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|Contact: Charlie Bier||Jan. 8, 2013|
|Top 10 University News Stories in 2012
|10. The University’s Campaign for Scholarships reached its goal of raising $4.5 million two years ahead of schedule. The campaign’s new target was increased to $6.5 million with the original campaign deadline of December 2014.
9. The University obtained a rare letter penned by John Kennedy Toole, a former member of its English Department faculty, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Some characters in that book are believed to have been inspired by Toole’s colleagues at UL Lafayette.
8. The University sold its nearly 100-acre Horse Farm on Johnston Street to Lafayette Consolidated Government for the creation of a passive public park that will preserve the land’s natural beauty.
7. The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration introduced an Executive Master’s of Business Administration, a 16-month degree program designed for leaders with significant professional achievements.
6. The University launched Cajun CodeFest, a computer programming competition intended to use technology to help reduce childhood obesity. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, who attended the event, referred to Lafayette as “the best kept secret reservoir of innovation mojo in America.”
5. The Pride of Acadiana Marching Band made its second appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
4. The University became the first in Louisiana to be designated as a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center with the establishment of the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics. That center will help decision-makers take advantage of huge amounts of data.
3. Lafayette businessman Donald Mosing ,’50, donated $2.83 million to the College of Engineering to fund a $1 million endowed chair, a new computer-aided design laboratory for students and a student career development program.
2. For the second consecutive year, Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns® won the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl championship and broke the bowl’s attendance record.
1. The University opened two new student residence halls and renovated two others; it also launched its first living-learning communities, where students with common interests live and study together. A self-assessed student fee approved in Fall 2012 will enable some other campus improvements projects, included in the University’s Master Plan, to get under way in 2013.
'Best 377 Colleges,’ The Princeton Review
‘2013 Best Colleges,’ U.S. News Media Group
Most Affordable University in Louisiana, U.S. Department of Education
Top 10 percent of Most Affordable Four-Year Public Universities, U.S. Department of Education
MBA Program in ‘Best 296 Business Schools,’ The Princeton Review
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, U.S. Department of Education
Tree Campus USA, Arbor Day Foundation
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