Volume 46 No. 07
July, 2015







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fitness center
To Your Health
bridging the gap
Bridging the Gap
mission accomplished
Mission Accomplished
hall of fame
Hall of Fame
Bridging the Campus

1834 679 Scholars Make Spring Dean's List

A total of 679 student scholars made the Dean's List during the spring 2015 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). Unless otherwise noted, the latter is New Orleans.

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

1834 Upcoming Alumni Chapters Events

The Lake Charles Alumni Chapter will hold its Annual Scholarship Fundraiser July 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This year’s theme is “A Legacy of Service and Leadership” in honor of former XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52. Call 1-337-125-1258 for more info.

The Birmingham Alumni Chapter will hold its Annual Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction Scholarship Fundraiser, “A New Day for Education,” Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Harbert Center. Contact Adrian Mason '73 at adrimas92@aol.com for more info.


fitness center OPEN FOR BUSINESS

XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis and fitness expert/consultant Mackie Shilstone perform the customary ribbon-cutting during the opening ceremony for the University’s new $3.6 million Student Fitness Center. Dignitaries on hand for the event included: (L-R) XU IBCS Director Fr. Maurice Nutt, Woodward Design & Build’s Nick Mills, Athletics Director Jason Horn, Francis, Shilstone, SGA President Treyvon Merritt, VP for Facility Planning/Management Marion Bracy, and Woodward's Design & Build’s Ken Flower.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier’s new Student Fitness Center is officially open for business.

Located on the corner of South Clark Street and Drexel Drive, the two-story, $3.6 million Fitness Center offers a NCAA regulation-sized basketball court, a three-lane walking/running track, free weights and weight machines, a cardio room, spin studio, and other multifunctional studios.

The basketball court, which will be mostly used for intermural related events such as basketball, volleyball, large exercise classes, fitness activities, yoga, dance, and Zumba classes, etc., has a retractable curtain partition that will divide at half court in order to host multiple activities on the same floor, simultaneously.

“The imminent opening of this much-requested new facility on campus has generated a great deal of interest from faculty, staff and especially students,” said XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “It will provide the Xavier community with a safe, convenient, and comfortable state-of-the-art facility in which to pursue their individual health & wellness goals.”


History in the making will be on tap July 01 as newly-elected Dr. C. Reynold Verret officially takes over the role of President of Xavier University of Louisiana.

Verret comes to Xavier from Savannah State University, where had been serving as provost and chief academic officer since 2012. He assumes the presidency following the official retirement of former XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis June 30 after 47 years at the helm.

The new president has had several meetings with key administrators over the past few weeks to help ensure a smooth transition. Sister Monica Loughlin, S.B.S., and Dr. Pamela Franco have been leading the University’transition team.

At the formal announcement of the XU Board of Trustee’s decision in May, Board Chair Michael Rue welcomed the new president into the Xavier family, noting that Verret’s record of achievement, personal history, and values set made him the clear choice to carry on the ideals woven into the fabric of Xavier by XU founder St. Katharine Drexel and Francis.

“I am deeply honored to be elected as the next president of Xavier and am excited to engage the entire Xavier community in envisioning a future that sustains the university’s distinct mission in a changing higher education environment and that responds to societal need,” said Dr. Verret.

For more info on the new president, visit HERE


A record number alumni and friends – 2,711 donors to be exact – outdid themselves by donating a record total $441,891 during the third annual Give. Love. Xavier Day.

This year’s online fundraising event far exceeded last year’s total of $275,000 and 1,157 donors, and even eclipsed this year’s anticipated monetary and participation goals by nearly 10% and 47% respectively.

“The response to this year’s Give. Love. Xavier Day was overwhelming”, said Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Xaverites coming together like this with an outpouring of financial support really showcases the spirit of our University.”
St. Charles said that donations to the one-day event which was held June 02 is the major fundraising event for the University’s Annual Fund campaign and makes a vital difference in the lives of current students. All gifts go directly to the Annual Fund which supports scholarships and other important University programs.

During the 24-hour pledge period alumni and friends were invited to come together for one day to show their support for the University with financial contributions, as well as to use social networks (such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) to spread the excitement and encourage their friends and followers to give as well.

Another key element in the success of Give. Love. Xavier Day was the use of alumni captains to spur interest among fellow alumni, as well as the establishment of key Challenge Grant incentives: dollar for dollar matches that are realized when alumni and friends made their donations that day.

“All of last year’s Challenge Grant initiatives were met,” said Kimberly Reese, XU Director of Alumni Relations. “Those matches brought in an extra $152,536 in pledges, making many of our donor dollars twice as impactful!”

This year’s theme was “Thank You, Dr. Francis” in honor of retiring XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis. That sparked two other new twists to this year’s event: a XU National Alumni Association initiative designed to raise Xavier’s alumni giving percentage to 47 percent in honor of Dr. Francis’ 47 years of service, and the support of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which encouraged listeners throughout the country to support the University.


The 2016 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has selected Xavier among its “Best Buy Schools” for academics and affordability.

The publication has designated 44 such institutions – 20 public and 24 private – as “Best Buys.” To qualify for the distinction, the colleges and universities must have a four- or five-star academic rating, be in the inexpensive or moderate price category, and have a good quality of student campus life.

Xavier is the only university in Louisiana and one of only three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to make the list.

In its 27th year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has provided millions of parents, counselors, and college-bound students with an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The author, Edward B. Fiske, served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times.

Other schools selected include: (private) Adelphi University, Alfred University, Austin College, Baylor University, Brigham Young University, Centre College, Cornell College, Deep Springs College, the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Guilford College, Millsaps College, Morehouse College, Olin College of Engineering, University of St. Andrew (UK), University of the South, Southwestern University, Spelman College, University of Toronto (Canada), Trinity College Dublin, Trinity University, Wabash College, Warren Wilson College, and Wheaton College.; (public) The Evergreen State College, the University of Florida, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Maryland-Washington, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, New College of Florida, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Purdue University, SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY-Geneseo, SUNY-Stony Brook University, the University of Texas, Truman State University, and the University of Utah.

all americans
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS: XU’s Catherine Fakler and Devinn Rolland added to their legacies when they were named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. They are the University’s first-ever first-team selections. Read more HERE.


Three student scholars – Eric Craig, a senior political science major from Los Angeles CA (Downtown Business Magnet), Chandler Schexnayder, a P3 pharmacy student from Patterson LA (Patterson High), and Jeremey Shropshire, a junior chemistry/premed major from Hammond LA (Hammond High) – have all been awarded $1,500 Hercules Scholarships from the Tom Joyner Foundation.


Dr. Rondall Allen ‘93 has been appointed dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He has been serving as an associate professor and associate dean for academic quality in the School of Pharmacy at South University in Savannah GA.

Joseph Antee ’81, an associate professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of New York) in NYC, was awarded the 2015 State Chancellor’s Award for excellence in teaching. Prior to joining the faculty at FIT, he worked in fashion retail as a merchandising executive and a buyer.

Dr. Christian O. Davillier ’09 has earned a D.D.S. degree in dental surgery from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. He also received a certificate in health policy after completing requirements to become a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar.

The XU Board of Trustees has named Dr. Norman C. Francis '52 President Emeritus in recognition of his more than half century of outstanding and faithful service to the university.

Dr. Karenna Senors ’96 has been promoted to Chief Medical Officer of True Health, a federally-qualified community health center in Orlando FL, where she will be the supervisor of the physicians at seven clinics.

Ben Ploeger MAT ’09 has earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Columbia University Teachers College with a focus in Urban Education Leadership.

The Rev. Jonathan Tennial '10 has been called as Pastor in Residence to the historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn NY through the Lilly Foundation's Transition into Ministry (TiM) program. His appointment begins July 01.


Dr. Regina Benjamin ’79 (NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences) has been named to the Boards of Directors of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, one of America's leading integrated care-delivery systems.

Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) had an article "Edna, Cyrille Arnavon's Translation of Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Publication Dates and History" published in ANQ (edited in Belgium). He also has reviews of Southern literary and historical studies in Choice.

Ed Cassiere (athletics) received three sports writing awards – including a first place award for his men’s cross country season preview – in the NAIA's 2014-15 Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest. His previews for women’s volleyball (4th) and women’s cross country (9th) also received recognition. He has received 22 NAIA writing awards during his 10 years as Sports Information Director (SID) at Xavier, including five firsts.

Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) had an article, “Critical care pharmacotherapy: description of an innovative pediatric residency elective experience utilizing Clinical Pharmacy Faculty as preceptor,” published in the medical journal Critical Care and Shock.

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