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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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    Welcome to an R1 University

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 01/10/2022 - 9:13am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Let me welcome you to the spring semester with a question: What is an R1 University?

    An R1 University is a leading institution. It’s a place of fearless curiosity where knowledge is created, discovered and shared.

    An R1 University is at the forefront of innovative research and scholarship. It is an engine for growth and an agent for progress.

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    Together, We Shape the Future

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 11/08/2021 - 11:54am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    On Friday, the University publicly announced the largest single fundraising campaign in its history.

    Together: The Campaign for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette aims to raise $500 million so that we can further empower student success, embolden our academic and research missions, and deepen our commitment to the community we are proud to serve.

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    Some Good News

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 08/25/2021 - 1:47pm

    Dear faculty and staff members,

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

    The budget approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards included salary increases for faculty members at the state’s public colleges and universities and market pay adjustments for classified employees.

    In the weeks since the session’s conclusion, the University has worked to determine if we could provide pay increases to our unclassified staff members as well.

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    What Today's FDA Approval Means for You

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 08/23/2021 - 4:49pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    As you may know, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and over on Monday.

    The University of Louisiana System previously requested that the Louisiana Department of Health add COVID-19 to the schedule of required immunizations for students enrolled at all system institutions, including UL Lafayette, when a vaccine received full FDA approval.

    Shortly following the FDA’s announcement this morning, LDH granted the system’s request.