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Volume 11 – Fall 2010 PIG MANIA: Members of the Class of 2014 – (from left) Khylin Patton, Kaila Harris, Yves Young, Briston Hines, Nadia Turner and Montrelle Joseph – show off their Gold Rush piggy banks, the icon for the new voluntary student-giving initiative. Students are encouraged to fill the banks with their spare change, with monies collected to be used to support programs and activities selected by the freshman class. A publication for parents, students and prospective students of Xavier University of Louisiana New Freshman Scholars Ahead of Their Class Contrary to conventional wisdom it’s NOT necessarily always best to start at the beginning – especially when there are numerous opportunities to get ahead of the class. And that’s been the successful philosophy of a growing number of Xavier freshman scholars who have seized the day and gotten their college careers off to a fast start. Case in point: biology/pre-med majors Antonio Roberts of Alexandria LA (Peabody Magnet High School), Sharon Ogidan of Arlington TX (Texas Leadership Academy) and Desmond Stewart of Louisville KY (DuPont Manuel High School); and chemistry/pre-med major Wyndy Bailey of Fayetteville GA (Fayette County High School). These students are representative of a new breed of high school graduates who started earning degree-credit hours long before they stepped foot on campus. In the case of these scholars, all four entered XU with at least 29 college degree credits already banked toward their respective curriculum requirements, making them sophomores and juniors in academic standing. Roberts had already garnered 30 hours of college credit before he arrived in New Orleans in July of this year. And he’s up to 33 hours now, thanks to an additional three hours he earned through XU’s chemistry-based Howard Roberts Hughes Biomedical Summer program. Course-wise that officially makes him a sophomore. Roberts, who is attending XU on full academic scholarship, amassed his hours in the traditional way – concurrently enrolling at LSU-Alexandria while still in high school, mostly in English, math and history courses. He picked up an additional three hours at the biologybased Howard Hughes summer program at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Although his high school actively encouraged him. Roberts said he embraced the ON THEIR WAY: First-year College of Pharmacy students Justin Brown of Hampton VA (Hampton High) and Porscha Showers of Pontchatoula LA (Pontchatoula High) sign their professional oaths at the 9th annual White Coat Ceremony, during which the neophyte students received their first professional uniform - the white jacket - symbolizing ethical practice and signifying the beginning of their professional pharmacy educations. 150 students participated in the traditional event. extra academic load because he knew it would help him down the line, while admitting it took some balancing of family obligations and extracurricular interests. continued on page 2

Eye on Xavier _ Fall 2010

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