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Tool Your School"
Don’t forget to vote for Xavier TODAY and EVERY DAY in Home Depot’s 2013 “Retool Your School” HBCU Grant Program Contest, which could mean up to $50,000 for campus improvements.
The winning school will be the one that receives the most online votes and which generates the most social media activity. As of today Xavier is way behind the current leaders.
Go HERE to to vote. Remember you can vote as often as once a day. Voting ends April 16. Tweet Your Friends (hashtag #xulaRYS2013)!
|| XU Earns CNCS Service Award
Xavier was among 690 colleges and universities nationwide named to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) 2013 President's Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes outstanding commitment volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The XU Center for Student Leadership and Service is directed by Typhanie Jasper-Butler.
|| Session Offered on New State Core
The Division of Education & Counseling and the Departments of Mathematics and English will host a Parent Informational Session about the new state education standards and assessments April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Room 111 of the Convocation Annex).
At the session, which is free and open to the public, parents will hear from content specialists about the expectations of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that will replace the GLEs and the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum, as well as the new assessments that will replace LEAP and ILeap. A special education expert will also be available to advise parents with special needs children.
The Common Core is a set of educational benchmarks developed by leaders in education which have been adopted in 45 states, including La.
All state public schools are required to use curricula aligned with state standards.
For more info contact Dr. Renee Akbar, XU Division of Education at 504-520-7536.
|| Track & Field to Host '13 Conference Meet
Xavier and Tad Gormley Stadium will play host to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships on April 13 – one of nine meets on XU's 2013 outdoor track and field schedule for men and women.
The men and women will compete in six Louisiana meets, including the season opener March 2 at Gormley in the Tulane Team Challenge. In addition to aiming for GCAC titles, the teams will try to meet qualifying standards for the NAIA National Championships on May 23-25 at Marion IN.
Visit HERE for the complete schedule and to follow their progress.
|| Chapel on PRC Stained Glass Tour
The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) is offering a tour of religious stained glass April 21.
Price for the tour, which begins and ends at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, is $16/$20 for members/non-members. The price includes bus transportation to/from the other two stops: St. Agnes Catholic Church and Xavier’s own St. Katharine Drexel Chapel.
Laurel Porcari, who created the stained glass at for the SKD Chapel, will join the tour at Xavier to discuss her process.
For more info contact the PRC of N.O. at 581-7032.
| COLLABORATION IN PSYCHOLOGY EDUCATION
(L-R) Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis joins The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) President Dr. Michelle Nealon-Woods in signing a formal agreement which calls for continued discussions and strategic planning to explore opportunities for future academic and educational collaborations in graduate professional psychology. Looking on is Dr. Orlando Taylor, president of the TCSPP Washington DC campus.
Photo by Irving Johnson III
XAVIER, TCSPP FORGE EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
The agreement formalizes continued discussions and strategic planning to explore opportunities for future academic and educational collaborations in graduate professional psychology, including, but not limited to: doctoral and/or masters programs in clinical psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, applied behavior analysis, and business psychology. more
Xavier University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) have signed a formal agreement of inter-institutional collaboration in the field of mental health education.
SCHOLARS TO PUT RESEARCH ON DISPLAY AT FESTIVAL
U.S. SURGEON GENERAL TO ADDRESS GRADS
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will deliver the commencement address at Xavier’s 86th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center. It will be the University’s first commencement on campus since 1983.
Benjamin, a 1979 Xavier graduate, is expected to address more than 550 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families at the commencement ceremony. more
The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 10th annual Festival of Scholars spotlighting achievement in student research April 18-19.
The event, which will be held on the second floor of the University Center, will open at noon on April 18 and continue Friday until 4:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
More than 100 students are expected to present the research projects they have been engaged in during the past year through poster sessions, panel discussions, exhibitions and class forums. Close to 40 faculty members are serving as mentors to the students. more
XU JAZZ FESTIVAL TO HOLD COURT AT OLD U.S. MINT
The Department of Music’s annual Xavier Jazz Festival, a three-day event which highlights various genres of the Jazz art form through performances, clinics, workshops and lectures, will have an exciting new venue this year: the Old U.S. Mint in the historic French Quarter.
Scheduled for April 16-18, this year’s festival will feature three evening concerts and a day devoted to various clinics, workshops and lectures by various local and national Jazz artists. Among the artists participating are Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Brass Band, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and his group, and the internationally recognized saxophonist Donald Harrison.
All night events will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Old U.S. Mint. Clinics/Workshops begin at noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively, in the Xavier Music Recital Hall. All events are free and open to the Public.
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Jessica Cooper, a senior biology/premed major from Oberlin LA (Oberlin High), has been accepted into medical school at LSU-Shreveport and St. Louis University.
Jasmine Douglas, a biology/premed major from Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish Magnet, has been accepted into the University of Texas-Houston SMDEP program.
Gabbrielle Gable, freshman biology/premed major from Moseley VA (Cosby High), has been accepted into the HERO Summer Research Program at MCV medical school in Richmond VA.
Danny Giang, a senior biology/premed major from Harvey LA (Archbishop Shaw High), has been accepted in dental school at LSU and the University of Michigan.
Beunca Graffree, a biology/premed major from Hampton GA (Dutchtown High), has been accepted into the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Christopher Hayes, a junior business/accounting major from Chicago IL (Chicago-Agricultural High), has been awarded a INROADS internship in program planning and controls with United Technologies (UTC) Aerospace Systems in Rockford IL. He will received a one-time stipend and a salary.
|HONDA ALL-STAR CHALLENGE
If their performance in the Texas Invitational Tournament – where they whipped five fellow HBCU’s – is any indication, look for Xavier’s Quiz Bowl team to make waves at the 2013 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in Los Angeles CA later this month. Team members include: (L-R, front row) Javon Bracy, Skyler Quintero, and McKenzie Moses; (back row L-R) Nekita Bannister-Lee (institutional rep), Kirkland Penro, Jessica Piernas, Meggan Simien, and Darryl Keller, Jr. (coach).
Photo courtesy Darry Keller, Jr.
TEAM XAVIER HEADS FOR HONDA CAMPUS CHALLENGE
If their performance in the preliminaries is any indication, look for Xavier's Quiz Bowl team to make waves at the 2013 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge when it convenes in Torrance CA April 7-8.
Team Xavier is coming off a big win in the Texas Invitational Tournament at Prairie View A&M, where they defeated five fellow HBCU’s (Historically black Colleges and Universities – including Alcorn State, Grambling State, Langston College, Mississippi Valley State, and Prairie View A&M. Honda allows all teams planning to compete in the national challenge to participate in a pre-tournament (regional) event.
The team, coached Darryl Keller, Jr., includes Javon Bracy, McKenzie Moses, Kirkland Penro, Jessica Piernas, Skyler Quintero, and Meggan Simien. Nekita Bannister-Lee serves as XU’s institutional representative.
Xavier has participated in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge – an intense academic competition among the best and brightest students from Historically Black Colleges ad Universities (HBCUs) – 21 out of 24 years starting in 1992-93 season. Through the years, the University has been awarded more than $75,000 in grants during the competition. In addition, Xavier was presented the 2012 Community Service for partnering with Lafayette Charter Academy to tutor kids with after school program.
This year's tournament is expected to draw 48 schools from 18 states.
For HERE for more info about the Honda Campus Quiz Bowl.
The nonbinding memorandum was officially ratified by XU President Norman C. Francis and TCSPP President Dr. Michelle Nealon-Woods during a campus ceremony.
“It is no secret that the mental health service needs in the New Orleans area are great, as they are throughout this country,” said Dr. Francis. “Through this joint effort we hope to address some of those needs by providing new, young professionals with the finest undergraduate and graduate psychology training experience possible.”
“We foresee this collaboration as being one of mutual benefit to both institutions, as well as to our respective communities,” he added.
“We are excited to partner with an outstanding institution such as Xavier, and the prospect of making available to these students and others in the new Orleans area, opportunities for graduate education in professional psychology,” stated Dr. Nealon-Woods. “As higher learning institutions, we embrace the values of diversity and inclusion as well as a commitment to work with communities to increase the number of mental health experts.”
TCSPP is very familiar with the quality of Xavier students. In the past two years seven Xavier graduates have entered graduate programs at TCSPP across its three campuses, and already this year at least two more students have applied and are awaiting acceptance for Fall 2013.
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For the past 29 years Xavier has held its commencement in various city venues, most recently the Kiefer Lakefront Arena and the New Orleans Arena. Earlier commencements, traditionally, had been held outdoors in the campus Quad. However, torrential rains in 1983 prompted the decision to hold all future events indoors even though there was no facility on campus large enough to hold the anticipated crowds. The new Convocation Center has addressed that problem.
“Commencement is always an extraordinary time for Xavier, and bringing the exercises back to campus will certainly make very special,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis.
The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday (May 10), at 6:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, a 1979 graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. As America’s Doctor, she promotes good health and disease prevention based on up-to-date information and scientific research. Her care and concern reaches beyond individuals and the public health of the nation to the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote and protect the health of the American People.
From her commitment as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama – which she kept in operation despite damage and destruction inflicted by hurricanes Georges (1998) and Katrina (2005) and a devastating fire (2006) – to her worldwide advancement of preventive health care, Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications.
In addition to her B.S. in chemistry from Xavier, she holds an M.D. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MBA from Tulane University. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, Ga. Dr. Benjamin is the recipient of 18 honorary degrees.
In 1998, Benjamin was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She received the 2000 National Caring Award and was recognized with the Papal honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Benedict XVI. In 2008, she was honored with a MacArthur Genius Award Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Benjamin became the recipient of the Chairman’s Award during the worldwide broadcast of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.
A former associate dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile and past chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Benjamin was the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. She served as president of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. In 2002, she became the first African-American female president of a state medical society in the United States when she assumed leadership of the Medical Association State of Alabama.
A member of the Institute of Medicine (the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences) and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, she was chosen as a Kellogg National Fellow and a Rockefeller Next Generation Leader. Past board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Catholic Health Association, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
She was named by Time magazine as one of the “Nation’s 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under.” She was featured in the 1995 New York Times article, “Angel in a White Coat;” the December 1999 cover of Clarity magazine; in the 2002 People magazine’s article, "Always on Call;” and was featured on the January 2003 cover of Reader’s Digest as one of the national publication’s"Everyday Heroes." She was also named “Person of the Week” on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and “Woman of the Year’ by CBS This Morning.
“Xavier University is proud of Dr. Benjamin because of all her accomplishments,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis, “but more importantly because she embodies the vision and core values articulated by St. Katharine Drexel when Xavier began.”
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Virtually every discipline across the campus is represented, and those attending the two-day event should note the depth and the diversity of the research. Past conferences have included presentations in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math), the social sciences and the humanities, and student produced short films from Communication Studies. In recent years the festival has branched out to include special sessions highlighting performance-based research - staged presentations that have been adapted from research projects and scripted for live audiences.
Each semester, CUR offers grant opportunities for students to pursue their research interests and many of the Festival of Scholars presentations are the culmination of those projects. Through CUR, Xavier students gain experience in formulating and conducting research projects, grant writing to secure funds that support their research, and presentation of their work to the academic community and the general public. CUR is funded through Title III Part B and the Mellon Foundation.
The purpose of the Xavier Jazz Festival is expose the News Orleans community to a varied range of jazz related concerts and clinics/workshops and provide them with a more sophisticated insight into the artistry and effort which goes into the creation of the music and the making of Jazz Greats. The programing and presentations are structured with a broad audience in mind, ranging from local junior/senior high school musicians to college students, to professionals.
The schedule of events follows:
Traditional Jazz: Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Brass Band
Old Mint, 7:00 p.m.
LaTasha Henderson, a senior biology/premed major from Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish Magnet High), has been accepted into the LSU-Shreveport School of Medicine.
Akia Jackson, a senior English major from St. Louis MO (Metro Academic High), has been accepted into graduate school at Iowa University.
Lawrence Jackson, a senior psychology major from Garland TX (Naaman Forest High) has been accepted into The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-California.
Deanna Johnson, a senior chemistry/premed major from Baton Rouge LA (Redemptorist High), has been accepted into medical school at LSU-New Orleans and LSU-Shreveport.
Kara Keller, a senior mathematics major from LaPlace LA (East St. John High), has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in statistics at Purdue University.
Nicholas Rayfield, a senior psychology major from New Orleans (McDonogh 35 High), has been accepted into The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Alonza Terry, a senior mathematics major from Conyers GA (Southwest Dekalb High), has been accepted into the master’s degree program in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Corrine Williams, a senior speech pathology major from Lynwood IL (Thorton Fraction South High), has been accepted into graduate school at Midwestern University.
Shaheera Chughtai ’12 has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College, Indiana University, and Texas A&M.
Jennifer Christopher Colbert '71 has been elected to the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of Louisiana.
Charisse Graham ’12 has been accepted into Meharry Medical College.
Jasmine Holmes ’12 has been accepted into the UCLA School of Medicine.
Maya Jones ’12, made the cover with her first FEATURE story for espnW. on Olympic runner Jeneba Tarmoh.
Twins Ashley Matthew ’12 and Asia Matthew ’12, both currently pursuing MD and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School, have been named co-recipients of the 2013 Chairman's Award for Leadership in Health & Wellness by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The awards will be presented this summer during the organization’s 27th Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Marylynn Nguyen ’11 has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine.
Ashley Sutherland ’09 has been accepted in the University of Cincinnati Medical School.
Aishah Yanssaneh ’10 has been accepted into the Southern Illinois School of Medicine.
Dr. Nicole P. Greene (Kellogg Professor of English) had her book review of Heather Ingman’s A History of the Irish Short Story published in the Spring 2013 issue of Irish Literary Supplement: A Review of Irish Books.
Dr. Megan Osterbur (political science/women's studies) served as moderator for the Newcomb College Institute's faculty seminar, The Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South.
Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) co-wrote an article, “Vincristine and daunorubicin administration in an adolescent during ECMO,” published in the medical journal Critical Care and Shock.
Two Division of Business faculty – Dr. Joe Ricks, Jr. and Dr. Richard Peters – co-wrote a paper “Motives, Timing, and Targets of Corporate Philanthropy: A Tripartite Classification Scheme of Charitable Giving” accepted for publication in Business and Society Review.
| Dr. Michael White, a New Orleans born traditional Jazz musician and historian, is recognized internationally as a lecturer, historian and musician presenting the music and history of original New Orleans Traditional Jazz. He is a graduate of Xavier University and is currently a professor of Spanish. The Original Liberty Brass Band has received numerous performance awards and has traveled the globe presenting New Orleans Traditional Jazz in most of the world’s leading jazz festivals.
Contemporary Jazz: Delfeayo Marsalis
Old Mint, 7:00 p.m.
New Orlean’s own, jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, has toured internationally with legendary jazz artists Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton and Max Roach, as well as touring with his own modern jazz ensemble. During a tour with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he was filmed as part of the Ken Burns documentary on Jazz. A mainstay on the New Orleans modern jazz scene, he has released three solo albums to critical acclaim.
April 18 (day)
Xavier Music Recital Hall, Noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
(Noon) Dr. Michael White discusses various aspects and nuances performed in Traditional New Orleans Jazz; (1:00 p.m.) Delfeayo Marsalis discusses various aspects of modern jazz improvisation, focusing on theoretical concepts and ear training; and (2:00 p.m.) Donald Harrison discusses theoretical devices and techniques used in approaching advanced jazz improvisation.
April 18 (evening)
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Donald Harrison
Old Mint, 7:00 p.m.
The evening concludes the concert series and the festival with its final concert featuring the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Tim Turner, with Mr. Donald Harrison as featured soloist. Harrison has performed with Roy Haynes, Jack McDuff, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Don Pullen in the 1980s and also played with the reformed Headhunters band in the 1990s. A talented post-bop altoist with a personal, angular style, Mr. Harrison came to fame with Art Blakey’s Messengers and is widely considered to be one of the finest jazz voices in modern jazz.
|BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Seniors Jeremy Pierre of Boutte LA (Hahnville High), Courtney Jason of Opelousas LA (Opelousas High), and Jacob Thomas of Nashville TN (Pope John Paul II High) enjoy a private moment with Cedric Richmond, U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district and keynote speaker at the University’s annual Black History Month Convocation, which was held for the first time in Xavier’s newest facility
Photo by Irving Johnson III