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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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    A Moment for Gratitude

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:17pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    The month of March witnessed immense changes across our campus and in the lives of most members of the University family.

    We cannot yet anticipate fully what April might hold as the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19.

    In uncertain times such as these, it is important to catalogue the things for which we are grateful. It is equally as essential to thank those special individuals whose mere presence – even from a socially appropriate distance – offers the comfort and support we all need right now. 

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    Louisiana Needs Your Help

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 03/30/2020 - 12:17pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    When the semester began in January, none of us could have anticipated the unprecedented nature of what lay ahead. Yet our University family has reacted to this extraordinary moment in characteristic fashion – with the same ingenuity, courage, optimism and compassion it has displayed time and again when challenges have arisen.

    Over the past several weeks, I have been inspired by the countless acts of generosity our students, faculty and staff have undertaken.

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    Plan Now to Ensure Critical Functions Continue

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 03/26/2020 - 8:51am

    Dear staff members,

    As rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Louisiana, so does the possibility that University employees will be directly affected by this dangerous virus.

    First, it is essential that all employees prioritize their health and that of their families. Should you or a loved one exhibit COVID-19 symptoms – a fever of 100.4 degrees, a cough or difficulty breathing – seek medical care as soon as possible.

    As preventative measures:

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    University Confirms COVID-19 Case

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:45pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Today, we learned that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the University’s first confirmed case of the virus.

    Let me begin by asking all of you to join me in offering thoughts and best wishes to the affected student as they recover.

    This student does not live on campus, nor were they a student resident this semester. The student did not exhibit symptoms while on campus, which current understanding suggests reduces the likelihood of transmission.