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Year in review: Here's a look back at the top UL Lafayette stories of 2019

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$500M: University announces largest fundraising campaign in its history

Together: The Campaign for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the largest single fundraising initiative in University history.

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Study offers broader understanding of plankton life in Gulf of Mexico

A study led by UL Lafayette biologist Dr. Kelly L. Robinson has documented, for the first time, the simultaneous position, size and density of patches of 36 different types of planktonic organisms.https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/sciadv.abk2904

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Louisiana C1 Extension Service to help state meet emissions goals

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will establish an extension service to help the state meet objectives for r

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As the year draws to a close, here are some of the stories – in no particular order – that UL Lafayette’s Office of Communications and Marketing and other University news pages brought you in 2019. (You can find more by visiting our news site or reading La Louisiane magazine).

We look forward to continuing to share accomplishments and accolades from throughout the University community in 2020. Send news tips to communications@louisiana.edu.

See you in the new year!

Commitment to student research 

In 2020, the University will launch Advance, its Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP is a mandatory project that’s part of the reaccreditation process. This year, we met a number of students already deeply engaged in research. 

Faculty research

Faculty and staff researchers continued to push the bounds of knowledge and learning in 2019, and proved once again that the work done at UL Lafayette has far-reaching implications. 


The University has earned widespread recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, but isn’t resting on its laurels. It expanded its Louisiana Educate Program that began in 2018, for example. It also produced a Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence.

New in 2019

The University launched academic and certificate programs, deepened its cultural stewardship, and strengthened its commitment to Louisiana and its citizens.

Interesting people

University students and alumni have no shortage of stories to share, and we met a number of interesting Ragin’ Cajuns in 2019.

In Memoriam

UL Lafayette said farewell to several members of its family in 2019, including: 

New spaces

Campus improvements in 2019 addressed food security, saw the opening of student housing where high-end accommodations and retail space coexist, and provided University Police with an expanded, state-of-the-art headquarters.


The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns gave its fans plenty to cheer about in 2019, including wins, records, and the return of a couple of old friends.


Innovative programs and international praise are just some of the indicators that the University is on top of its game when it comes to sustainability and eco-friendliness.


Academic excellence at the University earned recognition from a range of national publications and other entities.