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  AUGUST 2014
1903 Hall of Fame to Induct XU's "Sweetwater" Clifton
1902 XU Gets Nod in in Princeton Review Best Colleges Guide
  JULY 2014
1903 Xavier Committee Approves Faculty Promotions
1902 Women's Tennis, Volleyball Named NAIA Scholar-Teams
1903 Fiske College Guide Tabs Xavier a 2015 Best Buy
1902 Xavier Herald Earns Top LPA Award
1903 Xavier to Offer Ed.D. Degree in Educational Leadership
  JUNE 2014
1902 Federal Financial Aid Available for New PSY.D Program
track Cross Country Will Run Twice at Home During 2014
volleyball Volleyball to Open 2014 With Long Home Stretch
1903 Xavier's Horn Elected to GNOSF Board of Directors
1902 Xavier Designates Top Students as Rousseve Scholars
1903 2014 Give. Love. Xavier Day a Success!
tennisball State Legislature Proclaims Xavier Gold Nuggets Day
  MAY 2014
1903 777 Scholars Earn Spots on Spring Dean’s List
1902 Xavier Research Programs Receive $11.2 Million NIH Grant
1903 Give. Love. Xavier Day to Be Held June 2
1902 Tennis & Track Teams Score Seven All-Americans
tennisball Nuggets Denied Spot in Championship / Top-ranked Embry-Riddle Eliminates Rush
tennisball Nuggets Snap Davenport's 20-dual Winning Streak / Rain Postpones Rush
tennisball Rush Defeat Hastings in NAIA 1st Round
1902 545 Graduates Receive Degrees at Xavier Commencement
1903 Outstanding Faculty Recognized at Xavier Comencement
1902 Xavier Wins GCAC All-Sports Award for 4th Straight Year
1903 Xavier Freshman Selected as Kemper Scholar
basketball Xavier to Host 2nd Annual DJ Hoops Skills Academy Basketball Camp
1903 XU Business Professor Studies Economic Impact of NCAA BSC Era
  APRIL 2014
tennisball Top-seeded Nuggets Open National Tourney / Rush Get Hastings in First Round
tennisball Back on Top: Women's Tennis No. 1 in NAIA Coaches Poll
tennisball Nuggets Beat NAIA's No. 1 Team to Win Group Tourney
1903 IBCS Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
tennisball XU Hosts NAIA Qualifying Tournament
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
  FEBRUARY 2014
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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XU Gets Nod in in Princeton Review Best Colleges Guide

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has once again been singled out as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2015 edition of its annual edition of "The Best 379 Colleges”.

In its profile on Xavier the guide praises the school for its academics, faculty, and providing a “thriving underlying foundation upon which students can achieve the very best for themselves.”
The New York-based company – which is best known for its test-prep and education services, books, website and other resources for students – showcases only about 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States in its annual guide.

"Xavier University of Louisiana offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of "The Best 379 Colleges".

“We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys," he said. "We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”
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Xavier Committee Approves Faculty Promotions


New Orleans LA - The University Rank and Tenure Committee and President Dr. Norman C. Francis have approved the promotions of five faculty members in four disciplines for the 2014-2015 academic year at Xavier University of Louisiana, according to Dr. Loren Blanchard, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Michael Homan was promoted to full professorship in theology. Four others were promoted to associate professorships: Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee and Dr. Hector Biliran in biology, Dr. Kristy Brumfield in education, and Dr. Lamartine Meda in chemistry.

Homan, who holds a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern history from the University of California-San Diego, has been at Xavier for 12 years. He currently teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern religion, and has escorted Xavier students on archaeological excavations to Israel and Jordon. The author of such books as The Bible for Dummies and Over, Under and Through the Bible, he is now involved in researching the origins of social stratification and the history of social justice.

Bhattacharjee, who holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Liverpool and a D.V.M from Bangladesh Agricultural University, has been at Xavier since 2008. His teaching duties are split between Human Physiology and Microbiology. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the LSU School of Medicine. His current research focuses on diabetic retinopathy, the most common eye disease in the retina of diabetic patients with an ultimate vision loss.

Biliran, who teaches a variety of biology courses (general, genetics, and scientific literature), has been at Xavier for six years. He holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University. His research, which focuses on identifying compounds or molecules that can induce apoptosis or cell death in cancer cells, has received external funding from the National institutes for Health (NIH), the Louisiana State Board of Regents, and the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. He has served as a research mentor to 14 XU students, some of whom have already co-authored professional papers.

Brumfield, who has also been at XU for six years, holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. A licensed professional counselor, she teaches classes in the M.A. Counseling Program, including play therapy and skills courses. Her primary research focus concerns social and cultural diversity in counseling as well as focusing on counseling children and adolescents.

Meda, who holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northeastern University, came to Xavier in 2008. His teaching load includes general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and materials chemistry. His research, which is multidisciplinary in nature and encompasses electrochemistry, physics, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering, focuses on the understanding of nanostructured materials and their applications in electrochemical energy storage (rechargeable lithium-ion batteries), super-capacitor, and sensors.

Fiske College Guide Tabs Xavier a 2015 Best Buy

New Orleans LA - The 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has tabbed Xavier University of Louisiana as among its “Best Buy Schools” for academics and affordability.

The publication has designated 44 such institutions – 22 public and 22 private – as “Best Buys.” To qualify for the distinction, the colleges and universities must have a four- or five-star academic rating, be in the inexpensive or moderate price category, and have a good quality of student campus life.

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

In its 26th year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has provided millions of parents, counselors, and college-bound students with an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. The author, Edward B. Fiske, served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times.
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Other schools selected include: (private) Adelphi University, Alfred University, Austin College, Baylor University, Brigham Young University, California Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, Deep Springs College, Elon University, Goucher College, Morehouse College, Mount Holyoke College, Olin College of Engineering, Rice University, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, University of the South, Southwestern University, Spelman College, Syracuse University, Trinity University, and Warren Wilson College; (public) Arizona State University, University of Edinburgh (UK), The Evergreen State University, University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Mary Washington, University of Maryland Baltimore County, New College of Florida, University of North Carolina Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Ohio University, Purdue University, University of St. Andrews (UK), SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY-College at Geneseo, University of Texas at Austin, University of Toronto (CAN), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Xavier Herald Earns Top LPA Award

New Orleans LA – Students Students who worked on the 2013 spring and fall editions of The Xavier Herald at Xavier University of Louisiana received the top award presented by the Louisiana Press Association in its annual Better Student Newspaper Competition: First Place in General Excellence.

The Herald also took first place in “staff generated color advertisement” and two second place awards for graphic design and feature photography. The awards were presented last month at the LPA’s joint conference with the Mississippi Press Association held in Biloxi, Miss. The Better Student Newspaper Competition entries were judged by mainstream media professionals from outside Louisiana and Mississippi. The competition includes university publications from across Louisiana.

Student publications were required to submit two full editions—one from the spring and one from the fall 2013—and judges based their decision on content, design and advertising. “Excellent reporting of subjects relevant to your target audience,” one judge commented about The Herald’s entries. “Professional quality design. Excellent all around.”

Herald staffs entered the April 11, 2013, and Nov. 19, 2013, editions. The April edition included coverage of the university administration’s controversial decision to cancel performances by two New Orleans bounce artists days before the annual students’ spring festival. The November edition featured an in depth examination of college students’ usage of “stimulants in a can,” such as energy drinks, and overuse of other caffeine-loaded products; misuse of prescription drugs; and detrimental “addiction” to social media.

Cassie Smith, editor-in-chief in the spring 2013, graduated in May 2013 with a BA in mass communication, print concentration. She is now an editorial assistant at the Austin American-Statesman newspaper in Austin, Texas. Anthony Lotten served as editor-in-chief in fall 2013 and is a senior English major.

The Southeastern Louisiana University Lion’s Roar placed second and Loyola University Maroon placed third in general excellence.

The Herald’s other first place award was for a staff generated color ad that design editor Kenneth Norwood produced to solicit contributions for New Voices, which features students’ literary and artistic submissions. Norwood graduated in May 2013 with a BA in mass communication, print concentration.

Fall 2013 design editor Latasha Smith was awarded second place in “most effective use of graphic design on a single page.” The winning entry was one page of a two-page Arts and Entertainment spread on the film, “12 Years a Slave.” Smith’s elaborate design featured a review by staff writer Bianca Moore and a coordinated layout with images from the film and corresponding passages from Solomon Northup’s memoir,Twelve Years a Slave.”

“A lot of information, but well-thought out and strong design. The main art as focal point brings you into the entire graphic,” one judge wrote about Smith’s entry. Smith graduated in May 2014 with a BA in mass communication, public relations concentration.

Managing editor and photographer Eric Craig earned second place in feature photography with his nighttime photo of student Jade Dedeaux as she texts on her phone while walking across campus. The photo accompanied a feature on campus safety. Craig is a junior political science major with a mass communication minor.

Xavier to Offer Ed.D. Degree in Educational Leadership

New Orleans LA – The Xavier University of Louisiana Board of Trustees has approved a new academic program leading to an Ed. D. (Doctor of Education) degree in Educational Leadership.

The 60-hour curriculum will focus on urban education and school turnaround, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that blends theory and applied research with practice. In keeping with Xavier’s Mission, it is designed for the educator who wants to become a leader and agent of change in approaching the current challenges facing many schools in New Orleans and beyond.

“What makes this degree program unique,” said Dr. Rosalind Hale, Professor of Education and one of the authors of the new program “is its focus on leadership values that include social justice and inclusion of all the organization’s stakeholders. “At Xavier, our educational programs are grounded in a conceptual framework that identifies six constructs: spirituality, diversity, professionalism, inquiry, competence, and technology that are passed on from the Division of Education’s experienced professional team to those who will lead effective schools in the future.”

Dr. Loren Blanchard, University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs indicates: “Xavier was established almost 100 years ago as a College of Education. In this new initiative, our goal is to produce transformational leaders who meet the profession’s current needs and future demands. Ed. D. graduates will be visionary, flexible, and adaptable to change.” 

Degree candidates will learn strategies and skills that will engage all constituents in creating schools with sustainable high performance based on effective organizational models and best instructional practices. The platform to change is underpinned by the pedagogical successes of urban schools that consistently meet the academic needs of all children, including those who are poor and minority.

“The Ed. D. in Educational Leadership curriculum will be infused with a rich mixture of leadership theories, best practices, and entrepreneurial turnaround skills,” said Dr. Renee Akbar, chair of XU’s Division of Education and Counseling, “What makes the program even more unique is its focus on leadership skills built on the foundation of social justice, collaborative relationships, and advocacy.

The new program, which must still be approved by the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), is slated to enroll its first class of students in Fall 2015. The doctoral degree program, will be administered through Xavier’s University’s Division of Education and Counseling and draws on the Division’s success as a partner in the Louisiana School Turnaround Specialist Program. Interested applicants must already have a master’s degree – although not necessarily in education or educational leadership.

Federal Financial Aid Available for New PSY.D Program

Prospective students applying for admission to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) new Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program at Xavier for the fall 2014 semester, can now apply for federal financial aid. Applications are now being accepted.

The Clinical Psy.D. Program is the first one of its kind offered in the state of Louisiana and has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting agency. 

While TCSPP’s Clinical Psy.D. Program curriculum will be housed on the XULA campus with XULA providing all classrooms, program offices and other support services, TCSPP will provide, manage and maintain faculty, curriculum and all other academic matters. Oversight will be provided by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as well, and all faculty members, and some administrators, will be employed by the institution.

The program opens the door to well-qualified candidates from Xavier and other local universities, as well as professionals already in the field, who are seeking clinical psychology graduate studies. Graduates of the Clinical Psy.D. Program at XULA will be equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, so that they are well-prepared to serve as practitioners in clinical settings.

The Chicago School’s Clinical Psy.D. Program, offers 106 credit hours of rigorous training in culturally competent service provision while exposing students to a variety of professional training opportunities.

A unique feature of the 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.

Xavier Designates Top Students as Rousseve Scholars

New Orleans LA - Thirty-nine upperclassmen have been named Rousseve Scholars for the 2014-15 school year at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Students selected for the University’s Rousseve Scholars Program generally represent the top ten (or more) students in the senior, junior and sophomore classes based on their academic performance the preceding two semesters. Each recipient receives a full tuition scholarship and a book allowance.

This year’s recipients, grouped by their class, are listed below along with their majors, hometown and high school.

Seniors / P2s –Caitlin Bucher, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Chapelle High); Tarrin Casey, biology/premed, St. Louis MO (Cardinal Ritter High); Duy Dang, biology/premed, Harvey LA (Shaw High); Sara Elsayed, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes Academy); Paige Estave, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Chapelle High); Catherine Fakler, English/English Education, Phoenix AZ (Xavier Prep); Shikira Flounory, biology/premed, Shreveport LA (C.E. Byrd High); Kristen Fowler, biology/pre-med, Kenner LA (Chapelle High); Tri Pham, biology/pre-med, Harvey LA (Shaw High); and Theresia Sutherlin, biology/pre-med, Mobile AL (Murphy AL).

Juniors / P1s – Ashnti Anderson, psychology, Mobile AL (Williamson High); Jasmine Douglas, biology/premed, Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish High); Rania El-Desoky, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Kingwood High); Jasmine Geathers, chemistry/premed, Chester PA (Christian Academy); Lynn Hoang, chemistry/prepharmacy, New Orleans (Ben Franklin); Rasaan Hollis, business, Columbus OH (Westerville North High); Leslie Jones, biology/premed, Memphis TN (Central High); Kevin Lam, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Haynes High); Anthony N. Nguyen, pharmacy, New Orleans (Ben Franklin High); Janice Nguyen, pharmacy, New Orleans (Ben Franklin High); Tami Nguyen, biology/premed, Marrero LA (Ehret High); and Derriyan Price, chemistry/premed, New Iberia LA (New Iberia High).

Sophomores – Nkemdi Agwaramgbo, biology/premed, Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson High); Aizaz Ahmad, biology/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King High); Jacqueline Baidoo, dual-degree engineering, Frederick MD; Usman Chaudhry, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Grace King High); Rebekah Covington, biology/premed, Leavenworth KS (Leavenworth High); Keeyan Davis, chemistry/prepharmacy, Harvey LA (Lusher High); Ryan Hoang, biology/premed, Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson); Erica Greenwood, business, LaPlace LA (East St. John High); Moamen Ismail, chemistry/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King High); Shahan Maqbool, chemistry/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King High); Renee’ Miller, biology/premed, Luling LA (Hahnville High); Tracey Nguyen, biology/premed, Gretna LA (Thomas Jefferson High); Alayna Robinson, chemistry/premed, Peachtree City GA (McIntosh High); Michaela Smith, chemistry/premed, Shreveport LA (Caddo Parish High); Amanda Ware, accounting, Houston TX (Cypress Creek High); Cassidy Williams, chemistry/prepharmacy, Hammond LA (Pontchatoula High); and Zhayna Yarber, biology/premed, New Iberia LA (New Iberia High).

The scholarships are named in honor of the Rousseve family, outstanding alumni and supporters of the University.

2014 Give. Love. Xavier Day a Success!

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana raised a total of $275,100 from participants in the 2nd Annual Give. Love. Xavier Day held on June 2. This year’s online fundraising event far exceeded last year’s total of $120,000, and nearly 1,200 donors contributed to the cause and rallied fellow alumni and supporters over social media.

Donations are still being accepted through June 30 to help Give. Love. Xavier Day 2014 reach the $300,000 level. All gifts go directly to the Annual Fund which supports scholarships and other important University programs.

“Xaverites coming together like this showcases the spirit of our University,” says Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Part of our mission is to prepare students to assume roles of leadership and service in the global society and these alumni are taking on the responsibility of preserving that tradition. Their donations to the Annual Fund make a vital difference in the lives of current students.”

Xavier would like to thank the generous donors, volunteers and those alumni who established Challenge Grant Incentive opportunities. The Give. Love. Xavier Day Challenge Grant Initiatives were dollar for dollar matches that were only realized when alumni and friends made their donations on June 2.

“All of this year’s Challenge Grant Initiatives were met,” shares Kim Reese, Director of Alumni Relations at Xavier University. “These matches brought in an extra $90,000 for Give. Love. Xavier Day 2014, making many of our donor dollars twice as impactful!”

To participate in Give. Love. Xavier Day, visit www.xula.edu to make a donation ($20 minimum) or call (504) 520-7575. Donors and supporters are still encouraged to post about Give. Love. Xavier Day on their social networks like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to spread the excitement and encourage their friends and followers to give. They can join the conversation by sharing the hashtag #GLXU14, connecting to @XULAalumni and linking to the website.

More information about Give. Love. Xavier Day can be found at http://www.xula.edu/givelove or by calling Lacrecia James at (504) 520-5129.

777 Scholars Earn Spots on Spring Dean’s List

New Orleans LA - A total of 777 student scholars made the Dean's List at Xavier University of Louisiana during the spring 2014 semester, according to XU Registrar Avis Stuard.

Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours. The honor students listed below are grouped by major and include their classifications, high schools and/or (hometowns). Unless otherwise noted, the latter is New Orleans.

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

Xavier Research Programs Receive $11.2 Million NIH Grant

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana has received a five-year, $11.2 million renewal of a Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of its expanding research capabilities.

The new five-year grant will enable Xavier to build upon the dramatic upgrading of its infrastructure and the significant growth of its biomedical research capacities – especially in the area of cancer and health disparities – that have occurred since it received its inaugural RCMI grant in 2009.

During that period the University has been able to increase the number and quality of cancer researchers on the faculty; to provide those researchers with release time, professional development opportunities, and mentoring opportunities; to enlarge its laboratories areas dedicated to research; to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation in the labs, and to fund pilot research projects.

With the new funding, Xavier will work to strengthen internal and external collaborations and partnerships, particularly those that promote health disparities and translational research; to enhance critical core laboratory services; to increase Xavier’s pool of competitive and productive cancer and health disparities researchers who participate in the “translational research pipeline”; to establish a new pilot project program for cancer/health disparities research; and to provide targeted administrative services in support of RCMI investigators.

"This award not only portends the continued enhancement of Xavier's research capacity for the future, but also acknowledges the great work and success of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) faculty who have, over the last five years, been supported by and worked on RCMI projects,” said Dr. Gene D’Amour, Senior Vice President for Resource Development. “And, as a result, many of our students have been able to obtain the critical research experiences they needed to get into graduate or medical schools."

Give. Love. Xavier Day to Be Held June 2

New Orleans LA - Give. Love. Xavier Day is an online fundraising event encouraging alumni and friends to come together and support Xavier University of Louisiana. This one-day event will take place on Monday, June 02 from 12 a.m. to midnight.

All gifts made online on this day will go directly to the Annual Fund which supports scholarships and other important University programs. The Annual Fund makes a vital difference in the lives of students and supports the areas of greatest need.

To participate in Give. Love. Xavier Day, visit HERE and make a donation ($20 minimum) on June 2 or you can make a gift by phone at (504) 520-7575. Donors and supporters are encouraged to post about Give. Love. Xavier Day on their social networks like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to spread the excitement and encourage friends and followers to give. They can join in the conversation by sharing the hashtag #GLXU14, connecting to @XULAalumni and linking to the website.

The first Give. Love. Xavier Day held last year was a huge success; 1,100 donors raised $120,000 for the University and its programs.

This year’s goal is to have contributions from 1,750 donors. Additionally, through a special Challenge Initiative, Xavier has received $100,000 in challenge fund pledges - dollar for dollar matches that will only be realized when and if other alumni and friends make their donations on June 02. This would double of impact of Give. Love. Xavier Day!

XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis, currently America's Longest Serving College President, joined Twitter especially for this year’s Give. Love. Xavier Day to connect with students and alumni. He can be reached at @DrNCF.

More information about Give. Love. Xavier Day can be found HERE or by calling Lacrecia James at (504) 520-5129.

Tennis & Track Teams Score Seven All-Americans

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana’s nationally-ranked tennis programs have produced five 2014 All-Americans. And the young track and field program added yet another two.

The Rush, who finished 13-12 and reached the quarterfinals of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship, placed two first-teamers on the men’s All-American tennis squad – Kyle Montrel and Nikita Soifer. The Nuggets, who posted a 17-7 record and reached the NAIA women’s national semifinals, topped that with three tennis All-Americans: Kourtney Howell and Nour Abbes on the first team and Brion Flowers on the second team.
    
Montrel, a sophomore education major from Atlanta GA (SW Atlanta Christian Academy), was 16-10 in singles and 19-7 in doubles this season, while Soifer, a junior computer science major from Israel, was 15-10 in singles and 22-7 in doubles.

Howell, a senior mathematics major from Cypress TX (Cypress Woods High), is XU’s first three-time All-American. She was 15-9 in singles and 23-9 in doubles this season. Abbes, a freshman deciding major from Tunisia, was 17-0 in singles and 16-2 in doubles; while Flowers, a sophomore biology/premed major from Lafayette LA (St. Thomas More High), was 10-13 in singles and 23-8 in doubles. At the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Gulf Shores AL, Devinn Rolland, a P1 pharmacy student from Harvey LA (Cabrini High) long-jumped 18 feet, 7 inches to earn All-America honors for the second time in three years. Competing in her third event of the day, she placed fourth out of 24 jumpers.

Angelica Alexander, a senior biology/premed major from Shreveport LA (Byrd High), became Xavier's second All-American of the NAIA outdoor meet when she placed fifth in the high jump, tying her own school record of 1.68 meters of 5 feet, 6 inches.

545 Receive Degrees at Xavier Commencement

New Orleans LA - 545 graduates received their degrees during Xavier University of Louisiana’s 87th annual commencement May 10 at the XU Convocation Center.

Award-winning actor/director/producer Blair Underwood delivered the commencement address during the ceremony and was awarded an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees were retiring Tulane University President Dr. Scott Cowen and New Orleans educator/activist/community leader Sybil Haydel Morial ‘52.

Two students – Parixit Joshi, a biology/pre-med major from Metairie LA, and Dustin Foret, pharmacy student from Thibodeaux LA, headed this year’s group of 18 summa cum laude graduates with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Honor Graduates

Summa Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Vallery Jenkins.

Bachelor of Science: Nadine Bizimana. Chigozie Dike, Brandan Dotson, Kayla Johnson, Parixit Joshi, Kyle McClue, Kaylin McLeod, Danh Nguyen, David Nguyen, and Oluwadolapo, Oyebadejo.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Gina Deering, Dustin Foret, Joshua Gauthier, Mona Khashan, Theresa Nguyen, Nicole Riley, and Phuc Tran.

Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Kamaria Beamon, Javon Bracy, and Randi Lemons.

Bachelor of Music: Sandi Lewanika.

Bachelor of Science: Wyndy Bailey, Dujuana Batiste, Kaitland Brannon, Chrystina Clinton, Devin Conrad, Brandon Dang, Sharelle Davis, Morgan Edwards, Jessica Johnson, Maura Jones, Mil’ana Jones, Javon Mead, Alyssa Mercadel, Autumn Myers, Quan Nguyen, Obinna Oko, Jade Romain, Desmond Stewart, Julie Vo,  and Donielle Williams.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Tessa Bridges, Kristen Constantino, Chisom Ezenwoye, Darcy Foret, Kasey Pattan, Jimmy Quach, Lauren Smith, and Candace Zahn.

Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Jasmine Eugene, Jeanece Kelly, Evan La Roche, Mireille Lonian, Balfour Thompson, and Adia Wallace.

Bachelor of Science: Chandler Carter, Jasmine Chaisson, Cydney Chatters, Amber Cook, Aaron Dangerfield, Kamirah Demouchet, Mariah Dunbar, Miracle Gaines, Joseph Gilbert III, Gabrielle Gloston, Shanequa Grayson, Fredericka Lewis, Erika McClain, Brianna Miles, McKenzie Moses, Thao Nguyen, Bradley Patterson, Gretchen Peppers, Anthony Pham, Kai Prophete, Fizza Sajid, Danielle Sanders, Michael Seaberry, De’Angela Smith, Taylor St. Charles, Jasmine Stansberry, Christina Tate, Khandase Tate, Maza Tchedou, Lauree Thomas, Jasmine Thompson, De’Angellica Vaughn-Allen, Cynthie Watson, Amber Williams, Vernicia Winford, and Jillian Young.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Kearston Barnes, Dana Birch, Annette Carter, Kelly Cutrer, Tiernisha Darensburg, Angela Davis, Miranda Dermady, Emily Gray, Raven Jackson, Chalyn Joshua, Allison Long, Rachel Lockhart, Jessica Lowe, Tendai Makina, Shirouk Muhsen, Christopher Pugh, Terreca Taylor, Taylon Tom, Nam Vu, and Quyen Vu.

Graduate Degrees with honors

Master of Arts: Shelia Banks, Amy Milam, John Okogbaa, and Andrea Spreter.

Master of Arts in Teaching: Lori Colgan, Katie Krajcer, Troy Lawson, Emmaline Newman, and Tiffany Willis.

All Graduates

Bachelor of Arts

Karnies Adams, Brandi Armant, Nekkia Augustine, Michael Bach, Matthew Baker, Anthony Barnett, Kamaria Beamon (Magna Cum Laude), Gabriel Bracy, Javon Bracy (Magna Cum Laude), William Bragg II, Brionee Broussard, Nikole Calhoun, Tori Charles, Rickey Coleman Jr., Zavia Collins, Brandon Davis, Chelsea Davis, Kelicia Davis, Taylor Dupree, Ariel Ellis, Jasmin Eugene (Cum Laude), Harris Faulk, Tonnesha Foster, Rasheed Gilmer, Allyson Graham, LaDale Jackson II, Marvin Jean-Pierre, Vallery Jenkins (Summa Cum Laude), Jimmie Johnson Jr., Isaiah Jones, Lexus Jordan, Jeanece Kelly (Cum Laude), Evan La Roche (Cum Laude), Nekita Lagarde, Jade Lamb, Randi Lemons (Magna Cum Laude), Jasmine Lesane, Vonora Lewis, Mireille Lonian (Cum Laude), Birkinesh Maat, Ebonee’ Mackey, Nia Matherson, Darienne McKenzie, Sherry Minias, Ogechi Nwoko, Jeremy Oatis, Kortez Parker, Tieranni Parquet, Kirkland Penro Jr., Rae Fiera Pickett, Evan Pipion, Jazzma Reese, Llolowen Robinson, Ivory Rogers, Donald Sewell Jr., Balfour Thompson (Cum Laude), Breanna Thompson, Danielle Tucker, Dominique Walker, Mornique Walker, Adia Wallace (Cum Laude), Theresa Weber, Debra Williams, Janay Williams, Daisha Wilson, and Folasade Wilson-Anumudu.

Bachelor of Music

Sandi Lewanika (Magna Cum Laude).

Bachelor of Science

Julie Adams, Toluwanimi Adebanjo, Zainab Adebayo, Mercy Adeshina, Asia Age, Angelica Alexander, Nikita Alleyne, Melody Ash, Wyndy Bailey (Magna Cum Laude), Nailah Banks, Lauren Baron, Dujuana Batiste (Magna Cum Laude), Gavin Bauman, Jolie Bellow, Courtney Bettis, Nicholas Bijou, Nadine Bizimana (Summa Cum Laude), Ashley Blocker, Ariel Bonvillian, Brittany Boone, Anthony Boswell, Jaune Boudreaux, Justin Bowers, Kaitland Brannon (Magna Cum Laude), Chelsea Broussard, Amber Brown, Domecia Brown, Tiffany Brownlee, Ana Carter, Chandler Carter (Cum Laude), Jarvis Carter, Jasmine Carter, Jasmine Chaisson (Cum Laude), Cydney Chatters (Cum Laude), Morgan Cheek, Tameka Christmas, Brittany City, Chrystina Clinton (Magna Cum Laude), Devin Conrad (Magna Cum Laude), Amber Cook (Cum Laude), Jocelyn Copeland, Brandon Dang (Magna Cum Laude), Aaron Dangerfield (Cum Laude), Eric Dangerfield, Jessica Daniels, Janique Davalie, Shaquan David, Micaya Davis, Raven Davis, Sharelle Davis (Magna Cum Laude), Kamille Deloach, Lauren Demby, Kamirah Demouchet (Cum Laude), Chigozie Dike (Summa Cum Laude), Brandan Dotson (Summa Cum Laude), Shannon Douglas, Mariah Dunbar (Cum Laude), Rita Dyson, Celeste Edwards, Morgan Edwards (Magna Cum Laude), Ahmed El, Idorenyin Etuk, Kayla Evans, Kara Everhart, Whitney Fant, Whitney Fears, Gabrielle Ficher, Jamille Fields, Carey Ford Jr., Sierra Franklin, Tatyana Franklin, Miracle Gaines (Cum Laude), Racquel Gardner, Kalyn Garner, Paige Gauthier, Robert Gibbs, Joseph Gilbert III (Cum Laude), Diari Gilliam, Gabrielle Gloston (Cum Laude), Lauren Gonzales, John Gordon III, Tyron Gordon, Danzell Gourrier, Sana Grant, Shanequa Grayson (Cum Laude), Bryant Green, Gabriel Green, Jontrell Green, Arieyon Guillory, Olivia Hall, William Hana Sr., Shakia Harper, Anthony Harris, Reginald Harrison Jr., Brehana Hawkins, Kedric Hayes, Shelby Haynes, Nicholas Haywood, James Hearn, Danielle Helffrich, Sherryl Henderson, Jared Hentz, La Tisha Hodge, Carmen Holcombe, Raven Holmes, Arleya Horne, Shanti Hubbard, Jasmyne Hudson, Linus Igbokwe, Timothy Jackson, Jazmine James, Paris Jarman, Atatiana Jefferson, Bene’ Johnson, Jessica Johnson (Magna Cum Laude), Jessica Johnson, Kayla Johnson (Summa Cum Laude), Terri Johnson, Chante’ Jones, Garrett Jones, Lindsey Jones, Marchelle Jones, Maura Jones (Magna Cum Laude), Mil’ana Jones (Magna Cum Laude), Shomari Jordan, Montrelle Joseph, Parixit Joshi (Summa Cum Laude), Rosalyn Kent, Courtney Lavallais, Amber Lejeune, Etheral Lesene, Fredericka Lewis (Cum Laude), Kristiaan Lewis, Leaann Love, Tayler Loyd, Richard Luong, Briana Madhere, Elisah Magee, Diana Mai, Jasmine Martin, Robert Martin, Jamere Maxwell, Lillian McAbee, Shayla McCall, Erika McClain (Cum Laude), Kyle McClue (Summa Cum Laude), Tyriece McGee, Whitney McGruder, Kaylin McLeod (Summa Cum Laude), Javon Mead (Magna Cum Laude), Alyssa Mercadel (Magna Cum Laude), Brianna Miles (Cum Laude), Sherry Minias, Briann Mitchell, Clarence Mitchell III, Rossea’ Moore, McKenzie Moses (Cum Laude), Ashley Moss, Wardah Mustahsan, Autumn Myers (Magna Cum Laude), Keelyn Myers, Paige Nelson, Danh Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), David Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), John Nguyen, Quan Nguyen (Magna Cum Laude), Thao Nguyen (Cum Laude), Thuy-Van Nguyen, Vu Nguyen, Brittany Nicholson, Kenechukwu Ojukwu, Obinna Oko (Magna Cum Laude), Oghenebrume Oloko, Gbenga Onayiga, Ephraim Opara Jr., Oluwadolapo Oyebadejo (Summa Cum Laude), DaReek Parker, Bradley Patterson (Cum Laude), Gretchen Peppers (Cum Laude), Anthony Pham (Cum Laude), John Pittman, Taquoya Portee, Ebony Powell, Alex Presley, Kristen Priestley, Kai Prophete (Cum Laude), Laurena Purvis, Kristi Rambaran, Ariel Revere, Sacha Rhone, Shamarri Riddle, Precious Roberson, Antonio Roberts, Alexandria Robertson, Jade Romain (Magna Cum Laude), Brittany Russell, Fizza Sajid (Cum Laude), Danielle Sanders (Cum Laude), Nicholas Schello, Jasmine Scott, Michael Seaberry (Cum Laude), Nusrat Sharmin, Atrice Sheppard, Brandy Simmons, De’Angela Smith (Cum Laude), Gregory Smith, Renard Smith, Charmelle Spatcher, Emmanuel Spence, Taylor St. Charles (Cum Laude), Jasmine Stansberry (Cum Laude), Desmond Stewart (Magna Cum Laude), Brittini Summers, Archie Swain Jr., Tyler Sylve, Omolola Taiwo, Courtney Tannehill, Christina Tate (Cum Laude), Khandase Tate (Cum Laude), Nigel Tate, Maza Tchedou (Cum Laude), Jeremy Terry, Jasmyne Thomas, Lauree Thomas (Cum Laude), Tracey Thomas, Jasmine Thompson (Cum Laude), Diem-Kieu Tran, Joshua Turner, Charne’sa Tutwiler, Venita Uzowulu, Vivian Uzowulu, De’Angellica Vaughn-Allen (Cum Laude), Tiffanie Veal, Leslie Verret, Christopher Vicks, Julie Vo (Magna Cum Laude), Nina Vo, Charles Waller, Charles Warner-Hillard, Alisha Warren, Sharita Watkins, Cynthie Watson (Cum Laude), Megan Webb, Lauren Webster, Kailah Wicker, Kyle Wilcox, Amber Williams (Cum Laude), Donielle Williams (Magna Cum Laude), Francois Williams, Javonnah Williams, Morgan Williams, Vernicia Winford (Cum Laude), Nicole Woodley, Jillian Young (Cum Laude), and Yves-Yvette Young.

Doctor of Pharmacy

Ishac Adem, David Agyekum, Karen Alexander, Corey Anderson, Richard Anderson Jr., Sarah Anthon, Courtney Babin, Tishara Badon, Gianni Baham, Kearston Barnes (Cum Laude), Latoya Batiste, Kristin Bell, Amy Beshir, Korin Bibbins, David Birch (Cum Laude), Eldora Bolden, Tessa Bridges (Magna Cum Laude), Chester Brown Jr., Nakeisha Brown, Antonio Burrowes Jr., Lamar Cardenas II, Annette Carter (Cum Laude), Justin Charles, Chukwuemezie Chimezie, Ryan Chretien, Sharde Clay, LaShon Conerly, Wyatt Connelley, Kristen Constantino (Magna Cum Laude), Tito Coomber, Mayra Cucullu, Kimberly Curington, Kelly Cutrer (Cum Laude), Okell Dames, Rhiannon Daniel, Quynh-Nhu Dao, Tiernisha Darensburg (Cum Laude), Angela Davis (Cum Laude), Javier Davis, Lauren Day, Gina Deering (Summa Cum Laude), Seth Delise, Miranda Dermady (Cum Laude), Jason Diamond, Tanika Diggs, Anh-ton Do, Jimmy Donald Jr., Caroline Emukah, Karen Erinmwingbovo, Annette Evans, Chisom Ezenwoye (Magna Cum Laude), Hunter Farrar, Darcy Foret (Magna Cum Laude), Dustin Foret (Summa Cum Laude), Hilarie Frickey, Joshua Gauthier (Summa Cum Laude), Felicia Gibson, Kelly Goodson, Lillian Gordon, Emily Gray (Cum Laude), Nastosha Griffin, Kayla Guerra, Amina Hamide, Samer Hamide, Rebecca Han, Chawn Harris, Aefsha Holliday, Michael Holmes Jr., John Hunter, Neumarishel Ingram, Raven Jackson (Cum Laude), Orlando Jerez, Rhea Jones, Chalyn Joshua (Cum Laude), Mona Khashan (Summa Cum Laude), Nicholas Ladner, Allison Lang (Cum Laude), Long Le, Ny Le, Rachel Lockhart (Cum Laude), Jessica Lowe (Cum Laude), Erin Maclin, Thomas Maestri, Tendai Makina (Cum Laude), Tawanna Matthews, Joseph McDonald III, Christina Melerine, Chauna Modica, Kelly Mott, Shirouk Muhsen (Cum Laude), Amy Nguyen, Elizabeth Nguyen, Ellis Nguyen, Helen Nguyen, Johnny Nguyen, Jollin Nguyen, Khanh Nguyen, My-Linh Nguyen, Sang Nguyen, Selena Nguyen, Thanh Ha Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Theresa Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), Tran Nguyen, Trang Nguyen, Truc Nguyen, Trung Nguyen, Vi Nguyen, Van Novick, Jessica Olivier, Christopher Omari, Kasey Pattan (Magna Cum Laude), Ibraheem Pedro, Danielle Perry, Tuong-Vi Pham, Lynez Preyan, Kalaina Price, Christopher Pugh (Cum Laude), Jimmy Quach (Magna Cum Laude), Rhondalyn Rainey, Joshua Randolph Sr., Nicole Riley (Summa Cum Laude), Shana Robinson, Magali Roskam, Rose Rowden, Janet Royals, Nicole Rugel, Youke Sawada, Kendall Schwab, Charles Shaw, Porscha Showers, Danielle Sidney, Lauren Smith (Magna Cum Laude), Cherise Steib, Tiffany Stubbs, Xuong Ta, Terreca Taylor (Cum Laude), Gordon Thai, Naveen Thomas, Danielle Thompson, Jazmine Thompson, Elisa Thong, Taylon Tom (Cum Laude), Van Tra, Kevin Tran, Lanh Tran, Phuc Tran (Summa Cum Laude), Tu Tran, Hung Truong, Nam Tsan, Paul Vo, Christopher Vu, Michael Vu, Nam Vu (Cum Laude), Nga Vu, Quyen Vu (Cum Laude), Uyen Vu, Michelle Williams, Shavonda Wilson, Michelle Winn, Jade Young, Gerald Yumul, Candace Zahn (Magna Cum Laude), and  Rana Zayed.

Master in Theology

Brenda Burns, Thelma Lucas, and Jacqueline Mayo.

Master of Arts

Chinelo Ananaba, Sheila Banks (4.0), Everette Bates Jr., Romesha Bridges, Landon Bussie, Monique Carter, Julia Condon, Teryn Dobbins, Tishlinn Fountain, Chelsea Hall, Kelly Hardy, Alfonso Holmes, Albert Jones Jr., Darren Lewis, Amy Milam (4.0), John Okogbaa (4.0), Tara Payne, Teikeshia Randolph, Melissa Michele Rhodes, Keisha Rogers, Shevblaymenyea Rose, Jasmine Scott, Andrea Spreter (4.0), Adrianne Strachan, Ronique Sylva-Beverly, Shawn Vinnett, Chantell Washington-Williams, Kimberly Williams, and Ashonta Wyatt.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Rahim Alem Sr., Lori Colgan (4.0), Dwayne Cormier, Rochelle Darville, Sara Easter, Lectoria Epperson, Angela Farnell, Odell Isaac, Jeremiah Jackson, Jaime Johnson, Monique Jones, Katie Krajcer (4.0), Troy Lawson (4.0), Erica Lehr, Aaron McCalister, Angelica Mino, Brantley Minor, Emmaline Newman (4.0), Jennifer Rogers, Jordan Sanchez, James Saunders Jr., Marla Taylor, Jennifer Torregano, Sheridon Trepagnier IV, Gentri Williams Jr., Tiffany Willis (4.0), and Dannie Woods Jr.

Outstanding Faculty Recognized at Xavier Comencement

New Orleans LA – Five Xavier University of Louisiana faculty members were honored during the 2014 commencement for their extraordinary performance in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship.

The winners of the 2014 Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Awards were:

Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching: (junior faculty) Dr. Sara Al-Dahir in College of Pharmacy’s Division of Clinical and Administrative Services, and (senior faculty) Dr. Lisa Schulte-Gipson in the Department of Psychology.

Faculty Excellence Award in Service: (senior faculty) Dr. Maryam Foroozesh in the Department of Chemistry.

Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship: (junior faculty) Dr. Syreeta Tilghman in the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, and (senior faculty) Dr. David Lanoue in the Department of English.

Initiated in 2009, the Faculty Excellence Awards are designed to honor both the “junior” faculty members (those who have served as XU for seven years or less) and “senior” faculty members (more than seven years of service). The award includes a monetary gift of $5,000 – which is split evenly between the award recipient and his/her academic department/division/college – and a medallion.

Xavier wins GCAC all-sports award for 4th straight year

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana is the winner of the Thomas Howell Cup, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's all-sports award, for the fourth consecutive year.

The Thomas Howell Cup, named for the GCAC's longtime commissioner, is awarded annually to the school with the most points based on order of finish in various sports. Xavier was boosted by GCAC championships in men's cross country, women's cross country, women's volleyball (regular season and tournament), men's basketball (regular season), women's basketball (tournament) and women's outdoor track and field. Xavier's women's tennis team, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, won an unaffiliated group championship.

Xavier scored 48 points to match its highest total of the last 10 seasons. Edward Waters was second with 39 1/2 points, and SUNO was third with 29 1/2. The 1-2-3 order is the same as a year ago.

"We are excited to win the award for the fourth consecutive year," XU athletics director Jason Horn said. "This achievement recognizes the collective hard work and determination of the Xavier student-athletes, coaches and staff.  We have a solid program across the board, and I applaud all of the Gold Rush and Gold Nugget coaches and student-athletes for their successes -- not only in competition but also in the classroom and the community." 

It is the fourth time that Xavier has won the award. The athletics department finished in the top three each of the past 10 seasons. Xavier is the second school in GCAC history to win the all-sports award at least four consecutive times. Former member Mobile had Howell Cup streaks of 12 and five seasons.

Xavier has won 54 conference/group championships and earned 39 team berths in NAIA national championships during the past nine seasons.

Xavier is one of 38 U.S. colleges listed as a "Best Buy School" in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The 2013-14 GCAC all-sports standings:

1. Xavier, 48 points
2. Edward Waters, 39 1/2 points
3. SUNO, 29 1/2 points
4. Talladega, 28 1/2 points
5. Dillard, 26 points
6. (tie) Philander Smith, 16 1/2 points
6. (tie) Tougaloo, 16 1/2 points
8. Fisk, 14 1/2 points
9. Voorhees, 13 points

Xavier Freshman Selected as Kemper Scholar

New Orleans LA - Tyler Despenza, a freshman English major at Xavier University of Louisiana, has been selected for the incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program.

Tyler, a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, was chosen for the honor by the Foundation based on her excellent academic standing, her commitment to the liberal arts, and her expressed interest in exploring careers in organizational leadership and management in business or the non-profit sector.

Students named Kemper Scholars receive annual scholarships up to $10,000 based on need during their sophomore, junior, and senior years of college.

Program participants also receive stipends to cover the costs of their work as interns in major non-profit organizations in Chicago during the summer following their sophomore year, during which the scholars are placed in full-time administrative positions where they can learn about such things as financial management, organizational strategy, fund-raising, and non-profit administration. During the Chicago summer, scholars live in the same apartment residence hall and participate in a weekly seminar while having opportunities to explore the cultural, historical, and entertainment aspects of the city. tyler
Tyler Despenza
“Kemper Scholars represent the best undergraduates from a group of sixteen exemplary liberal arts colleges around the country,” said Dr. Ryan LaHurd, President and Executive Director of the James S. Kemper Foundation. “They are selected because they are committed to their studies and service in their communities and because they have exhibited leadership and well-rounded, ethical character.”

“Throughout the over six decades of the program, scholars have gone on to make outstanding contributions as leaders in organizations around the country,” he added.

Xavier is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the 16 school partnership.

The Kemper Scholars Program has been sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago IL since 1948. Its mission – to prepare students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of organizational administration and business – concentrates on undergraduates in the liberal arts, which the Foundation believes represents the best preparation for life and career.

Xavier to Host 2nd Annual DJ Hoops Skills Academy Basketball Camp

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana will host the second annual DJ Hoops Skills Academy Basketball Camp this summer, June 9-12.

Conducted by Coach Dannton Jackson, head coach of Xavier men’s basketball program and a premier individual skills improvement training strategist to top level NBA and collegiate players, offers  boys (ages 7-16) a chance to participate in basketball skill development, to improve their footwork and fundamentals, and to engage in competitive play.

Camp hours are Monday–Thursday 9:00 to 2:00 p.m., and will be held in the Xavier Convocation Center, 7910 Stroelitz Street. Lunch will be provided. 

The camp will feature guest coaches and speakers from the NBA, such as DJ Augustin of the Chicago Bulls, Brandon Bass of the Boston Celtics, Mo Williams of the Portland Trailblazers, and more.  

Space is limited to 150 (early registration is recommended). Camp tuition is $165 per participant. A deposit of $75 is due by the registration deadline of May 31.

XU Business Professor Studies Economic Impact of NCAA BSC Era

New Orleans, LA - $24.3 billion. That is the total revenue reported by Division I college football institutions from 2002-2012, according to a new study by a researcher in the Division of Business at Xavier University of Louisiana.

 The upcoming study to be published in Contemporary Issues in Education Research, examined the total economic impact of the BCS for individual conferences and schools. The study further finds that the earning potential for schools was largely determined by their conference affiliation and their inclusion as an automatic qualifier (AQ) institution in the BCS. Inclusion as an AQ institution provided those particular schools with an $18.8 million dollar advantage over their non-AQ peers.  

This means that schools from conferences like the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and others, stood to gain more than their peers from the MAC, Conference USA, and the Mountain West.  According to Dr. Cary Caro, Assistant Professor of Management at Xavier and the study’s author “this revenue imbalance has created a chasm in the competitive balance in recruiting, facilities, and arguably, performance on the field”.

As college football’s business model changes with the coming of the College Football Playoff system the implications could become more intense as institutions weigh paying athletes, and athletes look to forming players unions.

IBCS Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

New Orleans LA – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded the Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) a 2014 United States President’s Volunteer Service in recognition of its commitment to strengthening the nation through volunteer service.

The award, whose stated three-fold purpose is to recognize and honor volunteers as a way of setting a standard for service, to encourage a sustained commitment to civic participation, and to inspire other to make service a central part of their lives, was originally established in 2003 by President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Today the award program is administered as a CNCS initiative.

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.

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 (http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/index.cfm) 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 http://www.thechicagoschool.edu/Clinical_Psychology_at_Xavier.

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.
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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 http://www.xula.edu/cur/index.php, 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 http://www.iie.org/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/Media.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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 for more than 20 years, including Associate Dean of the Drexel Center for Extended Learning, Vice President for Public Affairs, and Vice President for External Affairs. She retired in 2005.

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 xula.edu/summer.

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 xula.edu/summer.

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 [http://www.100kin10.org].

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 nola.com/Times-Picayune 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 xulabusiness@gmail.com 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 tmandal@xula.edu.

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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