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Responsibility to Prevent Hazing

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:42pm

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

As National Hazing Prevention Week concludes, recent reports of hazing have heightened awareness of a need for renewed efforts to prevent, stop, and report hazing.

The college experience is for learning inside and outside the classroom. Hazing adds no value. It’s harmful to individuals, organizations, and institutions. Hazing is a threat to friendships, brotherhoods, sisterhoods, teams, and communities. It’s even, at times, dangerous and can be harmful to loved ones.

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Gratitude for Budget Solution

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:28pm

The University community commends Governor Edwards and members of the Acadiana Legislative Delegation for fashioning a budget solution during the recent special session that didn’t include yet another cut to higher education.

Higher education is not merely an expense. It is an investment for a stronger economic future. Every state dollar invested in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, for example, generates a roughly sevenfold economic impact.

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University Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 01/30/2017 - 4:16pm

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has historically benefited from the scientific, cultural and economic contributions of international students and scholars and values all students, faculty members and researchers, regardless of their country of origin.

The University remains firmly committed to supporting all of our international students, faculty and their families.

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Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:23pm

Since the Nov. 8 elections, I’ve spoken with many members of our UL Lafayette community about the campus climate. I’ve talked to students, staff and faculty members. I’ve talked to representatives of many student organizations, races, and faiths.

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Standing, Learning Together

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 11/09/2016 - 5:20pm

Yesterday’s election ended a long, contentious presidential campaign that was stressful to many Americans.

Differences of opinions about future governance of our country have strained relationships between friends, family members, and neighbors.

But America still rests on a foundation that gives its citizens the right to free speech and the right to vote. Regardless of whether we agree with the outcome of the election, we can still respect the process that’s used to choose our leaders.

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New Academic Year Underway After Challenging Start

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 09/01/2016 - 8:30am

Dear Faculty and Staff Members,

Welcome to a new academic year, and welcome to our new faculty and staff members. Hopefully, you are settling in.

What an unexpected start we had to this semester!

The recent historic flooding has directly impacted dozens of university faculty and staff and hundreds of our students and their families.

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New Systems and Processes Launching

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:45pm

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff Members,

I am pleased to share with you the good news that the University is nearing the launch of the first phase of our new internal data system powered by Banner.

We began converting to the new system 15 months ago as part of our University Strategic Plan. Our goals for the new system include improved services, better student retention and streamlined processes.

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Higher Education Funding

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:05pm

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Louisiana higher education is getting additional attention since the swearing in of our new governor.

Last week, the final report from the Higher Education Transition Committee was submitted to Governor John Bel Edwards. The report can be found at


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