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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 Back!

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 08/23/2021 - 8:19am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester and the new academic year!

    The fall semester is always a special time. New and returning students, faculty and staff members enliven the University with an undeniable air of optimism and excitement about
    the possibilities that lie ahead in the new academic year and beyond.

    Fall is a season to welcome and to reconnect – to the campus, to new friends and longtime colleagues, and to the activities and experiences that define University life. 

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    Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 07/21/2021 - 9:00am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Today, the University is launching the “Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!” incentives program that rewards students who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine and encourages those who have not to do so.

    Fully vaccinated students are eligible to win one of 10 prizes in a series of drawings that begin Tuesday, Aug. 10, and continue through early October.

    Prizes include two iPhone 12s, two MacBook Airs, two Oculus Quests, an Apple Watch, free campus parking, and two, $300 Declining Balances.

    To participate, students must:

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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.