Volume 47 No. 02
February 2016

 
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PHARMACY STUDENT RECEIVES SERVICE AWARD

INAUGURATION EVENTS
SET FOR FEB. 22-26


COP HOSTS HEALTH DISPARITIES CONFERENCE

EXPLORE XAVIER
AT OPEN HOUSE


YMTF WELCOMES AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS

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1834 XULA Schedules Open House Feb. 18

Xavier will host its annual Open House for prospective students, parents, and counselors Feb. 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The Open House gives students and their parents the opportunity to learn about admissions, majors and fields of study, financial aid, scholarships, and student life.

For more info call (504)
520-7388 or email apply@xula.edu.

1834 YMTF Welcomes
Task Force

The Office of Career Services will sponsor its annual Youth Motivation Task Force Program (YMTF) February 21-23.

This program will bring to campus a team of 55 African American professionals from a variety of career fields including business, government, pharmacy, medicine, public relations, law, math, sports, military, non-profit, education, and health sciences. 

In addition to the classroom sessions, students can attend sessions on Careers in the Sciences and a Speed Networking. Visit HERE for more details. Both are open to all students.

Among the 55 consultants scheduled to participate, 31 are alumni. Visit HERE for a list of consultants. Sponsors of the program include the United States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, Enterprise Holdings and the Southern University Law Center.

1834 Division of Education Open House Feb. 17

The Division of Education and Counseling invites all prospective candidates for any its graduate programs to an Open House Feb. 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Library Resource Center 5th Floor.

For more info contact Dr. Renee Akbar at rvakbar@xula.edu or 520-7536.
ANNUAL WEEK FOR PEACE CELEBRATION
spirit of mlk SPIRIT OF MLK

Chandler Schexnayder, a P3 pharmacy student from Patterson LA (Patterson High), is congratulated by XU Senior Vice President for Administration Ralph Johnson after receiving a student community service award during the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Convocation for his leadership role on campus and within New Orleans community.


photo by Irving Johnson III


PHARMACY STUDENT RECEIVES MLK SERVICE AWARD

Chandler Schexnayder, a P3 pharmacy student from Patterson LA (Patterson High), was honored for his community service during the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration Convocation.

Schexnayder, a regular volunteer for the Men on the Move (a male mentor program for high school students), has also coordinated several community-wide health fairs and outreach programs addressing the health needs within the African American community.

As an officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Collegiate 100 Black Men, and Student Government Association, he has planned and participated in numerous academic and social events. He also created the XULA Male Guide (guide focused on retention rates of African Americans males), which evolved into the University-recognized student organization Project E.A.T. (Evaluate Attack Triumph). He has also served as president of St. Michael’s Residence Hall.

Schexnayder 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.

INAUGURATION EVENTS SET FOR FEB. 22-26

Inauguration events leading to and including the investiture of President Dr. C. Reynold Verret will be held later this month, Feb. 22-26.

Inauguration week will include six events, including a student celebration, Black History Month convocation, a Mass and reception, a student performance, the investiture, and a following luncheon. 

The investiture of Xavier’s the sixth (and second lay) president will take place Feb. 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center. Verret officially took office July 01, 2015.

All events are open to the public, although seating may be limited. Visit HEREfor more details.

PHARMACY HOSTS HEALTH DISPARITIES CONFERENCE

The College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Research and Education will host its ninth Health Disparities Conference Feb. 29 – March 02 at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

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.

Headlining the conference agenda will the John Ruffin Lecture Series Tuesday (March) 1 at 11:45 a.m. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. David Satcher, the founding Director and Senior Advisor for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

The objectives for the conference, "From Disparity to Equity: Building Healthier Communities", are to:

  • Identify resources to build on community resiliency and partnerships by capitalizing on the community's strength and resources to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity;
  • Develop and evaluate evidence-based solutions that are driven by social, economic, policy, scientific, clinical and environmental factors;
  • Assess the needs of a diverse workforce in building healthier communities; and
  • Discuss the role of population health in research and interventions.
Visit HERE for more info, including the complete schedule of events.

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Students


Nia Beasley, a December 2015 graduate in biology from Oakland CA (Berkeley High/Ursuline-N.O.), has been accepted into the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry.

Kandis Carter, a senior chemistry/premed major from Gonzales LA (East Ascension High), has been accepted into dental school at Texas A&M, Baylor University, Columbia University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Texas-Houston, and LSU.

Halima Dargan
, a graduate counseling student from New Orleans, was awarded first-place in the 2015-16 Leadership Essay Contest sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International and the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Her topic was "Transformational Excellence”. Halima will receive a $500 award, have her essay published in the CACREP newsletter, and be recognized at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference & Expo in Montréal later this spring.

Storm Kimbrow, a senior biology/premed major from Collierville TN (Houston High), has been accepted into the Howard University College of Dentistry.

Britanny Landry, a senior biology/premed major from Plattenville LA (Assumption High), has been accepted into Meharry Medical College School of Medicine.

Treyvon Merritt, a senior biology/premed major from Conley GA (Cedar Gove High), has been accepted into the Howard University College of Dentistry.

Malcolm Mezue, a senior biology/premed major from Baldwin NY (Long Island Lutheran High), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Seaira-Myangel Miles, a senior biology major from Kenner LA (Chapelle High), has been accepted into dental school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Meharry Medical College, and LSU.

Pauline Pham, a senior biology/premed major from New Orleans (McMain High), has been accepted into the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.

David Powell, Jr., a senior chemistry/premed major from Bakersfield CA (Stockdale High), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
RIGHT FROM THE SOURCE
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HIS MASTER'S VOICE: Multi-talented New Orleanian Phillip Manuel, a popular vocalist, accomplished actor and writer, and much sought-after voice-over talent, is flanked by (L-R) Christopher Dylan Brown of New Orleans and Allana Barefield of Lynn MA of New Orleans, during his presentation featuring the latter skill in Monica’s Pierre’s Mass Communication class. photo by Irving Johnson III

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
small world
SMALL WORLD: A delegation of Pakistani broadcast journalists shared information on media in their country with Mass Communication students at Dr. Shearon Roberts and Dr. Tia Smith's class as part of the U.S. State Department's International Leadership Program. XU was the only university the journalists visited during their stay in New Orleans and the only HBCU they visited in the U.S. Photo courtesy Mass Communications.

STRAIGHT TALK
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COLLEGE TOUR: U.S. News & World Report reporter Briana Boyington (center), on campus as part of the media giant’s annual “College Tour”, is flanked by some of the students who shared their personal experiences and thoughts on what makes “XU” such a great college choice: (L-R) Nkemdi Agwaramgbo, Sierra Blanchard-Hodge, Kandis Carter, and David Powell. Chandler Schexnayder  was  also in the group.
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Sherry Reddix, a senior biology/premed major from Madison MS (Mississippi School for Math & Science), has been accepted into medical school at Tulane University and the University of Mississippi.

Sydnie Turner, a senior biology/premed major from Milpitas CA (Milpitas High), has been accepted into the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Lance Walker, a senior biology/premed major from Antioch TN (Middle College High), has been accepted into the Tulane University School of Medicine.


Alumni

LaToya Cantrell ’96, a New Orleans City Councilwoman, was presented the Norman C. Francis-Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the 30th Annual MLK Week for Peace in recognition of her commitment to public service.

Celeste Edwards ’14 has been accepted into dental school at the University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Kentucky, and LSU.

Tyrica Foster ’10 has been accepted into the American University of Antigua Medical School.

Brianna Miles ’14 has been accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Justin Poplar ’15 has been accepted into the master’s degree graduate programs at Mississippi College (medical sciences) and LSU-Shreveport (biological sciences).

Branford Smith ’13 has been accepted into dental school at Howard University, Lake Erie COM, Meharry Medical College, and LSU.

Khandase Tate ’14 has been accepted into the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Julie Vo ’14 has been accepted into the LSU School of Dentistry.

Rev. Starsky Wilson ‘99
has been named to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s first-ever 40 Under 40, a list of extraordinary young nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, foundation officials, donors, and social entrepreneurs from across the country.


Alumni

Joseph Byrd (VP for Student Services) gave the keynote address during Founder's Day for AREA One of the Texas Council of Alpha Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Dallas TX. He was also the keynote speaker for the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. in Jackson MS.

Dr. Wilfred Delphin ’71 (Music Artist in Residence) was recipient of The Gambit Weekly’s lifetime achievement award in classical music.

Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) had a book review on Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

Janella Newsome (Inst. Adv.) has joined the University and Media Relations Office as news manager. She comes to XU from Dillard, where she taught in the mass comm department. She has also worked part-time as a general assignment reporter at WWL-TV (a position she continues to hold).

Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) and Ralph Adamo (English) presented their respective poetry at the Hands on Literary Festival held in New Orleans.

Special

The Xavier community is saddened to learn of the death of Leo Sam, Jr. '52, a former member of the XU Board of Trustees and a life-long supporter of his alma mater in both words and deeds, as well as the  passing of Lorraine Vaval Verret, beloved mother of our President, Dr. Reynold Verret. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers.

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