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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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    One Year Later, We’re Almost Home

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 03/11/2021 - 9:37am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    This month is the one-year anniversary of the University’s transition to remote learning and business operations in response to COVID-19. Last spring, none of us could have fully anticipated how long the situation would last or the effects the pandemic would have on us as individuals, as an institution and as members of a wider community.

    However, we did know this: whatever challenges lay ahead would be met with your resolve and resilience – and that’s exactly what happened.

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    Our Scholars Answer A Higher Calling

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 02/04/2021 - 1:42pm

    Dear members of the University community,

    As you may be aware, the Lafayette Public Library’s governing board recently refused to accept a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities that would have funded a community book reading and discussion about the history of voting rights in the United States.

    In rejecting the grant, a board member questioned the objectivity of a member of our faculty, Dr. Theodore Foster, an assistant professor of history who was to act as one of two facilitators for the book discussion.

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    Familiar Challenges, But New Hope, in 2021

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 01/11/2021 - 2:09pm

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Happy new year and welcome to the spring semester!

    I hope that your well-deserved winter break was restful and that you’re ready for a strong start to 2021.

    We cannot begin this new year, however, without acknowledging that 2020 continues to cast a long shadow, both close to home and across our nation.

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    Reaccredited 'With Flying Colors'

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Thu, 12/17/2020 - 2:56pm

    Dear faculty and staff members,

    We received an early Christmas present from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges last week – news that it has reaffirmed the University’s accreditation through 2030.

    The accreditors determined the University had met all of the commission’s quality standards with no issues to address. That means we passed – with flying colors.