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Volunteers Help with Tornado Clean Up

Introducing Entrepreneurship to Young Minds

Muslim Student Association Organizes March

Student Earns Scholarship to Study Abroad

Alumni Office Launches "Let's Do Lunch" Series


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Team Xavier (L-R) – consisting of Braxton Murray, Brianna Warren, and Laurance Walker, along with faculty advisor Dr. Syed Adeel Ahmed – took second place at the Culverhouse Leadership Diversity Competition at the University of Alabama. They will compete in the 2017 National Black MBA Association case competition in Philadelphia PA.


Xavier students share a moment backstage with educator/author/BET and VH1 host Dr. Marc Lamont Hill after his address as part of the University’s Black History Month Speaker Series.


Motivational speaker Shaun King addressed a standing-room-only crowd during his campus presentation, part of the University’s Black History Month Speakers Series.


Students interested in careers in forensic science or dentistry took advantage of the Office of Alumni’s new “Lunch with an Alumnus” series to get some tips from forensic odontologist Dr. Ernest Jackson ’75.

 The annual Youth Motivation Task Force Program (YMTF) hit campus SUNDAY with professionals from private business, public institutions, and government agencies eager to share their experiences with students. Some 33 of the 58 consultants are alumni. 


Dr. Fredrick Toca ’62 and Valencia Potter ’12 are congratulated by XU National Alumni President Dr. James Paschal ’57 and a pair of current students after they were awarded the 2017 UNCF-NAC Hall of Honor (Outstanding Alumni) and Outstanding Young Alumni honors for Xavier, respectively, during the 71st annual UNCF National Alumni Council Leadership Conference in Atlanta GA. (L-R) Terra Goldsby, Paschal, Toca, and Sharmaine Russ.

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Xavier students embrace the Office of Facility Planning and Management’s new and improved recycling program, which was unveiled last week.


Dr. Christoph Leonard, chair and professor for the TCSPP Clinical Psy.D program at XU, makes a presentation at one of his stops on his tour of Louisiana’s state colleges promoting the graduate program. Check out the program HERE.


U.S. Representative James E. (Jim) Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, shares a moment with Xavier seniors before delivering the keynote address during the University’s annual Black History Month Convocation.

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Xavier students – including members of several athletic teams, sororities, and fraternities – helped homeowners to clear debris from their properties ravaged by an EF3 tornado in New Orleans East four days after the storm.

Alfred Williams, Xavier Head Men’s Basketball Coach said though the team is well into the basketball season, it became a priority to help out once he heard the news and saw the devastation. [-more-]


“Who can explain how supply and demand works?” asked Randy Caldwell to a classroom full of fourth graders at Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep in uptown New Orleans. The majority of the students raised their hands with excitement hoping Caldwell would call on them.

Caldwell, a sophomore majoring in finance, was one of 23 Xavier University of Louisiana students who recently participated in a service learning project where they devoted four hours of their time teaching third through eighth graders about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. [-more-]


On a beautiful and bright Sunday afternoon, chants of, ‘tell me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!’ echoed across Xavier University of Louisiana’s campus.

Students, faculty and staff participated in a protest march called ‘We the People,’ spearheaded by the Muslim Student Association (MSA), to voice their displeasure for President Donald Trump’s executive order banning all immigrants, refugees, and visitors mainly from Middle Eastern countries entry into the United States for 90 days. [-more-]


By the time Xavier sophomore Serena Newberry – one of four finalists for the prestigious Luard Morse Scholarship – finished telling the award committee about the non-profit organization she started at the age of eight, her academic accomplishments, and her ability to speak Chinese fluently as well as play the piano and flute, they were more than convinced she was deserving of the award.

The scholarship, sponsored by the English-Speaking Union of the United States, provides up to $25,000 towards a semester of study at an English University. Eligible students include sophomores in any discipline attending UNCF institutions, Hampton and Howard Universities, or other HBCU’s.  [-more-]



Alumni are invited to participate in the Office of Alumni Relation’s new monthly outreach program, which is designed to give graduates an opportunity to visit the campus and to get Xavier news directly from the source.

The next two events in the “Let’s Do Lunch” series are set for March 23 and April 20 in the University Center (Room 205). Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a speaker at noon.

Seating is limited. Interested alumni should call (504) 520-5189 to RSVP or to get more information.

The March program will feature Sr. Monica Loughlin discussing the University’s commitment to maintaining its identity as a Historically Black and Catholic institution. During the April program, Neda Alcorn, Associate Vice President of Student Services, will talk about how students are being prepared to live St. Katharine Drexel’s mission of leadership and service.

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* Ayanna Robertson, a junior mass communications major from New Orleans (Edna Karr High), placed first in the Ketchum Inc.’s Mindfire corporate marketing solutions competition. Her winning strategy called for a benefit concert to promote a transportation start-up firm for an upcoming test demonstration for one of its projects.

* Michaela Crawford, a freshman chemistry/premed major from Vestavia Hills AL (Vestavia Hills High), has been accepted into the SouthMed Prep Scholars Program at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for summer 2018.

* Christine Smith, a senior sociology major from Fairfield CA (Armijo High), has been accepted into the Master of Public Health program at the University of California-Berkeley.

* Team Xavier – consisting of junior business major Braxton Murray of New Orleans (St. Augustine High), junior public health major/business minor Brianna Warren of South Bend IN (Washington High), and sophomore public health major/business minor Laurance Walker of Woodridge VA (Woodridge High), along with faculty advisor Dr. Syed Adeel Ahmed (business) – took second place at the Culverhouse Leadership Diversity Competition at the University of Alabama. Warren also won an individual award for Best Presenter. The team was awarded $3,000 and earned a spot in the 2017 National Black MBA Association case competition in Philadelphia PA.


* Dr. Otis Gowdy Jr. ‘95 has been named Chief of Staff for the Anderson Regional Hospital System in Meridian MS, where he will serve as a intermediary between physicians and hospital administators. He has served at the hospital for 11 years in internal medicine with a specialty in nephrology.

* Larissa Littleton-Steib ’94 has been named chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College. She previously served as vice chancellor for workforce development and technical education at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. She also holds a doctorate from Jackson State University.

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