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Download your favorite symbol of Southeastern spirit

Contact: Christina Chapple


Wallpaper, buddy icons!

     HAMMOND – A little girl gives Roomie an affectionate pat on the nose; baseball players line the dugout fence at Alumni Field; mossy branches frame the Pottle Music Building; fluttering gold flags spell out L-I-O-N-S as cheerleaders dash across the Strawberry Stadium end zone.

     What says “Southeastern” to you?

     Southeastern Louisiana University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends can now choose their favorite campus scene to display as “wallpaper” -- background photos on their computer desktops – and can select a university logo to use as a “buddy icon” for instant messaging programs.

     The 42 specially formatted photos and four icons, which can be accessed at, are the first of many more downloadable symbols of pride that will be available in the future, said Erin Moore, executive assistant to President Randy Moffett.

     “We want to provide our technology-savvy students with ways in which they can show off their Lion pride,” Moore said. In the works are other downloads such as music and cell phone wallpaper.

     The downloads, she said, “are a great way to show off what a wonderful campus we have. We hope everyone will take advantage of them.”

     Moore worked with university Web Coordinator Amber Layton and Public Information Office photographer Randy Bergeron to get the new downloads on the university’s web site in time for the beginning of the fall semester. Classes get underway on Aug. 20, while final registration is Aug. 13-15; students will begin moving into residential housing next week.

     Although the download link has only been “live” for about a week, “I’m already seeing the wallpaper on computers around campus,” Moore said.

     “I chose the cool nighttime clock image,” she said, referring to the photo of the historic clock on McClimans Hall.

     An impetus for Moore in getting the downloads created was an e-mail from junior Mechelle Rouchon, an English major who works as a student consultant in the Southeastern Writing Center.

     “I think it would be a great boost to student and campus morale if Southeastern had something like this,” Rochon wrote.

     Now, “I’m thrilled to find something I had been hoping for become a reality,” Rouchon said. “As soon as I found the wallpapers I put one on my laptop. My favorites are the Southeastern clock and the aerial shot of Strawberry Stadium. I plan to use others as the semester progresses. I hope the appropriate people continue to update these pictures with other shots that make Southeastern stand out.”

     Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates selected a view of students strolling outside the War Memorial Student Union, “because the union is the campus’ living room,” he said. Senior education major Michael Kyles of Baton Rouge and Campus Activities Board (CAB) secretary Dawn Dottolo-Starkey were attracted to a night shot of the university’s new Biology Building.

     “It has so much light in it and that’s what Southeastern is – the light of Hammond,” Kyles said. “It shows a beautiful part of the campus,” added Dottolo-Starkey.

     Junior finance major Theron Beatie of Baton Rouge said his favorite wallpaper features an action shot of a Lion football player suspended in air while diving for the end zone. “I’m really excited about the football season,” he explained. Sean Strahan, a senior history major from Bogalusa, selected basketball players huddled before a tip-off. “The picture shows the passion of the players for the game and for Southeastern,” he said.

     “I tried every one of them,” said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader. He settled on the cheerleaders parading flags in Strawberry Stadium “because it is really colorful -- and my icons show up on my desktop.”

     Moore said she welcomes feedback on the new downloads. She can be contacted at

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