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Fiske College Guide Names Xavier a “Best Buy”

GLX Day Online Fundraiser Raises $476,165

BUILD Program Pays Dividends

Williams Returns Home to Coach Men's Basketball

Dean Appointed for Graduate, Summer, CCSDE

730 Scholars Earn Spots on Spring Dean’s List

Xavier Team Wins WFI Student Grant

Transcripts Now Available Online!




High School students participating in the College of Pharmacy’s Center of Excellence summer program try their hand at making soap in a hands-on laboratory exercise.


Lab tech Corey Arnold (center) demonstrates to chemical engineering sophomore Kayla Strong of Florissant MO how to mount a substrate on a mask as part of a NASA-funded battery-enhancement research, while Dr. Lamartine Meda and other students look on.


High School students participating in the Summer Science Academy’s BioStar summer program – (L-R) Rachel Singleton, Kelsey Rainey, and Jaelyn Payton – get a head’s start on their biology studies and learn to take blood pressure during a hands-on lab exercise.

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High Schoolers Tori Simmons and Kendel Irvin work their way through various computational problem-solving tasks at the University’s CS: Exploring Computer Science at XU program.


Xavier students participating in the University of Rochester Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship/Early Assurance Program this summer: (L-R) Tylia Johnson, Jessica Carmon, Renee' Miller, and Robert Freter. 


Graduates of the College of Pharmacy’s year-long residency training programs in pharmacy practice, ambulatory care,  and community pharmacy – (sitting L-R) Dr. Vincent Ekenga, Dr. Krista Williams Dixon, Dr. Jasmine Bailey, Dr. Brittany Gorden, and Dr. Michael Ezebuenyi – display their certificates of completion. XU program faculty look on from the back row:  (L-R) Dr. Janel Bailey Wheeler; COP Dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, and Dr. Kendrea Burks.


(L-R) Dr. Rachel Davis-Haley and students Ciaj Strode, Yasmine Secrist, Trey Brister, and Deasha Harris represent Xavier’s Division of Education and Counseling at the MUREP Educator Institute at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL.


Chicago Alumni Chapter staged a New Orleans Jazz Brunch to raise scholarships for students from the area attending Xavier. The more than 150 people were in attendance also had a chance to meet XU President Dr. C. Reynold Verret addressed the supporters.

730 Scholars Earn Spots on Spring Dean’s List

A total of 730 student scholars made the Dean's List during the spring 2016 semester, according to XU Registrar Avis Stuard.

Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours. The honor students listed below are grouped by major and include their classifications, high schools and/or (hometowns). Unless otherwise noted, the latter is New Orleans.

The complete lists are available HERE (College of Arts and Sciences) and HERE (College of Pharmacy.


XU Communications Studies professor Dr. Kimberly Chandler has a big hug for students Andre Morgan Jr. and Kianna Greene, whose ongoing project examining social justice and the African American GLBTQ community in New Orleans was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) at Villanova.

Xavier Team Wins WFI Student Grant

Two Xavier undergraduates have been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) at Villanova University in support of an ongoing project examining social justice and the African American GLBTQ community in New Orleans.

The students – Andre Morgan Jr., a junior communications studies from New Orleans (Lake Area New Technical High), and Kianna Greene, a junior English major from Milwaukee WI (Messmer High) – are the first students from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) ever to receive the award. They are mentored by Dr. Kimberly Chandler, an XU assistant professor of communication studies and an affiliate faculty for the University’s Women’s Studies Program.

The WFI – endowed by Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr., and housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication – was founded on the principle that scholars, students, activists, and practitioners of communication have an important role to play in the creation of a socially just world. The grant recognizes the outstanding efforts of undergraduate students interested in engaging communication and social justice.

Through interviews and focus groups, the project – “Performing Resistance in the Big Easy: Social Justice and the African American GLBTQ Community in New Orleans” – is examining the ways in which the African American GLBTQ community in New Orleans performs gender as a tool of resistance. The students will also seek to make visible the community’s significant contributions through a scholarly publication, interactive website archive and public exhibition of videos, photographs and narratives focusing on their unique lives.

“Historically, the African American GLBTQ community has been an important contributor to the fight for civil and human rights in the American South; however, this community is relatively invisible due to stigmatization and marginalization by the Black community as well as larger dominant society,” notes the abstract. “While this community has been on the front lines, fighting for gay rights and against injustice for some time, their lived experiences are virtually unknown.”

Transcripts Now Available Online!

The Office of the Registrar is excited to announce that online transcript ordering and delivery will be available beginning July 1, 2016.

This new functionality allows current students and alumni who attended from 1988 to the present to request transcripts online and request electronic delivery of transcripts. Alumni prior to 1988 will not have the option for electronic delivery, but will now be able to order their transcript online for paper delivery.

All orders will be processed via the National Student Clearinghouse. Transcripts are available in two formats: PDF – Secure electronic PDFs can be emailed to selected email addresses, and Paper – Paper transcripts can be mailed to an address specified by the student or picked up in person at the Registrar’s Office.

There is a standard $5.00 fee associated with ordering a transcript. Visit HERE to get started.



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


The 2017 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Xavier among its “Best Buy Schools” for academics and affordability.

This year the publication designated 47 institutions – 21 public and 26 private – as “Best Buys” for a college education. To qualify for the distinction, the colleges and universities must have a four- or five-star academic rating, and be in the inexpensive or moderate price category.

Xavier is the only university in Louisiana and one of only four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to make the list.

Now in its 33rd year of publication, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has provided millions of parents, counselors, and college-bound students with an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The author, Edward B. Fiske, served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times.

Other schools named to this year’s list include:


(Public) Evergreen State College, the University of Florida, George Mason University, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Mary Washington, the University of Maryland, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, New College of Florida, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY-Geneseo, SUNY-Stoney Brook, the University of Texas, Truman State University, and the University of Utah.

(Private) Adelphi University, Alfred University, Austin College, Baylor University, Brigham Young University, Centre College, Cornell College, Deep Springs College, the University of Edinburgh, Elon University, Guilford College, Howard University, Millsaps College, Morehouse College, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of St. Andrew’s, the University of the South (Sewanee), Southwestern University, Spelman College, the University of Toronto, Trinity College Dublin, Wabash College, Warren Wilson College, Wheaton College (IL), and Wittenberg University.


Alumni and friends turned in another strong performance on this year’s Give. Love. Xavier Day, with 2,582 contributing a total of $476,165 during University’s annual one-day, online fundraising event.

“Once again our alumni and friends have answered the call,” said Gia Soublet, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Xavier. “The response to our fourth Give. Love. Xavier Day was overwhelming, with Xaverites coming together with an outpouring of financial support.”

Soublet said that donations to the one-day event, which was held June 07, is a major fundraising event for the University and makes a vital difference in the lives of current students. All gifts directly support scholarships and other important University programs.

Since its inception in 2013, Give. Love. Xavier Day has raised more than $1.35 million dollars. The number of donors giving to the annual event has more than doubled.


Each year – during the designated 24-hour pledge period – alumni and friends were invited to come together for one day to show their support for the University with financial contributions, as well as to use social networks (such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) to spread the excitement and encourage their friends and followers to give as well.

One key in the continued success of Give. Love. Xavier Day has been the designation of alumni captains to drive giving among alumni and the utilization of community leaders to attract outside interests. Another important element has been the establishment of key Challenge Grant incentives: dollar for dollar matches that are realized when alumni and friends made their donations that day.

“All of this year’s 13 Challenge Grant initiatives were met,” said Kimberly Reese, XU Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “Those matches brought in an extra $100,000 in pledges, making many of our donor dollars twice as impactful!”


Back in 2014, Xavier was awarded a $19.6 million federal grant to “build” upon its already thriving biomedical programs. The grant was part of a larger National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded initiative – Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) – a multi-faceted project with the ultimate goal of increasing diversity within the biomedical research workforce.

Apparently the funds are well spent.

Dr. Maryam Foroozesh, Chair of Xavier’s Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the BUILD Lead Principal Investigator here on campus, reports that all seven of the program’s first cohort of BUILD Technicians (students who graduated in May 2015 and received a year of hands-on research training) will be entering graduate programs or prep programs this fall.

Included in that group are Davon Carter, who will be attending University of California Los Angles with a full scholarship for an MD/PhD program; Kyra Dodson, who will be attending Ole Miss University in chemistry; Justin Grennell, who will be attending Louisiana State University in chemistry; Faith Joseph, who will be attending Baylor College of Medicine’s SMART Prep Program in molecular biology; Brianyell McDaniel, who will be attending Texas Tech University-Health Science Center in biochemistry; Jade Meyers, who will be attending Keck Graduate Institute for a post-baccalaureate premedical program; and Peter Pham, who  will be attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville in chemistry.

BUILD is part of a $240 million NIH investment awarded to 10 BUILD institutions across the country to develop new approaches to engage student researchers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-relevant workforce. Xavier and its fellow awardees have established a national consortium to train, mentor and encourage students from underrepresented groups to enter into and stay in research careers.

The seven BUILD Technicians were involved in several of the University’s on-going cancer, drug-delivery, and disease-prevention research projects under the direction of faculty mentors Dr. Thomas Huckaba (Biology), Dr. Payton-Stewart (Chemistry) Dr. Mehnaaz Ali (Chemistry) Dr. Jayalakhshmi Sridar (Chemistry), Dr. Kelly Johanson (Chemistry) Dr. Cecily DeFreece (Biology), and Dr. Maryam Foroozesh (Chemistry). Nine additional BUILD Technicians are joining the Program in 2016-2017.


Former Xavier player and assistant coach Alfred Williams, who engineered one of the best turnarounds in NAIA Division I men's basketball this past season at Harris-Stowe State University,  is returning home to become head coach at his alma mater.

XU Director of Athletics and Recreation Jason Horn announced the hiring of Williams Tuesday. He replaces Dannton Jackson, who left Xavier in April after 13 seasons as head coach to become an assistant at NCAA Division I's University of Alabama at Birmingham. The new head coach will meet with news media, the XU community and fans July 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Xavier's Convocation Center, 7900 Stroelitz St. (zip 70125). In addition, all high school boys basketball coaches in the region are invited.

"I'm super-excited about the opportunity to become the next head men's basketball coach at Xavier,” said Williams, who played for the Gold Rush from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach from 2009-15. "Xavier has been near and dear to my heart ever since I stepped on campus in 2004. The rich tradition is second to none. I am looking forward to continue building on the foundations of the past while growing toward the future. We will work day in and day out to build a program that mirrors toughness, grit, hustle and passion in everything that we do. I'm looking forward to the challenge and continuing to build for greatness both on the court and in the classroom."

Williams was head coach for one season at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo., where he led the Hornets in a 7 1/2-game improvement from the previous year and scored victories against a pair of NCAA Division II opponents. Harris-Stowe lost 84-83 in double-overtime Jan. 28 at American Midwest Conference champion Columbia (Mo.), a 29-game winner, after losing there by 46 points the previous season.


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Alfred Williams

During his previous Xavier tenures, Williams was a member of three teams as a player and five teams as an assistant coach that qualified for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship and won or shared four Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament regular-season championships. The Gold Rush averaged 23.3 victories during his three playing seasons and 23.2 victories during his six seasons as assistant coach.

Xavier won three consecutive GCAC regular-season championships from 2011-14, and its 121 victories from 2010-11 through 2014-15 are the second-winningest five years in the program history, topped only by the Gold Rush's 126 victories from 1936-37 through 1940-41. Williams was a 6-foot-4 forward at Xavier, was All-GCAC his senior year and is one of three Gold Rush players with 800 points, 500 rebounds and 150 assists in a career.

"After a comprehensive national search which attracted many outstanding candidates, Xavier and Team Gold are excited to welcome back Alfred Williams," Horn said. "We are confident that AJ (Williams' nickname) will continue the Xavier tradition of excellence and lead the Gold Rush to even greater national prominence while graduating our student-athletes."

Williams, 32 and a native of Greenville, S.C., received his bachelor of science degree from Xavier in 2008.

Xavier was 21-13 in 2015-16 and qualified for NAIA's national tournament for a school-record sixth consecutive year. The Gold Rush were runner-up in the GCAC Tournament each of the past two seasons. Xavier's 31 seasons of 20 or more victories are the most in the history of Louisiana men's college basketball.


Dr. Marcus Cox has been appointed Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences with leadership of Graduate Programs and Summer School and Director of the Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Education (CCSDE).

As Associate Dean and Director of the CCSDE, Cox is charged with managing a key element of the University strategic plan for institutional growth by developing and administering viable graduate programs, certificate programs, and distance education initiatives.  In addition, he will manage and coordinate summer school and develop marketing strategies to recruit graduate, non-traditional, and adult learners as well as military and veteran students.

Cox comes to Xavier after 15 years at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina where he held leadership positions as Founding Director of the African American Studies, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Dean of The Citadel Graduate College and Evening Undergraduate Studies. He holds the distinction of being the first African American faculty member appointed to the position of Dean in the 172-year history of The Citadel.


Dr. Marcus Cox

He earned an undergraduate degree in marketing and a master’s degree in history from Southern University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel School of Business Administration. Cox received his doctorate degree in African American history from Northwestern University in Evanston IL.



* Allana Barefield, a sophomore mass communication major from Lynn MA (English High), was one of five students nationwide awarded a 2016 NABJ-Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship, by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ. This summer she is serving as an intern at The Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville KY where she is covering local and regional stories.

* Terri Frazier, a P4 pharmacy student from LaPlace LA (McMain High School), has been named the Regional Liaison for Region 6 of Phi Lambda Sigma, the student pharmacy leadership society. She served as XU Pharmacy Student Association President last year.

* Cydney Stevenson, a sophomore business/accounting major from Fulshaer TX (Westbury Christian High) was one of 150 students nationwide invited to participate in the Goldman Sachs Undergraduate Camp in New York City NY this summer.


* Miller W. Boyd, III ’98 has earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Mississippi. His dissertation: “The Exigencies of War: Black Military Service, Free Labor, and Education in Civil War Missouri.”

* Latoye A. Brown ’00 has been appointed Principal & CEO of Audubon Charter School in New Orleans after having previously served in an interim capacity.

* Dr. Luther St. James IV ’09 has earned his medical degree from the University of Florida, making history a member of the first African American family to see two generations graduate from UF’s medical school. Both of his parents are family physicians employed at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. See the story HERE.

* Trevor K. Thompson ’91, Founder/CEO of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, has been awarded a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Memphis. His dissertation topic was “A Study of Parent Involvement Regarding Children Living with Sickle Cell Disease and their Parent’s Perceptions of their Children’s 504/Individualized Education Plan.


* Shon Baker (Institutional Advancement) has joined the staff as Associate Vice President for Development. She previously served as Development Director at the Touro Infirmary Foundation.

* Joseph Byrd (VP for Student Services) was the lead facilitator for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Lambda Chapter in Atlanta GA during preparation for their Five Year Strategic Plan.

* Ed Cassiere (Athletics) was named recipient of two first place awards in the College Sports Information Directors of America Fred Stabley Jr. Writing Contest (District 6) for his event coverage of Xavier’s women’s tennis championship match against Oklahoma Baptist and his 2015-16 men‘s basketball preview.

* Dr. Rosalind Pijeaux Hale ’69 (Professor Emeritus) has been named recipient of the 2015-16 Southeast Regional Chapter Counselor Award by Kappa Delta Pi (the International Honor Society in Education) in recognition of her advancement of the mission and ideals of KDP. She was also one of the 12 recipients of the KDP 2015-16 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award.

* Dr. Oliver Hennessey (English) made a presentation, “'All the World's a Stage': Shakespeare on the Stages and Streets of New Orleans”, at the Historic New Orleans Collection in collaboration with a HNOC exhibit commemorating 400 years since Shakespeare's death.

* Jason Horn (Athletics) has been named to the NAIA's National Administrative Council (NAC), which helps shape policy at the highest level of the NAIA while governing rules and ratings, championship competition, awards and statistics, and experience and enhancement. He will also serve on the Championship Competition Subcommittee, which sets policies and procedures pertaining to NAIA national championship events. Horn is in his third year leading Xavier's athletic programs. He also serves on the NAIA's Competitive Experience Committee. Horn is completing a one-year term as the chair of the GCAC athletic directors. He also serves on the board of directors of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.

* Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary Professor of English) gave a paper on "Issa and Prostitutes: Haiku Portraits in Tokugawa Japan" at an International Haiku Conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

* Kimberly Reese ‘95 (Institutional Advancement) has been named Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Annual Giving. She previously served as Director of Alumni Relations.

* Dr. Joe Ricks Jr. (Business) was named President-Elect of the National HBCU Business Deans Round Table during the group’s annual summit in St. Louis MO.

* QuoVadis Webster  '00 (Pre-Med Advisor) served as a guest panelist for an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) workshop, "How to Get the Most Out of the AAMC's Advisor Information System", during the biennial meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). She akso made a presentation, "Premedical Advising: The Xavier Model", at the HBCU Initiative Conference "Preparing a Competitive HBCU Applicant Pool for Health Science Careers," held at Meharry Medical College.

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