APRIL 2014
1903 Xavier Division of Business Earns Performance Award
1902 5 from Xavier are Chosen Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars
basketball XU's Jackson Chosen LABC Coach of Year for First Time
tennisball Gold Rush Defeat Privateers for Third Consecutive Year / No. 2 Nuggets Beat Southern
track GCAC Campion Nuggets Still 14th in NAIA Rankings
1902 XU Department of Music Presents Jazz Festival
track Rolland, Fakler Lead Nuggets to Repeat as GCAC Champs
1902 Redemptorist Priest to Head the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS)
track Gold Nuggets' 400 Relay Team Reaches A-standard Again
1902 XU Team Ready for Honda All-Star Challenge
  MARCH 2014
track Rolland Runs NAIA's Fastest Time This Year in Women's 100
1902 Applications Being Accepted for New TCSPP Clinical PSY.D. Program at Xavier
1903 Award-Winning XU Alumna Named Visiting Fellow at Harvard
tennisball Women Win at Cumberland, But Men Lose
basketball Nuggets' Rally Falls Short in 2nd-round Loss to Lady Tigers
tennisball Women's Tennis Defeats Another Ranked NAIA Opponent
tennisball Rush, Nuggets Win Every Match Against Graceland
basketball NAIA's Top Defense Stymies Gold Rush at Nationals
basketball Gold Nuggets Eliminate Defending Champion in 1st Round
1902 Zervigon Rejoins Xavier Board of Trustees
1903 Xavier to Host Annual Festival of Scholars
1902 Xavier Participates in “Generation Study Abroad” Initiative
1903 Blair Underwood to Address 2014 Xavier Graduates
1902 Xavier Summer Sessions Offer Hybrid/Online Courses, Low Cost
basketball Rush Enter Tourney with Highest Seeding Since '82 / Nuggets Face Defending Champion
tennisball Nuggets' streak is 5 after edging Oral Roberts
1903 Xavier Names Jason Horn as New Athletics Director
basketball Nuggets Win GCAC Tournament for 4th Time in 5 Years
tennisball Women's Tennis Wins at No. 1 Auburn Montgomery
basketball Panthers Beat Rush in Double OT in GCAC Semifinals
1903 St. Joseph Altar Making Tradition at Xavier
basketball Rush Await Fisk-Dillard Winner in GCAC Tournament / Nuggets Heading Back to Dillard
basketball GCAC Honors Jackson, 3 Rush Standouts / Gold Nuggets Place 2 on All-GCAC Team
track Rolland, Alexander Qualify for Track Nationals in Season Opener
basketball Rush defeat Dillard, Win 3rd Straight GCAC Title / Gold Nuggets Reach 20 Victories Again
basketball Xavier Pays Host to GCAC Tournaments Next Week
basketball 13th-ranked Gold Rush Go Wire-to-wire to Defeat Belhaven
tennisball No. 6 XU Beats No. 5 Brenau; Ewell Rallies Twice to Clinch
basketball Gold Rush Reach 20 Victories for 4th Straight Season / Nuggets defeat Tougaloo
tennisball McNeese Beats Nuggets; Abbes Still Unbeaten in Singles
track Rush, Nuggets Track Teams Will Compete 4 Times in Home State
basketball Gold Rush Prevail in Overtime / Nuggets End Losing Streak
1903 Xavier Selected for HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative
tennisball XU Tennis Loses to UnbeatenGeorgia Gwinnett
tennisball Tennis Splits at Belhaven
tennisball Nuggets, Rush Defeat Ranked Carey on the Road
tennisball Tennis Drops Two at ULL
basketball No. 12 Gold Rush Lose to No. 4 Crusaders / WC Gives Nuggets 3rd Consecutive Defeat
basketball Gold Rush Lose Conference Game at SUNO / Nuggets' Second-half Rally Falls Short
tennisball Nuggets Lose 4-0 to Tulane in Matchup of Ranked Teams
tennisball Nuggets, Rush Record 9-0 Home Victories vs. Wolf Pack
1902 Xavier Hosts The New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Tradition Extravaganza
1903 Xavier Named Partner in 100Kin10 National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force
basketball Rush Beat 20th-ranked Panthers / Nuggets Lose for First Time in Conference
basketball Gold Rush Final-Minute Surge Prevails at Tougaloo / Gold Nuggets Rally
tennisball Men's Tennis Loses at Nicholls
1903 African American Professionals on Campus for YMTF/BEEP
  JANUARY 2014
1902 Xavier to Host Historic Tobacco Summit
1903 Xavier Announces High School Business Idea Competition
basketball Gold Rush Defeat Dillard to Regain First Place / Nuggets Stage Second-half Rally
tennisball 2014 Tennis Schedules: Another Tough Road
1902 Xavier College of Pharmacy Awarded Drug Patent
1903 694 Scholars Make Xavier University of Louisiana Fall Dean’s List
1902 Applications Open for Xavier Summer Programs
1903 Psychology Major Receives MLK Service Award
1902 Dr. Vaz’s ‘Baby Dolls’ to Highlight State Library Black History Month Celebration
1903 Production of XU Music Professor’s Opera Nominated for Big Easy Award
basketball Talladega Edges Rush in Matchup of Ranked Teams / Nuggets Rally Past No. 10 Talladega
basketball Rush Defeat Tigers for Sixth Straight / Nuggets Clamp Down on Lady Tigers
1902 Crosstown Classic Tickets NOW on Sale
basketball Gold Rush Defeat Spring Hill in a Goode Way, 65-59
basketball Gold Rush Rally Against SUNO / Tucker leads Nuggets in Defeat of SUNO
basketball XU-SUNO Saturday Doubleheader Tips Off 2½ Hours Later
basketball Southern Poly Ends Gold Nuggets' 8-game Streak
basketball Rush Take Conference Win at Voorhees / Nuggets Win Eighth in a Row
basketball Gold Rush Defense Dominates vs Fisk / Gold Nuggets Win at Fisk in Conference Opener
1903 Explore Xavier Open House Set for Jan. 23
1902 “Little Rock Nine” Icon to Keynote MLK Jr., Week for Peace Celebration
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Xavier Division of Business Earns Performance Award

New Orleans LA – The Xavier University of Louisiana Division of Business has been awarded the Level II Louisiana Performance Excellence Award (LPEA) based on an evaluation of its proven effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, integrated processes and tracked results.

The LPEA is Louisiana’s statewide award recognizing quality leadership in education, government, manufacturing, service industries, health care and non-profit organizations.

The Division will be honored at the annual Award Ceremony at the governor’s mansion June 24, 2014, along with the other 2014 Level II recipients: the Jefferson Parish Career and Business Solutions Center and the Jefferson Parish Community Action Programs. 

The purpose of the Award program is to promote quality and performance excellence awareness and practices in Louisiana and recognize the quality achievements of Louisiana organizations. The award criteria are based on the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award ( and is organized and administered by the Louisiana Quality Foundation.

The Louisiana Performance Excellence Award was initiated by a group of statewide quality professionals with the vision of providing recognition for organizations operating according to quality principles, and is administered by the Louisiana Quality Foundation (LQF).

Xavier University Presents Jazz Frestival

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Department of Music’s annual Jazz Festival will be held Tuesday-Thursday (April 22-24).

The free three-day event, which highlights various genres of the Jazz art form through performances, clinics, workshops, and lectures, will include performances by the XU Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Tim Turner featuring Nicholas Payton, Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Brass Band, and the Astral Group.

Visit HERE for more info.

Redemptorist Priest to Head the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier

New Orleans LA - The Rev. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R., has been named the new director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University of Louisiana, according to Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard.

He comes to Xavier from the Redemptorist Parish Mission in Chicago IL, where he was a member of the Preaching Team.

Father Maurice Nutt, who specializes in preaching, evangelization, African American culture, spirituality, and community and church development, is no stranger to Xavier, having earned a Master of Theology from Xavier’s IBCS in 1989 and having served as an Assistant Professor of Preaching at the Institute since 2007.
Fr. Maurice
Fr. Maurice Nutt
“We are blessed to have acquired the full-time services of Father Maurice, who will bring his boundless energy, dynamic leadership, and profound scholarship to the Institute, with which he has already developed such an intimate connection,” said Blanchard. “We look forward to the vision he will bring to the Institute.”

The IBCS, established in 1979 to help sustain and support the pastoral and intellectual needs of Black Catholics throughout the United States, offers a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology and continuing education units in Catechesis, leadership and youth/young adult ministry

A native of St. Louis, Father Maurice Nutt professed vows in the Redemptorist congregation in 1983 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1989. He has served as Pastor of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Memphis TN, as director of the African American Ministry Initiative in Chicago IL, and as Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in St. Louis MO.

A member of the Board of Directors for the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Hampton University’s Online Religious Studies Program), and as a Pentecostalism Adjunct Professor for St. Louis University’s Department of Theology.

In addition to his Xavier degree, he also holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology with a concentration in Preaching, and a Master of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union.

He is the author of three books: Thea Bowman:  In My Own Words, Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Alphonsus Liguori, and Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Alphonsus Liguori. He is also a contributor to the African American Catholic Youth Bible, a collaborative project between the National Black Catholic Congress and St. Mary’s Press to be published in 2014.

Father Maurice Nutt succeeds Dr. Pamela Franco, Executive Associate in the Office of Academic Affairs, who served as interim IBCS director for three years.

XU Team Ready for Honda All-Star Challenge

New Orleans LA - A team from Xavier University of Louisiana will add to the brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 25th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament April 12-16 in Torrance CA.

Competing for XULA will be Jacqueline Baidoo of Takoradi, Ghana, McKenzie Marie Moses of Kansas City, MO, Alayna Joshalynn Robinson of Atlanta, GA and Haley Nicole Severin of New Orleans, LA will represent Xavier University. Darryl Keller, Jr. will coach the team.

For more details visit HERE.

Applications Being Accepted for New TCSPP Clinical PSY.D. Program at Xavier

New Orleans, LA - Applications are now being accepted for admission into The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) new Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program at Xavier University of Louisiana.

The opening of applications for the five-year program - the only Clinical Psy.D. Program offered in the City of New Orleans as well as the first of its kind to be offered in the state of Louisiana - follows formal approval by both the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting agency. The unique program opens the door to well-qualified candidates from Xavier and other local universities, as well as professionals already in the field, who seek clinical psychology graduate studies.

Applications for the program’s Fall 2014 semester are currently being accepted on the TCSPP website

Hosted at Xavier, the TCSPP Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program offers 106 credit hours of rigorous training in culturally competent service provision while exposing students to a variety of professional training opportunities. It offers the highest degree for practitioners in the field who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. Students will experience extensive clinical training with community partners such as clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and governmental agencies.
Students will complete foundational coursework in four intervention orientations including: Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Humanistic Existential, and Systems and have the opportunity to tailor their coursework with focused study to meet individual educational and professional goals.
A unique feature of this program is the Research Clerkship model through which students are paired with core faculty to receive mentorship in research and scholarship, and obtain important support and preparation for their dissertation. All students complete three years of practicum experiences, allowing them to be well prepared for internship placement.

Graduates of the Psy.D. program at Xavier will be equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, preparing them to serve as practitioners in clinical settings. Upon completion of the program and following additional post-graduate study, graduates will be prepared to sit for the state licensing exam administered by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, as well as the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, the national psychology licensing exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

The need for mental health service providers in New Orleans is well-documented following Hurricane Katrina. Many mental health professionals left the region after the storm, and the City of New Orleans is slowly rebuilding its mental health infrastructure. The training of culturally competent practitioners who intend to practice locally is critical to meeting the needs of those with mental health and behavioral health issues.

“It is no secret that the mental health service needs in this region, as well as throughout this country, are great,” said Xavier University President Dr. Norman C. Francis, “This doctoral degree program will address some of those needs by providing new, young professionals with the finest undergraduate and graduate psychology training experience possible right here in New Orleans.”

“We are excited by the initial response from prospective students who are eager to continue their doctoral studies in the clinical psychology field,” stated TCSPP’s National President Dr. Nealon-Woods. “The Chicago School’s groundbreaking approach to the training and practice of psychology through its Engaged-Profession model will enable practitioners in the field to begin the work at hand of rebuilding the mental health programs of the City and its regional areas. We are excited to bring this much-needed Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology to New Orleans.”

“We foresee this collaboration as being one of mutual benefit to both Xavier and The Chicago School of Psychology, as well as to our respective communities,” she added, noting that TCSPP, the nation’s  leading graduate institution devoted to psychology and the fields of behavioral and health sciences,  is already very familiar with the quality of Xavier students, having accepted nine XU graduates in the past three years into its graduate programs on its Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles campuses.

Award-Winning XU Alumna Named Visiting Fellow at Harvard

New Orleans LA – A Xavier University of Louisiana alumna professor will develop a massive open online course (MOOC) to teach people how to effectively report the news using mobile devices, as one of five 2014 Visiting Fellows from Harvard University’s prestigious Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Starting this week, Allissa Hosten Richardson ‘03, a 2003 XU graduate and a lecturer of journalism at Bowie State University, will spend two weeks as a scholar-in-residence, building the online class as a free tool to teach veteran journalists, citizens, and journalism students how to effectively report news using only tablets, mp3 players or smartphones.

She started working on the course in fall 2013 at Bowie St. and will continue her work at Harvard, as well as giving talks on mobile journalism and exchanges ideas with other Visiting Fellows.

“Mobile journalism is an increasingly vital skill for the public to have. In times of crisis, the ordinary citizen journalist who is armed with a smartphone is often the only eyewitness we have,” said Richardson. “When more people know about how to gather and interpret news that happens around them, the media ecosystem becomes a richer, more diverse place.”

Richardson has been widely recognized for her innovations in mobile journalism. She was named a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator for her creative teaching style, enabling Bowie State to receive Apple equipment and software for the mobile journalism lab she established in the Department of Communications. She was also named the 2012 National Association of Black Journalism Educator of the Year.

The Nieman Foundation of Journalism works with the Fellows on a project designed to enhance journalism in unique ways. The visiting fellowships are specifically designed for individuals interested in working on special research projects designed to advance journalism. The foundation educates leaders in journalism and raises the standards of the profession by convening scholars and experts in all fields.

Zervigon Rejoins Xavier Board of Trustees

New Orleans LA - Mary Keller Zervigon, President of the Keller Family Foundation and a Trustee of the RosaMary Foundation, has been named to a new three-year term on the Xavier University of Louisiana Board of Trustees.

Zervigon has served on the board previously – from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2012 – most recently as chair of the university’s governing board.

Currently she also serves as chair of the Advocates for Science and Mathematics Education in New Orleans and of the New Orleans Board of Liquidation, City Debt from 1992 to the present. She previously held the position of Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Commission.
zervigon Mary Zervigon
Zervigon received her B.A. degree from Loyola University and her J.D. from Loyola School of Law.

Xavier to Host Annual Festival of Scholars

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host its Eleventh Annual Festival of Scholars Thursday-Friday, April 10-11.

Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR), with grant funding from Title III, Part B and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the yearly event showcases student research developed during the academic year.

This year’s Festival features 51 posters, nine individual presentations, and nine panel discussions highlighting student scholarship in the sciences, communication, education, humanities, and art.  Currently scheduled are poster presentations in biology, computer science, chemistry, political science, history, art, English and theology.
Free and open to the public, the Festival begins with a free pizza party at noon Thursday and continues until Friday at 4:00 p.m. On both days, student researchers from disciplines across the curriculum will present their scholarship during poster presentations, panel discussions, and individual presentations.

Topics will include research on diabetes, issues of health disparities, environmental justice, history of cartoon animation, combined poetry and art projects, studies on management of alcohol withdrawal, research on liposome nanoparticles, anti-cancer agents—and much more.  Panel presentations will feature discussions on thematic analysis in Spanish literature, the emergence of race in the Atlantic World in addition to sessions on writing about art, and insights on technology in education.

Also this year the Festival spotlights the emergence of performance-based scholarship on the campus. On Thursday evening, the Performance Studies Laboratory will host a student performance showcase of projects developed by students enrolled in performance studies courses in the Department of Communication Studies. Performances will include research adapted and scripted for staged presentation and performance of literature. The Performance Studies Laboratory studies performance in contexts such as literature, cultural ritual and rites of passage, identity construction, civic engagement and political actions, and visual and material culture, among others. As part of the Performance Studies Laboratory’s inaugural season on the campus, the student showcase will be held in the Administration Building Chapel, 1 Drexel Drive at 7:00 p.m.

Since its inception the Center for Undergraduate Research has been the cornerstone of faculty-mentored student research on Xavier’s campus and has provided opportunities for undergraduate and College of Pharmacy students to gain invaluable training and experience beyond the classroom. Each year the Festival has grown in the number of student presentations, averaging over 100 presentations. 

For a full list of 2014 presentations or for more information about CUR, please visit, or call (504) 520-5066.

 Xavier Participates in “Generation Study Abroad” Initiative

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana has joined a group of 150 higher education institutions in pledging to significantly increase the number of students who study abroad.

“Generation Study Abroad,” officially launched by the Institute of International Education (IIE) earlier this month, is designed to bring together leaders in education, business and governments who have committed to specific, measureable actions to provide more American students the opportunity to graduate from college with an international education experience. 

As part of its participation in the initiative, Xavier’s Center for Intercultural and International Programs along with its Faculty Global Awareness Committee established the following commitments: increasing study abroad scholarships, enhancing students support at all stages of the study abroad process, promoting multiple opportunities for students to study abroad by discipline, and creating faculty-led programs.

“Under the Generation Study Abroad Initiative, we have pledged to increase the annual number of Xavier students who study abroad to ten percent by the end of the decade,” said Dr. Torian L. Lee, Director the XU Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP).

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” he said, echoing the sentiment of Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences.

Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE has committed $2 million of its own funds to this initiative over the next five years. IIE is also actively raising funds for a Study Abroad Fund to provide scholarships to college and high school students and grants to institutions.

A new scholarship program, the IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad, will provide supplemental grants for students from inner-city high schools to study abroad when they are in college. IIE will invite participating universities to apply for other grant funding to support universities in their pledge efforts.

To date more than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.

With 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America’s young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues.

Every institution faces its own unique set of challenges in getting more students to study abroad. Private liberal arts colleges in particular have historically been successful in making study abroad a part of their academic experience. But institutions of varying sizes and types with different missions and capabilities are developing innovative efforts to make study abroad more accessible to their students. By sharing best practices, campuses can learn from each other to extend international opportunities to a broader group of students from diverse backgrounds and fields.

For more information on the initiative, visit

Blair Underwood to Address 2014 Xavier Graduates

New Orleans LA – Award-winning actor/director/producer Blair Underwood will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 87th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center.

Underwood, who will address more than 550 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families, will also be awarded an honorary degree at the commencement, along with retiring Tulane University President Dr. Scott Cowen and New Orleans educator, activist and community leader, Sybil Haydel Morial ‘52.

The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday (May 09), at 6:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer who continues to showcase his multitude of talents in the world of film, television, theatre and literature.

Underwood, whose most recent film (co-starring Cicely Tyson) is the Lifetime telefilm based on the Tony-award winning play, “A Trip To Bountiful”, first burst into the national spotlight in the 1980’s with his confident and passionate portrayal of lawyer Jonathan Rollins in the NBC hit series “L.A. Law”, a role that earned him the first of his two Golden Globe nominations.

Blair Underwood
The next decade saw him singled out by TV Guide as one of “The Top Stars of the 90s”, and land a major role in CBS’ top-rated 1998 dramatic miniseries, “Mama Flora’s Family,” a performance which earned him the first of 13 NAACP Image Awards nominations, as well as the first of his six wins.

In 2000, People magazine named him one of its “50 Most Beautiful People” and in 2004 named him one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.”

Some of his more memorable cable and television movies include: HBO’s groundbreaking drama “In Treatment”; as well as NBC's "Murder in Mississippi"; HBO’s “Soul of the Game” and Sex & the City”; Steven Bochco's "City of Angels"; and TNT’s award-winning “Heat Wave”.

His theater credits include his acclaimed Broadway debut in the iconic role of Stanley in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” – which earned him a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination. Prior to that he starred in an off-Broadway, one-man show "IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop" – written by his brother Frank Underwood – in which he played eight characters in all.

Underwood made his feature directorial debut with the independent drama “Bridge to Nowhere.” Additionally, he produced the TLC series “Million Dollar Christmas”. As director, executive producer, writer and star of the dramatic short “The Second Coming,” Underwood played Jesus Christ returning to earth.
Underwood published his first book, a non-fiction bestseller called “Before I Got Here”, a collection of stories and anecdotes from parents that speak to the existence of a child’s soul prior to birth. He also portrayed Jesus in the audio book “The Bible Experience.” Since its release in October 2006, it has become the No. 1 selling audio Bible in history.

He has also co-authored several critically and reader acclaimed detective novels, the fourth installment of which, “South by Southeast”, will be released later this year.

In 2009, Underwood won a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word for former Vice President Al Gore’s album “An Inconvenient Truth” (with co-readers Beau Bridges & Cynthia Nixon).

Underwood is involved in numerous charitable organizations. His dedicated support of The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) won him the 1993 Humanitarian Award, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA. In 2003, Underwood, along with Ashley Judd, served as the spokesperson for YouthAIDS.

Underwood is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). Founded in 1989, by members of the arts and entertainment community, ANSA is a nonprofit organization working in the U.S. and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, assist children orphaned by the disease, advance human and civil rights, educate and empower youth, and build bonds between our nations through arts, culture, and our shared pursuit of social justice.

In 2009, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the United States’ largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider, announced the grand opening of their first AIDS treatment center in Washington DC – and the facility was named after Underwood in recognition of his longtime advocacy.

Dr. Scott Cowen
Dr. Scott Cowen, Tulane University’s 14th President, is set to retire in July 2014 after 16 years at the helm. He will leave behind a thriving university community and a remarkable legacy.

uring his tenure, Tulane more than quadrupled its undergraduate applications while experiencing all-time highs in student quality. In addition, the university more than doubled its level of total private giving and received a record level of research awards, leading to the implementation of a number of innovative academic, research, and community outreach initiatives. Tulane’s growth has been the impetus for $700 million in new and renovated facilities in the last eight years.
Scott Cowen
The consummate fundraiser, Cowen successfully led the “Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane” campaign which exceeded its $700 million goal, making it the largest university fundraising effort in the history of Louisiana. Upon the completion of a comprehensive university-wide planning process in 2012, he launched a $1 billion plus campaign to support the university’s long-term future.

Cowen also led Tulane through the most trying period of its history when, in August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the University’s uptown and downtown health sciences campuses, and dispersed faculty, staff and students for an entire semester. Under his leadership, a sweeping Renewal Plan strengthened and focused the university’s academic mission and strategically addressed its operations in the post-Katrina era. As a result, a remarkable 87 percent of Tulane undergraduate students returned for classes in January of 2006, just months after the storm.

His response to Katrina was not limited to Tulane. Cowen was an integral figure on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, leading a committee which reformed and rebuilt the city’s failing public school system. He also served as a commissioner of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, and was co-founder of the Fleur-de-lis Ambassadors program, a group of New Orleans civic leaders who, in the aftermath of the storm, spread the message nationwide that post-Katrina New Orleans was an economically viable, livable city with a recovery plan in progress.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed. The recipient of several national awards and honorary degrees, Cowen was named one of the nation’s Top 10 Best College Presidents by TIME magazine in 2009, and was one of only four university leaders nationwide to receive the 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award. In 2010 he was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies.
Locally, he has received The Times-Picayune’s Loving Cup, which honors New Orleanians who have worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of recognition or material reward, and was also honored by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the 30 “Driving Forces” in New Orleans in the last 30 year. Additionally, Gambit recognized Cowen as the New Orleanian of the Year.

Cowen, who as President also held the joint appointments as the Seymour S. Goodman Memorial Professor of Business in Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Professor of Economics in the School of Liberal Arts, has held leadership positions in national academic and professional associations, including the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the NCAA, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). He currently serves as a board member of the University of Notre Dame and as an overseer of TIAA-CREF.

Cowen’s areas of scholarship and teaching focus on strategic financial management systems, corporate governance and leadership. He has consulted with dozens of companies, from startups to Fortune 100 companies and is currently a board member of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and Forest City Enterprises. He is the author of five books and more than 100 academic and professional articles, essays and reviews. His most recent book entitled, The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America, will be published in June 2014.

Cowen holds both a master’s and doctoral degree from The George Washington University in the fields of finance and management. He and his wife, Marjorie, have four adult children and four grandchildren.

Sybil Haydel Morial

Sybil Haydel Morial, a beloved educator, activist and community leader, is a New Orleans treasure.

The former First Lady of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana administrator began a lifetime of involvement in human and civil rights dating back to the 1950s, when she became an active member of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the League of Women Voters.

Sybil Morial
She was a founder of the Louisiana League of Good Government, a non-partisan, interracial women's organization devoted to civil liberties and full participation in government for all Louisiana citizens.

Both her late husband and her son served as mayor of New Orleans. During their terms, Mrs. Morial worked to improve the quality of education and healthcare for minorities. She also served as executive producer of A House Divided, a highly acclaimed documentary about the desegregation of New Orleans.

At Xavier, she served in a variety of administrative roles over a 15-year period, including Vice President for Public Affairs, before she retired in 1992.

Morial's other civic affiliations include the Metropolitan Area Committee, the United Fund, the New Orleans Council of Arts for Children and the Amistad Research Center. Her community involvement has merited many awards, including the Torch of Liberty Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith, the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award, the Whitney M. Young Brotherhood Award and the National Council of Jewish Women's Hannah Solomon Award.

In 2011 she 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.

She served on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana Board for 14 years. She is also a past Board Chairwoman of HMO Louisiana, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross.

A 1952 Xavier graduate, Morial also holds a master's degree from Boston University. She has five children.

Xavier Summer Sessions Offer Hybrid/Online Courses, Low Cost

New Orleans LA - The traditional slate of daytime and evening classes at Xavier University of Louisiana is giving way to even more and better this summer as the university has added a significant number of online/hybrid courses to the mix.

No less than 50 online/hybrid degree-credit courses will be available this summer, including offerings in English, business, communications, languages, mathematics, philosophy, and political sciences. The Graduate school is also offering a number of summer courses.

All courses are available to both Xavier and non-Xavier college students, What’s more, all classes are being offered starting at $200 per credit hour.

This year’s summer schedule boasts two five-week sessions (Summer Session I and II) with courses offered in more than 20 different disciplines, and another eight-week session with offerings in four areas. The complete list of courses is available at

Registration for Session I and II are Mary 26 and June 27, respectively. Registration for Session III is June 6. For more info, contact the Registrar’s Office at 520-7583 or visit

Xavier Names Jason Horn as New Athletics Director

New Orleans LA - Senior Vice President for Administration Ralph Johnson has announced the appointment of Mr. Jason Horn as the new Athletics Director (AD) at Xavier University of Louisiana. He will join the athletics staff effective March 31, 2014.

Horn comes to Xavier from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) in Detroit MI, where he has served as Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs since 2011, overseeing the areas of event management, marketing, licensing, development, fundraising, ticket sales, social media, branding, and media relations, as well as supervising several sports. During his tenure he also served as UDM interim Director of Athletics for more than seven months.

“I am elated that Mr. Horn will be joining the Xavier community,” said Johnson. “His professional accomplishments are remarkable and he has extensive and successful experience in athletics operations. He will be a tremendous asset as we position all aspects of the Xavier athletics program for enhanced success.”
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Horn replaces Xavier’s retired AD Dennis Cousin, taking over an athletics program that has achieved unparalleled success competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

During the past 10 years Xavier teams have won 53 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference or NAIA unaffiliated group championships and qualified 36 times for NAIA National Championships in basketball, cross country, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. During that same stretch, 125 of 130 senior student-athletes under the current head coaches received degrees from Xavier or are still enrolled.

XU facilities also received a major upgrade last year with the completion of the XU Tennis Center and the new Convocation Center, which hosts all of the University’s intercollegiate basketball and volleyball games.

Horn’s professional career spans nearly 20 years in the field of marketing and promotions, ticketing and sales, holding positions with Northwestern State University, the University of Central Florida, Bowling Green State University, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Development League, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Conference USA, and the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games.

Prior to his work at UDM, he served as Northwestern State University’s (LA) Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing & Promotions for two years. At Northwestern, he was directly involved in marketing, revenue generation, event management, branding and licensing. He also provided oversight to the ticket office, equipment services and was involved in event scheduling. He helped manage and heighten awareness of the university’s athletic website, social media and licensing programs, setting new school records for revenue and customer and fan traffic in each quarter. He also helped develop season and group ticket sales strategies resulting in overall revenue increase for all ticketed sports.

From 2006-08, he was with Central Florida as the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions, where the marketing team's ticket sales strategies in 2006-07 led to a 21 percent spike in basketball attendance, 58 percent in baseball attendance and 32 percent for softball. In 2007 alone, over 7,000 new football season tickets were sold generating over $1.4 million in new revenue.

At Bowling Green State University he created and planned season and group ticket sales strategies that created a 40 percent increase in football season ticket revenue and an overall all-sports ticket revenue increase of 21 percent. He developed and maintained corporate contacts for partnerships, event sponsorships and promotions and hired, trained and evaluated marketing and game-day staff members.

Horn’s work history has also included the NBA Developmental League for the Mobile Revelers (2001-02) as their Director of Marketing and Community Relations, the Detroit Pistons (1996-97) as an account executive for corporate sponsorships and the New Haven County Cutters (2004-05) minor league baseball team as an assistant general manager.

A University of Michigan (UM) graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Horn started his career as a UM Basketball Operations Assistant. He was born and raised in the Detroit MI, graduating from Southfield Lathrup Senior High School. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators.

St. Joseph Altar Making Tradition at Xavier

New Orleans LA - The St. Joseph Altar making tradition will be the topic of a workshop and lecture to be presented at Xavier University of Louisiana March 16 and March 19.

A cuccidati/symbolic pastry workshop will be held Sunday, March 16, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in University Center 205C. Workshop facilitator Treschere Washington will present a fun and informative workshop about the tradition and the art of making the fig-filled cookies that are carved into symbolic shapes. It is free and open to the public. Cookies made during the workshop will be displayed on the altar.

The annual St. Joseph’s Day Altar will be setup for viewing in Xavier’s original chapel, now the "Old Boardroom" March 19 in the Administration Annex from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enter building on the Corner of Drexel and Pine. University Chaplin Father Etido Jerome will bless the altar at 12:45 p.m. that day, followed by a presentation by XU professor Dr. Michael Homan entitled “Altars, Feasts, and Sacred Spaces: How Sacrifice Makes Us Human”.
Homan is an associate professor in Xavier’s Department of Theology. His research interests and publications combine the disciplines of Theology, History and Archaeology to focus on how people in the Bible and the ancient Near East lived. He has supervised 14 archaeological excavations in Israel and Jordan, and has published more than 40 articles and four books, including The Nine Commandments (Doubleday, 2000), To Your Tents, O Israel (Brill, 2002), The Bible for Dummies (Wiley, 2002), and the forthcoming Over, Under and Through the Bible (Eerdmans 2014).

Monetary donations (alms) will be accepted, with all funds going toward the Xavier University of Louisiana Student Emergency Fund.

Xavier Selected for HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana is among 15 historically-black colleges and universities (HBCU) chosen to lead a multi-year collaboration to foster innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship on their respective campuses.

Sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office for Access and Success (OAS), the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), the United State Patent and Trademark Office, and the United Negro College Fund, the HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative establishes an inaugural cohort of 15 HBCUs (both public and private) which have committed to implementing new institutional courses, changing faculty pedagogy, and developing partnerships that will lead to success for students on their campuses.

Partnering with Xavier in the new initiative, which is funded by The Lemelson Foundation, are: Clark Atlanta University, Fayetteville State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the Virgin Islands, and Virginia State University.

“Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to be included in this inaugural cohort of HBCU’s that have committed themselves to a leadership role in the critical area of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. "Our strategic efforts in this arena over the last few years have been productive and we look forward to the added incentives and challenges that this collaborative will offer.”

“We especially look forward to collaborating with the other selected institutions in assuring that our faculty, students, and graduates are focused on the future and addressing emerging societal needs in state-of-the-art ways,” he said.

Selected universities will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative community seeking to increase innovation and entrepreneurship across disciplines (i.e., agriculture, business, science, mathematics, engineering and technology, etc.) in order to build an innovation community among institutions, administrators, faculty and students, the federal government and private industry. This cohort of HBCUs will be able to access current and future funding opportunities that will find a consortial approach attractive.

“Xavier has had a long standing commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, and this new partnership opens up new avenues for exploration and funding opportunities to extend upon previous initiatives,” said Dr. Loren Blanchard, Xavier University Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The 15 member cohort was selected from a list of 44 institutions that submitted competitive applications for the limited number of spaces in the initial cohort. Institutions were rated on the following criteria: Institutional Commitment, Institutional Capacity, Federal Research Engagement, Intellectual Property Engagement, Faculty Innovation Potential, and Cross-Disciplinary Impact.

The institutions will kick off their participation at the 2014 HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative Symposium in conjunction with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance 18th Annual Conference that will be held in San Jose, CA. March 21-22.

Xavier Hosts The New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Tradition Extravaganza

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana will host is hosting a special program highlighting unique local carnival customs, the New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Tradition Extravaganza Feb. 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the XU University Center Ballroom.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will feature presentations by representatives of several longtime Carnival groups and practices, including Big Chief Darryl Montana (of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian Tribe), Clarence Becknell (Zulu Club historian), Dr. Kim Vaz (author of The Baby Dolls), Cinnamon Black (Treme Million Dollar Baby Dolls), Royce Osborn (Skull & Bones Gang member and Producer of the documentary, All On A Mardi Gras Day) and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson (singer of Carnival Time). There will also be a performance by the TBC (To Be Continued) Brass Band.

Each representative will discuss their personal experiences as well as the history and meaning of their tradition. They will also give brief demonstrations. This is a rare opportunity to see these unique local traditions presented together and also for the public to ask questions and interact with the authentic their authentic practitioners.

This program is sponsored and hosted by Dr. Michael White, Keller Endowed Chair in    the Humanities at Xavier.

Xavier Named Partner in 100Kin10 National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has been accepted as a partner in 100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

Xavier is the only university in Louisiana and the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) nationally in the collaboration.

As part of its commitment to 100Kin10, Xavier will provide hands-on professional development for 225 STEM teachers (including elementary) through workshops and site-visits led by STEM professionals, with activities that are culturally sensitive to the community and students with special needs.

In addition, the University will also prepare 110 teachers (50% will be elementary) who will be trained to work with students in urban high needs schools and districts, highly knowledgeable in STEM content areas, and culturally sensitive to special needs of the inner-city community.

“Xavier is delighted to have been selected to join this elite group of organizations and foundations committed to training 100,000 STEM teachers over the next ten years,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “STEM literacy and the importance of ensuring that our nation is fully prepared to address the current STEM teacher shortage is a national priority and one that we at Xavier stand ready to address.”

“We especially look forward to collaborating with the growing number of more than 150 partners currently in the network in order that we can share our own STEM successes while learning new and innovative practices and concepts that will help ensure America’s leadership in this critical area,” he said.

More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students – not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools— must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. Xavier is one of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace.

With 65 percent of its incoming freshmen focusing on a STEM discipline, XULA has perfected the model in successfully guiding and educating minority STEM students.  The university’s success has been well-documented. According to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2011 Xavier was the top producer of African-American students who earned medical degrees – besting the nation’s most prestigious schools including Harvard, Yale and Stanford.  Sixty of its alumni graduated from medical schools across the country compared to 22 Harvard graduates, 21 Yale graduates and 20 Stanford graduates.
According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the university is first in the nation in awarding African-Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences. The university is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. The National Science Foundation ranks XULA ninth on its list of schools whose minority alumni complete a PhD. Xavier is also one of the nation's top producers of African-American Doctor of Pharmacy graduates.

“Xavier has had a long standing commitment to preparing highly qualified STEM teachers and this new partnership with 100Kin10 supports our efforts on a national level,” said Dr. Rosalind Pijeaux Hale, an XU professor in the Division of Education and Counseling. ”We are looking forward to collaborating with the other partners to share our successes and also learn from them. Together we will reach the goal of 100Kin10.”

Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers and the University of Chicago. Reviewers are looking for organizations that bring innovation, boldness, and a proven track-record to their commitment(s) toward expanding, improving, and retaining the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force, or building the 100Kin10 movement. 

A complete list of partners – with new partners highlighted – appears below and is also available on the 100Kin10 website [].

As partners fulfill their ambitious commitments and work together to spark innovation, they have access to exclusive opportunities—including competitive research opportunities, solution labs, collaboration grants, a growing research and learning platform, and a funding marketplace. Each of these is designed to foster collaborative problem-solving and support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments.

In January 2014, 100Kin10 launched its third fund with $5 million and leadership from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and the Overdeck Family Foundation. To date, 100Kin10 funding partners have committed more than $57 million in support of the work of the partners. Over $31 million has already been distributed to partner organizations in 99 grants since the first fund launched in June 2011.

In the first two years of the effort, 100Kin10 partners who have committed to increase the supply of great STEM teachers have recruited and prepared 12,412 teachers. They are projected to prepare just shy of 37,000 teachers by 2016, five years into the project’s ten-year timeline. The network’s continued growth (through organizations such as those announced here) will add to this total number. In addition, nearly 75 partners are working to support and improve existing teachers so that more of them stay in the profession, with the goal of over time reducing the need for so many new teachers entering the workforce.

African American Professionals on Campus for YMTF/BEEP

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Office of Career Services will sponsor the annual Youth Motivation Task Force/Black Executive Exchange Program (YMTF/BEEP) on February 23-25.

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 talk with students about their goals and how they should prepare to achieve them. The program will also include panels on Careers in Law and Career Options to Medical School.

Chaired by Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas, ’71 the event will include 27 alumni including Eugenia Foster Adams ’73, Jhan Doughty Berry ’93, Whitney Brown ’08, Monica Bertran ’88, Ken Boutte ’76, Mark Boucree ’90, Patricia Boyer ’80, Charlese Brown ’81, Lynette Smith Causey ’72,  Clement Dugue ’80, Royce Duplessis ’04, Houston Gilliand ’89, Kimberly Henderson ’03, Kristi Hubbard ’78, Paula Narcisse Hooks ’89, Frank Joshua ’84, Adrienne Johnson ’95, Algernon Kelley ’04, Amanda Kelley ’06,; Wayne Lopez ’99, Vernon Martin ’73, Willie McKinney ’90, Andrea Rance ’09, Larry Rivarde ’74,  Randall Schexnayder ’80, Pete Thomas ’90, and Cheryl Mayo Thomas ’71.

Xavier to Host Historic Tobacco Summit

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host an historic, national one-day summit focusing on how prevention can lead to a tobacco-free generation Feb. 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the XU Convocation Center.

The “Summit on the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Tobacco Report” marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, a report which concluded that smoking cigarettes is harmful to your health. The focus of the summit, however, is on prevention.

The event will feature conversations with the several former U.S. Surgeons General, tobacco control history makers, youth activists, advocacy groups, foundations, public health officials, and national and local community leaders.

Co-hosted by Xavier and the Louisiana Cancer Research Center under the leadership of Dr. Regina Benjamin, the XU Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences and the 18th U.S. Surgeon General, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit HERE for more details or to register.

Xavier Announces High School Business Idea Competition

New Orleans, LA - The Entrepreneurship Institute of Xavier University of Louisiana will host a business idea competition for New Orleans high school students this spring.

“Our competition provides New Orleans high school students who have an idea to put it into motion and have our experts in entrepreneurship evaluate it. In addition, students will meet other high school and some college students from across New Orleans who are creative thinkers,” says Mark Quinn, Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute.

The deadline for all entries is 11:59 p.m. on March 8, 2014. Semifinalist and Finalists presentations will be on March 22, 2014. The winner and runners up will be announced at an awards banquet on April 3, 2014. The winner receives $400 and 4 runners up each receive $150. Applications are available by e-mailing or calling (504) 520-5046.

Sponsors of the competition are the Xavier University Entrepreneurship Institute; Capital One Bank; the Xavier Encatus Team, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

Xavier College of Pharmacy Awarded Drug Patent

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a U. S. Patent for a new drug formulation which promises to improve methods for treating pain and heroin addiction.

Patent No. 8,628,701B2 – “An improved method of microencapsulation” – is for a new, long acting buprenorphine formulation developed in the Xavier College of Pharmacy that allows for a reduction in the frequency of dosing. Buprenorphine is a pain killer which is also effective against opioid addiction.

“The new patented buprenorphine formulation will not only reduce the frequency of dosing from daily to once in three or six months because of the compositions and preparation method, it will also reduce the potential for abuse,” said Dr. Tarun Mandal, the lead inventor of the subcutaneous or intramuscular injection formulation and the head of the group which will initiate the safety and efficacy study soon.
“Opioid addiction is a medical condition; not caused by lack of morals, nor controlled by willpower, not cured by good advice. It is a disease as is cancer or diabetes,” he said, noting that virtually every American has been touched by addiction in some way, whether it was an addicted parent or child or spouse or co-worker or friend.  He estimated that addicts’ costs the country in excess of $400 billion a year.

Buprenorphine is commercially available as sublingual tablet and film (SubutexÒ and SuboxoneÒ) for daily dose. Subutex, which contains only buprenorphine is not allowed as take home medication because of its abuse potential and must be dosed in a clinic, whereas Suboxone contains a second drug naloxone to reduce the abuse potential and therefore, used as a take home medication. Sales of these two medications reached $1.5 billion in the U.S. in 2012 and are growing by about 10 percent annually.

For more information, contact Dr. Tarun Mandal, Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, at (504) 520-7432 or

694 Scholars Make Xavier University of Louisiana Fall Dean’s List

New Orleans LA - A total of 694 student scholars made the Xavier University of Louisiana Dean's List during the fall 2013 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 & Sciences) and HERE (College of Pharmacy).

Applications Open for Xavier Summer Programs

New Orleans LA - Students who will attend Xavier University of Louisiana’s diverse array of pre-college and collegiate summer programs can count on learning analytical reasoning and verbal skills that will help them with their future studies, in some cases college credits.

Applications for the pre-college student programs are being accepted now, and the University is encouraging the community to enroll students soon, expecting the programs to be filled to capacity. Space is limited. New this year is an online, common application that should make applying easier and convenient.

In addition to those special programs, the summer schedule also includes regular college degree-credit courses available in two five-week sessions, and an additional eight-week session. Some new and exciting online and hybrid courses will be offered, too.  All three sessions, offered at low tuition rates, are open to currently enrolled, new and returning Xavier students, as well as students enrolled at other universities. Registration for Session I and II are May 26 and June 27, respectively. Session III registration is June 6.

“Whether it’s junior or high school students participating in one of the summer enrichment programs, or our own current students mixed with transient or adult learners taking affordable summer classes for college credit or trying to improve their professional skills, each summer the Xavier campus is filled with a myriad group of students all with the common goal of getting summer enrichment,” said Damon Williams, XU Director of Summer Programs. “This summer we will offer more evening and online courses which gives the students more flexibility and the ability to work or carry out other responsibilities during the day.”

Interesting and informative pre-college programs beginning in May and June include:

  • British Petroleum STEM Summer Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
    • Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs – offers three “STAR” programs – MathStar, BioStar, and ChemStar – for high school students who have an expressed interest in science careers
    • Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP)/Summer Scholars – a  competitive and intensive honors program designed to improve the analytical reasoning and verbal skills of students considering careers in engineering, mathematics or the sciences
    • Exploring Computer Science at XU – for students interested in learning more about science
  • Center of Excellence Program – a four-week session designed to grant a small group of high school students interested in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements and exposure to various career opportunities in pharmacy
  • Future Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy (FMSTA) – a worldwide hands-on, middle and secondary school-based science/math education program
  • The Stress On Analytical Reasoning (SOAR1) – a program that prepares students in analytical reasoning and provides early exposure to science/health careers
  • SuperScholar/EXCEL – a four-week residential summer enrichment program that is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing college degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

While the pre-college programs give the campus a different feel during the summer, XU’s regular collegiate summer school sessions, offered at low tuition rates, and several special college-level programs also attract a brisk enrollment. Special program offerings include the following:

  • Biomedical Scholar Summer Program (BSSP) – provides the opportunity for very high-ability incoming freshmen students who intend to major in Biology, Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed to complete one semester of Xavier's General Chemistry course earning 3 hours of college credit. Invitation only.
  • Business Achievers Summer Program – for incoming freshmen business majors. Invitation only.
  • Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Summer Bridge – enhances diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority- serving colleges and universities and the National Science Foundation
  • Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program – ten-week program for students interested in obtaining first research experience in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program – a five-week program for incoming freshmen majoring in math, computer sciences, physics and engineering 
  • XUPharmPrep - a four-week program for incoming freshmen majoring in Chemistry-Prepharmacy that is designed to prepare students in key academic areas and expose them to opportunities in pharmacy.  Invitation only.

In addition, the Math and Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) and Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) are expected to draw higher enrollment numbers as well.
For more information on Xavier’s Summer Programs, visit HERE.

Psychology Major Receives MLK Service Award

New Orleans LA - Yves-Yvette Young, a Xavier University of Louisiana senior psychology major from St. Paul MN, was honored for her community service during the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration.

Young, whose passion for children and love of people has fueled her zeal for community service throughout her years at Xavier, 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. 

Young’s penchant for involvement became obvious as early as her freshman year, her volunteer work with the Girl Scouts at Xavier and the Hunger Coalition earning her a reputation of “always going the extra mile.” The next year she served as Outreach Day Project Coordinator, organizing cultural enrichment and educational activities for youth 6–12 years.

A MARC Scholar, she has served as a Peer Dean (orientation leader), XU Love freshman mentor, Orientation Community Service Chair, and on the MLK Week of Peace Committee. Embracing her passion to serve and capacity to lead, Young is now in her second year as co-chair of MAX (Mobilization at Xavier), keeping tabs on over 250 volunteers, 10 programs and 15 project coordinators.

“I just try to lead by example,” she said. “Encouraging others and showing the way to keep the Xavier tradition, and my purpose, growing strong.

Young 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 convocation. Other events included an interfaith service, an expressions of unity celebration, and a community service day.

Dr. Vaz’s ‘Baby Dolls’ to Highlight State Library Black History Month Celebration

New Orleans LA - In celebration of Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting Dr. Kim Marie Vaz, author and Xavier University of Louisiana Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, for a discussion of The ‘Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition.

The presentation will take place at noon on Feb. 6 at the State Library Seminar Center in Baton Rouge LA. Registration is not required for this free event.
Vaz’s book is a history of the Million Dollar Baby Dolls, one of the first women’s organizations to participate in Mardi Gras, and its post-Hurricane Katrina comeback. The ‘Baby Dolls’ traces the tradition as it spread to different New Orleans neighborhoods and empowered women.

The book uncovers the fascinating history of the women who wore baby doll costumes—short satin dresses, bonnets and stockings with garters—and their bold behavior during their journeys into the predominantly male Mardi Gras celebration.

Vaz will share photographs from different time periods to highlight how the practice changed over time. The photos, along with short video clips, bring to life the spirit of fun and play that constitute the practice of masking.

The ‘Baby Dolls’ served as the basis for a major installation on the Baby Doll tradition at The Presbytere as part of the permanent Carnival exhibit.

Production of XU Music Professor’s Opera Nominated for Big Easy Award

New Orleans LA - The 9th Ward Opera Company's double bill of George Gershwin's "Blue Monday" and Xavier University of Louisiana music professor Dr. Dan Shore's "An Embarrassing Position" has been nominated for a Big Easy Award. 

The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) announced special awards and nominations for performances of classical music, opera, ballet and ethnic and contemporary dance in the New Orleans area in 2013. Winners will be announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Feb. 14 at the Hotel Monteleone.
The production, which featured Xavier graduates Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson ’10 and Dedrian Hogan ‘13 as well as current music major Micah Turner in “An Embarrassing Position”, was nominated in the Best Student/Community Opera Production category.

For a complete list of nominees, visit HERE.

Explore Xavier Open House Set for Jan. 23

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host its annual Open House for prospective students, parents, and counselors Jan. 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

"Explore Xavier" gives students and their parents the opportunity to learn about admissions, majors and fields of study, financial aid and scholarships, and student life. Attendees should go to the University Center to begin Open House.

Campus tours will be available throughout the evening. Tickets will be available for that weekend’s Xavier-Dillard Crosstown Classic basketball doubleheader.

For more info call 1-877-XavierU or 504-520-7388.

“Little Rock Nine” Icon to Keynote MLK Jr., Week for Peace Celebration

New Orleans LA - Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the nine African Americans who desegregated Arkansas’ Little Rock Central High School (e.g. “the Little Rock Nine’) in 1957, will be the keynote speaker for the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, Jan. 17-20, 2014.

The theme for this year’s event – a joint collaboration between Xavier University of Louisiana, Tulane University, Loyola University and Dillard University – is “50 Years Later: Evolution of the Dream”

The keynote address will take place during the annual MLK Convocation and Symposium Jan. 18, which will be hosted this year by Loyola University in the Dana Center (St. Charles Room, 10:00 a.m.). Students from all four universities will be presented community service awards at the signature event.
The four-day celebration kicks off Jan. 17 with an Expressions of Unity Talent Showcase and Step off at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium (7:00 p.m.), followed by an Expressions After Party. Other MLK week activities include an Interfaith Service Jan. 19 at Dillard University’s Lawless Chapel (6:00 p.m.) and a Day of Service Jan. 20 at Xavier University beginning at the University Center (8:00 a.m.).

All events are free and the public is invited to participate.

Minnijean Brown Trickey entered history in 1957 by striding through the front doors of the then whites-only Central High School in Little Rock AR. As a member of the “Little Rock Nine”, in front of a worldwide television audience she walked past armed guards and an angry mob to help set America on the path toward desegregation in public schools.

That was just the beginning of her fiery career as a social activist. In her adult life, Brown-Trickey continues to be an activist for minority rights, peacemaking, environmental issues, developing youth leadership, diversity education and training, cross-cultural communications, and gender and social justice advocacy. She has spoken in 49 states, and internationally in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada, England, New Zealand and South Africa.

A journalist and educator, during the President Bill Clinton Administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity in the Department of the Interior.

For her lifetime of work she has received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the Spingarn Medal, the Wolf Award, and a medal from the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, among other citations. She has also appeared in two acclaimed documentaries: Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey and HBO's Little Rock: 50 Years Later.

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