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Xavier Magazine | July 20, 2017

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Semester at Sea

July 1, 2008 |

When assistant philosophy professor Steve Frankel arrived at Xavier in 2003—fresh from a four-year stint teaching philosophy and European culture at the American University of Paris—he thought his international days were over. Wrong. 

In August, he packed up his family … Read More

The Voice of Experience

April 1, 2008 |

Stephanie Sisak came to Xavier nine years ago as an adjunct professor in the Williams College of Business. She has been a full-time visiting professor for the past two years. An avid world traveler, golfer, real-estate investor and Musketeer basketball … Read More

The Soccer Ambassador

April 1, 2008 |

Ron Quinn loves soccer. His passion for the sport—and his belief in its self-esteem building qualities—is the unifying force that ties together his work in the University’s Department of Sports Studies with his efforts on behalf of such organizations as … Read More

The Cat Whisperer

April 1, 2008 |

Jenny Thacker has never chosen a pet; they’ve always come to her. From the first cat her family’s dog brought home when she was nine years old, to the cats she takes care of when their owners are out of … Read More

The Roman Road

October 1, 2007 |

Rabbi Abie Ingber has spent his life building bridges between the Jewish and Christian faiths. That mission led Ingber, director for Hillel at Xavier, to two audiences with Pope John Paul II.

 

And this fall, he’ll return to Rome … Read More

The NetworkerL Deb Del Valle

October 1, 2007 |

Deb Del Valle just doesn’t like to sit still. And she’s naturally curious. So, while the media relations specialist spends weekdays and some weekends writing University press releases and pitching stories to local media outlets, she may also spend evenings … Read More

Six-string Psychologist

October 1, 2007 |

Oliver “Tony” Birckhead is a psychologist and director for the McGrath Health and Counseling Center. But prior to coming to the University in 1996, Birckhead split his time between academia, the mental health field and his guitar. He spent several … Read More

New in Nigeria

October 1, 2007 |

A couple of years ago, chemistry professor Aaron Baba got a crazy idea. As new editions of the chemistry books he used kept replacing older versions, he realized the older texts could provide a lot of learning to college students … Read More

Meditation, American Style

October 1, 2007 |

For six months last year, William Waters spent four hours every Thursday trying to keep bitter rivals from killing each other. The warring factions were the administration and employees of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Their disputes … Read More

About Climate Change

October 1, 2007 |

It’s all over talk radio and television; it’s an issue of the upcoming presidential election; it’s even got Hollywood abuzz. It’s climate change, and now the Catholic community is joining the conversation.

This spring, seven people with Xavier connections took … Read More

A Sweeter Career

October 1, 2007 |

Michael Van Fleet has a sweet job. As Xavier’s executive pastry chef, Van Fleet is responsible for all those cakes, cookies and calorie-laden concoctions students snap up daily. But his favorite part of the job is plating fancy desserts for … Read More

Faculty Spotlight

October 1, 2006 |

A football scholarship brought Jim Brockhoff to Xavier in 1958, but it’s tennis that kept him here. “I got out of college and Xavier called and said they needed somebody,” says the men’s and women’s tennis coach. “I said I … Read More

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