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Baylor, XULA Announce Student Exchange Program
40 Under 40 Alumni Awards Announced
University Honors Long-Time Employees
Alumni Corner: Why I Give
AGB, Kresge Grant To Support XU, HBCUs
Alumni Golf Tournament

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Newcomer Jalen David scored 17 points to lead NAIA No. 25 Xavier to a season-opening 66-44 men's basketball victory against Carver College of Atlanta.

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Schott Foundation for Public Education President/CEO Dr. John H. Jackson ’94 is flanked by Xavier students – (L-R) Tyler Francis, Gabrielle Felecia, Omar Mahmoud, Mara Scott, Vy Nguyen, Terri Frazier, and Terry Hervery – prior to his keynote address at the Annual Founder’s Day celebration.


Cross Country teams repeated as conference champs and qualified for the NAIA Nationals.


Volleyball celebrates its 6th consecutive regular season title.


P1 pharmacy students Sabrina Bui and Ana Rodarte delight in their new Apple iPads, the use of which will allow faculty to better assess students’ learning outcomes and to help prepare students to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

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Students participate in the annual Pink Day (Breast Cancer Awareness) events on campus.

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A few of the 61 students who studied abroad last year sport the latest in academic fashion: (front row, L-R) Tamika Ross, China; Serena Newberry, China; Areion Phipps, Italy; Arielle Crook, Haiti/Costa Rica; and  Kia Stern, Peru; (back row) Angel Griffin, France; Aria Washing, France; Michaela Wiseman, Costa Rica; and Asharee Peters, Mexico.


(L-R) Kayla Strong, Jasmine Merlette, Nkemdi Agwaramgbo, Kelsey Green, and Kayln Jones wait outside the WLAE-TV production studio prior to recording commercial spots promoting Xavier Open House and campus tours, and a Christmas greeting.


Xavier students huddle offstage with Black Lives Matter Symposium keynote speaker Dr. Calvin Mackie of STEM NOLA. (L-R) Allana Barefield, Mackie, Jasmine Merlette (Miss Xavier), and Kendall Lawson.


A large contingent of faculty, staff and students join in on the highlight of every campus Wellness Week: the mile-long Walk with the President, headed by Dr. C. Reynold Verret.

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XU President Dr. Reynold Verret meets and greets during the University’s Night Out Against Crime event held in neighboring Gert Town.


Two employees with 40 years of service to Xavier – Dr. Warren Ray and Sherida Montague, both of the Chemistry Department – are congratulated by XU President Dr. Reynold Verret during a special reception held in conjunction with the annual Founder’s Day celebration. A total of 85 long-time staff and faculty were recognized.


(L-R) XU President Dr. Reynold Verret congratulates the winners of the Dr. Norman C. Francis Staff Excellence Awards Program – (L-R) Yamlak Tsega (technology administration) for performance, Dianne Encalade (English) for service, and Janice Florent (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) for leadership – during the annual Founder’s Day convocation.

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AGB, Kresge Grant To Support
Xavier, HBCU Business Models

Xavier is one of four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) chosen by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) to benefit from a $1 million Kresge Foundation grant to support review and update its business-modeling processes.

Through its auxiliary entity, AGB Institutional Strategies, Xavier and three other HBCU institutions will participate in a comprehensive consulting project that will focus on building new business models with an emphasis on revenue growth and diversification. The services are geared toward allowing each institution to consider key growth strategies that align with the future trends of higher education. Each institution will also participate in AGB’s Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents.

”HBCUs play an outsized role in enrolling and graduating low-income, African-American and first-generation students,” said William F.L. Moses, Kresge Foundation’s managing director for its education program. “We want to strengthen these institutions and help them identify new revenue streams, so they can serve their missions well for years to come.”

Other institutions selected to participate in the revenue growth and diversification project include: Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC), Florida Memorial University (Miami Lakes, FL), and Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO).

“We are grateful to the Kresge Foundation and AGB for their support,” said XU President Dr. C. Reynold Verret. “Xavier has committed itself to working to expand our educational offerings and enrollment footprint, to generate additional revenue from available resources, and to modernize administrative structures. We are confident that services provided through this grant will help us examine valid opportunities with due diligence and high standards, and allow us to venture into new domains within the content of our mission and purpose.”










XU President Dr. C. Reynold Verret and Baylor University President Dr. David E. Garland shake hands after signing an agreement creating a new domestic exchange program that will expand educational and cultural opportunities for students at both universities.


Baylor University and Xavier announced the creation of a domestic exchange program that will expand educational and cultural opportunities for students at both universities.

The purpose of the student exchange program is to coordinate efforts to introduce students to new environments that create an awareness of different institutional and cultural perspectives. The Baylor/Xavier University Exchange Program is the first domestic student exchange program for Baylor and will begin spring 2017. Xavier has a similar program already in place with New York University.

Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland, Ph.D., and Xavier University President C. Reynold Verret, Ph.D., signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony Oct. 20 in the University Center Room at Xavier University.

“We are excited about the opportunities that the Baylor/Xavier University Exchange Program will provide for our students. The Baylor/Xavier exchange extends the transformational education offered at Baylor by introducing students to compelling scholarship from new faculty, inspiring informed engagement within one of the world’s most exciting cities and stimulating cross-cultural exchange with students who wish to learn about each partner institution,” Garland said. “We look forward to welcoming Xavier University students into the Baylor Family.”

“Such a student exchange enlarges opportunity for Xavier and Baylor students to study and learn in a new and different environment at no additional cost, and also to learn from each other.  It also makes available courses that may not be offered at the home institution,” said Verret.

“Moreover, for our students, it allows them to explore post-graduate programs offered at partner institutions. It expands horizons” he added.




Xavier "Homecoming Magic" Video (click here)


For Baylor students, the program provides access to New Orleans’ diverse culture and rich history and the impressive faculty found at another Christian institution with 101 years of history. For Xavier students, the program will provide exposure to Baylor’s unique identity as a Christian higher education institution with a 171-year history, world-renowned research faculty and access to museums, activities and events in Waco, Austin and Dallas.

As part of the program, students from each university will be invited to join in campus organization meetings and activities while they explore their respective cities.

For more information about the Baylor/Xavier Student Exchange Program, call the XU Center for Intercultural and International Programs (CIIP) at 520-5491. 


Xavier is pleased to announce its 2016 Class of 40 Under 40 Young Alumni Awardees. These recipients, who were selected from among more than 150 nominations, have demonstrated significant accomplishments before the age of 40 in the arts, entertainment, healthcare, sciences, education, law, business, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, public service or government.

“Xavier alumni have always excelled in their chosen professions, but the number of alumni 40 and under that are making significant contributions to their career field and the community is awe-inspiring said Kimberly Reese ‘95, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations/Annual Giving. “This celebration gives the University an opportunity to highlight its rising stars.”

Click HERE for this Year's Honorees

Xavier created the 40 Under 40 program in 2014 to identify and engage high-achieving younger alumni who are well positioned to serve as advocates and ambassadors for the university, and who have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with the university. The selection committee included a panel of alumni, university personnel and industry leaders.

The 2016 Awards Gala is set for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the University Center Ballroom.


Eighty-five long-time faculty and staff members were honored as part of Xavier's  annual Founder’s Day celebration.

Topping the list of honorees celebrating anniversaries of their employment at XU were Sherida Montague and Dr. Warren Ray, both of the Chemistry Department, with 40 years of service each.

Other employees honored included:

35 years – Jacqueline Ballansaw (education), Willie Caffey Jr. (biology), Dr. David Lanoue (English), and Sr. Mary Ann Stachow S.B.S. (theology).

30 years – Dr. Charles Gramlich (psychology).

25 years – Dr. Gurdial Arora (mathematics), Adrienne Hunter (physics), Irving Johnson III (institutional advancement), Gilda Knight (registrar), Dr. Phillip Linden Jr., (theology), Dr. Tarun Mandal (pharmacy), Dr. Peter Martinat (biology), Lisa McClain (campus ministry), Dr. Yashoda Pramar (pharmacy), Dr. Jonathan Rotondo-McCord (history), and Cynthie Vincent (physical plant).

20 years – William Bostick (internal audit), Mary George (library), Dr. Tammy Hart (pharmacy), Jacqulin Joe (pharmacy), Palani Ponnapakkam (technology administration), Kimberly Reese (institutional advancement), and Barbara Sanders (library).

15 years – Shane Bruno (student academic success), Judy Bracy (housing), Ricardo Green (central plant), Dr. Michael Homan (theology), Cedric Keys (counseling and wellness), Katheryn Laborde (English), Peng Ma (chemistry), Dr. Kathleen Morgan (chemistry), Richard Sanchez (housing), Kendal Smith (campus activities), Kermit Smith (recreational sports), Isabella Thompson (board relations), and Qiang Zhang (chemistry).

10 Years – Cornelia Alexis (fiscal), Jean Baker (pharmacy), Latonya Baptiste (fiscal), Tanya Barra-Dukes (admissions), Dr. Peter Barrett (biology), Dr. Bryan Bilyeu (chemistry), Debrad Bissant (registrar), Stacey Brown (university police), Wanda Canty-Lewis (fiscal), Edward Cassiere (athletics), Olivia Crum (CAT), Sabrina Davenport (university police), Dr. Wilfred Delphin (music), Dr. Ronald Durnford (institutional research0, Dr. Christopher Faircloth (sociology), Bridget Ferrouillet (physical plant), Lisa Harrell (fiscal), Ireon Jackson (facility planning), Karen Jackson (housing), Billy James (university police), Kuiana James (fiscal), Karl Jenkins (central plant), Worell Johnson (institutional advancement), Conchita LaFrance (admissions), Cheryl Martin (fiscal), Betty McCormick (fiscal), Sheree Miller (fiscal), Virginia Pellerin (health services), Jessica Phillips (student leadership), Shambra Poole (university police), Sasiprabha Rajasekaran (biology), Dr. Kristi Rapp (pharmacy), Trenell Richardson (fiscal), Dr. Lourdes Rincon (theology), Carolyn Robinson (fiscal), Kaye Rolland (institutional advancement), Rebecca Sanchez (registrar), Latoya Sanders (technology administration), Kelley Simmons (fiscal), Sylvia Simpson (housing), Dwayne Sturgent (physical plant), Andree Summers (academic affairs), Nicole Summers (institutional advancement), Dr. Robin Vander (English), Theresa Walker (human resources), Stephanie Wiebke (pharmacy), and Tonia Williams-Horton (pharmacy).



* Alexander Athanase, a senior biology major from St. Thomas VI (St. Peter and Paul High), has been accepted into University of Medicine and Health Sciences-St. Kitts.

* Alayna Freeman, a senior chemistry/premed major from Peachtree City GA (McIntosh High), has been accepted into Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus.

* David Le, a biology/premed major from New Orleans (Benjamin Franklin High), has been accepted into Tulane University School of Medicine (Early Acceptance Program).

* Kyshari McCullough, a senior chemistry/premed major from Naperville IL (Naperville Central High), has been accepted into the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.


* Dr. Miller W. Boyd, III '98 participated on a panel discussion about Kansas/Missouri Civil War history at the the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University.

* Ashley Bridges ’09, a third grade teacher at Greensboro Elementary School in Greene County GA, was named her school’s Teacher of the Year. Since graduating from XU, she has earned an Educational Specialist in Educational Technology from Walden University and is currently completing an add-on in media specialist at the University of West Georgia.

* Dr. Draion M. Burch ’01, CEO of Medical Moguls LLC and founder/chief medical advisor of, has published a book, From Medicine to Mogul: 7 Steps to 7 Figures, in which he he shares the wisdom passed on to him by his mom and grandmother and those things helped him thrive in life.

* Dr. L’Issa L. Gates '03, a pediatric physician at Ochsner Westside in Marrero LA, has been named a 2016 National Role Model by Minority Access, Inc., for her extraordinary contributions to the healing sciences and unwavering commitment to community service.

*Rhaoul Guillaume, Sr. ’71, president of GOTECH, Inc., a civil engineering firm headquartered in Baton Rouge LA, was presented the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Lifetime Achievement Award by the organization’s Louisiana chapter. He also received a similar award from the Barton Rouge chapter.

* Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry ’94, chief toxicologist of NKM Environmental Health Sciences, appeared on the CBS Emmy award winning show, The Doctors. She was also invited to the White House for a conference focused on STEM Education for Youth of Color.

*Otis Washington’61, former football coach at St. Augustine High School, will be inducted into the Southern University Athletic Club's Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 04.


* Dr. Kimberly Chandler (communication studies) will debut her one-woman show, “Confessions of an exSuperwoman,“ at the Valiant Theatre and Lounge in Arabi LA Nov. 04-05. Visit HERE for more information.

* Dr. Biljana Obradović (English) has had her anthology, Cat Painters: Contemporary Serbian Anthology, published by Dialogos Press. Edited by Obradovic and Dubravka Djuric, with a preface by Charles Bernstein, the book includes 71 poets translated by 30 translators.

* Dr. Tao Yang (Confucius Institute) has joined the staff as the new associate/Chinese director. He replaces Dr. Rongyao Wen, who is returning to Hebei University.

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    Dr. Otis Gowdy, Jr. '95

Physician, Nephrology Specialist (kidney diseases, dialysis patient care) in Meridian MS.

Married to Kelley Christian Gowdy (11 years) with two children: Bentley (5) and Berkley (2).

President of the XULA Meridian Alumni Chapter.  

I give because Xavier University means a lot to me as the institution where I started my higher education! I still remember how excited I was when I got my acceptance letter and scholarship award. Still seems like it was yesterday, however, that was 26 years ago.

The whole time I was at Xavier I was inspired by its history and vision of St. Katherine Drexel, the distinguished name of the university, and the alumni. I felt motivated from the faculty and I was especially influenced by all the talented students on campus. Everybody seem to be there to do great things in life.

Those experiences really left an impression on me as a young person aspiring to get a degree. I want to be a part of keeping that wonderful Xavier educational atmosphere thriving. That is why I give. I realize that others gave back to help me get to Xavier, and now I give.

It is not how much you give back to Xavier. It is just so vital that you give. No matter the amount, give! I started getting in the habit of giving back right after graduating from Xavier. And I questioned if I was making a difference with my minimal pledge. It was the giving that made a difference in me because I knew I had an awesome education at the greatest university there is and now I had to give back.

Universities are ranked based on the percentage of alumni giving. Alumni need to remember Xavier now more than ever. A strong school ranking makes the Xavier University degree more powerful and highly recognized.


Xavier will hold its 2nd Annual Alumni Golf Challenge Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Joseph M. Bartholomew Sr. Municipal Golf Course, 6514 Congress Drive.

The Challenge is open to the public. Pre-registration is $100. Register online at or call 504 520-6795. Registration on site, which begins at 7:00 a.m., is $125. The tournament’s Shotgun Start will be at 8:00 a.m.

The Alumni Golf Challenge is the latest event to be added to the university’s homecoming line-up and will draw esteemed and successful Xavier alumni, golf legends, and business professionals.

This fundraiser serves as a way for alumni and friends to celebrate Xavier pride while raising money to support current and prospective students. Funds raised will allow Xavier to award student scholarships, develop more dynamic educational programs, and continue producing high-quality graduates.

The event is sponsored by Atlanta Consulting Group.

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