Southeastern welcomes students back with activities promoting campus life
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University is welcoming back students “Southeastern style” this fall with two weeks worth of activities designed to help them settle in to a new semester and tune in to campus life.
When students begin returning to campus the week of Aug. 12, they will be greeted by a variety of activities planned for “Move-In Week.” From Monday-Thursday, students will be treated to programs, previews and perks designed to prepare them for the start of classes on Aug. 20 -- from discounts at the campus bookstore and opportunities to download new Southeastern wallpaper and buddy icons to personalized campus tours and move-in assistance for students residing on campus.
Move-In Week will be followed by the Division of Student Affairs’ annual “Welcome Week,” which kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 19, with “Strawberry Jam,” a concert in Strawberry Stadium designed to welcome freshmen to campus and connect them with their new classmates and upperclassmen.
To round up students for the concert, Southeastern’s Lion mascot Roomie along with the Spirit of the Southland marching band and cheerleaders will parade from North Campus to Strawberry Stadium, where the popular local band Bag of Donuts will perform beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Free t-shirts and decals will be provided for freshmen, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks and strawberry ice cream. Students can also participate in a contest to name the stadium’s north end zone, the new free-admission student seating section.
To alleviate both the heat and first-day-of-class confusion, students will find water and information stations set up at key points on campus on Aug. 20-21. Southeastern administrators including President Randy Moffett plan to join other volunteers in handing out cool drinks and directions.
“Southeastern is committed to getting students engaged and involved,” Moffett said. “We strongly believe those students who participate in organizations and activities enjoy a value-added college life.”
He urged both new freshmen and returning students to take advantage of the entertaining activities and events, and to use them as an opportunity to find out more about their options for involvement.
Welcome Week activities also include:
▪ Monday Aug. 20 -- The Campus Activities Board will give away free bottled water and photo key chains from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the quad area near the War Memorial Student Union and new memorial fountain.
▪ Tuesday, Aug. 21 -- During “Community Day,” local retailers and restaurants will showcase their services and products from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the union mall, complete with coupons and free samples.
▪ Wednesday, Aug. 22 -- A Student Organization Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the union mall will provide information on the campus’ more than 100 student organizations. From 4-7 p.m. “Freshmen Hey Day” will feature a western barbecue theme with food, music, and photo opportunities.
▪ Thursday, Aug. 23 – “Hot Dog You’re Here” will include complimentary hot dogs, drinks and chips, free scantron test forms, and a karaoke contest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Student Union Mall. Students are encouraged to wear the university’s colors and stop by the mall for a green and gold giveaway.
For a complete list of events scheduled of Move-In Week and Welcome Week activities, visit www.selu.edu.