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President's Blog

The University President, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, periodically posts blogs and email messages to the University community and the public about important University relations, developments, and updates.

Read his most recent blogs below and subscribe to receive all updates.

President's Blog

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    Legislative Session Delivers Wins for Higher Ed

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Tue, 06/22/2021 - 8:30am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    The legislative session that ended earlier this month resulted in the most significant investment in higher education in Louisiana since 2008.

    After 13 years of continued cuts and flat funding, this is exceptionally refreshing news for every member of the University community and for the state as a whole.

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    Juneteenth: A Day of Reflection

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:00am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Starting this year and continuing annually, we will observe Juneteenth as a University holiday.

    Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day – June 19, 1865 – that enslaved Black people living in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom.

    June 19 falls on a Saturday this year, but the University has set aside Friday, June 18, to honor Juneteenth. Campus will be closed, and classes will not be held.

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    Our Commitment to Safety is Absolute

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 05/26/2021 - 12:07pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    As you may be aware, a news outlet published a story this morning that focused on a former student who faced allegations of sexual misconduct while attending several universities in our state, including UL Lafayette.

    The University cooperated extensively with the publication over the past several months. We answered questions thoroughly and provided requested public records. We believe in transparency, and our responsiveness to inquiries reflected that belief.

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    Returning to Campus

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 05/06/2021 - 2:58pm

    Dear faculty and staff members,

    We would like to thank you for your service to our students and the University community during the past semester and throughout the challenges of the previous year.

    Your determination and resilience helped create a safe living, learning and working environment on campus since the pandemic began. Your efforts – in addition to low rates of infection and the wide availability of vaccines in our community – have made it possible for us to welcome you back to campus.