Xavier hosts Calvin Mackie as a motivational speaker for new and returning students

The presentation is one of several events during the University's Week of Welcome to kick off the new academic year | August 14, 2009

Xavier University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting Calvin Mackie, PhD, as the featured speaker at its annual welcome reception on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center Theater. This event seeks to empower and encourage students as they embark on a new academic year as well as discuss the benefits of leveraging diversity in their success.

Mackie is an author, engineer, motivational speaker, professor and entrepreneur. His message transcends race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability and time. He was in filmmaker Spike Lee’s documentary “When the Levees Broke” providing insight into the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the citizens of New Orleans, and he was recently a guest on CNN’s Black in America 2.

After starting college in remedial reading because of weak SAT scores, Mackie earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in Mathematics from Morehouse College. He continued his studies and earned a Master of Science and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. In 1992 he co-founded Channel ZerO, an educational and motivational consulting company, and he has presented to numerous civic and educational institutions and Fortune 500 corporations.

He joined the Tulane University faculty, researching energy efficiency and renewable energy. In 2002, he became an associate professor with tenure. Mackie’s 11-year academic career ended when Tulane University disbanded its engineering school in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Mackie has won numerous awards, including the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the 2003 National Title One Distinguished Graduate for Louisiana, 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award for College Level Educator, the 2002 New Orleans Data News Weekly Trailblazer Award, and the Pi Tau Sigma/ASME Excellence in Teaching Award in Mechanical Engineering for 2000 and 2002. He also holds a patent on a device to retrofit luggage stow bins on Boeing airliners.

His appearance is one of over 35 Week of Welcome entertainment, lecture, arts and social events on Xavier’s campus to welcome students back to a new academic year. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 513-745-3181 or e-mail oma@xavier.edu.

For a list of all Week of Welcome activities, please visit the Week of Welcome web site.