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XU Among Top Medical College AFAM Feeder Schools

Top Students Designated as Rousseve Scholars

Campus Ready to Welcome New Freshmen




Representatives from the XU College of Pharmacy participated in mission work in Ridoré in La Vallee (Haiti) under the direction of the Haitian Association for Human Development led by Dr. Charles Rene: (L-R) preceptor Dr. Sarah Amering; resident Dr. Brittany Gorden; P4 students Lacey Leverette, Chandler Schexnayder, and Candice Burke; and resident Dr. Jasmine Bailey.


2016 graduates of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies – Vanessa Cade Matthews and Charlene Harris – are flanked by XU President C. Reynold Verret and Provost/VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Anne McCall. A degree was also awarded posthumously to the late Janel Winchester Gordon.


Premed majors Ericka Scott and Alinna Sam display their Xavier spirit during their Summer Undergraduate Research Internship at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.


Xavier campus ambassadors Bryan Redmond, Rachel Hitchens, Dominique Savoy, and Fr. Etido Jerome visit Washington DC to appeal for Congressional support of Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to address the most pressing issues facing humans around the world today.

blood drive

(L to R) Liyah Patrick and Delany Bradford were one of the many Xavierites  who donated blood during the Blood Bank campus blood drive.


The ever-popular SOAR (Stress on Analytical Reasoning) program draws high school students looking to make the most of their summers.


Participants in the University’s ChemStar science summer program for high school students gather for a group shot. It’s one of eight pre-college programs offered on campus this summer.


The Student Academic Support Office (SASO) hosted the College Study Skills Institute (CSSI).


The XU NASA group presented workshops to high school teachers and students from the New Orleans area this summer.


Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas tribe teaches the traditions and creative process of suit making during the Mardi Gras Indian Arts Program.


Participants in the University’s ChemStar science summer program for high school students gather for a group shot. It’s one of eight pre-college programs offered on campus this summer.


National Science Foundation rep Dr. Alan Wilson presents information on available funding opportunities and programs to Xavier faculty and staff during a campus outreach/site visit.


Art Department faculty and alumni collaborated to create "Peace Quilt" during the John Scott Celebration. 

Lake Charles Alumni Chapter Fete
Celebrates Harlem Renaissance

The Lake Charles (LA) Alumni Chapter will present its 5th annual scholarship fundraiser, “Celebrating the Harlem Renaissance Era” Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Historic Charleston Hotel.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with great jazz and blues music of the era, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction - a creative backdrop for featuring the alma mater of many in Southwest Louisiana. Music will be provided by City Heat. Guests are urged to dress in the style of the Harlem Era.

The fundraising will benefit Lake Area students who plan to attend the historically Black and Catholic university. A portion of the proceeds will also help establish an endowed XULA scholarship in memory of the late James Mayo, a Lake Charles native and XULA alumnus. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling C. Colston at (337) 513-9598. 










Sophomore biology major Dalia El-Desoky explains her research on diabetes and vision to visitors during the Center for Undergraduate Research’s 6th Annual Summer Research Symposium, which featured 44 poster and three oral presentations.


New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges published in the July 11 issue of the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education ranks Xavier third in the nation among undergraduate colleges and universities that produce the most African American applicants to U.S. medical schools.

The report, covering the 2015-16 academic year, lists the University of Florida with 109 African American (AFAM) graduates who applied to U.S. medical schools. That represents 2.2 percent of all AFAM students who applied to medical schools in U.S.

Howard University was the only other university to have more than 100 graduates in the 2015-16 academic year. Xavier ranked third with 89 graduates applying to medical school.

The other universities ranking in the Top 10 were Spelman College Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, Florida State University, the University of Maryland College Park, Rutgers University, and the University of South Florida.

Other HBCUs that produced more than 30 AFAM graduates in the 2015-16 were Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, Oakwood University, Hampton University.


Some 35 upperclassmen have been designated Rousseve Scholars by Xavier University of Louisiana for the 2016-17 school year.

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

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

Seniors / P2s – Aizaz Ahmad, biology/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King); Usman Chaudhry, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Grace King); Alaa Elsayed, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes Academy); Erica Greenwood, accounting, LaPlace LA (East St. John); Lynn Hoang, pharmacy, New Orleans LA (Ben Franklin); Ajene Johnson, computer science, Corona CA (Centennial); Renee’ Miller, biology/premed, Luling LA (Halhville); Amanda Ware, accounting, Houston TX (Cypress Creek); Ahmed Zaki, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes Academy); and Amir Zaki, pharmacy, Kenner LA (Haynes Academy).

Juniors / P1s –Ezinne Agwaramgbo, chemistry/pre-med, New Orleans LA (Lusher); Steven Do, biology/pre-med, Westwego LA (St. Lawrence WI); Noor Fatima, biology/pre-med, biology/pre-med, Metairie LA (Haynes); Hannah Mbony, biology/premed, Brookeville MD (Sherwood); Marilyn Ndukwe, chemistry/premed, Nigeria; An Nguyen, biology/premed, Marrero LA (John Ehret); Dao Joanna Nguyen, New Orleans LA (McMain); Nhu Nguyen, pharmacy, Madison AL (Bob Jones); Christine Pham, pharmacy, Fountain Valley CA (Fountain Valley); and Bryan Redmond, psychology/pre-med, Memphis TN (City University).



40 under 40

xavier gold 2016

Sophomores – Ahli Chatters, biology/premed, New Orleans LA (Ben Franklin); Mychael Delgardo, biology/premed, Los Angeles CA (Loyola); Huyen Duong, biology/premed, Marrero LA (L.W. Higgins); Dalia El-Desoky, biology, Kenner LA (Chapelle); Cierra Frazier, chemistry/premed, New Orleans LA (St. Mary’s Academy); Tayler Gary, biology/premed, Breaux Bridge LA (Breaux Bridge); Samah Hammad, chemistry/premed, Metairie LA (Grace King); Yasmine Johnson, biology/premed, Renton WA (Sammamish); Tyler Kelly, biology/premed, Greenville SC (Southside); Anthony Nguyen, chemistry/premed, Houma LA (Ellender); Jeanne Nguyen, biology/premed, Harvey LA (John Ehret); Brianna Pace, computer science, Junction City KS (Junction City); Allison Stephens, chemistry/premed, Harvest AL (Sparkman); Lauren Thornton, biology, Arlington TX (Timberview); and James Vu, biology/premed, Kenner LA (Bonnabel).

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


New incoming freshmen and their parents should note that New Student Orientation for the fall 2016 semester will be held Aug. 12-21.

The ten-day program is designed to help new students transition into the college environment, as introduce the Xavierite Experience! Consider yourself part of the esteemed ranks of students and alumni that proudly call Xavier home.

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Visit HERE for more details.



* Jacqueline Baidoo, a senior engineering major from Frederick MD (Sigonella High) who was recently accepted into the Georgia Institute of Technology's chemical engineering program under the 3+2 dual degree engineering program, has been awarded a $1,000 engineering scholarship from DeviceLab Inc., a medical device design and manufacturing company headquartered in Orange County CA. Visit HERE for more info.

* Terri Frazier, a P4 pharmacy student from LaPlace LA (McMain High), has been awarded a scholarship from the Louisiana Pharmacists Association. The newly selected Phi Lambda Sigma regional liaison, she is past president of College of Pharmacy's Pharmacy Students Association (PSA).

* Chandler Schexnayder, a P4 pharmacy student from Patterson LA (Patterson High), has been awarded a scholarship from the Louisiana Pharmacists Association. The 2016 MLK Student Service Award winner from Xavier, he is past president of the XU chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA).

* Three incoming freshmen – Ayinde Abanu of Minneapolis MN (De La Salle High), Jessica Anders of New Orleans (Mount Carmel Academy), and Gregory Person of Wintergarden FL (Windemere High School) – were among the first class of Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM scholars. As one of the top 100 top-performing African American high school seniors selected from across the nation, each will receive a total award package of up to $25,000 that includes scholarships and a stipend for STEM internships over five years. In addition the program will provide wrap-around support critical to students’ academic.


* Michelle Blouin-Williams ’88 has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Beginnings Schools Foundation in New Orleans. As CEO, she will oversee strategic planning, academics, governance and finance at Pierre Capdau Charter School, Gentilly Terrace Charter School, Medard Nelson Charter School, and Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. She previously served as the top academic officer for Jefferson Parish Public Schools.

* Dr. Patrice Dupart ’00, who was featured in this summer’s XU Gold alumni magazine, has been promoted to Senior Director and Associate Vice President for Pharmacy at Inova Fairfax Hospital, a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit medical center serving upwards of 1,000 patients in Washington DC.

* Lawrence Houston ’90, MA '02, has been named principal at St. Peter Claver School in New Orleans. He had previously served as vice principal and as a teacher for the past 13 years at the elementary school.

* Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry ’94, a leading environmental toxicologist and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Clinical Toxicology, was among 44 individuals named in a Houston Chronicle newspaper piece, “These women basically run Houston.” She was also presented a Superior Service Award from NASA in addition to being featured US News & World Report article on air quality and health.

* Dr. Steve Morgan Jr. ’11, now serving his residency in Cleveland OH, is featured in a University of Rochester Medical School promotional video highlighting his efforts to provide healthcare to area homeless while still in medical school. View “A Shining Example of the Change We Wish to See” HERE.

* Two Xavierites – Dr. Breanne McLain McGhee ’11 and Dr. Danyetta Thomas ’08 – were awarded the only two Louisiana slots for optometric residencies for 2016-17. McGhee, a graduate of the Pacific University College of Optometry, will practice at the Bond Wroten Eye Clinic in Denham Springs LA, while Thomas, a Southern College of Optometry graduate, will intern at the Ochsner Health Center in Metairie LA. Only 300 residencies are awarded nationwide.


* Joseph Byrd (VP for Student Services) is a member of the initial National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region III Task Force of HBCU's. He was also keynote speaker for the First Mass and Luncheon for the Meridian, MS Chapter of the Xavier University Alumni Association.

* Dr. Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel (Mass Communication) appeared twice on WWL-TV in New Orleans discussing the effects of social media in light of recent local events. View them HERE (Examining the Pros and Cons of Social Media) and HERE (Taking a Stand: Coming Together Social Media).

* Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary professor of English) traveled to Cartago, Colombia, to give a reading from his new bilingual book of haiku: On a Sign Pointing Two Ways/ Una señal que indica dos rutas.

* Dr. Richard Peters (Business) has been selected as an Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad Research Associate for the summer term of 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. He will conduct research and will teach up to two guest lectures during his stay.

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