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Pharmacy Students Matched for Residencies

25 Alums Matched for Medical Residencies

Congressman Richmond to Address 2017 Grads

XULA Receives Grant to Enhance Core Curriculum

Gold & White Goes Greener

XULA Jazz Fest / "Roots" Art Exhibit


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xavier experience

The Xavier eXperience, the University’s special weekend program for incoming freshmen – drew more than 600 students, parents, and other family members to campus for a taste of college life and information they’ll need to become an official Xavierite next fall.


The Xavier community turned out in huge numbers to help package meals during the 2nd Annual Meal Packaging Party. Volunteers prepared more than 20,000 meals for families across 38 countries.


Freshman Seminar students (L-R) Summer Page and Mariah Williams explain the concept of Pi to local elementary school students during STEM Saturdays with STEMNOLA as part of their service learning activities. March 14 (3/14) is known in Math circles as Pi Day because of the mathematical constant Pi = 3.14!


Xavier Herald, and What’s the Rush? staffs brought home Southeast Journalism Conference 2016 Best of the South awards from the annual conference at Ole Miss. (L-R) Mark Veals, Kaelin Maloid, Brandon Brown, and Nicholas Davison. Visit HERE for more info.


President Dr. Reynold Verret looks on as English education major Serena Newberry accepts a $2,000 check toward her study in London from Confucius Institute Board Member Karl Turner, who earlier presented a $10,000 check on behalf of Edward Lee for the CI toward student study travels to China.


Xavier graduate students and education faculty chill out during a sessions break at the American Counseling Association Conference in San Francisco.


Xavier alum and students – (L-R) Kelly Allison ’12, Taylor Fields, Alexavier Reeves, Capri Starling, and Shamia Robinson – helped out at the recent Youth Force NOLA Career Expo sponsored by GNO Inc. and Junior Achievement. XULA hosted the event in the Convocation Center.


The Xavier community celebrated Ash Wednesday with a Mass and the traditional distribution of ashes.


Members of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and SBS associates celebrate the life and deeds of Xavier founder St. Katharine Drexel at the annual Feast Day Mass.

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Students Veronica Miles and Devohn Moore explore the abundance of gifts at the University's annual St. Joseph Altar.

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Music Department to Host
Annual Campus Jazz Festival

The Department of Music will host its ninth annual campus Jazz Festival – a three-day event offering clinics/workshops and an evening concert series focusing on the multiple genres of the jazz art form – April 25-27, 2017.

The clinics/workshops will feature world renowned jazz artists presenting various topics of their choice and expertise, while the evening concerts will have specific themes featuring guest artists in performance, with the final day presenting clinics and workshops ranging from Music Business and Traditional Jazz to Advanced Jazz Improvisation, with evening concert hosting jazz master Donald Brown with the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble.

The festival is designed to expose XULA students and the New Orleans community to a wide range of jazz forms and world-class jazz artists.

All events and concerts will be held in the Blanche M. Francis Music Building. All events are free and open to the public.

DAY 1 (April 25) 7:00 p.m. – The festival opens with an evening concert featuring internationally-acclaimed traditional jazz musician Dr. Michael White ‘76 and his Original Liberty Jazz Band. White, a professor of languages at XULA, has received international recognition as a lecturer, historian and performer of original New Orleans traditional jazz. The Original Liberty Jazz Band has received numerous performance awards and has traveled the globe presenting New Orleans traditional jazz in most of the world’s leading festivals.

DAY 2 (April 26) 7:00 p.m. – Contemporary Jazz is featured on Day 2 with an evening performance by the Edward “Kidd” Jordan Group. Jordan, a saxophonist, is a noted New Orleans performer and long-time music educator. He specializes in improvisational jazz.

DAY 3 (April 27) 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. – The final day of the festival starts with a Music Business Seminar, hosted by Moderator Louis Hilliard and a series of 50 minute clinic/workshops conducted by Dr. White, Jordan, and Brown, respectively.

DAY 3 (April 27) 7:00 p.m. – The festival concludes with its evening Tribute Concert, “Tribute to the late Frank Foster”, a jazz saxophonist/composer who played with the Count Basie Orchestra and composed the band's hit, "Shiny Stockings". The concert features the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Tim Turner, along with Brown as the special guest.

“Roots” Exhibition Showcases
Three Distinguished Artists

The work of internationally recognized artists Ron Bechet, Rontherin Ratliff, and Patrick Waldemar is currently on display in the Chapel Gallery (First Floor, Administration Building) now through April 17.

Entitled “Roots”, the exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is presented by the African American and Diaspora Studies Program and the Department of Art.

The display focuses on both the metaphorical and literal roots found within Louisiana’s environmental and cultural landscape.           

Utilizing the Louisiana landscape, Ron Bechet’s work creates metaphors for diasporic realities. Rontherin Ratliff is a younger generation New Orleans artist who is part of the extremely prolific and talented artist’s collective, Level Art.

Ratliff’s work examines issues of longing, home, aging and exclusion. Patrick Waldemar is a Jamaican artist who works between Kingston, New Orleans and Miami. His newest body of work, Magnolia Suite, examines the Magnolia as a metaphor for a society still deeply stratified and yet invariably interconnected both spiritually and psychically.


P4s recently matched for residencies: (L-R) Terri Frazier, Ellen McKnight, Chandler Schexnayder, Brent Kitto, Tasha Bower, Michael Aucion, Alaina Dekerlegand, Rosanna Dastoori, Gerald Guirard, Hannah Naquin, Donyika Joseph, Demaurian Mitchner, Stephanie Hymel, Emily Johnson, and Nicole Little. Not pictured: Anthonia Chimezie.

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A record 18 P4 students and College of Pharmacy graduates have been awarded pharmacy residencies through the National Matching Services (NMS), which administers the program for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). [-more-]

25 AlumNI DOCTORS-TO-BE Matched for Medical Residencies

The Xavier Premedical Office has been able to confirm that at least 25 Xavier alumni – and soon-to-be medical doctors – were successfully matched for first-year residency positions on the traditional “Match Day”. [-more-]


U.S. Congressman Cedric L. Richmond, chair of Congressional Black Caucus, will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 89th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the University’s Convocation Center. [-more-]

summer sessions


The College of Arts and Sciences has received a $500,000, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to reshape the core curriculum.

The award will help fund the University’s Core Curriculum Enhancement initiative, which is aimed at assisting faculty to develop new courses and revise existing ones to include interdisciplinary courses, e-portfolios, writing intensive courses and digital humanities. The program will also will increase the faculty’s proficiency with assessment strategies to reflect new learning outcomes. [-more-]


Over a span of five years, Xavier has saved $5 million in energy and water costs. It also recycles approximately 1,600 pounds of wasteful materials every two weeks – waste that otherwise would be dumped at a landfill. But it wants to do more. [-more-]

summer programs



* Myles Bartholomew, a freshman biology/premed major from Missouri City TX (Hightower High), has been accepted into the First Year Research Experience Program at Dartmouth College, which includes the opportunity to conduct paid research at the Ivy League school.

* Mallory Butler, a senior sales and marketing major from New Orleans (Xavier Prep), has accepted a position as a sales representative in the Industrial Markets Division of the 3M Company.

* Deanna-Kaye Daley, a senior chemistry major from Flossmoor IL (Homewood High), was one of 15 students nationwide selected to participate in the inaugural Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders: Japan Exchange Program “Kakehashi Project” last month.

* Brice Dean, a senior biology/premed major from Wichita KS (Independent School), has been accepted into medical school at the University of Kansas.

* Alayana Freeman, a senior chemistry/premed major from Peachtree City GA (McIntosh High), has been accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia and Meharry Medical College.

* Erica Greenwood, a senior accounting major from Reserve LA (East St. John High), has accepted a position with Ernst and Young CPAs in New Orleans.

* Rachel Hitchens, a sophomore biology/premed major from Zachary LA (Zachary High), has been accepted into the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

* Leslie Jones, a senior biology/premed major from Memphis TN (Central High), has been accepted into the Southern College of Optometry and the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

*Gabriel Jones, a senior sales and marketing major from Shreveport LA (Caddo Magnet High), has accepted a sales internship in the Industrial Markets Division of the 3M Company in Orlando FL.

*Paige Jones, a senior biology/premed major from Memphis TN (White Station High), has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College and the University of Arkansas.

* Kim-Nhung Kha, a senior biology/premed major from Marrero LA (L.W. Higgins High), has been accepted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.

* Alethia Love, a senior chemistry/premed major from Chicago IL (Kenwood Academy0, has been accepted into the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

* Brandi Nelson, a senior sales and marketing major from Jonesboro GA (Stockbridge High), has accepted a position as an associate telesales business development representative with Oracle in Austin TX.

* Anthony Nguyen, a senior chemistry/premed major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High), has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine.

* Christian Nguyen, a senior biology/premed major from Harvey LA (Archbishop Shaw High), has been accepted into dental school at LSU-New Orleans and Case Western Reserve University.

* Michael Pugh II, a senior biology/premed major from Sacramento CA (West Campus High), has been accepted into the masters of public health program at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, Loyola University – Chicago, and Mercer University – Atlanta.

* Breanna Thomas, a senior biology/premed major from Lake Charles LA (Barge High), has been accepted into the Southern Illinois University MEDPREP program.

* Jason Tucker, a senior biology/premed major from Randallstown MD (St. Paul’s High), has been accepted into the Morehouse College School of Medicine.

* Ashley Vu, a senior biology/premed major from Harvey LA (Dominican High), has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans School of Dentistry.

* Amanda Ware, a senior accounting major from Houston TX (Cypress Creek High), has been accepted into the Masters in Communication Studies program at Purdue University.

* Michaela Wiseman, a senior biology/premed major from Indianapolis IN (Cathedral High), has been accepted into Meharry Medical College.

* Three senior biology/premed students – Aizaz Ahmad of Metairie LA (Grace King High), David Heron of Aurora IL (Metea Valley High), and Leticia McDaniels of Sacramento CA (John F. Kennedy High) – made poster presentations at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). More than 1,000 students from 250 institutions participated in the Washington DC event. Additionally, Dr. Kenneth Boutte (biology) served as a judge for oral presentations and as a member of the ERN Conference Advisory Board.

* Xavier’s 400-meter women’s relay team – Janelle Jones, a sophomore business major from Baton Rouge LA (Epsicopal High); Tramaine Shannon, a senior bio9logy/prepmed major from Baton Rouge LA (McKinley High); Clarke Allen, a junior biology/premed major from Hendenhall MS (Mendenhall High); and Ry-Anne Riley, a freshman psychology/premed major from New Orleans (Lusher High) – qualified for the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships during the McNeese Cowboy Relays Saturday by posting an A-qualifying time of 47.98 seconds. It’s the fifth consecutive year that a Nugget 400-meter squad will represent at the national meet, which will be held May 25-27 at Gulf Shores AL.


* Briana Bell ’16, has been accepted into podiatry school at Des Moines University, Temple University, and Kent State University.

* Shaune Pierre Bordere ’00 has published a new novel, Action Words: Journey of a Journalist, the true story of a young desegregation journalist (Xavier alum Ora M. Lewis) who worked to rid the City of New Orleans of Jim Crow violence in 1935-36.

* Brandi Harris ’02 has been accepted into the Master of Public Policy program with the concentration of Health Policy at American University in Washington D.C. for the fall 2017.

* Nia James ’16 has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College and the University of Pittsburgh.

* David Nathan ’16 has been accepted into master’s program in biomedical sciences at the William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine.

* Gabrielle Nguyen ’16 has been accepted into medical school at LSU-New Orleans and Touro College-New York.

* Kathy Nguyen ’16 has been accepted into the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dentistry.

* Liautaud Prophete ’16 has been accepted into the Ross University School of Medicine.

*Jasmine Thompson ’14 has been accepted into medical school at Meharry College.

*Nancy Tran ’15 has been accepted into the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

* Julius Wells ’16 has been accepted into Meharry Medical College. 


* Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) contributed research on writers Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman to, the Kate Chopin International Society website, and to the forthcoming Third Edition of the Norton Critical edition of Kate Chopin's The Awakening.

* Ed Cassiere (athletics) will receive a 25-Year Award at the College Sports Information Directors of America 2017 national convention in June. In 11th year of publicizing XULA Athletics, he previously worked as SID at the University of New Orleans and as assistant SID at the Louisiana-Lafayette.

* Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (African American & Diaspora Studies/ English) presented a paper, "The Legacy and Legend of Constitutional Anomaly," at the Southern Conference on African American Studies in Atlanta GA. He also presented the Black History Month lecture on "Global Urbanization: African Heritage and Identity in New Orleans" at Second Free Mission Baptist Church in New Orleans.

* Pat Kendrick (athletics) has joined the staff as the new head coach of women's volleyball. She comes to the University from George Mason University in Fairfax VA, where she led the team to 467 wins in 30 seasons (1985-2014). She served as Virginia Tech's director of volleyball operations the past two seasons. She replaces Hannah Lawing, who resigned in December after four seasons.

* Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) has had two papers published. “Pharmacists and Pediatric Medication Adherence: Bridging the Gap”, co-edited by Dr. Sarah El-Rachidi ’15, appears in Hospital Pharmacy, while “Case Report: Continuous Infusion Etomidate in a Patient Receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation” appears in The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

* Dr. Biljana D. Obradović (English) read from her poetry and held a booksigning at the University of New Orleans. She also presented on two panels (Anthologizing Serbian Poetry; and on a Tribute to the late poet Philip Dacey), gave a poetry reading, and signed books at the 50th annual Associated Writing Programs Conference in Washington DC. Additional readings were held at Fresno State University and at the Poetry Buffet at Latter Library.

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 The P4s included: Michael Aucion, Women’s Hospital-Baton Rouge LA; Tasha Bower, Azalea Health-Palatka FL; Anthonia Chimezie, Mission Wellness-San Francisco, CA; Rosanna Dastoori, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center-Baton Rouge LA; Alaina Dekerlegand, Florida Hospital-Orlando FL; Terri Frazier, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System-Biloxi MS; Gerald Guirard, Colorado; Stephanie Hymel, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson MS; Emily Johnston, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center-Baton Rouge LA; Donyika Joseph, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge LA; Brent Kitto, Ochsner Health Systems-New Orleans; Nicole Little, Birmingham VA Medical Center-Birmingham AL; Ellen McKnight, Xavier College of Pharmacy; Demaurian Mitchner, Houston VA Center-Houston TX; Hannah Naquin, Xavier College of Pharmacy; and Chandler Schexnayder, Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center-Houston TX.

2016 pharmacy graduates Dr. Oluwabunmi Abraham and Dr. Johlee Odinet were also successfully matched.

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For students participating in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), or “The Match”, it is the culmination of a year’s work to secure a Match. During the first half of their senior year, medical students apply for positions at residency programs of their choosing. In February, after they have visited program sites and been interviewed by program directors, the students enter their choices into a computer, in order of preference. At the same time, residency program directors nationwide enter similar rank order lists for the students they have interviewed.

Lists from each group are sent to the NRMP headquarters in Washington DC, where a computer matches students and residency programs. The Match is programmed to give students their highest choice possible. Results are released simultaneously throughout the nation.

Among those future Xavier MD’s who were matched and their medical school/residency were:

Leslie Anderson ’12, University of Rochester, emergency medicine residency at University of Chicago Med; Lauren Ausama ’11, Texas A&M, residency in internal medicine at Texas Presbyterian; Shaheera Chughtai ’12, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-GA, internal medicine residency at McLaren Macomb in Michigan; Chante Calais-Morgan ’11, University of Rochester, Case Western/Metro Health in Cleveland OH; Jessica Cooper ’13, LSU-Shreveport, residency in OB/GYN at Morehouse Medical; Justin Cutrer ’12, LSU-NO, residency in family and hospitalist medicine at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie LA; Truc Dinh ’12, Howard University; residency in pediatrics at Our lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge LA; Reuben Falola ’08, Georgetown University, preliminary surgery residency at Washington Hospital Center in DC; Charisse Graham ’12, Morehouse College, pediatrics residency at Morehouse Medical; Christen Harris ’13, LSU-NO, internal medicine residency at LSU-NO Med; LaTasha Henderson ’13, LSU-Shreveport, pediatrics residency at LSU-NO Med; Kennedy Iheanacho ’10, Indiana University, internal medicine residency at the Detroit Medical Center; Joannie Ivory ’11, Meharry College, residency in internal medicine at St. Louis University Medical; Terrika Jones ’11, Georgetown University, OB/GYN residency at Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center in DC; Andrea Lee ’09, Ohio University Osteopathic, family medicine residency in Cleveland; Brittany Moore ’12, University of Rochester, family medicine residency at the University of South Florida Medical; Marylynn Nguyen ’11, LSU-NO, OB/GYN residency at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge LA; Telycia Peters ’12, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, family medicine residency at Indiana Community Hospital East in Indianapolis IN; Valerie Pierre ’09, Howard University; internal medicine residency at Providence Hospital in Washington DC;  Hanh-My Tracy Tran ’11, Ohio University Osteopathic, transitional year residency in Ohio;  Courtney Washington ’09, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-GA, family medicine residency at Medical City Fort Worth TX;  Ashley Williams ’11, Virginia Commonwealth, residency in pediatrics at Emory University Medical; Schuyler Williams ’13, Meharry College, residency in internal medicine at Tulane University Medical; Simone Williams ’12, University of Mississippi, residency in pediatrics at University Hospital in Jackson MS.

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Richmond, who is expected to address some 550 undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional students and their families, will also be awarded an honorary degree.

The University’s annual College of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass / Honors Convocation will be held the preceding day, Friday (May 12), at noon and 5:00 p.m., respectively, in the Convocation Center.

Congressman Cedric L. Richmond

Congressman Cedric Richmond represents Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Outside of his committee duties, Richmond currently serves as chair of Congressional Black Caucus and is an active member of the New Democrat Coalition.

As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Richmond works to ensure New Orleans and surrounding communities are adequately prepared for any emergency through oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). He also works to ensure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure, borders, and ports.

As a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, the second oldest standing committee in Congress, he works with committee members to exercise oversight responsibility for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

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Cedric Richmond

Born and raised in New Orleans, Richmond is a strong believer in the value of mentorship in his hometown. He is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and his Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Richmond’s public service started at age 16 when he started coaching teams at Goretti playground. He firmly believes that neighborhood playgrounds play an important part in instilling core values in our children.

After graduating from law school and passing the Louisiana Bar Exam, Cedric was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives at the age of 26. He served in the legislature for 11 years before his election to Congress in 2010.

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“We are deeply appreciative of this award from the Mellon Foundation, as this significant financial support will allow us to renew our core curriculum, which provides a foundation in the liberal arts to all of our undergraduates,” said Xavier Provost Dr. Anne McCall. “Over the next three years, large numbers of faculty will also update their pedagogical techniques so that we bring disciplines into greater dialogue with each other, create knowledge together with our students, and cultivate curiosity. We relish the opportunity to examine our practices and aim even higher with each other on behalf of our students.”

The grant principal investigator and A&S Associate Dean, Kim Vaz-Deville, said that because of the faculty’s and staff’s continuous commitment to the mission of the university to produce leaders who work toward a more just and humane society, the Core Curriculum Enhancement program is on course to reshape the undergraduate academic experience at Xavier.

For more information, visit HERE.

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The Office of Facility Planning and Management recently kicked off its new ‘Gold and White Goes Green’ campaign announcing the University’s improved recycling program.

 “The purpose of ‘greening the campus’ is to prepare Xavier for the anticipated social, environmental, and regulatory challenges, said Dr. Latonia Viverette Batiste, director of sustainability and energy efficiency. “We want to guide the campus towards becoming a more sustainable institution and prepare our students for the green economy.”

During the Kickoff event, members of the department – clad in green – talked with students, faculty, and staff about the importance of resource efficiency and sustainability. At the conclusion of each conversation, those in attendance were asked to take an on-line pledge as a sign of their commitment to the cause.

“We have a number of things happening around the campus that’s directly related to sustainability, but no one knows about them so this is our way of reintroducing some of the things we’ve done and hopefully generate interest,” said Marian Bracy, vice president of facility planning and management.

In the past, only paper was recycled, now it’s paper, plastic and aluminum.

Recycle bins have distributed to offices, residence halls and other parts of campus. Twice a week, the items will be collected and discarded in purple bins located in four designated areas. An independent recycling company will collect the items and sort for recycling and/or reuse.

The recycling company will monitor Xavier’s collections and provide reports of the progress made.

Bracy said having the campus involved is a win-win for Xavier and the environment. “We’re saving energy and water while reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills as well as conserving natural resources and preventing pollution.”

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