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EASY PIECES Alum Terrance Osborne Joins XU Jazz Festival Poster Creators
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PRESIDENTâ€™S MESSAGE Summer 2012 Dear Xavier Alumni & Friends There is a great deal of excitement taking place on the Xavier University campus as evidenced by this Summer 2012 issue of Xavier Gold. For our alumni and friends who live in or recently visited the city of New Orleans, you know first-hand the new campus construction projects that continue to transform the city skyline. These improvements and building upgrades have been well documented in recent months and we are pleased in this issue of Xavier Gold to share with you a reprint of a Times-Picayune article entitled Xavier University Building Boom. Our cover story features the accomplishments of Xavier art grad Terrance Osborne. I have always been personally impressed by the beauty of his work, the vibrancy of his selected colors, and the emotion of joy and happiness that are evoked in each of his paintings. As you will learn after reading the Osborne story, the Xavier campus will soon be featured in a very special painting that he is creating. The accomplishments, aspirations, and commitment of the current Xavier University students continue to make us all very proud. As you will see, Xavier led the nation in terms of undergraduate institutions who graduated AfricanAmerican students from medical school for 2011. This issue also looks back at our 2012 Commencement exercises. A special treat that we hope you enjoy are excerpts of the commencement address that was delivered by Ursula Burns, President and CEO of Xerox Corporation. Her words were insightful, timely, and truly inspiring. As is customary, we are pleased to include our annual Honor Roll of Donors which lists those alumni and friends who made a financial contribution during the 2011 calendar year. I assure you that our students, faculty, and staff are forever grateful for your generosity and belief in our educational mission. If you have not made a recent gift to the University, remember that all gifts are important regardless of the amount. Deserving students are depending on you. Finally, this issue of Xavier Gold documents many of the activities and events that alumni participated in during Reunion and Homecoming Week. These events continue to grow in popularity and I encourage everyone to plan to attend Homecoming 2012. We have included something for everyone; a complete schedule appears on the back cover. The future is bright for Xavier University of Louisiana and I fully expect the upcoming years to be as fruitful and exciting as this past year. With your unwavering support, commitment, and prayers, together we will continue to ensure that Xavier University remains a great institution.
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Norman C. Francis President
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XU Awarded a Confucius Institute Xavier officially became the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the nation and the first university in Louisiana to establish a Confucius Institute (CI) following a historic agreement signed in December 2011. Xavier’s CI is partnered with China’s Hebei University, the only comprehensive university in the Hebei Province and one of the first institutions in China to admit international students. The primary focus of the partnership is cultural-educational exploration through the disciplines of education, pharmacy, art, and music, as well as language instruction (Mandarin).
IT’S OFFICIAL: Dr. Loren Blanchard, XU Senior VP for Academic Affairs, and Madame Xu Lin, Director General for Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing (China), sign an agreement officially making Xavier the first HBCU in the U.S. and the first university in Louisiana to be awarded a Confucius Institute. A formal launch and grand opening will be held October 18.
Dr. Yu Jiang, who grew up in China’s Sichuan Province near Tibet and previously served as an assistant professor of Museum Studies at SUNO, has been chosen as the new director for the Institute.
University Adds Two New Majors Xavier has established two new undergraduate degree programs, both of which build upon the University’s strengths in the disciplines of communication and health sciences. The new majors, which will be offered for the first time this fall semester 2012, include the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (CMST) and the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences (PHS). Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier, said the new majors draw from Xavier’s strong liberal arts base and showcase the talents and expertise of the university faculty.
Xavier @ Essence: Representatives from the Admissions and Institutional Advancement offices teamed-up to staff a booth at the recent Essence Music Festival held in New Orleans. Hundreds of alumni and prospective students visited to learn more about the exciting developments taking place on the Xavier campus.
During 2011 student volunteers provided more than 30,000 hours of service in New Orleans and its surrounding communities through the Center for Student Leadership and Service in the Division of Student Services’ service-learning program and traditional community service programs. The dollar value of these services – which included tutoring, medication counseling, lessons in nutrition and exercise, gardening and planting, painting, rebuilding, implementing going green and environment awareness campaigns and initiatives, and working with the elderly – was more than $640,000 (using the 2010 Independent Sector valuation of $21.36 per hour). 3
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BP America Grant Supports Summer Programs BP America awarded Xavier a three-year, $750,000 grant to establish the BP STEM Summer Institute. The grant will allow the University to sustain and enhance its already existing pre-college “Star” programs – MathStar, BioStar, ChemStar – as well as the Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP) program, while also spurring development of a new summer program in computer science. In addition the grant will also fund ongoing university recruitment and retention efforts. Xavier has been offering summer programs that promote academic excellence by contributing to a solid foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses, as well as analytical reasoning and leadership, for more than 25 years.
Xavier SIFE Team Wins at USA Regional Competition Xavier’s business team was named a regional champion and Rookie of the Year at the SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) USA Regional Competition held in Dallas TX. Xavier is one of nearly 600 SIFE programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
BP STEM SUMMER INSTITUTE: Crystal Ashby (R), executive vice president of government and public affairs for BP America, addresses students participating in this year’s MathStar program, one of five components in the BP STEM Summer Institute. Looking on is Dr. Timothy Glaude, director of Xavier’s Star and SOAR programs.
During this academic year, the XU SIFE team organized three projects in the New Orleans community, including conducting the Team Academy Business Idea Competition; helping to operate the University’s student business incubator; and preparing a business plan to provide clean water to residents of Liberia and lesser developed countries.
Academic & Health Resource Center The former St. Joseph’s Residence Hall – unused since Hurricane Katrina – has been transformed into a new energy efficient St. Joseph Academic & Health Resource Center. The three-story building houses the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center, as well as the reading and writing labs and various other studentoriented offices.
Education Programs Address Teacher Shortage The XU Division of Education is offering new and established mathematics and sciences teachers in the Greater New Orleans Area and surrounding parishes a chance for professional growth, with the extra benefit of tuition scholarships and salary supplements. The new programs – the Noyce Teacher Fellows Program and the Master Fellows program –are housed in the University’s Mathematics and Science Teacher Institute (MSTI) and are designed to address the critical need for K-12 teachers in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the local school system.
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Catholic Charities USA presented Xavier a Centennial Medal in recognition of the University’s commitment to racial equality in higher education.
ROCK SOLID: Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Sr. ‘76, Associate Dean of Summer Initiatives and External Programs and the procession leader at all formal University events, proudly displays Xavier’s new ceremonial mace, which was introduced at the annual Black History Month Convocation.
Cur rent Event s, News and O t her Hap p enin g s at Xavi e r “As this nation’s only Historically Black Catholic University, Xavier exemplifies the critical role that access to education plays in eliminating poverty,” said Catholic Charities USA President and CEO Rev. Larry Snyder, upon presenting the award to XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “It is an honor to present this award to Xavier, not only in recognition of what it has contributed to our country in the past, but also for the difference in the lives of so many that it will continue to make far in the future.”
NAFEO Honors XU President XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis was honored by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) for his commitment to minority education and service to the community at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington DC. In honoring Francis, the longest serving college president in the United States (44 years), the organization announced the creation of the AT&TNAFEO Francis Fellows Award, a new needs-based, exemplary achievement, student grant.
Tennis Advances to National Tournament The men’s and women’s tennis teams won their respective NAIA unaffiliated group tournaments in 2012. Both the 8th ranked Gold Rush and the unranked Gold Nuggets earned automatic bids to the NAIA National Championships. It marked the fourth straight year of qualifying for the men, and the sixth time in eight seasons for the women. Loic Didavi, a junior business major from Cotonou, Benin, was named to the 2012 NAIA Men’s Tennis All-American first-team as well as the Louisiana Tennis Player of the Year. He was 25-6 in singles and 27-8 in doubles this past year, earning top-10 rankings in singles and doubles from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. LAST DANCE: Members of the Gold Nugget basketball team sport t-shirts commemorating the last night of intercollegiate basketball in The Barn. The Nuggets and Gold Rush made sure the venerable old building went out in style, sweeping the doubleheader from Tougaloo before a packed house. This fall Xavier teams will play in the new Convocation Academic Center.
Volleyball Wins Conference The women’s volleyball team put together an extremely successful season, winning both the regular season and tournament Gulf Coast Athletic Conference titles. The Nuggets finished 23-7 overall (10-0 in conference play). Moira Kirk, a freshman biology/pre-med major from Dallas TX, was named the conference Freshman of the Year and first-year head coach Christabell Hamilton was named conference CoCoach of the Year.
Runners Win Conference Titles Freshman siblings Kwame and Zahri Jackson of Kingwood TX won individual championships to lead the XU men’s and women’s teams to their respective sixth consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference cross country titles at the conference meet held in Clinton MS. In winning the team titles – the women by 34 points, the men by 41 – both earned automatic bids to the NAIA National Championships for the third time in four years. Coach Joseph Moses was selected GCAC Coach of the Year by his peers for the fifth time on the women’s side and the sixth time on the men’s.
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XU First in African American Medical Graduates
avier is first among the nation’s colleges and universities in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school, according to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Xavier had 60 African-American graduates earn medical degrees in 2011, the latest year for which complete data is available. Howard University was second with 43 graduates, followed by the University of Florida with 26. The statistics, which were published in the June 7 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine, are not altogether surprising, since for the past three decades Xavier has been one of the nation’s leaders in preparing and sending graduates to medical and professional schools. In fact, Xavier was No. 1 in the nation in placing African Americans for 15 straight years before an enrollment drop due to the six-month closure of the school following Hurricane Katrina curtailed its numbers. Even still, in 2011 the University sent 68 students into medical school according to AAMC data, second only to much larger Howard University. Nor is it surprising in light of some recent grants Xavier has received designed to help the university continue, build upon, and share with other colleges and universities the programs and practices that have helped build it into a powerhouse of science education. Earlier this year The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced that Xavier was one of 47 U.S. colleges and universities selected to participate in a $50 million initiative that will enable the school to create more engaging science
classes, bring real-world research experiences to students, and increase the diversity of students who study science. Identified as one of the best universities in the nation at producing graduates who go on to science careers, Xavier was given a Capstone Award of $1 million. Capstone recipients are charged with assessing which elements of their various approaches to science education have been successful and why, thus establishing a leadership role for these schools. Xavier’s undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program was also recognized with a $500,000 grant from UNCF/Merck Science Initiative. As the only recipient of this grant, Xavier was able to demonstrate the strength of its STEM program and stand out in the competitive selection process.
“Xavier has achieved a national reputation for excellence in placing the most African American students in medical schools and graduating the most African American biologists, chemists, and physicists, in addition to an impressive number of African Americans completing PhDs in science and engineering. Going forward we intend to build upon that success.” —XU President Norman C. Francis
African American Medical School Graduates by Undergraduate Institutions, 2011
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ALL HANDS ON DECK: Newly graduated Xavier physicians and current medical students muster at the University of Rochester School of Medicine’s 2012 Commencement, during which U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin ’79 (back row, center) was awarded an honorary degree. On hand are: (front row L-R) Dr. Ellegant Pearson ’08, Chante Calais ’11, Kordell Hunter ’11, Kristen Walker ’11, and Dr. Dorcas Pinto ’08; (back row) Steve Morgan ’11, Dr. Arie Shaw ’08, Benjamin, Conisha Holloman ’09, and Dr. Thomas Fugate II ‘07.
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A WORK OF ART: Students, professors, alums, trustees and other dignitaries had a hand in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Xavier Art Village, including (L-R) art professor Ron Bechet, Board of Trustees vice chair Sister Patricia Suchalski, S.B.S., Board of Trustees chair Mary Keller Zervigon, Ayo Scott ’03, Anna Rita Scott ‘64 (wife of the late John Scott ‘62), President Norman Francis, senior art education major Andrea Hodge, Art chair and professor Nora Olgyay, Landis Construction rep Sarah Busch, and Manning Architects reps Miwako Hattori and Daniel Dreher.
Fiske Guide Tabs XU a 2013 “Best Buy” The 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has tabbed Xavier as among its “Best Buy Schools” for academics and affordability. The publication has designated 41 such institutions – 20 public and 21 private – as “Best Buys.” To qualify for the distinction, the colleges and universities must have a four- or five-star academic rating, be in the inexpensive or moderate price category, and have a good quality of student campus life. Xavier is the only Louisiana university and one of only three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to make the list.
Dedication Activities Planned for St. Katharine Drexel Chapel The new, 450-seat St. Katharine Drexel Chapel will be officially dedicated with a series of activities the week of Oct. 6-12. Scheduled activities include the dedication and consecration Mass with New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond serving as the principal celebrant. Also expected to attend are many of the U.S. African American bishops, sisters from the SBS Motherhouse, and famed architect Cesar Pelli. Other scheduled activities during the inaugural week include special individual Masses for alumni, faculty, staff, and students, and concerts by the Campus Ministry Gospel Choir, the Xavier Department of Music, and other gospel choirs from across New Orleans area. There will also be a presentation on the life of St. Katharine Drexel, a city-wide ecumenical service for local religious clergy, on-campus receptions and personal tours of the chapel. Details will be posted at www.xula.edu as they become available.
Convocation Academic Center Nears Completion
SHINING LIGHT: “Women’s House”, one of the final outdoor sculptures created by the late John Scott ’62, artist and faculty member, was unveiled at the official Ribbon Cutting and Dedication ceremony for XU’s newly renovated Art Village.
The University’s new, highly-anticipated Convocation Academic Center is also nearly complete. Designed to replace the 74-year old, storm-damaged gymnasium (“The Barn”) and provide the University with its first spacious indoor assembly area, upon its completion the new structure will feature a 4,000 seat arena suitable for basketball and other large-scale events. The Barn seated just 1,200 for athletic events. In addition, an annex to the building will house classrooms, meeting spaces, and offices. XG
Young Alum is Newest Xavier Artist to Create a Jazz Fest Poster In and of itself, the fact that 37-year-old Xavier-groomed artist Terrance Osborne ’00 was chosen to create the official 2012 poster for the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is certainly worth crowing about. After all the Jazz Fest poster, a visual institution begun in 1975 as a means of celebrating the prestigious event itself, has since taken on a life of its own and become one of the most sought-after examples of a popular artwork. It is generally considered among the most widely collected posters in the world. But when you stop to reflect on the fact that Osborne is actually the fifth Xavier alum to lend their artistic interpretation to the iconic event, it becomes pretty magical. Dare say no other university can make that claim. And the names preceding him make for a very impressive list in itself: Lyndon Barrios ’90, Richard Thomas ’78, Louise Mouton Johnson ’76, and the late John T. Scott, Jr. ’62.
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Osborne’s 2012 poster – said to be one of the highestgrossing posters ever – has been described by TimesPicayune art critic Doug MacCash as “an explosively colored clarion call to Crescent City music lovers and art lovers alike.” Entitled “Porch Song,” the poster depicts a fiery sunset serenade by celebrated local musician, Treme native and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
(NOCCA) graduate Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Not surprisingly, the artist and musician are no strangers to one another, having grown up in the same New Orleans neighborhood and having studied together at NOCCA. Still, according to Osborne, it was Jazz Fest poster producer Buddy Brimberg who selected Andrews as the subject of this year’s poster and who provided extensive feedback as the creative part of the process – which dragged out over hundreds of hours and several months – progressed. In creating the piece Osborne said he drew much of his inspiration from listening to Andrew’s music, particularly his popular single For True. In considering how to place the popular trombonist in his characteristic pose, he also drew upon images from his favorite science fiction movie, The Matrix. As a result we see Andrews apparently at one with the crimson sky and the colorful distinctive New Orleans architecture that surrounds him, and the neighborhood itself “bending to the sounds of his notes”. It’s not the first artwork that Osborne has created for the Jazz and Heritage Festival. He designed the 2007 Congo Square poster depicting Philip Frazier and the 2010 Congo Square poster featuring the late Uncle Lionel Batiste. The key difference, however, is that Congo Square posters are generally awarded to emerging artists, while Jazz Fest posters are reserved for established artists. So you might say this year’s festival poster represents sort of a graduation. “Creating the official poster for Jazz Fest has been a dream of mine ever since I did the first Congo Square poster,” admitted Osborne, “but in my mind I was always doing the Jazz Fest poster while working on those Congo Square posters.” Incidentally his 2007 Congo Square poster is the best-selling of those issues to date. Terrance, who today lives in Gretna LA with his wife Stephanie and his three children, grew up in the heart of New Orleans. He said he always held an undercurrent of interest in art, largely fueled by his mother and his
“Creating the official poster for Jazz Fest has been a dream of mine ever since I did the first Congo Square poster.”
older brother. Fascinated by color, he worked with whatever materials he could get his hands on. But it wasn’t until in 1991, when he came under the guidance of Richard Thomas that he was able to paint with the passion and expression that he had been so avid about. Osborne graduated with a degree in fine arts from Xavier and for five years he taught in the public school system in the “same talented in the arts” program that he himself went through. After Hurricane Katrina, he decided to dedicate his time completely to his art. Over the past few years he has been featured in a slew of public media: in 2004 he was honored with a “Forty Under Forty Award” for his teaching and artistic contributions to the city of New Orleans and in 2006 he was named among New Orleans Magazine’s “Fifty People to Watch.” Osborne said his big artistic break came when he was given the task of creating a massive cityscape mural that still adorns the outside wall of the New Orleans Hilton Riverside (facing Convention Center Blvd.). It’s just one of many corporate jobs he has undertaken for businesses looking to enhance their image. In 2008 Osborne partnered with Nike to design a poster – an association that led to a relationship with the NBA Hornets, for whom he designed their first official poster. Osborne’s own preferred medium is “acrylic on wood”, in which he layers wood in a raised relief that gives his pieces a dynamic, three-dimensional look. But whatever the medium, his art continues to be highly sought after. And according to Osborne, he and his wife make the perfect business team.
“Stephanie puts together proposals for anything I want to pursue, and I supply the creative aspect,” he said. “Most of the time I get calls because people see work I have already done, so the business sort of creates its own steam.” He has recently completed a series of commissions for local high schools – including St. Augustine, Jesuit, and Dominican – under an arrangement where they pay for the original art and he donates the image to school for unlimited prints and fundraising. Osborne has a similar project in the works for Xavier University. He was recently commissioned by the University to create a painting of the Xavier campus in his popular and very unique style, combining many of the newer buildings that continue to transform the New Orleans skyline with the original campus buildings. The Xavier painting is scheduled to be completed in October 2012. The original will prominently hang in a soon to be determined on-campus location while poster-sized lithograph prints will be made available for individual purchase. All proceeds generated by this initiative will be used to fund the newly established Terrance Osborne Endowed Scholarship for Aspiring Art Students. A limited quantity of numbered prints will be double-signed by Osborne and Dr. Norman C. Francis. The goal for the scholarship fund is to raise $100,000. For more information on how you can purchase what will surely be a valuable collector’s item, please call (504) 520-7575. XG
A Brief History of the
Official Jazz Fest Poster
In 1974, entrepreneur Buddy Brimberg persuaded the Jazz and Heritage Foundation to license him to do a poster as a fifth anniversary fund raiser for the upcoming 1975 festival. His company at the time, ProCreations, employed two artists (Sharon Dinkins and Thorn Grafton) to create that first “official poster.” It consisted of an unsigned edition of 1,300 numbered prints. There is no record of the cost of the poster, but it probably sold in the $10 to $15 range. Over the years some 33 other artists – mostly born or working in Louisiana – have been chosen to create posters for the event. Two of those artists, George Rodrigue of Blue Dog fame and distinctive architectural manipulator James Michalopoulos, have produced three posters apiece. The first African American to create a poster was Xavier’s own Lyndon Barrios ’90 in 1986. The radical success of the posters – generally considered among the most widely collected posters in the world – is immediately apparent from the number printed today: 10,000 prints on archival paper (selling for $69); 2,500 artist signed and numbered prints on rag paper ($239); 750 artist and musician signed on rag paper ($595); and 300 artist and musician signed prints on canvas ($895). I’ll save you the math, the total sales (and everything always sells) amounts to more than $2 million – clearly big business. In fact, aside from the gate receipts, the poster is likely the Festival’s largest moneymaker. The aftermarket is equally vibrant. The 1978 poster, signed by both the artist (Richard Thomas) and his subject (Fats Domino), sold for three times the original price within hours of selling out on the first day it was released. Thomas recently sold his last personal copy for $7,000.
1986 - Lyndon Barrios ‘90 Barrios’ design was groundbreaking in many ways, not the least of which was that it was the first Jazz Fest poster created by an African American artist. It was also the first horizontally formatted poster and also the first to concentrate on instruments instead of players. Its muted colors were also a marked departure from the previous 11 posters in the series. Today Barrios is an animation supervisor at Image Engine in Vancouver (Canada). His film experience spans a variety of genres with credits for live action and fully animated features, including such popular entries as The Matrix Sequels, Happy Feet, Night at the Museum, and The Thing. He was recently nominated for a Visual Effects Society (VES) award for his work on a prequel to The Thing, and won Best Short Film and Best Director of a Short Film awards at the Madrid International Film Festival for his short-action film The Lift which he wrote and directed.
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1989 - Richard Thomas ‘78 Thomas’ design was just as groundbreaking in that it was the first to feature a readily identifiable local musician – a theme that continues today. It was also the first poster to be signed by both the artist and the showcased performer, in this case, legendary African American entertainer Fats Domino. Thomas chose to reflect Domino’s dynamic personality through the use of strong colors and mezzotints in the style of artist Andy Warhol, who came into national prominence about the same time as Domino. Today Thomas is still an active artist and educator. He plans to reopen his Visual Jazz Arts Gallery on St. Claude Avenue – the site of his bustling neighborhood arts center and non-profit youth art program which was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina – this summer.
1990 - Louise Mouton Johnson ‘76 Johnson’s piece featured several diverging elements, including a collage of musical instruments and local architecture, a diagonal banner depicting the sheet music for the chorus of the song Do You Know What Means to Miss New Orleans?, and a portrait of then 88-year-old, iconic jazz trumpeter Kid Sheik. Today Johnson, who lives in New Orleans, continues to showcase her artwork at various group art exhibits, including a current national traveling show celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Mahalia Jackson. She specializes in printmaking, and artist quilting and books.
1993 - John Scott ‘62 For the 19th poster in the series, Scott, using his own enumerable style, created a colorful, challenging mosaic of traditional New Orleans music. Scott, an art professor at Xavier for more than 40 years, earned international acclaim as an artist. He was arguably best known for his vibrantly colored and multi-layered prints and his fluid kinetic sculptures utilizing industrial metal rods, whisper-thin wires and a complex system of weights and counter-weights. He received a prestigious John D. McArthur Fellowship, commonly called the McArthur “Genius” Fellowship, in 1992. Sadly he passed away in 2007.
A Labor of Love
o be honest, most of us – that is, those of us born with limited artistic talent and even less visionary zeal – would probably have just stepped over the seven-foot long piece of heavy walnut that Ernest Ross ’56 enthusiastically embraced more than 40 years ago, much less lug it around for decades. But Ross, at that point already an accomplished sculptor, painter and graphic artist, was immediately cognizant of the rare and expensive nature of such a fine wood grain when he had the chance to obtain the piece from an artist friend in South Bend, IN. The only question in his mind was what project would warrant the use of such a treasured item.
“I wanted to do something special for the University that did so much for me,” said Ross. Ross, by his own admission, has lots to be grateful for. His own talents and resourcefulness notwithstanding, his life’s journey has been sort of a miracle in and of itself. Originally from Yorktown TX, Ross arrived at Xavier fresh from military service in the Korean War with only an eighth grade education, having failed in his first attempt to earn a GED. He flew to New Orleans only at the urging (and expense) of a business friend and colleague from Shreveport LA, the late Gilbert White ‘50, whom had seen his work and recognized great promise. “I thought he was crazy, but he paid for me to come down, and then persuaded the Sisters into letting me enroll,” said Ross.
That long-lingering question was answered in late 2011, when Ross decided to create a piece of art honoring XU founder St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in gratitude for all they had given him. Ross spent last fall on the Xavier campus, serving as an artistin-residence and inspiration to students in Xavier’s newly renovated Art Village. The free-standing piece – which measures 2.5 inches thick, 18 inches wide and 7 feet tall – was carved as a relief on both sides using only a chisel and hammer. He used a portrait of St. Katharine he retrieved from the University Archives to create a detailed likeness on the front of the plank. On the back, he has carved delicate angels, a striking crucifix and some quotes attributed to St. Katharine herself. The completed piece rests in a sturdy stand. XG Summer 2012
While the GI bill helped pay for his tuition, Ross had to work long hours in the cafeteria to make ends meet, which left him little time to study and even less for a social life. The results were predictable.
“After the first semester I was on the dismissal list...”
Ross hopes it will become part of Xavier’s new St. Katharine Drexel Chapel as his own personal tribute to an inspirational woman whose charity touched many lives, including his own.
“After the first semester I was on the dismissal list,” said Ross with a laugh. “But you know what, it seemed like people came out of the woodwork to help me study, and after a couple of more semesters I was actually on the Dean’s List.” He graduated in 1956.
Already a budding talent, Ross was offered an opportunity to enroll in the Art Institute of Chicago, but on his way there he made what turned out to be a pivotal stop in South Bend IN to visit with a friend, the late, celebrated African American artist Frank Hayden ‘57, yet another Xavier grad. Continued on page 16
Alum Tackles Both Science and Law
Patrice Jean ’93, a New York City mother of two (4-year-old Scarlett and 3-month-old Darren, Jr.) is proud to say she has never bought a jar of baby food. She makes it herself in her own kitchen. What’s so remarkable about that, you might say? Surely many other women make their own baby food. Ahhh, but how many of those women hold a master’s degree and doctorate in molecular biology? Oh, and did I mention she was also just recently named a partner in a law firm.
Her interest in science dates back to her undergraduate days at Xavier, where she and her twin sister Raynice Jean-Sigur ‘93 (now an assistant professor of early childhood education at Kennesaw State University) simultaneously enhanced the campus from 1989-93. In addition to providing her with a solid foundation in the sciences, XU provided Patrice with her first taste of hands-on research under the watchful eye of then-chemistry professor Dr. Sally O’Connor. Propelled by that background, her summa cum laude honors, and a summer research stint (at Eli Lilly), Jean was awarded a prestigious NSF Fellowship to attend Princeton University, where she went on to earn both an M.A and a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Her doctoral thesis on the p53 tumor suppressor protein was prepared under the tutelage of Dr. Arnold J. Levine, now professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Studies’ School of Natural Sciences in Princeton NJ, and one of the discoverers of the p53 molecule that inhibits tumor development.
Yes, “Dr.” Jean is an attorney with one of NYC’s oldest and most prestigious law firms, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. She’s been practicing intellectual property (IP) law for nearly a decade, focusing primarily on patent litigation involving pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological inventions. Prior to that – in addition to earning four academic degrees in a 10-year span – she was a scientific researcher at various pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions, concentrating in various areas of biology and biochemistry including virology, oncology, kidney diseases, cell division, X-ray crystallography and narcotics addiction. And yet she still feels the need to make baby food.
But it was through a fledging Bristol Myers Squibb-Princeton partnership that she was first exposed to patent law, and it wasn’t long before she was hooked. “I really thought I would be a research scientist all my life,” she said, looking back at her years at Princeton. “But after I had done some preparation and research during the program that involved patent law, I found myself fascinated with the subject.”
“I have to admit it; I really do miss working in a lab,” confessed Jean. “There is nothing quite like that ‘Wow!’ moment when you discover something “There is nothing quite new. I guess I tend to compensate for that like that ‘Wow!’ moment by experimenting with my cooking, which is something I also really love to do.” when you discover So far, no complaints from the kids, or husband Darren Collins, Sr.
“Dr. Levine said that if I was serious about pursuing a law degree there was no better time to do it,” she said. “He was always encouraging his students to push the envelope.” Continued on page 16 13
THOMAS, JR THOMAS
...and LOVING it!
ack in the mid-80’s – when Herbert Thomas Jr. ’72 and Nellie Landry Thomas ’72 decided to quit their respective lucrative corporate management positions to pursue careers as McDonald’s franchise owners – friends and family were rolling their eyes in disbelief. At the time Herb was a zone manager at transportation company Sealand Services, while Nellie was working as a vice president in charge of manager development at United Jersey Banks. “Our families thought we were crazy giving up good jobs to go to flip burgers,” laughs Nellie in retrospect. Twenty-five years later, however, it is quite obvious that this husband and wife team was (and are), as they say, “crazy as a fox”. Today they are the proud owners of five very profitable restaurants in the New YorkNew Jersey area. And they are loving it! Herb’s role is managing financials and operations, while Nellie handles the training and management of their more than 250 employees. They have hired supervisors who run the day-to-day operations of individual restaurants. “It was the absolute right decision for us,” said Nellie. “McDonald’s is a whole culture in itself … it is a people business which provides employment and “Our families growth opportunities within the thought we were community. As owners we are able crazy giving up to touch a lot of people directly as and provide financial good jobs to go to employers support for the community.”
Yet despite their ultimate success as a couple and as business partners, Herb and Nellie acknowledge that getting from Point A to Point B was neither direct nor necessarily a pleasure cruise. XG Summer 2012
Although they met and become friends while attending Xavier in the early 1970s, Herb was already married in college and Nellie went on to marry someone else after graduation. It wasn’t until those marriages ended that the pair renewed their friendship and eventually married in 1978. They still jokingly refer to their three children as “his, mine and ours.” Herb started working for Sealand Services in New York City almost immediately following graduation after company reps recruited him on campus. Nellie, on the other hand, went on to earn a master’s in education “There was and then through a progression of an element jobs – a teacher of risk in Lake Charles, La., an assistant involved...” management director at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N.J., and a product trainer with Avon Products in New York City – before landing the prestigious spot at United Jersey Banks. Their interest in McDonald’s was stimulated by a good friend and fellow alum, Ernest George, Jr. ’51 (now deceased), a former franchisee himself who suggested they had “the stuff” to make good owners. Following through on their decision, they went through an extensive training process in 1986-87 during which they got to know the fast food business – specifically the McDonald’s way – inside and out. Indeed it included “flipping burgers.” “McDonald’s has an unbelievable training program that includes working in the store for one to two years before becoming a franchisee,” said Herb, recalling his days at the Continued on page 17
Alum Sees Hope in TV’s ‘Doc McStuffins’ A pig-tailed girl whose favorite accessory is a pink stethoscope has become a symbol of pride and hope for black women in medicine and the daughters they want to inspire.
oc McStuffins, the African-American title character of an animated TV series for children, dreams of becoming an M.D. and, for now, runs a cheerful home clinic for stuffed animals and dolls. “I haven’t lost a toy yet!” Doc exclaims as she hugs a blue dinosaur in need of attention. For Dr. Myiesha Taylor ‘96, who watches Disney Channel’s Doc McStuffins with her 4-year-old, Hana, the show sends a muchneeded message to minority girls about how big their ambitions can be. “It’s so nice to see this child of color in a starring role, not just in the supporting cast. It’s all about her,” Taylor said. “And she’s an aspiring intellectual professional, not a singer or dancer or athlete.” So Taylor sent a message back, creating an online collage featuring an image of the buoyant Doc encircled by photos of 131 black women who are Doc’s real life-counterparts, most garbed in their scrubs or doctor’s coats. “We are trailblazers,” Taylor proclaimed on her website. “We are women of color. We are physicians. We ARE role-models. We are Doc McStuffins all grown up!” For black women whose own wish to practice medicine came true, the show is welcome affirmation. The doctors shown in the collage are graduates of schools including Harvard, Yale and Stanford and work in a range of specialties such as neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and psychiatry. Taylor is a board-certified emergency room physician. According to the American Medical Association’s Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the U.S., 2012 Edition, there were 18,533 black female physicians in 2010, or less than 2 percent of a total of 985,375 U.S. doctors, including nearly
300,000 female physicians. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, blacks make up 12.3 percent of the population at about 40 million, with more than half of them women. Taylor, 38, who works in Dallas-area suburbs as an ER specialist at Texas Regional Medical Center and as a physician supervisor at a manufacturing plant, built her career on family tradition: her mother was a registered nurse, and Taylor’s grandmother was a vocational nurse. “When I came along, my mom said, ‘You should be a doctor. That’s the next step,’” Taylor recalled. (She was inspired to pursue ER medicine after her father, Dwight Taylor, was among the first bystanders shot in the 1992 Los Angeles riots and was taken to a hospital without a trauma center, where he died. He was 42.) For daughter Hana, Taylor said, “Doc McStuffins” is reinforcement of what mom has accomplished.
RIGHT ON!: Dr. Myiesha Taylor, right, holds a collage of fellow doctors supporting Disney Junior’s animated series “Doc McStuffins” for her children. [AP Photo by LM Otero]
“I see her engage and play with her toys (like a doctor) because it’s normal,” Taylor said. “It’s even more awesome when people ask her, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ and she says, ‘A doctor.’”
Doc McStuffins, which is produced for children ages two to seven by Ireland-based Brown Bag Films and airs on the Disney Channel and on the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel, recently was renewed for its second season. [edited from an AP article by Lynn Elber]. XG
Alumni Spotlight... continued Ernest Ross
“Frank introduced me to the dean, whose first reaction was ‘You don’t want to come to Notre Dame?’” said Ross. “I told him, I can’t afford to come here.” Later in the day he was offered a scholarship to the legendary Catholic university, where he went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1958.
“I wanted to do something special for the University that did so much for me.”
In a career spanning some five decades, Ross has carved out a comfortable living for himself as a planning technician, industrial artist, production manager, art director, freelance commercial artist, and art educator, primarily in Indiana and Michigan. At one point he even ran his own graphic art company, Ross Visuals, in Kansas City MO. Now retired, he remains active as a working and exhibiting sculptor and painter. It’s not the first time that Ross has fashioned pieces in honor of St. Katharine. Several years ago he used former gates, priedieux, and stalls to fashion the altar of sacrifice, the presider’s chair and the reader’s stand as part of a major renovation of the St. Elizabeth Chapel at the SBS Motherhouse in Bensalem PA. XG
After graduating from Columbia Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Science and Technology Law Review, and summer associate positions at two other NYC law firms, Jean joined Kenyon & Kenyon in 2002. Since then she has worked her way up the ranks from associate to partner. One of 58 partners in the firm, Jean is the first African American female ever to obtain that status. “Being named a partner is important to me because it shows that the firm values my contribution,” said Jean. “It‘s especially important to me to have climbed the ranks on my own.” Jean explained there are basically two types of patent lawyers, those who apply to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for patents, and those who litigate patents in courts of law. While both have their appeal, she chose the latter path.
“...If I had a chance to move back to New Orleans, I’d do it in a heartbeat.” XG Summer 2012
“I much prefer the variety that defending or contesting patents affords me, as well as the opportunity to make oral arguments in court, as opposed to the isolation and monotony that is often associated with patent prosecution,” said Jean, who nevertheless spends much of her working hours reviewing scientific notebooks and other technical documents, writing briefs, selecting witnesses, and preparing and drafting legal papers, as well as a whole range of other litigation tasks. Although far removed from New Orleans and her alma mater in both time and distance, Jean retains a soft spot in her heart for both. She is also very supportive of the University, as evidenced by her annual financial support and her participation in the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Campaign. “It’s really funny to find myself living in New York City,” said Jean. “It’s a wonderful place that has everything I need to succeed both personally and professionally, but if I had a chance to move back to New Orleans, I’d do it in a heartbeat.” XG
Alumni Spotlight... continued Herb and Nellie Thomas (continued)
company’s Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Ill. “As potential franchisees you are evaluated for your skills, your energy level, your ability to work with other people, your ability to supervise, and your ability to troubleshoot.” “There was an element of risk involved in our decision to quit our jobs and pursue this dream,” he added. “One just doesn’t plop down some money and proclaim themselves a franchisee. McDonald’s has to certify YOU as owner material.”
[Editor’s Note: Herbert and Nellie
That hurdle cleared, at the conclusion of their training they were asked by company officials if they were willing to relocate from New Jersey. The corporate model is that McDonald’s selects locations for its stores after extensive market research, traffic studies, and the like. They’ll take suggestions, but they make the final decision. “Success The couple agreed.
Xavier alums who either currently own
is determined by what you do or don’t do.”
As a result, the couple took over one new and one existing franchise in Ohio – one of them near Youngstown State University. They owned the stores for some eight years, and although the Youngstown stores didn’t prove to be as profitable as they had envisioned, the experience proved invaluable to their eventual success.
They sold those stores in 1987 and moved back to New Jersey, where they eventually came to own as many as six stores in wide and varied locations. That total now stands at five.
are just two of more than a half dozen
– Dr. Sanders Wofford Anderson ’78, Aaron Harris ’73, Percy Johnson ’76, and Mona Bienville Williams ’79, – or have previously owned – Willard Payne, Jr. ’61, Willie Butler ‘61 and the late Ernest George, Jr., ‘51 – lucrative McDonald’s franchises. Surely there are others, but these we know of.]
Both Herb and Nellie said the appeal of McDonald’s ownership was that it gave them a chance to be independent entrepreneurs and to put their own ideas into action as opposed to just suggesting them to higher-ups in someone else’s business. Another draw was the opportunity to give back to the community and to touch other people’s lives. “We take great pride and satisfaction in having made managers and supervisors out of people who would otherwise still be earning a minimum wage,” said Nellie. Although the couple would recommend franchise ownership to others as a career path, they add this cautionary advice. “The best thing about owning a franchise is that you have destiny in your own hands,” they echoed. “It can be tremendously rewarding financially; it is a legacy that can be passed on to your children.” “But it’s a double-edged sword,” said Herb. “Success is determined by what you do or don’t do. Nobody is going to put money in your bank account if the business flounders.” XG XG Summer 2012
550 Receive Degrees at 2012 Commencement
550 graduates received their degrees at Xavier’s 85th annual commencement, held at the Kiefer Lakefront Arena. Xerox chairman and chief executive officer Ursula Burns, the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, delivered the commencement address at the event and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business degree. In her remarks, Burns gave the graduates five pieces of advice – to embrace change, to enjoy life, to be true to themselves and their core values, to do some good in the world, and to do Xavier proud. “You have a rich tradition to uphold,” said Burns, noting that Saint Katherine Drexel had created a special place here in Louisiana. “What an opportunity you have been given. What a responsibility you have: not just to contribute, but to lead … not just to succeed but to serve.”
MUSIC TO ONE’S EAR: XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis presents an honorary Doctor of Music degree to local jazz performer and composer Terence Blanchard in recognition of his artistic and professional success, and in appreciation for his contributions to the jazz form and his drive to pass it on to the next generation.
“That is your charge,” she added, “to define your success at least in some measure by what you do for your brothers and sisters. You cannot enter the ranks of the elite and then close ranks behind you. You are part of a chain of those men and women who have gone before us … who now pass the baton of justice to your care. It is at once a sobering and exhilarating responsibility.” Two other special guests also received honorary degrees. Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., a monk and professor of church history who has authored several works on black Catholic history, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, and Terence Blanchard, local jazz performer/composer and five-time Grammy Award winner, was presented a Doctor of Music. Three students – Jasmine Holmes, a chemistry/premed major from New Orleans; Ashley Matthew, a chemistry/premed major from Quincy MA; and Asia Matthew, also a chemistry/premed major from Quincy MA – headed this year’s group of 22 summa cum laude graduates with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. XG
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ZEAL AND DEVOTION: XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis presents an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. – a Benedictine monk, author, and professor of Black Catholic Church history – in recognition of his unique devotion and extraordinary commitment to his faith, and his untiring zeal to evoke that same spirituality in us all.
AT YOUR SERVICE: (L-R) XU President Norman C. Francis presents the University’s two most coveted senior service awards – the Mother Agatha Ryan Award and the St. Katharine Drexel Award – to Kaitlyn Gaddis of Snellville GA and Mia Holmes of New Orleans during the 2012 Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation.
BEST OF THE BEST: 2012 Summa Cum Laude graduates join XU President Norman C. Francis, keynote speaker Ursula Burns, and honorary degree recipients Fr. Cyprian Davis and Terence Blanchard backstage just prior to Xavier’s annual commencement. (front row, from left) Francis, Davis, Truc Dinh, Dominique Gabriel, Kara Edmond, Kim Hoang, Jasmin Holmes, Thuylinh Nguyen, Valencia Potter, Burns, and Blanchard; (middle row) John Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, Shaherra Chughtai, Ashley Varnado, Catherine Chaucer, and Leslie Anderson; (back row) JaNae’ Richard, Ashley Matthew, Asia Matthew, Simone Williams, Courtney Harrell, Justin Spraglin, Elizabeth Cao and Metasebia Gedlu. Not pictured: Yvette Estave.
Xavier Dynamic Duo Paired for Success
ver the years, Xavier has built itself a national reputation for helping students to “beat the odds” against success. Well, try these odds for size. Imagine a prestigious medical school which offers a highly competitive program which interviews only 40 applicants per year and actually only accepts 7-10 of those students. What would be the odds of two students from the same undergraduate college being selected for the program? Enter Ashley and Asia Matthew, a pair of chemistry/premed graduates from Quincy MA (Quincy High School), both of whom were accepted into the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ 2012 MD/PHD program. Their tuition is fully-funded and includes a stipend. And no one is more elated than the Matthews, a pair of bookend twins who have been virtually inseparable since birth. “We were fully prepared to go on our own separate ways for the first time,” offered Ashley, acknowledging that she had weighed other options because she and her sister realized that the odds were against them both being chosen for the selective program. “But when we both got into UMass we just knew we had to go there.” And it’s a natural fit. That’s where home is. Ironically, with no shortage of excellent colleges and universities to choose from in just the New England area, they traveled 1,500 miles south to Xavier to pursue the undergraduate degrees and skills that would eventually return them home in triumph. “I heard about Xavier from my aunt and a family friend,” said Asia. “A little research made it clear that Xavier was a great school for both premed and chemistry, and when we took a campus tour in our senior year, we fell in love with the place.” The rest is history. And now the twins, who have epitomized academic excellence while at Xavier, are out to conquer new worlds. “We are pleased to have accepted them into the program,” said Karen Lawton, UMass Medical School Director of Admissions. “They were selected for the combined program based on their excellent academic preparation and qualifications. We certainly hope t h e y matriculate here.” At UMass the Matthews have entered a rigorous and challenging program that will have them simultaneously pursuing both a medical degree and a PhD in biomedical sciences. According to UMass, the eight-year MD/PHD program is
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Two-Fer: Twins Asia and Ashley Matthew have migrated to the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School’s highly-selective 2012 MD/PHD program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
designed to “provide highly motivated students the opportunities to develop skills and experience in biomedical investigation and the practice of medicine” and to “train physician-scientists who will make significant contributions to health care and who will become the leaders of academic medicine.” Just what the doctor ordered. “The program gives me a chance to not only study medicine but also be involved in medical research, which I believe will give me more skill sets and better overall perspective than I would get following a strictly medical school curriculum,” said Ashley. “I love the interaction between research and practical application.” Both twins do. While at Xavier, Asia and Ashley participated in research projects on and off campus. Both spent the summer of 2010 in the UMass Medical School’s Summer Undergraduate Research program – Ashley studying host factors that protect individuals from lethal lung infections and Asia studying a major protein that is mutated during cancer development, both under the watchful eye of UMass scientists. Here at XU, the pair studied the Histone Deacetylase enzyme family under the tutelage of chemistry professor Dr. Terry Watt. Academically they excelled, each earning a 4.0 grade point average. Designated as Rousseve Scholars (a distinction reserved for the Top Ten performers in their respective class years) and clockwork regulars on the bi-annual Dean’s List, Asia and Ashley also participated in the University’s Ronald McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. “Asia and Ashley are motivated, independent, and hard-working students in both the classroom and in the research lab,” said Watt. “I consider myself fortunate that they were interested in working with me on my research project, as they have made substantial contributions despite the difficulty in working on a project in its early stages.” “They were extremely active in all areas of campus life but managed their responsibilities well, serving as both active mentors and unconscious role models for other students,” he added. “Their admission into a competitive MD/PhD program is a well-deserved honor, and I am certain they have the ability to remain successful.” As twins, Ashley and Asia are used to being viewed as a pair, rather than as the individuals they are. But the young siblings insist there are many subtle differences between them, and, in fact, that their friends can distinguish their very distinct personalities. “Overall there are many more advantages than disadvantages to being a twin,” said Asia. “We are two separate people who have similar goals. My twin is my biggest supporter, and I am hers.” “Asia is my support system; I never feel alone,” echoed Ashley. “I can’t wait to see what life at UMass will be like, and it’s even better that I’ll be able to do that with my best friend.” XG
Excerpted Remarks By
Ursula M. Burns
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation
am so proud to be with you today and to become a part of your vibrant community — if only for a day. It’s hard for me not to reflect a little on my own graduation in 1980. It was a dream come true. I grew up in a single-parent household in the public housing projects of lower Manhattan. My mother’s highest income year in her life was $4,400. Yet she managed to send me and my two siblings to private Catholic schools from kindergarten through high school. I didn’t fully appreciate it then, but it was a gift of immeasurable value. That was followed by a scholarship to Brooklyn Polytechnic — now NYU Poly — and on to a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Columbia. Mom saw education as a way up and out of the projects. She made whatever sacrifices were necessary to see to it that we had an opportunity to get a good education and then she insisted that we take advantage of that opportunity. All of the graduates here today have that same opportunity. Don’t ever take it for granted. All of you will immerse yourselves in a world full of opportunity and challenge. I’ve given some thought about what my advice to you would be and I’ve come up with five simple items. So here goes. First, I would encourage all of you to follow the example of Xavier and embrace change
and learning willingly and with a sense of excitement and wonder. The University is approaching its centennial anniversary. Think about that. It has survived and excelled and reinvented itself for nearly 100 years because it has evolved and changed. The only thing I can predict with any certainty is that change will be a constant in your lives as well. I can’t pretend to know how your world will change - but I know it will and at a pace that will continue to increase exponentially. You can’t stop it. In many ways, you are the cause of it. Learn to love it. Make it your ally. Stay relevant by devoting yourself to a lifetime of learning. You are being given a wonderful academic foundation - an invitation to begin a journey of learning, exploration and growth. Treasure it. Second, have fun. Enjoy life. Choose a career that gives you pleasure and fulfillment. Surround yourselves with people who make you laugh. Don’t fall into the trap of letting someone else define your success and happiness. People are more likely to be successful if they have a passion for what they do. Finding it takes time. Make yourself a promise today. If down the road, you find that your career is not fun, revert to my earlier piece of advice — change! Third, be true to yourself and your values. Your family … Xavier … your church or
synagogue or mosque or mountaintop … have given you a set of core values — a moral compass. Hang on to it. A predecessor of mine at Xerox used to say he tried to live his life as though any piece of it might end up in his obituary. Would he be proud of it? That’s not a bad test. I have an even better one. It hangs on the wall of my office: “Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud!” Fourth, do good in the world. Our planet is in trouble. We need your help. When your life’s journey ends, I promise you that you won’t care very much about the money you made or the status you’ve achieved if you haven’t made the world a better place along the way. Doing good is not an “add on” but central to leading a rewarding life. As my Mother used to tell anyone who would listen, we all have an obligation to “put back” more than we “take out.” Leave more than you take – not a bad formula for true success. Fifth, do Xavier proud. You have a rich tradition to uphold. Saint Katherine Drexel created a special place here in Louisiana. The mission of this university has remained constant for the better part of a century: “To contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.” What a tradition to follow. What an opportunity you have been given. What a responsibility you have — not just to contribute but to lead … not just to succeed but to serve. XG WHERE YOU ARE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE: Xerox chairman and chief executive officer Ursula Burns delivers the commencement address at Xavier’s 85th annual graduation ceremony. Burns, the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, addressed 550 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business degree.
2011 Honor Roll of Donors The following Honor Roll of Donors includes gifts received by the University from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
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Alumni $899,931 Corporations $1,630,205 Foundations $3,893,911 Individuals $501,484 Organizations $851,968
Grand Total $7,777,499 Grand Total $7,777,499
Alumni 2011 Dr. Norman C. Francis Benefit Concert Sponsors
Mrs. Cheri M. Ausberry Dr. Gloria Jackson Bacon Dr. Loren J. Blanchard Mr. William T. and Mrs. Elizabeth Bostick Mrs. Joyce Brossett Mr. Johnny and Mrs. Shirley Crear Mr. Bryan L and Mrs. Conchetta W. Fulton Dr. Rosalind Pijeaux Hale Drs. Anil and Poonam Kukreja Mr. Victor J. Labat Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo Mr. Louis E. Livers, Jr.
Dr. Christopher Marrero Atty. Claire H. McDaniel Mrs. Michelle G. Mitchell Mrs. Sybil Morial Judith Alexander Nash, M.D. Mr. Darrel J. and Mrs. Shaun Saizan Ms. Joyce M. Sandifer Mr. Joseph W. Sudduth, III Dr. William and Annie Belle Terrell Mr. Trevor K. Thompson Mr. Perry and Mrs. Diane S. Tillman
Gifts of Artwork, Property or Other In-Kind Gift
Ms. Stacey M. Bastian Dr. Wilfred J. Delphin Dr. Holly Bastian-Francis and Mr. Anthony L. Francis Mrs. Kimberly I. Johnson-Henry
Mr. Theodore J. Jones Mr. Terrance D. Osborne Dr. William and Annie Belle Terrell Mr. Steve A. Prince
Mrs. ArthĂŠ P. Anthony Mrs. Louise M. Bouise (Estate) Dr. Wilbur B. and Mrs. Neola L. Clarke Mrs. Marguerite Rey Florent Dr. Norman and Mrs. Blanche Francis Mrs. Maria Sly George Mr. Clyde P. and Mrs. Pat Jupiter Dr. Cabrini S. March
Mr. Geoffrey T. and Mrs. Rhonda J. Marshall Dr. Marie V. McDemmond Mr. Dwight and Mrs. Sheila C. McGhee Dr. George J. McKenna, III Mr. Leo P. Sam, Jr. Paula M. Verrette, M.D. Dr. Anne B. Ward Mr. Alvin T. and Mrs. Janice F. Wilkins
Gifts of $10,000 or more
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Alumni $899,931 Corporations $1,630,205 Foundations $3,893,911 Individuals $501,484 Organizations $851,968
Contributors to Excellence Gifts of $5,000 - $9,999
Mr. Peter G. Barthe Dr. Patrise A. Bennett and Mr. James L. Bennett, Jr. Dr. Lorena S. Chicoye Mrs. Frances H. Gaines Mrs. Mildred Young Gardner Dr. Otis Gowdy, Jr. Dr. Rosalind Pijeaux Hale Mrs. Dionne DeBose-Hampton Mrs. Nicole F. Hardin Dr. Nichole Rhodeman-Herbert Mrs. Alexis M. Herman Dr. and Mrs. John H. Jackson, IV Mrs. Michaelle B. Jones Mr. Halvan J. and Mrs. Theyon D. Lieteau Mrs. Myrna R. Malveaux Dr. Jill McGovern and Dr. Steven Muller Mrs. Veronica L. Mitchell Dr. Roland A. and Mrs. Patricia O. Pattillo Mrs. Phenella D. Perez Mrs. Melonie A. Coleman - Richard Ms. Paula T. Saizan Richard A. Simms, B.S., D.D.S., M.S. Dr. Odessa K. Spraggins The Most Reverend J. T. Steib, S.V.D. Dr. Frederick M. and Mrs. Olivia A. Toca Ms. Sharon J. Zealey
Gifts of $2,500 - $4,999
Capt. Eugenia Foster Adams, Ret. Mr. Randall N. Boseman Dr. Michael C. Boucree Mr. Glenn M. and Mrs. Maria M. Braud Mr. Frederick J. and Mrs. Joyce Carter Mr. Edward and Mrs. Lolita V. Cherrie Mrs. Betty Mott Coles Mrs. Marcella C. Collins Mr. Brent A. and Mrs. Janice K. Cooper Mr. Johnny and Mrs. Shirley Crear Mrs. Barbara Keyes Evans and Mr. Amos Evans Mr. Earl L. Fenton Dr. Sean M. Foley Dr. Marcellus and Mrs. Laura D. Grace Mr. Okyeame and Mrs. Melissa S. Haley Judge Brian A. Jackson Ernest W. Jackson, D.M.D. Mr. Nelson J. and Mrs. Ruth C. Jean Mr. Theodore J. Jones Mrs. Ramona F. Jupiter Dr. Eric G. and Mrs. Shauntell R. Kline Drs. Joseph and Deidre Labat Mr. Victor J. Labat Mr. Alden J. and Mrs. Rhesa O. McDonald Dr. Lisa T. Gibson-McKee and Atty. Randy G. McKee Mrs. Michelle G. Mitchell Judith Alexander Nash, M.D.
Ms. Dianne R. Pajaud Dr. James A. and Mrs. Zelma L. Paschal Dr. Emile J. Pierre Mrs. Sondra C. Reine Dr. Tanya M. Robinson Mr. Clarence W. Rollerson Mrs. Ruth Schlater Mrs. Louise J. Sonnier Ms. Melanie A. Sullivan Dr. William and Annie Belle Terrell Mr. Perry and Mrs. Diane S. Tillman Mr. Calvin S. and Mrs. Judy B. Tregre Mrs. Earline S. Wilkerson Dr. Everett J. and Mrs. Melva B. Williams Yolanda A. Williams, D.D.S. Dr. Harold T. and Mrs. Marian S. Wilson
Gifts of $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. John S. Adams ,Sr. Mrs. Margaret B. Adams Dr. Michael Adeleke Mrs. Ruby A. Age Dr. Katrice A. Albert Mrs. Nedra Alcorn Dr. Sanders Wofford Anderson and Mr. Lewis Anderson Archie Andrews, Ph.D. Dr. Monica L. Sinegal-Anigbogu Mr. Joseph D. Antee Dr. Carolyn B. Block-Arnelle and Mr. Hugh J. Arnelle Dr. Theodore E. and Mrs. Anita T. Atkinson Ms. Mary G. Auzenne Mrs. Marva A. Babin Dr. Ann R. Barbre and Mr. Steve V. Barbre Ms. Stacey M. Bastian Ms. Camillia B. Bell Mr. Wayne J. Benjamin Mrs. Hilda M. Bergeron Mr. Wilbert F. and Mrs. Iris G. Billinger Dr. James and Mrs. Myrtle D. Blackwell Mrs. Gwendolyn C. Blake Sr. Doris U. Blum,S.B.S. Mr. and Mrs. Renard A. Boissiere, Sr. Mr. William T. and Mrs. Elizabeth Bostick Dr. Olympia Boucree and Mr. John H. Boucree Dr. Kenneth G. Boutte, Sr. Mrs. Beverly Broussard Mr. and Mrs. Edmund C. Broussard Mr. Edward J. and Mrs. Cheryl B. Broussard Mr. Kenneth J. Broussard Malcolm Broussard, RPh. Rev. Kenneth J. Brown Dr. Nicole E. Mourillon-Brown
Dr. Sylvester J. and Mrs. Margaret A. Bryan Mr. Bernard L. and Mrs. Diane V. Bynum Mr. Benjamin E. Cannon Ms. Barbara J. Carmon Mr. Joseph H. and Mrs. Donna Carstarphen Mr. Marino H. and Mrs. Betty J. Casem Dr. Brenda M. A. Chappell Dr. Edgar L. Chase and Mrs. Alva Chase Mr. Furnell and Mrs. Gail Chatman Drs. George E. and Christie L. Clayton Dr. Ingenue F. Cobbinah Mr. W. E. Coleman Dr. William and Mrs. Catherine E. Cottles Ms. Michelle A. Covalt Lucius Craig III , M.D. Reverend Marion E. Criddle Mrs. Meryl A. Cryer Mrs. Heidi L. Daniels Mr. Keith A. and Mrs. Judy S. Dawson Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. DeGrange Dr. Wilfred J. Delphin Dr. Ronald Dorris Atty. Victor A. A. Dubuclet III Dr. Willard L. and Mrs. Karin P. Dumas, Jr. Dr. Beverly B. Dupre and Mr. Lloyd R. Dupre Ms. Charmagne M. Eady Dr. Sabrina M. and Mr. David Elliott, III Mr. Marvin E. Ellis Mr. Daniel G. and Mrs. Barbara B. Fitzgerald Mr. John Fleming Mr. Verbie C. and Mrs. Dorothy E. Florence Dr. Pamela Payne Foster and Mr. Bill Foster Dr. Holly Bastian-Francis and Mr. Anthony L. Francis Mr. Carroll L. and Mrs. Gloria Frank Drs. Coleridge T. and Cheryl Franklin Mr. Bryan L. and Mrs. Conchetta W. Fulton Mr. James and Mrs. Gail M. Gladney, Jr. Mr. Henry J. and Mrs. Janice M. Glover Dr. Pheophilus H. Glover Mr. Norman G. and Mrs. Michelle G. Gobert Mr. Moses M. Gossett Mrs. Jennifer Adger Grant Ms. Julie S. Griffin Mrs. Gwendolyn B. Guillmette Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Vivian B. Guillory Mr. Torrey M. Harding Ms. Davina J. Harkey Mrs. Gaylene V. Harris Portia M. Harris, M.D. Atty. William H. Harris, Jr.
Mr. Richard D. and Mrs. Anna S. Harrison Dr. Tedric C. Henneghan Mr. Sterling J. and Mrs. Elvira D. Henry Mrs. Ruby N. Hill Mr. Edward and Mrs. Melanie B. Holland Tanyanika Douglas-Holland, M.D. and Mr. Darrick Holland Mr. John C. Holmes Mr. Charles A. Honore Mr. Smith W. and Mrs. Janice A. Howard Ms. Cynthia Darensbourg Hurd Mr. Dannton C. Jackson Mrs. Ella P. Jackson Mrs. Maxine Berteaux-Jackson Mr. R. George Jackson Dr. Jennifer H. Jacobs and Mr. Everett P. Jacobs Dr. Jarvis B. Jacobs Mrs. Melazie Jacobs Dr. Patrice P. Jean and Mr. Darren Collins Mr. Leon L. Johnson, Jr. Mr. Percy Johnson Dr. Derrick D. and Mrs. Leontyne P. Jones Drs. Lamont R. and Teniesha N. Wright-Jones Mrs. Joy A. Joseph Dr. and Mrs. Peter J. Jupiter Atty. Steven M. Jupiter Mr. Charles Kennedy, Jr., CFP Ms. Kristen R. Labat Mr. Leroy Labbe and Mrs. Shirley Labbe Mr. Edward J. and Mrs. Marie G. Lang Mrs. Florence W. Lee Treva A. Lee, Ph.D. Judge Ivan L. R. and Mrs. Patricia Lemelle Ms. Christina A. Levings Dr. Karen Lewis and Mr. Cornelius Lewis Dr. Myra M. Lewis Mr. Walter T. Lewis, Jr. Drs. Willie L. and Mary L. GauthierLewis Mr. Jerry Little Mrs. Sherrie B. Littlejohn Mr. Andrew A. and Mrs. Gloria W. Mallet Davida E. Manor, M.D. Dr. Christopher Marrero Dr. Roy and Mrs. Charmaine L. Marrero Dr. Ambrose M. Martin, III Mr. Elmer T. Martinez Ms. Ivy E. Mathieu Rev. John L. and Mrs. Jo Ann McCullough Dr. Lawrence V. and Mrs. Helen McKendell Ms. Brendolyn M. McKenna
Mrs. Carolyn J. Davis-McLain Dr. Gwenesta B. Melton Dr. Gerilyn Metoyer Mr. Eugene H. Mills, Jr. Dr. Earl D. Mitchell, Jr. Mrs. Tomika Baker-Moody Dr. James W. and Mrs. Avis Sinegal Moore Dr. Glenn L. and Mrs. Tia Morgan Atty. Dwight and Mrs. Elodie Murray Mr. Vernon M. Myers II Dr. Mildred W. Ollee Dr. Nicole A. Padmore Ms. Patricia A. Pajaud Ms. Frances Parker Mrs. Nina H. Payne Mr. General C. Peay Mr. Frank T. and Mrs. Helaine R. Penn Mrs. Myla Reese Poree Mr. James M. and Mrs. Beverly B. Powell Dr. Dorothy Pugh, RPh. Mrs. Annie L. Ramsey Gen. (Ret.) Bernard P. Randolph Dr. Howard J. Raphael Mr. Omar H. Buckner and Ms. Kimberly M. Reese Mrs. Elizabeth M. Rhodes Mr. Edwin J. and Mrs. Carole Rigaud Dr. Solomon L. and Mrs. Lila Riley Mrs. Ethel S. Roane Mrs. Vera W. Robert Mr. McLouis Robinet Kermie L. Robinson, M.D. Dr. Quintin R. Robinson Mr. Lionel Eric Roche Dr. Vincent J. and Mrs. Lois M. Roux Dr. Charles J. and Mrs. Dorothy M. Russell Reginald O. Salter, D.D.S. Ms. Joyce M. Sandifer Mr. Murray J. and Mrs. Harriet Saucier Mrs. Anna Rita Smith Scott Mrs. Denise T. Scott Shemal Scott, M.D. Mr. Charles L. Shaffer Mrs. Dolores C. Shockley Mr. Errol J. and Mrs. Emma Simmons Mr. Charles and Mrs. Ida Simms Dr. Chanda R. Simpson Mr. John Andrew Smith Dr. Joseph A. Smith Mr. Laurence J. and Mrs. Kara R. Smith Mrs. Mary M. Stallworth Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Stuart Mrs. Regina D. Tatum Mrs. Teresa S. Terry Ms. Trasetta L. Terry Dr. Ernest M. Thomas, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Thomas, Jr. Mr. Isaac L. and Mrs. Mattie M. Thomas Drs. Trevonne M. and Nicole C. Thompson
Honor Roll of Donors Mr. Trevor K. Thompson Mrs. Evangeline H. Tierney Dr. David A. and Mrs. Markitta A. Travillion Mrs. Etta Tricksey Mrs. Sylvia H. Tureaud Dr. Anisa Ssengoba-Ubogu Dr. Samuel and Mrs. Audrey Vagner Dr. Wallisa T. Vaughn Mr. Victor J. and Mrs. Germaine G. Vavasseur Mr. Gerard M. Victor Mr. Ronald C. and Mrs. Voris N. Vigee Mr. Christopher W. Vincent Dr. Carlos J. and Dr. Karla L. Vital Mr. Blaine F. Washington Mrs. Karen DeGrange Watkins Mr. Joseph R. Weber Dr. Sonya F. White Mr. John B. and Mrs. Antoinette Williams Mr. Luther and Mrs. Constance M. Williams Mrs. Hilda C. Williams Ms. Tiffany J. Williams Mr. X. Kembo Zunzanyika
Gifts of $500 - $999
XG Summer 2012
Mr. John Q. and Mrs. Lydia S. Adams Sancerie J. O’Rourke-Allen, D.D.S. Mrs. Cheri M. Ausberry Dr. Gloria Jackson Bacon Mrs. Mabel F. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Wiley C. Baines, Jr. Ms. Antoinette M. Bannister Ms. Denise B. Barbarin Ms. Tenitra R. Batiste Mrs. Romona Baudy Mrs. Mary C. Beaubien Ms. Leslie E. Billinger Mr. Alvin Blackmon, III Dr. Loren J. Blanchard Mr. Richard Boseman Ms. Yolanda Bourgeois Ms. Vivian W. Boutte Mrs. Marie M. Boyd Dr. Shameza L. Boyd Mrs. Cheryl W. and Mr. Darryl R. Boykins Mr. Michael P. Breaud Dr. Anika Bell Bridgewater Mrs. Joyce Brossett Ms. Felicia M. Broussard Ms. Ursula M. Brown Kaye Y. Adams-Browne, D.D.S. Professor N. Wiley Browne Dr. Anthony L. Buckles Ms. Cintrella K. Carter Ms. Helen E. Castenell Mrs. Willie P. Chaffers Mr. Jimmie L. and Mrs. Hattie A. Chambers Ms. Julie C. Chenier Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Clay
Mr. Ronald K. Clinton Mrs. Dolores L. Bergquist-Coye’ Mr. Douglas Cunningham Dr. Stephanie Carmicle-Davis Mr. Waldo and Mrs. Shirley Dejan Mr. Alvin S. Deloach Mrs. Nolma B. Diamond Mr. Adrian B. Dobard, CPA Mr. Thomas J. Donald Mrs. Merilynn B. Donelon Mr. Daniel R. Driver Mr. and Mrs. Vidal C. Easton Mr. James and Mrs. Cheryl Elmore Nicholle B. Espadron, M.D. Mrs. Mamie L. Feffie LaReesa M. Ferdinand, M.D. Ms. Jeri Gardner Ms. Peggy A. Gibson Dr. Jesse F. Goodwin Mr. Willie and Mrs. Emrie Green, Jr. Mr. James D. Guidry Mrs. Etheldreda D. Guion Mr. Vaughan M. Harris Dr. Louise B. Harvey Mr. Troy J. Heard Mr. Ian P. and Mrs. Marielle Heisser Dr. Anna I. and Mr. Trent S. Heisser Mr. Joseph E. and Mrs. Beverly R. Henry Vernora D. Hightower, M.D. Mrs. Wanda Howard Mrs. Elaine K. Johnson Ms. Joan G. Johnson Mr. Jerome C. Johnson and Mrs. Latasha M. Johnson Lisa M. Johnson, M.D. Ms. Emily Jones Mrs. Rosie S. Jones Mrs. Alice F. Jupiter Mrs. Cosette West Kaufman Mrs. Patricia Kimbrough Dr. Deanna D. Wormley-King Drs. Anil and Poonam Kukreja Mrs. Eleanor M. Leak Dr. Lester A. Lee and Mrs. Leslie I. Lee Mr. Livingstone T. Lewis, Jr. Mrs. Lonnie Lewis Mr. Louis E. Livers, Jr. Mrs. Pearl Algere-Lonian Mrs. Joycelyn A. Bigard-Lyles Ms. Veronica A. Malone Dr. Connie R. Marks Mr. Reginald H. Matthews Mr. Johnny and Mrs. Donna McCray Mrs. Valencia M. McCrimmon Atty. Claire H. McDaniel Ms. Shawana J. McGee Mr. Robert C. Mercadel Mrs. Jennifer Charbonnet Miles Mrs. Gwendolyn A. Miller Mrs. Sybil Morial Dr. Archie and Mrs. Irene B. P. Morris Dr. Aaron P. and Mrs. Nekisha W. Omotola
Dr. James J. Perry Mr. Edgar F. Poree, Jr. Mr. Douglas T. Porter Mr. Wayman Powell III Dr. Errol J. and Mrs. Linda M. Quintal Ms. Kathlyn D. Robertson Mrs. Donna S. Robinson Mr. Kenneth M. and Mrs. Gail D. Sabathia Mr. Darrel J. and Mrs. Shaun Saizan Dr. Fred J. Sambrone, Jr. Ms. Juval O. Scott Mrs. Demetria F. Sloan Mr. Lionel A. Smith, Sr. Dr. Melissa D. Smith Royshanda C. Smith, M.D. Mr. Timothy J. Smith Mr. Edward Sparrow Mr. Wayne A. Steele, Sr. Henry L., III and Blanche Davison Stewart Mr. Joseph W. Sudduth, III Mrs. Doris B. Sullivan Mrs. Jeannette Tancock Mr. Albert J. and Mrs. Priscilla G. Taylor Dr. Jamelah A. Terry Dr. Leslie P. Theard Dr. Lowell P. Theard Mr. Edward S. and Mrs. Jane Thomas Mrs. Kendra Woodard Tircuit Ms. Tinh T. Trinh Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Tureaud, Jr. Mrs. Trina S. Vincent Mr. and Mrs. James O. Wadley Dr. LaToya R. Walker Mr. Richard J. Washington Drs. Marlon A. and Mialika Watkins Mr. Charles E. Wesley Dr. Janel Bailey Wheeler Mr. Philip J. White, Jr. and Mrs. Carolyn Wallace White Mr. Roderick L. and Mrs. Karen M. Whitfield Ms. Jimmie C. Wickham Dr. Horace B. Williams, Jr. Mrs. Inez D. Williams Ms. Mishanda L. Williams Mrs. Vervon D. Williams Ms. Aliya P. Wilson Mr. Joseph F. Zimmerman, Jr.
Gifts of $250 - $499 Mr. Billy G. Ambrose Lt. Col. Augustine S. Aruna Mr. Gerard J. Baham Ms. Ellen V. Barial Mrs. Dionne G. Barnum Mrs. Harriet Wooten Bass Mr. Irvin C. and Mrs. Wanda M. Blackburn LCDR Andre’ Le Gras Boutte’ Mr. John L. Bovastro, Jr. Mrs. Beverly Boykins
Ms. De Etra Branch Dr. Ronda L. Broady Ms. Mercedese Broussard Dr. Kristy M. Brumfield Mrs. Lily W. Brunswick Dr. Angele Thibodeaux Burns Dr. Jossie A. Burton Dr. Kimberly M. Bush Mrs. Typhanie Jasper-Butler Mr. Adolph F. Bynum, Sr. Deacon and Mrs. Larry L. Calvin Dr. Vivian D. Campbell Dr. Helen W. Carry Ms. Michelle W. Carter Mr. Erskine A. Cartwright Lt. Cdr. Dexter E. and Mrs. Demetria G. Caston Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Champion Mr. Lucien S. and Mrs. Deidre M.Charlot Mr. Kenny and Mrs. La Juana G. Chenier Mrs. Marie Chachere-Christian Mrs. Valena M. Coco Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie C. Collier, Sr. Mr. Donald C. Collins Dr. Ariane O. Conrad Mr. Andre S. Coure Ms. Karen S. Crawford Mr. Edward R. and Mrs. Anita Y. Dalferes Ms. Bythelda M. Davis Mrs. Lorraine Sigue Day Mrs. Brenda Mitchell Dear Mrs. Gail M. Carter-Dennis Mr. and Mrs. Hubert P. Depland, Jr. Mrs. Janice A. Deville Dr. Michael A. and Mrs. Michelle Dietrich Mr. Kevin C. and Mrs. Janice F. Dolliole Colette M. Dominique, M.D. Dr. Agnes Donahue Ms. Carol J. Dotson Mrs. Leslie A. Edwards Mr. Kelvin P. Esters Mr. Louis A. Evans Mr. Floyd F. and Mrs. Millie Ferguson Mrs. Janice Florent Dr. Stacey L. Folse Kendra L. Forbes, Pharm. D. Mrs. Ultra R. Fredericks Mr. Louis C. and Mrs. Carol G. Gaignard Dr. Kisha M. Gant Mrs. Ursula Gifford Mrs. Louaunne W. Gilyot Mrs. Margaret Glover Mrs. A. Doris J. Goins Ms. Beverly W. Grant Drs. Dwight A. and Lynn M. BernalGreen Mr. Sly Guillory Dr. Rachel Davis-Haley and Mr. N. Sundiata Haley
Mrs. Andrea Taylor-Harris Mrs. Jetta Harris Mrs. Martha Harris Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Harris Drs. Edward M. and Andolyn V. Harrison Ms. Veronica L. Harrison Mrs. Joyce M. Guillion Harte Mrs. Kimberly I. Johnson-Henry Dr. Iris Mabry-Hernandez Dr. Renee S. Hickson Mrs. Ophelia T. Hill Dr. Bessie Holloway Mr. James T. and Mrs. Yvonne T. Houston, Jr. Mrs. Mary T. Hunter Ms. Hyacinth H. Hutchinson Dr. Clanford L. Johnson Mr. Harry E. Johnson, Sr. Mrs. Judith G. Johnson Mr. Bennett C. Joseph, Jr. Mrs. Shirley M. Judge Mr. Junius L. Kaufman Mr. Todd G. Keller Mrs. Ruth E. Kennedy Mr. Earl F. and Mrs. Arlene S. King Mr. James W. and Mrs. Gennice W. King Mr. John Kirk Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Labat, Sr. Mr. Lionel B. Labeaud Mrs. Cheryl D. Lacabe Mr. Robert L. and Mrs. Shirley Larkin Mr. Jerrol Larrieu Mr. Philip T. Lastrapes Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo Mrs. Philomena D. Lawson Dr. Tilden and Mrs. Margaret Le Melle Mr. Wilfred J. and Mrs. Lois G. Leblanc Dr. Terrel M. Lecesne Mr. Jesse and Mrs. Carolyn Millet Lee Mr. John C. and Mrs. Jo Lemelle Ms. Grace M. Lemieux Dr. Markus D. Little Sr. Monica M. Loughlin, S.B.S. Dr. Peter and Mrs. Marjorie Louis Ms. Nicole D. Marchand Mr. and Mrs. Alvin J. Martin, Sr. Mr. Bervis B. McBride, Jr. Mrs. Susan R. McCleskey Mr. Alfred E. McEwen Mrs. Patrice E. McNeal Mr. L. J. and Mrs. Gail Melton Mr. Allison G. and Mrs. Joan Y. Mercadel Mrs. Ursula Merrick Mr. Marvin N. Miles Mrs. Lois F. Mills Mrs. Patricia T. Mincer Ms. Adrianne P. Mitchell Dr. and Mrs. Dawud Muhaimin
Contributors to Excellence Mrs. Shirley Williams AndersonNapier Mrs. Katherine T. Nicolay Ms. Tyra Ordone Mrs. Yvonne J. Osborne Ms. Joan A. Paisley Dr. Jarret R. Patton Mr. Roger D. Pender, Jr. Mr. Ulysses A. and Mrs. Rise Pichon Mr. Keith B. and Judge Robin Pittman Mr. Wellington T. Pitts Mrs. Lisa A. Porter Mrs. Geraldine M. Pratt Mr. Robert C. Price, Sr. and Mrs. Elvina Price Mrs. Rosemary B. Quillen Mrs. Virginia B. Rahming Mrs. Glenda Rankin Mrs. Ann M. Rawles Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Lisa M. Ray Dr. Warren J. Ray, Jr. Dr. Kimberly R. Rayford Mr. Gaylord S. and Mrs. Lurylene J. Raymond Dr. Mason C. and Mrs. Nellie M. Reddix Mrs. Vernell A. Reed Mrs. Irene B. Richardson Mr. Larry J. Rivarde Mrs. Charlene W. Robins Mrs. Althea R. Robinson Mrs. Chalita B. Robinson Dr. Mia J. Robinson Ms. Candice M. Roche Mr. Howard and Mrs. Gwendolyn Rollins Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris Mrs. Johnetta McMillan- Royster Mrs. Verina M. Sanchez Mr. Gordon B. Sanders Dr. Marilyn D. Saulsbury Mr. Randall and Mrs. Eva Schexnayder Geoffrey G. Selvage, Pharm D. Mr. Elmore J. and Mrs. Alva Seraile Mrs. Britté D. Smith Ms. DaRhonda M. Sheard Mrs. Althea W. Shedrick Mr. Kyle Simon Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Smith Dr. Louise Guenveur Streat Mr. William C. Tanner Dr. Jennifer A. Thomas Dr. Roderick O. and Mrs. Courtney Thornton Ms. Gabrielle Urquhart Mrs. Susan J. Vaughn, CPA Mrs. June Vavasseur Mr. Patrick A. and Mrs. Penny T. Victorian Mr. Paul J. Waddell Atty. Angelia D. Wade Ms. Paulette W. Wagner Dr. Shana P. Wakefield and Mr. VerNon Wakefield Mrs. Annetta M. Walker
Mrs. Cassandre K. Wallace Mrs. Janice L. Wash Dr. Krishawnda Rogers Washington Mr. Otis Washington Dr. Monica O. Watts Mr. John D. Webster Dr. Michael G. White Mrs. Gwendolyn H. Whitner Drs. Frank and Ida-Lorraine Wilderson Ms. Estelle M. Williams Ms. Joy M. Williams Drs. Mark E. and Stephanie W. Williams Mrs. Tracee Massey-Williams Mr. James A. and Mrs. Charlotte H. Wooten Ms. Verna Yancy
Gifts of $100 - $249
Mr. Charles and Mrs. Verta M. Mar Dr. Elaine Parker- Adams Ms. Greer T. Adams Ms. Beverly K. Addison Mrs. Tremaine J. Afetorgbor Mrs. Kanika U. Ajanaku Mrs. Carole B. Alarcon Mr. Nelson Alexander Ms. Jillian S. Alfonso Mr. and Mrs. George L. Allen, II Ms. Miya E. Allen Mrs. Verna Allen Mr. Joseph L. Allison Mr. Joseph J. and Mrs. Asther Almeida Mr. James A. Alsandor CPT Kimberly D. Alston Mr. Charles E. Amos, Jr. Dr. Louise Ann Gombako-Amos Ms. Acrealle Anderson Mr. Charles E. Anderson Mrs. Sauntiese C. Andrew Mr. Wilbert C. Antoine, Jr., CPA Mrs. Doris M. Aubry Mrs. Brenda August Janeen R. Azare, Ph.D. Dr. Troy L. Baldwin Dr. and Mrs. Herbert V. Baptiste, Sr. Mrs. Laura J. Baranco Mr. Francis X. Barial Mr. Keith T. Barker, M.S. Ms. Achontyrausi Y. Bell Mrs. Carol R. Daniels-Bell Mrs. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow Mr. Johnny L. Bennett, Jr. Mrs. Ione Beck Bertrand Mrs. Elvert Bijou Ms. Debbie Bissett Dr. Mackie J. Blanton Mr. Carl A. and Mrs. Eunette Blouin Mrs. Donna Blyden Mrs. Arlene Bornes Ms. Shelita G. Bourgeois Mrs. Patricia Carmouche Boushnell Mr. John A. Boutte
Ms. Patricia L. Bowman Mr. and Mrs. Danny J. Boykins Ms. Elease M. Bradford Ms. Fatima Z. Brakta Mr. Newman S. and Mrs. Melba D. Braud Ms. Gwendolyn M. Breaux Mrs. Charita Champion-Brookins Mr. Joseph A. Brooks, Jr. Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Darrilyn P. Broussard Mr. Bentley J. and Mrs. Olivia M. Broussard Mrs. Ann Hardy Brown Dr. Carolyn M. Brown Dr. Damieon G. Brown Mrs. Harriet S. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Kojis J. Brown Mrs. Laparisienne Moore-Brown Mr. Raymond A. Brown Mr. Samuel L. Brown Dr. Yasmin K. Brown Mrs. Beverly Broyard Mr. Stanley J. and Mrs. Elizabeth G. Brue Mr. Alexander Brumfield, Jr. Mr. Shane M. Bruno Sharm El’ Buras, M.D. Ms. Crystal S. Burley Mrs. Joycelyn L. Burnett Ms. Nitasha L. Burney Mrs. Helena W. Burrell Mr. Roy L. Bush, LCSW Mrs. Lorraine M. Butler Mr. Ronald L. Butler Mr. Royce D. Butler Ms. Francine D. Bynum Dr. and Mrs. Walton M. Byrnes Mrs. Trudy Ben Cage Dr. Charlette M. Cain Mrs. Mary Kiper Camp Mr. Anthony J. and Mrs. Lenora Carlson Ms. Mildred T. Caro Mrs. Gwendolyn S. Carriere Ms. Sonya L. Carswell Ms. Ann P. Carter Mrs. Janice C. Carter Mr. Troy A. and Mrs. Melanie Carter Mrs. Yttria Carter Mr. Frank and Mrs. Betty J. Caudle Mrs. Shirley M. Celestine Mr. Meyer J. and Mrs. Mary E. Chambers Mr. Reginald M. Chandler Mrs. Sue P. Chandler Mrs. Joressa Chappell Mr. Joseph L. and Mrs. Rosa Charbonnet Mr. and Mrs. Carlton I. Charles Ms. Morrisdeana M. Charles Mr. Richard E. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Clark Mrs. Tammy Galloway-Clyne William L. Cody, Ph.D.
Mr. Edward and Mrs. Jennifer Colbert Mr. Milton Coleman Mr. Donald F. Collins Dr. Lenora W. Collins Mrs. Helen Connelly Dr. Aryian L. Cooke Dr. Stephanie M. Hightower-Cooper Mr. Milton J. and Mrs. Yvonne Coulon Mr. James A. Cousin Mrs. Kimela B. Cox Mrs. Rose M. Craft Ms. Donna K. Crawford Rev. David G. Cray, S.S.E. Ms. Dayna H. Credle Mr. Lloyd X. and Mrs. Hatrtie Creecy Mrs. Croscina O. Crockett Mrs. Gayturnera G. Croom Mr. James L. Currence Mrs. Elaine L. Dais Dr. Arthur R. and Mrs. Jeanna M. Dampier Capt. Thomas R. Daniel, Jr. Mrs. Valerie H. Dapremont Mrs. Yvonne M. Darensbourg Mrs. Aissatou A. Sidime-David Ms. Doris Davis Mrs. Eulalia S. Davis Ms. Janet M. Davis Dr. Joseph W. Davis Mr. Roger F. Davis TenecQua M. Davis, Pharm. D. Dr. Peter E. Dawson Mrs. Alaine De Myers Mr. Keith E. Decay Dr. Anthony A. Decuir, Sr. Dr. Sharlene Sinegal- Decuir Mr. and Mrs. Winston G. Decuir Ms. Marianne DeGrange Mrs. Marilyn Degrasse Ms. Pernell R. Denet Mrs. Althea K. Deterville Ms. Tiffany T. Devereaux Dr. Armond A. and Mrs. Pearl Devezin Mr. Learnard G. Dickerson Mrs. Ann L. Dixon Dr. Tonya R. Dobbs Mrs. Jerry A. Domingue Mr. Joseph A. Domingue Mrs. Audrey H. Duncan Drs. Teddrick L. and Felecia N. Dunson Mr. and Mrs. Alton A. Duplantier Mr. Archie N. Dupre Mrs. Virginia M. Dupre Mrs. Karen Durand Ms. Iris T. Eagleton Dr. Michelle R. Easton Mrs. Deadra J. Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Edgar R. Edwards, Sr. Dr. Dayna L. Ellison Dr. Raycinia K. Ellison Mr. Walter H. and Mrs. Joan L. Ennis Mrs. Jerrice D. Epps Mr. and Mrs. George Etienne
Ms. Stacie M. Fabre Mr. and Mrs. Andre S. Farve Mrs. Elvera M. Feist Mr. William S. and Mrs. Dolores Fischer Mr. Warren A. Fleet Ms. Keisha D. Flen Mr. Lionel J. Fleury Dr. and Mrs. Edmond Franklin, Jr. Mr. Trent G. and Mrs. Laura Friedel Mrs. Myra P. Frost Mr. Melvin Gaines Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Gaines Ms. Phyliss S. Gaines Mr. Ronald D. Gaines Ms. Brandy M. Gallien Ms. Chantel K. Gant Ms. Toni M. Garvin Mr. Wilfred G. Gaspard Mr. Richard J. Gasper Mrs. Sharon Winder Gex Mrs. Barbara A. Gibbons Ms. Brenda V. Gibson Ms. Greta A. Gladney Ms. Felice J. Glapion Mr. Michael Glapion Mrs. Toni B. Vernon-Glasper Ms. Luella E. Gombako Dr. Rossie J. Gomez Ms. Mia R. Gonzales Dr. Paul R. Goodwin Mr. James Gordon Dr. Milton A. Gordon Mrs. Ruth O. Gordon Mrs. Claudesta O. Gould Dr. and Mrs. Alfred G. Gourrier Mr. Farris D. Gransberry Mr. Henry Grant, Jr. Mrs. Lolita T. Grant Mrs. Joyce Graves Mr. Troy D. Gray Sr. Ms. Dawn B. Greay Mr. Alan M. Green Mrs. Jacquelyn D. Green Mrs. Sefronia Greene Ms. Josephine R. Grier Mr. and Mrs. Ron D. Grimmette Dr. Alfred Guillaume, Jr. Mr. Brian G. Hall and Ms. Erica E. Townsend-Bell Mrs Consuella L. Hall Mr. Joseph Hall Mrs. Marjorie Hamilton Ms. Ethelyn R. Harbin Mrs. Alverna J. Harden Virgil M. Hardin, M.D. Ms. Kendra E. Harmon Mrs. Imogene V. Harrell Mr. William and Mrs. Lillian P. Harris Nikki P. Harrison, M.D. Dr. Kenneth D. Hartwill Ms. Jenna R. Hatton Dr. Patrice L. Hawkins Ms. Dawn E. Hebert
Honor Roll of Donors
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Mr. Harold B. and Mrs. Elaine Henderson Mr. Steven D. Henry, Jr. Ms. Barbara J. Hicks Mrs. Faye G. Hill Mr. Bruce A. Hines Dr. Sarita N. Hithe Ms. Darlene Hobbs Mr. Gary R. Hollimon Dr. Rosalind Green Holmes Mr. Jarred A. Honora Mr. Sylvester Hosey Dr. Ebony R. Hoskins Mr. Michael A. and Mrs. Gwen T. Houlemard Mr. Everett L. Howell Dr. Dia S. McPherson-Hurt Mrs. Ellesia Irving Mr. Jack M. Iskander Ms. Aniika R. Jackson Ms. Avis J. Jackson Mrs. Katherine A. Jackson Mr. Kevin M. Jackson Mr. Gregory C. Jacobs Mrs. Kuiana M. James Mr. Larry E. Jefferson Ms. Jacqueline Jeffrey Ms. Cassandra R. Jenkins Ms. Esperanda K. Johnson Mr. Gerard Johnson Ms. Virginia M. Johnson Ms. Anna E. Jollio Mrs. Carolyn C. Jones Dr. Cindi E. Jones Mr. George E. and Mrs. Patsie W. Jones Marilyn Jones, M.D. Mrs. Marilyn W. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Jones, Sr. Ms. Tina M. Jones Mr. Albert E. Joseph, Jr. Mrs. Dorothy D. Joseph Dr. Myrtly R. Joyner Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jumpiere, III Ms. Sharon D. Juzang Ms. Danita V. Kane Mrs. Jacqueline Kendall Ms. Dalila E. Kennedy Dr. Octavia M. Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Anthony E. King Mr. Howard C. King Ms. Phyllis C. King Mrs. Dorothy M. Labat Mrs. Jean S. Lang-Moore Mrs. Nellrose R. LaPierre Ms. Dorothy M. Lastrapes Mr. John Latson Mrs. Eunice D. Lear Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Edna Leary Mrs. Ann T. Lecompte Mr. Martin Lecour Dr. Kim M. LeDuff Mr. Clifton Lee Mrs. Cynthia G. Lee Mr. Louis M. Lee, CPA
Mr. Adam K. Lemieux, Jr. Ms. DeShondra N. Leonard Mr. Basil V. and Mrs. Emily M. Lewis Dr. Clarence S. and Mrs. Linda J. Reddick-Lewis Mrs. Ella M. Lewis Mrs. Josie Y. Lewis Mr. Leo Lewis Mrs. Mercaline Lewis Ms. Kim Y. Ligon Mrs. Minnie J. Davis-Linyear Dr. Leonard L. Lodrig Mr. Stanley L. Logan Mr. Stephen Lombard Dr. Clarence J. Louis Mrs. Manya P. Carter-Louis Ms. Nicole S. Luddington Ms. Alma B. Lyle Dr. Huey P. Madison, II Ms. Renee D. Markham Mrs. Patricia W. Marshall Dr. Karen M. Martin Ms. Kenisha R. Martin Mrs. Rosary Martin Mrs. Elswith C. Mazin Mr. Leon McClain, Jr. Mrs. Lisa L. McClain Ms. Mary D. McCorvey Mr. Earl L. McCree Mrs. Vivian S. McFarland Mr. and Mrs. John E. McKinnon, Jr. Ms. Cecelia V. Medley Mrs. Jeanne L. Meggs Dr. Trimiko C. Melancon Mrs. Mary A. Martin-Mercier Mr. Frank W. Merrick Dr. Tasha L. Merritt Ms. Tiffany R. Milam Mr. and Mrs. Archie K. Milton Dana E. Mingo, Pharm. D. Mrs. Jean Minor Dr. Willyetta B. and Mr. Corey J. Mitchell Dr. Delwin E. Mitchell Ms. Linda T. Molezion Mr. and Mrs. Solis Monconduit Ms. Margo N. Montgomery Ms. Arizona Moore Mrs. Emma Barnett Moore Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Moore Mr. Giovanni B. Morris Mrs. Cynthia D. Mumphery Mrs. Alice U. Murchison Ms. Tamara A. Murray Mr. Damien A. Narcisse Mr. Donald R. Naylor, Jr. Ms. Kenya Steele-Neal Dr. Ruth E. Neal Mr. and Mrs. Carl Neely Mr. Ventress S. Newport Mr. Truong T. Nguyen Mr. Sherril M. Nixon Mr. Augustine C. Njoku Mrs. Barbara G. Normand
Mrs. Lue Ellen C. Nunez Dr. Heather E. Olivier Mrs. Theresa W. Ott Ms. Dorothy Owens Mr. Michael D. Owens Mrs. Cheryl Thomas-Paige, CPA Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Roseanna Pappion Ms. Marva Pattillo Mrs. Tiffany J. Patton Mrs. Ennis M. Pepin Mr. Wilbur J. and Mrs. Hope Perez Mr. Alejandro R. and Mrs. Dina G. Perkins Ms. Natalia Perry Ms. Satira T. Perry Mr. Larry J. Pete Cdr. and Mrs. Elmo J. Peters, Jr. Mr. E. W. Peters Mr. Joseph N. Peterson, Jr. Ms. Marie T. Pham Mr. Isaac Picou Mr. Edward Pierre Mr. Fellman J. Pierre, Jr. Ms. Stella L. Poindexter Mrs. Verna R. Polk Mr. Edward H. and Mrs. Ursula M. Pollock Mr. Scott Ponder Mrs. Betty L. Porche Mr. Pierre P. Poree Ms. Bettye B. Powell Dr. William and Mrs. Carolyn Powell Ms. Wanda L. Preuss Ms. Lori S. Price Mr. Clifford Provost Mr. and Mrs. John P. Quinn Dr. Julia Bell Quint Mr. Bernard Rankins, Jr. Mrs. Lynne K. Raphael Dr. Kristi M. Isaac-Rapp Ms. Patric Ray Ms. Joyce D. Reese Mrs. Yvonne C. Repps Dr. and Mrs. Alvin J. Richard Dr. Daphne L. Richardson Ms. Alana M. Rieras Sherril M. Rieux, M.D. Ms. Juliet T. Robertson Mrs. Ellen D. Decou-Robinson Mrs. Marlene C. Robinson Dr. Alan J. Rodney Mr. Curlie L. Rogers Mrs. Kaye L. Rolland Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rouselle Mrs. Anne Marie Lewis-Roussell Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Roussell Dr. Ayana K. Rowley Mr. Darrell C. Rubin Mr. and Mrs. Kevin M. Saberre Mr. Alix H. Sanders, Jr. Mr. Joseph H. and Mrs. Eileen H. Saulsbury, Jr. Ms. Keira N. Scanks Mr. Anthony G. Sceau, Jr.
Earl S. Sconiers, RPh. Mrs. Edita H. Scott Mrs. Muriel P. Segre Ms. Nosizwe A. Sellers Dr. L. Karenna Senors Ms. Yvonne M. Shanks Mr. Dennis N. Sigur, Jr. Mr. Byron H. Simmons Mrs. Lula Mae S. Simms Mr. Robert H. Simms Ms. Angela M. Simon Mr. William D. Simon, Jr. Robert L. Simpson, R.Ph. Ms. Cynthia C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Smith Mrs. Edith J. Smith Ms. Engrid S. Smith, MA Mrs. Jacinda Byrd-Smith Mrs. Juanita Smith Mrs. Susan H. Smith Mr. Xavier L. Smith Mr. David M. and Mrs. Tanja M. Soublet Mrs. Gia B. Soublet Ms. Stephanie E. L. Spradley Mrs. Wilhelmina A. Stanley Ms. Roxanne M. Steele Mr. Stanley S. Strauss Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt Striggles Mr. Joseph R. and Mrs. Dolores G. Stripling Mr. Edward Sutton Dr. Averell H. and Mrs. Tara M. Sutton Mr. Victor J. Syng Ms. Christian S. Taplin Mrs. Gertrude P. Taylor Mrs. Joyce Guilbeau Taylor Mr. Billy G. Terrell Mrs. Carolyn Thomas Mrs. Agnes Thompson Mrs. Beverly Thompson Mr. Millard J. Thompson Mrs. Iris Trouillier Mr. and Mrs. Mertes E. Troullier Mrs. Gaynielle T. Troutman Ms. Joan Ulmer Dr. Elizabeth O. Unachukwu Mr. William D. Van Buren, III Mrs. Jean A. Benjamin-Vappie, `73 Ms. Taja R. Varnado Ms. Lisa A. Vaughn Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell P. Veno Ms. Sandra Victor Mr. Albert J. Victorianne Mr. Steven Vu Mrs. Melba M. Waddell Mrs. Gwendolyn H. Wade Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Walker, Jr. Dr. Kesha Walker and Mr. Christopher Walker Dr. LaQuia A. Walker Mrs. Elaine M. Walton Dr. John Ware Mrs. Arthemise Washington
Dr. Edward R. and Mrs. Shirley P. Washington Mrs. Geraldine B. Washington Mrs. Lee Anna Washington Mrs. Joyce Jones Webb Ms. Nicole D. Webb Dr. Donald D. Weddington Mrs. Karen R. Weston Mrs. Trudy Lemelle-Whisonant Mr. Clarence L. White Dr. Henry and Mrs. Geralyn Wicker Ms. Bristol M. Williams Ms. Ebonyâ€™E E. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Elias J. Williams Ms. Leslie Batiste Williams Mrs. Lorraine G. Williams Mrs. Mary T. Williams Mr. Melvin G. and Mrs. Gail M. Williams Ms. Mollie M. Williams Mrs. Nicole Williams Mr. Thomas H. and Mrs. Eleanor S. Williams Mrs. Janiece H. Williamson Mrs. Claire F. Wilson Ms. Marissa R. Wilson Mrs. Montressa L. Wilson Mrs. Muriel Wilson Mrs. Ruth N. Wilson Mr. Ellsworth A. and Mrs. Laura S. Wiltz Mrs. Lynn Davis Winn Mrs. Vera Winston Mr. Alfred T. and Mrs. Wilma Witcher Ms. Blanche P. Wong Mr. John A. Woodard Mrs. Jean H. Wooten Mrs. M. Wynetta S. Wright Dr. Felicie G. Wyatt Mrs. Karen E. Yarbrough Mrs. Sandra J. Zimmerman
Gifts of $1 - $99
Ms. Carmichael L. August Mrs. Dolores T. Aaron Mr. James Addison Mrs. Lillie Albert Ms. Sara A. Al-Dahir Mr. Willie J. Alexander Mrs. Celeste M. Ancar Mrs. Patricia A. Scott-Anders Mrs. Laura G. Anderson Mr. Carroll S. Antoine Ms. Carla M. Armstrong Mr. Malcolm M. Armstrong Mr. Jay D. Aronowitz Mr. Dudley G. Auzenne Mr. Joseph D. Babineaux Ms. Alisha M. Bailey Valdesha L. Ball, M.D. Mrs. Gloria S. Barber Mr. Sylvester Barker Mrs. Ditania M. Barquet Ms. Donzella Barthelemy
Contributors to Excellence Ms. Germaine P. Bazzle Ms. Courtney Beaulieu Ms. Heather M. Beckett Mrs. Patricia S. Bennett Ms. Amanda S. Bercey Ms. Lisa A. Bierria Ms. Joyce O. Blunt Capt. and Mrs. Rene G. Boissiere Ms. Leslie R. Boone Ms. Ciarra A. Borne Mrs. Rita Boskent Ms. Tia N. Bostick Mr. Albert C. Bouise III Ms. Nicholette L. Bourgeois Mrs. Carolyn K. Bowman Mr. Kenneth W. and Mrs. Gilda D. Boyd Mrs. Sonya L. Bradford Dr. Elizabeth A. Breda Mrs. Blivienne R. Brown Mr. Roy T. Brown Mr. Joseph C. Bruno Ms. Charlotte M. Bryant Mr. Christopher G. Buckley Ms. Ashleigh N. Buffer Mr. Daniel Burke III Ms. Danielle S. Burrell Mr. Gregory A. Burrell Mrs. Delphenie H. Butler Mr. Frederick Butler Mrs. Mary F. Cambre Mrs. Kenya T. Campbell Mrs. Clara P. Carey Mr. Bryan M. Carraway Mr. Edgar J. Carrere, Jr. Mr. Kenneth L. and LaQuita Carter Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Carter Ms. Monita J. Chambers Mr. and Mrs. Conrad A. Charles Mr. Henry R. Charlot, Jr. Mr. Lawrence H. Chatmon Mr. Ronald G. Chenier Ms. Nicolette D. Clark Ms. Thomasina P. Clarke Mrs. Brenda Colbert Mr. Charlie W. and Mrs. VonDa L. Colquitt Mrs. Belinda C. Conner Mr. Karl J. Connor and Mrs. Chimene G. Connor Mrs. Vicky Costanza Sr. Jean M. Craig, S.B.S. Ms. Katrina Crawford Ms. Bonita M. Cuillier Mrs. Clevetta T. Cummings Ms. Alauna N. Curry Mrs. Yauna Hopkins Dailey Mrs. Anise Davis Mrs. Iris D. Davis Mr. Joshua Davis Mrs. Shelia A. Davis Ms. Zakiyah D. Davis Ms. Jamila D. Davison Ms. Shirley T. DeClouette Mrs. Joyce D. DeGrange
Mr. Edward Denton Ms. Natasha F. Deveauuse Ms. Rhonda R. Dickey Mrs. Sharon L. Donato Mrs. Ahdija C. Donatto Mrs. Barbara Ducote Mrs. Valencia Duffel Mrs. Tanya M. Barra-Dukes Ms. Druescellar P. Dumas Ms. Richland E. Dunham Mr. Raymond Duplessis, Sr. Mrs. Wanda Duplessis Mr. Wendell M. Dupuy Judge Erania M. Ebron Mrs. Karen S. Edwards Mrs. Orida B. Edwards Ms. Zaheerah N. El-Amin Mrs. Marion A. Ellis Mrs. Barbara Emelle Mr. Edward J. and Mrs. Yolande R. Eugere Mrs. Clarissa Evans Mrs. Karen V. Evans Ms. Shirley E. Everett Ms. Dana R. Feist Sr. Mary Clare Fichtner Ms. Adrienne D. Finley Ms. Kiah S. Firebrand Mrs. Juanita R. Fleming Mr. Thomas J. Fontenot Ms. Whitney R. Forstall Mr. Shedrick Foster, Jr. Mrs. Lynn Smith-Foxworth Ms. Samantha Frye Mrs. Augusta Baudy-Garrett Ms. Camille B. Garrison Ms. Terri L. Gaston Mrs. Yolanda L. Gautier Mr. Lloyd A. Gavion, Jr. Mr. Robert F. Gibbs Mrs. Genelle Gibson Mr. Calvin and Mrs. Opaline K. Gilliam Mr. Houston Gilliand, Jr. Dr. Timothy J. Glaude Ms. Sharrone M. Godfrey Ms. Alisa E. Goetz Mr. Carl A. Gordon Mr. Stephen K. Gotzkowsky Sr. Donna M. Gould Dr. Charles A. Gramlich and Mrs. Mary R. Gramlich Mr. and Mrs. Cary M. Grant Ms. Jacqueline T. Grant Ms. Judy A. Griffin Ms. Karen M. Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Ercell A. Grimes, Jr. Ms. Katherine W. Grinstead Mrs. Gertrude Hagan Mrs. Ra’Nell Hale Ms. Sierra A. Hall Ms. Gladys Hampton Ms. Anya R. Hancock Dr. Cindy G. Harden Mrs. Patricia A. Harness
Mr. Mart and Mrs. Arlene E. Harper Dr. Rekesha A. Harrell Mrs. Lisa R. Harris Dr. Toya R. Harris Dr. Linda N. Harvey Ms. Kizzy N. Hayes Ms. Gail C. Henderson Ms. Judith E. Henderson Mr. Alvin M. Henry Mr. John C. Henry, Jr. Mrs. Valerie C. Hicks Mr. and Mrs. Keith T. Hill Ms. Megan E. Hill Mrs. Natneggs E. Hill Ms. Cam Tu Ho Ms. Ashely B. Holmes Mr. Lawrence C. and Mrs. Erica N. Houston Ms. Kristi G. Hubbard Ms. Kristal A. Huggins Sr. Barbara Hughes, C.S.J. Mr. Kordell A. B. Hunter Ms. Priscilla E. Hydell Mr. Conrad Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jackson Ms. Yasmira S. Jackson Mrs. Kynisha Ducre-Jarreau Elliot M. Jessie, M.D. Ms. Shalonda G. Johns Mrs. Evelyn L. Johnson Ms. Tasha Johnson Mrs. Agatha R. Jones Ms. Carmen C. Jones Mrs. Lorelle P. Jones Ms. Makeba Y. Jones Mrs. Maude L. Jones Mrs. Monique M. Jones Mrs. Narva L. Jones Mr. Robert C. Jones II Ms. Sherrill F. Jones Mrs. Le’Anza M. Jordan Mrs. Gayle Jorgensen Mrs. Joyce Joseph Mrs. Gwendolyn E. Julien Ms. Veronica L. Kaough Mr. Herman G. King Ms. Healon D. Knight Ms. Tracie M. LaFargue Ms. Christy M. Lagarde Ms. Regina R. Landrum Mrs. Andrea A. Laurant Mrs. Darrilyn T. Lawrence Mrs. Cynthia Sylvain-Lear Ms. Leslie C. Leathers Mr. David R. Leblanc Ms. Felicia Y. Lewis Ms. Lovie F. Lewis Mrs. Sandra C. Lewis Mr. Edgar A. Lombard IV Mrs. Nicole Louis Ms. Harolyn G. Lowe Ms. Anita W. Lui Ms. Katrina H. Lui Mrs. Aloma R. Lykes
Ms. Chrystal R. Lynn Mrs. Lydia L. Mack Mrs. Carolyn B. Magee Ms. Monica N. Majors Ms. Latriece E. Manning Ms. Lisa M. Margerum Ms. Amanda K. Martin Mrs. Monique A. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Martin, Jr. Ms. Wendy T. McClinton Mrs. Patricia S. McCraine Ms. Regina D. McCutcheon Mr. Walter T. McDowell Ms. Ruth C. McGee Mr. Gregory J. and Mrs. Sandra D. McKendall Ms. Mary E. McKendell Mrs. Michelle K. McMeans Mrs. Monica Lewis Mercadel Mrs. Ann Nell R. Miller Mrs. Cynthia Gordon-Miller Mrs. Margaret Miller Mrs. Mary J. Hadnott-Mims Ms. Brittani N. Monroe Mrs. Joyce T. Mouton Mrs. Gertrude L. Muecke Mr. Edwin J. Muldrow Ms. Carmen L. Mumford Dr. Renard L. Murray Mrs. Therese M. Naim Naguib Ms. Joanne M. Navarre Ms. Thao Ngo Ms. April R. Noble Ms. Catanya A. Norwood Mr. Kelechi R. Okoroha Mrs. Aurelia H. Orr Mrs. Melissa A. Lear-Pappion Mr. McKinley Parfaite Mr. Curtis L. Parrish Mrs. Sophia Pasedis Mr. Jovan D. Payton Mrs. Kimberly R. Pazon Mrs. Diane T. Peoples Mrs. Angela L. Campbell-Phelps Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Phoenix Mr. Christopher L. Phoenix Mrs. Trenice Davis Pickney Ms. Ramonte’ J. Pinkins Mr. George R. Plick Mr. Rodrick E. Points Mr. Albert J. and Mrs. Bernadette Porche Mrs. Barbara Prejean Mrs. Rachelle C. Prevost Mrs. Valerie M. Prier Mr. Eugene A. Priestley Ms. Mercedes J. Proctor Mrs. Bessie A. Reeves Mrs. Hortense H. Reine Ms. Loren M. Richard Mrs. Monica Richard Ms. Debra M. Richardson Mrs. Dora J. Richardson Ms. Gwendolyn A. Ridgley
Mrs. Marlene R. Ritch Mr. Herbert L. and Mrs. Linda B. Roberts Ms. Sonya L. Roberts Ms. Monique A. Robertson Ms. Mia R. Robins Dr. Candace E. Robinson Dr. Donald K. Robinson and Mrs. Ruby F. Robinson Mrs. Cynthia M. Isaac-Romar Mrs. Venus Childress Roper Ms. Jessica M. Ross Mrs. Latricia B. Ross Miss Anisha L. Roussel Mrs. Kathy C. Saloy Mrs. Deanna R. Sanders Ms. Barbara Sapenter Mrs. Alana A. Sarrazin, RPh. Mrs. Edwina B. Saulny Mrs. Melanie Carter-Saulny Mr. Louis Savoy Mrs. Rowena F. Sawyer-Albury Ms. Alexis A. Scott Mrs. Sandra C. Scott Mr. and Mrs. Unice D. Shaw Matilda H. Shields, Pharm. D. Sr. Mary Rosita Shiosee, S.B.S. Ms. Alicia J. Sims Mr.Willard and Mrs.Chandra F. Smith Mrs. Gwendolyn Smith Mr. Kermit L. Smith Mr. Lamont A. Smith Mrs. Lois A. Jackson-Smith Mr. Nathan A. Smith Mrs. Nicole Y. Smith Ms. Tiffany Spencer Mrs. Ann J. St. Julien Sr. Mary Ann Stachow, S.B.S. Dr. Joanell M. Darnell and Mr. Allen B. Staton Mr. Silas A. Steele Ms. Stacy E. Stepney Mrs. Lula M. Golston-Stewart Ms. Alexis J. Stokes Mr. Leslie and Mrs. Audrey F. Sudbury Ms. Cherie D. Suther Ms. Ashley M. Taylor Mrs. Erica Lynn Morgan-Taylor Ms. Kenya C. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. David M. Terrie Angela M.W. Thanyachareon, Attorney-at-Law Mr. Earl J. Theriot Mrs. Anne H. Thibodeaux Ms. Christyn A. Thibodeaux Ms. Darlene Thomas Ms. Diamond I. Thomas Mr. Isaac Thomas Mrs. Shoneka Norwood Thomas Ms. Tracie L. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Keith J. Toney Mrs. Pamella W. Trask Ms. Meaghan D. Triplett Mrs. Charmagne Turpeau Mrs. Cynthia H. VanDam
Honor Roll of Donors Mr. Gerald A. Villavasso, Jr. Mr. Derek R. Walker Mr. Stephen M. and Mrs. Christina M. Ward Dr. Lashaun Y. Washington Mrs. Tiffany L. Bolden-Watkins Ms. Yashika J. Watkins Mrs. Pansy R. Watson Mr. Herbert G. Wells, Jr. Mrs. Judith Whitt Mrs. Lois M. Wiley Mrs. Anita Williams Mr. Damon L. Williams Mr. Lance and Mrs. Mona B. Williams Ms. Letitia M. Williams Mrs. Rae M. Williams Mr. Ralph Williams Ms. Carlene D. Wilson Mrs. Rashun W. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Winder Dr. Adrian Woods Ms. Doris O. Woodson Dr. Charmaine Young Mrs. Hilda Young Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Young
Corporations 2011 Dr. Norman C. Francis Benefit Concert Sponsors
Adams & Reese, LLP AT&T Louisiana B XPRESS LOUISA, LLC Blitch Knevel Architects BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana BP America, Inc. Burns Management Group Capital One Services, Inc. Chapital Consulting Group LLC Crumb Engineering, LLC Daughters of Charity Denuchaud and Denuchaud Entergy Corporation First NBC Bank Global Parking Systems-TX Hall Builders, Inc. Harrah’s New Orleans Casino & Hotel Hookfin Termite and Pest Control Co., Inc. Humana, Inc. Jani King Gulf Coast Region JPMorgan Chase Bank The Kennedy Financial Group Landis Construction Company, LLC Liberty Bank & Trust Company Louisiana Lottery Corporation Louisiana Weekly Publishing Company Manning Architects, APAC MPress The New Orleans Tribune Otis Elevator Company Peoples Health Network Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Siemens Power Generation Sodexo, Inc. Stella Jones Gallery Veolia Transportation Wendy’s International, Inc. Eustis Insurance & Benefits ING Life Insurance & Annuity Company Metro Disposal, Inc.
Gifts of Artwork, Property or Other In-Kind Gift
XG Summer 2012
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Advanced Healing Massage New Orleans Audubon Nature Institute Dooky Chase Restaurant Hilton Garden Inn Hotel New Orleans Juban’s Restaurant Baton Rouge The Court of Two Sisters The Delta Air Lines Foundation
Gifts of $10,000 or more
3M AT&T Louisiana BP America, Inc. Capital One Services, Inc. Concourse Ventures, Inc. Entergy Corporation The Hertz Investment Group Jani King Gulf Coast Region Landis Construction Company, LLC Medco Health Solutions, Inc., and Medco Health Affiliates Procter & Gamble Co., Inc. Sodexo, Inc. The Times-Picayune
Gifts of $5,000 - $9,999
B XPRESS LOUISA, LLC Blitch Knevel Architects BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana Cox, Matthews & Associates, Inc. Crumb Engineering, LLC CVS Corporation Eustis Insurance & Benefits First NBC Bank Hall Builders, Inc. Humana, Inc. Jani-King International, Inc. Liberty Bank & Trust Company Louisiana Lottery Corporation Louisiana Weekly Publishing Company Manning Architects, APAC Murphy Oil Corporation Peoples Health Network Scott Management Team, Inc. Shell Oil Company Matching Gifts Program Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Siemens Power Generation Target Corporation Textron Matching Gift Program Woodward Design+Build
Gifts of $2,500 - $4,999
American First National Bank American Honda Motor Company, Inc. Carriere-Stumm, Inc. ChevronTexaco Corporation Daughters of Charity DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company Gillis, Ellis & Baker, Inc. Hithe Enterprises, Inc. Hookfin Termite and Pest Control Co., Inc. JPMorgan Chase Bank Lockheed Martin Corporation Microsoft Corporation On The Seventh Day Productions LA, LLC
Gifts of $1,000 - $2,499 Adams & Reese, LLP Advanced Surgical Specialist of North East Georgia, LLC Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund Boeing Company Canal Street Family Dentistry Comerica Bank ConocoPhillips Petroleum Foundation, Inc. Emanuel Health Clinic, P.C. Expert Reviews, Inc. Fitchfield Music, LLC Jupiter Law Firm, LLC Lafitte Frozen Foods Legend Consulting Group Limited Mc H & N Management Co., Inc. McDonald’s Restaurant # 4968 Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc./ The Atlanta Consulting Group Toca Enterprises, Ltd. Veolia Transportation Wells Capital Management Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc./ The Atlanta Consulting Group Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Gifts of $500 - $999
Abbott Enterprises, LLC DBA MPress Agincourt Capital Management, LLC Associated Office Systems Burns Management Group Chapital Consulting Group, LLC D & D Consultants, Inc. Denuchaud and Denuchaud Deis, Inc. Excel Screen Printing & Embroidery, Inc. Global Parking Systems-TX Harrah’s New Orleans Casino & Hotel Intel Charitable Match Trust The Kennedy Financial Group Mona’s Accents Florist & Gifts Co. The New Orleans Tribune Otis Elevator Company The Pharmacy Priority Systems, Inc. Signs Now 77 Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Time Warner, Inc. Wendy’s International, Inc. Xerox Corporation
Gifts of $250 - $499
Diversified Healthcare Resources, Inc. Transocean-Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. Multitech Office Machines, Inc.
Gifts of $100 - $249
Altria Group, Inc. Apothecary Pharmacy, Inc. But Cut’s Enterprises, LLC Everett Howell Associates, Inc. Hawthorne Professional Pharmacy Jackson Institutional Dental Services Landmark Surveying, Inc. LS3 Studios Rainbow Incorporated Raytheon Ridgeland Eyecare Center, Inc. Stephanie Drain Engineering of Illinois, LLC
Gifts of $1 - $99
American International Group, Inc. Matching Grants Program Bayou Radiology, Inc. Cargill, Incorporated Carter Company Tax Service, LLC Edison International Green Coast Enterprises Home Depot, Inc. Travelers Community Connections
Foundations Gifts of $10,000 or more
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation ExxonMobil Foundation Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund Goldring Family Foundation Hank Aaron Chasing The Dream Foundation Kresge Foundation Lumina Foundation for Education The Coca-Cola Foundation The Hearst Foundation, Inc. The Jaeger Foundation The James R. Moffett Family Foundation The James S. Kemper Foundation The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. The Reily Foundation The Teagle Foundation, Inc. The Tom Joyner Foundation The W. M. Keck Foundation
Contributors to Excellence Gifts of $5,000 - $9,999 Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Foundation IBM International Matching Gifts Program Intel Foundation Matching Gifts Merck Company Foundation Peter J. Frenkel Foundation, Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region The Greater New Orleans Foundation The Kroger Company Foundation The Schott Foundation for Public Education The Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Gifts of $2,500 - $4,999 Coca-Cola Foundation Matching Gifts Program Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust Wal-Mart Foundation
Gifts of $1,000 - $2,499 AT&T Higher Education/Cultural Matching Gift Program Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Matching Gift Program Burkedale Foundation General Electric Foundation, Inc. Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana NACDS Education Foundation The Thomas W. Bean Foundation Weil-Bohn Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program
Gifts of $500 - $999
California Community Foundation GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Pepsico Foundation, Inc. Texas Instruments Foundation The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc.
Gifts of $250 - $499
John Deere Foundation The Baton Rouge Area Foundation The Clorox Company Foundation The Louise L. Felton Living Trust
Gifts of $100 - $249
Baker Hughes Foundation McKesson Foundation New York Life Foundation The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc. Verizon Foundation
Gifts of $1 - $99
Cardinal Health Foundation
Individuals 2011 Dr. Norman C. Francis Benefit Concert Sponsors
The Most Reverend Dominic Carmon Dr. Gene and Mrs. Carolyn D’Amour Mr. Gregory W. and Mrs. Jaquetta B. Davis Mr. William Glanzmann Mr. Lionel Hampton (Estate) Mr. William L. and Mrs. Deborah M. Jeffrion Ms. Lea K. Keal Dr. Judith G. Miranti The Honorable Edwin Murray Mr. John A. and Mrs. Ellen Pecoul Mr. Stephen M. Savage Ms. Patricia H. Vaultz Ms. Melva D. Williams
Gifts of Artwork, Property or Other In-Kind Gift Ms. Iris I. Hanney Dr. Stella Jones Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Milling Mrs. Denise Robins Dr. Coretha White Dr. Daniel E. Hegarty
Gifts of $10,000 or more
Dr. Dale Mason Cochran Dr. Victor DuRapau, Jr. Most Reverend Curtis Guillory S.V.D., D.D. Mr. Victor L. Haydel Mr. Edward T. Lee Monsignor Paul A. Lenz, D.D. Dr. Edward L. Oleen Mr. Michael M. and Mrs. Jenny Rue Mrs. Eloise Simmons Mrs. Phyllis Taylor Mr. and Mrs. William J. Wernz Mr. Charles H. Wilcox, Sr. (Estate) Mrs. Mary K. Zervigon
Gifts of $5,000 - $9,999 Mr. Henry and Mrs. Billye S. Aaron Ms. Shirley S. Baker Mr. and Mrs. Dwight L. Bush Mr. Lionel Hampton (Estate) Mr. Colvin G. Norwood, Jr. Mr. Gerry O’Reilly and Mrs. Maria Connolly Mr. Frank B. Stewart, Jr. Ms. Sharleen Toney
Gifts of $2,500 - $4,999
Mr. Edgar J. and Mrs. Doris L. Boucree The Most Reverend Dominic Carmon Ms. Iris I. Hanney Mr. and Mrs. John P. Krolikowski Dr. Joe A. Melcher Dr. and Mrs. Horace L. Mitchell Mr. John A. and Mrs. Ellen Pecoul Mrs. Suzanne and Mr. Ashton Phelps, Jr. Mr. Wayne M. and Mrs. Stella C. Reese Mrs. Gwendolyn D. Rouzan Dr. Susan Spillman Mr. Rodney J. Thomas, III
Gifts of $1,000 - $2,499 Dr. David E. Anderson Mr. Lewis Anderson Mrs. Mercedes C. Anderson Mr. Kenneth Bartels and Mrs. Jane Condon Mr. and Mrs. Alan Berlow Atty. Madelon Blum Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. Ms. Cheryl L. Brown Mr. Joseph K. Byrd Ms. Helen Cuillier Mr. John J. Cunningham Dr. Gene and Mrs. Carolyn D’Amour Mr. Gregory W. and Mrs. Jaquetta B. Davis Mr. and Mrs. David F. Dietz Ms. Jacquelyn A. Fanion Ms. Brenda S. Finch Mr. Dwight Fitch The Family of Mrs. Tullos Flint Mrs. Betty R. Fortin Mr. Seelos Fortin Mrs. Linda S. Francis Mr. Kenneth A. and Mrs. Eileen E. Frick Mr. Kyle Fulton Mr. Earl M. Gibson Jr. Dr. Marguerite S. Giguette Mr. Roderick E. Hennek Dr. Onita Estes-Hicks Ms. Mildred Higgins Mr. Stephen Hobson The Most Reverend Martin D. Holley Mr. James D. and Mrs. Eileen S. Holzhauer Dr. Kathleen B. Kennedy The Loughlin Family Dr. Michael E. Lavigne, Jr. Dr. Joseph C. Lefevre Mr. Lawrence A. and Mrs. Margret Lessing Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. McCoy Mr. Louis and Mrs. Laura Meyi Mr. Nolan J. Millet, Jr. Dr. Karen Moore
The Children of Mr. and Mrs. Gaston F. Moore, Jr. Mr. Robert and Mrs. Lillian P. Nash Mr. Charles Newton Dr. Justina E. Ogbuokiri Bishop Leonard Olivier Mrs. Mary Ann D. Oprisch The Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry Dr. Carol Houser Pineiro Atty. Mary Ellen Powers Dr. Yashoda V. Pramar Drs. Thomas and Theresa Pretlow Mr. Mark C. Romig Mrs. Alda Sanders Mr. Thomas J. and Mrs. Sally Slattery Ms. Nancy D. Smith Mrs. Nannette Smith Dr. Kenneth A. and Mrs. Lori R. St. Charles Mr. James E. and Mrs. Phyllis Stone Mr. Allan and Mrs. Elaine K. Tanenbaum Mr. Isaac C. Tatum Mr. Karl D. Turner and Dr. Cecily Turner Ms. Monica L. Vincent Ms. Melva D. Williams Mr. Clifford S. Wright, CPA
Gifts of $500 - $999
Ms. Regina Austin Mr. David Bergeron George L. Bernstein, Ph.D. Ms. Martha M. Broad Ms. Ruth A. Broussard and Mr. Ray W. West, Jr. Mrs. Nancy and Mr. Bill Brown Mr. Edgar J. Bullard, III Dr. Mary C. Carmichael Mr. Lawrence C. Coulon Ms. Debra A. Cross Mrs. Eloise D. Dixon Patrick T. Dowling, M.D. Mr. Anthony A. and Mrs. Roselyn Fernandez Col. Leo H. Galloway (Army Retired) Mr. William Glanzmann Mr. John P. Gleason Dr. Shamsul Huda Ms. Lea K. Keal Mr. Steven M. and Mrs. Judith G. Lipson Dr. Judith G. Miranti Mr. Robert E. Murphy, Jr. The Honorable Edwin Murray Ms. Erica Perkins Mr. Peter R. Quirk Mr. Stephen M. Savage Ms. Delores C. Stevens Bishop Elliott G. Thomas Mr. Richard Tucker, Sr. Mr. Olger Twyner, III Mrs. Patricia H. Vaultz Msgr. Raymond J. Wahl Ms. Natalie Ward Mrs. Patricia A. Wilson
Gifts of $250 - $499
Dr. Murty A. Akundi Dr. Elizabeth A. Barron Dr. Jose J. Bautista Mr. Clyde M. Bouligny Dr. Tommy E. Bowan Mr. Marion and Mrs. Judy Bracy Mr. Winston Brown Ms. Debra A. Burke Mr. Renald N. Bush Mrs. Tanya Flint Coleman Mr. Richard Colton, Jr. Ms. Alicia Costa Mr. Arnold L. Crump Mrs. Jessie Dejoie Dr. Stassi DiMaggio Mr. Thomas Duffy Dr. Janine Christen Edwards Mr. Bruce Hamilton, Sr. Drs. Elliott D. and Elizabeth Y. Hammer Mrs. Amy B. Hite Mr. Shelton A. Howard Mr. James Hutchinson Mr. Albert L. Hyland Ms. Dana Jamero Mr. William L. and Mrs. Deborah M. Jeffrion Dr. Lester W. Jones, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John C. Killinger Dr. Vimal Kishore Mrs. Mary Kittles Ms. Marie L. Landry Dr. Michael R. and Mrs. Patricia Lucey Mr. Kevin Lyman Ms. Brenda Medley Dr. David J. and Mrs. Linda B. Mihm Mrs. Marian Minnard Dr. Patience Obih Mr. Garrett Paine Mrs. June M. Pajaud Mr. Edward J. Phillips, Jr. Mr. Alan E. Pinado Sr. Ms. Jennifer A. Querzergue Ms. Gina Rachal Ms. Trenell Richardson Dr. Joseph F. Ross Mr. Sheppard Roubion Mr. William Rouege Jr. Mr. John R. and Mrs. Mary M. Schmertz, Jr. Ms. D. J. Schneider Ms. Melinda Shelton Ms. Kelley Simmons Dr. Cynthia K. Stanton Mr. Robert E. Stratford Mrs. Audrey P. Tanner Mr. Samuel Toston Dr. Harold A. Vincent Mrs. Alice W. Wallace Ms. Gloria D. Wright Ms. Tara C. Young
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Ms. Agnes A. August Mrs. Brenda M. Adams Mr. John P. Adams Ms. Nicole M. Adams Mr. Michael K. and Mrs. Tramell Alexander Mrs. Cornelia Alexis Ms. Maureen Ancar Ms. LaKeysha C. Arthur Dr. Thaddeo Babiiha Mr. Louis J. Babst Mr. and Mrs. Michael Baker Ms. Elaine Baran Dr. and Mrs. Wendell O. Belfield Ms. Gail Blattenberger Mr. and Mrs. John P. Blessington Ms. Linda M. Bolt Dr. Amne Borghol Ms. Barbara M. Bowen Ms. Jean Bradley Ms. Cathy R. Brimmer Dr. Betty C. Brookover Ms. Ara M. Thomas-Brown Mr. John L. Brown, Jr. Dr. Kristy A. Brumfield Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Buck Mrs. Mary Jo Buck Ms. Margaret M. Buckley Mr. L. Chris Butler Mr. Joseph M. and Mrs. Mary J. Cahill Mrs. Susan R. Calcagno Dr. and Mrs. Bertram Caruthers, Jr. Ms. Anne M. Casey Mr. Daniel T. Casey Mr. Stephen J. and Mrs. Ellen M. Casey Mr. Edward Cassiere Mrs. Evelyn B. Christman Mr. and Mrs. William K. Christovich Mr. and Mrs. Barrie D. Coate Mr. Robert F. and Mrs. Aloha M. Collins Ms. Edith L. Cox Mr. David N. Crapo Ms. Carolyn Creamer Dr. Ronald E. Crier Mr. Edward W. Crowe Mrs. Rachel Cruthirds Ms. Betty A. Davis Mr. Limuel G. Davis Ms. Patricia B. Davis Ms. Rita A. Degen Mr. Gary G. Deleaumont Mr. Keith and Mrs. Belinda Deslonde Mr. Jacques J. Detiege Mr. Keith V. Dillon Mrs. Vita O. DiMaggio Mrs. Ann T. Donnelly Anonymous DonorsEssence Fest Elizabeth C. Dooling, M.D. Ms. Stephanie Drain Ms. Donna M. Dunn Ms. Jane M. Eason
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Contributors to Excellence Mr. Christopher Faircloth Dr. Giti Farudi Ms. Ann M. Felton Mrs. Susan C. Felton Mrs. Amy Fields Ms. Shernitha Fikes and Ms. Shirley Griffin Ms. Lisa Flanagan Mr. Anderson Flen, III Sr. Grace Mary Flickinger, S.B.S. Ms. Ellen Frankenberg Ms. Barbara Franklin Ms. Barbara J. Franklin Ms. Marlene T. Franklin Mr. Ralph C. Freibert, Jr. Ms. Farrah Gafford Prof. Jena M. Gaines Mr. Van Allen Gale Mr. Raymond and Mrs. Frances Garza, Jr. Mr. Peter L. Gauthier Mrs. Jacqueline T. Gavins Dr. Dominique M. Gendrin Mr. Charles E. Gibbs Ms. Gwen Gibson Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gilbert Mrs. Catherine Giles Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Goggins Dr. Galina Goloverda Ms. Lizbeth Gonzalez Ms. Betty M. Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Grant Ms. Gloria T. Greco Dr. Nicole Greene Mr. Garitt S. Griebel Mr. Herman Griner Ms. Helen M. Gryboski Mrs. Henrietta V. Guste Dr. Wendy Hajjar Mrs. Eleanor Hall Mr. Jamal Halley Ms. Christabell Hamilton Ms. Maura A. Hamilton Ms. Nancy Hampton Mr. Darrin Hanson Ms. Lisa Harrell Mr. Charles A. Harris Ms. Shelinda Harris Mrs. Freda G. Harrison Ms. Laura A. Haydel Mrs. Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel Dr. Janice Haynes Sr. Mary Juliana Haynes, S.B.S. Mrs. Patrice Haywood Ms. Shana Heinricy Ms. Amanda E. Helm Dr. Glenda Hembree Mr. Patrick C. Henley Ms. Barbara A. Higgins Ms. Ann F. Hoban Mrs. Mary Hofstetter Mr. Alexander B. Hood Mrs. Tonia Williams-Horton Mr. Melvin Hosley
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Fr. Augustus Tolton Program Xavier University Alumni AssociationLake Charles Chapter Xavier University National Alumni Association Xavier University-Class of 1961
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Black and Indian Missions Diocese of Beaumont Friends and Family of Bishop Joseph A. Francis Louisiana Board of Regents - LEQSF Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament The Truman Capote Literary Trust United Negro College Fund United Way | Greater New Orleans Area Xavier University Alumni AssociationLos Angeles Club #6
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Alpha Kappa Alpha - Epsilon Tau Chapter Arts Council of New Orleans Associates of The Sisters of The Blessed Sacrament Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - New Orleans Alumnae Chapter Franciscan Friars - Province Of St. John The Baptist Houston Independent School District National Association of University Women-New Orleans Chapter National Coalition Of 100 Black Women, Inc. National Medical Association Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Rho Phi Chapter Overture To The Cultural Season Sisters of the Holy Family-New Orleans Studs Club, Inc. The Benedictine Society Of St. Bede Tidewater Integrated Medical Specialist Xavier University Alumni AssociationLake Charles Chapter Xavier University Alumni AssociationNew Orleans Chapter #1 Xavier University Alumni AssociationPhiladelphia Club #2 Xavier University Class of 69 Xavier University-Class of 1961
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Fr. Augustus Tolton Program Second Free Mission Baptist Church St. Martha Church Xavier University-Class of 1951
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A & P Littleton Family Revocable Trust Alpha Kappa Alpha - Beta Omega Chapter Christopher Homes, Inc. Dominican Sisters of Peace, Inc. Good Works Health, Inc. Greater Horizons Greenspoint Pharmacy & Health Care Services, LLC Ladies Auxiliary Inseparable Friends Benevolent Society National Pharmaceutical Auxiliary Assoc. Park Vista Improvement Association Religious of the Sacred Heart St. Clares Monastery Westchester Choral Society
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Committee To Elect Stacy Head Good Search McKinley Elementary School St. Margaret’s New Orleans St. Rita Catholic Church United States Department of Agriculture Xavier University-Class of 2015 Youth Development Association, Inc.
UndergraduateGifts of $100 - $249 Ms. Queenet O. Ibekweh Ms. Marquisha Johns
Gifts of $1 - $99 Mrs. Aliya Asif Ms. Brionee Broussard Mr. John E. Gray Ms. Hongloan T. Pham Ms. Sandra D. Willis
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Planned Giving Donors Mr. Allegretto Alexander (Estate) Mr. Clarence Allen, Jr. Dr. Sanders Woffard Anderson and Mr. Lewis Anderson Mrs. Melody Baddoo Mrs. Carla Gibson Baker Ms. Stacey M. Bastian Carolyn B. Block-Arnelle, Ph.D. Ms. Linda M. Bolt Mr. Edgar Joseph Boucree and Mrs. Doris Lieteau Boucree Mrs. Louise M. Bouise (Estate) Dr. C. Michael Bowman Mrs. Nellie M. Reed Bowman (Estate) Mrs. Angela D. Braud Dr. Robert W. Brawley (Estate) Mrs. Gladys E. Brennan (Estate ) Mr. Searl G. Brier (Estate) Mr. Charles and Hon. Lois Bronz Mr. W. O. Bryson (Estate) Ms. Myrtle Burns (Estate) Mr. Frederick J. Carter Mrs. Louise Carter (Estate) Ms. Marie M. Cavanagh (Estate) Ms. Agnes M. Cizek (Estate) Mr. Tilford J. Cole (Estate) Mr. John J. Cunningham Mrs. Gladys C. deBen Majeau (Estate) Dr. Carolyn Milanes Dejoie Mr. Willard Dennison (Estate) Mrs. Lorraine Green Desbordes, (Estate) Dr. and Hampton P. Deslonde, Sr. Mrs. Helen B. Drye (Estate) Mrs. Audrey Duncan Ms. Denise Dunn Ms. Eloise T. Dyson (Estate) Mr. Malcolm N. Ellington (Estate) Ms. Yvonne Evans Dr. Patricia E. Evans (Estate) Ms. Marquerite Flourent Dr. Norman C. and Mrs. Blanche Francis Mr. Noel M. Gagnon (Estate) Ms. Peggy A. Gibson Dr. Jesse F. Goodwin Dr. Lois C. Gray Dr. Rosalind Pijeaux Hale Mr. Okyeame Haley Mrs. Melissa Smith Haley Dr. Elizabeth Hammer Dr. Elliot Hammer Mrs. Gaylene W. Harris Mr. Charles A. Hicks (Estate)
Mr. René Himel, Jr. (Estate) Ms. Velva T. Hollier (Estate) Mr. Charles A. Honore Mrs. Serena J. Hunter Mr. Albert Hyland Dr. Jennifer C. Allen Johnson Dr. Derrick D. and Mrs. Leontyne P. Jones Dr. Eileen J. Julien Mr. Clyde Jupiter Mrs. Florence B. Kelleher (Estate) Ms. Phyllis King (Estate) Mr. Jesse and Mrs. Carolyn Millett Lee Monsignor Paul A. Lenz Mr. and Mrs. Halvan J. Lieteau Dr. Marie McDemmond Mr. Henry Loftin (Estate) Dr. Jill McGovern and Dr. Steven Muller Ms. Brendolyn M. McKenna Mrs. Dolly M. McKinney (Estate) Dr. Cabrini S. March Ms. Jean B. Meggs (Estate) Mrs. Claudia Meyi (Estate) Dr. David R. Miller Mrs. Veronica Ledoux Mitchell Ms. Arizona Moore Mr. James Nordin Ms. Frances Parker Dr. Elaine Parker-Adams Mr. Willard Payne Mrs. Juanita Betz Peterson Mr. James L. Petivan, Jr. (Estate) Mr. William R. Porter Dr. Leonard Price Mrs. Oaptar A. Prosper (Estate) Mrs. Mildred Vappie Prudeaux Mr. Roy J. Pugh (Estate) Mr. and Ms. Allison B. Randolph, Sr. Mrs. Corinne Reeves (Estate) Mrs. Anna M. Rhodes (Estate) Ms. Annie G. Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert D. Robichaux (Estate) Mr. Marlon E. Roundtree Mr. Henry E. Rouson (Estate) Mr. Leo P. Sam, Jr. Ms. Lille V. Scott (Estate) Mrs. Maria Sly-George Mr. Trevor Thompson Mr. Charles H. Wilcox , Sr. (Estate) Mr. Gary F. Willett Reverend Nathan S. Willis (Estate)
IT’S BOOM TIME
AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY
Landlocked college finds ways to expand By John Pope
avier University’s campus is hardly spacious.
The 23-acre tract, where a lumber yard once stood, is hemmed in by a canal, Interstate 10, South Carrollton Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway. The campus there marinated for weeks in Hurricane Katrina floodwaters as deep as 6 feet at what was supposed to be the start of the fall semester in 2005. But as the fetid water receded and administrators started restoring the nation’s only historically black Catholic college, nearly $80 million started
Roofers work Tuesday on Xavier’s new Convocation Center, which will be the home court for the basketball and volleyball teams. Photo by MICHAEL DEMOCKER / THE TIMESPICAYUNE
flowing in from the federal government, private donors and the oil-rich nation of Qatar to underwrite a building boom.
for demolition has been reborn as a modern, glass-walled center for academic and health services.
Imposing structures have sprouted. A bold chapel designed by the worldrenowned architect Cesar Pelli is nearing completion near the new home for the College of Pharmacy, which received 43 percent of its financing from Qatar. A dormitory that had been scheduled
Across the Palmetto Canal from the main campus, construction is under way on a massive replacement for The Barn,
St. Joseph’s Academic and Health Resource Center
which is coming down this year after being the home of Xavier’s basketball and volleyball teams since 1937. An annex is rising nearby, and there are plans for six tennis courts later this year. “The campus is expanding, and it’s awesome,” said Jasmine Haydel, a freshman.
Said Davin James, also a freshman: “I feel that Xavier is progressing a lot. We’re paying a lot to come here, and I appreciate the add-ons.” Tuition for a full-time undergraduate student is $8,450 per semester, and this semester’s enrollment is 3,188, said Kenneth St. Charles, Xavier’s vice president for institutional advancement. But the activity is hardly helterskelter construction designed to take advantage of the influx of post-Katrina money. A master plan for the campus, with its signature green roofs, had been in the works before disaster struck, and Xavier President Norman Francis said he wasn’t about to let a storm—even a monster like Katrina—keep him and his staff from carrying it out once the school reopened in 2006. “Bringing us back to where we were before Katrina wasn’t good enough,” he said. “We had to get where we were planning to go. We were able to combine the plan that started before Katrina...and see how we could move to the next step.”
Finding ‘perfect match’ The university has followed the master plan’s recommendations, including construction on the other side of the canal, said Ray Manning, a New Orleans architect who was a member of the team that devised the plan and has worked with Xavier as it has rebuilt. A top priority had to be a new home for the College of Pharmacy, one of Xavier’s marquee offerings and one of only two such schools in the state. Before Katrina, the pharmacy school had been told by its accrediting agency that it needed more space, St. Charles said.
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After the storm, when Qatar announced that it would spend $100 million to help the region’s recovery, Xavier applied for some of the money. It received $17.5 million—$12.5 million for the pharmacy building, $5 million for scholarships— and it put Qatar’s name on the fivestory, $29.9 million pharmacy building that looms over I-10.
“This was a perfect match,” Francis said. The rest of the money for that project came from a combination of sources: about $5.2 million from private gifts and $12.2 million from the federal government, including nearly $5.1 million from a federal loan program set up to help historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, that had been in Katrina’s path.
Another $70 million of the HBCU loan was used to refinance long-term debt, Tregre said. Xavier has 30 years to pay off the loan at 1 percent interest after a three-year deferral of payments on principal and interest. The Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion, the most conspicuous Xavier project built with money from the HBCU loan, has been open since 2010.
Under the terms of that program, Xavier could borrow up to $165 million. It wound up using $135 million, chiefly for repairing storm damage and buying up and demolishing blighted property near the campus, said Calvin Tregre, the senior vice president for administration. Xavier has spent about $5 million on nearby property. On the side of the canal near the main campus, Xavier bought 10 homes and has restored nine of them. Xavier already owned 10 homes in the area, and the university has razed and replaced them with homes that faculty and staff members can rent, Tregre said. Across the canal, Xavier bought five parcels with money from the HBCU loan, he added, but the university isn’t snapping up occupied homes and forcing owners to move. “We’re not predatory,” St. Charles said. “We’re not forcing people to move out of their homes.” In fact, he said, “neighbors say this activity helps their property values.”
Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion Interior
Rehabilitation project Nearby, in the final stages of construction, is the chapel honoring St. Katharine Drexel, Xavier’s founder. Although Pelli has designed buildings all over the world, this is his first house of worship. It is also the first freestanding chapel in Xavier’s 87-year history. Francis expects it to be complete by the end of the spring semester. The 11,000-square-foot chapel, which is expected to be able to hold 420 worshippers, cost $10 million, which has come from private sources, including the sale of naming rights to everything in the building, ranging from $1,000 for an inscription on the wall to $1.5 million for the main chapel. Pelli has said he wants the octagonal structure to embody Drexel’s traits of modesty, simplicity and high spirituality. Like the other buildings on campus, its façade is made of limestone. The creamcolored shade, Francis said, is the same color as the limestone used on Drexel’s crypt. While the chapel and the Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion are new, the other construction project on that part of Xavier’s campus—St. Joseph’s Academic and Health Resource Center— represents a rehabilitation project for
St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Exterior
a building that Katrina mauled, and it incorporates the services that had been in a student center that the hurricane destroyed. St. Joseph’s, a three-story building at Drexel Drive and Pine Street, had been a women’s dormitory for 40 years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency allotted $4.7 million to turn it into a building with centers for mathematics, writing, reading and counseling, as well as other services. Xavier’s new Confucius Institute also will be housed there. Across the canal, two complementary buildings are rising simultaneously: the
93,000-square-foot Convocation Center, which is designed to replace The Barn as the home court for Xavier’s basketball and volleyball teams, and an annex, which will have space for physicaleducation programs and offices, and community meetings. “Those two buildings really do work in tandem,” Manning said. The larger structure’s capacity of 4,500 will be more than three times that of The Barn. After that building was heavily damaged in the storm, “we figured we needed more than a gym,” Francis said. The Convocation Center’s cost is $25 million, with $18 million covered by the HBCU loan program and $7 million by FEMA. Money from the HBCU loan is paying for the $5 million annex.
Expansion envisioned Eventually, Manning said, a pedestrian bridge to the Convocation Center’s forecourt is envisioned. It would be elevated, he said, so people wouldn’t have to dodge traffic on Washington Avenue. Manning said the center and its annex will be the hub of what he called Xavier West, the expanse across the canal.
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Expansion is envisioned, but plans are not definite, Manning said. Spots
that have been cleared to make way for parking lots probably will be sites for future construction. He called them “place holders.” When the Convocation Center and annex are finished later this year, The Barn will be demolished, Francis said, even though it has a powerful sentimental pull for students, staff and alumni. Once The Barn is gone, Francis said, the way will be cleared for something he has long wanted: a walkway that will encircle the original campus. All the new buildings will have green roofs, except the Drexel Chapel, whose copper roof will turn green as it oxidizes. But not all Xavier roofs are green. The first such top appeared on a dorm built about 15 years ago, Francis said. “Everybody thought it looked good, so we continued it,” he said. “People say, ‘When I see the green roofs, I know where I am.’ ”XG
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CAC Annex Exterior (above, right); CAC Interior (right)
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Gardner Selected 2011 Alumni of the Year
Mildred Gardner ’56 of El Cerrito CA, a retired school administrator, was honored as the University’s top alum at the 2011 Alumni Homecoming Gala. She was presented the Victor H. Labat Alumni of the Year award by National Alumni president Frederick Carter ‘69, Dr. Joseph Labat ’59, and XU President Norman Francis ‘52 during the annual Gala, the traditional highlight of alumni homecoming week. The annual gala drew a crowd of nearly 500 attendees to the University Center Ballroom this year. Class agents for the 15 special five-year reunion classes presented the University with gifts totaling $298,455. The Class of ‘61 led the way with 50 members contributing $61,655, followed by the Class of ’56 (42 members, $46,655 contributed) and the Class of 1971 (50 members, $42,260 contributed).
ALUM OF THE YEAR: Mildred Gardner ’56 of El Cerrito CA (second from right) accepts the 2011 Victor H. Labat Alumni of the Year Award from (L-R) Dr. Joseph Labat ‘59, National Alumni President Frederick Carter ‘69, and XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ’52, at the annual Homecoming Gala. The annual celebration drew a sellout crowd to the University Center Ballroom.
Gardner was honored for her more than 40 years of volunteer service to Xavier, including her unwavering support of National Alumni Association activities, most recently serving as a member of the fundraising committee.
WELCOME HOME: Harry Johnson, Sr. ’77, a career attorney and President and CEO of the Washington DC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, visits with then seniors (L-R) Mia Holmes, Ariel Johnson, Maya Jones, and Dudley Grady after delivering the keynote address at Xavier’s annual Black History Month Convocation. 37
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Alumni Chapter Passes Half Million in Gifts
Members of the Southern California Alumni Chapter gather for the annual Jazz Brunch fundraiser.
n the early 1960’s, then XU alumni director Emile LaBranche, Jr. ’39 approached successful Los Angeles pharmacist and fellow alumnus Louis Murphy ’58 with the idea of forming a Xavier Alumni Club in the area. Almost 50 years later the organization they helped form – now called the Southern California Chapter – is still going strong. In fact, its membership recently celebrated surpassing a significant, unparalleled milestone of which Xavier is a most appreciative beneficiary … more than a half million dollars in financial gifts to their beloved alma mater.
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Dr. Arthur Mcunu, Jr. ‘89, an assistant professor of surgery and the director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Howard University Medical Hospital, has published his autobiography, Zulu Chest Cutter: From the Slums of Soweto to Success in America, in which he gives a personal account of growing up during the height of the country’s rebellion against Apartheid, immigrating to America, and his subsequent success in the medical field.
“I can’t say enough about what the support of our alumni means to the continued success of Xavier University,” said XU President Norman C. Francis ‘52. Through the years the Southern California chapter has consistently raised $20,000 or more annually for Xavier. In late 2010, it officially surpassed the $500,000 mark in total contribution – surpassing the totals of all other alumni clubs. The Southern California Chapter’s support for the legacy of St. Katherine Drexel remains a high priority for the group. Its stated goal is to reach the million dollar mark.
Alumna Joins UNCF LaJuana Chenier ’88 has been named the new Regional Development Director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Prior to her appointment, she had served at Xavier for 21 years in the areas of alumni relations and development, most recently as Associate Vice President/Chief of Staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Alumna Named Journalism Educator of the Year Allissa Richardson ‘02, an assistant professor of communication studies and coordinator of the journalism program at Morgan State University, was named Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The award-winning journalist is empowering her students to tell stories and speak truth using only Apple iPhones and iPads. She is also the author of two e-books.
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HOME GROWN: Xavier-educated physicians from across the country were treated to a special campus reception held this summer in the Qatar Pharmacy Pavilion. The doctors were in New Orleans for the annual convention of the National Medical Association (NMA), the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States.
HER MAJESTY: Dr. Tanyanika Phillips ’94, an oncologist practicing in Tulsa OK, returned to the Crescent City to reign as Queen of the Zulu Social & Pleasure Club during Mardi Gras 2012.
SISTER ACT: (L-R) St. Louis MO physician Dr. Ingrid Taylor Trasada ’89 is welcomed back to campus by her Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister Gia Soublet ’91, XU Assistant VP for Corporate and Foundation Relations, during the special reception for Xaviereducated doctors. She was elected chairman of the NMA Board at the convention.
XAVIER IN THE HOUSE: Serving as judges and mentors at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Atlanta GA were Xavierites (L-R) Dr. April Savoy ’02, a program manager at SA Technologies; Dr. Gregory Bogin, Jr. ’03, assistant professor at the Colorado School of Mines; Dr. Kelley Harris-Johnson ’03, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin; and Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Sr. ’76. Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the conference featured science, engineering, and mathematics presentations from students throughout the country.
DOSES OF APPRECIATION: 2nd-year pharmacy student Kearston Barnes of Fort Valley GA (center) expresses her thanks in person to Joan Mueller Holt (right), wife of the late James Holt, Jr. ‘58 and donor of the James Holt, Jr. Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship, during the latter’s campus visit. Also on hand is College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy. Barnes is the current recipient of the endowed scholarship.
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GETTING UP TO SPEED: ITC End User Training Coordinator Attiyya Mujahid walks alumna Patricia Heisser ’68 through the basics of email during a free computer class co-hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Information Technology Center. Free computer classes are being offered each month on a variety of topics for all alums in the Greater New Orleans area. Call 504-520-7575 for more info. DOING DISNEY: (L-R) Alumni Monica Smith ’04, Claire McDaniel ‘04, Shelina Davis Foderingham ’05 and Kamau Foderingham ‘05 prepare to experience “the Circle of Life” with fellow Xavierites at the Office of Alumni Relations-sponsored evening of theatre and camaraderie in New Orleans at The Lion King, which included a pre-show reception and transportation.
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NABJ VISIT: Greg Lee, Jr. ’96, executive sports editor for the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper and President of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), accepts a gift from XU President Norman C. Francis during a special reception held on campus for board members of the organization, which was in New Orleans for its 2012 convention.
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The late Peter “Champ” Clark ’38, a pioneering and award-winning journalist, was honored by the New Orleans Saints with a press-box plaque in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Anthony Rachal III ’70 was appointed Of Counsel at the law firm of Gonzalez, Saggio, and Harlan, practicing in the Firm’s Energy, Communications and Utilities Group.
Willard Payne, Jr. ’61, president of North Florida Recruiting and Consulting Services, Inc. in Jacksonville FL, was named to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) North Florida Alumni Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his contributions and outstanding service to Xavier and to his community. He was nominated by Savannah State University.
Dolores Cooper Shockley ’51 was honored at the Metropolitan Nashville Meharry Alumni Association’s Spring Brunch. She is the first African American woman to receive a PhD in Pharmacology in the U.S.
Otis Washington Jr. ‘61, who led St. Augustine High School (New Orleans) to three state football titles, was inducted into the Louisiana High School Association Hall of Fame at the LHSAA 2012 banquet.
Sybil Morial ’52 was presented the first-ever “Outstanding Mom of New Orleans” award by Feeding Dreams, the General Mills company’s platform for celebrating the hero in African American women and the catalyst for its Feeding Dreams Get Together initiative.
The Hon. Joan Bernard Armstrong ’63 has retired as Chief Judge of the State of Louisiana, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Dr. James Paschal ’57 was elected Lt. Governor of the 16th Georgia District of Kiwanis International. A.P. Tureaud, Jr. ‘57 was awarded an honorary degree from LSU. The Baton Rouge school’s first African-American undergraduate student in 1953, he spent less than a semester on campus before a court ordered him to leave the university. He transferred to Xavier, where he earned his degree. He has spent the past 38 years as a professional educator in White Plains NY. Maria Sly George ‘58 was presented the prestigious Louisiana Retired Teachers Association Hall of Fame award at the Association’s fall meeting. She is also the District I President. LaNard Robinet ’58, Community Relations Officer for St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, was inducted into the Louisiana Credit Union Hall of Fame. He was honored for 11 years of volunteer service to the Louisiana Federal Credit Union by serving on the Supervisory Committee and Board of Directors.
Archie Milton ’63 and Simonia Milton ’69 have published a book, She’s Vocal/He’s Instrumental: A True Story of Faith, Love and Music, and released their third gospel CD, Faith Through the Storm. Agnes Donahue ’68 was a member of the official choir which performed at the dedication ceremony of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC. She was interviewed by NBC and the Washington Post for the occasion. Earlier this summer she was in a church choir that sang at Mass in St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican. Gilbert Rochon III ‘68, president of Tuskegee University in Alabama, was elected chair of the Council of 1890 Universities, an affiliation of historically Black colleges and universities that were designated landgrant institutions by the Second Morrill Act, which was passed by Congress in 1890. Carroll Antoine ‘69, a retired Deputy Auditor General for the U.S. Department of the Navy, was among the 100 honorees at the Pentagon’s unveiling of a permanent exhibit commemorating African Americans who have achieved high-ranking positions as commissioned officers and as senior executive civilians in the Navy and the Marine Corps. Audrey Browder M.Ed ‘69 - Th.M ’11 received a Master of Theology degree from XU’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies and graduated from the Leaders Fellowship. She was also honored for three years of outstanding service and leadership as Chairperson for the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, in addition to being elected president of the Neighborhood Housing Services Board of Directors in New Orleans. Dr. Eileen Julien ‘69, a professor at Indiana University and author of the book Travels With Mae, a memoir of growing up in New Orleans, was interviewed by Carol Polsgrove on the latter’s internet literary site.
Warren Fleet ‘71 was elected to partnership in the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre L.L.P. Based in Baton Rouge LA, he specializes in energy issues for the firm, which provides a comprehensive range of legal services to a national and international corporate client base through offices in five states and the District of Columbia. Rhaoul Guillaume, Sr., ’71, president of GOTECH, Inc., was presented the 2011 Andrew M. Lockett Award for Civic Activities by the Louisiana Engineering Society (LES) in recognition of his distinguished public service without compensation for those services. Bernard Griffith ’71 was named head men’s basketball coach at Dillard University in New Orleans LA. The Hon. Charles Jones ’71 has been sworn in as Chief Judge of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cheryl Thomas ’71 was appointed senior director of development at Tuskegee University. Previously she held advancement positions at Meharry Medical College and XU. Dr. Ronald Dorris ‘72, a professor of African American Studies and English at Xavier, wrote the introduction to Dumile Feni: The Story of a Great Artist, authored by Prince Mbusi Dube and published in South Africa. He also premiered his original scholarly theatrical work depicting the 1811 Creole uprising, African Legacy and Créole Sensibility, during the seventh annual conference of the Louisiana Créole Research Association in New Orleans. Herbert Thomas Jr. ’72 and Nellie Thomas ’72 celebrated their 25th year as McDonald’s owner/ operators. Coleridge Franklin ’73 was appointed Chief Medical Officer of the Governor Juan F. Louis Hospital on the Island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Shelita G. Bourgeois ’75 is serving as editorin-chief for the e-journal PhilanthropyNYU, which explores social media and technology’s influence on philanthropy and fundraising. The Hon. Vivian Broussard Guillory ’75 has retired as an Administrative Law Judge for the Louisiana Division of Administrative Law after 25 years of service to the state.
class Notes Dr. Kenneth Boutte ’76, Associate Dean of Summer Programs and External Initiatives at Xavier, served as a consultant on a panel to President Obama’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in Washington DC. Dr. Milton Moore ’76, a Houston TX dermatologist and founder of Moore Unique Skin Care, announced a new product – Silky Hydroglide – a shave gel and post-shave skin rejuvenator. Dale Valdery ’76, head basketball coach at SUNO, was named Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Small College Coach of the Year. He led the Knights to their first winning season (17-13) in seven years and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship. Dr. Michael White ’76, the Rosa and Charles Keller, Jr. Endowed Chair in the Arts and Humanities at Xavier, was honored for his contributions to the arts and the local community by the Asante Foundation. Harry Johnson, Sr. ’77, a Washington DC attorney and President/CEO for the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, was named recipient of the Trumpet Awards Foundation’s “President’s Award,” which recognizes Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds. He also delivered the keynote address at Clemson University’s annual MLK Commemorative Service. In addition, he has been named to the March of Dimes National Board of Trustees.
1980s John Boutte ’80 was named Big Easy Entertainer of the Year 2011 by the New Orleans’ Gambit magazine. He was the opening act at the 4th Annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Concert. Timothy Francis ’80 donated two large sculptures to the ever growing Blanche and Norman C. Francis Collection. Toni White Douglas ’82 is serving a two-year term as the treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She was also recognized as a volunteer of the year and is celebrating 11 years as a breast cancer survivor. Judge Brian Jackson ’82 of the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, delivered the commencement address for the Southern University Law Center. The Hon. Angelique Reed ’82 is serving as a Judge on the First City Court for Orleans Parish (Louisiana). She is also a board member with the Armstrong Family Services. The Hon. Karen Wells Roby ’83, a federal Judge for the United States District Court, for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was named a 2012 Leadership in Law recipient by the New Orleans City Business Magazine. This summer she was sworn in as President of the Federal Magistrate Judge Association.
Dr. Carlen Luke McLin ’77 was named chief of staff at Tuskegee University. Previously she served as assistant dean, Division of the Natural Sciences & Public Health, and chair of the School of Public Health at Dillard University.
Dr. Carita Johnson ‘84, a staff pharmacist with WalMart, was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Brookhaven Mississippi Association of Chicago IL in recognition of her outstanding and consistent commitment to the community.
Gilda Barabino ’78, a professor and associate chair for Graduate Studies in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, was elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is the first underrepresented minority and second woman to be elected to the office since the organization was established in 1968. She begins her two-year term in October 2012.
Rear Admiral (ret.) Stephen Rochon ’84 has retired as Principal Executive for Strategic Integration at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, one of the largest and most complex components of the Department of Homeland Security. A decorated U.S. Coast Guard officer, he previously served as Director of the Executive Residence and Chief Usher at the White House in Washington DC.
Richard Thomas ’78 presented a special exhibition “Come Helicopters or High Waters, in the Light or in the Dark” at the Visual Jazz Art Gallery in New Orleans, featuring his original paintings and the third poster in his “Katrina Remembrance” series.
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Dr. Lorena S. Chicoye ’79, corporate medical director for managed care & network development at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in South Florida” by Legacy Magazine.
Dr. Conchetta White Fulton ’85, ‘98, a professor in the College of Pharmacy at Xavier, was elected secretary/treasurer of the Louisiana State Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Xavier University Preparatory School. She is an alumnus of the school and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1980.
Dr. Osaretin Idusuyi ’85, a surgeon with the Orthopedic Center of Illinois in Springfield IL, was presented the American Red Cross’ Healthcare Hero Award for using his own resources to build a free health-care clinic in his native Nigeria. Kim Arceneaux ’86, executive vice president for the Dallas/Fort Worth-based export management firm EXIM Strategies Corporation, secured a minimum $2.2 million contract for the company with Universal Corporation Limited of India to exclusively distribute U.S. Baby Magic brand products in that country. Ramon Llorens ’86 was named general manager of the New Orleans branch of Devcon Security, one of the largest home security monitoring and business alarm companies in the United States. He joined the company this year after working for more than five years at the former Brink’s Home Security, prior to its acquisition. Randall McHenry ’86 received the UNCF Outstanding Alumnus Award in Orlando FL during the UNCF National Alumni Council Conference. Stanley Gaddis ‘87, honored as the 2011 Teacher of the Year at Redan High School in Decatur GA where he teaches mathematics, was also recognized as the District-Wide High School Teacher of the Year by the Dekalb County School District. Derrick Jones ’87, an anesthesiologist in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, operates his own company, Uumbra Anesthesiology. He recently traveled to Ecuador with the International Medical Alliance to provide volunteer anesthesiology services in the Ecuadorean highlands to residents with cleft palates needing lip reconstruction. He provided similar services in the Philippines. Eldridge Rodney ’87, a certified public accountant in New Jersey, published his first book, The Table Turners: A Novel. It is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels. The Hon. Benedict Willard ’87, serving his second term as Judge of Criminal District Court in Orleans Parish (Louisiana), was promoted to Deputy Chief Judge. Desiréia Valteau ’88 was named associate producer at The Africa Channel, a cable network which chronicles the daily successes, celebrations and challenges of people living throughout Africa. She is based in North Hollywood CA. Dr. Arthur McUnu, Jr. ‘89, an assistant professor of surgery and the director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Howard University Medical Hospital, has published his autobiography, Zulu Chest Cutter.
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Klyne Smith ’89 was promoted to vice president of transformation services for the Asia Pacific region for Alcatel-Lucent in Singapore, where he is responsible for providing leadership in the area of complex solution delivery. He is also in the dissertation phase of his pursuit of a doctorate degree in software engineering at Southern Methodist University.
1990s Lyndon Barrios ’90, animation supervisor at Image Engine in Vancouver (Canada), was presented awards for Best Short Film and Best Director of a Short Film at the Madrid International Film Festival for his short-action film “The Lift” which he wrote and directed. Lawrence Houston ‘90 and ‘02 was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is assigned to St. Peter Claver Church.
Dr. Marilyn Jones ‘92, a family practice physician at Vandalia Family Medicine in Dayton OH, was featured on the local WDNT-TV’s “Living Dayton” program. Steven Jupiter ’92, an attorney, was elected to the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee. Dr. Keith Amos ’93, a surgeon with the University of North Carolina Health Care, was recognized among 30 “Top Regional Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Learnard Dickerson ’93, president of DACO LLC, was recognized for his business success and community activism in an article “3 Inspired People” in the Winter 2011 issue of Catfish Alley magazine. Nicole Chapman Griffin ’93 has earned a master’s of science in nursing degree from Loyola University of New Orleans. Sundiata Haley ’93, an attorney, was appointed to serve as Judge Pro Tem, Traffic Court in New Orleans LA.
Monica Sanchez ’90 was named director of the Cancer Center at the Thibodaux (LA) Regional Medical Center. She previously served as director of pharmacy at TRMC.
Patrice Jean ’93 was elected partner at Kenyon and Kenyon LLP, a leading intellectual property law firm in New York, NY.
Cmdr. Will Watson ’90 has taken command of the U.S Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit in Lake Charles LA. A 17-year veteran of the service, he previously served as executive officer at Marine Safety Unit Texas City TX.
Leontyne Parks Jones ’93, a member of the English Department at Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, traveled to Ecuador and Haiti to help provide medical and pharmaceutical services.
Jeanine Jackson, ’91 earned a Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. She previously received a MA from the University of Tennessee and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She is currently practicing in Atlanta GA. Steve Prince ’91 accepted a position as assistant professor of art at Montgomery College in Germantown MD. He also did the artwork for a new book, African American History Reconsidered, written by Michigan State professor Pero Dagbovie and was interviewed for another book, Ministry Unplugged: Uncommon Calls to Serve. Voris Vigee ’91, Executive Vice-President of Volunteers of America in Greater New Orleans, was also elected to serve as a Board Member for the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and awarded the National Volunteers of America Excellence in Leadership Award. Prentice White ’91 authored a book, It’s Not Bad to Be Allergic, which recounts how her family coped with her daughter’s struggle to deal with multiple food allergies. Dr. Tunicia Giron ’92, an anesthesiologist and current chief of surgery at Tanner Health System, was recently voted Medical Director of Anesthesiology for the next five years.
Felicia Lewis ’93 has been named the Annual Fund Manager in the Office of Development at Prairie View A&M University. She previously served as the Director of Development at Jarvis Christian College. Dr. Tanyanika Phillips ’93, an oncologist practicing in Tulsa OK, reigned as Queen of the Zulu Social & Pleasure Club during Mardi Gras 2012. Dr. Katrice Albert ’94, Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach and adjunct faculty for counseling education in the College of Education at LSU, was named to the Volunteers of America National Board of Directors. She was also honored as one of Louisiana’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council. She has also authored a book chapter entitled: “Balancing Act: A Contextual Case Analysis on Re-Centering Diversity in the Midst of Social and Economic Fluctuations” in the edited book Occupying the Academy: Just How Important is Diversity in Public Higher Education. Terri Burton ’94 was promoted to associate vice president of membership & new media at the National World War II Museum, responsible for managing the Museum’s 130,000 base membership program. She also made a presentation “10 Ways to Increase Your Revenue Now” at the Bridge Conference in Washington DC sponsored by the Direct Mail Association of Washington and the area Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Melissa Haley ’94 served as Committee Person At-Large for the National Association of Black Social Workers and was elected as Vice-President of the NABSW New Orleans chapter. Dr. Tomia Palmer Harmon ’94 is serving as Director, Primary Care Skills, on the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Alisa Orduna ’94 was named Program Officer for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Investment Department, which covers L.A. County, a geographic region of over 10 million people and 88 cities. Nicole Washington ’94 has earned a degree from the University of Houston Law School. Sharonda Williams ’94 is serving as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for Litigation for the City of New Orleans. Prior to taking this position, she was a partner at Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, also in New Orleans. Okyeame Haley ’95 was appointed to serve as Secretary for the City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board. He is also serving as a Board Member for the State of Louisiana Supreme Court Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee and as a Board Member with the New Orleans Council on Aging. Dr. Sarita Hithe ’95 has opened a new Orthodontics office in New Orleans LA. Kimberly Reese ’95 traveled to Washington DC with more than 140 members of Women of the Storm, a non-partisan grassroots coalition of activist women across the Gulf Coast, to urge Congress, the Obama Administration and others to return to the Gulf Coast 80% of penalty dollars that may be assessed following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Carlos Vital ’95, a board certified, Adult & Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M University School of Medicine, appeared on the Discovery Channel’s profiles series to discuss allergy, asthma, and the environment. Elijah Williams ’95 was named a legislative affairs specialist in the External Relations Office at the NASAJohnson Space Center in Houston TX. Melody Baddoo ’96 is serving as Manager of the Cancer Crusaders Next Generation Sequence Analysis Core Faculty with Tulane University’s Cancer Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry ’96 was named the Director of Community Engaged Research in the Mayo’s Center for Translational Science Activities in Rochester MN. She also recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida.
class Notes Nolan Knight ’96, an attorney with the Texas-based law firm of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., was deemed a “Rising Star” by Thompson Reuters in a special supplement published in newspapers and magazines across the country. He specializes in environmental laws and regulations. Dr. Kim LeDuff ‘96 was awarded tenure at the University of Southern Mississippi and promoted to Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. She was named the state’s Institutions for Higher Learning (IHL) Black History Month Educator of the Year for 2012. Gregory Lee, Jr. ’96 was elected president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Lee is currently the executive sports editor for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Carlos (CJ) Minor ’96 was appointed an assistant professor of education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He previously served as an educator and athletic coach in the Douglas County (Georgia) School System, recently earning a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Edward Stemley, Jr. ’96 was one of the recipients of the prestigious Jack L. Beal Post-baccalaureate Award for 2012 from The Ohio State University in recognition of his outstanding service to the professional practice of pharmacy. Harold Stewart ’96 accepted a position with AT&T Wireless Headquarters as a Senior RAN Engineer 5, where he is responsible for designing and developing radio engineering guidelines for the entire national AT&T 4G network. Calvin Tregre, Jr. ’96, an attorney with the law offices of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine P.C. in Cincinnati OH specializing in the areas of pharmaceutical and general products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, consumer protection, and civil rights litigation, was named to the Board of Trustees at Cincinnati Country Day School. Dr. Willyetta Brown-Mitchell ’97 & ’98 was named the Chair of the Department of Education at St. Augustine’s College. She has also been appointed to the national faculty for the National Science Resource Center where she promotes effective teaching of science preK-16. Kendris Brumfield MA ’97 has earned a Doctor of Management degree from the University of Maryland. XG Summer 2012
Dorian Doss ’97 is serving as a registered dietitian and director of Nutrition Services at Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers in St. Louis MO.
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Benjamin Jackson ’97, senior financial reporting manager at Beiersdorf, Inc., was named 2011 MBA of the Year by the Westchester/Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Dr. Shayla Nesbitt ‘97 earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University and is serving her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Robert Russell, Sr. ’97 was named Assistant to the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis MO. Dennis Sigur ’97, a programmer analyst in Xavier’s Information Technology Center, made presentations on “Campus-Wide Initiative for Tracking Attendance” at the Blackboard Transaction Conference in Phoenix AZ and at the Minneapolis Community Technical College. Dr. Cleopatra E. Thompson ’97, chief executive officer at Crescent City Dentistry, LLC in Harahan, LA, opened a second dental office in St. Rose this summer. She has been in private practice for 10 years. Youshea Berry ’98 was appointed by President Obama to the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she serves as a congressional liaison between high level agency officials and members of Congress to voice the administration’s policy priorities related to foreign assistance and appropriations. She also spoke at Xavier’s Annual Athletic Banquet. Miller Boyd III ’98, a PhD. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Mississippi, was named the 2011 Robert Eldridge Seiler Fellow by the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society. He also presented a paper “The Other Way Forward: Alternative Constructions of Black Manhood in Civil War Missouri” at the 96th Annual Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) conference in Richmond VA. Denise Dunn ’98 was recognized for her work in the field on Hurricane Irene by the Flood Insurance program. Amelia Hardy ’98 was honored at the 4th Annual Garden Party of Honoring Women Worldwide (HWW), a nonprofit organization with a mission to mobilize, inspire and honor women and families from all cultures to lead and achieve personal success. She was nominated by the Women Leadership Network. Dr. Lamont Jones ’98 was named Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit MI. He recently became a diplomat of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and is the Director of the Craniofacial Clinic.
Dr. Derek Robinson ’98 was appointed Executive Director of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) Quality Care Institute, responsible for overseeing the strategic initiatives of the Institute. A board-certified emergency medicine physician, he previously served as chief medical officer for Region V of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dr. Trimiko Melancon ’99, an assistant professor of English at Loyola University-New Orleans, made a presentation “Reading Race and the Difference It Makes: (Post) 9/11 and Words Never Said” for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst ‘s W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies Fire Next Time Colloquium series. Alejandro Raeshod Perkins ’99 was named a Fellow of the American Bar Association by the organization’s Board of Directors, an honor bestowed on less than one percent of the nation’s lawyers. As a fellow, he will be supporting the ABA’s ground-breaking research in law and social science. He was also elected as the Regional Director of Region 5 of the National Bar Association and to the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, selected as a Fellow for the American Bar Foundation, and appointed to the Board of Governors for the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum. Tiffani Sneed ’99, a senior accountant with TPG Capital L.P. in Ft. Worth TX, earned a MBA degree with a specialization in E-Commerce from LeTourneau University. Angelia Wade ’99, associate general counsel with the AFL-CIO in Washington DC, was named one of the “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” for 2011 by the National Bar Association. The Rev. Starsky Wilson ’99 was named the new president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, a faithbased grant-making organization that promotes health and hope-filled futures for children in St. Louis MO. He previously served as pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ and has held significant leadership roles in the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Madison County Urban League.
2000s Dr. Omar Howard ’00 was appointed medical director at the Life Management Center of Northwest Florida. He previously served in the Center’s adult psychiatric care unit. Dr. La Toya Jackson ’00 has accepted a position as faculty physician for the new family medicine program at Houston County Medical Center in Warner Robins GA.
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Terrance Osborne ’00 designed the official poster for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, making him the fifth XU alum chosen for the distinction. He also donated a painting of his Great Dane “Toaster” which was raffled off to benefit the Plaquemines (LA) Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Quo Vadis Webster ’00 & ’10, premed advisor at Xavier, was approved as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) by the State of Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Earlier she made a presentation, “Transforming Your Health Professions Office,” at the 2011 HBCU Pre-Health Professions Advisors Conference held at Meharry Medical College. Tiffany West ’00 is serving as bureau chief of the surveillance and epidemiology branch at the Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS division in Washington, D.C. Jamika Pessoa ’01 premiered her new cable television show, Home Made Simple, in January on TLC (The Learning Channel). A TV host, chef to the stars, nutrition expert and lifestyle guru, she also appeared live on NBC’s The Today Show. Dr. LaToya Walker ’01 joined the OBGYN hospital staff at Natchez Regional Medical Center in Natchez MS. Gregory Burrell ’02 is serving as an attorney with Burrell & Associates LLC. Rashan Clark ’02 released his first novel, The Man Behind The Man, by Demetrius Smith, under his new publishing business, the Book TAWK Publishing Company. Alan Green ’02 & MA ‘08 was chosen Wilson Coach of the Year in NAIA Region IV men’s tennis by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association. It’s the first regional coaching award for Green, who guided Xavier’s women’s and men’s teams to regional titles and spots in the national tournament. He was also named Louisiana Tennis Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. Allissa Richardson ’02, an assistant professor of communication studies and coordinator of the journalism program at Morgan State University, was selected Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Ronald Vigee ’02 is serving as a physics teacher at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans LA. Mia Wallace ’02 was named Deputy Director of Compliance at the City of New Orleans LA.
Royce Duplessis ’03, attorney, has joined SNR Denton LLP’s New Orleans office as an associate, working in the Energy, Environment, and Resources Practice Group. He was also elected to the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee. Whitney Forstall ’03 was named Alumni Relations Specialist in the Office of Alumni Relations at Xavier University of Louisiana. Two XU alums – Dr. Kelley Harris-Johnson ’03, assistant faculty associate of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Gregory Bogin ’03, assistant research professor of chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines – served as judges for the oral and poster presentations at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference, held in Washington DC. Both were also recognized by the ERN as former recipients of the David and Lucille Packard Graduate Scholar Fellowships. Dr. Margo Montgomery ’03 has earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Mississippi. Lakisha Moore ’03 was accepted into the University of Alabama Medical School. She currently holds a Ph.D. Myla Reese Poree ’03 was named Vice-President/ Directing Manager of Seedco Financial Louisiana. Anthony Sharp ’03 received his minister’s license under the leadership of Pastor Greg Henderson at New Life Church of God in Christ Ontario, CA. Branden Weber ’03 was accepted into the MBA program at Baylor University. Candace Alfred Weber ’03 was named Associate Director for U-Verse Sales Execution for AT&T. The Hon. Jared Brossett ’04, a member of the Louisiana State House of Representatives, was named to the House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. He was also appointed to his first Chairmanship as the head of the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery, and also serves as a member of the Joint Special Committee on Homeland Security, House and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Municipal and Parochial Affairs Committee. Samba Goddard ’04 was selected as a fellow in the Rice University Educational Entrepreneurship Program. Claire McDaniel ’04, attorney, was elected to the Board of Directors of Audubon Charter School in New Orleans LA. English Monet Pratts ’04 has earned a degree from the Loyola University School of Law after graduating from Tulane University’s MBA program. Sher’Ron Morris ’04 received the UNCF Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in Orlando Florida during the
UNCF National Alumni Council Conference. Steven Sweetwyne ’04, served as film score composer for Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition, a documentary set in New Orleans which provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models. Kara Turman ’04 was accepted into the master’s program in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of New Haven. Letitia Clark George ’05, director of government affairs for the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, was named to Gambit magazine’s 14th annual “40 Under 40” list, which honors 40 people under the age of 40 for their accomplishments and the contributions they have made to New Orleans. Caryn Hayes ’05, a free-lance writer, director, and producer, was honored by the Los Angeles Web Series Festival with the Outstanding Writing Award for her dramatic series, Breaking Point. Candice Stewart ’05, the first African American woman to hold the Miss Louisiana USA crown, was reunited with her birth mother during the premiere of the cable television series “Searching For” on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in February. Jacquelyn Tucker ’05 was accepted into Southern University Law School. Rolando Urbina ’05 accepted a position as the staff attorney for the Honorable Wilson Field, 19th Judicial District Court. He earned his law degree from Southern University-Baton Rouge. Amber C. Williamson ’05 has earned a second master’s degree in network communications management (wireless communications concentration) from the Keller Graduate School of Management, where she served as an ambassador for the DriVen Class hosted by DeVry University and Keller. She was also recently accepted into the PhD program in information technology at Capella University. Sarah Ann Anderson ‘06, a graduate student at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York NY, was awarded a Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship through the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative. Brandi Tregre Craft ’06, a human resources manager with the P&G Manufacturing Company in Alexandria LA, was elected president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated-Alexandria (LA) Alumnae Chapter for the 2011-2013 biennium. Cassie Ford ’06 has earned a degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. 45
class Notes Maryse Holly ’06, a graduate student at Cornell University studying international agriculture and rural development, was selected to participate in a threeweek course in rice production at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. It is fully funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Byron Jasper ’06, a physician at Baton Rouge General Hospital, presented a program “The Rounds@ XULA: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine” on campus for the benefit of XU pre-med and pharmacy students. Malcolm Mitchell ’06 has earned a Pharm.D degree from Hampton University. Lauren Powell ’06, the lead Clinical Research Coordinator at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was accepted into the Clinical and Population Health Research PhD program at the University of Massachusetts. Breyanna Grays ’07, a third-year student at the Indiana University School of Medicine, was named one of only eight recipients of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation’s 2011 Minority Scholars Program award, which recognizes outstanding achievements as a medical student. She intends to specialize in neurology after she receives her medical degree next year. Trenise Harris ’07 was accepted into the doctorate of education program at Texas Southern University. Crystal Moore ‘07 was accepted into the MBA Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She recently completed a one year ProInspire Fellowship at DC Public Schools in the Office of Secondary School Transformation. Kamilah Taylor ‘07 has earned a master’s degree in medical science from Hampton University. Grace Andoh ’08 was accepted into the Temple University School of Podiatry. Eboni Betts ’08 has earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia. Heather Brightharp ‘08 has earned a master’s degree in medical science from Hampton University. Whitney Brown ’08 has earned a Master of Accounting degree from Tulane University and completed his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. Damien Cuffie ’08 was accepted into the postbaccalaureate program at the Meharry College School of Dentistry and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dentistry.
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Markita Harris ’08 was named manager of teacher leadership and development for incoming Teach for America corps members in Baton Rouge LA.
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Allison Hudson ’08, editor for the Donaldsonville (LA) Chief newspaper, was elected president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. She was also nominated for the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation Women of Excellence Award for 2011 in the Media and Public Relations category, and was also featured as one of the “Top 25 Editors and Publishers under 35” in the April Edition of Editor and Publishers Magazine.
Krystal Hill ’09 earned a Master of Science degree in Early Oral Intervention/Deaf Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Camiel Irving ’08 was accepted to the MBA program at the Darden School University of Virginia and the Kellogg School Northwestern University.
Andrea Lee ’09 was accepted into medical school at Southern Illinois University.
Rida Nadeem ’08 was accepted into medical school at the American University of the Caribbean. Ashley Ross-Smith ’08 was accepted into dental school at Baylor University and the University of TexasHouston. Giselle Rouson ’08 was named a Talent Acquisition Consultant for MillerCoors. Michael Sanders ’08 has earned a Masters of Arts in Communication Studies from Louisiana State University. He has served as a full-time instructor at LSU in the Communication Studies department and performed with the HopKins Blackbox experimental performance theatre.
Letitia Hopkins ’09, a candidate for a MA degree in museum studies at SUNO, had her thesis exhibit at the McKenna Museum of African American Art. The exhibit explored voodoo through the lens of religious tolerance and explores voodoo stereotypes.
Brittani Melvin ’09 was accepted into the master’s program in Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas-Jonesboro. Ebony McKinnies ’09 was accepted into medical school at LSU-New Orleans. Maegan Williams ’09, has earned a degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
2010s Nana-Aisha Adamu ’10 was accepted into medical school at the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee.
Frerika Thomas ’08 has founded the non-profit New Orleans Regional Charities (NORC).
Jarred Honora ’10, an admissions counselor at Xavier, was elected for a second term as the Louisiana Director of Education for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Terry Richardson II ’08 was accepted into the physical therapy schools at USC, Alabama State University, Hampton University and Old Dominion University.
Anita Madison ’10 was accepted into the Tulane University School of Medicine.
Stephanie Warfield ’08 was accepted into the medical science prep program at Drexel University. Brandon Williams ’08 was accepted into medical school at the University of South Alabama. Brittany Allison ’09, a chemistry student in the Meiler Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. She will start her fellowship after completing training on the Chemical Biology Training Program, an NIH-funded initiative of Vanderbilt’s Institute for Chemical Biology and the Chemistry Department. Jessica Brumfield ’09 was accepted into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia. Brandy DeMesme ’09 earned a Master of Science degree in Early Oral Intervention/Deaf Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has also accepted a position as a Parent Advisor at Sunshine Cottage in San Antonio TX. Robert Durr ‘09 has earned a master’s degree in medical science from Hampton University.
Parish Florence ’10 was accepted into the Doctor of Audiology degree program at Salus University in Pennsylvania. Melanique Labeaud ’10 was accepted into the Doctor of Audiology degree program at the University of Florida. Luther St. James IV ’10 was accepted into medical school at the University of Florida and Tulane University. Gabriel Thompson ’10 has earned a master’s degree in finance with a specialization in energy from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. Monkia Arceneaux ’11 was accepted into the Loyola University School of Law. Meighan Anderson ’11 was accepted into medical school at Meharry College. Sanchia Anderson ’11 was accepted into the postbaccalaureate program at Meharry Medical College. Darion Blackwell ’11 was accepted into the Master’s program in accounting at Tulane University. Bradley Carter ’11 was accepted into the Valparaiso University Law School.
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Ashley Coleman ’11 was accepted into the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kyisha Dunn ’11 was accepted into the University of Medicine and Health Science-St. Kitts. Myisha Dunn ’11 was accepted into the University of Medicine and Health Science-St. Kitts. Vernon Dunn ’11 was accepted into graduate school at Louisiana State University. Lee Gibbs ’11 was accepted into the Ph.D. program in cancer biology at the University of North Texas’ Health Sciences Center. A NIH M.O.R.E. Fellow, he is currently participating in the Academy of Future Science Faculty at Northwestern University.
Tamorah Hawthorne ’11 served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines as a Youth Development Facilitator beginning July 2012. Terrika Jones ’11 was accepted into the GEMS (postbaccalaureate) program at Georgetown University Medical School. Theresa Scales ’11 was accepted into the master’s program in finance at Tulane University. Joann Tran ’11 was accepted into the LSU School of Dentistry. Aja Wheeler ’11 was named associate producer at KGTV Channel 10 (the ABC affliliate) in San Diego CA. She previously served as the production assistant at the KUSI News.
Stacey Windon ’11 was named a marketing analyst at the 3M Company’s Aerospace & Aircraft Maintenance Department (AAMD). She was also honored at the 4th Annual Garden Party of Honoring Women Worldwide (HWW), a nonprofit organization with a mission to mobilize, inspire and honor women and families from all cultures to lead and achieve personal success. She was nominated by the African American Society. Leslie Anderson ’12 was accepted at the University of Rochester Medical School. Allan Augillard ’12 was accepted at the University of Rochester Medical School.
The Xavier family extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and relatives of the following alumni and friends. The University was notified on these deaths during the period of March 30, 2011 to April 10, 2012. We regret any omissions.
~ Alumni Mrs. Lavinia S. Lundy. . . . . . . . . . . . 1921 Mr. Alcus M. McConduit. . . . . . . . . 1933 Mr. Horace C. Bynum, Sr.. . . . . . . . . 1936 Mrs. Evelyn Rousseve. . . . . . . . . . . . 1936 Mr. Hinton C. Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1936 Mrs. Rosalie Brown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1937 Ms. Odile R. Gayten. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1938 Mrs. Isabelle B. Baskin. . . . . . . . . . . 1939 Mrs. Gertrude D. Chriss . . . . . . . . . . 1939 Mr. James Morrow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1939 Mrs. Toledo Snyder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1940 Mrs. Madeleine H. Forsythe. . . . . . 1942 Mrs. Nellrose R. LaPierre. . . . . . . . . 1942 Mrs. Edith Saunders. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1942 Mrs. Blanche C. Cook . . . . . . . . . . . . 1943 Mrs. Julia Bajoie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1944 Dr. Juanita Clarke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1944 Mrs. Helene W. Dejoie . . . . . . . . . . . 1946 Mrs. Odessa N. Freeman. . . . . . . . . 1946 Mrs. Dolores T. Aaron. . . . . . . . . . . . 1947 Mrs. Edna P. Coleman. . . . . . . . . . . . 1947 Mrs. Phenella D. Perez. . . . . . . . . . . 1947 Reverend Dr. Ruth P. Williams. . . . . 1947 Mrs. Linda Adams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1948 Mrs. Althea K. Deterville. . . . . . . . . 1948 Mr. Thomas Fogie, Jr.. . . . . . . . . . . . 1948 Dr. Joseph L. Henry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1948 Mr. Freddie T. Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . 1948 Mrs. Dolores E. Mollaire . . . . . . . . . 1948 Mrs. Florine Quezergue. . . . . . . . . . 1949 Mr. Newman S. Braud. . . . . . . . . . . 1950
Mr. Thaddeus Demesme. . . . . . . . . 1950 Mrs. Barbara Blanks. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1951 Mr. Alvin J. Boutte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1951 Mrs. Helen B. Drye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1951 Mr. George Rieras. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1951 Ms. Marion G. Bouligny. . . . . . . . . . 1952 Mr. Earl L. McCree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1952 Mr. Joseph J. Almeida, Jr. . . . . . . . . 1953 Mr. Theodore L. Carson . . . . . . . . . . 1953 Mr. Mertes E. Troullier. . . . . . . . . . . . 1953 Mr. James A. Smith, Esq.. . . . . . . . . 1954 Mrs. Geraldine A. Fiawoo . . . . . . . . 1955 Mrs. Bernadette G. Gilbert . . . . . . . 1955 Mr. Leonard S. Schexnayder. . . . . . 1955 Mrs. Aletha R. Sigur. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1955 Mrs. Rosemary S. Smith . . . . . . . . . 1955 Mr. Herman Harris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1956 Mr. Herbert Jackson. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1956 Mr. Reginald H. Matthews. . . . . . . 1956 Mr. Nathaniel Purvis, Jr.. . . . . . . . . . 1956 Dr. Marilyn G. Douroux. . . . . . . . . . . 1957 Mrs. Cynthia C. George. . . . . . . . . . . 1957 Mrs. Mildred L. Monconduit. . . . . . 1957 Mrs. Stella Dejoie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1958 Mrs. Mildred P. Martinez. . . . . . . . . 1958 Mr. Lanard J. Robinet. . . . . . . . . . . . 1958 Mrs. James D. Ross. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1958 Mrs. Gloria G. Washington . . . . . . . 1958 Mr. Robert E. Bohnes. . . . . . . . . . . . 1959 Mrs. Ina L. Freeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1959 Mr. Clarence M. Lewis, Jr.. . . . . . . . . 1959
Mrs. Elaine White. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1959 Ms. Myrtle M. Williams. . . . . . . . . . 1959 Mrs. Maude L. Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . 1960 Ms. Roberta Barnes. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1961 Dr. Gloria D. Beal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1961 Mr. Darrell P. Berteaux. . . . . . . . . . . 1962 Mr. Jack Randall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1963 Mr. Willie L. Harris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1968 Mrs. Gayla R. Robertson. . . . . . . . . 1968 Mr. August Fleury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1969 Atty. Walter A. Knowles. . . . . . . . . . 1969 Dr. Anthony Chappell, Sr.. . . . . . . . . 1971 Sr. Margaret Fennell,S.B.S.. . . . . . . . 1972 Mrs. Claire Baddoo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1973 Sr. Margaret M. King . . . . . . . . . . . . 1973 Sr. M. Melania Chartier S.S.N.D.. . . 1975 Sr. Elizabeth Rafferty, S.B.S.. . . . . . . 1977 Mr. Earl P. Ancar, Jr.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1978 Ms. Marilyn M. Miller . . . . . . . . . . . 1978 Mrs. Trudy B. Charles . . . . . . . . . . . . 1982 Ms. Paula A. Jefferson. . . . . . . . . . . 1985 Dr. Angela T. Barthe. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1986 Ms. Pamela Romi Donald. . . . . . . . 1986 Ms. Phyllis C. King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1986 Ms. Michelle D. Arrington. . . . . . . . 1990 Mr. George T. Baggett. . . . . . . . . . . . 1990 Mr. Eric D. Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1992 Dr. Zenobia A. Casey. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1993 Mr. Adrian J. Coleman. . . . . . . . . . . 1996 Mrs. Leslie Anderson Raymond. . . 2006 Ms. Dannielle N. Foster. . . . . . . . . . 2011
~ Friends Mr. Jason C. Arrington Ms. Cherry Banks Mrs. Augusta H. Bayonne Ms. Carol H. Benson Mr. Harold Bohn Ms. Marie C. Bordes Bishop William H. Bullock Mr. William Carter, Jr. Mr. Lionel L. Cheri Mr. Ernest Craigwell, Jr. Mr. Frederick P. Daniels Mr. J.J. Deshotels Mr. Clifford Domio Bishop Paul Donovan, D.D. Ms. Catherine Draper Mr. Escamillo Felton Mr. Stafford Flowers Mr. Charles R. Gardiner The Most Reverend Archbishop Philip M. Hannan Mrs. Ruth Harris Mrs. Verna Kay Hill Mrs. Annie A. Jamison Mr. Harold Judell Mrs. Gloria Kabacoff Mr. Wendell Lagarde Ms. Anna Belle Landor
Mrs. Celia Lucas Sister Anne Lyons Mr. Joseph Martuscello Mr. Ollie Matson Mrs. Renate May Mrs. Josephine Mohr Mrs. Bernardine B. Moore Ms. Vernette L. Murray Mr. Roy James Nester, Jr. Ms. Annette Papps Mrs. Myrtle Pleasant Mr. Alexander A. Plicque Ms. Joan F. Ritchie Mrs. Leatrice Reed Roberts Mr. Albert Saputo Mr. Kent Satterlee, Jr. Ms. Elencie E. Shynes Ms. Ellen M. Sorahan Mr. Benjamin L. Spaulding Mr. Ben Spillman Ms. Louise Stevens Mr. Richard Sutton Mr. James F. Villere Mr. Frank Walk Mrs. Veronica J. Warren Ms. Inez I. Wilson Mrs. Norma J. Young
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The Atlanta Chapter is continuing its efforts to increase the Chapter’s membership and engage area alumni.
On March 18, 2012 the chapter hosted a St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day Celebration by celebrating Mass at Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic Church (founded by St. Katharine Drexel) followed by brunch at The Retreat at Perimeter Summit. The celebration raised nearly $10,000 and was attended by XU President Dr. Norman C. Francis ‘52, as well as Kimberly Reese ’95, Director of Alumni Relations, and Frederick J. Carter, President of the National Alumni Association and over two hundred alumni and friends.
The Chapter hosted its annual Alumni Picnic and Membership Drive on August 11, 2012. With the assistance of many loyal Xavier Alumni, the Atlanta Alumni Chapter has contributed $15,000 to the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Building Campaign. Alumni Chapter meetings occur on the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at 951 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. Chapter leaders will now concentrate on establishing an Atlanta Alumni Chapter Scholarship for future Xavierites in the Atlanta area. To join the chapter or receive more information about upcoming events contact the Atlanta Alumni President, James Pascal’57 at (404) 349-7926 or email@example.com.
The Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter is currently
working to build its membership and enthusiasm for alumni giving. In December, Baton Rouge area alumni gathered for a Christmas lunch and in early March they celebrated the Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel with a mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. In March, the Chapter hosted its Annual Jazz Brunch at the LSU Lod Cook Center to support the Frank Hayden Scholarship at Xavier University. Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, Vice-President of Institutional Advancement provided a State of the University and Whitney Forstall ’03, Alumni Relations Specialist was available to answer any questions regarding alumni events and activities. Over 100 alumni and friends participated in the celebration. Ms. Mercedese Broussard ’52 was also honored at the Brunch for her exemplary service as the Chapter’s treasurer for many years. During Homecoming 2011 the Baton Rouge Chapter Leadership presented the University with a $5,000 check for the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Building Fund. For more information regarding the Baton Rouge Chapter contact the Baton Rouge area alumni – (L-R) Chad Dyer ’95, Satpathi Dyer Chapter President, Vivian Guillory ’75 at (225) 205-1544 or firstname.lastname@example.org ’95 and daughter Suchitra, Ronald Gathe ’96 and Judge Brian Jackson ’82 – enjoy the Frank Hayden Jazz Brunch.
The Birmingham Alumni Chapter hosted its 19th
Annual Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction in September to benefit Xavier University student scholarships. Attendees were treated to a spoken word performance by Xavier’s own, Danielle Rouson ’05. The Chapter also sponsored a Christmas Social for chapter members and friends. For more information regarding the Birmingham Chapter contact the 1st Vice -President, Adrian Mason ’73 at (205) 988-4004.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter continues to serve prospective and current students and alumni in the
Chicagoland area. During the 2011 calendar year the Chicago Alumni Chapter concentrated on raising $10,000 for the St. Katharine Drexel Building Fund. The Chapter participated in Breakfast Clubs and hosted the Inaugural Great Chili Cook-Off.
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The Chapter kicked off 2012 with its Annual Post Holiday Party and Membership Drive with more than fifty Xavierites and friends attending. Over 130 Xavierites and friends attended the Chicago Chapter Boat Cruise along Lake Michigan. The annual boat cruise raised over $8,000 to benefit Xavier University scholarships and the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Building Fund. The Annual William J. Hill Freshmen and Parents Welcome Reception was held in August. The Chicago Alumni Chapter continues to be active with their local UNCF office participating in the Annual Walk-Fun Run and other sponsored events. For more information regarding the Chicago Chapter contact the Chapter President, Chakita R. Holmes at (708) 223-0161 or email@example.com.
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Members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter Executive Board – (L-R) Carolyn Lee ’62, Ronald Gaines ’72, Sher’Ron Morris ’04, Chantel Shackleford ’93, Kimberly Aristide ’08, Pheophilus Glover ’98, Kimberly Henry ’87, Keva Gwin ’00, Frederick Carter ’69, and Chakita Holmes ’03 – attend the Chapter’s Annual Post Holiday Party.
The Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter recently held elections. The results were: President, Tiffany Devereaux ’98; 1st V.P., Tiffany Jones’98; 2nd V.P., Donna Bush ’95; Corresponding Secretary, Monica Chambers ’99; and Recording Secretary, Melanie Jones Douglas ’96. The Chapter hosted its first Mardi Gras Ball in February, where more than 200 Xavierites and friends enjoyed New Orleans style food, a mask contest, and dancing to benefit the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter and Xavier University of Louisiana. Members of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter continue to assist Xavier University in recruiting from the Dallas area by participating in numerous college fairs. For more information regarding the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter contact the Chapter President, Troy Gray ‘87 at (972) 217-3350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Houston Chapter
held its sixth annual Mardi Gras in December; proceeds from the event benefited the University’s Annual Fund. During the event Randall McHenry ‘86, Houston Chapter Dwana Bush Cordova ’95 and Donna Bush ’95 glitter at President presented Harry Johnson ‘77, the Dallas Alumni Chapter’s Mardi Gras Ball. President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., with a recognition award for his outstanding service to the Houston area and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. In April the Chapter hosted its first Vincent Rachal Luncheon, in honor of Mr Vincent Rachal ’56, a loyal supporter of the Houston Chapter and Xavier University of Louisiana. The event was sold out and the Chapter presented Dr. Norman C. Francis and Frederick J. Carter with a check for $5,000 for the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Building Fund. The Chapter also continues to host a number of social events including picnics and happy hours to keep members engaged. Currently the Houston Chapter is planning its Annual Alumni Weekend during August. For more information regarding the Members of the Houston Alumni Chapter – (L-R) Grace Houston Chapter contact the Chapter President, Randall McHenry ’86 at (281) 415Moolchan ’69, Angele White ’98, and Paula Saizon ’69 3720 or Randall@mchenryinc.net. – reunite at the inaugural Vincent Rachal Luncheon.
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The Lake Charles Alumni Chapter
is diligently working to provide funding for Lake Charles residents attending Xavier and to fulfill their pledge to the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel building fund. The chapter provided book scholarships to all incoming freshmen from Lake Charles and raised over $10,000 at their Inaugural Jazz Brunch. The Chapter is currently assisting the University in its recruiting efforts by participating in area college fairs. For more information regarding the Lake Charles Alumni Chapter contact the Chapter President, Cynthia Guillory ’76 at (337) 844-3475 or email@example.com.
The St. Louis Alumni Chapter In April of
2012 St. Louis alum Kimberli Hillard held a meet and greet to discuss reactivating their chapter. Met with a great response, the St. Louis Chapter held its first meeting on May 10, 2012 where they discussed fundraising, membership, bylaws and recruitment ideas. The chapter also held elections where the following officers were elected: Kimberli Hillard ’08 - President; Carnecia Cole ’07 - Vice President; Brittany Stillwell ’06 - Secretary; and Earl Winfrey III ’94 - Treasurer. In August the chapter hosted a Summer Picnic to send off incoming freshman and current Xavier students. The chapter continues to successfully move forward in their reorganization efforts and commitment to Xavier University with upcoming events including a Jazz Brunch, College Fair recruitment, and Mardi Gras Ball. For more information on the St. Louis Chapter or any of their events please contact Ms. Kimberli Hillard at 314-440-5828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the Memphis Alumni Chapter are all smiles at a Jazz Brunch held to support their alma mater. The Memphis Alumni Chapter has been busy recruiting young alumni, organizing chapter fundraisers, and participating in community service projects in the Memphis area. The Alumni Chapter hosted two fundraisers to benefit Xavier University of Louisiana Scholarships and the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel Building Fund. The Chapter hosted an extremely popular Wine Tasting and Jazz Brunch. Nearly 100 Xavier Alumni and friends attended both events. The Chapter participated in community service and outreach activities with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the River City Links, Inc. Members also worked as alumni recruiters at the Annual Southern Heritage Classic College Fair. For more information regarding the Memphis Chapter contact the Chapter President, Trevor Thompson ’91 at (901) 266-6027 or email@example.com.
The New Orleans Chapter recently held its elections. The new officers are President Louise J. Sonnier ’56, Vice-President Maria Sly George ’58, Recording Secretary Precious Kirk ’96, Corresponding Secretary Dianne Pajaud ’60, Financial Secretary Heather Ray ’07, Treasurer Elvira Henry ’58, Chaplain Lorraine Williams ’47, and Parliamentarian Brendolyn McKenna ‘67. In March the Chapter hosted its annual Day at the Races to benefit its annual scholarship fund. Over 150 Xavierites and friends attended the annual New Orleans Chapter Day at the Races. The Chapter also hosted a successful young alumni happy hour in June, attended by more than 50 young alumni. For more information about the New Orleans Chapter, contact Chapter President, Louise J. Sonnier ‘56 (504) 427-3858. The Northern California Chapter continues to attend college fairs to promote Xavier and participate
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in local UNCF events to support Historically Black Colleges/Universities. The Chapter’s major fundraiser, its annual Day at the Races, was held at the Golden Gate Fields in Albany California. Proceeds from the event support a scholarship to a Northern California student. This fall the Northern California Chapter welcomed 15 incoming freshmen as part of the Xavier family. The chapter provides gift cards to all incoming freshmen from the Northern California area each year. For more information regarding the Northern California Chapter, contact Chapter President Mildred Gardner ’56 (510) 529-2078 or gardnermildred@ hotmail.com.
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The Phoenix Chapter is currently assisting the
University in its recruitment efforts by participating in college fairs. The Chapter is actively recruiting alumni residing in the Phoenix area. For more information regarding the Phoenix Chapter contact Chapter President, James Tillman ‘96 at (602) 740-7440 or jtillman11@yahoo. com.
The Philadelphia Chapter continues to recruit
Members of the Northern California Alumni Chapter – (L-R) Willie Chaffers ’71, Mildred Gardner ’56, Harolyn Lowe ’52 and Lois LeBlanc ’51 – proudly display the trophy they received for the best singing of the Alma Mater at a HBCU Coalition Event.
alumni from the surrounding area by hosting a fun filled calendar of events. Several successful fundraisers were hosted including the chapter’s annual family baseball day, jewelry and Texas Hold’em party, and a “get away day” featuring lunch and shopping. The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter also hosted its popular and successful open house for prospective Xavier students. For more information regarding the Philadelphia Chapter contact the Chapter President, Jazmine Atkins ’95 at (609) 230-7214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southern California Chapter continues to support Xavier by participating in college fairs and hosting its annual signature event, the Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch in October. The 30th Annual Jazz Brunch was held in October. The Chapter raised nearly $20,000 from the tickets and live auction. The Southern California Chapter also celebrated the Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel with Mass and a reception following. Members of the chapter continue to assist the University in its recruiting efforts by participating in numerous college fairs. Monthly meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month. For more information regarding the Southern California Chapter, contact Chapter President, Anthony Sharp ‘03 at (213) 6371387 or email@example.com. The Washington D.C. Chapter is currently operating with interim officers pending an upcoming election. The interim officers are President Matthew Frazier ’03, Vice-President Commelita McKee ’85, Recording and Corresponding Secretary Ayana Rowley ’05, Financial Secretary Elise T. Nicholls ’63, Treasurer Jessica Nash. 03, and Membership Liaison Kristin Matthews ’03. Members of the chapter participated in the UNCF Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast honoring Harry Johnson ’77 and volunteered with the Washington D.C. Food for Friends Program. The Chapter members also served as alumni recruiters at numerous college fairs in the Washington D.C. area. Upcoming events include a freshman send-off, happy hour, and a Mardi Gras fundraising event. For more information regarding the Washington D.C. Chapter contact the Chapter President, Matt Frazier ‘03 at (513) 259-7193 or firstname.lastname@example.org. XG
Want to start an alumni chapter in your area? Give the Office of Alumni Relations a call at (504) 520-5131 or email at email@example.com. Do you live in Minnesota and are interested in joining a group of alumni interested in starting a local chapter? For more information contact Whitney Forstall ’03 at (504) 520-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you live in Mississippi and have interest in networking with other Xavierites? There are several cities in the State of Mississippi that may be eligible to start an alumni chapter. For more information contact Kimberly Reese ‘95 at (504) 520-5131 or email@example.com.
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Comradeship and revelry were the order of the day as alumni from across the nation gathered for Homecoming 2011. Here is a brief sampling. Make plans now to attend this year’s celebration, Nov. 15-18 and make your own memories. The 2012 event will feature the five-year reunions classes ending in “7” and “2”, but, as always, all alumni are encouraged to attend.
Donna McCray, Willard Payne ’61, Jimmie Wickham ’61, and Johnny McCray ’58 renew acquaintances at the Alumni Mixer.
Signs are that Trevor Thompson ’91, Geoffrey Gates, ‘90, and Mark Belton ’98 are having a good time at the TGIF After Party.
Ann Barbre ’70, Marie Best ’51, and COP Dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy share a light moment at a special reception for pharmacy graduates. XGSummer Summer2012 2012 XG
Denly Herbert, Nicole Rhodeman Herbert ’86, and Vernon Mullen ’77 grab a front row seat for the Gold Rush homecoming game in The Barn.
Voris Vigee ’91, Melissa Haley ’91, and XU Alumni Director Kimberly Reese ’95 reconnect at the TGIF After Party.
The Class of ’96 reunites at the Alumni Mixer: (from left) Langston Adams and friend, Jossie Muhammed Burton, Renee Markham, Stephanie Hightower, Tasha Merritt, Karenna SenorsManning, Claudia LaCour, and Anisa Ssengoba-Ubogu.
Members of the Class of 1971 stake their claim to a table at the Alumni Gala.
Father and daughter Lisa Ray ’91 and Verbie Florence ’61 make a fine pair at the Alumni Gala. XG Summer 2012
Christopher Semelle ’95 and Christy Valentine ’96 connect at the TGIF After Party.
Anne Marie Roussell ’56, Ernest Thomas ’56, and Mildred Gardner ’56 hobnob before the Board of Governors meeting.
Toyane Faulkner ’88, Karen Bradley Wells ’90, and Karen Crawford ’86 share a light moment “On the Yard.”
President Norman C. Francis presents a gift of appreciation to Crystal Ashby, Executive Vice President-Government & Public Affairs for BP America, in recognition of her company’s lead sponsorship for the 4th Annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert.
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A well-attended homecoming reception for Xavierites in the legal profession included no less than 10 alumni now serving as judges. On hand were (front row from left) Hon. Brian Jackson ‘82, Hon. Angelique Reed ‘82, Hon Vivian Broussard Guillory ‘75, Hon. Karen Wells Roby ‘83 and Hon. Ivan Lemelle ‘71; (standing) President Norman Francis ‘52, Hon. Charles Jones ‘71, Hon Marc Johnson ‘86, Hon. Dennis Bagneris Sr. ‘70, Hon. Benedict Willard ‘87 and Hon. Lee Faulkner, Jr ‘87.
Entertainer Al Jarreau brings down the house at the annual Dr. Norman C. Francis Endowed Scholarship Benefit Concert.
Reunion Class Photos Class of 1941: (L-R) Geraldine Bryant Pratt and Alice Fassitt Jupiter with President Norman Francis ‘52.
Class of 1946: (L-R) Helen Ward Carry and Nolma Bourcree Diamond with President Norman Francis ‘52.
Class of 1951: (front row, L-R) President Norman Francis ’52 with Lois Gonzales LeBlanc, Vera Robert, Louis Evans, Marie Lancelin Best, Ophelia Thomas Hill, Margaret Brown Adams and Gwendolyn Clarke Blake; (back row) Charles Simms, William Tanner, Ignatius Collier, Vivian Reissland Rouson, Leo Hall Jr., Albert Bryant and Doris Miller Aubry.
Reunion Class Photos Class of 1956: (front row, L-R) Marino Casem, Betty McCain Casem, Lawrence McKendell, Mildred Wilkerson Ollee, Agnes Green Thompson, Nina Heyward Payne, Louise Sonnier and Anne Marie Roussell with President Norman Francis ‘52; (middle row) Edward Dalferes, Mildred Young Gardner, Addria Arnaud Cooper, Ernest Thomas, Betty Washington Caudle, Lily Washington Brunswick, Margaret Haydel Zimmerman and Rosie Nichols Brown; (back row) Leslie Theard, Edward Thomas, Roy Marrero, Barbara Watkins Thomas, Hortense Haydel Reine, Gwendolyn Theard Miller, Dorothy Labat, Emile Coleman and Raphael Baranco.
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Class of 1961: (front row, L-R) Mary Thomas Williams, Lester Lee, Patricia Harrington, Sister Doris Blum S.B.S., Marva Jones Doughty and Dorothy Shay Lewis; (second row) President Norman Francis ’52 with Terrel LeCesne, Verbie Florence, Robert Price Sr., Dolores Cleveland Clark, Lois Milton Roux, Lula Sullivan Simms, Etta Hamler Tricksey, Beverly Ann Thompson, Jimmie Wickham and Donna Govan McCray; (third row) Otis Washington, Edward Anderson, Yvonne Johnson Osborne, Julie Smith Griffin, Annie Belle Williams Terrell, Gloria Lyons Marcell, Croscina Odell Crockett, Shirley Llorens Dejan, Sheila Byers Boucree and Marion Edinburgh Criddle; (fourth row) Adolph Bynum, Elaine Parker Adams, Clarence White, William Terrell, Willard Payne, Amos Evans, George Marcell, Jeannette Narcisse Tancock, Joseph Boucree and Shirley Williams Anderson-Napier; (back row) Benjamin Brown, Clarence Rollerson, Sylvester Hosey, Leslie Sudbury, Charles Honore, Ted Jones, Wellington Pitts, Ronald Beater, Janice Criddle Carter and Curtis Graves.
Class of 1966: (L-R) Lynne Brousseau Garibaldi with President Norman Francis ‘52.
Reunion Class Photos Class of 1971: (front row, L-R) Eartha Flemings Carter, Gennice Williams King, Ursula Jean-Gifford, Perry Tillman III, Ann Turk Lecompte, Larnette Minor Smith, Valerie Hewlett Dapremont, Grace Lemieux and Linda Molezion with President Norman Francis ‘52; (middle row) Ivan L.R. Lemelle, Willie Phillips Chaffers, Dianne Revels Depland, Virginia Bell Rahming, Theresa Williamson Ott, Ava Kay Taylor Jones, Alva Darensbourg Chase, Andolyn Brown Harrison and Lois Wilson Mills; (back row) Rev. Kenneth Brown, James Gladney, Ellen Barial, Jimmie Knight, Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas, Marcellus Grace, Elaine Keller Johnson, Vernon Mullen and Marie Chachere Christian.
Class of 1976: (front row. L-R) Cynthia Clay Guillory, Valena Mirabin Coco, Bro. Herman Johnson O.P., Cheryl Thomas, Rae Minor Williams, Linda Chevis and Louise Briscoe Harvey with President Norman Francis ‘52; (middle row) Thomas Daniel, Lavanza Butler, Lynn Theard Cobette, Marsha Jase, Michelle DeJoie-Manning, Donnye Brady and Susan Johnson Vaugh; (back row) Mary Dean Hunter, Kenneth Boutte and Millard Woods.
Class of 1986: (front row, L-R) Jerrice Miller Epps, Mary Elizabeth McKendell, President Norman Francis ’52, Nichole Rhodeman Herbert and Leatrice Charlot Gaines; (second row) Elizabeth WareSmall and Lynette Broussard Walker; (third row) Caprice Thomas and Ursula Brown; (back row) Randall McHenry, Veronica Lynn Harrison, Karen Crawford and Harrison Edgley.
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Class of 1991: (front row, L-R) Ronald Clinton, Gia Bazil Soublet, Sheleen Jones-Adenle, President Norman Francis ’52, Susan Reine McCleskey, Monica Lewis Mercadel and Randy McKee; (second row) Sonya Anderson Bradford, Trevor Thompson and Patrise White Bennett; (third row) Lisa Florence-Ray, Markitta Jamison Travillion and Karen Miller Whitfield; (back row) Timothy Ray, Kevin Marks and Earl Fenton.
Class of 1996: (front row, L-R) President Norman Francis ‘52 with Karenna Senors-Manning, Renee Markham, Anisa Ssengoba-Ubogu, Tasha Merritt and Janel Bailey Wheeler; (second row) Kellye Davis, Precious Kirk, Perpetual Williams and Josie Muhammed Burton; (third row) Felice Glapion Rankins, Claudia LaCour, and Stephanie Hightower; (back row) La’Derical Wagner, Tahira Stalberte, Kim LeDuff and Mary Webb.
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Class of 2001: (front row, L-R) Christina Payne Williams, Shayna Roaf Smith, Dina Walker Perkins, TenecQua Davis, Melissa Lear Pappion, Kimberly Carter and Marissa Wilson with President Norman Francis ‘52; (middle row) Lori LeDuff, Laura Deon, Adrienne Embry Ammons, Jameika Stuckey, Danella Lang, Ariane Stevens Carrier and Keith Planer; (back row) Dennise Todd, Toni Garvin, Layna Orise, Camille Words Garrison, Candace Stevens Robinson, Precious Calloway and Brandinika Ritter.
Class of 2006: (L-R) Shaun Harvey Sykes and Alexis Graham with President Norman Francis ‘52.
LEAVE A LEGACY TO XAVIER ...And Give the Gift of a Lifetime! • • • • •
Name Xavier as one of the beneficiaries of your will Make a gift of real estate or other assets Make Xavier a beneficiary of your insurance policy, retirement plan or annuity Establish a charitable gift annuity Generate meaningful tax benefits from gifts of stocks or bonds
Marguerite Rey Florent ’62, who retired in 2004 after more than 40 years as a librarian for New Orleans Public Libraries and for four local colleges (including Xavier), has contributed significant financial support to the University throughout her lifetime. And now, by making both a $50,000 donation to the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel campaign and by setting up a $50,000 annuity to establish an endowed student scholarship, she will be able to leave behind her legacy at Xavier. “I have always wanted to make a major gift to Xavier because it has been such a big part of my life. The naming opportunities in the Chapel were a perfect way for me to show my gratitude to Xavier and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for their tremendous influence on me, and to remember family members at the same time. Making Xavier the beneficiary of an annuity allows me to establish an endowment in honor of my father and mother that will ensure that future generations of students will have the same opportunities that I had.”
Marguerite Rey Florent ‘62
“I have given financial support to Xavier all my life, but the time seemed right to do something bigger. I love Xavier and it is my humble way of saying “Thank You” for helping me to become the person that I am today.”
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