orleans, LA.

Drs. Kimberly J. Chandler and Lisa Flanagan were awarded a $7,500 grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research to engage in a Performance Studies Thematic Research Circle with XU students Vickyann Cortes, Rasha Bradford, and Tiara Barthe.  Their research will focus on southern African American lesbians and the performance of gender.  Their goal is to yield a scholarly article and performance script in order to mount a theatrical performance of the study participants personal narratives.