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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.

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President's Blog

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    “An Institution for All Time”

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 07/10/2023 - 8:34am

    Dear students and faculty and staff members,

    Friday is the anniversary of one of the most consequential moments in the history of our region and the state of Louisiana.

    On July 14, 1898 – 125 years ago – Gov. Murphy J. Foster signed a bill, authored by state Sen. Robert Martin, to establish Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

    The governor’s pen set in motion a century and a quarter of progress and growth – both for the institution itself and for the region and state it’s served since its creation.

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    Serving Tomorrow Starts Today

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 01/11/2023 - 8:25am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    More than a century ago, in the years following the First World War, wounded veterans of the conflict participated in educational training courses on our campus. As part of their recovery, the students collected acorns from live oak trees around the property and planted them in other spots on campus. Many of those oaks are still standing, and we continue to enjoy their shade and beauty today.

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    R1 at One Year

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Tue, 12/13/2022 - 8:14am

    Dear faculty and staff members,

    Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of our designation as an R1 University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Achieving this top-tier status – shared by just 3% of the nation’s colleges and universities – affirmed the promise we’ve made as an institution to seek excellence in research, teaching and service.

    Each of you embodies this commitment and, today, I am as grateful for you and as proud of our shared success as I was a year ago. 

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