Volume 38 No. 10
October 07
 
THIS MONTH AT XAVIER

ARCHIVES/IN THIS ISSUE:

XU Students Show
Support at "Jena 6" Rally


U.S. News Report Ranks
Xavier Among Top HBCUs

Carnegie Commits Millions
to Revitalize XU, New Orleans


Donors, State Funds
Create New Professorships


Remembering Saint
Katharine Drexel


Urologist Makes a Difference
for Both Students, Patients


Xavier Writes

Xavier in the News


1832 Homecoming 2007 Activities Announced

Make a note of Nov. 15-18 on your calendar – that’s when XU graduates will make the journey back to campus for Alumni Homecoming 2007.

Activities begin Thursday, Nov. 15, with a Jazz Ensemble Concert, and then go into high gear on Friday, Nov. 16, with five events scheduled, including the National Alumni Association Board of Governors meeting, an art exhibit, homecoming basketball game (vs. Huston-Tillotson), Vesper concert and the annual Alumni Mixer.

Saturday, Nov. 17, is the day for the President’s Brunch and campus tours, with the headline event of homecoming – the Gala – being held that night. The festivities end on Sunday, Nov. 18, with a Mass and continental breakfast.

This year’s HC will honor the five-year anniversaries of the Classes of '22, '27, '32, '37, '42, '47, '52, '57, '62, '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97 and '02.

All alums are encouraged to participate. For more info contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-877-935-8898 or e-mail Lakeysha Arthur at lcarthur@xula.edu.

1832 Francis Earns Catholic Charities Vision Award

Catholic Charities USA has presented its 2007 Vision Award to President Norman C. Francis in honor of his dramatic leadership in helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.

The annual Vision Award recognizes an individual whose life and work personifies Catholic Charities USA’s vision for a moral, just, and compassionate society. Francis was cited for responding with courage and commitment in reopening the Xavier campus, as well as chairing Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco’s Louisiana Recovery Authority.

"Our Vision Award is presented to those who, in their life and work, share Catholic Charities commitment to ensuring that the needs of individuals, families, and communities are front and center in conversations about the kind of society we want,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. “Dr. Francis’ commitment to these principles was nowhere more evident than in the leadership role he took in the wake of Hurricane Katrina."

"In the face of one of the most extraordinary crises this nation has ever experienced, Dr. Francis remained a voice of reason, possibility, and hope," he added.

"I am so honored and pleased to accept Catholic Charities USA’s 2007 Vision Award," said Francis, upon receiving the award. "In America today, we have to deal with catastrophes equitably, honestly, and with moral values. And I am happy to say Catholic Charities has established a principal and model for working together: we have to work together across lines – across race, across culture, and across economic backgrounds."

1832 Rush Announce '07-08 Basketball Schedule

This season the Gold Rush basketball team will play its fifth home game Nov. 19 – some 48 days earlier –- than last season. That's one of the noticeable differences in the 2007-08 season schedule announced by men's head coach Dannton Jackson.

Xavier will play 17 regular-season home games – four more than last season – and play its first five at The Barn, the 1,300-seat campus facility which is celebrating its 70th birthday this year.

"We're excited about the number of home games," Jackson said. "This schedule will give us an opportunity to keep our team in front of the fans early and get their attention."

The regular-season opener will be against Wesley (Miss.) in a 6:00 p.m. tip-off on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The five-game home stand will include a Nov. 16 homecoming game against Huston-Tillotson and a Nov. 19 game against NCAA Division II member Albany State, coached by former Xavier assistant and Tulane standout Chris Cameron.

Another highlight will be a return to New Orleans Arena, where the Rush will play its regular-season home finale March 1 against Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and city rival Dillard. It will mark the fifth time that XU and Dillard have met in that facility, which seats 17,200, for a women's /men's doubleheader. The schools attracted 7,189 fans to New Orleans Arena for their doubleheader in 2003.

The Gold Rush will open their 18-game GCACschedule at Belhaven on Jan. 3. The first GCAC home game will be Jan. 10 against SUNO. There will be no Monday GCAC games this season – a departure from a longtime tradition. Virtually all conference games will be played Thursday or Saturday, with an exception being the Gold Rush's visit to LSU-Shreveport on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

For a look at the complete schedule, visit HERE. Call (504) 520-7329 for ticket information.

1832 Nuggets Announce Basketball Schedule

A return to N.O. Arena, and games against NCAA Division I opponents Northwestern State and Grambling are among the highlights of the Gold Nuggets' 2007-08 basketball schedule announced by women's head coach Bo Browder.

The Gold Nuggets will play the final game of their 30-game regular-season schedule March 1 against Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and city rival Dillard in New Orleans Arena as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team.

Xavier will visit Northwestern Nov. 16 and play Grambling at The Barn Nov. 23 in the final game of the two-day Xavier Classic. Xavier will play Northwestern for the first time since the 1979-80 season and Grambling for the first time since 1984-85.

Also on the schedule are games against NAIA Tournament quarterfinalists Langston and Houston Baptist. The Nuggets will begin the regular season at Langston Nov. 1 and play Houston Baptist at The Barn Dec. 1 in the opener of a tripleheader which includes two men's games in the Adidas Hardwood Classic.

Two days after Langston, the Nuggets will play their home opener against Texas College Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Nuggets will open their 18-game Gulf Coast Conference schedule at Belhaven on Jan. 3. The first GCAC home game will be Jan. 10 against SUNO.

There will be no Monday GCAC games, a departure from a longtime tradition. Virtually all conference games will be played Thursday or Saturday, with an exception being the Nuggets' visit to LSU-Shreveport on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

For the complete schedule, visit HERE. Call (504) 520-7329 for ticket information.

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1832 XU in the News

1902Digital50.com
UNCF Applauds Rankings
1902BlackAmerica Web
HBCUs Figure into Strategy

1902U.S. News
The Crossroads of History

1902Gambit Weekly
Resiliency U
1902CNN.com
Wal-Mart, XU Fight Diabetes

1902New York Times
John T. Scott, Dies at 67

1902Times-Picayune
Rebuilding Higher Education

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RUNNING FOR FUNDS

More than 600 Xavier students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends – represented here by (L-R) Tiffiny Reckley, Britnee Hollis, Takewa Shanks, Jene' Counts, Dominique McCracken and Diandra Miller – showed up in force to help raise monies for the University and the UNCF at the 20th annual Fund Run, held this past weekend at Audubon Park. Visit here for more photos.

photo by Irving Johnson III

XU STUDENTS SHOW SUPPORT AT "JENA 6" RALLY

I
t was still dark when nearly 200 Xavier students gathered on campus to board buses and cars for the long trip to Jena, La. 

When they arrived at their destination some five hours later, they joined the tens of thousands of other peaceful marchers from across the country who converged on the small Louisiana town for a rally protesting what they considered excessive charges filed against six African American Jena High School students for beating a white classmate last December.

Among the original charges were attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The charges have since been reduced to second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit battery.

The three busloads of Xavier students who made the trip said their presence at the rally was important because the case of the teens – commonly referred to as the "Jena 6" – highlights what they consider to be unequal treatment African Americans receive from the criminal justice system.

“It was good to see that many African Americans show up in one place and be as peaceful as it was,” said Jovanne Patterson, a senior biology/pre-med major from Kansas City, Mo. (Ohara High School) and president of the campus chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which along with the Student Government Association served as organizers of the bus trip. “It made a really good statement."

“This was the first real Black movement, especially of my generation, that we could really say that we could be part of,” agreed Anthony Wilson, a junior political science/pre-law major from Lakewood, Calif. (Artesia High). “I think it has awakened our generation to the fact that we still have a lot of work to do.”

Reuben Battley, a senior biology/pre-med major from Shreveport, La. (Byrd High) and vice president of the SGA, told a Catholic News Service reporter that the fundamental message is that “you can’t keep your eyes blind to racism.”

“As college students we should address it when things happen,” he said. “A lot of people are calling this the new civil rights movement. I feel like this should make a difference.”

Gabrielle Jackson, a senior psychology/pre-med major from Houston, Texas (Debakey Health High) and vice president of the SGA, said she felt good about her decision to go as well.

“I feel good that students put their personal things aside – their classes and homework – and gave a full day of themselves,” she said. “This reinforces the fact that there are young people on this campus who care about making a change.”

1832 U.S. News Report Ranks
Xavier Among Top HBCUs

Xavier is ranked eighth among eighty-one historically black colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report magazine's first-ever ranking of the nation’s HBCUs.

The 2008 edition of “America’s Best Black Colleges” marks the first time U.S. News has released a stand-alone ranking of historically black colleges and universities, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. The issue is the latest extension of the magazine’s expanding “Best” series which also includes the annual “America’s Best Colleges” special edition.

In the article accompanying the rankings, U.S. News acknowledges one of Xavier’s strengths, noting: “Indeed, HBCUs do seem to offer unique success. Xavier University in New Orleans places more African-American students in medical school than any college in the country …”

Heading the list of magazine’s top HBCUs was Spelman College. Rounding out the top ten schools were: Howard, Hampton, Morehouse, Fisk, Tuskegee, Claflin, Xavier, Dillard and John C. Smith.

Of the 81 schools eligible for the list, only 37 were included among “Best Black Colleges” rankings. Another 33 so-called “second tier” schools were listed alphabetically, while still another 11 were unranked.

According to the report, the methodology used to rank the undergraduate education at the colleges was based on several standards: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The complete list is available online at HERE.

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CARNEGIE GRANT

Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, chats with Meagan Minor, the reigning Miss Xavier and a PharmD. major from Baton Rouge, La. following an education forum hosted by the University during which he announced $12 million in grants – including $4 million for Xavier – in support of higher education in New Orleans.

photo by Irving Johnson III

CARNEGIE COMMITS MILLIONS TO REVITALIZE XAVIER, CITY

Xavier has received a $4 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of a much larger $12 million commitment to higher education in New Orleans.

Carnegie President Vartan Gregorian, speaking at an education forum hosted by the University, said the Corporation’s investment in the city’s intellectual infrastructure – e.g., its institutions of higher education and K-12 teacher pool – is intended to underscore the importance of education to the city’s economic revitalization. 

The $4 million grant will allow Xavier to recruit new and retain current faculty while also ensuring the availability of adequate student financial assistance. The school’s storm-related losses exceeded $90 million due to physical damage, lost tuition and scholarship revenue – a devastating sum for a school with an modest endowment of $52 million. 

“The tremendous support from Carnegie Corporation will allow Xavier to continue to attract and educate deserving students,” said XU President Norman Francis. “Additionally, it will allow us to attract and retain key faculty, while embracing the many initiatives that are critical to the continued recovery of our neighboring communities. Higher education can – and must – serve as a catalyst New Orleans' path to recovery.” 

In addition to the grant to Xavier, Carnegie also awarded grants of $2 million to Dillard University and $5 million to Tulane University. The grants are the largest commitment of private funds to support higher education in post-Katrina New Orleans. Each of the universities incurred significant hurricane-related damage and losses and will use the new funds to focus on development, retention and hiring of displaced and new faculty; recruitment and retention of new students; resumption of critical strategic planning initiatives; and ensuring the availability of adequate financial aid.

A $1 million grant also made to Teach for America, the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, will allow the organization to triple the size of its New Orleans teacher corps over the next three years. 

“New Orleans’ universities are a powerful engine of intellectual, cultural and scientific innovation and growth,” said Gregorian. “Today, more than ever, New Orleans needs this engine to prepare students to think conceptually and perform competently in business and the professions, and to prepare a technically skilled workforce capable of contributing to the city’s long-term economic vitality.”

“Dillard, Tulane and Xavier represent not only tangible manifestations of the recovery of New Orleans but are also powerful symbols of the inestimable value that the city and the nation place on human intellect, culture, education, learning and knowledge,” said Richard W. Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Corporation.

One of the strongest signs that New Orleans’ universities are regaining their strength is the increase in the number of matriculating freshmen. Xavier’s freshman class has increased by 50% to 688 students this year, up from 447 last year.
 
All three universities supported by Carnegie Corporation have been back in operation for many months, yet each continues to repair and replace physical infrastructure and human capital, a process that will take years.

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." For more than 95 years the Corporation has carried out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge.

DONORS, STATE FUNDS CREATE ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS

Xavier’s commitment to attracting the finest instructors to its roster of faculty is a never-ending process.

This month the University took another giant step forward in that direction by establishing another endowed academic chair and seven endowed professors, thanks to the generosity of some private donors and an additional $680,000 in matching monies from the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund.

Each year the Board of Regents awards grants to public and private colleges across the state to assist in creating special $1 million academic chairs and $100,000 professorships. Money from the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund is added to private donations secured by the respective universities to create the endowed accounts. The state fund provides 40 percent of the cost of establishing an endowed chair or professorship, with private donors covering the balance.

Earnings from an endowment can be used to enhance a professor’s salary or pay for support items, such as travel or a research assistant.

With this year’s matching state funds, Xavier has added one new chair – the College of Pharmacy’s endowed chair in Minority Health Disparities, supported by the Schlider Foundation – and seven professorships.

Endowed professorships include the J.P. Morgan Chase Business Solutions to Urban Problems Professorship in business, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Professorship in Theology, the Holzer Family- Professorship in Accounting, the W. Emile & Alitia D. Coleman Professorship in Pharmacy Practice, and the Malcolm N. Ellington  Professorship in pharmacy, as well as two professorships from the Times-Picayune/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.

“These positions mean a great deal to the University because they allow us to offer students a quality education by providing the best faculty at the forefront of their respective fields,” said Dr. Elizabeth Barron, vice president for academic affairs. “Offering our professors additional funds for research and specialized academic pursuits is vital to the overall development of our students.”

With this year’s additions, the University now has four chairs and forty-one professorships in its Eminent Scholar Chairs and Professorships program.

REMEMBERING SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL

She was the 19th century equivalent of an American princess, born into the privileged family of a wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist. She could have lived her life in the lap of luxury, oblivious to the suffering of others.

But instead, throughout the 1890’s and the first half of this century – long before taking up the cause of racial equality came into vogue – St. Katharine Drexel was at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of others. During these decades shadowed by the segregation and degradation forced on Blacks – combined with the dispossession, relocation and betrayal of Native Americans – the name of St. Katharine Drexel shone out as a beacon of hope.

St. Katharine was at the forefront of efforts to educate African-Americans and Native Americans with an eye toward helping them to develop their own leadership and self-determination. Her schools were always open to all faiths; and the nuns who followed her lived among the poor they served.

Katharine Drexel was born in 1858 to wealthy Philadelphia banker and philanthropist Francis Drexel and his wife Hannah, who died a mere five weeks after giving birth. Her father remarried two years later. It was from her parents – revered for their own generosity and charity to the less fortunate – that St. Katharine learned early the lesson of stewardship and responsibility to the poor.

Early on, St. Katharine indicated her intent to establish a bureau to distribute her wealth to Indians and Black missions, and to enter a

2007 Founder’s Day Convocation
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St. Katharine Drexel
cloistered religious order. But instead, during a trip to Rome with her family, she accepted the challenge of PopeLeo XIII and established a brand new order – the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament – which went on to found and staff schools and centers in the inner cities of the North and East, the Indian reservations of the west and across the Deep South. more
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Students

DeShawn Stevenson, a P2 PharmD major from Ft. Wayne, Ind. (South Side High),  has been awarded a scholarship from the African-American Healthcare Alliance, a organization of healthcare professionals in his hometown.

Six students have taken on leadership roles with the Xavier Herald newspaper this year, including: Ashley Bailey, a senior mass communication major from Donaldsonville, La. (Donaldsonville High), editor; Allison Hudson, a senior mass comm major from New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr), managing editor; Jonathan Ystad, a senior mass comm major from Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers High), photo editor; Mercianna Oliver, a junior psychology major from Atlanta, Ga.  (Westlake), A&E editor; Khalilah Hill, a senior mass comm major from San Francisco (Immaculate Conception), editorial editor; and Reggie Parquet, a senior mass comm major from New Orleans (Jesuit), sports editor.

Alumni

Dr. Shameza L. Boyd '96, has relocated to Birmingham, Ala., and is currently in private practice at Morgan Pediatrics.

Raishauna Calloway ’05, a graduate student in public administration at the University of New Orleans, has accepted a position with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana as a Match Support Specialist.

Dr. Lawrence Evans III, ’93, a senior scientist at the U.S.
Pharmacopeia, has earned a master’s degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md. He has also been named to the Board of Directors of the Lucille and Willie Murphy Foundation.

Dr. Conchetta White Fulton, '85 '98 (pharmacy) has been accepted for inclusion in Who's Who Among American Teachers & Educators, 2006-2007.

Kristin A Gates ’07, is a first-year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dwight D. Murray ’68, a senior partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Jordan, Coyne & Savits, was honored as a local legal “warrior” by DC Law Students in Court, one of largest providers of legal services to low-income residents and a unique clinical legal education program for third year students from five DC law schools. He was cited for his commitment to access to justice and his support of the program.

Rebecca Pittman-Edwards ’99 has been named Director of Human Resources with EXCEL Personal Development in Charlotte, N.C. She will oversee all human resources functions for the company’s 12 offices throughout the state.

Evelyn M. Simien ’96, has received tenure and promotion as an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Connecticut. 

Faculty/Staff

Thomas Bonner, Jr. (English) had a review of Benjamin Fisher's Masques, Mysteries, and Mastadons: A Poe Miscellany published in The Edgar Allan Poe Review. He also had two brief reviews of American literary studies appear in Choice.

Dr. Mack Crayton (biology) made a presentation of his previously published research, “Tracking the Evolution of Alternatively Spliced Exons within the Dscam Family,” at the International Meeting for Evolutionary Biology, held in Marseilles, France. The printed research was honored as a “high access article” – e.g. widely read – by the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Dr. Nicole Pepinster Greene (English) has been named editor of Xavier Review.

Where Are They Now? UROLOGIST MAKES DIFFERENCE IN LIVES OF PATIENTS
Dr. Arnold Bullock ‘83 had mentors who helped him see a world of possibilities for himself in science and medicine, and he has made the most of those opportunities. Today, as a urologist and associate professor of surgery, he relishes the role of helping students realize that they, like him, can make their mark in medicine.

Bullock was not the least bit daunted when he began his studies at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1983, although he had attended predominantly African-American schools virtually since kindergarten.

"By the time I made it to the 'real' world, the non-African-American world, I felt confident that I could compete and succeed," he says.

Bullock knew he wanted to be a doctor by the time he finished his sophomore year of high school. He set his sights on surgery after attending a lecture series for high school students hosted by the American Heart Association. Bullock's older brother Mike had encouraged him to attend as a way to meet girls, but instead, Bullock became enthralled with the heart and cardiovascular disease.

"At the end of the five weeks, we were given a written test, and I got the second-highest score," he says, an achievement which afforded him the chance to work with Dr. Levon Cauthran of Howard University, one of the few African-American cardiac surgeons at the time.

Cauthran also maintained a research laboratory where he studied how narrowing of renal arteries contributes to high blood pressure. Bullock's father had severe hypertension, and several times a year, he would be hospitalized to get his blood pressure under control.

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Dr. Arnold Bullock, M.D., shows patient Joseph Griffin a model of the prostate.

------------------------------------------Photo by Robert Boston

"My experience with Dr. Cauthran, coupled with my father's chronic hypertension, gave me a sense of direction," he says.

Days before Bullock was to leave for his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame, his father became critically ill with a tear in his aorta, the large vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Because of his history of severe hypertension, his father was a poor candidate for surgery to repair the tear, and he declined to undergo the risky procedure.

His illness prevented Bullock's father from working, and even with a generous academic scholarship to Notre Dame, it quickly became clear that enrolling there would be too much of a financial struggle for his family. Instead, Xavier, where Bullock also had been accepted, agreed to reinstate his full academic scholarship.

"Going to Xavier was one of the best decisions of my life," Bullock says. "There, I gained a great deal of confidence in my own abilities, and I knew I would take that with me to medical school and beyond."

At The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bullock was leaning toward cardiac surgery until he had the opportunity to work under Patrick Walsh, M.D., an internationally renowned urologic surgeon who had trained many Washington University urologists.

That experience led Bullock to consider urologic surgery as a specialty. After graduating, he settled at the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) School of Medicine for his residency and internship because of its reputation for having one of the top urology training programs in the country.

"My training experience was so good that I wanted to stay and practice there, and I have," he says.

Over the years, Bullock's practice has become more specialized. He still treats patients with prostate cancer, but he also sees men with infertility problems and erectile dysfunction — conditions that are difficult for many men to discuss.

"In addition to his surgical expertise, Arnold is a great communicator," says Dr. Gerald Andriole, a professor and chief of urologic surgery. "He has a way of simplifying complicated medical jargon and putting patients at ease so they feel comfortable talking about sensitive health issues. He also runs a support group for men with side effects related to prostate cancer that is very popular. His talk on sexual dysfunction is disarmingly charming, and couples really open up after they have heard him speak."

As a surgeon with special expertise in prostate cancer, Bullock is fully aware that African-American men are twice as likely as white men to be diagnosed with the disease and to die from it. For years, Bullock has spoken at African-American churches and social groups to encourage more cancer screening.

Dr. Dione Farria ‘85, an associate professor of radiology and a colleague of Bullock at WUSTL, notes that Bullock has been "instrumental in building a team of community partners to conduct prostate cancer screening and education in the local African-American community. He is an engaging speaker who has the unique combination of clinical expertise and a knack for connecting with community members," she says.

Because of these strengths, he was named co-leader of the Program to Eliminate Cancer Disparities' Prostate Cancer Community Partnership.

Bullock also uses his appearances to help young people in the audience become aware of the world of opportunities that exist for them in the field of medicine and to offer himself as a mentor.

"I tell them if they're interested in medicine to call me, and I offer to let high school students shadow me for a day," he says. "There are so many barriers to completing this craft for underprivileged students. I encourage young people not to take the quick prize — a job right out of high school or college — but to stay in the game and aim for a career in science or medicine."
-------------------- - Adapted from an article in by Caroline Arbanas, the Washington University Record

katharine drexel continued

Despite the many obstacles placed in their path, including strong opposition from whites, by 1942 the Sisters were operating black Catholic schools, convents and mission centers in some 13 states. So extensive was her influence in the Black, rural areas of New Iberia, St. Martinville and other Acadiana parishes that she is often referred to as the “Patron Saint of South Louisiana.”

St. Katharine’s presence was also felt in urban New Orleans, where the Sisters not only opened a Catholic high school and several elementary schools, but also established Xavier University of Louisiana – which was to become the capstone of her educational system.

Originally a coeducational secondary school, Xavier evolved into a teacher’s college and by 1925 had achieved full university status. A College of Pharmacy – now one of only two pharmaceutical schools in the state – was added two years later.

The stresses and strains of building a nationwide network of schools for black and Indian children were hard on St. Katharine. The never-ending work and awesome responsibilities that she shouldered for more than a half-century finally took their toll in 1935 when she suffered a near-fatal heart attack. For 20 years she was confined to the infirmary at the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pa., where she is said to have spent most of her remaining waking hours in prayer and meditation.

St. Katharine Drexel died on March 3, 1955. She was officially canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in October of 2000 by Pope John Paul II. She is only the fifth American to have been canonized and only the second American-born Saint. She is now in the select company of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, Rose Philippine Duchesne, Bishop John Neumann and Mother Elizabeth Seton.

“(Katharine) Drexel is an excellent example of that practical charity and generous solidarity with the less fortunate that has long been the distinguishing mark of American Catholics,” the Pontiff said during a rain-soaked canonization ceremony that drew tens of thousands to the Vatican, noting that her life brought about “a growing awareness of the need to combat all forms of racism through education and social services.”

It is estimated that St. Katharine – who during her lifetime shared the annual income from her father’s trust fund with her two sisters – gave away more than $20 million.

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Katheryn Krotzer Laborde (English), a creative non-fiction writer, gave a reading at LSU- Alexandria as part of the university's Cavanaugh Public Lectures Series.

Dr. David Lanoue (English) reports that more than 1,000 people on six continents now subscribe to his "Daily Issa" service, which e-mails a randomly chosen haiku by Kobayashi Issa – translated by Lanoue – every day. The Rich Media project is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and receives technical support from Bart Everson (CAT) and Cathy Lewis, Karl Findorff and Brian Spragins (all of ITC).

The Rev. Phillip Linden (theology) presented a talk on the environmental and human rights costs of Hurricane Katrina at Eastern Mennonite University.

Dr. David Park (communications) co-authored a book chapter which was published in Consumer Tribes. He also co-authored two other articles: "Global Brand Communities Across Borders" published in The International Marketing Review (Vol. 24, No. 3) and "Giving Labor the Business? Business and Labor Reporting From 1980-2000,” published in the Labor Studies Journal (Vol. 32, No.1).

Robert Skinner (University Librarian) had an article, “’Nor Any Drop to Drink:’ New Orleans Libraries in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina” published in a special issue of Public Library Quarterly, “Dealing with Natural Disasters in Libraries.”

Gia Soublet ’93 (institutional-advancement) has joined the staff as assistant vice president for campaigns. She returns to XU from Dillard, where she previously served as director for corporate and foundation relations.

Dr. Susan Spillman (languages) presented a paper, "Vive la Louisiane, un état pas comme tous les autres": in French Class, Louisiana Speaks for Itself,” at the national conference of the Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching, held in New Orleans. She has also inaugurated an NEH-funded project website, The Garifuna: A Vibrant Culture Speaks.  

Lester Sullivan (library) is serving as co-host for the New Orleans’ Latter Library’s "The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History," a six-week series of readings and discussions.

Dr. Robin Vander (English/African American Studies) has co-edited and contributed an essay to "Sex and the Spirit," a special edition of Xavier Review.

Friends

Monsignor Paul Lenz, a former member of the Board of Trustees and a long-time supporter of the University, has been advanced to the rank of “prothonotary apostolic” by Pope Benedict XVI, in recognition of his years of service work as executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Black and Indian Mission Office. It is the highest rank that a monsignor can achieve.

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