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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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    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. 

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    Answering Hate with Solidarity

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 04/01/2021 - 10:13am

    Dear members of the University community,

    A study issued earlier this month concluded that hate crimes against members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities have risen in the United States by nearly 150% in the past year. This sharp, startling and deplorable increase in racially fueled attacks against people of Asian descent comes amid an overall nationwide decline in hate crimes during the same period.