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Contact: Christine Payton June 1, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
From left: Zhe Cui of China and Chih-Hsun Chou of Taiwan look at their Goodwill Ambassador of Lafayette certificates during the luncheon for international students recently. Both students earned master's degrees in computer engineering.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Lafayette Consolidated Government honored a group of UL Lafayette international graduate students from 8 different countries at a farewell luncheon recently at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority’s office, before their graduation on May 14.

Le Centre International de Lafayette, the international trade division of the Lafayette Consolidated Government organized the event and co-hosted it with LEDA.

The students were welcomed by Gregg Gothreaux, CEO and president of LEDA. City-Parish President Joey Durel and UL Lafayette President E. Joseph Savoie presented “Goodwill Ambassador of Lafayette” certificates and UL Lafayette lapel pins to each of the 15 students.

“You will always have a home here in Lafayette and at UL Lafayette,” said Savoie. “I hope you will remember your experiences fondly. By studying here and being a part of this university, you’ve enriched the environment for our native students.”

The purpose of the luncheon was to wish the students well and also encourage them to maintain and strengthen their ties to the community.

“ We thank you for choosing our great university and hope some of you might decide to stay here in Lafayette,” said Durel.

During the lunch, a presentation by Gothreaux emphasized the assets of Lafayette as a place to live and a place to do business.


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