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THIS MONTH AT XAVIER (TMAX) - MAY 2017

VOLUME 48 ISSUE 05

Researchers Demonstrate Cancer-killing "Cocktail"

Zippia Rates XU as Best La. College for Getting a Job

Congressman Richmond to Address 2017 Grads

New Certificate Programs Announced

Students Awarded Creative Writing Scholarships

Xavier Partners Abroad

For XU Business Professor, the Numbers Don't Lie

Xavierites

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- THE MONTH IN PICTURES -

track

The Gold Nuggets, with 20-of-24 athletes scoring, won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's outdoor track and field championship at Tad Gormley Stadium for the fourth time in five years. Visit HERE for details.

business

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Louisiana and the Xavier Division of Business hosted 11 international visitors from the Near East and North Africa.

smithsonian

Students soak up some history at the Library Resource Center’s Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863 and the March on Washington 1963.” The exhibit will be on display through May 02. 

china trip 

15 Xavier students gather around their team leader Prof. Haiyan Wang in preparation for their two week May 2017 Xavier University Study Abroad in China trip, an all China expenses covered learning journey.

scholarship

Student scholarship awardees and the generous benefactors who made those awards possible shared a light lunch together on campus at the Office of Institutional Advancement’s first Scholarship Luncheon.

festival

T
he Center for Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity’s Annual Festival of Scholars afforded students the opportunity to present their on-going research projects to the public. 

earthday

Xavier students, faculty, and staff celebrated Earth Day by adding a new tree to the campus landscape. 

numbers 

Xavier played host to “Truth Behind the Numbers”, a community forum focused on the opioid epidemic in New Orleans which featuring experts from XU, the American Association of Addiction Centers, and Townsend.

chinese bridge

Xavier's Serena Newberry (second from left), who took third place at the U.S. Southern "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students April 23, poses with (L to R) Zhijuan Song (Audubon Charter School Teacher), Audubon student Ava Wilkes (Secondary Students Competition awardee), Dr. Long Jie (Head Education Consul of China's Consulate General from Houston); and Yina Zhang (Xavier's Chinese instructor).

historical

Louisiana's first-ever international Chinese HSK/YCT language tests were held at on campus Xavier April 22-23 and three Xavier students participated. (L-R) Ajene Johnson, Whitney Roth, and Dillon Guillory, with Dr. Haiyan Wang.

shuba

XU Professor of Biology Dr. Shubha Ireland and student researchers in Xavier University of Louisiana laboratory where they have demonstrated through extensive experimentation that a “super cocktail” derived from fruits, herbs, and vegetables by Dr. Madhwa Raj of the LSU Health Sciences Center has the ability to kill cancer cells without harming normal cells. 

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XU ReSEARCHERS DEMONSTRATE CANCER-KILLING "COCKTAIL"

The latest findings in an on-going study conducted by Professor of Biology Dr. Shubha Ireland and student researchers in Xavier laboratories demonstrate that a newly developed 'super cocktail' of six phytochemicals derived from fruits, herbs, and vegetables has the ability to kill cancer cells without harming normal cells.

The research is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Madhwa HG Raj of the LSU Health Sciences Center and Dr. Shailaja Raj, MD of the Protegene Corporation. [-more-]

ZIPPIA SITE RATES XU AS BEST LA. COLLEGE FOR GETTING A JOB

Xavier is the best college in Louisiana for getting a job.

That’s the finding the of Zippia – a new website dedicated to helping recent grads with their career choices – which ranked Xavier #1 in the Louisiana based on a study of job placement rates at year 10 after students graduated. The site listed the top schools in each of the 50 states. The results are available HERE[-more-]

CONGRESSMAN RICHMOND TO ADDRESS 2017 GRADUATES

U.S. Congressman Cedric L. Richmond, chair of Congressional Black Caucus, will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 89th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the University’s Convocation Center.

Richmond, who is expected to address some 550 undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional students and their families, will also be awarded an honorary degree.

The University’s annual College of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass/Honors Convocation will be held the preceding day, Friday (May 12), at noon and 5:00 p.m., respectively, in the Convocation Center. [-more-]

summer sessions

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED 

The Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Learning has announced two new certificate programs in entrepreneurship and health communications.

The entrepreneurship program, which is designed to provide adult learners with the knowledge and necessary skills to operate a successful small business, requires 15 hours of course credit for completion.
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The health communication program, which is designed to help prepare adult learners for careers in which they communicate promotional health information, such as in public health campaigns, health education, and between doctor and patients about medical treatment, healthy lifestyle choices, disease prevention, and other related health topics, requires 12 hours of course credit for completion. [-more-]

STUDENTS AWARDED CREATIVE WRITING SCHOLARSHIPS

Three students have been awarded $13,333 scholarships to study creative writing during the 2017-18 academic year through a grant funded by the Truman Capote Foundation Trust.

The monetary awards, divided over two semesters, are designed to encourage talented writers to develop their writing skills at Xavier, the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to offer a creative writing minor. The scholarship winners were selected via a competitive process. [-more-]

summer programs

XAVIER PARTNERS ABROAD

It is official. Xavier has partnered with the University of Antillés (Guadeloupe and Martinique). Talks, initiated in the fall of 2015 by the French Consulate of New Orleans, have come to fruition sealing an academic collaboration with Xavier’s faculty and students. [-more-]

FOR XU BUSINESS PROFESSOR, THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE

According to Dr. Cary Caro, assistant professor of management, there has been a revenue explosion in college sports, particularly Division I Football Championship athletics over the last 10 to 15 years. He has unadulterated data to substantiate his claim. His findings has landed him a seat at the table of some of the country’s best and leading publications in the country – The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and a network of websites that focus mainly on college football and basketball recruiting in the US called Rivals Recruiting. [-more-]

XAVIERITES

Students

* Candace Hopgood, a P4 pharmacy student from Bloomington IL (Normal Community West High), was successfully matched for residency at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie LA via the competitive Post March Process.

*Four students have been awarded grants through the Minority Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT) for international research training this summer. Selected students and their respective destinations are: Jordan Anderson, a junior chemistry/premed major from New Orleans (Bro. Martin High), China; Arielle Crook, a junior biology/premed major from Marietta GA (Wright Prep), Cuba; Indigo Gill, a junior biology/premed major from Atlanta GA (ML King High), Ghana; and Deja Washington, a junior mathematics major/biology minor from Fairfax VA (Lake Central High), Ethiopia.

Alumni

* Alycia Boutté ’11, a second-year doctoral student in the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, has been awarded a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She will use her supplement to examine the psychosocial and nutritional built environment's influences on diet quality in pregnancy as part of an on-going NIH-funded project studying health in pregnancy and postpartum.
* Jessica Dandridge '12, program and outreach coordinator of the REC Democracy Project, made a presentation, "Power and Illumination: Seeking Environmental Justice for Rural America", at Xavier’s Across Curriculum Thinking (ACT) Brown Bag series.

*Dr. L'Issa Gates '03, a pediatric specialist at Ochsner Westside in Marrero LA, has been inducted into the Tulane University Chapter of Mortar Board National Honor Society for outstanding community service, leadership and scholastic attainment.   

* Brandi Harris ’02, a licensed optician at Costco Wholesale in New Orleans, has been accepted into the Master of Public Policy program with the concentration of Health Policy at American University in Washington D.C. for the fall 2017.

* Dr. Karl Pryor, Jr. ’98 has written two young adult novels – Elemental Brothers and The Stream of Life – in which he chronicles the adventures of two fictional African-American boys as they discover the cultural and historical contributions of African nations. The first, now available HERE via Amazon.com, is set in East Africa, while the second will visit outer space.

* Dr. Sherrika Sanders ’98, Director of R&D at Authentix, Inc. – where she designs proprietary chemical markers which helps return millions of dollars to nations experiencing fuel theft and counterfeiting – was named to DallasInnovates.com’s list of Dallas’ “Hidden Women”. The 10 selectees are all minority women in STEM careers who were honored for their work by the DFW chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

* Two alums – Dr. Brock Mobley ‘03 and Dr. Christy Valentine ’96 – were elected to the Board of the Directors for the Student National Medical Association Board of Directors at the organization’s annual conference. They join Dr. Myiesha Taylor ’96, who was been serving on the board since last April. 

Faculty/Staff

* Dr. Regina Benjamin ’79 (NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences) has been named to the Board of Directors of Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc., the nation's largest independent specialty pharmacy.

* Dr. Nicole P. Greene (Kellogg Professor of English) published an article in the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (39.2): "Demystifying and Resituating the Somerville and Ross Writing Partnership, 1889-1915."

* Dr. David Lanoue (RosaMary professor of English) was the keynote speaker at the national Haiku Society of America meeting, held on St. Simon's Island GA.

* Kristina Medley (Admissions) represented the University on U.S. News & World Report’s Facebook Live Q&A session about college admissions.

* Dr. Biljana Obradovic (English) has been much in demand, reading from her poetry (including her new collection Incognito) at the University of New Orleans’s Poetry Workshop, at Dillard University, at the Maple Leaf Bar, and at the Louisiana State Library’s celebration of National Poetry Month. She was also interviewed by Susan Larson on WWNO's Reading Life program and by the California University State-Fresno literary journal.

Xavier Review Editor Ralph Adamo (English) along with three former Xavier Review editors, Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Professor Emeritus), Richard Collins (Chief Academic Officer NOCCA), and Nicole Greene (Kellogg Professor of English) discussed 35 Years of Xavier Review at the New Orleans Poetry Festival. Adamo and Dr. Biljana Obradovic also read from their poetry at the event. 

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