Volume 46 No. 04
April 2015









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Practically Perfect
Group Effort
Rice Bowl
They All Asked for You
hard sell
The Hard Sell
Pharmacy Conference
Now Showing
honor society
Honor Society
Man of the Hour
honors keep coming
The Honors Keep Coming
Winners' Circle
Wise Counsel


Summer Programs
Applications Open

Applications are now being accepted for XU’s diverse array of pre-college summer programs.

Visit HERE for more details on the programs being offered and how to apply.


New Issue of Xavier Review Available

The latest new issue of Xavier Review (Vol. 34, Issue 1 & 2) – featuring stories, interviews, translations, and poetry – is now available.

This issue’s cover piece is an interview with Louisiana-born artist/poet Malaika Favorite, complemented by a collection of five of her poems. Also among the 25 contributors to Volume 34-1&2 are writers Peyton Burgess and Tim Pitts, and poets Joshua Hall and Tom Holmes.
Xavier Review, a biannual journal of literature and culture currently edited by Xavier University associate professor of English Ralph Adamo, generally focuses on creative and scholarly works, with special interest in the American South, New Orleans, the Gulf and Caribbean sphere, African American culture, ethnography, and spirituality.

To purchase a copy of this issue, or back issues, of Xavier Review contact Katheryn Laborde at klaborde@xula.edu or (504) 520-5151 The cost is $20.


Xavier In the News

2NOLA.com (Op.Ed.)
College Ratings Won't Enhance Higher Education

1Gulf Times
QU Signs Partnership
Pact with U.S. University

XU Conference Focuses
on Health Care Access

1New Haven Register
Pioneer Scientist
Touts Diversity
- Sheila Stiles Jewell '64

XU Ranks 3rd in No. of AFAM Grads Who Get STEM PhDs


A project nearly 10 years in the making – a permanent, covered, elevated pedestrian bridge crossing Washington Avenue connecting Xavier’s main campus to the Gert Town community – officially got underway this week with pile driving near the Convocation Center. It will replace the open, steel canal-crossing currently in use.

photo by Irving Johnson III


It’s not too early to start thinking Summer Sessions at Xavier.

The traditional slate of daytime and evening classes has given way to even more and better this summer as the university has added a significant number of evening and online/hybrid courses to the usual mix of day classes. Degree credit hours are priced as low as $240.

No less than 65 online/hybrid degree-credit courses will be available this summer, including offerings in English, business, communications, languages, mathematics, philosophy, and political sciences. The Graduate school is also offering a number of summer courses.

Registration for Session 1 is May 26; Session 2 is June 29. All courses are available to both Xavier and non-Xavier college students.
Want more info? Start HERE.


The Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier will present its inaugural Sister Eva Regina Martin, S.S.F. Ph.D. Lecture April 08 at 7:00 p.m. in the Qatar Pavilion Auditorium.

Established to promote and address theological and cultural issues relevant to the African American Catholic community in particular and the greater African American community in general, the lecture series will be held annually near the anniversary of Sister Eva’s passing as a memorial in tribute to her dedication to the IBCS and her commitment to theological and cultural scholarship.
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Xavier’s College of Pharmacy was included among the nation’s top pharmacy schools in U.S. News and World Report's 2016 Best Graduate Schools rankings.  The annual ranking system examines the largest professional graduate school disciplines -- business, law, education, engineering and medicine -- in addition to specialty rankings within those disciplines.

Xavier was ranked 80th among the nation’s Colleges of Pharmacy, a health care specialty which provides the link between patients and medicine, with pharmacists providing expertise on prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, understanding use, side effects and mixtures of medicine.
The direct link to Xavier’s listing is HERE.


avier will host its 12th Annual Norman C. Francis Festival of Scholars Thursday-Friday, April 16-17, in the University Center.

Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR), with grant funding from Title III, Part B and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the yearly event showcases student research developed during the academic year.
Free and open to the public, the Festival begins with a free pizza party at noon Thursday and continues until Friday at 4:00 p.m. On both days, student researchers from disciplines across the curriculum will present their scholarship during poster presentations, panel discussions, and individual presentations.

Since its inception the Center for Undergraduate Research has been the cornerstone of faculty-mentored student research on Xavier’s campus and has provided opportunities for undergraduate and College of Pharmacy students to gain invaluable training and experience beyond the classroom. Each year the Festival has grown in the number of student presentations, averaging over 100 presentations. 

For a full list of 2015 presentations or for more information about CUR, please visit http://www.xula.edu/cur/index.php, or call (504) 520-5066.


Tony Moore has been named the new Vice President for Technology Administration at Xavier, according to Ralph Johnson, XU Senior Vice President for Administration.
Moore, who holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from Southern University and Louisiana State University respectively, has more than 20 years of experience in technology information systems, including 10 years in higher education. He comes to Xavier from the Southern University System in Baton Rouge LA, where he was serving as Vice President for Information and Technology Management.

“We are very fortunate to have identified an individual with Mr. Moore’s impressive credentials, years of experience, and wealth of expertise to serve in this key role,” said Johnson. “The Vice President for Technology

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Tony Moore

Administration is responsible for providing leadership on all information and communication technologies. We are confident that he will provide the expertise, vision, and passion that will further enhance the services that are available to Xavier students, faculty, and staff.” - more -

Where Are They Now? Alum is 2015 Lifetime Achiever in Health Care
When his children were attending Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Arnold Bullock, M.D., ' 83 was part of a committee that tried to figure out why academic performance at the school varied so much between races.

“All of the education specialists seemed to agree that the point of diversion is the sixth and eighth grades,” said Bullock, a urologist and Washington University medical school endowed professor who treats patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Christian Northeast Hospital and the Siteman Cancer Center.
Bullock said black children often don’t see black doctors, so they don’t consider medicine as a possible career path. This summer he will mentor this age group as part of a health careers summer program, and soon he hopes to be teaching in middle-school classrooms one day a week.

Throughout his nearly 25 years at Wash. U., where he’s taught countless medical students and dozens of residents, Bullock has consistently strived to get more people of color into the medical field.

“It’s the major reason why many of us stay at a university – just so that we are represented, and we need more,” he said. “There is a really big push from the university to increase minority presence on full-time academic staff – both in terms of clinical and research duties.”

On April 30, Bullock will receive the Lifetime Achiever in Health Care award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 15th Annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awards Luncheon at the Frontenac Hilton.

In 2014, he was appointed the inaugural Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Urology at the School of Medicine. It’s widely considered that receiving an endowed chair is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member.

University Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said, “Dr. Bullock is highly regarded for his expertise in urology, and his work at the medical school and in the community has improved the lives of countless patients.”

Yet when Bullock looks back on his life work, he said he most importantly wants people to remember how he paid it forward.

“I’ve treated thousands of patients, as all doctors have, so that doesn’t make me special in any way,” he said. “I’m not unique in trying to provide services the best I can to our community. I’m just fortunate to be here.”

Bullock had wonderful parents who pushed him along, he said.

“My mom wrote a few papers for me when I was behind, as all mothers do,” he said. “You just wouldn’t be here on your own.”

That’s why he understands that encouraging middle-school students is equally important to instructing medical students. The summer after his sophomore year in high school, he was chosen to be part of an American Heart Association mentorship program where students worked alongside physicians. He was paired with one of the few black cardiologists in the country at Howard University Hospital. He doesn’t believe he would be a doctor today if he hadn’t participated in the program.

“That was eye-opening,” he said. “An African-American man could be a cardiac surgeon and be successful in an operating room and have a lab. I didn’t know anything about that. So that did it for me. If I could do the same for some other kids, that would be great.”

Bullock joined the medical school faculty in 1993 and serves as its director of men’s health. In his clinical practice, he is sought out for his expertise in urologic oncology, erectile dysfunction and other urological issues.

He takes an active role in educating African-American men about their higher-than-average risk of prostate cancer and the benefits of screenings. He has been instrumental in building a team of community partners to educate and conduct prostate cancer screenings in the African-American community in St. Louis.

He served as chairman of the Prostate Cancer Committee of the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities at Siteman Cancer Center. He is also a board member of The Empowerment Network, an award-winning prostate cancer support group.

He speaks at churches, community centers, schools and health fairs to reach people in areas hard-hit by cancer. His community outreach efforts and involvement in cancer education programs have had a significant impact on reducing racial disparities in prostate cancer outcomes and minority participation in clinical trials.

He graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University in New Orleans and received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in general surgery and urologic surgery, both at Washington University.

All the time, he thinks back to the black cardiologist who told him that in order to become a doctor, he had to really dedicate himself academically. That’s the advice he hopes to pass along.

“That would be what I want to be remembered for,” he said: “Someone pulled me along, and I did the same.”

With permission, St. Louis American newspaper
Story by Rebecca Rivas; Photo by Wiley Price

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Dr. Cecilia Moore, Associate Professor of American Religious Studies at The University of Dayton will present the inaugural lecture, which will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Benedictine Father Cyprian Davis' The History of Black Catholics in the United States. Her lecture will highlight the significance and impact of Father Cyprian's publication and his body of scholarly historical work for both the African American Catholic community and the larger Catholic Church in the United States.

Father Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., D.SciHist, professor emeritus of Church History at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad IN, will be attend the lecture as the IBCS honors him and his landmark publication.

A reception will follow the lecture. R.S.V.P.s are requested to (504) 520-7691.

Sister Eva entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family founded by Venerable Henriette Delille in 1959. During her life as a consecrated religious, Sr. Eva Regina served the people of God as an educator, catechist and retreat director. In 1994 she earned her Ph.D. in African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1995 she joined the faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, later being named her Director in 1997.

She served as the IBCS Director until the Sisters of the Holy Family elected her as Superior General in 2003. She served as Superior General of the Sisters of the Holy Family until her death on April 7, 2014.

v.p. for technology cont.

A member of the University’s Administrative Staff (equivalent to the President’s Cabinet), Moore will serve as the University’s Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for the operations of both the Office of Technology Administration (TA) and the Information Technology Center (ITC).

Moore served in the Southern University System for four years, where he managed the information and technology services for the system’s five campuses. He supervised the development and implementation of innovative college-wide information technology programs that supported the system’s mission and strategic goals. He is credited with consolidating campus IT departments within the system to a centralized organization that resulted in more than $1.5 million in cost savings.

Prior to that, he served in the dual role of Chief Information Officer and adjunct professor of computer science at Baton Rouge Community College. He also has extensive experience in the corporate sector, having served in various capacities at Cingular Wireless, Pegasus Solutions, Sabre Holdings, and Hewett-Packard.

Moore will begin his employment at Xavier on April 6.

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FITTING TRIBUTE: Retiring XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, a stout supporter of the University’s athletics programs, was immortalized during this past weekend’s XU-Dillard Crosstown Classic with the unveiling of his own personal rafter, the latest addition to the sports achievements chronicled atop the Convocation Center. The Rush and Nuggets put an exclamation point on the evening by winning the doubleheaders. photo by Irving Johnson III


Kristia Abernathy, a senior biology/premed major from St. Louis MO (Hazelwood East High), has been accepted into the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Antoinette Bell, a senior biology/premed major from Lake Charles LA (Lagrange High), has been accepted into the University of Medicine and Health Sciences-St. Kitts.

Alexia Bryant, a senior chemistry/premed major from New Orleans (Dominican High), has been accepted into dental school at Meharry College.

Armond Collins, a senior psychology/premed major from Shreveport LA (Caddo High), has been accepted in the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Kai Combs, a senior chemistry/premed major from Oakland CA (Holy Names High), has been accepted medical school at Meharry College and the University of California-Davis.

Emmanuel Detiege, a senior computer science major from New Orleans (Bro. Martin High) has been accepted into graduate school at Georgia Tech University and the University of Maryland-College Park.

Chinedu Echebelem, a senior chemistry major from Duncanville TX (Duncanville High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas-Galveston, the University of Texas-San Antonio, and Texas A&M University.

Whitney Gathright, a junior guard and business-management major from New Orleans (John Curtis High), was named to the 2014-15 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball team. Visit HERE for details.

Anh Le, a senior biology/premed major from Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson High), has been accepted into the Tulane University School of Medicine.

Jesslyn Magee, a senior biology/premed student from Corona CA (Centennial High), has been accepted into the Master of Bioscience program at the Keck Graduate Institute.

Jymirah Morris, a senior biology/premed major from Duluth GA (Berkmar High), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Pittsburgh.

Taylor Reece, a senior biology/premed major from DeSoto TX (DeSoto High), has been accepted into dental school at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Tyra Reese, a senior biology/premed major from Long Beach CA (Valley Christian High), has been accepted into the St. George’s University School of Medicine.

Heba Sarhan, a senior biology/premed major from Harvey LA (Helen Cox High), has been accepted dental school at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Detroit-Mercy, LSU-New Orleans, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Theresia Sutherlin, a senior biology/premed major from Mobile AL (Murphy High), has been accepted into medical school at Tulane University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and the University of South Alabama.

Kamberly Tate, a senior biology/premed major from Jonesboro GA (Tri-Cities High), has been accepted into dental school at the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Treyc Terry, a senior biology/premed major from Alexandria LA (Peabody Magnet), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Danyelle Wesley, a senior chemistry/premed major from Clinton MS (Clinton High), has been accepted into the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
Three Gold Rush student-athletes – junior guard and business-management major Morris Wright of Zachary LA (Zachery High), senior forward and computer science major Sydney Coleman of Meridian MS (Meridian High), and senior guard and business-accounting major Anthony Goode of Baltimore MD (Milford Mill Academy) – were named to the All-GCAC men's basketball team.


Earle Bryant ’69, a professor of English (American and African American literature), has had his book, Byline, Richard Wright: Articles from the Daily Worker and New Masses, published by the University of Missouri Press.

Kayla Johnson ’14
has been accepted into the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Tanya Johnson Mason ’00 & ‘04, a chemistry teacher at Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia GA, was named Dekalb County Schools’ “Teacher of the Year”.

Fizza Sajid ’14 has been accepted into the Campbell University, Des Moines University, and Nova Southeastern University Schools of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Daphanie Taylor ’11 has received her medical degree from the University of Texas- Galveston and will serve her Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC.

Terence Thompson ’13 has been accepted in the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


Dr. Regina Benjamin '79 Public Health Sciences) has been selected for induction into the 2015 Class of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in recognition of her exceptional achievements in the field of medicine.

Joseph Byrd (VP, Student Services), was the keynote speaker for the Black History Program sponsored by the United States Customs and Border Protection.

Dr. Norman Francis '52 (President) was awarded an honorary degree from Georgetown University during a special ceremony at the Washington DC Catholic university. In addition, the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) has announced that its Lifetime Achievement Award would be renamed the Dr. Norman Francis Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor.

Dr. Jason Todd (English & QEP Director) had his short story "Green" published in the Spring 2015 edition of the online literary journal Red Savina Review.

Four faculty from the Department of English participated in the Louisiana Association of College Composition (LACC) at LSU-Eunice LA. With Dr. Nicole Greene (LACC President) chairing panel on research, Sr. Donna Gould, S.B.S presenting a paper "Research in a Time of Cut and Paste", Dr. Jason Todd (newly elected editor of the LACC Journal of College Writing) chairing two panels on creative writing, and Jeremy Tuman (LACC webmaster) reading from his novel in progress The Tour.

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