Volume 46 No. 02
February 2015









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Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 20 in the most recent NAIA national poll, sported a 16-6 overall record (5-1 in conference play) going into this Saturday’s (Jan. 31) game at archrival Dillard.

Visit HERE for updates.

WOMEN: The Nuggets, unranked in the current NAIA national poll, are 12-10 overall and 5-1 in conference.

Check HERE for updates.

The men/women begin a three-game home stand Feb. 02 hosting Edward Waters at 5:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center.


677 Scholars Make Fall Dean's List

A total of 677 student scholars made the Dean's List during the 2014 fall semester, according to XU Registrar Avis Stuard.

Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours. The honor students listed below are grouped by major and include their classifications, high schools and/or (hometowns).

The complete lists are available HERE (College of Arts & Sciences) and HERE (College of Pharmacy).


Blanchard Accepts CSU Leadership Post

XU Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Loren J. Blanchard ’84 been named Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the California State  University (CSU) sytem.

He will resign his position at Xavier and join the CSU in July. Visit HERE for the complete story.


Cheri Named N.O. Auxiliary Bishop

Franciscan Father Fernand "Ferd" Cheri ’87, former director of Campus Ministry at Xavier University of Louisiana and a graduate of the college’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS), has been appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans by Pope Francis.

Visit HERE for the complete story.


Black History
Month Convocation

Dr. John Jackson IV '94, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education, will be the keynote speaker at XU's 2015 Black History Month Convocation Feb. 24 at 12:15 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

mlk award SPIRIT OF MLK

Taylor Thibeaux, a senior chemistry/premed major from Shreveport LA (Caddo High), is congratulated by XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis after receiving a student community service award during the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Convocation for her leadership role in the University’s MAX service program and numerous other activities.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Taylor Thibeaux, a senior chemistry/premed major from Shreveport LA (Caddo High), was honored for her community service during the 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration Convocation.

Thibeaux, who combines her activism for social justice with her passion for mentoring youth and young adults, was recognized for emulating the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and for embracing the Xavier’s mission of leadership and community service. 

At Xavier Thibeaux has exemplified her own personal life philosophy of “You are what Exhibit”, holding several leadership roles on campus with the Resident Assistants program, the Peer Deans program, and with the University’s Summer Science Academy group leader.

She currently serves as co-chair for MAX (Mobilization At Xavier), the umbrella community service organization on campus. Through MAX, Taylor has served as American Red Cross Project Coordinator, where she organized a group of volunteers to travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to clean up debris and rubble after the 2013 tornado hit the area, and provided first aid training to all program volunteers to aid the New Orleans community during Mardi Gras.

In her most recent role as 2014 coordinator for the Orientation Community Plunge, she managed over 500 new students, 100 peer deans and 30 community partners in a Day of Service that engaged new students in New Orleans culture and its needs and resources.

Thibeaux was one of four students (one from each of the MLK Week-sponsoring local institutions: XU, Tulane, Dillard and Loyola) to receive a community service award during MLK Week’s signature event.


The College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education will host its Eighth Health Disparities Conference March 12–14, 2015 in New Orleans.
Conference participants will include clinicians (pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, and allied health professionals), health policy makers, researchers, health educators, public and community health leaders, and students whose work incorporates the use of multidisciplinary partnerships to build collaborations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.

The objectives for the conference, titled “From Cataloging Health Disparities to Creating Health Equity: Effective Models to Equalize Outcomes,” are:
  • Examine interprofessional and interdisciplinary co-partnerships between patients and communities to eliminate health disparities and create health equity;
  • Discuss interprofessional models that improve health equity and eliminate health disparities;
  • Examine interprofessional partnerships that result from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other policy implications; and
  • Review the impact of patient and community partnerships designed to reduce racial and ethnic health and health care disparities.

Health Disparities Lecture Series

he (CMHDRE) has announced it's new Lecture Series at the annual Health Disparities Conference has been named in honor of John Ruffin, founding director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health and a champion of rebalancing the unequal burden of illness.

Visit HERE for the complete story.

The inaugural speaker for the 2015 event will be announced at a later date.
For more info and to registrar, visit HERE.


Xavier has received a grant of $80,000 from the Black and Indian Mission Board in support of its educational ministries.

The Xavier grant was among those approved this year by a commission of three bishops which administers funds derived from the Catholic Church’s annual National Black and Indian Mission Collection.   

“We are extremely grateful to the Black and Indian Mission Board of Directors for their very generous and timely support of our Catholic mission,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, “as well as to all of the people who contributed to the annual Black and Indian Mission Collection in their respective parishes across the nation and who ultimately make such funding possible.”

He said Xavier, the only Catholic and historically Black University in the United States, will use the monies to sponsor culturally appropriate events and formation activities which encourage Christian values through its robust Campus Ministry program.

The Reverend W. Carroll Paysse, executive director of the Black and Indian Mission Office, said that the Black and Indian Mission Collection, which was first mandated by U.S. Bishops in 1884, exists today “to help communities build the Church and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the African American, Native American, and Alaska Native people of God”.  

He said that every year it is the amazing generosity of Catholic faithful which enables the Black and Indian Mission Office to support critical priorities for the Catholic Church to include enlivening parish life & Catechesis, helping educators to reach the young, encouraging vocations, and empowering evangelizers.

"The Black and Indian Mission Office continues to support evangelization at Xavier through education and religious formation because we believe in the extraordinary Catholic education offered to all who attend the University”, said Paysse. “Also, we are committed to the mission and vision of St. Katharine Drexel in raising up well-educated, informative, and holy individuals among our Black sisters and brothers for the Church and society.

The official date for the next Black and Indian Mission Collection for Catholic parishes across the United States is February 22, 2015 (the first Sunday of the Lenten season), however Bishops are allowed to take the collection at their discretion in their particular diocese.


High School students who attend Xavier’s diverse array of pre-college summer programs can count on participating in an engaging program that will enhance their high school studies, strengthen their interpersonal and social skills and boost their cultural awareness.

Applying is easy and convenient HERE online. The University is encouraging all parents/students to enroll early as these popular programs tend to fill up quickly. Space is limited. Limited financial and merit scholarships are available.

Students participating in the various programs will experience their chosen areas of interest on a deeper level through in-class discussions and activities, laboratory experiences, and cultural explorations, all in a rigorous academic environment that will enhance their future high school performance and give them a jump start into college life.

This summer’s offerings include:

  • Summer Science Academy STAR Programs
    - MATHStar June 08-26, BIOStar June 09-30, and CHEMStar July 06-24
  • SOAR (Stress On Analytical Reasoning) July 06-24
  • LEAP (Louisiana Engineering Advancement Scholars Program) May 30-June 26
  • FMSTA (Future Math and Science Teacher Academy) July 13-24
  • SuperScholar EXCEL June 21-July 10
  • COE ( Center of Excellence/Pharmacy) June 1-25.

Visit HERE for more details on the programs being offered.


The Office of Career Services will sponsor its annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF) February 22-24.

This program will bring to campus a team of 50 African American professionals from a variety of career fields including education, the military, business, government, and the private and non-profit sectors.

Team members will go into classrooms to share their experiences in the world of work, and provide advice to students about what it takes to be successful in one’s career.  The program will also include panels on science careers as well as time for students to converse on an informal basis with participants about any topic of their choice.

This year more than half the team members are Xavier alumni, including: Eugenia Foster Adams ’73, Giselle Rouson Battley ’08, Jhan Doughty Berry ’93,; Youshea Berry ’98, Kenneth Boutte ’76, Whitney Brown ’08, Charlese Brown ’81, Lynette Smith Causey ’72, Jewel Constance ’08, Chianta Dorsey’09, Tina Dube ’91, Houston Gilliand ’89, Nicole Marchand Golden ’00, Torrie Harris ’98, Keith Hill ’75, Kristi Hubbard ’78, Adrienne Johnson ’95, Frank Joshua ’84, Algernon Kelley ’04, Amanda Kelley’04, Vernon Martin ’73, Ambrose Martin ’76, Hyacinth McKee ’96, Willie McKinney ’90, Pamela Payne Foster ’81, Thelma Piper ’02, Andrea Rance ’09, Randall Schexnayder ’80, and Elijah Williams ’05.



Aubrey Kelly, a junior biology/premed major from Bowie MD (Sidwell Friends High), has been accepted into the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University.


William Allen ’72 has been appointed to the board for Virginia Association of Insurance Agents.

David Johnson ’92 MA ’00 has authored a book, Forgiveness & Avoiding the Negativity Trap, a guide to overcoming common negatives which can lead to depression. It’s available on Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace.

Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry ’94, Chief Toxicologist of NKM Environmental Health Sciences (aka "The Tox Doc"), has been named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2014” by Houston Woman Magazine.

Greg Lee Jr. ‘96 has been named Editorial Director for NBA.com, where he assumes responsibility for supervising nightly game coverage and overseeing newsgathering and partnership development. He had been serving as executive sports editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Gerald Smith ’09, a junior high science teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy in Washington DC, plans to take 12 of his students on an epic science investigation throughout the rainforest in Costa Rica this June.

Cynthia Hardy Young ’87, CEO and founder of Pivot Global Partners, has been named to the Board of Directors for The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Founded in 1996, the NWHM is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, empowering, and shaping the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the national narrative. Future plans include creation of a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington DC.


Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (African American & Diaspora Studies and English) served as a judge for the 2014 Push Excel Inspirational Speech Awards at the Louisiana Leadership Institute in Baton Rouge. He also had an article "Alvin Aubert:  Framing South Louisiana" published in La Creole:  A Journal of Creole History & Genealogy 7.1.

Dr. Norman Francis (President) ‘52 has been named recipient of the 2015 St. Ives Award by the Loyola University-New Orleans College of Law. He received his law degree from Loyola in 1955, and was awarded an honorary degree in 1982.

Dr. Kathleen Kennedy (Dean, COP) has been named a recipient of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award, which will be presented during the university’s Alumni Weekend, May 29-30.

The Rev. Maurice Nutt (Director, IBCS) will serve on a panel,  “Friends of Thea: Sharing the Joy,” March 29 at the Franciscan Spiritualty Center in LaCrosse WS as part of a series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA (1937-1990), revered as one of the most significant figures in modern Catholicism for having dedicated her life working for the black community.

Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) gave a poetry reading at the Hands On Literary Festival in New Orleans. She also had three poems published in the fall 2014 issue of Red Rock Review, translated into Serbian a Dylan Thomas' poem for book The Colour of Saying: A Creative Writing Competition in Celebration of Dylan, and placed a poetry book review in the Jan. 2015 issue of  World Literature Today.

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