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Xavier Earns Confucius Institute of the Year Honor

Campus Leaders Make Who's Who List

Grant to Improve Job Outcomes for Graduates


Alumni Corner: Why I Give

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Xavier students got a chance to de-stress from examination preparation with the help of puppies courtesy the Pre-Vet Club.


The five students who won the drawings for pre-registering for spring classes are excited about their $500 award checks : (L-R) Aerial Anderson, Brennae Terrell, Paul Pham, Jada English, and Neasjia Brown.


Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors – (L-R) Fr. Etido Jerome, Rachel Hitchens, Dominique Savoy, Randi Prejean (Conference Chairperson), Sarah Bertrand, and Brianna Scott – presented two workshops at recently in Lafayette at the African-American Catholic Youth Congress in Lafayette LA. See more HERE.

 school visit

Students and faculty from International High School in New Orleans had the opportunity to tour the Department of Mass Communication and view its production facilities.


Dignitaries gather for announcement of the Division of Education’s new Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency Program.



Dr. Anne McCall, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, proudly displays 2016 Confucius Institute of the Year Award which was presented to the University during the opening ceremony of the 11th Confucius Institute Conference in Kunming, China. She is flanked by Dr. Li Xiaoliu, Director of the Confucius Office of International Cooperation, and Dr. Yu Jiang, Director of the Confucius Institute at Xavier.


Xavier, host of one of the top Chinese language programs in the state, received the prestigious Confucius Institute of the Year Award Dec. 10. Dr. Anne McCall, Xavier’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, accepted the honor during the opening ceremony of the 11th Confucius Institute Conference in Kunming, China, in front of an audience of over 2,000 government officials and university administrators worldwide.

“The Confucius Institute at Xavier has had clear impact on the internationalization of this institution. Through its programming, it has made Chinese culture and language available throughout this major urban region,” said Xavier President Dr. C. Reynold Verret. [-more-]


One hundred and fifty student scholars from Xavier will appear in the 2017 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. [-more-]


After a six-month planning phase, UNCF announced Xavier as one of 24 colleges and universities that will receive five-year grants totaling $35.3 million for the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), a transformative effort to design and implement programs to improve employment outcomes for graduates.

“The CPI grant will enable innovation in education at Xavier so as to assure degree completion and advancement of our students to their desired post-secondary study and careers,” said Xavier University of Louisiana President Dr. C. Reynold Verret. “It is about enriching and deepening the Xavier experience.” [-more-]



* Kaelan Temple, a junior biology major and a standout outside hitter/defensive specialist on the Gold Nugget Volleyball team, was named a 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. It’s the fourth volleyball-related academic honor for Temple, a native of Houston TX (Lamar High), who is a two-time member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Honor Roll and was a second-team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar a year ago.

* Maliya Vaughan, a sophomore psychology/premed major from Elk Grove CA (West Campus High) and a standout on the women’s cross country team, was chosen as the 2016 All-Louisiana Newcomer of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. During the season she recorded best times of 19 minutes, 17.7 seconds for 5,000 meters and 26:44.9 for 6,000 meters in her first year of collegiate competition.

* Three junior biology/premed majors – Hannah Mbony from Brookeville MD (Sherwood High), An Nguyen from Marrero LA (John Ehret High), and Derian Pugh from Newnan GA (East Coweta High) – have been granted conditional acceptance the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth for entry in 2018 under the schools’ Early Assurance Program.

* 10 Xavier students – Evelyn Ambush, Janae Bryant, Ariele French, Peyton King, Jaemica Logan, Dominique McCaskill, Marilyn Ndukwe, Darian Roberson, and Lauren Smith – were recognized by the UNCF as members of its Class of 2016 Student Professional Development Programs interns, fellows, and scholars (a total of 260 nationwide) from HBCUs who successfully completed their internships during the year.


* Dr. Miller W. Boyd III, '98 had his article, “The Free People, Who Have Bought Themselves, Are Not Much Inclined to It, But the Others are in Favor of It: Patterns of Black Enlistment in Civil War Missouri 1863-1865,” published in the October 2016 edition of the Missouri Historical Review."

* Aaron Henry ‘50, longtime civil rights activist, and state legislator, was one of five eminent Mississippians recently elected to the state's Hall of Fame by the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He died in 1997.

* Alejandro Perkins, ’99, a partner at the law firm of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, & Guice LLP, has been elected chairman of the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors. He was appointed to represent the 6th Congressional District on the UL System Board in July by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

* Janae Pierre ‘13 has been named the local host for WWNO 89.9 FM’s National Public Radio (NPR) weekday afternoon news program, All Things Considered. In this role, she oversees the program’s local broadcast, coordinating its NPR elements with local weather, traffic, underwriting announcements, newscasts and news features. She previously served as a popular drive-time on-air host and community events director for WBOK radio.


* Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) presented a paper, "Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour': Publication History and Texts," at the annual South Central Modern Language Conference in Dallas TX. He also read three stories from his fiction: "A Good Friday," "Cane River 1870," and "Seppe."

* Joseph Moses (athletics) was named the 2016 Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. It’s the sixth time he has won the award during his 12 seasons at Xavier. This past year the Gold Nuggets captured their 10th consecutive GCAC women's team championship and their sixth automatic bid in nine years to the NAIA National Championships.

* Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) presented a paper, "Political Divisions Among Serbian Writers Today," at the annual South Central Modern Language Conference in Dallas TX.

* Dr. Robin Runia (English) has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to complete her project, "Displaced Britons: Africans and Creoles in the Work of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849)", which focuses on the historically contextualized readings of dramatic and fictional works by the late eighteenth-early nineteenth-century Anglo-Irish writer.



Dr. Frederick Toca '62, Industrial Hygienist and Safety Professional
Olivia Toca '63
, Educator

The first reason that we give is out of gratitude. We feel that we received a very good education at Xavier which prepared us for our careers. Furthermore, attending a small, historically black school helped us to better compete, both when attending graduate school and in the corporate world.

Secondly, Xavier continues to produce well rounded students who can take their place in society as leaders and we wish to help that effort.

The best reason for giving is to support future students so that they will have opportunities to succeed, just as we did. Xavier has continually identified and met the needs of all students throughout the years and needs our help to continue this effort.  

It is also important that the only black and Catholic university in the USA survive. In order for Xavier to survive it needs the moral, spiritual, and financial support of all of us who have benefited from its contribution to our lives.

confucius (cont.)

Xavier’s Confucius Institute is part of a worldwide network of over 500 such institutes and more than 1,000 Confucius Classrooms. The University officially launched the Confucius Institute in October 2012 by partnering with Hebei University and Hanban/ Confucius Institute Headquarters of China. Xavier’s Confucius Institute is the first among the nation’s over 100 Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs). The Institute offers Chinese language instruction and promotes Chinese culture and history both on campus and in the community.

Since its opening, the Xavier Confucius Institute has made remarkable progress, enjoying steady enrollment in the Chinese language courses on campus. Currently the Institute offers Elementary to Advanced Chinese courses for Xavier students and provides Chinese language courses to thousands of K-12 students in the New Orleans region These K-12 classes have received rave reviews from school administrators, parents, and students. Each year, the Institute offers signature programs that include cultural festivals, faculty and student exchanges with China, student study abroad in China programs, education delegations to China, and a distinguished lecture series. These programs are making a significant impact on campus and the community by broadening students’ international horizon, enhancing their global competency, and, at the same time, raising the community’s awareness of the interconnectedness of different cultures.

“Xavier’s Confucius Institute’s enrollment and attendance at cultural activities places it among the leading Chinese language programs in the U.S. South. The 2016 Confucius Institute of the Award is the hallmark of this remarkable four-year journey for both the University and the Confucius Institute,” said Dr. Yu Jiang, Director of the Confucius Institute at Xavier University.

Visit HERE for more info on Xavier’s Confucius Institute.

whos who (cont.)

The students included in this year's directory are listed below, grouped by their divisions/departments:

ART –Adam Albrecht, Nicholas Davison, and Leland Johnson

BUSINESS – (Accounting) Mikayla Bates, Ariel Bonnee, Sha’Nel Bruins, Manav Chakma, Ariele French, Erica Greenwood, Javion Gutter, Myeshia Jackson, Tayla Jones, Mosea Miles, Amanda Ware, and Teneaka White; (Finance) Keajuana Crymes; (Management) Gia Jennings, Braxton Murray, and Karan Salwan; (Sales & Marketing) Gabriel Jones

BIOCHEMISTRY – Imani Bijou and Moamen Ismail

BIOLOGY – (Biology) Selena Gray and Lauren Thornton; (Biology/Pre-Med) Aizaz Ahmad, Ahli Chatters, Usman Chaudhry, Brice Dean, Mychael Delgardo, Steven Do, Noor Fatima, Tyler Kelly, Sydney Labat, Kevin Lam, Hannah Mbony, Imani Miles, Renee’ Miller, An Nguyen, Dao Joanna Nguyen, Autumn Saizan, Erika Scott, and Kayla Street\

CHEMISTRY –(Chemistry ACS) Joshua Adkins and Joshua Hunter; (Chemistry/Pre-Med) Ezinne Agwaramgbo, Jordan Anderson, Marialaina Carter, Huy Do, D’Lauren Falkner, Alayna Freeman, Kyshari McCullough, Veronica Miles, Shakayla Morgan, Marilyn Ndukwe, Anthony Nguyen, Savannah Samuel, Tyjah Saulsberry, and Jeremey Shropshire; (Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy) Jeremy Nguyen

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY [Graduate Level] – Alaine Garner


COMPUTER SCIENCE – Ajene Johnson, Amber Matthews, and Brittany Safford

EDUCATION – (Elementary) Jazmyne Darby and Rynisha Streeter

EDUCATION [Graduate Level] – (Counseling) Taylor Dupree, Demon Johnson, and Mark Clayton; (Educational Leadership) Melissa Abadie and Areah Bocage; (MAT Special Education) Alisa Antill

ENGLISH – (English) Tyler Despenza, Corneisha McCorkle, and Asharee Peters

HISTORY – Ashley Gragg, Peyton King, and Jawn Manning

MATHEMATICS – (Math) Hakeem Frank, Dung Nguyen, Destiny Vincent, and Deja Washington; (Math education) Yasmine Secrist

PHARMACY – Ganiat Animashawun, Michael Aucoin, Chrystalynne Bechtel, Kristin Bond, Tasha Brower, Anthonia Chimezie, Iesha Colla, Rosanna Dastoori, Keeyan Davis, Jasmin Eugene, Hannah Finnegan, Terri Frazier, Telicia Gayden, Philipe Gilchrist, Stephanie Hymel, Ellen McKnight, Clarence Mitchell, Demaurian Mitchner, Hannah Naquin, Anthony Nguyen, Demitrius Onuaguluchi, Taylor Parker, Andrea Phang, Anthony Poche’, Chandler Schexnayder, Amanda Stevens, Jordan Thibodaux, Corey Todd, Jennie Tran, and Mariah White.

PHYSICS/ENGINEERING – (Dual Degree Chemical Engineering) Bethany Tate

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Sierra Blanchard-Hodge, Bria Dixon, Emerald Dukes, Taqiyyah Elliot, and Morgan Moore

PSYCHOLOGY – (Psychology) Elizabeth Celestine, Kathryn Cusimano, Beverlin Del Rosario, Amber Domingue, Briana Dyson, Ercilla Glean, Alexia Greer, Loreal Ivory, Zachary Laborde, Kyjeila Latimer, Dominique Lewis, Sheldon Maurice, Jasmine Merlette, Caitlyn Mercier, Glenda Middleton, Tuong Vy Nguyen, and Myka Taylor; (Psychology/Pre-Med) Stephen Bourgeois and Bryan Redmond

PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES – Cheyenne DeShields, Domynique Herndon, Ashlyn Pinkins, Imani Reid, Shalani Taylor, Sharifa Taylor, and Brianna Warren

SOCIOLOGY – Christine Smith and Sharmaine Russ

SPANISH – Jordyn Winters

SPEECH PATHOLOGY – Kiarra Hill and Kevin Thomas

uncf (cont.)

Made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) is a unique pilot program for select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs) that is helping them enhance career readiness for their 54,000 enrolled students. Many of these students will be the first in their families to earn college degrees. The majority of the students are from low-to-moderate income families and must receive federal financial aid to pursue their undergraduate studies.

Xavier submitted a proposal that reflects a commitment to strengthening career advising and mentoring, enhancing curricula, and supporting integrated co-curricular engagement. As part of CPI, the selected institutions will develop a range of academic programs, student internships, industry partnerships, specialty certifications, and faculty development as they forge a new model for career readiness.

A complete list of colleges and universities receiving the grants can be viewed here.

“These colleges and universities show promise in significantly addressing the urgent challenges facing African American college students and graduates,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “We heartily congratulate Xavier University of Louisiana and the 23 other institutions chosen to lead this important work."

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