Volume 42 No. 11
November 2011

 
THIS MONTH AT XAVIER

ARCHIVES / IN THIS ISSUE:

EDUCATION RECEIVES
NCATE ACCREDITATION

PARTNERSHIP TO DELIVER QUALITY ASTHMA CARE

RUNNERS WIN SIXTH
STRAIGHT GCAC TITLES

CO-VALEDICTORIANS HAVE CAMPUS SEEING DOUBLE

UNIVERSITY HONORS 55 LONG-TIME EMPLOYEES

CITY GIRL ALUMNA
TRAVELS THE WORLD


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DID YOU KNOW?...

XU IN THE NEWS

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5k run
Run for Funds

cancer
XU Goes Pink

arena
High Rise
employees
Years of Service
prescription
The Right Prescription

fresh air
HEAL II

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Haiti Visit

1834 Volleyball Update

Going into this weekend's action the Nuggets are 15-6 overall and 8-0 in conference play. The final game of the regular season is in the Barn Nov. 5 vs. Dillard at 1:00 p.m. Then it's the GCAC tournament Nov. 9-12 in Nashville TN.

For the latest updates visit HERE.

1834 Men's Basketball

The Gold Rush will open the 2011-12 season Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in The Barn against Carver College of Atlanta. PSB Live will broadcast the game live on the internet.

Visit HERE for the season preview and schedule.

1834 Women's BB

The Gold Nuggets play LSU in an exhibition Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Baton Rouge and then open the regular season Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn against Florida Memorial. PSB Live will broadcast the latter game live on the internet.

Visit HERE for the season preview and schedule.

1834 PSB to Stream
XU Basketball

Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB) will provide live internet broadcasts of 12 XU men's and 12 XU women's basketball games during the 2011-12 regular season.

All broadcasts will be XU home games at The Barn, beginning with the Gold Rush opener Nov. 2 against Carver and the Gold Nuggets' opener Nov. 4 against Florida Memorial.

PSB will broadcast 10 XU doubleheaders, including seven Gulf Coast Athletic Conference matchups. Fans can access the live broadcasts HERE or HERE.

There will be no charge to watch the games live. PSB will archive XU broadcasts at its website.

Businesses and individuals interested in advertising on the broadcasts should call (504) 520-7575.

Visit HERE for the full schedule.

1834 Renovated Art Village Dedicated

The University's newly renovated Xavier Art Village was officially dedicated last month.

The Village, located on Pine Street in the Gert Town neighborhood, is a complex of three buildings that houses the Art department and includes classrooms, graphic design, painting, ceramics and sculpture studios. The upgrades include both interior and exterior improvements, improved lighting, and technological classrooms as well as an art gallery and outreach center.

It encompasses more than 26,000 square feet of space for the Art Department's current needs and future growth.

1834 Homecoming 2011

Alumni will return to campus Nov. 16-20 to celebrate Homecoming 2011.

Activities scheduled for the Reunion Weekend include the student/alumni Celebration on the Yard, an Alumni Art Exhibit, Alumni Music Recital, receptions for the College of Pharmacy, Division of Education and Legal professionals, the Gold Rush/Gold Nuggets basketball games and tailgate brunch, the Alumni Mass and more.

In addition the fourth annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship BENEFIT CONCERT is set for Nov. 18 and features Grammy award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau and New Orleans’ own John Boutte, a 1980 graduate.

The Classes ending in 1 and 6 and will be honored during the Homecoming Gala banquet.

For more info call 520-6782 or 1-877-WE-LUV-XU, or see the schedule HERE.

1834 Concert Choir

Mark your calendars now for two upcoming concerts by the XU Concert Choir:
Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the XU Administration Auditorium and Nov. 13 at 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson  Ave.

Both concerts are free. For more info visit HERE or call 520-7597.

1834 CUR Awards Research Grants

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) has awarded nearly $133,000 in support of faculty-student research this fall, according to Dr. Gary Donaldson, CUR director.

Receiving grants supported by Title III Part B were: Dr. Lisa Schulte (psychology), Dr. Dean Richardson (physics); Dr. Hua Mei and Dr. Kelly Johanson (chemistry); Dr. Jessica Graber and  Dr. Frank Wesselmann (physics); Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee, Dr. Qian-Jin Zhang and  Dr. Thomas Huckaba (biology); Dr. Christopher Chrishon (pharmacy); and Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore (political science).

Grants supported by the Mellon Foundation went to: Dr. Robert Conner (English/Writing Center); Dr. Lisa Flanagan, Dr. Dominique Gendrin, Dr. Kimberly Chandler and Dr. Joe Melcher (communications); and Dr. Nicole Greene (English). Individual grants ranged from $3,000 and $15,000.

1834 XU in the News

2Clarion Herald
XU Dedicates Art Village

1Times-Picayune
Most Area Colleges Welcome More Students
2Black Voices
Taking a Close Look at the
U.S. News HBCU Rankings
1NPR Radio
A 'Symbol of Integration'
- A.P. Tureaud, Jr. '57
2Washington Post
Cars Have Long Been
Synonymous with Freedom
1Times-Picayune
Costco Offers Residents a
Sneak Peek at their Plans

2ABC7-Chicago
Health Expert HPV Shots-
Dr. Zahrain St. Jean ‘93

XAVIER ART VILLAGE
scott SHINING LIGHT

“Women’s House”, one of the final outdoor sculptures created by the late John Scott ’62, artist and faculty member, was unveiled at the official Ribbon Cutting and Dedication ceremony for XU’s newly renovated Art Village. Located in the Gert Town neighborhood, the Village houses the XU Art Department and includes classrooms, studios, an art gallery and a community outreach center. Visit HERE for more info.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

DIVISION OF EDUCATION RECEIVES NCATE ACCREDITATION

It’s official! The Division of Education has received national accreditation of its Educator Preparation Program by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation was also approved by the State of Louisiana.

“This re-accreditation is really meaningful because we had to rebuild our education program after Hurricane Katrina,” said Dr. Rosalind Hale, chair of the Division of Education. “So many of our students relocated and the school system here had lost a lot of its enrollment.”

NCATE currently accredits 623 institutions which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year.
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PARTNERSHIP TO DELIVER QUALITY ASTHMA CARE

The disappearance of reliable healthcare services in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina left many children with asthma no choice but to seek treatment in emergency rooms across town – if they sought care at all.

Xavier’s Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE), Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) and the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) have teamed up to reverse that trend by bringing reliable healthcare directly to these children.

The organizations are partnering on the second phase of Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), a program that has been helping New Orleans families manage their children's asthma since Katrina struck. The program is funded by non-profit Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) and the Merck Company Foundation.
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RUNNERS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT CONFERENCE TITLES

Freshman siblings Kwame and Zahri Jackson won individual championships to lead the XU men’s and women’s teams to their respective sixth consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference cross country titles at the conference meet held in Clinton MS.

In winning the team titles – the women by 34 points, the men by 41 – both earned automatic bids to the NAIA National Championships for the third time in four years. The national meet will be Nov. 19 in Vancouver WA.
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Kaitlyn Gaddis, a senior speech pathology major from Snellville GA (Gwinnett High), has been elected president of the Student Government Association for 2011-2012.

Mia Holmes, a senior biology/pre-med major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High), has been elected Miss Xavier 2011-2012. She will be officially crowned at the Annual University Ball and Coronation Nov. 12.

Kelsey Riley, a senior sociology major from Chicago IL (Kenwood Academy), has been selected to receive a Spring 2012 Semester at Sea Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship, a study abroad program which uses a ship as a traveling campus. The scholarship, awarded on the basis of scholastic achievements and interest in and commitment to the foundation’s global education missionincludes full tuition and the room and board.

 

PREP CO-VALS HAVE CAMPUS SEEING DOUBLE

When Megan Riley decided to attend Xavier, her sister Melissa was quick to follow. Or was that Melissa who decided and Megan who followed? Actually, there’s no telling, because unless you know them real well, you can’t tell them apart either looking at them or talking to them.

Megan and Melissa are, of course, twins; but they are very special ones. The new freshmen are graduates of Xavier Prep (New Orleans), where they were co-valedictorians. That little feat earned them both full St. Katharine Drexel tuition scholarships. more
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Megan and Melissa Riley

UNIVERSITY HONORS 55 LONG-TIME EMPLOYEES

Fifty-five long-time faculty and staff members were honored as part of the University’s annual Founder’s Day celebration.

Topping the list of honorees celebrating anniversaries of their employment at XU were Sister Maureen Hurley S.B.S. (biology) with 45 years of service, and Dr. Ann Barbre (pharmacy), Sherida Montague (chemistry) and Dr. Warren Ray (chemistry), all with 35 years of service.

Other employees honored for long-term service included: more

Where Are They Now?

CITY GIRL TRAVELS THE WORLD
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Just ask Markita Harris ’08, the self—proclaimed city girl from Buffalo NY whose has seen her life take some rather unexpected turns.

Harris entered Xavier in 2004, just one year before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. She was undeterred by the six-month setback and returned to campus to help with the recovery of both the city and the University.

After earning her political science degree, Harris’ first stop was Baton Rouge LA, where she taught for three years at Brookstone Elementary and the Inspire Charter School under the Teach for America program. While there she simultaneously completed her master’s degree program in public administration at LSU.

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Markita Harris with her Qatar Class

But Harris, who describes herself as “a bit daring, nomadic and curious”, was looking for much more. She hitched herself to star that would take her to faraway India, where she planned to teach at an International Charter school and explore “every inch of Asia from Thailand to Tokyo”, not to mention getting herself a taste of Europe and Africa as well.

But after months of trying to make the dream happen – which saw her filling out mounds of paper work, coughing up a goodly sum of cash, and spending countless hours trying to make sense of Indian bureaucracy – the wheels abruptly came off of her carefully laid plans when the company arranging the teaching assignments pulled the plug on the whole venture. That left Harris jobless, homeless, and clueless.

But just as quickly as the clouds of despair began to close in, another opportunity fell into her lap. Doha came calling. That’s the city of Doha, as in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, where she is currently working as a Kindergarten teacher. Miraculously her resume had gotten passed on to the principal of an international school there, and the rest is history.

“Let’s just say the person with the plan finally went with the flow,” she said, explaining the sudden turn of events to fans of her internet blog. “My plan for India didn’t work out and that’s when I realized life isn’t my plan to make. It’s beyond me.”
“Everything happens for a reason,” said Harris. “I am in Doha for a reason. It may be 30 years later when I figure it out, but I know there is one.”

In the meantime, things are going swimmingly. Despite some language and cultural differences, Harris has settled into her new surroundings. “The kids love me and I love them,” she said. “They are so well-behaved, interested and eager to learn.”

Harris also has nothing but good things to say about Qatar, which she has just begun to explore.

“To my surprise, everything is written in both Arabic and English,” said Harris, who has also  observed that almost no one who lives there is from the Middle East, but rather lots of foreigners (like herself) from all over the world. “Even though things are written in English, not everyone here is fluent in English. I secretly plan to learn some Arabic while I’m here.”

There she goes planning again.
OPERATION DIABETES
diabetes COMMUNITY OUTREACH

(L-R) P2 Ibraheem Pedro of Sugarland TX (Hightower High), P2 Magali Roskam of Kansas City MO (Lincoln Academy), P3 Courtney Jason of Opelousas LA (Opelousas High) and P3 Ryan Myers of Opelousas LA (Northwest High) were just a few of the College of Pharmacy students and faculty who provided shoppers at the Lakeside Shopping Mall free health screenings and diabetes information during the annual "Operation Diabetes" community outreach event.

Photo by Irving Johnson III

education cont

NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey it so that students learn. The college or university must carefully assess this knowledge and skill to determine that candidates may graduate.

The institution must have partnerships with P-12 schools that enable candidates to develop the skills necessary to help students learn. Candidates must be prepared to understand and work with diverse student populations. College and university faculty must model effective teaching practices. And the school, college, or department of education must have the resources, including information technology resources, necessary to prepare candidates to meet new standards.

“The accreditation process for education is probably more complex than for any other area,” said Hale. “It is primarily because we have to document not only how well our students are doing, but how well we collaborate within the university and the community.”
NCATE revises its standards every five years to incorporate best practice and research in order to ensure that the standards reflect a consensus about what is important in teacher preparation today. Meeting NCATE accreditation standards helps institutions prepare new teachers for new, more rigorous licensing standards in many state.                                                             

XU’s Division of Education offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees leading to teacher certification in elementary, middle and secondary education; master of arts in counseling, educational leadership and curriculum and instruction, and master of arts in teaching.  In addition the Division supports programs such as the Exxon/Mobile Math Science Teacher Institute, a professional development program for 4th to 8th grade math teachers.

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HEAL, Phase II, a four-year project aimed at improving childhood asthma management in New Orleans, will use a unique, well-documented approach to deliver care through community health centers and mobile clinics placed in neighborhoods that lack a central source of healthcare. This approach is especially important given the burden of asthma on New Orleans’ children. Asthma prevalence rates in New Orleans are three times higher than the national rate – among the highest in the nation – and death rates from childhood asthma are the highest in Louisiana.

“We are doing something that’s never been done in New Orleans because waiting for things to ‘return to normal’ just wasn’t an option for kids with asthma,” said Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr.,  Director of Xavier’s CMHDRE and principal investigator for HEAL Phase II. “Innovation and science-based approaches are crucial in post-Katrina New Orleans, where thousands now have the daunting task of managing health conditions like asthma in the absence of consistent healthcare and in the face of new environmental challenges.”

HEAL, Phase II will extend and build upon the lessons learned from the first phase, the most significant of which was that successful childhood asthma management requires access to continuous, evidence-based care that incorporates the home, healthcare setting and school.

The program will enroll children (ages 2 – 18) who receive care at any of the DCSNO clinic locations and the Children’s Health Fund-Tulane University Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics mobile clinic that currently serves Fredrick Douglas High School and A.D. Crossman Esperanza Charter School. HEAL, Phase II will use the following elements to provide coordinated care for children with asthma and their families, including Provider Training, Asthma Educators, Electronic Medical Records: and Community Outreach and Asthma Awareness: The program will use community health workers to engage schools, churches, social services and community-based organizations located near the care sites to enhance the child’s network of support outside of the clinical setting.

In 2007, the unique conditions in New Orleans after Katrina – the flooding and subsequent proliferation of mold – prompted MCAN to launch the HEAL project alongside the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The outcome of the first phase of HEAL revealed the need to take key learnings into “real world” settings. The second phase will hopefully make the important case for incorporating training, education, evidence-based care, technology and outreach into sustainable, community-based asthma interventions across the country. In addition, partners and funders are hopeful the findings will provide a basis for advancing national policies that remove barriers that block better asthma management and care.    

The Xavier CMHDRE is an education center in the XU College of Pharmacy supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health. The Center works to eliminate health disparities by providing an environment that supports research, experiential training and community outreach education to students and faculty at Xavier University. CMHDRE partners local, regional and national organizations, including the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc., Wal-Mart, the Louisiana Office of Public Health and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Chronic Disease and Prevention Unit, to provide services and education to the community on various health topics. Visit HERE for more info.

runners cont

Kwame ran 8,000 meters in 28:12.09 to defeat 37 men and score his first collegiate victory. He finished about 5½ seconds ahead of senior teammate Ray Walston, the 2009 GCAC champion, and nearly 31 seconds ahead of junior teammate Matt Pieri, the defending champion.

Zahri ran 5,000 meters in 19 minutes, 20.40 seconds to defeat 40 women — including SUNO's Monicah Jepkemboi, the defending champion. Her time was the third-fastest 5K in school women's history. Freshman teammate Catherine Fakler finished third in a career-best 19:32.56.

In all, 12 XU runners earned All-Conference honors based on Top 10 finishes: Kwame, Walston, Pieri, Javon Mead, Emmanuel Detiege and Jamaal Williams for the men, and Zahri, Fakler, Anna D'Souza, Darian Towns, Hali Yarmush and Donyé Coleman for the women.
 
Coach Joseph Moses, in his seventh season at XU, was selected GCAC Coach of the Year by his peers for the fifth time on the women's side and the sixth time on the men's.


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Talking to the duo produces a lot of echoes, as you tend to get the same, simultaneous answers from each. Best part of going to college? “Living on our own” (they share a room in Katharine Drexel Residence Hall). Most difficult part of college? “Time management” (e.g., learning how to allocate their free time between studying and hanging out with friends). Graduate school in your future plans? An unequivocal “Yes”.

Yet there are some subtle differences. Although they are both teacher education majors, Megan plans to focus on special education, while Melissa’s preference is early childhood education. And they swear their friends can tell them apart with no problem, especially since they rarely dress alike.

Although the twins were extremely active in high school (softball, National Honor Society and Ambassadors, to name a few), they are easing into the myriad of Xavier offerings. “That can wait until next semester,” said Melissa. “Right now we’re just trying to adjust; we don’t want to overwhelm ourselves.”

It also has something to do with the rigorous college curriculum. “We’ve been really busy,” added Megan. “It seems like we have to write a paper every week.”


Both have enjoyed their college experience so far, and both credit taking advantage of Xavier’s concurrent studies programs and participating in New Student Orientation with making the transition from high school to college easier. “Concurrent studies gave us a head start in seeing how college works and what it takes to succeed,” said Megan. “And we made a lot of new friends during orientation.” And the favorable impression is mutual.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Megan and Melissa when they were seniors at Xavier Prep and was excited then about the prospect of having them in our program,” said Dr. Rosalind Pijeaux Hale, Chair and NCATE Coordinator in the Division of Education. “But I’m even more impressed now that they are here. They are serious about their work, are doing well in their classes, and are regular participants in the activities sponsored by the Division. It’s a pleasure to have them here.”

employees cont

30 years – Jacqueline Ballansaw (education), Willie Caffey, Jr. (biology), Eloise Dixon (counseling), Dr. David Lanoue (English), Lonnie Lewis (chemistry) and Sister Marie Ann Stachow S.B.S. (theology).

25 years – Dr. Charles Gramlich (psychology) and Mildred Higgins (financial aid).

20 years – Dr. Gurdial Arora (mathematics), Dr. Linda Blakley (pharmacy), LaJuana Chenier (institutional advancement), Solomon Foster (university police), Adrienne Hunter (physics/engineering), Sharon Johnson (fiscal), Irving Johnson III (institutional advancement), Gilda Knight (registrar’s office), Lisa Lewis-McClain (campus ministry), Rev. Phillip Linden, Jr. S.S.J., S.T.D. (theology), Dr. Tarun Mandal (pharmacy), Dr. Peter Martinat (biology), Dr. Yashoda Pramar (pharmacy), Dr. Jonathan Rotondo-McCord (associate dean, A&S) and Cynthia Watson (facility planning).
15 years – William Bostick (auditor), Dr. Marion Carroll (chemistry), Katrina Crawford-Conner (financial aid), Yu-Shu Gao (pharmacy), Mary George (library), Dr. Tammy Hart (pharmacy), Jacqulin Joe (pharmacy), Palani Ponnapakkam (technology administration); Kimberly Reese (institutional advancement), Dr. Joe Ricks (business), Panela Ridder (physics/engineering) and Barbara Sanders (library).


10 years – Beverly Andry (business), Judy Bracy (housing), Shane Bruno (technology administration), Alton Glivens (upward bound), Shalarma Davis (engineering), Ricardo Green (pharmacy), Dr. Michael Homan (theology), Cedric Keys (counseling), Katheryn Laborde (English), Peng Ma (chemistry), Dr. Kathleen Morgan (chemistry), Dr. Sarala Pamujula (pharmacy), Richard Sanchez (housing), Kendal Smith (university center), Kermit Smith (recreational sports) and Isabella Thompson (resource development).

Did You Know? …

The Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment (OPIRA) is here to provide the Xavier community with useful, accurate and timely information and support. To that end, we are here to share knowledge, provide service, and deliver expert information to you on a vast array of data.

Each month in TMAX we share national, regional, and/or local statistics with the XU Community. This month we are providing recent data on boys’ interest in going to college. Did You Know…?

Young men are prepared for the work they will do as adults in high school and college. But many boys do not reach college, and thus begin their adult working lives unprepared with the education and training they will need to be good providers and positive role models. Because of the lack of interest in higher education, the unemployment rate for males age 16 years and over in 2010 was 10.5% – the highest on record in data reported since 1948. These numbers definitely show our males in the United States are in serious trouble and headed for disaster if this does not turn around in the near future.

The source for this information is Postsecondary.org. The information is located in the Administration Annex building, 1st floor, located across from the OPIRA office.  For any questions about this report or any other data you may be seeking, please feel free to contact us at ext. 7566.


If you have any comments about TMAX or have some information you would like to submit for publication, please direct an e-mail to rtucker@xula.edu

Two junior sociology majors – Makeda Roberts of Snellville GA (South Gwinnett High) and Akasa Thomas of Marrero LA (John Ehret High) – were commended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for their outstanding representation at the SAMHSA’s Drug Demand Reduction Summit.

The XU student chapter of the American Chemical Society has been selected to receive an “Outstanding” Award for its 2010-2011 activities. Only 36 chapters out of 330 nationwide were given the ACS’ highest award. Faculty advisors Dr. Michael Adams and Dr. Janet Privett were also given special commendation.

Alumni

Dr. Byron Jasper ’06, a physician at Baton Rouge General Hospital, presented a program "The Rounds@XULA: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine" on campus for the benefit of XU pre-med and pharmacy students.

Harry Johnson, Sr. ’77, a Washington DC attorney and the spearhead behind the national sculpture and park honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be the keynote speaker for Clemson University’s annual MLK Commemorative Service.

Dr. Trimiko Melancon ‘99, an assistant professor of English at Loyola University-New Orleans, made a presentation “Reading Race and the Difference It Makes: (Post) 9/11 and Words Never Said" for theUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst ‘s W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies Fire Next Time Colloquium series.

Sybil Morial ’52, was presented the first ever Outstanding Mom of New Orleans award by Feeding Dreams, the General Mills company’s platform for celebrating the hero in African American women and the catalyst for its Feeding Dreams Get Together initiative, a grassroots program that provides intimate forums in communities across the country to discuss efforts to positively impact health and education in African American communities.

Jamika Pessoa ’01, TV host, chef to the stars, nutrition expert and lifestyle guru, appeared live on NBC’s The Today Show.

Richard Thomas ’78 presented a special exhibition “Come Helicopters or High Waters, in the Light or in the Dark” at the Visual Jazz Art Gallery in New Orleans, featuring his original paintings and the third poster in his “Katrina Remembrance” series.

Dr. LaToya Walker ’01 has joined the OBGYN hospital staff at Natchez Regional Medical Center in Natchez MS.

Faculty/Staff

Christina Schoux Casey (English) presented the paper "'Yiz herd?' Linguistic Variation and Construction of Place in New Orleans English" and chaired the session of the American Dialect Society at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, held in Scottsdale AZ.

Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) presented the paper "John Faulkner's Mississippi" at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, held in Scottsdale AZ. He also recently served as a consultant to the English Department of Loyola University.

Bro. Herman Johnson, O.P. Ph.D. (languages) helped St. Josephine Bakhita Parish (Camden NJ) celebrate its first anniversary with a presentation in English, “Building Cross-Cultural Bridges to the Glory of God”. The next night he gave another presentation in Spanish to the predominantly Hispanic parishioners. He also gave the homily at the bilingual Mass.

Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr. (pharmacy) was presented the 2011 Distinguished Fellow Award by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) at the organization’s annual meeting, held in Arlington VA.

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English) gave a talk about her book Do Not Open: The Discarded Refrigerators of Post-Katrina New Orleans at the Southern Festival of Books held on the grounds of the state capitol in Nashville TN. 

Dr. Joseph M. LaRochelle (Pharmacy) and Dr. Carroll Diaz (Math) published an article “Evaluation of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Education in a College of Pharmacy” in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. Xavier researchers have now published 20% of all the articles on the topic of pediatric pharmacy education in the U.S. Only 18% of U.S. pharmacy schools – including XU – offer a specific pediatric pharmacy elective course.

Dr. Claire Norris(sociology) received a special invitation from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice development of a strategy aimed at a data-driven, action-oriented plan to assist and guide community leaders and public officials in effectively addressing the substance abuse problem in our city and region.

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