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WELCOME HOME: Harry Johnson, Sr. ’77, a career attorney who served as President and CEO of the Washington DC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, visits with seniors (L-R) Mia Holmes, a biology/premed major from New Orleans (Ben Franklin High); Ariel Johnson, a mass communication major from Baton Rouge LA (Baton Rouge Magnet); Maya Jones, a mass communication major from New Orleans (Plano West High-Plano TX); and Dudley Grady, a mass communication major from New Orleans (Science & Math High); after delivering the keynote address at Xavier’s annual Black History Month Convocation. Volume 15 – Spring 2012 EYE ON Did you know? − A total of 633 student scholars made the Dean's List during the 2011 fall semester. 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. A publication for parents, students and prospective students of Xavier University of Louisiana Athlete Takes His Skills to Medical School − One hundred and fifty student XU scholars will appear in the 2012 edition of Who’s Who In a ninth-grade biology class at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Jamaan Kenner made a discovery. He wanted to attend medical school. outstanding campus leaders. "It was my first biology class. It was a collegelevel class," said Kenner, a 6-foot-4 senior guard on the Xavier men’s basketball team. "We were studying the body. I was intrigued.“ Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an annual chronicle of the nation’s − A group of students in the Division of Business’ Sales for Social Impact class – Derrick Bradley, a third-year pharmacy student from Ringgold LA (Ringgold High); Venus Black, a senior sociology/marketing major from Bloomington IL (Bloomington High); Herstyn Jones, a senior marketing major from Shreveport LA (Caddo Magnet) and Derek Williams, a senior biology major from Bangor MI (Benton Harbor High) – presented a business and feasibility plan to market an innovative product designed to create clean water in underdeveloped countries before executives of the 3M Company in December. − The Division of Education has received national accreditation of its Educator Preparation Program by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation was also approved by the State of Louisiana. continued on page 2 Eight years later his journey continues. Kenner, a biology/pre-medical major, has been accepted to the School of Medicine of LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. Three other applications are pending, but it’s nice to have one in the bag. Kenner is a starter for the Gold Rush –a defensive and 3-point-shooting specialist – and has helped Xavier to a 23-8 record and a No. 18 ranking in the NAIA Division I coaches poll. With one semester to complete, his cumulative grade-point average at Xavier is 3.62. No doubt about it – these are good times for Kenner. He’s earned them. through a strenuous curriculum at a tough university to prepare for medical school. But he has displayed the character, the work ethic and the discipline to do both. And he’s just as good a person as he is a student and a basketball player." "When I think of Jamaan, I think of sacrifice," XU head coach Dannton Jackson said. "Jamaan has been playing college basketball and going As a child Kenner pursued good grades "because I was scared of getting in trouble with my dad." But as he got older, his rationale changed. He Jamaan Kenner continued on page 2

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