Marketing & Communications

July 2018



AT&T Louisiana President Sonia Perez presents a $50,000 check to Xavier President Dr. Reynold Verret in support of the University’s efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving students who require financial assistance for the 2018-19 academic year. On hand for the presentation, which was held at City Hall, were New Orleans Mayor and XULA alumna LaToya Cantrell ’97, and Xavier seniors Dijon Johnson and Frebrianna Moore.


Xavier and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) have entered into a partnership agreement which will make it easier for transfer-ready community college students from the state to earn a baccalaureate-level degree from the University’s more than  40 undergraduate academic programs.

According to the agreement, students from any two-year LCTCS campus who successfully obtain an associate degree with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher will be guaranteed admission into Xavier with junior standing. Acceptable degrees include the Associate in Arts for Transfer, the Associate of Arts, the Associate of General Studies, and the Associate in Science for Transfer, all of which are designed to provide a clear pathway to a baccalaureate degree and indicate strong preparation for upper division classwork.

An alternate option to earn guaranteed admission will require transfer students to earn 30 or more transferrable units with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Some other advantages offered to transfer students according to the pact include priority consideration for housing, pre-admission advising, and consideration for transfer scholarships for students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students may need to fulfill additional requirements for specific majors.

“We are excited to be able to offer Louisiana community college students a stream-lined path to continue their education at Xavier, where they will have access to a unique academically enriching and personally rewarding experience,” said Dr. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana. “We see this as a great opportunity for both Louisiana students and Xavier, as we seek to enroll meritorious students from our great state who wish to increase their knowledge and pursue their excellence here at Xavier.

LCTCS manages all of the thirteen public 2-year institutions in the state of Louisiana. It is headquartered in Baton Rouge, and is located on the campus of Baton Rouge Community College.


Alumni and friends of Xavier turned in yet another strong performance during the 2018 Give. Love. Xavier Day campaign, with some 2,215 donors contributing a total of $501,385 to the annual one-day, online fundraising event.

Donations to GLX Day directly support scholarships and other important University programs, making a vital difference in the lives of current students. Since its inception in 2013, GLX Day has raised more than $2.7 million dollars.


A total of 750 student scholars made the Dean's List during the spring 2018 semester according to Registrar Avis Stuard.Students merited a spot on the honor roll by earning a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above while taking at least 12 semester hours.

The honor students listed below are grouped by major and include their classifications, high schools and/or (hometowns).The complete lists are available HERE (College of Arts and Sciences) and HERE (College of Pharmacy).


Xavier, in partnership with Advanced-Online, has launched its official athletics online store – – featuring XULA products. XULA fans, alumni, employees, parents and students are now be able to purchase merchandise such as apparel, hats, gift items and bags representing the XULA brand using the online store created and managed by Advanced-Online.

"It's exciting that we're now able to offer a wide variety of Xavier items to all of our fans and friends wherever they may live," said XULA Director of Athletics & Recreation Jason Horn. "We have roughly 20,000 alumni, and this online store will help them to proudly showcase their Xavier pride while knowing a portion of the proceeds will go to scholarships."

The online store features more than 1,600 product options and the largest selection of officially licensed XULA merchandise available online. The online store is offering 25 percent off T-shirts through July 31.


The BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) program is holding Interdisciplinary Seminars every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the University Center Room 205, during which BUILD summer research students will be presenting their research/findings to students, faculty and staff. Open to the public. The last seminar will be Thursday July 26.


Faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences participated in Tableau Public training for digital humanities, taking advantage of an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the software program and to develop a meaningful method for incorporation into core courses.



  • The Xavier chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) was named Chapter of the Year, cited for providing excellent leadership to its members, campus, and the community. NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership and honor society with more than 500 chapters. The XULA chapter was founded in January 2017.


  • Geryn Hasty ’17 has been accepted into the master’s program in health Science at Meharry Medical College.

  • Jasmine Haydel ’15 has been accepted into the Wright State University School of Medicine.

  • Sydney Labat ’18 has been accepted in medical school at Tulane University, the University of South Alabama, and the University of Mississippi.

  • Akerria Lee ’15 has been accepted into the master’s program in biomedical studies at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • DéJeune Antoine O'Garro '08 was awarded a J.D. from Harvard Law School, becoming only the second XULA alum to graduate with an MBA from Harvard Business School. In October will begin her career as an attorney in Cooley's Life Sciences Corporate Partnering and Licensing group. Prior to earning her latest degree [she also holds a BS in physics from XULA and a master’s in biochemical engineering from Tulane), she worked as a management consultant at Accenture.

  • Vernitra Shivers ‘97 has been named principal of Thomas Middle School in New Orleans. She has more than 15 years of experience in public education, most recently as assistant principal and dean of instruction at Madison High School.

  • J. Cindy Simporios ’17 has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine.

  • Danielle Vappie MAT ‘03 has been named principal of Einstein Charter School at Village De l’Est in New Orleans, where she previously served as an assistant principal.


  • Dr. Joseph LaRochelle (pharmacy) has been promoted to Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Louisiana State University HSC School of Medicine.

  • Marian Minnard (Career Services), advisor of Xavier's chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), was appointed to serve on the National Advisory Board for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • Dr. Shearon Roberts (Mass Communications) took first place in the 2018 International Communication Division Teaching Contest with her entry, "Encounters with Global Marginalization: Connecting African American Students to Mediated ‘Othering’”. The award is sponsored by the International Communication Research Journal and the Ohio University’s Institute for International Journalism.


Receiving their certificates after completing a year-long residency training in one of Xavier's two residency programs were: (sitting L-R) Dr. Hannah Naquin and Dr. Rim Hadgu. On hand for the presentation were COP faculty/administration: (L-R) Dr. Janel Bailey Wheeler, Dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Dr. Christopher Gillard, and Dr. Shandrika Williams Landry.

Xavier Board of Trustees Dr. Gilda Barabino and Carmen Bermudez took time out from their annual Board meeting to join MATH STAR summer program students for lunch in the UC Dining Hall.


Saturday, Aug. 25 - DFW Alumni "Family and Friends Picnic in the Park" 


Incoming freshmen and current students attend the Chicago Alumni Chapter Brunch, which raised more than $18,000 in scholarship funds for Xavier students from Chicagoland. 





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