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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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Provost Announcement

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:57pm

Dear Faculty and Staff Members,

I hope you enjoyed a good break and that you’re ready to take on 2016.

Each semester brings new challenges and opportunities. This one is no different.

During the holiday, Dr. James Henderson was selected to serve as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs of the University of Wisconsin System.

Jim graduated with a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From our experience, we know that the UW System will benefit greatly from his leadership.

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Great Start to the Fall Semster

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Fri, 09/18/2015 - 11:45am

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The new year is off to a tremendous start. The energy on campus is palpable.

We welcomed our largest freshman class, and I might add, our brightest, too. The freshman class has 3,179 students, which represents a 9 percent increase over last year. Our overall enrollment for the Fall 2015 semester is 19,033. I would like to thank the Enrollment Management staff for its efforts and congratulate everyone who supports student recruitment.

We also welcomed more than 270 new faculty and staff who have joined our community.

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Mourning with Our Community

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:41am

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette community is deeply saddened by the loss of Jillian Johnson, 33, and Mayci Breaux, 21, who died in a tragic shooting at the Grand Theatre on Johnston Street last night. Jillian graduated from UL Lafayette in 2004. Nine others were injured, with one in critical condition.

The entire campus mourns the loss of lives in our Lafayette community. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.


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