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Xavier Magazine | October 17, 2017

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Winter 2005

High Praises

January 1, 2005 |

Xavier was recognized three times in the last few months for its outstanding academics. In August, U.S. News & World Report ranked Xavier No. 2 among Midwest master’s-level institutions in its annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue. In September, the Princeton Review recognized … Read More

High Beams On

January 1, 2005 |

The room is dark, lit only by a thin red beam streaking out from a long box on a laboratory table. Jennifer Robbins slips a slide of dead rhodo spirillum bacteria under a microscope lens. A computer screen comes alive … Read More

Grad Program Perfect

January 1, 2005 |

Administrators are finding that its graduate program is a perfect six—out of seven, that is. In a graduate student satisfaction survey conducted in 2003 by psychology graduate student Luanne Carr, 491 respondents shared their opinions with the University. The results?Read More

Grad Puts Herself in “Jeopardy”

January 1, 2005 |

In the category of “Xavier grads on Jeopardy!” there’s only one right answer. It’s Amy Helmes. Her Sept. 9 appearance on the popular, long-running game show was a noble effort to topple Ken Jennings, the guy who became famous by … Read More

Golden Era Ends

January 1, 2005 |

Philosophy professor Bernard Gendreau taught Xavier students until the day he died—literally. An hour after teaching what would be his last class on March 31, he pulled his car into a restaurant parking lot where he was to meet his … Read More

Getting to the Point

January 1, 2005 |

As a physics teacher, Barry Riehle will do just about anything to keep his students excited about learning. In his 20 years in the classroom, the 1974 and 1989 graduate, who chairs the science department at Turpin High School in … Read More

Faculty Spotlight

January 1, 2005 |

Bob Ahuja, professor of marketing.

Q: During the holiday season, do you see a difference in how toys are marketed to children than the rest of year?

No, there is no difference in how they market during the holiday season … Read More

Faculty Spotlight

January 1, 2005 |

Ken Overberg, S.J., professor of theology who has lived in the Holy Land.

Q: As we near Christmas and the celebration of Jesus’ birth, tell us what Bethlehem is like today. Is it still just a small town in the … Read More

Extra Credit: Kara Northway

January 1, 2005 |

Kara Northway grew up in Topeka, Kan., and did her undergraduate work in Oregon. She then returned to her native state to study Shakespeare with the well-known scholar David Bergeron at the University of Kansas before arriving at Xavier this … Read More

Editor Gets Hoorays from Hollywood

January 1, 2005 |

Dean Holland didn’t have a plan, but he heard a voice calling him to Hollywood—and he had faith that he would somehow succeed. So three weeks after receiving his degree in 1992, Holland headed for California. In a story line … Read More

Edgecliff Reunion

January 1, 2005 |

Long before the national alumni association, Joan Brennan Kennedy simply placed calls to her Edgecliff classmates inviting them to her house for what became a yearly reunion. The 1951 graduate has since organized 53 reunions, a record that remains unchallenged … Read More

Chapter Spotlight: Louisville

January 1, 2005 |

While many people experience mild regret after Halloween—whether from too much candy or thinking that green hair dye would actually wash out by Monday—the Louisville chapter of the national alumni association had something to smile about. For the second consecutive … Read More

Broken Places

January 1, 2005 |

In an act of protest and civil disobedience, Mike O’Grady, S.J., a graduate theology student and Jesuit brother, climbed a chain link fence a year ago and dropped onto the grounds of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation—formerly the … Read More

Banker’s New Career a Rarity

January 1, 2005 |

In the back of Chris Sontag’s business near the Ohio River, Maria Smith feeds pre-cut paper into an ancient binding machine while her feet work the pedals. The National Book Sewing Machine—model number 469—was built in 1905. Today, 100 years … Read More

A Force for Growth

January 1, 2005 |

Michael J. Conaton is a tough act to follow. In September, Conaton stepped down after 18 years as chairman of the University’s board of trustees, ending an era in which he helped guide the University to unprecedented growth.

He is … Read More

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