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Xavier University of Louisiana 1 Drexel Drive New Orleans LA 70125 STEM Teaching Force Non-Profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID New Orleans, La. Permit No. 387 continued from page 2 Volume 20 | Spring 2014 A publication for prospective students of Xavier University of Louisiana, their parents, and High School counselors trained to work with students in urban high needs schools and districts, highly knowledgeable in STEM content areas, and culturally sensitive to special needs of the inner-city community. “Xavier is delighted to have been selected to join this elite group of organizations and foundations committed to training 100,000 STEM teachers over the next ten years,” said Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “STEM literacy and the importance of ensuring that our nation is fully prepared to address the current STEM teacher shortage is a national priority and one that we at Xavier stand ready to address.” “We especially look forward to collaborating with the growing number of more than 150 partners currently in the network in order that we can share our own STEM successes while learning new and innovative practices and concepts that will help ensure America’s leadership in this critical area,” he said. More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students – not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools— must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. Xavier is one of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace. With 65 percent of its incoming freshmen focusing on a STEM discipline, XULA has perfected the model in successfully guiding and educating minority STEM students. Yves-Yvette Young, a senior psychology major from St. Paul MN, is congratulated by XU Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard after receiving a student community service award during the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration for her leadership role in the University’s MAX service program and numerous other activities. Did You Know? Chinedu Echebelem, a junior chemistry/ premed major from Dallas TX (Duncanville High School), was named a 2013 DaktronicsNAIA Scholar-Athlete. One of the catalysts behind the Gold Nuggets volleyball team’s three-year unbeaten streak in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, she was the only athlete from the GCAC among the 391 national recipients. To be considered for the award, scholar-athletes must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Catherine Fakler, a junior English education major from Phoenix AZ (Xavier College Prep) was selected Runner of the Year on the 2013 All-Louisiana women’s cross country team. She is the first female runner from a non-NCAA Division I school to receive the honor. Back in November she recorded FLYING HIGH: Zachary LA sophomore Morris Wright goes in for a fast-break shot against a trailing defender during the Gold Rush’s 62-54 win over rival Dillard in the annual Crosstown Classic, which drew nearly 3,000 fans to the XU Convocation Center. The men’s/women’s doubleheader was preceded by a free tailgate block party. For more information or to submit an online application for admission, please visit the Xavier website at Office of Admissions Phone: (504) 520-7388 Toll Free: 1 (877)-XAVIERU Fax: (504) 520-7941 Email: Xavier’s highest-ever finish (68th) at the NAIA National Championships. Jesslyn Magee, a junior biology/premed major from Corona CA (Centennial High) and a LS-LAMP (Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation) scholar, worked on a project with the LSU-Shreveport School of Medicine focusing on cortical thickness in the brain convexity in multiple sclerosis. She is currently working in the lab of Dr. KiTani Parker-Johnson (pharmacy) investigating pharmacological interventions to inhibit triple negative breast cancer cells. Erika McClain, a senior chemistry major from Jacksonville FL (Wolfson High) and a LS-LAMP (Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation) scholar, currently has two publications under review in the Journal of Undergraduate Research relating to her research focusing on the production of Cytochrome p450 suicide inhibitors under mentor Dr. Maryam Foorozesh (chemistry). Javon Mead, a McNair Scholar and senior accounting major from Gonzales LA (Baton Rouge High), has been invited to participate in the highly-competitive Accounting Diversity Consortium hosted by the Wake Forest University School of Business. Kaylan Rogers, a junior elementary education major from Rosenberg TX (Lamar Consolidated High), was named recipient of a Boyer Teacher Scholarship , which is awarded annually by the Ernest L. Boyer Center to undergraduates who have demonstrated their commitment to education and to emphasizing community and service. She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Two Engineering LS-LAMP Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation) scholars – Jamere Maxwell, a senior chemistry major from Baton Rouge LA (McKinley High), and Jami Blouin, now pursuing an advanced degree in engineering at the University of Miami – have filed a provisional patent on a new invention: the “Solar Powered Turbine Photobioreactor”, which acts to lower CO2 emissions while also growing algae for biofuel production. The team, under mentor Dr. Kristy Brumfield (biology), is currently seeking collaboration from other engineering programs in order to advance the work on this project. Psychology Major Receives MLK Service Award Yves-Yvette Young, a senior psychology major from St. Paul MN, was honored for her community service during the 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration. Young, whose passion for children and love of people has fueled her zeal for community service throughout her years at Xavier, was recognized for emulating the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and for embracing the Xavier’s mission of leadership and community service. Young’s penchant for involvement became obvious as early as her freshman year, her volunteer work with the Girl Scouts at Xavier and the Hunger Coalition earning her a reputation of “always going the extra mile.” The next year she served as Outreach Day Project Coordinator, organizing cultural enrichment and educational activities for youth 6–12 years. A MARC Scholar, she has served as a Peer Dean (orientation leader), XU Love freshman mentor, Orientation Community Service Chair, and on the MLK Week of Peace Committee. Embracing her passion to serve and capacity to lead, Young is now in her second year as co-chair of MAX (Mobilization at Xavier), keeping tabs on over 250 volunteers, 10 programs and 15 project coordinators. “I just try to lead by example,” she said. “Encouraging others and showing the way to keep the Xavier tradition, and my purpose, growing strong. Xavier Named Partner in 100Kin10 National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force Xavier has been accepted as a partner in 100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. Xavier is the only university in Louisiana and the only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) nationally in the collaboration. As part of its commitment to 100Kin10, Xavier will provide hands-on professional development for 225 STEM teachers (including elementary) through workshops and site-visits led by STEM professionals, with activities that are culturally sensitive to the community and students with special needs. In addition, the University will also prepare 110 teachers (50% will be elementary) who will be continued on page 6

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