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March 12, 2020: COVID-19 Update

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 03/12/2020 - 12:04pm

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

This week, Louisiana recorded its first cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus. In the days since, several Louisiana universities have announced plans to institute remote class instruction to mitigate the virus’ spread. Those universities are in the New Orleans area, where the majority of the cases are.

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COVID-19 Update

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Fri, 03/06/2020 - 8:31am

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

Earlier this week, a team of University personnel met to discuss COVID-19, or coronavirus, and to outline how UL Lafayette would respond should it affect our community.

It’s important to note that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana.

Nevertheless, because the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains the paramount concern of the University, preparation for any eventuality is key.

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New QEP an Historic Step for UL Lafayette

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Tue, 01/21/2020 - 3:08pm

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

UL Lafayette will host peer reviewers from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges on Feb. 10-13. The University has spent the past several years preparing for this visit and for the wider reaccreditation process of which it is a part.

Reaccreditation occurs every 10 years, and the University community never fails to rally to this all-important undertaking. I want to thank everyone who went above and beyond their usual duties and responsibilities to ensure the success of this process.

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Provost Candidate to Visit Campus Next Week

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:51pm

Dear faculty and staff members,

Last year, a search committee worked diligently to identify candidates for the position of provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Dr. David Danahar has served ably in that post since being named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs in August 2016. His appointment, however, was always intended to be temporary. The search committee, assisted by an executive staffing agency, has pursued candidates whose education, experience and personalities would make them a good fit for this vital role on a more permanent basis.

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Power of Inclusion

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 03/28/2018 - 7:06am

I’ve been reflecting on UL Lafayette’s Women’s Leadership Conference, which I attended a couple of weeks ago. It was one of several events held during Women’s History Month.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Katrice Albert, executive vice president for inclusion and human resources at the NCAA. She reminded audience members that they have the power, as individuals and a group, to challenge paradigms that have historically excluded women.

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Education & Enforcement to Halt Hazing

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:20am

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

During National Hazing Prevention Week in September, I shared with you that we were reviewing our policies and stepping up our efforts against hazing.

In the past six months, we’ve made progress with our Greek-letter organizations. For example, in addition to existing University efforts, an interactive risk management seminar and an Interfraternity Council summit have been slated on campus this spring. Also, several organizations have participated in training by their international headquarters’ staff.

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Student Research: 2020 Quality Enhancement Plan

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 03/14/2018 - 4:05pm

Dear students, faculty and staff members,

UL Lafayette is preparing for its 2020 reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Once every 10 years, as part of the reaccreditation process, the University identifies a Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP is a campus-wide initiative that provides a measurable way for us to demonstrate our commitment to supporting student learning.

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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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