Volume 46 No. 08
August 2015








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Study Abroad

1834 New Student Orientation Dates

New incoming freshmen and their parents should note that New Student Orientation for the fall 2015 semester will be held Aug. 14-23.

The ten-day program is designed to help new students transition into the college environment, as introduce the Xavierite Experience! Consider yourself part of the esteemed ranks of students and alumni that proudly call Xavier home.

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Visit HERE for more details.

1834 XU Affordable for Studying Business

Xavier sits at No. 67 on Online-Accounting-Degrees.net list of the top “100 Most Affordable Selective Small Colleges for Accounting 2015.”

It was one of only three Louisiana schools to make the list Visit HERE for details.

1834 Library Awarded
IMLS Grant

The XU Library has been awarded $141,253 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grants for African-American History and Culture to re-house, digitize, catalog, and provide online access to the Charles F. Heartman Collection of Manuscripts Relating to the Negro and Slavery.

The collection, housed in the University Archives and Special Collections, consists of some 4,000 manuscript items describing the social, economic, civil, and legal activities of enslaved and free blacks, primarily in Louisiana and especially in New Orleans. The collection includes documents in French, Spanish, and English, and date from 1724 to 1897.

Visit HERE for more details.

1834 COP Disparities
Conference Dates

Save the date – Feb. 29-March 02, 2016 – for the College of Pharmacy’s  9th annual Health Disparities Conference. This year’s theme: “From Disparity to Equity: Building Healthier Communities.”

1834 XU Press Announces New Publication

Xavier celebrates more than 75 years of publishing seminal works by diverse writers with the announcement of the release of a new book of short stories by Fatima Shaik, an accomplished Southern literary voice.

What Went Missing and What Got Found is a love letter to the entertaining, unpredictable and flawed characters who populated New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. The collection will be published on the 10th anniversary of the storm.

Visit HERE for more details or contact Nicole Greene, Executive Editor, Xavier Review Press, at ngreene@xula.edu or (504) 520-5246.


XU President C. Reynold Verret interrupts his busy work schedule for an official photoshoot, which included a stop at the University's iconic block letters. The new President said he has been made to feel very welcome during his first month on campus and that he appreciated the graciousness of everyone he has met so far.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Some 37 upperclassmen have been designated Rousseve Scholars for the 2015-16 school year.

Students selected for the University’s Rousseve Scholars Program generally represent the top ten (or more) students in the senior, junior and sophomore classes based on their academic performance the preceding two semesters. Each recipient receives a full tuition scholarship and a book allowance.

This year’s recipients, grouped by their class, are listed below along with their majors, hometown and high school.

Seniors / P2s – Erin Ancar, accounting, New Orleans (Ben Franklin); Eric Craig, political science, Los Angeles CA (Downtown); Jacob Deitz, history, Elderwood CA (Woodlake); Rania El-Desoky, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Kingwood); Rasaan Hollis, business-finance, Columbus OH (Westerfield); Jasmine Kinnard, pharmacy, Jackson MS (Jim Hill); Kevin Lam, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Haynes); Hoang Michael Nguyen, biology/pre-med, New Orleans LA (Ben Franklin); Janice Nguyen, pharmacy, New Orleans LA (Ben Franklin); Tami Nguyen, biology/pre-med, Marrero LA (John Ehret); and Thao Pham, pharmacy, New Orleans LA (McMain).

Juniors / P1s – Aizaz Ahmad, biology/pre-med, Metairie LA (Grace King); Jacqueline Baidoo, dual degree chemical engineering, Frederick MD (Sigonella); Usman Chaudhry, biology/pre-med, Kenner LA (Grace King); Alaa Elsayed, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes); Erica Greenwood, business-accounting, LaPlace LA (East St. John); Lynn Hoang, pharmacy, New Orleans LA (Ben Franklin); Ajene Johnson, computer science, Corona CA (Centennial); Renee’ Miller, biology/pre-med, Luling LA (Hahnville); Amira Muhsen, dual degree chemical engineering, Gretna LA (Ursuline); Bianca Shrestha, dual degree chemical engineering, Metairie LA Grace King); Janiece Walker, biology, Jacksonville FL (Ramstein); Amanda Ware, business-accounting, Houston TX (Cypress Creek); Ahmed Zaki, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes); and Amir Zaki, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes).

Sophomores – Ezinne Agwaramgbo, chemistry/pre-med, New Orleans LA (Lusher); Lindsie Bilello, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Thibodaux LA (Thibodaux); Marialaina Carter, chemistry/pre-med, LaPlace LA (St. Charles Catholic); Tracy Dinh, chemistry/pre-pharmacy,
Marrero LA (L. W. Higgins); Steven Do, biology/pre-med, Westwego LA (St. Lawrence-Wisc.); Taqiyyah Elliott, political science, Memphis TN (White Station); Noor Fatima, biology/pre-med, biology/pre-med, Metairie LA (Haynes); Eden Keller, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, LaPlace LA (East St. John); Sydney Labat, biology/pre-med, biology/pre-med, Bay St. Louis MS (Pass Christian); Bryan Redmond, psychology/pre-med, Memphis TN (City University); Savannah Samuel, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Zachary LA (Zachary); and Jazmin Stenson, biochemistry, Oakland CA (Castlemont).

The scholarships are named in honor of the Rousseve family, outstanding alumni and supporters of the University.

The Rank and Tenure Committee has approved the promotions of 10 faculty members in seven different disciplines for the 2015-16, while six faculty members have been granted tenure, according to Dr. Deidre Labat, interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Promoted to full professorship were Dr. Nicole Pepinster Greene (English) and Dr. Elizabeth Rousselle (languages). Eight others were promoted to associate professorships: Dr. Sara Al-Dahir ‘06 (pharmacy), Dr. Mehnaaz Ali (chemistry), Dr. Oliver Hennessey (English), Dr. Yevgeniy Kostrov (mathematics), Dr. KiTani Lemieux (pharmacy), Dr. Elizabeth Manley (history), Dr. Harris McFerrin Jr. (biology), and Dr. Christopher Williams (pharmacy).

Ali, Kostrov, and McFerrin were also granted tenure, along with Dr. Rachel Davis-Haley (education), Dr. Dean Richardson (physics), and Dr. R. Patrick Vernon (mathematics).

Greene, who came to XU in 2000, holds a PhD in English Literature from LSU. She teaches courses in composition, world and British literature, and has taught grammar and English education courses and seminars on women and work in the 1890s, and Irish literature and identity. She served as chair of the English department for five years and as editor of the Journal of College Writing, Xavier Review, and she is currently executive editor of Xavier Review Press. Her scholarship in English education, composition studies, and Irish literature has been published in the US and UK and cited internationally. She is presently working on a book project on Irish women writers Somerville and Ross.

Rouselle has been at Xavier for 17 years, teaching regular and online courses in introductory Spanish, conversation and culture, and medieval to contemporary literature. She is the author of Gender and Modernity in Spanish Literature: 1789-1920 and is currently completing a 900-page co-edited anthology of women writers from medieval Spain to the present.  She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Tulane.

Al-Dahir, who teaches applied pharmacokinetics, basic and clinical nutrition, and patient assessment, as well as directs the advance pharmacy practice for P4s, also maintains an internal medicine practice site at the LSU Medical Center of Louisiana University Hospital. A 2006 XU pharmacy graduate, she joined the faculty six years ago. Her areas of research interests are chronic pain management, pharmacokinetics in trauma patients, and the use of hybrid teaching platforms in patient assessment labs.

Ali, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas, has been at Xavier for five years. She teaches general chemistry lecture and lab, as well quantitative analysis. His non-teaching focus is on middle and high school chemistry outreach programs to schools that do not have a laboratory component, as well as his own research aimed at delineating the biomarkers that are critical in disease states such as cancer, stress and mild traumatic brain injury.

Hennessey teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, British literature surveys, World literature, and Introduction to Literature courses. He has published a book, “Yeats, Shakespeare, and Irish Cultural Nationalism (2014) – the culmination of more than ten years' work on the history of Shakespeare in Ireland – and is currently researching the history of Shakespeare performance in New Orleans. At XU since 2008, he holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from the University of Alabama.

Kostrov has been at Xavier for six years, teaching preparation for college math, problem solving, basic statistics, linear algebra, and pre-/introductory/advanced calculus. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Rhode Island.  His research interests currently lies in the theory of nonlinear difference equations.

Lemieux’s research focus is on identifying possible pharmacological interventions for breast cancer, a health disparity particularly acute among African American women. At XU for seven years, she serves as a course coordinator and instructor for P1 students in the areas of biotechnology and pharmacogenomics. She holds a Ph.D. from Clark Atlanta University and had Postdoctoral Fellowship at LSU Health Sciences Center’s Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center.

Manley, beginning her seventh year at XU, teaches courses on Latin America, the Caribbean, and World Civilizations, as well as thematic courses covering areas of interest such as gender, politics and revolution. She is completing a manuscript on the role of gender in the authoritarian politics of twentieth-century Dominican Republic titled The Paradox of Paternalism: Women, Transnational Activism, and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic and is in the final stages of editing a collected volume of primary documents of Dominican feminism to be published by the Dominican National Archive. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Tulane University.

McFerrin, who holds Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University, has been at Xavier since 2009. His teaching focus is biology and scientific literature. His current research interests focus on transcriptional regulation of herpes viruses to treat pathological blood vessel growth in the context of ocular infection and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, my lab is involved with drug discovery and the relationship between adult human stem cells and vascular pathologies.

Williams, whose teaching load includes pharmacology courses and labs, as well as the principles of drug action, is currently conducting research focused on the development of novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of cancer.  At XU for six years, he holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Tulane University.




Nour Abbes, women’s tennis standout and junior biology major from Tunisia, has been named HBCU Female Athlete of the Year. The two-time NAIA All-American was 29-4 in singles and 21-9 in doubles in 2014-15, winning the NAIA singles champion at the ITA Small College Championships and finishing ranked No. 2 in the final ITA/NAIA singles rankings.


Dr. L'Issa L. Gates ‘03, a pediatrician and partner at Westside Clinics, AMC was honored by the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. for exemplary service to the community.

Charmel Gaulden ’02 has joined the health conversion foundation Baptist Communities Ministries (BCM) of New Orleans as Program Director for Public Safety Grants.
Dr. Patrice Jean ’93, Ph.D., J.D., has been named a partner in the international law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where she will focus on intellectual property issues. She was previously a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.

Christy Ross ’00 has joined health conversion foundation Baptist Communities Ministries (BCM) of New Orleans as Program Director for Health Grants.


Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) has authored a textbook chapter on Pediatric Trauma in Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics.

Jarred Honora '10 (Admissions) was named the recipient of the International Education Award at the Phi Beta Sigma 2015 Conclave in Little Rock AR.

Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) led a workshop, "Write Like Issa," at the Haiku Society of America meeting in Santa Rosa CA.

Dr. Shearon Roberts (mass communication) has been awarded a $14,800 Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship grant from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to support her proposal “Making the Haitian Case: The Role of Haiti’s Media in Advocating for Ordinary Haitians in Post-2010 Earthquake Reconstruction”.

Gia Soublet ’91 (Institutional Advancement) has been named Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She has more 20 years of successful development and fundraising experience, including serving at XU as Assistant VP in Institutional Advancement since 2007.
Xavier’s recently announced affiliation with the Red River Athletic Conference for cross country only in 2015 will give the men's and women's cross country teams two shots at taking home another conference team championships this year.

Coach Joseph Moses, beginning his 11th season as head coach, said the Red River champions will qualify automatically for the NAIA National Championships. Xavier's longtime conference home, the Gulf Coast Athletic, still will offer a league meet, even though it is not an NAIA automatic-qualifying conference this season. XU, which returns 2014 All-GCAC runners Christopher August and Brent Kitto from the men's team and Hannah Finnegan and Briana Simms from the women's, is the nine-time defending GCAC men's and women's team champion.

The GCAC meet (which will be scored as part of the Choctaw Open in Clinton MS) is scheduled for Oct. 17. The RRAC meet will be Nov. 6 in San Antonio TX. For the second straight year, Xavier will begin the season at home in its Big Easy Opener Aug. 28 at nearby City Park. The only other New Orleans metro event will be the Louisiana Army National Guard / ROTC Wolf Pack Invitational Sept. 12 in Metairie LA. Charlotte NC, will be the site of this year's NAIA national meet. Visit HERE for the complete schedule.

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