Meet 'The Mane Experience'

Mane ExperinceSoutheastern's incoming freshmen will be welcomed this fall with a brand new co-curricular program, The Mane Experience. This initiative guides new freshmen Lions through their first 30 hours of coursework and links them to the various resources, programs, services, and events unique to Southeastern.  

“Our new freshman students were introduced to everything Southeastern during their summer orientation sessions,” said Angela James, Interim Director of Student Engagement. “The Mane Experience evolves those introductions into connections and relationships to help our students thrive during their first year as a Lion.”

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Departments across campus collaborated to develop The Mane Experience, which incorporates academics, student affairs, athletics, auxiliary services, alumni engagement and the Hammond community. Aspects of the program are intended to mirror the Southeastern Excellence 101 course outside of the classroom in a vibrant and interactive way. Mane Experience participants will follow different paths to success via either a "commuter" or "resident" track designed specifically to fit their experience.

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The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Southeastern to help create a “Lion Friendly Business” roster, which will be available soon. “We want our students to get connected and feel at home, both on campus and in the local community,” James added. “We want our students to see the best of what Hammond has to offer in the shops, restaurants and services of our community.”

The campus community will learn more about how The Mane Experience will benefit our students during upcoming presentations to departments. Faculty and staff can see the program in action, starting with the Prepare for Success workshops during the week of Aug. 7. More than 1,200 freshman will be on campus to attend one-hour sessions designed to help them get prepared for their first semester.


On Aug. 15, our newest Lions will attend the official kick-off to their freshman year at Freshman Success Day. At the event, freshman will meet other students and our staff, celebrate the start of the academic year and get motivated and inspired for their first day. At the end of the event, they will experience the first of many fun Southeastern traditions - Strawberry Jam!  

Be sure to visit the program's website, which features an overview of the program, relevant links, and a calendar of events for new Lions 

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Monday, July 31, 2017 
by: Ashley Richardson