Marketing & Communications

March 2018



Three Xavier-educated physicians – (L-R) Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr. ’01 – sign copies of their new book, “The Pulse of Perseverance,” following a Q&A forum and reception held on campus. Looking on is award-winning The New York Times investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who served as moderator. MORE


The St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 03, at the 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass in the Chapel. All are invited to participate in honoring our Foundress on her special Day. Her story cannot be told too often, visit HERE to learn about life and her vision.


The College Choice website now ranks Xavier as the No. 4 overall school in its 2018 ranking of the Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). That represents a jump up from last year’s No. 6 ranking. Visit HERE to view the entire list.

College Choice's rankings were designed to help prospective students make the most informed choice about where to invest their time and resources in earning their degree. Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and return on investment.


College Factual, a leading source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes, ranks Xavier as the best school in Louisiana for military veterans studying chemistry in its 2018 review.

Xavier was ranked No. 1 among the six colleges and universities in the state reviewed by College Factual for program quality and veteran friendliness, topping LSU, the University of New Orleans, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, and Louisiana-Lafayette. It’s the second straight year XULA has achieved this ranking.

According to College Factual, its rankings were developed to highlight those schools that offer quality outcomes in a specific major while also offering support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive. Approximately 80 recipients of the GI Bill are currently attending Xavier.

The report says that based on Payscale Data Survey, a student who graduates from XULA with a degree in chemistry realizes early-career earnings of $42,000 and average mid-career earnings of $75,000. That is 4.7% above the national average of all graduates who make $40,000 in their early career. It is also 11.4% above the average graduate's mid-career salary of $67,000.

Nationally, College Factual ranks XULA's chemistry program 25th out of 413 colleges and universities among the colleges and universities it reviewed when it comes to offering a quality education to veterans in chemistry. XULA improved its ranking position 29 slots over the previous year's ranking of 54. The full list is available HERE.

College Factual, located in Troy NY, provides in-depth coverage of more than 2,500 colleges and universities and over 350 college majors. These insights are available online to students from over 50 countries.


Members of Xavier’s chapter of Catholic Relief Services – (L-R) Sarah Bertrand, Denise Ssettimba, Taylor Perry-Crawford, Fr. Etido Jerome, Bryan Redmond, Ja’Che Malone, and Brianna Scott – traveled to Washington DC to join other Catholic organizations to lobby Congress on Advocacy Day. 


Team Xavier celebrates scoring 11 trophies – including one for first place in interviewing and 4th overall in the team sweepstakes – at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) National Speech and Debate Tournament.


Xavier will offer six of its popular pre-collegiate academic enrichment and social development programs for high school students this summer.

With a variety of pre-collegiate programs ranging from math/science to the humanities, students will be able to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through in-class discussions, laboratory experiences, and cultural explorations in an exciting, but rigorous, academic setting. As part of the learning experience at Xavier, students will enhance their high school career and get a jump start on college life.

Programs being offered this summer include the Summer Science Academy STAR programs (BioStar, ChemStar, and MathStar), Stress on Analytical Reasoning (SOAR), the Center of Excellence Program, and SuperScholar EXCEL.

The SSA STAR series are non-residential programs aimed at middle school and high school students who have expressed an interest in science careers. Designed to enhance knowledge of the subject matter prior to the student taking the course in middle school or high school, the three-week curriculum is engaging and thought provoking.

SOAR (Stress On Analytical Reasoning) is an intensive three-week residential program that prepares rising high school seniors in analytical reasoning and provides early exposure to science and health careers. A limited number of on-campus housing is available for SOAR participants living outside of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. Scheduled dates are July 01-20.

Center of Excellence is a four-week, non-residential enrichment program designed to grant high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements and exposure to various career opportunities in pharmacy. The academic objective is to reinforce math and science concepts learned throughout the school year and introduce new content material. Dates are June 11-29.

SuperScholar EXCEL is an intensive three-week residential program that is geared toward high school seniors who are interested in pursuing degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education. Scheduled dates are June 17-July 06.

Early registration is encouraged, since spots are limited. For more info visit HERE  or call (504) 520-5264.


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and XULA President Reynold Verret lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the long-awaited covered pedestrian bridge spanning Washington Avenue and the canal. MORE



  • Tiara Bradley, a sophomore psychology/premed major from Chicago IL (Jones College Prep), has been accepted into the Wellman-HST Summer Institute for Biomedical Optics at Harvard University. 

  • Cory Gettridge, a senior chemistry major from New Orleans (Algiers Technical High), placed third with his research poster presentation, “The Synthesis of New Novel CK1d Inhibitors as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease,” at the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network Annual Meeting in Shreveport LA. His faculty mentor is Dr. Jayalakshmi Sridhar (chemistry).

  • Ilia King, a junior sociology major (health, medicine and society concentration) from Jonesboro GA (Lovejoy High), has been offered a fellowship for Western Washington University’s National Science Foundation-funded “Research Experiences for Undergraduate Program”, a summer research project investigating reproductive health in Rwanda. She is currently studying abroad at London Southbank University under Xavier's exchange program.

  • Maya Mann, a senior biology/premed major from Silver Spring MD (Good Counsel High), has been accepted into the Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine and the Life University College of Chiropractic Medicine.

  • Kylar Wiltz, a senior biology/premed major from Breaux Bridge LA (Breaux Bridge High), was introduced and honored by the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) New Orleans Pelicans during a home game for his outstanding impact and service to the New Orleans community. It was part of their celebration of Black History Month.

  • Team Xavier scored 11 trophies – including one for first place in interviewing and 4th overall in the team sweepstakes – at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) National Speech and Debate Tournament. Alana Humphrey, a senior neuroscience major from Plymouth MN (Wayzata High), was the top individual performer for Xavier, taking 1st place in interviewing and scoring in singles debate (semifinalist/#3 best speaker). Also taking home trophies in singles debate were: Elin Hawkins, a senior biology/premed major from Moreno Valley CA (Martin L King High), quarterfinalist/#2 best speaker; Kara Hebert, a sophomore mathematics major from San Carlos CA (Sequoia High), semifinalist; and Kristian Bailey, a sophomore biology/premed major from Ama LA (Shaw High), quarterfinalist. Charles Perkins, a freshman mathematics major from Florissant MO (Jennings High), was a semifinalist in Poetry Slam.

  • The New Orleans Black Chorale and the Xavier University Chorus have received a nomination for “Best Classical Music Performance”  by Gambit Weekly/Big Easy Entertainment for their performance of ”Old American Songs & Spirituals” with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Tribute to the Classical Arts, which benefits the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education.


  • Ashanti Anderson ’16, has been named winner of the Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Contest. Her award includes a cash prize, publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine, and a reading at this year's Tennessee Williams Festival. She is currently writing in the MFA program at the University of California-Riverside.

  • Terry Heverey ’17 has been named a program coordinator at the RISE Foundation in Memphis TN, an organization which works to transform the lives of low-income workers through financial literacy.

  • Troye Madison-Washington ’82 MA ’87, an administrator at Lafayette Academy in New Orleans, reigned as Queen of the Zulu during the 2018 Mardi Gras celebration.

  • Alisa Orduña ’94 has been named the Senior Advisor on Homelessness for Santa Monica CA, where she will coordinate the community’s comprehensive efforts to fight homelessness in the region. She previously served as Director of Homelessness Policy in Los Angeles CA.

  • Alejandro Perkins ’99, a partner in the law firm of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP in Baton Rouge LA, delivered the keynote address at Louisiana Tech University’s winter graduation ceremony.

  • Jamar Pierre ‘xx, renown painter and muralist, has been named the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, where he will conduct workshops for children, adults and families, hold two exhibits, and participate in community and philanthropic programming. His first exhibit will open in May of 2018. 

    Edwin Scott ’15, currently in the graduate program in biomedical science at Mississippi College, has been accepted into the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.


  • Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) and his wife Judith edited Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles (Pelican Publishing) by William Spratling and William Faulkner. The Bonners added an introduction and biographies of 43 individuals caricatured in the original 1926 edition. A book-signing and discussion was held at the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans.

  • Dr. Ronald Dorris '72 (African American & Diaspora Studies/English), presented a paper "Common Law in the United States of America: Constitutionally Mandating the Black Body" at the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. in Jackson MS.

  • Jason Horn (Director of Athletics & Recreation) has been named to the Board of Directors for the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA). Administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry. He is the first AD from the NAIA to be selected.

  • Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) led a discussion on Cervantes' novel, Don Quixote, at the Eastbank Regional Library in Metairie LA. 

  • Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (Pharmacy) had an article, "Comparative Analysis of Clinical Pharmacy Interventions in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit,” published in the February 2018 issue of Critical Care and Shock Journal. Contributors included two former students, Dr. Kayrah Jack ’16 and Dr. Brent Kitto ’17, now working at CVS Health in Katy TX and Ochsner Health-New Orleans, respectively.

  • Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore (Political Science) has been named recipient of the 2018 Jewel and James Prestage Mentorship Award, an annual award which recognizes outstanding political science/public administration professors who demonstrate the same spirit of mentoring and commitment to students as Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage, the first African American woman to earn a PhD in Political Science, and her husband.

  • Keyana Scales (VP for Enrollment Management) made a presentation with enrollmentFUEL President Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott, “A SEM Student Search Case Study: Become a Funnel Tamer Extraordinaire,” at the 2018 Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) Annual Conference, held in New Orleans.Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir (history) appeared on the PBS-TV Show We'll Meet Again to discussed historic information she found about the host family of Fatima Cortez during the Voter Registration Drive in Louisiana. The show's title was "Threatened for Supporting Civil Rights."

  • Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir (history) appeared on the PBS-TV Show We'll Meet Again to discussed historic information she found about the host family of Fatima Cortez during the Voter Registration Drive in Louisiana. The show's title was "Threatened for Supporting Civil Rights." 


Xavier welcomed home the oldest living African-American Olympic medalist, Herb Douglas, who won a bronze medal in 1948 and ran a leg on Xavier’s championship 440 Relay team at the 1942 Penn Relays. Approaching his 96th birthday, he took a lap around the arena to loud cheers from both XULA and Dillard students at this year’s Crosstown Classic.


February 28 (New Orleans) - Let's Do Lunch I
March 03 (New Orleans) - Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel
March 11 (Atlanta) - Jazz Brunch
March 18 (New Orleans) - Day at the Races
March 28 (New Orleans) - Let's Do Lunch II
April 14 (Greenbelt MD) - The DMV Inaugural Mardi Gras Ball
April 22 (Dallas-Ft. Worth) - Fascinators & Fedoras Scholarly Jazz Brunch
April 25 (New Orleans) - Let's Do Lunch III



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