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Xavier Faces

Jim Hart
Music

After a successful career as a commercial music composer in Los Angeles, Hart moved his family to Cincinnati and has been teaching electronic music and basic theory courses at the University for the past 14 years. He loves to travel, a passion he shares with his wife and muse, Sasha. They particularly enjoy visiting Munich, Germany, where they once lived. Jim is the gardener and pianist in the family, and when he’s not planting something, he’s at the piano playing both jazz and classical music.

Sasha Hart
Music

Classically trained in ballet, Hart teaches both introductory and advanced ballet courses at Xavier. She also shares her passion for dance with students at her private ballet school, with underprivileged children at Uptown Arts and as a guest choreographer for the Cincinnati Ballet. Originally from the Netherlands, Hart loves to travel Europe and enjoys all its cuisine, especially anything French. Hart and her husband, Jim, have two musically inclined children, a jazz-singer daughter and cellist son.

George Jacob
Biology

Jacob never thought that moving to Cincinnati in 1984 would result in making a permanent home in the city—and at Xavier. But it has. Jacob is entering his seventh year at the University, where he teaches a wide range of biology classes from Cell Biology to Introduction to the Life Sciences, while at the same time working on his own research on mammary glands. In his spare time, he likes to read, listen to music and attend his daughter’s soccer games with his wife, Lisa.

Lisa Close-Jacob
Biology

When Close-Jacob and her husband, George, married in 1984, it was her need to get a Ph.D. that relocated the couple to Cincinnati. Close-Jacob now has the Ph.D. and is entering her 12th year of teaching at Xavier. Teaching classes from senior research to vertebrae/physiology labs with George, she also finds time to work on her own research on coronary artery flow. She enjoys reading fiction, sewing and spending time with her family and her pets.

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