Southeastern celebrates Homecoming October 21-26
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University celebrates Homecoming Week Oct. 21 – 26 with an abundance of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium.
With a theme "From There to Here, From Here to There, Roomie Rhyming Everywhere," Homecoming 2013 features reunions, awards and recognitions, and a host of student activities culminating with Homecoming Day Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Lions take on Lamar at 7 p.m.
Homecoming Week will offer a number of time-honored traditions, such as the Gumbo Ya Ya fest for students, campus and community decorating contests, an alumni art exhibit, and the FE-Lions' Homecoming luncheon.
This year Sims Memorial Library will have a special exhibit on display in the lobby during Homecoming Week. The display will include Southeastern memorabilia, including photographs, ticket stubs, Southeastern pins, annuals, and other material.
Homecoming week begins Monday, Oct. 21, with "Lunch with the Lions" at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Park. The event, which serves as the official kick-off for Homecoming festivities, features free food and music with student-athletes in attendance. The Southeastern Family reunion will cap off the day at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Park and Mall.
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the action begins at 2 p.m. when students and faculty battle it out in the Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl in the Student Union Ballroom. The day closes out with the student competition "Minute to Win It" in Strawberry Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m students will enjoy food and fun at Gumbo YaYa. The 2013 Homecoming court will be introduced. Also on tap at 12:30 p.m. is the annual Lyceum Lights faculty lecture at Twelve Oaks featuring Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Jacqueline Guendouzi, winner of this year's President's Award for Excellence in Research. The Student Government Association's Roomie's Race for St. Jude's at 5:30 p.m. will conclude the day.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, Gamma Beta Phi will host its "Ton of Fun Food Drive" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Mall. The FeLions will host their Homecoming luncheon at Trey Yuen at noon.
Thursday evening kicks into gear with a block party and bonfire sponsored by the Student Government Association at 6:45 p.m. The bonfire will be torched at the traditional spot adjacent to the Alumni Center. Spectators can also enjoy music by the Spirit of the Southland Band, followed by a Lip Sync contest for students at 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25, begins with the Homecoming Golf Tournament at Carter Plantation at 9 a.m. Cost of the event is $150 per person or $600 per four-man team. Participants will receive tournament logo gifts including a shirt, cap, and a luncheon following play. All proceeds from the event will benefit Southeastern Athletics. For more information, contact Tim Baldwin at 985-549-5186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, the Alumni Association will host the Alumni Awards Evening at 7 p.m. in Twelve Oaks. Tickets for the event are available at the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
At 9 p.m. the African American Alumni Chapter will sponsor a Homecoming mixer in the Student Union ballroom. Tickets are available by calling (985) 549-3850.
On Homecoming Day, Oct. 26, fun and spirit will fill Friendship Circle. Alumni and visitors can enjoy a photo booth, mechanical bull rides and tailgating. There will be booths manned by area merchants and Southeastern art students at the Pottle Performance Circle. Activities for children include a variety of crafts, face painting, train rides, and inflatables, as well as characters from the Children's Discovery Center.
The annual Educators Honor Roll will start at 11 a.m. in the Teacher Education Center, and a dedication ceremony for Southeastern donors who have endowed scholarships and professorships will be held at 1 p.m. in Sims Memorial Library. At noon the campus bookstore will open, and marketplace shopping in Friendship Circle, as well as campus tours will begin.
At 2 p.m. the volleyball team takes on Incarnate Word in the University Center, and entertainment begins in Friendship Circle. Also, the Decorate Your Tailgate Contest will be judged beginning at 3 p.m.
The Homecoming parade rolls at 3 p.m., and Lion fans can cheer on Head Coach Ron Roberts and his team as they do the traditional "Lion Walk" through Friendship Circle to Strawberry Stadium at 4 p.m.
Reunions and tailgating will be hosted by many of the university's colleges and divisions, as well as by groups such as the Former Football Players, Seventies Black Alumni, Cardinal Newman Hall Alumni, ROTC, Music and Greek organizations. The Alumni Association tailgate will take place in Friendship Circle from 4 – 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Lion Athletic and Alumni associations.
A few special reunions are set for Saturday, including the volleyball reunion at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center.
After pre-game activities, the Lions will kick off against Lamar at 7 p.m. The 2013 Homecoming queen and king will be announced and crowned at halftime.
Immediately after the game, the Downtown Development District will host "Downtown Bound," an evening of shopping, dining and entertainment by participating downtown merchants. For more information contact the DDD at (985) 542-3471.
For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2013 events, visit www.southeastern.edu/homecoming or call the Alumni Center, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or (985) 549-2150.