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Xavier Faces

Cyril Whitaker, S.J. 
Classics
After teaching 22 years in the Cincinnati area, Whitaker changed careers and became a Jesuit. He then resumed his teaching career at Xavier, leading courses in Latin, Greek and philosophy in the classics program. He earned his degree in classics from Xavier in 1978 and says he feels blessed to give back to the school where he received a “marvelous education.” Beyond teaching, Whitaker says he enjoys collecting antiques, reading and going out to eat.

Steve Driehaus
Community Building Institute
Driehaus is a busy man. Not only does he consult on Community Building Collaborative projects, but he represents the 31st District in the Ohio State Legislature. “[CBI] is a very effective way for Xavier to be engaged in the community and achieve a significant neighborhood development outside of academics,” Driehaus says. “And that’s important in fulfilling Xavier’s mission.” When he’s not away from home, Driehaus enjoys spending time with his three children.

Darrel Burns, S.J.
Campus Ministry
Burns is one of the newest Jesuits at Xavier, arriving in 2005. He writes liturgies in the office of campus ministry. However, he is not a total stranger to Xavier. He taught theater at the University in the 1980s at the Edgecliff campus. He has also served as chaplain at Loyola High School in Baltimore and Scranton Preparatory High School in Scranton, Pa. When he’s not at Bellarmine Chapel, he enjoys eating at all the fine restaurants in Cincinnati.

De Asa Brown
Community Building Collaborative
De Asa Brown began working with the Community Building Collaborative in March 2005 as a liason between the University and the neighboring communities. “The opportunity to be a part of revitalizing the community in which I live, while working with a diverse segment of leaders, is what drew me to the position,” she says. When she’s not working or studying for her M.B.A., Brown enjoys bodybuilding, fashion design and water sports.

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