1902 Nuggets Win to Give Browder his 250th Victory basketball
1903 Concordia Rallies to Beat Nuggets in Surf City Classic basketball
1902 Nuggets' Layoff Ends with Five Games in Seven Days basketball
1903 XU's Harding is All-Louisiana CC Runner a Fourth Time
1902 Roland Martin to Highlight MLK Week Celebration
1903 Mayoral Debate Tuesday at XU
1902 Wiley Snaps Gold Rush Win Streak basketball
1903 Gold Rush Beat Texas College, Improve to 8-1 basketball
1902 Callis, Opata Receive Preseason Ranking from ITA
1903 Basketball Teams Receive Votes in NAIA Coaches Polls basketball
1902 Gold Rush 7-1 After Home Win over Philander Smith basketball
1903 Xavier Dean Named to NSF Position
1902 Doing Justice to Food [Bryant Terry '97]
1903 CUR Awards Faculty Research Grants
1902 XU to Reinstate Women's Volleyball for 2010 Season
1903 Langston Holds on to Beat Nuggets in Xavier Classic basketball
1902 Henry Selected For Alumnus of Year Honors
1903 The Day After: HIV/AIDS
1902 Two Good Starts Help Rush Take Sting Out of Hornets basketball
1903 Gold Nuggets Throttle Concordia 99-43 basketball
1902 University Chorus in Christmas Concert December 2
1903 Dotson, Harding Lead XU Runners at NAIA National Meet
1902 Gold Rush Holds on for Homecoming Win basketball
1903 Nuggets Breeze Past Wiley basketball
1902 Gold Rush on Target, Beats Delta State by 11 basketball
1903 Xavier Launches Search for College of Pharmacy Dean
1902 “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” Exhibit Comes to XU
1903 Overtime Basket at the Buzzer Beats Gold Rush basketball
1902 Gold Rush stymies Brewton-Parker basketball
1903 Gold Nuggets Glitter Against NCAA Division II Opponent basketball
1902 XU’s Summer Programs Receive $1M Grant from NASA
1903 XU Sweeps Individual, Team Titles at GCAC Championships
1902 Gold Rush Defeats Wesley to Improve to 2-0 basketball
1903 An Evening of New Orleans Music to Benefit the Dr. Norman C. Francis Scholarship
1902 Campus Leaders Make Annual Who’s Who List
1903 Two Join Xavier Board of Trustees
1902 University Honors 59 Long-time Faculty and Staff
1903 Sidney Bechet: Wizard of Jazz at Xavier Nov. 10
  OCTOBER 2009
1902 Harvey Shoots Gold Rush Past Carver in Season Opener basketball
1903 Nuggets Win Two: Talladega / Martin Methodist basketball
1902 XU President Honored Among 2009 “America’s Best Leaders”
1903 Poet Jericho Brown at Xavier Nov. 10
1902 XU among NAIA's Champions of Character  
1903 Concert Choir Performs Magnificat Nov. 1-2
1902 XU Celebrates Business Week October 26-30
1903 Winning Touch Displayed in All-time NAIA BB Rankings basketball
1902 Gold Nuggets Second in GCAC BB Coaches Poll basketball
1903 GCAC BB Coaches Pick Gold Rush Eighth basketball
1902 Xavier Receives $92,000 Social Entrepreneurship Grant
1903 "Poet of the Guitar" to perform at XU Oct 15-17
1902 Harding, Pieri Lead XU Runners at LSU Invitational
1903 Basketball Ready for New Season: Gold Rush / Nuggets basketball
1902 Cancer Research Program Receives $10 Million NIH Grant
1903 Pelli Visit Brings Drexel Chapel Closer to Reality
1902 XU's Abbas Rallies to Win Singles Title at HBCU event
1903 Harding, Pieri Lead Xavier Runners at LSU Invitational
1902 XU wins 12 of 16 matches at HBCU Tennis Championships
1903 Gold Rush Basketball Schedule Features Long Homestand basketball
1902 7 Games vs. NAIA Tourney Teams on Nuggets' Basketball Schedule basketball

Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque at XU Oct. 1

1902 Harding, Dotson Run into XU All-time CC Lists Again
1903 XU Visiting Artist Concert Series Begins October 5
1902 XU, NYU Receive $3 Million NSF Grant to Enhance Diversity Among Materials Scientists
1903 XU Archives Displays Athletics History in Library Exhibit  
1902 Pro Players Turn to XU's Jackson to Fine-tune Their Skills basketball
1903 CC Men Win Wolfpack Meet
1902 Knowles, Richardson win at UL Tennis Invitational; Final Day Rained Out
1903 XU Faculty a Part of LA Creole Conference
1902 Operation Diabetes at Lakeside Oct. 10
1903 Xavier Celebrates Citizenship & Constitution Day Sept. 17
1902 Fast Freshmen Lead Gold Rush to Second Place at USM
1903 Harding Breaks 5,000-meter Record for the Fifth Time
1902 "In Her Steps..." - XU Hosts St. Katharine Drexel Pilgrimage
1903 Dates Announced for Alumni Homecoming 2009
1902 Fall '09 Enrollment Reaches New Post-Katrina High
1903 New Issue of Xavier Review Now Available
1902 Cross Country Opens 2009 Season on Road
  AUGUST 2009
1903 Xavier Among "Top Tier” in U.S. News “Best Colleges” Guide
1902 Kim Cherry Named Director of Xavier MSTI
1903 Gstohl Named Faculty In Residence at XU Center for the Advancement of Teaching
1902 Williams Joins Gold Rush as Assistant Basketball Coach basketball
1903 Xavier Kicks Off Freshman Orientation
1902 Xavier Gets Nod in Prestigious "Best Colleges" Guide
1903 XU Included in Fiske Guide to Colleges
  JULY 2009
1902 Xavier Economic Impact Gauged

Four State Meets on XU Cross Country Schedules

1902 XU College of Pharmacy Accreditation Reaffirmed
1903 Top Students Designated Rousseve Scholars
1902 XU Ranks High in Diverse Issues Annual Report
1903 Alpha Phi Alpha Health Fair
1902 XU's Jackson Directs Hornets Summer Clinics Again  basketball
1903 Xavier Finishes Third Again in GCAC All-Sports Standings
  JUNE 2009
1902 542 Scholars Make Spring '09 Dean's List
1903 XU Saddened by Death of Former Trustee [William T. McCaffrey]
1902 Ribbon Cutting for College of Pharmacy’s New Health & Wellness Center
1903 Alum Named 2009 Barbara Jordan Scholar [Trevonne Walford '09]
1902 Cassiere Scores 1-2-3 Finish in NAIA-SIDA Writing Contest
1903 Colorful Mural Encourages Youngsters to Get Their Hearing Checked
1902 XU's Dumas Works Out for NBA's Hornets basketball
1903 Pharmacy Faculty Named Editor of Major Health Journal
1902 Runner Makes ESPN Magazine Academic All-District First Team [Joe Drexler-Dreis '09]
1903 ‘Home Team’ Honors Alumni and Local Jazz Legends June 14
1902 Broussard, Jones on Ashe Sports Scholars First Team  
1903 Green Sweeps All-Louisiana Coach of the Year Awards
  MAY 2009
1902 Supriya Jindal to Address MSTI Fellows at Xavier
1903 Men's Tennis: Richardson, Green are Second-team NAIA All-America
1902 Women's Tennis: Opata, Callis Earn NAIA All-America Honors
1903 Lagniappe Weekend at Xavier May 29-30
1902 Men's Tennis: Auburn Montgomery Eliminates Gold Rush at NAIA Tourney
1903 Women's Tennis: Berry Rallies past Gold Nuggets in NAIA Second Round
1902 Men's Tennis: Knowles Victory Advances XU to NAIA Second Round
1903 Women's Tennis: Nuggets Beat Union for Another NAIA First-Round Victory
1902 Freshman Mass Comm Student Named Kemper Scholar [Ariel Johnson '12]
1903 Personal Chef Ready for Prime Time [Jamika Pessoa '01]
1902 Service Learning Group Cites Communications Professor [Dr. David Park]
1903 Tennis Teams Draw Union (Ky.), Oklahoma Christian
  APRIL 2009
1902 Outstanding Faculty Members to be Honored at XU Graduation 
1903 IBCS Summer 09 Session Offers Training for Ministers & Laymen

From the Storm to the Stage- Hurricane Katrina Freshmen Graduate from XU

1903 Xavier Sweeps Tennis Titles, Makes History at GCAC Tournament

Statement Offered on Commencement in Response to Archbishop's Letter of Concern
Times-Picayune - Hughes to Boycott XU Commencement Over Abortion Rights Honoree

1903 Business Plan Competition Winners Announced at Xavier
1902 Summer School at XU 2009 a Great Value
1903 XU Hosts Public Education in Post Katrina New Orleans Forum
1902 XU to Host SNMC PreMed Luncheon
1903 Concert Choir Presents In the Spring
  MARCH 2009
1902 Carnival Time at Xavier April 8
1903 Political Strategist to Address '09 Graduates
1902 Credit Union Celebrates 50 Years of Service
1903 Music Department Plans April Jazz Festival
1902 Dumas, Powell Earn Spots on NAIA All-America Team basketball
1903 International Opera Singer in Concert at Xavier April 6
1902 State of Our Health Symposium at XU
1903 2009 Summer Courses Posted
1902 NAIA Women's Field Won't Include XU This Time basketball
1903 Richardson Honored Again; Men Climb to 14th  
1902 XU Pharmacy Probation is Rescinded
1903 Xavier Wins Both Tennis Duals Against Jackson State
1902 LSUS Beats Nuggets Again, This Time in GCAC Semis basketball
1903 Deadlines Approaching for April’s Health Disparities Conference in New Orleans
1902 Spring Hill Goes Overtime to Eliminate Gold Rush basketball
1903 Nuggets Top Tougaloo, Reach GCAC Semifinals basketball
1902 Student Elected to the National Catholic Student Coalition Board
1903 Dumas is All-GCAC for a Third Consecutive Year basketball
1902 Gold Nuggets' Powell Chosen to All-GCAC Team basketball
1903 U.S. District Court Postpones ACPE Status Conference
1902 Committee Approves Seven Faculty Promotions
1903 Dillard's Second-half Rally Drops Gold Rush 72-65 basketball
1902 Dillard Holds on to Defeat Gold Nuggets 49-48 basketball
1903 Women’s Studies Hosts Dinner & Roundtable Discussion
1902 Spring Hill Rallies to Beat Rush on Senior Night basketball
1903 Nuggets Set School Record in Sixth Straight Victory basketball
1902 XU Challenge to ACPE Ruling in Recess
1903 Gold Rush Gains Ground in NAIA Coaches Poll basketball
1902 Okoroha, Gold Rush Start Quickly, Win at Mobile basketball
1903 Monstrous First-half Carries Gold Nuggets Past Mobile basketball
1902 Florida A&M Ends Tennis Rush Winning Streak  
1903 XU Sweeps Belhaven, Tougaloo for 2nd Straight Weekend  
1902 543 Scholars Make Fall '08 Dean's List
1903 Rush Wins to Move into 2nd-place Tie in GCAC basketball
1902 Gold Nuggets Rally to Win, Tie School Record basketball
1903 ACPE Probation Hearing Delayed
1902 Music Ensembles On Tour March 10-18
1903 A Trio of 21s Rallies Rush basketball
1902 Nuggets Beat SUNO for 3rd Straight Win basketball
1903 Tennis Teams Earn Two More GCAC Victories Apiece
1902 Xavier Challenges ACPE Ruling
1903 GCAC-leading Bulldogs defeat Gold Rush basketball
1902 Boyd's Layup Gives Nuggets 55-53 Road Victory basketball
1903 President to Receive National Justice Award
1902 DeRousselle Banks in a Winner for the Gold Rush basketball
1903 Powell gets Gold Nuggets Started in Right Direction basketball
1902 Summer Programs Accepting Applications
1903 Pharmacy to Host 3rd Annual Health Disparities Conference
1902 Okoroha on Academic All-District 6 Second Team basketball
1903 Wolfpack Beats Gold Rush for First Time in 14 Attempts basketball
1902 Loyola's 16-0 Start ends Gold Nuggets' Streak basketball
1903 Undergraduate Research Journal Available Online
1902 Zulu Historian Traces Tramps to Kings Saga [Clarence Becknell '75]
1903 Admissions Prospects Encouraging for 2009
1902 Price is Right in Badgers' Win Over Gold Rush basketball
1903 Gold Nuggets Pull Away for 5th Straight Win basketball
  JANUARY 2009
1902 Gold Rush Beats Loyola, Stays Tied for First in GCAC basketball
1903 Gold Nuggets Beat Loyola, Climb into Second Place basketball
1902 Music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges Lecture-Recital
1903 YMTF/BEEP Professionals Make Annual Campus Visit
1902 Pharmacy Student Receives MLK Service Award
1903 SuperScholar Program Taking Applications
1902 Xavier Men Grab Share of First in GCAC basketball
1903 Gold Nuggets Win 26th in a Row at The Barn basketball
1902 Okoroha's Double-double Leads Rush past Dillard basketball
1903 Boyd's Hot Half Sparks Gold Nuggets' Victory basketball
1902 Rush Puts the Clamps on William Careybasketball
1903 Jones Sisters Lead Nuggets Past William Carey basketball
1902 Beyond Jena: Forum on Bloggers, Education and Social Justice
1903 Dumas Scores 22 in Gold Rush Victory at SUNObasketball
1902 SUNO Beats Nuggets in Return to The Castle basketball
1903 Late Free Throws Stop Gold Rush basketball
1902 Nuggets Extend Barn Streak to 24 Games basketball
1903 Gold Rush Wins 59-56 in Overtime at Belhaven basketball
1902 Powell Propels Gold Nuggets in 62-53 Win at Belhaven basketball
1903 LSUS Defeats Gold Rush 80-74 in GCAC Opener basketball
1902 LSUS Beats Nuggets 60-55 in GCAC Opener basketball
1903 Artists Highlight Humanities Speaker Series
1902 Allstate Sugar Bowl to Sponsor Crosstown Classic



Roland Martin to Highlight MLK Week Celebration

New Orleans, LA - Author and syndicated columnist Roland Martin will be the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, Jan. 18-22, 2010.

The Martin Luther King Week for Peace is presented by Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard Universities. This year’s theme is “Change: from Rhetoric to Action.”

In addition to the featured Wednesday night lecture – at which Lifetime Achievement and Student Community Service awards will be presented – other MLK week activities include a community day of service and the Expressions of Unity celebration. All events are free.

A nationally syndicated columnist and sought-after political analyst, Martin hosts his own one-hour Sunday morning news show, "Washington Watch with Roland Martin," and serves as a commentator for the TV One Cable Network and an analyst for CNN, appearing on a variety of shows. He has authored two books, Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith and Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America.

He was named one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans by Ebony Magazine in both 2008 and 2009.

A graduate of Texas A&M and Louisiana Baptist University, Martin got his start in print journalism, serving as executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation's most historic Black newspaper, and as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper. He has won more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

The complete calendar of MLK events follows: 

Monday, Jan. 18
- Community Service Day, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     Staging at Xavier University Center

Wednesday, Jan. 20

- MLK Convocation: Reception 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; Convocation 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award, Student Community Service Awards
    and speaker Roland Martin
       Tulane McAlister Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 22
- Expressions of Unity, 7:00 p.m.
     Dillard University

New Orleans Mayoral Debate at XU Tuesday

New Orleans LA - The first Mayoral Forum following last week’s official qualifying will be held here on the Xavier University of Louisiana campus Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in University Center Ballroom. The event, hosted by the League of Women Voters and several other organizatons, is free and open to the public.

All candidates who have qualified to run have been invited to participate. The forum will be broadcast live by WDSU-TV and moderated by Norman Robinson. For more details visit

Xavier Dean Named to NSF Position

New Orleans LA - Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Sr., professor of biology and Dean of Freshman Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, has accepted the position of Program Officer in the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Virginia. He will remain a Xavier employee during his NSF tenure.

Henry Selected For Alumnus of Year Honors

New Orleans LA - Elvira Day Henry ’58 of New Orleans was honored as Xavier University of Louisiana’s top alumni at the annual Alumni Homecoming Gala.

National Alumni president Frederick Carter '69, Dr. Joseph Labat ‘59 and XU President Norman Francis '52 made the presentation of the Victor H. Labat Alumnus of the Year award to Henry during the annual Gala, the traditional highlight of alumni homecoming week.

“Tonight we honor an alumna who has proven time and time again her loyalty and dedication to the University,” said Carter in his introduction of this year’s winner. “Despite her busy schedule the recipient has always included Xavier among her top priorities.”

The annual Homecoming Gala drew a crowd of nearly 400 attendees to the University Center Ballroom. Class agents for the 14 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $352,195. The Class of '49 led the way with 22 members contributing $86,026.

A long-time university volunteer, Henry has served as one of the first co-chairs of Xavier’s annual fund. She has held the position of treasurer for the National Alumni Association and New Orleans Alumni Chapter for a number of years, where she regularly serves as a Jazz Round-up committee member, reunion class agent, phonathon volunteer, a worker at the freshmen orientation reception and a member of the XU booster club.

“Her love of Xavier and dedication to our mission has remained extraordinary throughout the years,” said Carter. “In addition to the tremendous financial support she and her husband give to the University, she doesn’t hesitate to make calls to encourage others to give as well.”

“She makes so many trips to the University in her volunteer capacity that the campus police know not to mess with her when she parks in the reserved spot at Xavier South that reads ‘Reserved for the President!’," he added.  

Henry, now retired, was a teacher for more than 20 years. She remains active in her church and community serving as a Eucharistic Minister and providing transportation to elderly members of her church.

She comes from a family of Xavierites: her husband Sterling and one of three sons attended the University. Keeping the tradition alive, she currently has a grandson at Xavier.

The Day After: HIV/AIDS

New Orleans LA - December 1 is World AIDS Day and on the day after … the conversation continues at Xavier University of Louisiana.

The local community is invited to join faculty, staff and students in extending the conversation by joining in a brown bag lunch discussion about HIV/AIDS in the African American and global communities Wednesday (Dec. 2) from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the University Center, Room 205. This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “Universal Access and Human Rights.”

The program is coordinated through the XU Center for Student Leadership and Service as part of an African American Studies Service Learning Course and developed in conjunction with Patois-The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. For more info contact Dr. Robin G. Vander at

University Chorus in Christmas Concert December 2

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Department of Music presents the University Chorus in a Christmas concert Wednesday (Dec. 2) at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. 

The University Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Malcolm J. Breda and conducted by Dr. John E. Ware, will perform “The Christmas Oratorio” by Camille St. Saens and the “Magnificat” by Jonathan Willcocks.
For more info, contact the Xavier Department of Music at 504-520-7597.

Xavier Launches Search for College of Pharmacy Dean
New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has convened a search committee to select a new Dean for the College of Pharmacy. An 11-member committee consisting of faculty, student, and staff representatives from across the institution was appointed.
The search committee will work with the Atlanta-based firm of Hodge Partners to identify viable internal and external applicants. Top candidates will be brought to campus for interviews and the committee will make its recommendation to Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The new dean is slated to begin on or before July 2010. More information can be found at

Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy is one of two pharmacy schools in Louisiana and has been among the top producers of African American pharmacists in the nation. The college offers Xavier’s highest degree, the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and coordinates several community initiatives including a community and wellness center, the annual Health Disparities Conference, and partnerships with healthcare facilities and research sites throughout the region.

“Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” Exhibit Comes to XU

For nearly two centuries, Mary Shelley’s compelling account of the medical student Victor Frankenstein and the living monster he created in his laboratory has gripped imaginations around the world. A free, national traveling exhibition about Frankenstein opens at the Xavier University of Louisiana Library Resource Center on Nov. 17.

“Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” shows how playwrights, filmmakers, and the media have transformed Mary Shelley’s saga into one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The tale of a researcher’s abuse of his power and failure to take responsibility for the being he created is a compelling human interest story of ambition, idealism, revenge and forgiveness.

Since its appearance in 1818, the Frankenstein story has also been a symbol for public fears about dazzling new scientific techniques and research which often challenges our understanding of what is “natural” and what it means to be human. The story of Frankenstein is often mentioned in the media when issues such as cloning, organ transplants, or genetically modified foods are discussed.

The National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md., and the American Library Association (ALA) Chicago, Ill., organized the traveling exhibition, which will be at XU until Jan.10.

The Xavier University of Louisiana Library Resource Center is also offering free programs in conjunction with the exhibit. On Nov. 17 there will be an opening reception with special guest speaker XU English professor Dr. Nicole Greene discussing Shelley and Frankenstein at 4:00 p.m. in room 105 of the Science building. Also scheduled is a panel discussion December 4 at 4:00 p.m. and movie viewing.

The exhibit will be housed on the 4th Floor of Xavier’s Library Resource Center and will be available for viewing during regular library hours.

For more information on the exhibit, please call (504) 520-7606 or visit the Library’s website for details.

Schedule (Nov. 17-Jan. 10)

Tuesday Nov. 17     

Opening reception- NCF Science Annex Atrium
Speaker: Dr. Nicole Greene – NCF Science Building Auditorium
Friday Dec. 4
Panel discussion   
Movie viewing – Administration Building Auditorium

XU’s Summer Programs Receive $1M Grant from NASA

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $1 million dollar award from NASA to implement new summer programs and continue existing summer programming in Math and Science.

The grant will support Xavier’s award winning Summer Science Academy, the EPsAR program, as well as new programming in Academic Affairs and the Division of Education's GLOBE teacher training program.

Xavier’s popular Summer Science Academy includes BioStar, ChemStar, MathStar and SOAR1 and reaches students from 8th–12th grade. MathStar, BioStar and ChemStar prepare students for their upcoming school year in those subjects, while SOAR1 is for exceptional students interested in pursuing science/health-related careers.

The EPsAR program (Experiential Problem-solving & Analytical Reasoning) program is a six-week summer bridge program conducted by the Science, Engineering and Math Educational Programs Office (SEMP), designed to strengthen mathematics, problem-solving, critical-thinking and reading skills.

An Evening of New Orleans Music to Benefit the Dr. Norman C. Francis Scholarship

New Orleans, LA - XU alumnus Wanda Rouzan ‘69 & A Taste of New Orleans, Irvin Mayfield and Purple Disrespect, along with popular D.J. Captain Charles, will perform at a benefit concert in the Xavier University of Louisiana’s University Center McCaffery Ballroom Nov. 20 at 9:00 p.m.

The proceeds from the concert will benefit the Dr. Norman C. Francis Scholarship at Xavier, established last year as part of the celebration of Francis’ 40th year as XU president.

Vocalist Wanda Rouzan a 1969 Xavier graduate has long been a New Orleans favorite and is considered one of the Crescent City’s premier musical ambassadors. Rouzan, a drama teacher in New Orleans Public Schools has performed on stage throughout the New Orleans area including the New Orleans musical “One Mo’ Time,” and as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with pianist Ellis Marsalis, for which she received the Gambit’s Big Easy Best Actress Award.

Irvin Mayfield has served as Cultural Ambassador of the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana since 2003. His band Los Hombres Caliente’s debut album won Billboard’s 2000 Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Mayfield has released ten albums since 1998 and has played at prominent jazz festivals throughout his career. He is the artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and in 2008 was appointed Artistic Director of Jazz at Orchestra Hall, the jazz series of the Minnesota Orchestra. His four piece funk band from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Purple Disrespect, also includes Ronald Markham (bass), Jamal Batiste (drums) and Leon Brown (vocals, trumpet, congos).

Wherever D.J. Captain Charles – dubbed the hottest D.J. in the city – is, there’s sure to be a party! The renowned D.J. has been in the business of entertaining for over 20 years and is still in demand. He has been featured in numerous publications and was rated as one of the best D.J.’s in the City by Gambit magazine.

Tickets for the event are $35 and $50. To purchase tickets or get more information call 504-520-6782. For a complete homecoming schedule visit:HERE

Campus Leaders Make Annual Who’s Who List

New Orleans, LA - One hundred and fifty-one student scholars will appear in the 2010 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s outstanding campus leaders.

The students – chosen by XU department chairs and faculty and approved by the editors of the directory – were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

They join an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934. The students included in this year's directory are listed below, grouped by their majors:

ART – Andrea Hodge;

BIOLOGY – Kelly Baquet, Chante Calais, DeShawn Coleman, Brenton Combre, Kha Do, Russell Fertitta, Lee Gibbs, Sierra Hall, Kordell Hunter, Jessica Isom, Danielle Jones, Jarnelle Jones, Jaspreet Kaur, Danielle Le, Victoria Lewis, Azsha Matthews, Andrew Minias, Jennifer Msigwa, Alexandria Ross, Hanh-My Tran, Joann Tran, Kristen Walker, Shavonn Whiten and Ashley Williams;

BUSINESS – Jenese Antoine, Bilesha Autry, Robert Garland, Jamie Harmon, Christian Joiner, Bryan Khan, Jessica Martinez, Tyrone Oubre, Harold Reese, Monique Robertson, Jared Romance, Michael Ruffin, LaKeisha Shields, Aminn Thompson, Renate Thompson, Mikhail Vaval-Desse, Cynthia Watson, Kelsey Williams and Sondra Willis;  

CHEMISTRY – Alisha Bailey, LaShathan Banks, Emily Gray, Samantha Hicks, Thy Ho-Pham, Julian McKnight, Angela Nguyen, Vi Nguyen, Jennifer Olofindayo, Robin Philip, Ca’ra Schexnayder, Porscha Showers, Marleesa Thompson, Kia Williams, Carita Winn and Jade Young;   
EDUCATION (GRADUATE) – Darren Lewis and Regina Reeves;

ENGLISH – Troy Baham, David Becnel, Rubianti Brown, Angelina Callis, Jillana Cavalier, Raphaela Romero and Val Williams; 

HISTORY – Cassandra Shepard; 

MASS COMMUNICATION – Kevin Barnes, Kristin Fletcher, Rachel Lockhart, Jalisa Mathis, Hong Nguyen, Danielle Smith, Alexander Stone, Morgan Valerie, Darren Wallace and Stacy Windon; 

PHARMACY – Margaret Alabi, John Andry, Tenecia Auguillard, Genee Bailey, Gevoni Bolden, Jeremy Branch, Anthony Chappell, Tehmi Chassion, Courtney Chavis, Honesty Cockrell, Nicole Comeaux, Ebony Cook, Liliana Cosenza, Victoria Dixon, Sabrina Fenceroy, Shonte’ Foster, Brittany Franklin, Geoffrey Gros, Brandi Hamilton, Hong-Anh Hoang, Michael Lievers, Dominique Mano, Tameka Martin, Charles Mason, Megan McSweeney, Courtney Meggs, Meagan Minor, Lakia Montegut, Ifeanyi Onor, Italia Riley, Christine Shalaby, DeShawn Stevenson, Tammara Taylor, Laquisha Thomas, Arneka Tillman, Dominique Tomlinson, Tuyet Tran, Ellie Usey, Mallory Waguespack, Yolan Walker, Savannah Washington, Alona Williams, Bionca Williams and Erika Wilson. 

PHILOSOPHY – Gaylon Smith;

PSYCHOLOGY – Shontrell Bailey, Brittany Boudoin, Alycia Boutte, Lauren Cooper, Melissa DeLoach, Dianna Dikitanan, Lectoria Epperson, Adrienne Glover, Ninma Idowu-Fearon, Alane Jackson, Nixia Jordan, Victoria Kyerematen, Phillip Luu, Kirsten McGregor, Breanne McLain, Whitney Miller, Jaime Morgan, Christopher Perriatt, Courtney Thomas and Brittanae Veal;

SOCIOLOGY – Brittany Powell;

SPEECH PATHOLOGY – Constance Ejismekwu, Paris Florence, Trenai Lewis and Brittany Warren; 

THEOLOGY – Keri Crump.

Two Join Xavier Board of Trustees

New Orleans, LA - The University has added new members and new leadership to its governing Board of Trustees.

The two new members joining the Board for their first of two three-year terms are Dr. Regina Benjamin and Carla Harris. Selected to leadership roles were Mary Keller Zervigon (chair), Sister Patricia Suchalski S.B.S. (vice chair), Sister Eileen Sullivan S.B.S. (secretary) and Mark Romig (assistant secretary).

Benjamin, a family physician and ‘79 Xavier graduate, is founder and CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic which serves the poor, uninsured and other underserved patients in Bayou La Batre AL. She holds a MD degree (University of Alabama-Birmingham) and an MBA (Tulane University). This past week the U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Benjamin as U.S. Surgeon General; to avoid any conflict of interest she will officially resign from the board having attended only last month's fall meeting.

Harris is the managing director of Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, an investment banking firm in New York NY. She has been with the company since 1987. She has extensive experience in investment management and serves on various community boards and foundations in the Greater New York region. Harris, who previously served as a member of XU’s Board of Visitors, holds an MBA and an AB in economics from Harvard University.

Active carryovers on the 21-member board, who are serving either their first or second terms, include Sister Doris Blum S.B.S. ’55, Dr. Dale Mason Cochran, Sister Elizabeth Collins S.B.S., James Garner, Sister Juliana Haynes, the Rev. Monsignor Paul Lenz, Michael Lynton, Sister Amedee Maxwell S.B.S., Sister Rita Radloff S.B.S., Romig, Michael Rue, Paula Saizan '69, Leo Sam Jr. ’52, Suchalski, Sullivan, David Voelker, Janice Frielot Wilkins ’67 and Zervigon. Dr. Norman Francis ‘52 (ex-officio) also serves on the board.

Rotating off of the Board after serving two terms were Oliver Butler ‘62 and Dr. Myron Moorehead.

University Honors 59 Long-time Faculty and Staff

New Orleans, LA - Fifty-nine long-time faculty and staff members were honored as part of Xavier University of Louisiana's annual Founder’s Day celebration. 

Topping the list of honorees celebrating anniversaries of their employment at XU were Cynthia Cooper (ITC - Information Technology Center) and Karen Watkins (President’s Office), both with 40 years of service, and Dr. John Sevenair (Chemistry) and Winston Brown (Admissions), both honored for 35 years.

Other employees honored for long-term service included:

30 years – Barbara Franklin (Student Services), Gladys Hampton (Fiscal Services), Yvonne Parker (Fiscal Services), Sondra Reine (Admissions), Brenda Robinson (Fiscal Services), Viola Spencer (Housing) and Richard Tucker (University and Media Relations).

25 years – Shirley Labbe (Counseling), Randall Schexnayder (Pharmacy) and Silas Steele (Recreational Sports).

20 years – Dr. Augustine Aruna (Pharmacy), Dr. Teresa Birdwhistell (Chemistry), Roy Crowley (Physical Plant), Alma Henderson (Athletics), Gwendolyn Hudson (Pharmacy), Brother Herman Johnson (Languages), Dr. Shashikant Phadtare (Pharmacy), Dr. Janet Privett (Chemistry), Vera Rogers (Housing), Bettye-Jean Skinner (English), Dr. Sindhu Unnithan (Mathematics) and Jacqueline Windham (Switchboard).

15 years – Dr. Robert Blake III (Pharmacy), Dr. Michelle Boissiere (Biology), Dr. Violet Bryan (English), Dr. Carroll Diaz, Jr. (Mathematics), Dianne Encalade (History), Ultra Fredricks (Fiscal Services), Eileen Frick (Campus Ministry), Osannah Harrison (Campus Police), Dr. Shubha Ireland (Biology), Dr. Vlajko Kocic (Mathematics), Dr. R. Raymond Lang (Computer Science), Karen Lee (Center for International Studies) and Paula Singleton (Library).

10 years – LaKeysha Arthur (Institutional Advancement), Ronald Bechet (Art), Kerwin Byrd (Central Plant), Bart Everson (CAT), Dr. Conchetta Fulton (Pharmacy), Dr. Dominique Gendrin (Communications), Dr. Galina Goloverda (Chemistry), Karen Hodge (Fiscal Services), Lionel Jacobs (Central Plant), Darrel Johnson (ITC), Kelsh Kelly, Jr. (Campus Police), Map Kinnord-Payton (Art), Toni LaBranch (Counseling), Dr. Adrianne Mitchell (Pharmacy), Dr. Paul Schafer (Philosophy), Dennis Sigur (ITC), Vincent Simmons (ITC), Reginald Starks (Animal Care Facility), Paul Waddell (ITC) and Robert Williams (Post Office).

Sidney Bechet: Wizard of Jazz at Xavier November 10

New Orleans LA - A concert and discussion entitled A Portrait of Sidney Bechet: Wizard of Jazz will be held at the Xavier University Center Ballroom on Tuesday Nov. 10 at 7:00pm.

The event commemorates the enormous musical contribution to jazz made by New Orleans born clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet. Featured performers will be Donald Harrison, Dr. Michael White, and the Original Liberty Jazz Band. The program will also include reflections from artist Ron Bechet, an exhibition, and a visual presentation.  Representative examples of Bechet’s most influential pieces will be performed.

Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was a musical prodigy who became one of the most revered, influential and accomplished musicians in jazz. He was the first major jazz saxophonist, one of its most passionate and original improvisers, and was among the earliest African Americans to perform jazz Russia and throughout Europe. He migrated to Chicago and performed among the influential group of New Orleans musicians that popularized jazz, which included Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and Jelly Roll Morton.

Through his broad tone, heavy vibrato, and endless lyrical phrases, Bechet influenced the development of the jazz saxophone and clarinet style and, along with Louis Armstrong, shifted the direction of jazz toward improvised solo playing. He also helped to expand the jazz repertoire by performing and recording a wide range of material, including George Gershwin’s Summertime which became an international hit in 1939. Bechet spent the last several years of his life in France, where he rose attained pop star status. There he recorded several original compositions, including Petite Fleur, which remains as a popular anthem in and beyond jazz.

The Xavier program is sponsored by the Rosa and Charles Keller, Jr. Endowed Chair in the Humanities. It is free and open to the public.

XU President Honored Among 2009 “America’s Best Leaders”
New Orleans, LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana community has yet another reason to be proud of its president, Dr. Norman C. Francis, who is being recognized once again for his achievements over a career that has surpassed four decades. 

U.S. News Media Group, in association with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy's School of Government, released the 2009 edition of “America's Best Leaders”, available online at and featured in the November, 2009, issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, on newsstands ths week. Francis is one of twenty-two men and women selected as the country’s most exemplary individuals.

The fifth annual “Best Leaders” issue honors a select group of men and women from a variety of fields including business, public service, education, and arts. These inspiring professionals have contributed to industry advancements with their innovation and achievements, and through their advocacy, service, activism, and philanthropy, have dedicated their careers to improving the everyday lives of people across the globe.

According the U.S. News selection criteria, the selection committee utilized a three-pronged approach to identifying the outstanding leaders, including a leader who sets direction, achieves results, and cultivates a culture of growth.

Francis is being recognized in the November issue of U.S.News & World Report as an education professional who has led the New Orleans campus for more than 40 years. During his tenure Xavier has grown from a small predominately African American teacher college to a powerhouse in the sciences, sending more African Americans to medical school than any other university in the nation. Xavier's College of Pharmacy has also grown under Francis' leadership, and is one of the nation’s top three producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients.

Currently in his 41st year at the helm of the country’s only Historically Black & Catholic university, Francis is the longest serving university president in the nation. Still a dynamo at age 78, Francis spends long hours on the job and maintains a travel schedule that might easily debilitate younger men. This visionary has served in advisory roles to five U.S. presidents on the subject of improving education in the United States, including President Ronald Reagan who appointed him to the Commission that drafted the famous “Nation at Risk” report.

Francis earned further national respect when he led the recovery of Xavier's devastated campus in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, making good his pledge to reopen the campus in less than five months. In addition to that challenge, he also accepted the role as chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority immediately following Katrina. Those dual roles, and the decades of national educational leadership Francis already demonstrated, undoubtedly led to President Bush awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2006.

The Xavier president said he feels honored to be named to the list. "It’s a privilege to be on the list,” he said. “I take it for New Orleans and Louisiana as a part of the resilience and the hard work that it takes to do what we do in higher education, as well as in the city in general."

"The country has faced exceptional challenges in the past year," said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. “With our Best Leaders issue, we focused on individuals from a range of industries who have demonstrated unwavering leadership and a commitment to finding solutions in this difficult time."

U.S. News Media Group’s nomination of America’s Best Leaders features 22 of the country’s foremost professionals, including:

·         Ben Bernanke, Chairman, The Federal Reserve Board (Washington, D.C.)
·         Cory Booker, Mayor, City of Newark (Newark, NJ)
·         John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
·         Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia Inc. (Ventura, CA)
·         John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (Menlo Park, CA)
·         Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green (New York, NY)
·         Eve Ensler, Founder/Artistic Director, President, V-DAY (New York, NY)
·         Norman C. Francis, President, Xavier (New Orleans, LA)                       
·         Orrin G. Hatch, United States Senate (Washington, DC)
·         Susan Hockfield, President, MIT (Cambridge, MA)
·         Edward Kennedy (1932-2009), Former United States Senator
·         Kathleen Magee, Co-Founder and President, Operation Smile (Norfolk, VA)
·         Dr. William Magee Jr., Co-Founder/CEO, Operation Smile (Norfolk, VA)
·         Greg Mortenson, Executive Director, Central Asia Institute (Bozeman, MT)
·         Ray Odierno, Commanding General in Iraq, U.S. Army (The Pentagon)
·         Senior Enlisted Officers, United States Military (The Pentagon)
·         Eboo Patel, Founder/Director, Interfaith Youth Core (Chicago, IL)
·         Sally Ride, President/CEO, Sally Ride Science (San Diego, CA)
·         David Robinson, Founder, The Carver Academy (San Antonio, TX)
·         Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY)
·         James Sinegal, President/CEO, Costco Corporation (Issaquah, WA)
·         Twyla Tharp, Founder/Artistic Director, Tharp Productions (New York, NY)

"America's Best Leaders are constantly working to solve society's biggest problems," said Kelly.

"Whether they are developing ways to be more environmentally sustainable, reviving a city, building schools in war zones, or bringing the economy back from the brink, these leaders are making a positive impact with creativity and innovation."

In a collaborative effort between U.S. News and Harvard’s CPL, the leaders were selected by a nonpartisan and independent committee, convened and organized by the Center, without the participation of U.S. News editors. The selection criteria used by the committee in choosing the honorees included the ability to set direction, achieve results, and cultivate a culture of growth.

Poet Jericho Brown at Xavier Nov. 10

New Orleans LA - Poet Jericho Brown will give at reading at Xavier University of Louisiana Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center, Room 205. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The recipient of a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast and assistant poetry editor at Callaloo. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego. His first book, Please, won the 2009 American Book Award.

As a Radcliffe fellow, Brown will complete work on his second collection, The New Testament. The manuscript includes poems chronicling the lives of television news anchors who came into popularity in the 1980s and their reporting on the AIDS epidemic.

Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. from Dillard University.

The event is presented by the Xavier University English Department and funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., and the Xavier Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information contact: Dr. Biljana Obradović at or at (504) 520-5155

Xavier Concert Choir Performs Magnificat Nov. 1 & 2

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University Concert Choir will give two performances of the Magnificat next month: Nov. 1 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. at 5:00 p.m., and Nov. 2, at the Music Building Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The Concert Choir will perform Magnificat in D Major with organist Albinas Prizgintas and orchestra. The Magnificat in D major is one of the major vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. It was composed for an orchestra and choir of five voices. The text is the canticle of  Mary, mother of Jesus, as recounted in the Gospel of St. Luke. The choir will also perform works by Franck, Brahms, Dawson & Manz.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Xavier University Department of Music at 504-529-7597.

XU Celebrates Business Week October 26-30

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Division of Business will highlight the role of business in society during its annual Business Week celebration Oct. 26-30.

Sessions will be held on the business of medicine, entertainment, health care, careers and entrepreneurship featuring local and national business professionals. XU students will also be given details about the annual XU business plan competition to be held at a later date. 

There are three events which are open to the public, including:

Monday, Oct. 26

– The Business of Medicine: Dr. Corey Hebert, practicing physician and medical editor for WDSU Channel 6, will lead a discussion on the importance of developing business skills to use throughout a career in medicine. 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., NCF Science Building, Room 105. 
– The Business of Entertainment: Guest speakers are Stacy Milner, a former executive assistant to studio and network chairs and the author of Leveraging Up, the Key to Launching your Entertainment Career and Ted Milner of the Leveraging Up Company. 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., NCF Science Building, Room 105. 

Tuesday, Oct. 27

– The Business of Health Care: A panel discussion featuring Michael Griffin, CEO of the Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans; Ricky Indovina of Walgreens; Rod Teamer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, vice chair of the Tulane University School of Medicine; and moderated by Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., XU College of Pharmacy. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., University Center Ballroom.   

In addition, there are four events open only to XU students, including:

Wednesday, Oct. 28

The Business of Social Entrepreneurship - Learn about careers in Social Entrepreneurship and how the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) can help. Panel Discussion. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., University Center Building, Room 205.

Thursday, Oct. 29

The Business of Careers - Student Development Seminars: Presenters from 3M and Entergy will discuss "Launching your Career during a Recession" & "How Organizations Use Social Networking Sites." 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Xavier South Building, Rooms 402D & 402E.
"The Business of Business" Closing Reception: An opportunity for Business students to network with professionals from Procter & Gamble, 3M, Aetna, Entergy, Bruno and Tervalon CPAs, and Regions Bank. 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., University Center, 3rd floor. Sponsored by P&G

Friday, Oct. 30

The Business of Entrepreneurship - Business Plan Competition Workshop: Learn more about the annual business plan competition, which features prize awards of up to $2,500. 12:15 p.m., University Center, Room 201. Sponsored by Scott Management Team

For more information on all Business Week events contact the Division of Business at (504) 520-7505 or visit

Xavier Receives $92,000 Social Entrepreneurship Grant
New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $92,000 grant
from the United Negro College Fund for social entrepreneurship.
Social entrepreneurship refers to the employment of business principles to address a social mission or problem. The UNCF grant will allow Xavier to encourage and
mentor African-American students to become more involved in social entrepreneurship. 
“So often we think of non-profits as the sole areas of social entrepreneurship,” said grant coordinator Dr. Pamela Franco. “However, corporate or other for-profit businesses can also foster social entrepreneurship. The goal of this program is to
encourage African-American students to consider social entrepreneurship as a viable career objective. It also aims to inspire universities to think of establishing Centers
for Social Entrepreneurship.”
“This comes at a very good time for Xavier and the City of New Orleans.” said Dr. Gordon Wetzel-Stewart, a faculty member in the Division of Business, whose expertise is social entrepreneurship.

“Social Entrepreneurship is a rapidly moving field. With this program we’re providing something practical, that students can get on board and learn from. As with all types of learning, the experience of doing it and actually applying what you’ve learned helps you to better understand.” The Xavier Division of Business is planning to offer a Social Entrepreneurship course in the spring.
“Here at Xavier we’re already doing a lot of the things the UNCF program talks about and we are committed to going further,” said Dr. Franco. “When we read the initial call for proposal, we thought we were an ideal candidate for the program, with our mission of educating students to contribute to a more just and humane society, our strong entrepreneurship program in the Division of Business, a number of interdisciplinary projects, and our level of leadership training and community service involvement.
The Social Entrepreneurship program is open only to students who are juniors. The review process will begin with the marketing of the program in November and the selection of three students, which will be announced in Spring 2010. These students will receive assistance and training in leadership and business skills. Plans also call for students to participate in an 8-week summer internship. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant over a 2-year period if they commit to working in some type of social entrepreneurship organization or business.

"Poet of the Guitar" to Perform at XU Oct 15-17

New Orleans LA - In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Xavier University of Louisiana will present Spanish guitarist, Maestro Soler in a lecture, performance and workshop on the Xavier campus Oct. 15-17.

Soler, known as “The Poet of the Guitar,” will present a recital Saturday (Oct. 17) at 5:00 p.m. in Music Building Recital Hall, featuring Spanish and Latin American guitar to jazz, swing and blues, be-bop and contemporary music. 

In addition he will present a lecture on Spanish and Spanish American music and literature through the ages on Friday (Oct. 16) at 7:00 p.m., and a Master Class and workshop on the Spanish and Latin American guitar on Thursday (Oct. 15) at 12:15 p.m. Both events will also be in the Recital Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

Daily mass attendees will get a special treat when Solar plays during the meditation at the Friday (Oct. 16) noon mass in the Administration Building Chapel.

Soler has received numerous awards including the title of Honorary Citizen of Dallas, Medal of St. Vladimir from the Roman Orthodox Church, Medal and Diploma of the US Military Academy of Westpoint, and others. He recorded Guitar Collection of Francesc de Paula Soler and is working on his next album.

Cancer Research Program Receives $10 Million NIH Grant

New Orleans, LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has received a five-year $10.1 million grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of the National Institutes of Health and its Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program.

The RCMI funds will establish core laboratories, provide instrumentation and technical staff, and fund pilot research projects.   

Xavier will receive approximately $2 million over five years to develop a cancer research center. It is one of four institutions receiving $75 million over the next five years to support Research Centers in Minority Institutions. Other recipients include Charles Drew University, Meharry Medical College, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

The RCMI program enhances research capacity and infrastructure in minority institutions. The New Orleans university suffered heavy damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Along with strengthening Xavier’s research capacity, the RCMI award should assist the ongoing process of rebuilding and recovery.

“The goal of Xavier University of Louisiana is to be a national leader in cancer research and to graduate African American science, pre-med and pharmacy students who pursue research careers,” said Dr. Gene D’Amour, Senior Vice President for Resource Development.

Xavier’s  RCMI Cancer Research program will increase the number and quality of Cancer researchers, plus provide them with release time and mentoring opportunities. The program will also enhance the competitiveness of existing research faculty and programs by providing seed funding for developmental projects, enhanced professional development opportunities and increased access to postdoctoral associates and research staff,” said D’Amour.   

Xavier chemistry professor, Dr. Guangdi Wang is the program director for the grant.
“Nationally, and particularly in Louisiana, there are significant disparities between Caucasians and African Americans with regard to Cancer incidence and mortality. African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for most major cancers, making it a major health and human concern. The Xavier Cancer Research program will work to decrease this disparity for residents in Louisiana,” said Wang.

Pelli Visit Brings Drexel Chapel Closer to Reality

New Orleans LA - It would be an understatement to suggest that building a free-standing religious chapel on campus has been an elusive dream for most of Xavier University of Louisiana's history.

A chapel was actually included in (then) Mother Katharine Drexel’s original blueprint plans for the Xavier campus in the late 1920’s and it has been mentioned as an upcoming project in nearly every university strategic plan for the past 80+ years. However those plans were always deferred in order to address other essential campus needs such as new classrooms and laboratories, faculty and staff offices, living residences and other student oriented service facilities.

But that dream is finally about to become reality. Last week the long-awaited project officially moved off the university’s “to do” list and onto its “get it done" list when world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli visited the XU campus to unveil his design for the new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel before senior university staff.

While the architectural renderings are not yet ready for public viewing, this much is certain: construction on the 11,000 square foot structure will begin in spring 2010, just as soon as on-going construction of the new Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion is completed. In fact, the new chapel will be situated next to the pharmacy addition right alongside the Interstate-10 Expressway bringing motorists to and from downtown New Orleans.

Like the other buildings on campus, the chapel’s exterior will be made of limestone. Its domed roof will be made of copper with a large cross located strategically at its crest that architect Pelli joked “will be visible from the airport to the river...” adding that “...people will see this cross and know it is the chapel at Xavier University.”

President Norman C. Francis expressed his enthusiasm over the latest developments.

“The new chapel and its centrality on campus will reinforce Xavier’s historic Catholic identity and its continued commitment to the goals and mission established by Saint Katharine, and will welcome students of all faiths to share in their spiritual development,” he said.

The project is expected to cost more than $7 million. Francis is optimistic about raising the needed funds.

“We sometimes don’t appreciate how fortunate we have been,” he said. "We have faith that things that we would like to do can be done."

Pelli, whose firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the most famous buildings around the world, including the Petronas twin towers in Malaysia that were once the tallest in the world, expressed excitement at the opportunity to design a house of worship at Xavier.

“The idea of constructing a building with spiritual purposes is extremely attractive to me,” said Pelli, who himself grew up in a Catholic family. “This building will embody Drexel’s traits of modesty, simplicity and spiritually. It will make you feel totally uplifted.”

Those wishing to make donations towards construction the new Chapel should call XU Institutional Advancement at 504-520-7575.  

Gold Rush Basketball Schedule Features Long Homestand

 New Orleans LA — Xavier University of Louisiana's 2009-10 men's basketball schedule will feature 17 home games, including eight in a row to start the regular season, and two road exhibitions against NCAA Division I opponents.

Seventh-year head coach Dannton Jackson — whose Gold Rush won 134 games and reached the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship four consecutive times — announced on Wednesday the schedule. There will be four first-time opponents, a trip to Florida for the first time since 1996 and a Feb. 20 matchup in New Orleans Arena — the Crosstown Classic — against longtime city, HBCU and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rival Dillard.

The exhibitions — Nov. 5 at Southern University and Nov. 10 at Western Kentucky — will occur during that early stretch of home games. Xavier's 72nd season will tip off at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 when Xavier plays Carver Bible at The Barn. It will be the second straight year the Xavier men play on Halloween, and it matches the earliest regular-season start in Rush history.

There will be three Saturday home games in November, including Nov. 21 against Wiley during XU's homecoming. Wiley is on Xavier's schedule for the 11th straight season, and it's the seventh time in eight seasons they'll meet at least twice.

Xavier will play an exhibition at Southern for the second straight season. Western Kentucky, winner of first-round games in the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, is a first-time opponent.

It will be the third consecutive year and the seventh time in 10 seasons that Xavier and Dillard play in New Orleans Arena. An added feature of this season's Crosstown Classic will be Rush/Nugget Alumni Weekend, a gathering of former XU men's and women's basketball players.The other Xavier-Dillard matchup will be Jan. 30 at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena.

The other first-time opponents will be Brewton-Parker at home Nov. 13, Concordia (Ala.) at home Nov. 23 and at St. Thomas (Fla.) in the Miami Gardens Classic on Dec. 30. Xavier's other Miami Gardens Classic opponent will be Florida Memorial, an HBCU the Rush hasn't played since the 1975-76 season.

Xavier will play Delta State, an NCAA Division II Tournament qualifier this past season, Nov. 18 at The Barn. The Rush and Statesmen will meet for the first time since 1986-87, and Delta State will be the second NCAA D-II opponent in three seasons to visit The Barn. The Rush will play Texas College for the seventh straight season but twice for the first time since 1993-94.

Xavier will begin its GCAC schedule with a pair of road games for the third straight season. The opener will be Jan. 7 at LSU-Shreveport, the four-time defending GCAC Tournament champion. Two days later the Rush will visit defending GCAC regular-season champion Tougaloo.

The first conference home game will be Jan. 14 against Spring Hill. Xavier's Feb. 6 game at The Barn against LSUS will be an NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Game, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. More than 500 collegiate and 100 high school programs have raised more than $50 million since 1993 for that program, a collaboration between the cancer society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The GCAC Tournament will begin March 2 and be played at campus sites for the fifth straight year. Hosts in each round will be the highest surviving seeds.

With the exception of the Crosstown Classic, home games will be played at The Barn on Xavier's campus. This will be the 65th season of Gold Rush basketball at The Barn, which opened in 1937.

Xavier was 19-12 in 2008-09 and tied for fourth place in the GCAC. Xavier's 25 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most in the history of Louisiana men's college basketball.

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7 Games vs. NAIA Tourney Teams on Nuggets' Basketball Schedule

New Orleans LA - Games with seven NAIA Division I National Championship qualifiers from this past season are on the 2009-10 Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball schedule.

Eleventh-year head coach Bo Browder, whose 243 victories are the most in the Gold Nuggets' history, announced the schedule Wednesday.

Xavier will play the first of those national tournament teams, Langston, on the final day of the Xavier Classic on Nov. 27 at The Barn. The Nuggets will play three of them in a row during the first seven days of January — Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville at Xavier, then a visit to LSU-Shreveport to open the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference schedule.

LSUS will visit The Barn on Feb. 6, and the Nuggets will play the GCAC's three-time defending regular-season champion, Loyola, Jan. 25 at The Barn and Feb. 18 at Loyola.

Also notable:
     • The regular-season opener, Oct. 30 against Talladega in the Port City Tip-Off Classic at Mobile, Ala., will be the earliest in program history.
     • The Nuggets will play six times in November, all at The Barn.
     • After the Langston game, Xavier will wait 30 days to play again — Dec. 28 against Concordia (Calif.) in the Surf City Classic at Irvine, Calif. The Nuggets will play three consecutive days in the Surf City Classic, then come home to play Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville — five games in seven days.

"Everybody's schedule has challenges, and this schedule certainly has them," said Browder. "Whether you look at the number of quality opponents we play or the gaps between games, we will be tested."

Xavier's second opponent, Martin Methodist, won 19 games this past season. Daemen, an NAIA Division II member and the middle opponent at the Surf City Classic, won 22. Talladega won 18, including 12 of its final 14 en route to a ninth-place finish in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship.

There will be three non-conference home doubleheaders with Xavier's men, most notably Nov. 21 against Wiley during XU's homecoming. The Wiley game will end an 11-day layoff.

For the third straight year Xavier's home doubleheader with longtime city, HBCU and GCAC rival Dillard will be played in New Orleans Arena and be called the Crosstown Classic. An added feature of this season's Crosstown Classic will be Rush/Nugget Alumni Weekend, a gathering of former XU men's and women's basketball players. The other Xavier-Dillard matchup will be Jan. 30 at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena.

Xavier's home game against LSUS will be a Women's Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone Game and a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.

The GCAC Tournament will begin March 1 and be played at campus sites for the fifth straight year. Hosts in each round will be the highest surviving seeds.

Xavier was 23-9 in 2008-09 and placed third in the GCAC. The Gold Nuggets qualified for the NAIA Division I National Championship 13 times in the past 15 seasons, and they reached 20 victories 16 times in the past 17 seasons.

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Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque at XU Oct. 1

New Orleans LA - Louisiana’s Poet Laureate, Darrell Bourque, will present a poetry
reading at Xavier University of Louisiana Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center room 205. The event is free and open to the public.

Bourque, professor emeritus of English and Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the author of Plainsongs, The Doors Between Us, Burnt Water Suite, The Blue Boat, and Call and Response: Conversations in Verse, with Jack B. Bedell. The University of Louisiana Press will publish In Ordinary Light: New and Selected Poems in 2011 and Chicory Bloom Press has commissioned a special edition chapbook, Holding the Notes, which will be published in 2012.

The event is sponsored by the Xavier Endowment for the Humanities and the Xavier English Department. For more information call (504) 520-5155.

XU Visiting Artist Concert Series Begins October 5

New Orleans LA - The Department of Music at Xavier University of Louisiana opens the 2009-2010 Visiting Artist Concert Series with a recital of music for voice and piano featuring soprano Dr. Jeanine Wagner and pianist Margaret Simmons Oct. 5 at 7:00 pm in the Music Building Recital Hall. 

Both artists have toured nationally and internationally to great critical acclaim. In addition, Wagner presently serves as Director of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University. Simmons is Professor Emeritus at that same institution. Their concert at Xavier will include opera arias, art songs taken from their recent anthology of music written by African American composers since 1975 and songs from Broadway musicals.

Other Upcoming programs in the series are:

October 19 - Clifford Smith, bass/baritone and Wilfred Delphin, piano
November 3 – Corinne Stillwell, violin and Heidi Williams, piano
November 18 – Tribute to Mrs. Estelle Baham

All concerts take place at 7:00 PM in the Music Building Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. For further information contact the music department office at (504) 520-7597.

XU, NYU Receive $3 Million NSF Grant
to Enhance Diversity Among Materials Scientists

New Orleans LA - New York University and Xavier University of Louisiana have received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bolster diversity among materials scientists through collaborative research and curriculum development.

The award was one of eight awarded this year under NSF’s Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program and funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Under its PREM grant, Xavier and the NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) – one of 31 NSF-backed centers that perform interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary materials research – will develop a materials science research core at Xavier and an undergraduate materials science educational program that will introduce a materials science track within the chemistry program at the New Orleans institution.

The research core will consist of several Xavier-NYU collaborative research projects that will enhance Xavier’s research infrastructure and lead to advances in nanotechnology that impact society and the commercial sector, including new materials for energy storage, smart magnetic assemblies for advanced medical imaging, unique diagnostics tools for detection of cancer cells based on measurements of their mechanical properties at the nanoscale. The PREM also will employ tools that probe the nanoscale properties of crystalline materials relevant to the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors.

Under the education component, undergraduate students will be exposed, through PREM fellowships, to research laboratories at Xavier as early as their freshman year in order to stimulate their interest in materials science. During summers, Xavier undergraduates and accompanying faculty members will conduct research as teams with NYU MRSEC research groups.  NYU graduate students will be paired with these teams, integrating both undergraduate and graduate students into a common and sustainable professional network.

The Faculty Resource Network at NYU, a professional development initiative that sponsors programs for faculty members from a consortium of over 50 colleges and universities, will assist in the coordination of several components of the Xavier-NYU PREM, ranging from student exchanges to symposia involving research scientists from the national PREM network.

The combination of the research core and the creation of the materials science educational program (MSEP) is intended to ensure that Xavier’s undergraduate students receive the necessary research and educational skills to be successful in a materials science graduate program at any research-oriented university while creating a pipeline of underrepresented undergraduates prepared for careers in science disciplines.  

The objective of the PREM program is to broaden participation of under-represented groups and enhance diversity in materials research and education by encouraging long-term, multi-investigator, collaborative research and education partnerships between women- and minority-serving colleges and universities, colleges and universities dedicated to educating a majority of students with disabilities, and NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR)-supported centers and facilities. The program was launched in 2004. In 2008, New York University received a $7.2 million, six-year grant from NSF to create a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) to develop new materials through the exploration and manipulation of molecular particles. For more, go to

XU Faculty a Part of LA Creole Conference

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana faculty members will give presentations and performances at the 5th annual Louisiana Creole Conference October 3-4.

“Suppers, Wakes, and Second Lines: A Celebration of New Orleans Creole Customs and Institutions” is the theme of the conference, which is being presented in conjunction with the Xavier History department and will be held at Xavier’s University Center.

Dr. Ronald Dorris, professor of African American Studies will give an overview for the session, “From the Cradle to the Grave: Institutions that Fed the Creole Soul.”

Dr. Michael White, professor of Spanish, and jazz performer and historian will give the overview of “The Social Aid & Pleasure: Entertainment and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  Xavier graduate John Boutte will also perform.

The conference will focus on Creole business, entertainment and institutions and will feature speakers from those areas. The Louisiana Creole Research Association (LA Creole) is dedicated to preserving Creole culture through historical/genealogical research, educational programs, and celebrations.

For more information on LA Creole or to register for the conference, visit the website at:

Operation Diabetes at Lakeside Oct 10

New Orleans LA - What do a podiatrist, dietician, optometrist and pharmacist have in common? They’ll all be a part of the annual Operation Diabetes October 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lakeside Shopping Center.

The event, sponsored by the Xavier University College of Pharmacy, is a campaign designed to increase awareness of diabetes and provide information on the dangers
associated with the disease. The event also promotes an awareness of the pharmacist’s role in diabetes management and care.

Xavier pharmacy students and faculty will offer health screenings and diabetes literature, and will be available to answer questions about diabetes prevention, management, control and related medications.

The event will also feature a dietitian providing information about healthy eating, a podiatrist to discuss foot care including information on diabetic shoes, and an optometrist to discuss the importance of eye care as it relates to diabetes. Diabetes remains the leading cause of blindness and lower extremity amputations.

For more information on Xavier’s Operation Diabetes contact Savannah Washington or Dr. Cori Brock at 504-520-5677. 

Xavier Celebrates Citizenship & Constitution Day Sept. 17

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will observe Citizenship and Constitution Day Thursday, Sept. 17, with a conversation on civil rights and liberties. The event will be held in the Administration Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

A panel of speakers will discuss the topic. Speakers include Michelle Carter, M.A., J.D., the Honorable Lolis Elie, Jacqueline Francis, Ph.D., Okyeame Haley, J.D, LL.M. and Robert Westley, J.D.

The Xavier Citizenship and Constitution Day event is free and open to the public.

"In Her Steps..." - XU Hosts St. Katharine Drexel Pilgrimage

New Orleans LA - The St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Advisory Committee at Xavier University of Louisiana will host “In Her Steps...” a one-day pilgrimage in honor of the canonization of Xavier’s founder St. Katharine Drexel on Saturday, October 3, 2009, from at 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The pilgrimage will travel by bus to visit and pray at several New Orleans churches and locations where St. Katharine Drexel and the religious order she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, had an influence and – in some cases – where they are still active. Those churches include Epiphany, Corpus Christi, St. Peter Claver, St. Monica, St. Katharine Drexel (formerly Holy Ghost), Blessed Sacrament, St. Joan of Arc and Xavier Prep high school.
“A pilgrimage is a time for sacrifice and prayer,” said committee chair Stella Reese. This pilgrimage is an opportunity for prayer, reflection and thanksgiving for St. Katharine Drexel and the wonderful work she has done, especially for the New Orleans community.” This is the second pilgrimage that the committee has hosted. The first, in the spring of 2005, traveled the rural Louisiana locations where the SBS had an impact.
Xavier University has plans to build a chapel on the campus in the near future.  The current chapel, located in the historic Administration Building, has been in use since 1960’s when the campus outgrew the original chapel. The original campus chapel, a small room with small stained glass windows in the Administration Annex, is still sometimes used.
St. Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, was canonized a saint in 2000. Although she was born into great wealth, throughout out her lifetime she used her resources for the poor, in particular African Americans and Native Americans. She and her order established numerous schools and missions across the country, including many in rural areas of South Louisiana. 
Tickets for the October Pilgrimage are $40 and seating is limited, lunch is included. For more information on the Pilgrimage please call 504-520-5122.  For more information St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, visit

Homecoming 2009 Dates Announced

New Orleans LA - Jot down these dates on your calendar – Nov. 18-22 – that's when Xavier University of Louisiana alumni will make the journey back to campus for Alumni Homecoming 2009.

A usual this year’s celebration will honor the 16 five-year anniversary Classes of 1929, 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004, but all alums are encouraged to participate in the festivities.

Among this year’s highlights are the annual Alumni Banquet, Alumni Mixer and the 2nd annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert featuring Xavier’s own Wanda Rouzan ’69 with special performances by Irvin Mayfield and DJ Captain Charles. These and all other reunion events will be held on campus.

Scheduled events include: (Nov. 18) Vesper Service; (Nov. 19) Alumni Sharing Knowledge Panel Lunch and XU Jazz Ensemble Concert; (Nov. 20) Board of Governors Meeting, Celebration on the Yard, College of Pharmacy Reception, Art Exhibit, Alumni Mixer and TGIF Alumni Party; (Nov. 21) Day of Service, Leaving a Legacy Seminar, Tailgate Brunch, Gold Rush/Gold Nugget Basketball and Alumni Homecoming Banquet; (Nov. 22) Alumni Mass and Continental Breakfast.

For more information and suggested hotels, call 504-520-6782 or 1-877 WE LUV XU (1-877-935-8898).

Fall '09 Enrollment Reaches New Post-Katrina High

New Orleans LA - Post-Hurricane Katrina enrollment at Xavier University of Louisiana has hit a new high this fall, thanks to a solid freshman class that exceeded projected levels and a welcome influx of new transfer students.

The addition of 767 new freshmen and 146 transfers has pushed the university’s current overall enrollment to 3,345 students, four percent higher than last fall’s 3,204. Enrollment has grown steadily the past four years after Katrina had knocked down the student population to around three-quarters of its best pre-storm figures.

Administrators are pleased with the university’s progress.

“It’s very gratifying to see students and parents from across the nation continue to put their faith in Xavier,” said President Norman Francis, attributing the sustained interest in the nation’s only historically Black, Catholic college to its continuing national reputation for academic excellence and leadership in the math and science fields, as well as its a solid liberal arts core curriculum.
“Despite the hardships we have endured following Katrina, Xavier has never wavered from its commitment to provide students with the academic excellence which people have come to expect," said Francis, pointing out that the University has produced nearly 3,000 graduates since re-opening six months after the hurricane in January ’06. "Our students continue to compete and excel in the sciences as well as in business and liberal arts.”

Admissions had projected an incoming freshman class of 740-750, due to the nationwide worsening economy, so "getting 767 through the door is a very encouraging sign that the Xavier brand is still strong among those who seek a quality education" according to Winston D. Brown, Dean of Admissions.

The three previous post-Katrina freshman classes of 2006-2008 had 447, 651 and 778 members, respectively, far below the last pre-Katrina freshman class of more than 1,000 – an historic high. While those smaller classes continue to be drag on the university’s current overall enrollment, Xavier officials are confident that the short-lived phenomenon will correct itself as Katrina becomes less and less of an issue and getting a quality education becomes more so.

“After Katrina we set out on a five-year plan to gradually grow our freshman class back to a sustainable level of around 800 new students each year,” he added. “We are pretty much on that schedule.”

New Issue of Xavier Review Now Available

New Orleans LA - Dr. Nicole Pepinster Greene (English/AFAM) has announced publication of the latest edition of Xavier Review.

A biannual journal of literature and culture, edited by Greene, Xavier Review features creative and scholarly works with special interest in the American South, New Orleans, the Gulf and Caribbean sphere, African American culture, ethnography, and spirituality.

Volume 29-1 features the poem “Heredity” by Kristina Robinson, a senior English major/creative writing minor from New Orleans (De La Salle High School).

Copies of the journal can be purchased at the Library Resource Center (Room 221) or from the Department of English/African American Studies in the Administration Annex (Room 204). For more info contact Greene at 504-520-5246.

Cross Country Opens 2009 Season on Road

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana’s men’s and women’s cross country teams, both three-time defending Gulf Coast Athletic Conference champions, will open their respective seasons Sept. 4 in the Southern Miss Invitational at Tatum Park in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The women will run 5,000 meters at 6:30 p.m., followed by the men's four-mile race at 7:00 p.m. It’s the third straight year that Xavier has competed in the Southern Miss event.

Looking ahead on the schedule, the CC teams will compete in four Louisiana meets, including three in a row in September (the Wolfpack Invitational Sept. 12 at Lafreniere Park, the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational at Lafayette Sept. 18, and the LSU Invitational at Baton Rouge Sept. 26.

For additional info on the Gold Rush visit HERE and for more Gold Nugget info visit HERE.

XU Among “Top Tier” in U.S. News “Best Colleges” Guide

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana has once again garnered inclusion in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” special edition.

In the newly released 2010 edition of the magazine’s widely-read annual college guide, Xavier was ranked 27th among the publication’s list of the "Best Universities - Master's" from the southern region of the United States. That places the university in the “top tier” of the 120 institutions included in that category and marks an improvement over last year’s ranking of 29th.

Xavier is also ranked 5th among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) behind Spelman College, Howard University, Morehouse College and Fisk University.

The U.S. News guide divides all colleges and universities into four categories – national, master's, comprehensive and liberal arts colleges – grouping them further into designated geographical regions. Xavier is included among the master's schools because it offers a full range of undergraduate, some master's level programs and a single doctoral program. According to the guide there are some 572 master’s schools in the U.S. The southern region includes 12 states.   

According to the magazine the ratings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Xavier also figures prominently in a special Guide article on HBCU’s, “The Challenge for Black Colleges.” The specific reference to XU in the article reads:

“Others, such as Xavier University of Louisiana, are recruiting based on their track records of turning disadvantaged kids into stars. Xavier boasts that it sends more African-Americans to medical school than any other college in the nation. It manages to do this while charging about $25,000 for everything – tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, and so on. While that may sound high, many big public universities – in California, for example – have similar sticker prices for in-state students. Also, over half of all Xavier students receive grants averaging more than $5,000, bringing their net cost below $20,000.”

The complete list of the southern "Best Universities - Master's" is available HERE while the complete guide can be accessed HERE

Kim Cherry Named Director of Xavier MSTI

New Orleans LA - Kim Cherry has been named director of the Math and Science
Teacher Institute (MSTI) at Xavier University of Louisiana.

The MSTI, supported by a grant from Exxon/Mobil, provides training and support to math and science teachers in the New Orleans region. The program builds teacher content knowledge in math and science and helps teachers develop effective instructional strategies through a summer program, and year-long support. 

Cherry, holds a master of science with a concentration in mathematics education from Towson State and a master of science with a concentration in science education from Johns Hopkins, as well a master of professional studies from Cornell University and a bachelor of science from Syracuse. She is certified in middle school mathematics and earth science.

Before coming to Xavier, Cherry was an elementary science coach assisting school administrators in creating and implementing professional development for science staff and providing demonstration lessons to elementary science teachers. 

Shoneka Norwood-Thomas is program manager for the MSTI.

 Gstohl Named Faculty In Residence at XU Center for the Advancement of Teaching

New Orleans LA - Theology professor Mark Gstohl has been selected as Service-Learning Faculty in Residence at Xavier University of Louisiana’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Gstohl will work in close partnership with the Center for Student Leadership and Service in the Division of Student Services to provide services to faculty incorporating the pedagogy of service-learning into the curriculum and promoting civic engagement through meaningful community participation.   

A native of Memphis, TN, Gstohl holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching is an academic resource for Xavier University's faculty and the broader educational community. The Center’s mission is to advance the art and science of teaching and learning.  

Xavier University Kicks Off Freshman Orientation

New Orleans LA - More than 700 new freshmen will swarm the Xavier University of Louisiana campus on Friday morning for the start of Freshman Orientation and the Fall 2009 semester.

The freshmen will be led by campus Peer Deans – upperclassmen who serve as group leaders for new freshmen during orientation.  The Peer Deans serve as the ‘go-to’ person for the freshmen and each leads a group of about 10 freshmen. 

The freshman orientation begins Friday (Aug. 14) and runs through Sunday (Aug. 23). Activities include the President’s welcome and reception on Friday, seminars each day to introduce students to campus life and the resources available to them, and other activities.  

Among the scheduled activities are the Wednesday (Aug. 19) Wacky Olympics, talent show auditions and poetry & ice cream under the stars.  On August 20 the students register for their fall classes, attend departmental orientations, and can participate in a regional mixer and a traditional capping ceremony. Freshman can check out campus organizations at an organization fair August 21-22 freshman give back at the Community Plunge starting at 8am. Later that day students will climb aboard buses for the “Shop ‘til you Drop” excursion.

The orientation ends with a Sunday Mass at the university chapel followed by a picnic at City Park.

In addition there will be a parent orientation Friday August 14-Sunday August 16 giving parents who come to campus with their new college students an opportunity to have their questions answered.

A complete orientation schedule is available at

Xavier Gets Nod in Prestigious "Best Colleges" Guide

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana has once again received the endorsement of a prominent, annual college rating publication. Xavier was singled out as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2010 edition of its annual guide, "The Best 371 Colleges."

The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, showcases only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in American and two Canadian colleges in its annual "The Best 371 Colleges" guide. XU was one of 365 holdovers from last year’s guide.

Schools included in the guide are evaluated based on institutional data collected from the schools, feedback from students enrolled in the schools and Princeton Review visits to schools over the years, as well as the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents.

The guide offers two-page profiles on each of the 368 schools including candid comments from current students who participated in a Princeton Review survey. The guide also ranks the top 20 colleges in various categories – ranging from academics to social life.  

"Each of our 371 ‘best’ colleges offers great academics,” says Robert Franek, author of the book and vice president/publisher. “However we don’t rank schools academically because our goal is to help students find and get into the best school for them. Instead we tally 62 ranking lists based on how students at these schools rated their campus experiences, plus ratings based on institutional data we collect on issues important to applicants. It's all about the fit." 

The guide cites Xavier’s unparalleled success in a number of academic areas – particularly premedical and pharmacy studies.

Student comments range from academics [“No matter what your discipline, XU professors are intimately involved in the learning experience, and if a student shows that they are in a classroom to learn, professors will go out of their way to make sure that he or she understands the material”] to student life [“acceptance and equality permeates throughout the entire student, faculty and staff population.”]

For more info on Xavier or a complete look at the guide, visit The Princeton Review.

XU Included in Fiske Guide to Colleges

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana is among the nation’s “best and most interesting colleges and universities” according to the 2010 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The annual guide, published by Edward Fiske, education editor for the New York Times newspaper for 17 years, highlights just 330 of the more than 2,200 four-year colleges in the United States.

Schools are assessed in terms of academics, social life and overall quality of life.

Xavier Economic Impact Gauged

New Orleans, LA - A 2008 economic impact study shows that Xavier University of Louisiana is a significant contributor to the metropolitan area's economy.

According to the study, Xavier generates more than $320-million in economic activities, and about $115.6-million of that is household earnings in the Greater New Orleans Region. The nation’s only Historically Black & Catholic university is one of the area’s leading employers, and its spending helps to provide more than 4,200 jobs in Orleans Parish.

According to Dr. Ronald Durnford, Xavier's vice president for planning and institutional research, approximately $158.6-million of the total economic activity generated is due to spending by students and visitors from out of state, plus spending by the University on those students.

"The unique economic contribution of Xavier is that we bring millions of dollars into the City and the state unlike the typical business that just re-circulates dollars within the State," said Gene D’Amour Senior Vice President for Resource Development at Xavier.

The study was conducted by Frederick Rodgers, a respected economist at Medaille College in New York, who employed the Regional Input-Output Modeling System to estimate Xavier’s economic impact on the region.

Xavier is located in the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). That area includes the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard. St Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany.  While Xavier draws students from outside the New Orleans area, many students served by the University live within the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner MSA.

XU College of Pharmacy Accreditation Reaffirmed

New Orleans LA - The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) announced on Friday, July 10, 2009, that it has reaffirmed the accreditation of the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana.

This decision was made at the June ACPE Board meeting and was based on findings from an Evaluation Team that visited the campus in March 2009. The Accreditation Action and Recommendations Report ensuing from the Board meeting concluded that Xavier’s College of Pharmacy meets all 30 ACPE professional standards.

“We remain confident in the quality of our pharmacy program and are proud that this professional assessment confirms the value of Xavier’s College of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Norman C. Francis, President. 

Xavier continues to be one of the top producers of African American pharmacists in the nation on an annual basis. Admission to its College of Pharmacy is highly competitive with more than 1,000 annual applications to be among the 165 students admitted for each first-year class. Of the 524 students who graduated from Xavier this past spring, 150 of them earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

“The reaffirmation of our ACPE accreditation is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the Pharmacy faculty, students, and staff,” said Dr. Loren J. Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier. “It is vital for the Xavier name to be synonymous with excellence and high academic standards. This endorsement from ACPE contributes to that assurance.”

Underscoring the vitality of Xavier’s pharmacy program is the construction of a new, $30-million Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion supported by a major grant through the Qatar Katrina Fund in Xavier’s fundraising campaign for this facility. The new Pavilion slated for spring 2010 occupancy will provide an additional 65,000 square feet to the existing College of Pharmacy including new classrooms, student spaces, offices, laboratories, and a vivarium.

Top Students Designated Rousseve Scholars

New Orleans LA – Thirty-six upperclassmen have been named Xavier University of Louisiana Rousseve Scholars for the 2009-10 school year.

Students selected for the Rousseve Scholars Program generally represent the top ten students in the sophomore, junior and senior 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 major field of study and high school-hometown.

Sophomores – Leslie Anderson, biology/pre-med, Edna Karr High-N.O.; Kara Edmond, chemistry/pre-med, Hanahan High-Charleston SC; Kaitlyn Gaddis, speech pathology, South Gwinnett High-Snellville GA; Ashley Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High-Quincy MA; Asia Matthew, chemistry/pre-med, North Quincy High-Quincy MA; Brittany Moore, chemistry/pre-med, Baton Rouge Magnet-Baton Rouge LA; Theresa Nguyen, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Morgan City High-Amelia LA; Valencia Potter, biology/pre-med, Murphy High-Mobile AL; Cherise Steib, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, St. James High-St. James LA; Morgan Weber, chemistry/pre-med, Academy of Our Lady-Harvey LA; Simone Williams, chemistry/pre-med, Pass Christian High-Pass Christian MS; and Michelle Winn, chemistry/pre-pharmacy, Natchez High-Natchez MS.

Juniors – Jillana Cavalier, English education, Baton Rouge Magnet-Zachary LA; Lauren Cooper, psychology/pre-med, Bishop Montgomery High-Los Angeles CA; Danielle Foster, biology, Arsenal Tech-Indianapolis IN; Charisse Graham, chemistry/pre-med, Stanton High-Jacksonville FL; Jasmine Holmes, chemistry/pre-med, Ben Franklin High-N.O.; Thy Ho-Pham, chemistry/pre-med, West Jefferson High-Gretna LA; Danielle Jones, biology/pre-med, Episcopal High-Baton Rouge LA; Steve Morgan, biology/pre-med, H.L. Bourgeois High-Gray LA; Hong Nguyen, mass communications, L.W. Higgins High-Westwego LA; Raphaela Romero, English, Helen Cox High-Gretna LA; Daphanie Taylor, biology/pre-med, Garland High-Garland TX; and Kristen Walker, biology/pre-med, Denham Springs-Baton Rouge LA.

Seniors – Ryan Boudreau, P2 pharmacy, Rummel High-Kenner LA; Sandy Dang, P2 pharmacy, Blenk High-Marrerro LA; China Davis, P2 pharmacy, McKinley High-Baton Rouge LA; Courtney Harrell, P2 pharmacy, De La Salle High-N.O.; Uyen Tram Le, P2 pharmacy, Laquinta High-Westminister CA; Jalisa Mathis, mass communications, Belle Chasse High-Belle Chasse LA; Dat Nguyen, P2 pharmacy, Glenbard North High-Carol Stream IL; Luu Ngo, P2 pharmacy, Cornerstone High-San Angelo TX; John Nguyen, P2 pharmacy, John Ehret High-Harvey LA; Thao Nguyen, P2 pharmacy, Ben Franklin High-N.O.; Tuong Pham, P2 pharmacy, Morgan City High-Morgan City LA; and Rebekah Sadaiappen, biology/pre-med, Destrehan High-Destrehan LA.

XU Ranks High in Diverse Issues Annual Report

New Orleans LA - A special report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine once again provides documentation of Xavier University of Louisiana's success in a number of academic disciplines.

In its annual "Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers" issue (June 2009), the magazine shows XU once again ranking first in the nation in the number of African American students earning baccalaureate degrees in two areas – the biological and biomedical sciences, as well as the physical sciences.

Xavier is comfortably ahead of the pack in both categories: graduating 120 students in the biological and biomedical sciences – nearly 20 percent more than that of second-place Howard University – and another 41 students in the physical sciences – twice that of runner-up Jackson State University . Xavier also places 41st and 44th in awarding undergraduate degrees to African Americans in history and psychology, respectively.

The Diverse Issues report is based on a review of the 2007-2008 preliminary data distributed by the U.S. Department of Education, which includes the effect of Hurricane Katrina (e.g. Xavier’s smaller total enrollment).

The magazine has reported on degrees conferred since 1992, tracking trends in bachelor degree conferrals to African American and other minority students. The complete report can be viewed at  

XU Saddened by Death of Former Trustee [William T. McCaffrey]

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana community sadly notes the death of William T. McCaffrey, a long-time friend and supporter of the university and former chair of its Board of Trustees June 18.
McCaffrey, who had retired in 1998 as Senior Executive Vice President of Equitable Life, and Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Equitable Companies, joined the Xavier University Board of Trustees in 1982 after earlier service on the Business Advisory Committee.

McCaffrey worked tirelessly on Xavier’s behalf. He served four terms on the Board, including four years as chairman. During that tenure also chaired the development committee and was at the forefront of the University’s first two Capital Campaigns, which raised more than $70 million towards expansion of the campus. He was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2001.
Despite personal health challenges for the past several years, he never lost interest in Xavier's continued progress and well being. The main ballroom of the University Center is named in honor of him and his wife Mary.

Ribbon Cutting for College of Pharmacy’s New Health & Wellness Center

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy has an initiative that focuses on minority health disparities and diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

The University’s new Health & Wellness Center in Harahan LA is committed to improving the health of the community by providing education, medication therapy management and screening services to those with Diabetes-related health care needs in the Greater New Orleans area. 

Ribbon cutting will be held Wednesday, June 24, at 10:00 a.m. at the location next to the Harahan Wal-Mart store at 5110 Jefferson Hwy. Legendary chef Leah Chase will be on hand to give a healthy cooking demonstration.

The XU Health and Wellness Center will provide supplementary education and services to community members to assist in the management of diabetes and other related illnesses.

“The goal is to promote healthy living and eating habits among citizens of the Greater New Orleans area,” said William Kirchain Pharm.D., director of the center. “In addition, we hope to build partnerships in the community with other organizations which are also dedicated to the elimination of health disparities and enrich our pharmacy students clinical education through their interaction with the public.”

The XU Health & Wellness Center will offer free weekly courses on topics such diabetes and healthy eating, monitoring blood glucose, and stress and diabetes. The center will also offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks with no appointment necessary. Other services including healthy cooking classes and medication check-ups and the classes, require an appointment and a fee applies. 

For more information the XU Health & Wellness Center please call 504-733-1127 or email

Alum Named 2009 Barbara Jordan Scholar [Trevonne Walford '09]

New Orleans LA - Trevonne Walford, a 2009 Xavier University honor graduate
was named a 2009 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation. She is serving a nine-week (through July 27) position as staff to a congressional office and learn first-hand about health policy and the policymaking process.

Walford was one of 12 students selected nationwide, chosen from among more than 200 applicants. The Scholars have an opportunity to learn first-hand about health policy and the policymaking process as staff to a congressional office.

While at Xavier Walford, a native of Pikesville MD, was a biology major with a double minor in Spanish and Chemistry. She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School.

The Foundation established the Barbara Jordan Scholars Program in memory of former U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan – the first African American woman elected to Congress from Texas and a deeply respected member of the Foundation’s board of trustees.

“With health reform on the national agenda, this year’s Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars will have a window on an historic debate and an opportunity to gain practical health policy experience,” said Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman.  “This program honors Barbara’s legacy, and she would be proud to see these talented and motivated students accomplishing her goals while achieving theirs.” 

The program is designed to introduce students with an interest in issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities to the federal legislative process and current issues in health policy. In addition to working on Capitol Hill, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits organized by the Foundation to broaden their knowledge of health policy issues. Under the guidance of the Foundation’s staff, the Scholars also complete an in-depth analysis of a health policy issue and produce a policy memo.

Cara James, Ph.D., is the Director of the Barbara Jordan Scholars Program at the Foundation. The program operates in partnership with Howard University.

Colorful Mural Encourages Youngsters to Get Their Hearing Checked

New Orleans LA - For young children, visiting a health professional can be scary and stressful. When youngsters visited Xavier University’s speech pathology department to get their hearing checked, the Xavier students who tested them first had to convince the kids to go into the booth. The sound proof booths resembled industrial freezers and the stark white and metal box was not inviting.

“When the children came to our center to get their hearing checked, they were always hesitant to go into the hearing booth because it looked so scary,” said Xavier University Speech Pathology major Paris Florence, a senior from New Orleans. “We wanted to make it look more appealing for little kids,” said Florence. They succeeded with the help of artist Elizabeth Traina who created a mural for the booths. 

Paris and her classmates followed Traina’s direction and painted the mural, adding a personal touch. The result is a colorful, whimsical scene with friendly animals and even a monkey with headphones. [see photo]

“With this new colorful mural, I think it will grab the kids’ interest and make them want to see what’s inside,” said Meaghan Triplett of New Orleans as she put finishing touches on the artwork. “I didn’t know it was going to turn out so well, considering I’m no artist! But I learned a lot, and I’m really pleased with the result.  I think the kids will be more at ease.”

Other students who worked on the mural were Melanique Lebeaud and Krystal Hill, both of New Orleans.

Visit the Communications & Speech Pathology department website for more information.

Pharmacy Faculty Named Editor of Major Health Journal

New Orleans, LA - Xavier University faculty member, Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., has been named as the editor-in-chief of the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) peer-reviewed journal Health Promotion Practice (HPP).  

Jack is the Director for the Center for Minority Health, Health Disparities, Research and Education; Endowed Chair of Minority Health Disparities; and Professor, Division of Clinical and Administrative Services, College of Pharmacy at Xavier. He begins a six-month transition period as head of HPP’s editorial board, with his five-year term officially commencing in January 2010.

Jack  has more than 20 years of public health research and practice experience related to the socio-cultural aspects of disease management; psychosocial aspects of managing diabetes; health disparities; men’s health; and family, and community-based interventions. Before his entry into academia, he worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, and served in several editorial board positions.

Jack completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia State University and received a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University in Health Education.

“We are delighted that Dr. Jack will assume the leadership of one of the nation’s premiere public health practice-based journals,” says Kathryn Meier, MPH, CHES, SOPHE President. “He brings a rich blend of research and practice experience in health promotion and education that has been the basis for the young journal’s outstanding success over the last decade.”

HPP publishes authoritative, peer-reviewed articles devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education and is one of two-peer reviewed SOPHE journals.
For more info visit the Xavier College of Pharmacy webpage at

‘Home Team’ Honors Alumni and Local Jazz Legends June 14

New Orleans LA - The New Orleans Alumni Chapter of Xavier University will honor local alumni members and local jazz legends at the annual Jazz Round-Up event, Sunday June 14, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the McCaffrey Ballroom of the University Center on the Xavier campus. Admission is free.

The afternoon of jazz and fun will feature live music by the Xavier University Jazz Band and Dwight and Connie Fitch. The New Orleans Alumni Chapter, also known as Club #1 and the Hometeam, will honor three fellow Xavierites and two local jazz legends.

Alumni honorees include Rita Tregre Barre’57, Sophie Watts Amburo ’51 and Doris Sullivan ’49. New Orleans area Jazz Legends to be honored include Peter “Chuck” Badie Jr. and Wardell Quezerque.

Badie is a bassist who has toured and recorded with R&B singer Sam Cooke.  He is known for his "romping" style on such R&B hits as Jessie Hill’s “Ooh Poo Poo Pa Doo”, Ernie K-Doe’s “Mother-In-Law”, Barbara George’s “I Know” and Chris Kenner’s “Something You Got”.

He was a part of the American Jazz Quintet around 1957, which consisted of Nat Perrilliat, Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis and Ed Blackwell. He also did session work with Allen Toussaint.

Wardell Quezergue is an arranger, composer, and bandleader. He was born into a musical New Orleans family. His father Sidney was a guitar player. His brothers Leo and Alden were also jazz musicians. Quezergue played with Dave Bartholomew’s band from the late 1940’s and was the bandleader of his own Royal Dukes of Rhythm. He has worked with numerous New Orleans musicians including Professor Longhair and Fats Domino.

In 1964 he formed NOLA Records and was associated with popular artists and hit records such as ‘Barefootin’ and ‘Mr. Big Stuff’. He also produced and arranged the Grammy Award winning Dr. John album ‘Goin’ Back to New Orleans’ in 1992.

Supriya Jindal to Address MSTI Fellows at Xavier

New Orleans LA - Louisiana’s first lady, Supriya Jindal will address the inaugural class of the Xavier University/ExxonMobil Math Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) Fellows at a luncheon in their honor on Friday, May 29, at noon at Xavier University.

Truman Bell, ExxonMobil's Senior Program Officer for education and diversity will also attend.

The Xavier/ExxonMobil Math Science Teacher Institute is designed to develop outstanding 4th-8th grade math and science teachers whose effectiveness will close the achievement gap in these two vital subjects between students in Orleans Parish and their peers in the state and nation.

The program provides training and support to selected upper Elementary math and science teachers to help them build content knowledge, integrate effective instructional methods and enhance classroom strategies.  

Seventeen math teachers from nine New Orleans open admissions public schools made up the inaugural class of the Xavier/ExxonMobil MSTI Math Fellows. That group spent two intensive weeks on the Xavier campus last summer utilizing curriculum developed by Leading Educators of New Orleans and Marilyn Burns’ Math Solutions.

The program continued with five evening workshops, two all day Saturday Workshops and monthly classroom observation of each Fellow by a Master Teacher. 

According to Xavier University president Dr. Norman C. Francis, the Xavier/ExxonMobile MSTI program is an example of Xavier's focus on 'teaching the teachers' to better serve the students in math and science.  

The Math Fellowships will continue in the coming year, and the 2009-2010 Fellows will also be introduced at the luncheon. Starting in the summer of 2010, the Xavier Science Fellowships will begin.

The MSTI program is made possible by a grant from ExxonMobil.

The 2008-09 MSTI Fellows include: Gloria Batiste (Edgar P. Harney Elementary), Jennie Christenson (S.J. Green Charter), Mark Cooper (G.W. Carver Elementary), Kevin Glapion (James Singleton Charter), James Hamilton (Andrew H. Wilson Charter), Grant Harris (S.J. Green Charter), Leslie Jones Lewis (Sophie B. Wright Charter), Eric King (Lafayette Academy Charter), Da Ven Lewis (Mary McLeod Betheune elementary), India McDougle (transitioning), Meghan Mercadel (Sophie B. Wright Charter), Cassie O’Neil (Andrew H. Wilson Charter), Darlene Rivers (Sophie B. Wright Charter), Jennifer Rogers (Andrew H. Wilson Charter), Ahmad Shakir (S.J. Green Charter), Joey Stalzier (S.J. Green Charter) and Sinnedra Taylor (James W. Johnson Elementary).

Lagniappe Weekend at Xavier May 29-30

New Orleans LA - In the vernacular of New Orleans, the term "lagniappe" connotes "something extra" that you get when you purchase an item or services.

That is the idea behind Xavier University of Louisiana's "Lagniappe Orientation Weekend" for regional students already admitted for the Fall 2009 semester. It is part of the university's strategy to address a nationwide need to better prepare incoming freshmen for academic life at the college level.

Students from Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee have been invited to participate in the Lagniappe Weekend. They will have the opportunity to meet current Xavier students and talk to faculty in their prospective academic departments. Advance placement tests will be offered in reading and mathematics, plus those students who require any developmental courses will learn about summer sessions at Xavier where they can take those courses – and many others – for credit and take advantage of the most affordable summer tuition in the city.

Parents are also invited to be part of Lagniappe Weekend. They can meet with representatives from administrative areas like financial aid, student health services, student accounts. In addition, campus and city tours will be available for parents.

New freshmen who have paid their deposit and verified their health clearance will be able to complete their class registration during the Lagniappe weekend.

“This saves them time in the fall and they avoid the rush of everyone else trying to register at the same time,” says Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Dean of Freshman Studies.

Lagniappe students are invited to stay in the residence halls on campus to get a taste of student life at Xavier. Non-local students will be given preference for campus accommodations and space is limited. Parents will have to make their own lodging arrangements and hotel information is available.

For more information on Xavier’s Lagniappe Weekend Orientation, call (504) 520-5133 or (504) 520-5466, weekdays, by e-mail at and online website at the university web site:

Auburn Montgomery Eliminates Gold Rush at NAIA Tourney

Mobile AL – Auburn Montgomery's men's tennis team defeated Xavier University of Louisiana 5-0 Wednesday in the second round of the NAIA National Championship at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.

The Senators (19-2), the three-time defending champion and the tournament's top seed, won all three doubles matches and two singles matches, and for the second consecutive year they ended the season of the unseeded and 18th-ranked Gold Rush (17-7).

Xavier, a come-from-behind 5-4 winner over Oklahoma Christian in Tuesday's opening round, could not produce similar magic against AUM. The closest doubles match was Mike Green and Terry Richardson's 8-5 loss to Michael Johnson and Monte Tucker at No. 1. AUM closed the dual when Johnson defeated Green 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Nikola Miskovic beat Cameron Knowles 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5.

AUM defeated Xavier by the same team score in the semifinals of the 2008 NAIA Region XIII Tournament.

Four of the Gold Rush losses this season were to ranked NAIA opponents, two to AUM. The other three losses were against NCAA Division I teams. The 17 victories are a school record for Xavier's men.

All eight second-round men's duals were delayed about three hours because of rain, and the start of the Xavier women's second-round match against Berry was pushed back approximately 2½ hours.

Berry Rallies past Gold Nuggets in NAIA Second Round

Mobile AL – Xavier Xavier University of Louisiana scored two points against ranked opponents, but Berry rallied for a 5-3 women's tennis victory Wednesday in the second round of the NAIA National Championship at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.

Third-seeded and third-ranked Berry (14-3) overcame a 3-2 deficit, reached the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season and denied 15th-ranked Xavier (19-7) its first quarterfinal berth.

The Gold Nuggets' Anastesia Opata and Angelina Callis defeated Stephanie Herz and Marina Lebrao, No. 12 in the ITA/NAIA rankings, 8-3. Opata also beat Herz, rated fifth in singles, 4-3, retired. Berry clinched the dual when Lebrao defeated Callis 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Tennis Teams Draw Union (Ky.), Oklahoma Christian

New Orleans LA – The women of Union (Ky.) and Oklahoma Christian's men will be the first-round opponents of Xavier University of Louisiana in next week's NAIA National Tennis Championships at Mobile, Ala.

Xavier (18-6), No. 15 in the final coaches’ poll, will get a 1 p.m. rematch May 12 with unranked Union (13-3), which lost 5-0 to the Gold Nuggets on April 11 at Rome, Ga. It will be the second consecutive appearance in the national tournament and fourth overall for the Nuggets, who are 3-0 in first-round matches.

The Gold Rush (16-6), ranked 18th and in its first appearance at NAIA nationals, finally will get a shot at No. 16 Oklahoma Christian (9-5) at 9 a.m. May 12 after they were rained out on consecutive days in mid-March during the Auburn Montgomery Invitational.

Xavier is the first HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) to qualify for the men's NAIA National Championship since its dual-match format began in 2000.
The Xavier-Oklahoma Christian winner will play top-ranked and three-time defending champion Auburn Montgomery (17-2) at 9 a.m. May 13 in the men's second round.

The Xavier-Union winner will play third-ranked Berry (13-3) in the women's second round at 1 p.m. May 13.

Copeland-Cox Tennis Center, formerly Mobile Tennis Center, will be the site of the tournaments for the sixth consecutive year. Twenty-four men's teams and 24 women's teams will compete. Both Xavier teams received automatic bids by winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournaments April 24.

New Honors for Outstanding XU Faculty at Commencement

New Orleans, LA - For the first time, six faculty members will receive special honors at commencement ceremonies for Xavier University of Louisiana on May 9.

The faculty will receive the inaugural "Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence" Awards, designed to bestow the highest honors annually to faculty members who exemplify first rate performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.

There will be six awards, three to "junior" faculty (those who have worked at the University for seven years or less) and three to "senior" faculty members (more than seven years of service.)

The awards of $5,000 each will be split evenly between the award recipient and his/her academic area for the following year.

During the commencement ceremony, the faculty members will receive a medallion specially designed and minted to convey this distinctive honor. The medal was created by art department faculty member Ron Bechet.

Receiving the Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching – given to faculty members who exhibit the highest qualities of instruction and pedagogy – are: (junior faculty) Dr. Renee Akbar in the Division of Education and (senior faculty) Dr. Karen Becnel Moore in languages.

Receiving the Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Award in Service – given to faculty who with a sustained and consistent record of service to various institutional efforts, and who exemplify a spirit of volunteerism – are: (junior faculty) Dr. Ross Louis in communications and (senior faculty) Sr. Grace Mary Flickinger, S.B.S., in biology

Receiving the Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship – given to those whose scholarship and research distinguish the University, and who make a substantial contribution to their discipline – are: (junior faculty) Dr. Bryan Bilyeu in chemistry and (senior faculty) Dr. Cheryl Stevens in chemistry.

The 2009 Commencement will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Kiefer Lakefront Arena.

IBCS Summer 09 Session Offers Training for Ministers & Laymen

New Orleans, LA - Preregistration is underway for one of the more unique 2009 summer sessions available anywhere; namely, the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.

The Xavier University Institute for Black Catholic Studies was founded in 1980. The goal of the Institute is to prepare lay men and women, religious and clergy from all racial-cultural backgrounds to engage in a more meaningful and effective Catholic ministry within the Black community. 

Continuing education and enrichment programs include Catechist Formation in the Black Community, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and the Leadership in Faith
Community program.

The master’s degree program summer sessions begin June 21, while the one-week, Certificate and Enrichment (C&E) programs will be held June 6-10, June 13-17 and
June 29-July 3.

The degree program offers students an intensive three-week summer session focusing on assisting participants to engage in a highly effective ministry in Black Catholic or multicultural and multi racial parishes. 

“Given the fact that most Black Catholic and multicultural parishes are staffed by European American or other cross cultural priests from African and Asian cultures, our one-week seminar Pastoral Leadership in Black Catholic and Multi-Cultural Parishes, led by Fr. Freddy Washington, CSSP, is offered to assist these priest in
their understanding of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. as it finds expression in the Black Catholic Community,” said Sr. Jamie Phelps, O.P, director of the Institute.

“Our students have opportunities for intellectual, cultural and spiritual growth that integrates the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church and the Black religious experience,” said Phelps.

“In addition we have a dynamic, outstanding faculty from across the country who come to New Orleans for the Institute to share their knowledge and passion for ministry in the African American community.”

These non-degree continuing education programs offer assistance in the areas of Catechesis (Religious Education) and Youth Ministry and Leadership.  

Two new seminars will enrich the C& E Curriculum this summer. The Seminar for Pastoral Musicians is led by Mr. Rawn Harbor, is one of the preeminent African
American Catholic liturgists and musicians in the U.S. today. He is a gifted pianist and composer, and a sought-after workshop facilitator, speaker and liturgist.

It focuses on helping liturgical musicians understand more profoundly the theological foundations and guidelines for Catholic liturgy and the appropriate role of music in our liturgical celebrations.

The Seminar for Campus Ministers, “Black Perspectives on the Gospel on Campus,” is led by Fr. Dr. Edward Branch, who is the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry for the Atlanta University Complex (Morehouse, Spellman etc.), focuses on those desiring or currently engaged Catholic campus ministry on both Catholic and State Universities. 

“There is a definite need for more Black Catholic campus ministers and cross-cultural campus ministers who are knowledgeable about and supportive of Black Catholic students’ particular cultural world view and experiences,” said Phelps.

For more information on the IBCS 2009 summer session, including a check list for newcomers, visit the website at http://www.xula/IBCS or call 504-520-7691.

From the Storm to the Stage- Hurricane Katrina Freshmen Graduate from XU

New Orleans, LA - “From the Storm to the Stage” is their senior class theme and it aptly describes the experience of the 2009 Xavier University graduating class.

As freshmen in August 2005, many of these students not only experienced their first New Orleans hurricane, a yearly natural threat to the Gulf Coast, but the worst natural disaster in New Orleans’ recent history.

What makes these seniors stand out is that, whether a New Orleans native or first time resident, they were intent on returning to Xavier following the devastation of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which had most of the city underwater and impacted the entire region.

Following the storm, Xavier president Dr. Norman C. Francis corralled his administrative staff to work on Xavier’s recovery. The staff worked to meet the president’s demand that Xavier re-open as soon as possible. They succeeded and the University re-opened in January 2006. That spring the majority of students returned to the campus. Xavier, with its campus buildings lit up at night, served as a beacon of hope to returning residents in the city.

The new fall ’05 freshman class had only been on campus for a few weeks before the hurricane hit and displaced them. What made these students want to return even after enrolling in other universities that fall semesters? Most say that they had already established a bond for the campus and their new friends. Some said even after attending XU for only a few weeks, their experience at other campuses did not compare to the warm family feeling, the sense of belonging and camaraderie they felt at Xavier. Some of their classmates did not return for various reasons, but more than 74% did. And they are now facing the euphoria of graduation day.

“Xavier is more of a family for me than when I was at another school after the storm,” said senior business major Traylon Williams of New Orleans.  “Xavier has more of a network,” he said. “The friends I’ve met at XU, I see us being friends forever. Besides, there are other reasons, like the faculty. They really work with all of the students and even the staff, like Career Services. They introduced me to the recruiter for the position I have now.” Williams currently works with the
FBI. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration.

“After the storm, when I attended another school, sure I had fun at the parties and the football games, but that wasn’t college for me.  My mom attended Xavier and when I read about it, I realized it wasn’t just great in the medical fields, but in everything.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to come back after the storm. I joined Kappa Alpha Psi in the fall of 2007. I could have pledged at another school, but I wanted to be a part of Xavier’s Greek life. I’m also excited about the Division of Business which offers such great networking opportunities. I think Xavier really prepared me for the real world.

According to Psychology major Blake Clark attended a Texas college after the storm. “It was different learning environment, a different social environment. I love Xavier’s atmosphere and environment. I was ready to come back and I’m very happy I came back.

"Initially I wasn’t going to come to Xavier as a freshman. But I attended a summer program here and fell in love with Xavier and the city. 

Clark will attend Tulane’s PhD program in social psychology on a full fellowship. 

Pharmacy student Takena Reese was newly accepted into the XU College of Pharmacy in 2005. “There were so many reasons I just had to come back,” she said.

“There is absolutely no place in the whole wide world that is like Xavier or New Orleans! It was a long road for me to get to pharmacy school, a lot of challenges, but I considered it an honor and a privilege, everyone doesn’t get this opportunity. I felt like I had made a covenant with Xavier when I signed up. The mission, the goals of the university, I live my life that way. I identify with everything Xavier stands for and that’s where I needed to be. I didn’t even try to get into another pharmacy school, or like some of my classmates, take courses elsewhere. I was intent on finding a place to live and getting back to Xavier.”  Reese is currently employed with Slidell Memorial Hospital and plans to continue to work there and in the Tenet Health System. 

All of the students agree that returning to New Orleans and Xavier was a given.  “I wanted to be a part of the rebuilding of my city,” said Williams. “Not coming back or giving back through community service wouldn’t benefit the city. The more people that come back and give back, the better our city will become.”

The 440 graduating seniors are looking forward to becoming alumni of Xavier University and pursuing careers and advanced degrees. Fifty-two have already been accepted to medical school with more expected. 

The Xavier University commencement will be held Saturday May 9 at 10:00 AM at the New Orleans Kiefer Lakefront Arena. There Takena, Traylon, Blake and their classmates will move ‘From the Storm to the Stage,” to a bright future.

Xavier Sweeps Tennis Titles, Makes History at GCAC Tournament

Mobile AL - Xavier University of Louisiana won the men's and women's tennis championships Friday at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, and both teams earned automatic bids in next month's NAIA National Championships.

The Gold Rush, 16-6 and 18th in the NAIA coaches poll, defeated Mobile 6-0 to win the men's title for the third consecutive year and become the first HBCU to qualify for the men's national tournament since the event went to a dual-match format in 2000. The No. 15 Gold Nuggets (18-6) beat Mobile 7-1 to win their sixth title in eight years and earn their fourth bid to nationals and their second in a row.

Xavier's Terry Richardson and Anastesia Opata were named GCAC players of the year after rallying to win No. 1 singles matches in the finals. Richardson, a senior who also won the men's award in 2007, defeated Ale Vial 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. Opata, a junior, scored the final four points of her match to beat Claudia Borges 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8).

XU freshman Steffen Giles-Osborn was selected men's Newcomer of the Year, and XU's Alan Green won the men's and women's Coach of the Year awards.

The team titles give Xavier a school-record four teams which qualified for NAIA National Championships in the same academic year. XU's men's and women's cross country teams qualified for nationals in November. During the past four seasons Xavier teams combined to win 17 GCAC team championships and qualify for 12 NAIA national tourneys.

Xavier's women, who lost 5-4 to Mobile in the 2008 final, reached the championship round with a 7-0 victory over Belhaven. The Gold Rush defeated Spring Hill 6-0 in a men's semifinal which include five matches won without losing a game.

Business Plan Competition Winners Announced at Xavier

New Orleans LA - Winners were announced for first campus-wide business plan competition at Xavier University of Louisiana, sponsored by Xavier’s Entrepreneurship institute in the Division of Business.  

First place winners were the student team of Aaron Burgess, a senior mass communications major from Lancaster, Calif.; Kory Twaites, a computer science junior from Kent, Washington; and Alexandria Broussard, a senior chemistry major from Columbus, Ohio, with “Challenge My Style” an internet business providing opportunities for social networking and more.

Second place winners were “Room 247” – a community providing services, supplies, food, tutoring and computer access, created by  Vernia Walker (psychology, juionr, Mobile, AL), Bretton LeFlore (biology,senior, Mobile, AL); Third place: “RSVP, LLC Cay Spa and Salon” offering various massage styles and sports treatment, created by  Lawrence Chambers (business administration, junior, Temple hill, MD), Dominique Payne (accounting, senior, Baton Rouge), Jarroid Warner (Marketing, sophomore, New Orleans); and Fourth place “La Familia Grocery Store” supplier of Latin American Foods, led by  Jeffrey Smith (business administration, senior,
New Orleans), Harold Reese (Finance, senior, Altadena, CA) and Edward Jenkins (political science, senior, Kenner).

According to Beverly Andry, director of Xavier’s Entrepreneurship Institute, the Business Plan Competition is a competition for Xavier students from any department. To compete in the Business Plan Competition students formed teams of up to five degree seeking students of Xavier University who were full-time students and enrolled during the semester of the competition.

Student teams were required to submit a brief description of their idea for review by the business faculty in order to get early feedback and direction on preparing the business plan. Final business plans were then submitted and evaluated and the top four semi-finalists were invited to present their plan to a panel of judges composed of the Division of Business faculty members.

This is the first year that the Entrepreneurship Institute of Xavier University has sponsored the Business of Entrepreneurship – Business Plan Competition. On top of great resources, participating in this type of competition helps students learn from and get exposure to experienced professionals on their business plan ideas.

The Entrepreneurship Institute of Xavier University of Louisiana purpose is to infuse the spirit of entrepreneurship into Xavier’s curriculum, conduct seminars, plan community outreach initiatives, and develop a program in entrepreneurial studies.

For more information the Entrepreneurship Institute or the Xavier Division of Business, visit the website at or call 504-520-7505.

Summer School at XU 2009 a Great Value

New Orleans LA - Xavier University is offering two summer sessions open to all college students. The sessions will be held May 25-June 27 and June 29-August 1.

“We are offering courses at the affordable cost of $110 per credit hour, the lowest rate of any local university,” said Dr. Loren Blanchard, Xavier’s vice president for Academic Affairs.

The two five-week summer sessions allow students to meet degree requirements in a variety of study areas from core areas such as the sciences, English, History, mathematics and languages to art, computer science, philosophy theology and women’s studies, and more.

“Summer school is a great time to take a full semester course in just weeks,” said Blanchard. 

For a complete list of courses and requirements for non-Xavier students, visit the Xavier website at:

XU Hosts Public Education in Post Katrina New Orleans Forum

New Orleans LA - A panel of education research specialists will join graduate
students from Xavier University’s Education Law course to discuss public education in New Orleans three and a half years after the state took control of more than 100 New Orleans public schools.

The community forum will be held April 23 in the XU College of Pharmacy Building from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Panelists include The Center for Action Research on New Orleans School Reform, Dr. Barbara Ferguson, Dr. Raynard Sanders and Mr. Charles Hatfield.

Panelists will address topics such as teacher’s qualifications, compensation equity, student discipline, testing, charter schools, privatization, special education, the need for school boards and more.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact the XU Graduate Studies department at 504-520-7536 or email
program coordinator Miriam Denis-Harper at

XU to Host SNMC PreMed Luncheon

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana will host the Pre-medical Forum Luncheon as part of the Student National Medical Associations’ Annual Medical Education Conference, the largest gathering of minority premedical and medical students, April 8-12 in New Orleans.

The Pre-medical Forum Luncheon will be held Saturday April 11 with keynote speaker Linda Kenney Miller, author of “Beacon on the Hill.”

Miller, a former teacher, has worked as a medical administrator, and ran a medical management consulting business, which served numerous physicians in the Washington, DC area for many years.  Both her father and grandfather were doctors.
Her grandfather was John A. Kenny, son of former slaves who went on to become the personal physician to Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver at Tuskegee. Miller inherited her grandfather’s journals and papers dating back to 1897 and decided to write his story. “Beacon on the Hill’ was awarded the 2008 Best Books Award in Fiction-Historical from USA Book News. 

Xavier University of Louisiana’s Premedical Program is #1 in the nation in placing African-Americans into medical school. And, we also do very well at placing students into related health professions such as osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, and public health/health care administration

Xavier was named “Hottest School for Premeds” in 2005 by the Newsweek Guide to Colleges.

The SNMA was founded in 1964 by medical students from Howard University College of Medicine and Meharry Medical College. It is the nation’s oldest and largest, independent student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns
of medical students of color.

For more information on the SNMA conference visit the site at

Concert Choir Presents In the Spring

The Xavier University Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. John E. Ware, will present their spring concert Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The “In the Spring” Concert will feature music from English composers, as well as American Negro Spirituals and secular German and French pieces. All of the selected music revolves around the theme of spring. Love, flowers in bloom, and Easter praises are among the focus of the featured music.

For more info contact the Xavier Department of Music at 504-520-7597.

Political Strategist Donna Brazile to Address XU Graduates

New Orleans, LA - National political strategist Donna Brazile will deliver the keynote address and receive an Honorary Degree, and award winning actor-director-producer Forest Whitaker will receive another Honorary degree, when Xavier University of Louisiana holds its 82nd annual Commencement on Saturday morning May 9, 10:00 a.m. in the Keifer Lakefront Arena.

Brazile, one of the best known and most influential women in modern American politics, will address more than 450 graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and the Graduate School and their families at the graduation ceremony. She will also be awarded an honorary degree.

Also receiving an honorary degree will be Academy Award-winning actor/director/producer Forest Whitaker, not only for his contributions to the arts but also for his humanitarian efforts around the world.

The university's annual Baccalaureate Mass will be held the preceding evening, Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium.


Donna Brazile, a native of New Orleans, is chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute (VRI), established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all Americans to participate in the political process. She is the author of “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics,” a memoir about her life in the political arena.

Brazile made history as the first African American women to lead a major presidential campaign when she served as campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000. Prior to joining the Gore campaign, Brazile served as chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, where she helped guide the District’s budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill. A veteran of numerous national and statewide campaigns, Brazile had previously worked on the Democratic presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Dick Gephardt, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton.

Brazile is the founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates, a political consulting and grassroots advocacy firm based in Washington DC. She is a weekly contributor and political commentator for CNN, a political consultant for ABC News, and a contributor to NPR’s Political Corner. She is also a syndicated columnist. In addition she serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Brazile, who earned her undergraduate degree from LSU-Baton Rouge in 1981, served on the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority at the bequest of former La. Governor Kathleen Blanco.

Forest Whitaker is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors/director/producers who has showcased his talents in a multitude of demanding and diverse roles. He is the fourth African
American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and he has also received a Golden Globe and other honors.

Whitaker has done extensive humanitarian work for organizations like Penny Lane, providing assistance to abused teenagers. During the last few years, he has also become a spokesperson for Hope North Ugandan orphanage and Human Rights Watch.

Carnival Time at Xavier April 8

New Orleans LA - It’ll be Carnival Time once again at Xavier University of Louisiana Wednesday, April 8, when a host of well known personalities discuss the history, characteristics and meaning of their respective traditions at a special event, “African American Mardi Gras Traditions of New Orleans.”

This program is designed to provide an inside view into unique local Carnival traditions by featuring discussions with long time participants. These traditions are often widely seen and publicized, but rarely understood or discussed in a collective public setting.

Guests include a host of well known personalities who will discuss the history, characteristics, and meaning of their respective traditions: Darryl Montana (Mardi Gras Indians), Clarence Becknell (Zulu Club), Charmaine Neville (Baby Dolls), and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes (Skull & Bones Gangs). A special guest will be Al “ Carnival Time” Johnson who will discuss the music of Mardi Gras and his ever popular seasonal anthem It’s Carnival Time, which he wrote and first recorded in 1960.

The program will also include authentic local Carnival music performed by Dr. Michael White and the Mardi Gras Stompers, which will feature Wendell Brunious (trumpet), Roderick Paulin (saxophone), Herman Lebeaux (drums), Mark Stone (guitar), Kerry Lewis (bass), Steve Pistorius (piano) and Dr. White (clarinet).

The program will be held at the Xavier University Center Ballroom (3rd floor) and will begin at 7:00 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public. Second lining welcome!

This event is sponsored by the Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities.

International Opera Singer in Concert at Xavier April 6

New Orleans LA - International opera singer and Xavier University alumna Gail Gilmore will visit her alma mater for a master class and performance in April.

The mezzo-soprano will offer a master class on Saturday, April 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the Xavier Music Recital Hall. The class is free and open to the public.

Gilmore will perform in concert on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. The concert is also free and open to the public.

“She is one of our most distinguished graduates,” said Wilfred Delphin, Xavier’s artist in residence. “Xavier has produced several international careers and she is one that is presently enjoying an international following.”

Gilmore, a 1972 Xavier graduate, also studied at Indiana University in Bloomington. She started her career in Germany. She has performed at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Arena di Verona (in Aida), in Milan at La Scala as Venus in Tannhäuse; at the Metropolitan Opera and at Carnegie Hall as well as at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.  In 1994 she made her debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as the Gräfin in Lulu, and at the Prague Opera as Strauss' Salome.

1995 she had her debut as Tosca in Strasbourg. In 1996, she debuted in Germany as Turandot, and in May 1997 she had yet another very successful debut as Elektra. In early 1998, she debuted in the title role of Fosca by the Brasilian composer Carlos Gomes with a very successful tournee in major Brasilian cities. As a versatile singer she also sings in many concerts. She is well known for her "Opera Aria" concerts, but her repertoire also includes Strauss' Four Last Songs, Berlioz's La Mort de Cléopatre, and works by American composers Barber, Berstein, Gershwin, etc.

Gilmore also has several recordings including an album of spirituals and gospels as well as a recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.

Her opera repertoire is extensive with roles as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Eboli in Don Carlo, the title role in Elektra, Leonore in Fidelio, Flora Tosca in Tosca, Abigaille in Nabucco, Ortrud in Lohengrin, the Lady in Erwartung, Judith in Herzog Blaubart,
the title role in Fosca (Carlos Gomes) and the title role in Carl Orff's ANTIGONE, and others.

For more information on Gail Gilmore’s Xavier concert, please contact the Xavier Department of Music at 504-520-7597.

State of Our Health Symposium at XU

New Orleans LA - "The State of Our Health in New Orleans 2009: An Overview,” a symposium for health professionals and citizens throughout the area, hosted by the New Orleans Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the University Ballroom at Xavier University. The symposium is free and open to the public.

XU third-year pharmacy student DeShawn Stevenson coordinated the event, which will feature speakers such as Dr. Kevin Stephens, Director, City of New Orleans Health Department; Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor, LSUHSC New Orleans; Mr. Joseph Kimbrell, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Public Health Institute; Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., Director, Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education; Dr. Janet Johnson, Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine; and Ms. Timolynn Sams, Representative, Neighborhood Partnership Network. 

The symposium will focus on health statistics and disparities, medical education, local/state health policy, community partnerships and challenges related to mental/behavioral health in the city.

The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs® provide community service fellowships for graduate students in health-related professional fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in their local areas

For more information contact the New Orleans Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program director Raymond Tsai at 504-301-9848.

Deadlines Approaching for April’s Health Disparities Conference in New Orleans

New Orleans LA - Health Professionals with a particular interest in the issue of health disparities still have time to register for the Third Annual Health Disparities Conference April 19-21 in New Orleans, hosted by the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana.

March 18 is the deadline for early bird hotel discount at the Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street and the conference pre-registration deadline is April 3.

The conference titled “Building Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities: Effective Chronic Disease Management Models to Improve Health Outcomes,” is designed specifically for health care professionals and will include guests such as Dr. M . Rony Francois, newly appointed Assistant Secretary for Public Health, Louisiana DHH; John Agwunobi, senior vice president and president of professional services division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc,; Rodney Armstead, chief executive officers Arizona Physicians IPA, United Health Group; and Sybil Richard, deputy secretary for the Louisiana DHH.

For more information, including a complete conference agenda and registration links, visit

Xavier Student Elected to the Board at National Catholic Student Conference

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana pharmacy major Ifeanyi Onor was elected to the executive board of the National Catholic Student Coalition (NCSC) at the Leadership Conference in Atlanta GA earlier this year. Onor was elected international relations chair. He is a second year pharmacy student from Nigeria. 

Also attending the NCSC conference were Xavier students Corey Anderson, a sophomore chemistry/pre-pharmacy major from Eunice, LA (Eunice High School) and Chioma Obih, a sophomore chemistry/pre-pharmacy major from New Orleans (Dominican High School).  

Xavier alumnus, Rear Admiral Stephen Rochon, now the White House Chief Usher, paid the conference fees for the students to attend.

XU Women’s Studies Hosts Dinner & Roundtable Discussion March 12

New Orleans LA - Xavier University’s Women’s Studies program will host a dinner and roundtable discussion with local activists in recognition of International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month.

“We’re celebrating the strides that women have made over the years and acknowledging of the ongoing struggles we encounter,” said coordinator Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore.

Titled, “The Kitchen Table in Flux: Activist Voices on Women, Housing and Social Justice,” the event is Thursday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 205 of the Xavier University Center. The event is free but you must RSVP to Dr. Waldron-Moore ( or Dr. Robin Vander (

Students, staff, faculty and the community are invited to join the conversation exploring the intersections between women’s issues and global health, housing, environmental justice and human rights.

Xavier Music Ensembles On Tour March 10-18

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University Department of Music will hit the road for their Spring 2009 Tour March 10-18. Among the cities where the Xavier music ensembles will perform are Philadelphia PA, Atlanta GA, Durham NC, New York City NY, and Washington, D.C.

“We’re excited to join with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS) in honoring Dr. Norman C. Francis for 40 years of service to Xavier as he receives the SBS’s National Justice Award on March 14. The department’s tour is focused around this celebration,” said department chair, Dr. Tim R. Turner.

In addition to Philadelphia, the Xavier Jazz Band, Concert Choir and University Chorus will also perform in the cities of Atlanta GA, Durham NC, New York NY and Washington, D.C. Those concerts are free and open to the public. Xavier alumni and friends are invited to attend.

Faculty members participating in the tour include Drs. Malcolm J. Breda, John E. Ware, Wilfred Delphin, Timothy R. Turner and Dara Rahming.

A complete calendar of the tour is below.

Tuesday March 10   7:00 p.m.
Warren Memorial United Methodist Church
181 Joseph Lowry Blvd., Atlanta, GA

Wednesday March 11   7:00 p.m.
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
1007 Roxboro St., Durham, NC

Friday March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Mother Zion AME Church,
146 137th St., Harlem, NY

Saturday March 14   7:00 p.m.
SBS National Justice Award Event
Celebrations Hall
2201 Galloway Road, Bensalem, PA.

Sunday March 15  10:00 a.m.
SBS Motherhouse
Bensalem, PA

Monday March 16   7:00 p.m.
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
26 Grant Circle, Washington DC

Xavier President to Receive National Justice Award

New Orleans, LA - Xavier University president Norman C. Francis is slated to receive the St. Katharine Drexel National Justice Award from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem, Pennsylvania – near Philadelphia.

“Dr. Francis is being honored for his national leadership not only in education, but also in the fields of social justice and community relations, not to mention as an outstanding President of Xavier University of Louisiana for 40 years,” said Sr. Patricia Suchalski, president of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS) whose Philadelphia-born foundress Katharine Drexel established Xavier University in 1925 and scores of other schools for African Americans and Native Americans across the nation.

The award will be the latest to recognize the achievements of Francis, who is the nation’s longest-serving university president. Francis has advised eight U.S. presidents on matters involving education and civil rights, beginning with President John F. Kennedy. In December 2006 then-President George W. Bush presented him with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his leadership over Xavier’s recovery following Hurricane Katrina while at the same time serving as Chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority created to oversee the state’s recovery.

The SBS National Justice Award gala will be held Saturday evening March 14 at Celebrations, 2201 Galloway Road in Bensalem, PA. Entertainment for the evening will include performances by Xavier University’s Concert Choir and the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble.  Honorary chairs for the 2009 gala are Mary McLaughlin (sister of former SBS president Mother Mary David Young), and Wendell Young III, a 2008 award recipient. The event is being hosted by the Xavier Alumni Chapter of Philadelphia.

Rev. Kenneth Brown, a Xavier alumnus and former English professor, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the March 14 gala and as Celebrant for Mass on March 15.

For more info on the honoree, Norman C. Francis, visit the “President’s Pages” at the Xavier website; for more info on the St. Katharine Drexel National Justice Award, contact the Sr. Patricia Downs by e-mail or call the SBS Mother House in Bensalem, PA at 215-244-9900, ext. 402.

Xavier Summer Programs Accepting Applications

New Orleans LA - The Xavier University summer programs are now accepting applications.

Xavier’s summer offerings include several programs for incoming freshmen including EPsAR, Business Achievers, Upward Bound, and STEM Scholars Summer Bridge as
well as several programs for youth. Those include:

The Mardi Gras Indian Arts Summer School – An 8-week summer program where students will develop an awareness and appreciation of Mardi Gras Indian traditions and the art of masking and create designs.

The Summer Science Academy of MathStar (grades8-9), BioStar (grades 9-10), ChemStar (grades 10-11) and SOAR (rising seniors). For more information, contact 504-520-5418.

SuperScholar EXCEL, intensive four-week residential summer enrichment program geared toward students interested in pursuing college degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education. For Rising or graduating seniors. For more information call 504-520-7633.

For more information on any of Xavier’s summer programs visit the web at, or call 504-520-7633.

COP Hosts 3rd Annual Health Disparities Conference

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana's College of Pharmacy will host the 3rd annual Health Disparities Conference April 19-21, 2009 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. 

The 2009 conference, "Building Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities: Effective Chronic Disease Management Models to Improve Health Outcomes, includes opening keynote speaker, Congresswoman Donna Christiansen, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust. She will discuss the legislative involvement in eliminating health disparities under the new Obama administration.  

The conference, presented by College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, will offer topics focused on successful interdisciplinary models to reduce health disparities through community, academic and health system partnership interventions around disease states that include cardiovascular, cancer and diabetes, among others. Issues relative to patient and provider communications  and cultural and linguistic competence areas will also be explored.

According to Program Chair, Dr Kathleen Kennedy, Associate Dean for the School of Pharmacy, "this conference highlights the critical role of pharmacists, nurses and other allied health professionals and health policy makers, educators, researchers, public and community health leaders at the community level where the improvement in health disparities realistically takes place. Our plenary sessions, workshops and posters provide an excellent opportunity for information exchange between the soldiers in the field." 

The main purpose of the conference is to provide learning sessions and to review and develop skills, techniques and approaches which influence outcomes.
The conference pre-registration deadline is April 3, 2009. The deadline for participants interested in submitting abstracts for poster presentation is February 23, 2009. 

For more information or to register online for Xavier's 3rd annual Health Disparities Conference, interested participants should visit or call (504) 559-6191.

New Issue of XU Undergraduate Research Journal Available Online

New Orleans LA - The Center for Undergraduate Research at Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to announce the publication of XULAneXUS, Xavier's online undergraduate research journal. Volume 6, Issue 1 is now available online at:

The current issue features scholarship from projects that emerged from the Communications, English, and Psychology departments. It was reviewed by an Editorial Board consisting of faculty and students from Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM disciplines. Student authors in the current issue include:
Kimberly Tran (Xavier, 2008; Biology, Pre-Medicine and Chemistry); Jada Etienne, Psychology, Pre-Medicine; Andrew Harris, Philosophy; Chante Calais, Biology, Pre-Medicine

The articles can be viewed online and downloaded as printable versions. XULAneXUS publishes the outstanding scholarship of undergraduates in every academic discipline at Xavier through annual or bi-annual online volumes. The journal's office is located in Xavier South, Suite 500.

The 2008-2009 Editorial Review Board includes: Mr. Ron Bechet, Art; Dr. Mark Gstohl, Theology; Dr. Christopher Faircloth, Sociology; Dr. Antonio Lopez, Computer Science; Victoria Kyerematen, Psychology, Pre-Medicine and Spanish; Joseph Drexler-Dreis, Theology and History; Candice Claiborne, Psychology; Mercianna Oliver, Psychology; Mercedes Proctor, Biology, and Samantha Taylor, Biology. Courtney Watson, Psychology serves as the journal's Editorial Assistant.

XULAneXUS is now accepting submissions to Volume 6, Issue 2 through March 2. See the journal website for submission guidelines and forms. If you have questions or comments about the journal, please contact Dr. Ross Louis (; ext. 5103).

Music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges Lecture-Recital

New Orleans LA - Xavier University’s Music Department will present New Orleans
native, tenor Aubry Bryan in a lecture-recital on “The Music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges” Monday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.  The performance is free and open to the public.

Bryan has enjoyed an outstanding career as a performer of opera and oratorio here in the United States, Europe and the Far East. He will be accompanied by Xavier faculty members Valerie Francis, soprano and Wilfred Delphin, piano.

Joseph de Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges,was born on the island of Guadeloupe in 1745 to a slave mother and white plantation owner father. As a child he was taken to Paris where he spent most of his life. His exceptional musical talent was recognized and nurtured by leading teachers of the day and St. George ultimately became a widely recognized composer, conductor and virtuoso violinist. The title of 'Chevalier' was given him in recognition of his equally exceptional skill at the sport of fencing. 

The Chevalier de St. Georges wrote many works in the Classical Period style. These include symphonies, string quartets, piano pieces and opera. The Xavier concert will feature the vocal compositions.

For more information contact the Xavier music department at 504-520-7598 or 7597.

YMTF/BEEP Professionals Make Annual Campus Visit

New Orleans LA - Nearly 60 accomplished professionals from the public and private sectors – including 21 alumni – will visit the Xavier University of Louisiana campus Feb. 15-17 for the Office of Career Service’s annual Youth Motivation Task Force/Black Executive Exchange Program (YMTF/BEEP).

The event, which brings a team of successful African American professionals to campus to serve as positive role models, students will have the opportunity to interact with the participants via classroom visitations and several other venues.

This year’s team will consist of successful professionals from medicine, law, government, education, the clergy and the corporate arena.

XU alumni participating in this year’s program include Dr. Katrice Albert ’94, Ambassador Charles Baquet III ’63, LTC Clarence Becknell ’75, Dr. Kenneth Boutte ’76, Dr. Patricia Boyer ’80, Chad Broussard ’99, Charlese Brown ’81, Conchetta Carpenter ’99, Dr. Lynette Smith Causey ’72, Kristi Hubbard ’78, Dr. Ernest Jackson ’75, Dr. Adrienne Johnson ’95, Terri Laurant ’99, Patrick Marrero ’92, Dr. Ambrose Martin III ’76, Vernon Martin, Jr. ’73, Giovanni Morris ’90, Donald Naylor Jr. ’96, Tahra Taylor ’91 and Vernon Williams ’84.

The 2009 Industry Chairperson is Melanie A. Sullivan ’88, technical project manager for eVenture Technologies in New Orleans, while Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas ’71, XU director of career services, is serving as University Chair.

For more info contact Stay tuned for more details. For more info, contact Carolyn Thomas.

Pharmacy Student Receives MLK Service Award

New Orleans LA - Launchland Roberts, a fourth-year Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy student from Tampa FL (C. Leon King High School), was honored for his community service during the 23rd annual Martin Luther Ling, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration.

Roberts was recognized for embodying Dr. King’s spirit of a “drum major for justice” as both a leader and participant in various efforts to restore, rebuild and renew the New Orleans community through his active affiliation with Xavier Peer Dean program, through his fraternity and through Mobilization at Xavier.

He is currently serving as project coordinator of G-Whiz, a new comprehensive recycling program aimed at improving environmental awareness among the XU community, and is spearheading the Alternative Spring Break trip to assist hurricane victims in Galveston TX. He also coordinated monthly campus service days post-Katrina.

Roberts was one of the four students from the MLK Week-sponsoring local institutions (XU, Tulane, Dillard and Loyola) to receive a community service award during the convocation. The Honorable “Lindy” Boggs, the first women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana and elected to nine-terms before retiring in 1990, was presented the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award during the same event.

Comedian, nutritionist, and social and human rights activist Dick Gregory delivered the keynote address at the convocation. Other MLK Week for Peace events included a community service day, interfaith service and expressions of unity celebration.

SuperScholar Program Taking Applications

New Orleans LA - Xavier University of Louisiana's SuperScholar/EXCEL (SSE) program returns to the campus this summer June 21- July 18. Applications are now being accepted for the four-week summer program, which prepares African American students for college and ultimately for graduate or professional school.

Both popular and successful, the program has left an indelible mark on past participants.
“The impact of EXCEL was immeasurable in terms of helping me develop critical thinking and study skills,” said Dr. Rockell Brown, a ’93 EXCEL alum and ’97 XU graduate. “The Sister to Sister sessions really stand out in my mind because they exposed me to the cultural dynamic of my spirituality. The competitiveness and being around high achievers really motivated me and inspired me. I’ve maintained life-long relationships.” 

“EXCEL changed my life,” concurs Michael Molina, a ‘92 EXCEL alum and ‘97 XU graduate. “I was a good student, but I became a great student at EXCEL. The level of expectation, the challenge, the inspiration and guidance set me right for a solid senior year of high school and a great college career.”
SSE participants learn test-taking strategies that will enhance their performance on standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT. Participants will take non-credit courses in Quantitative Reasoning (Math), Critical Thinking/Writing, Speech/Debate, Philosophy and African-American History.  Participants will be introduced to an array of research strategies and methods, including instruction in MLA (Modern Language Association) and American Psychological Association (APA) formatting and citation style. The top two research papers will be selected for publication. All participants will perform community service.

Students are required to live on campus and also participate in social and cultural events. 
Extracurricular highlights include the Essence Festival, a steamboat cruise and a talent/fashion show. The total cost of the program is $1,950; merit scholarships up to $1550 are available.

Eligible participants include students who will be high school seniors in the fall of 2009 or graduating seniors who have been admitted to Xavier for the fall. Applications are available HERE. The deadline is March 15.

Artists Highlight Humanities Speaker Series

New Orleans, LA - Collaborative Artists Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, whose work challenges audiences to face issues of race and social justice, will give a lecture at Xavier University of Louisiana, Thursday January 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.  The lecture, “A Conversation with McCallum and Tarry” is part of the Xavier University Endowment for the Humanities Speakers Series and is free and open to the public.  

Mc Callum and Tarry’s work includes large-scale public projects, performance sculpture, painting, photography, video and self-portraiture. Locally their work can be seen currently at The African American Museum of Art History and Culture, as part of Prospect 1, the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States.  The exhibition closes January 18th. 

Visit the artists' website at

Beyond Jena: Forum on Bloggers, Education and Social Justice

New Orleans, LA - Beyond Jena: A forum on bloggers of color, education and social justice in New Orleans will be hosted by Xavier University of Louisiana Jan. 31, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The forum will convene diverse panels of bloggers of color, faculty, students and community activities in order to engage in informative discussions concerning the rise of the blogosphere in New Orleans and the unique ways that grassroots media can be utilized to enhance pedagogical practices as we seek to realize the Xavier mission on social justice within the classroom and beyond.  

“The Jena protest of 2007 was organized through blogs and grassroots media and became mainstream,” said Dr. Kimberly Chandler, communications professor at Xavier and one of the conference organizers.  “After that, people began to realize the potential for blogs and in particular the black blogosphere, for getting the message out and organizing struggles for social justice.”

Community blogger and multimedia specialist at Xavier, Bart Everson is also one of the conference organizers. “As we realize Xavier’s mission, for a more just and humane society, we are incorporating it into the classroom, through service learning, and student bloggers.”

The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  Students, faculty, community members and bloggers are invited to attend. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Guest panelists include:  Jordan Flaherty, director of the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival; Clifton Harris, of VIA Link and author of his own blog; Dedra Johnson, Dillard University professor and Assistant Dean of Humanities; Paul Beaulieu, talk show host and political columnist; and Xavier professors Dr. Marion Carroll and Dr. Ross Louis.

Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information on the conference or to register, visit the website at

CUR Awards $50,000 in Campus Research Grants

New Orleans, LA - The Xavier University of Louisiana Center for Undergraduate Research has awarded more than $50,000 in research grants for the spring 2009 semester.

Those receiving grants and their respective research projects are:
  • Farrah Gafford (sociology), Community Interrupted: Rebuilding Community in Pontchartrain Park in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina;
  • Dr. Dominique Gendrin (communications), Cognitive Processes, Relational Variables and Life Satisfaction Among African American and Vietnamese American Women;
  • Dr. Gloria MaGee (chemistry), Microdevice Electrophoresis Determination of Estrogen Metabolites;
  • Dr. Peter Martinat (biology), Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of the Gulf Fritillary in New Orleans;
  • Dr. M.A. Qasim (chemistry), Predicting the Reactivity of Kazal Family Inhibitors from their Sequence Slone;
  • Dr. Robin Vander (English), Performing Exile: Housing and Human Rights in Post-Katrina New Orleans; and
  • Dr. Frank Wesselmann (physics), Sub-Nuclear Degrees of Freedom: Studying the Spin Structure of Protons and Neutrons.

All of the research projects receiving grants include significant participation of Xavier undergraduate students who plan on attending Graduate School. The funding for each project, provided through a Title III grant, range from $4,800 to $10,000.

Library to Increase Evening/Weekend Hours

New Orleans, LA - Responding to student requests, the Xavier University of Louisiana Library Resource Center will be open for longer hours beginning in January 2009, according to Robert Skinner, University Librarian.

When the new schedule goes into effect, the Library will be open until 12 midnight – one hour later than previously – Monday through Thursday. Hours will also be extended on Sunday, opening an hour and a half earlier (12:30 p.m.) and closing two hours later (12 midnight). Friday and Saturday hours will remain unchanged.

“Whether it’s to see an old text, to survey back files of a particular journal or just to find a quiet place to study, we all know that there’s no substitute for an open library,” said Skinner. “Students come to Xavier to learn and the library is the key to learning.”

Skinner indicated that the staff will monitor the new schedule to see how well the library is satisfying user demand and make further adjustments as needed.

Effective in January, the new Library hours will be:

Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 12 midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 12 midnight

Xavier to Host Dialogue on Black/Jewish Relations Jan. 17-19  

New Orleans, LA - African Americans and Jews have had a long history of cooperation when it comes to civil rights and the fight for racial equality in America, although that relationship has eroded over the past thirty years. More recently, Jewish Americans and Black Americans were the two ethnic groups that voted in the largest numbers for President-Elect Barack Obama.

But what do those facts mean? And what can a renewed Black-Jewish alliance hope to achieve, particularly in a worsening economic climate? Those are the kinds of topics being explored during a special conference on Black-Jewish relations being held January 17-19 on the campus of Xavier University of Louisiana.

“Americans at the Pulpit and in the Public Square: A Conversation on Race, Religion and Rhetoric” will be held over Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend and on the eve of the Obama presidential inauguration. It is an effort to examine and re-invigorate Black-Jewish relations in a new context. Major organizing sponsors are the American Jewish Committee and the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York,
along with several other organizations.

The conference will feature an impressive line-up of top academics, activists, and elected officials including:

 - Professor Cheryl Greenberg, author of Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century. (“The vexed topic of Black-Jewish relations in 20th-century America requires a brave writer, and Greenberg confronts the issue with honesty and dedication.” - The Atlantic Monthly)

- Lucia Small, Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary film “The Axe in the Attic.” (“One of the most challenging and unsettling American films of the year.” – Cinema Scope Magazine)

- Dr. Norman C. Francis, President of Xavier University & advisor to seven US presidential administrations

- Miami City Council member Andre Williams

- Rabbi James Rudin, advisor to world leaders on inter-religious affairs, including Pope John Paul II and a number of US presidents.

The conference offers a unique opportunity to engage academics and advocates from around the country, interact in small discussion workshops, and participate in hands-on service.  Everyone is invited to participate, in particular diocesan and parish ethnic ministry leaders, university faculty and students, community leaders, and clergy.

For more information and to register, visit

Dick Gregory Keynote Speaker for MLK Week for Peace

New Orleans, LA - Dick Gregory will be the keynote speaker for the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, January 16-23, 2009.

The Martin Luther King Week for Peace is presented by Xavier, Tulane, Loyola and Dillard Universities. “The Dream Fulfilled in the Midst of the Storm” is the theme for 2009 celebration.

“This year we’ve changed our schedule,” said Carolyn Pierre, committee chair.  “The week will start on the Friday before with a kick-off on each campus and we will have an evening event on Martin Luther King Day.”

On Saturday January 17 students will participate in a community service day. On the holiday Monday Jan. 19 the schools will host a candlelight vigil and interfaith service on the Dillard campus at the Lawless memorial chapel. The candlelight vigil will be at 4:00 pm followed by the interfaith service at 4:30 p.m.

Dick Gregory will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the MLK Convocation held on the Xavier University campus in the University Center Ballroom. The lifetime achievement award and the student community service awards will be presented at this time.

Finally, the week closes with the Expressions of Unity on the Loyola campus in Nunemaker Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., Friday January 23.

Dick Gregory was on the frontline in the sixties during the Civil Rights Era; today he continues to be a "drum major for justice and equality."

Gregory, was one of the first African-American comedians to cross over to mainstream white audiences, he was also one of the fiercest sociopolitical satirists of his day; using the nightclub stage as his soapbox

African-American comedian, civil rights activist, and spokesman for health issues, who became nationally recognized in the 1960s for a biting brand of comedy that attacked racial prejudice.

His comedy career breakthrough came in 1961, when a one-nighter at the Chicago Playboy Club turned into a six-week stint that earned him a profile in Time magazine and a television appearance on “The Jack Paar Show.” In his numerous subsequent television, nightclub, and concert routines, he targeted poverty, segregation, and racial discrimination.

Active in the Civil Rights Movement, he participated in numerous demonstrations and was arrested for civil disobedience several times; in 1963 he was jailed in Birmingham, Ala. His activism spurred him to run for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and for president of the United States in 1968.

In the early 1970s Gregory abandoned comedy to focus on his political interests, which widened from race relations to include such issues as violence, world hunger, capital punishment, drug abuse, and poor health care. He generated particular attention for his many hunger fasts. At this time he became a vegetarian, a marathon runner, and an expert on nutrition. He soon began a successful business venture with his nutritional product, the “Bahamian Diet,” around which he built Dick Gregory Health Enterprises, Inc. Through his company, he targeted the lower life expectancy of Black Americans, which he attributed to poor nutrition and drug and alcohol abuse.

Gregory has written many books, including Nigger: An Autobiography (1964) and No More Lies: The Myth and the Reality of American History (1971). He made a brief return
to the comedy circuit in the mid-1990s.

His most recent book, Callus On My Soul, which became a best-seller within weeks of
publication, is an autobiography that updates his earlier autobiography (Nigger), because as Dick says, "I’ve lived long enough to need two autobiographies which is fine with me. I’m looking forward to writing the third and fourth volumes as well."

The comedian and speaker was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2000 at an event hosted by Bill Cosby and featuring nearly a dozen luminaries, including Sinbad, Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, Marion Barry, and Stevie Wonder. 

For more information on the Xavier/Tulane/Loyola/Dillard Martin Luther King Week for Peace events, call 504-520-5450 or 865-5181.

CAT Launches New Podcast Series

New Orleans, LA - The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) has announced the official launching of a new podcast series designed to examine how teaching intersects with a diverse range of topics.

The podcast series, entitled Teaching, Learning, and Everything Else, consists of a chain of audio programs distributed free over the internet. Each episode consists of a conversation with a teacher in higher education, with the interviews conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Director of Xavier’s CAT.

The four episodes currently available online include conversations with Dr. Suzie Baker of James Madison University about teaching, learning and technology; with Dr. David Park of Xavier about teaching and service learning; with Dr. Marcia Rossi of Tuskegee University about teaching, learning, and dealing with personal problems of students; and with Dr. William Buskist of Auburn University about master teachers.

“This series offers a fresh and personal approach to faculty development that will appeal to anyone who teaches at the college level, regardless of discipline or rank,” said Bart Everson, CAT Multi Media Artist and the series producer. “We're just getting started, and hope to continue branching out and exploring new topics with each episode.”

For more info and to listen to the show, please visit the CAT website at

Burrell Named Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

New Orleans, LA - Danielle Burrell has been named as the director for Corporate and
Foundation Relations at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Burrell, a 1997 Xavier graduate, worked as a business consultant and career development specialist with the Jefferson Parish Youth Training Center before coming to Xavier

As Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in Xavier’s Institutional Advancement division, Burrell will be responsible for building partnerships and collaborations with corporations and foundations, and soliciting gifts that support the university’s priorities and capital campaigns.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Xavier, she holds a Master of Education
from the University of New Orleans and is certified as a health education specialist
by the National Commission for Health Education.later, aided by the 1994 healing of a deaf girl accepted as attributable to miraculous intercession, she was canonized in 2000.

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