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Reunions, Lyceum Lights celebrate Homecoming 2007 and Alumni's 80 years

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association’s celebration of Homecoming 2007 includes festive tailgate reunions and the annual Lyceum Lights luncheon -- all designed to reunite alumni and honor the association’s 80th anniversary.

     “80 Years of Rockin’ with Roomie,” the theme of Homecoming Week (Nov. 5-10) puts a fun spin on the year-long anniversary celebration. So will the reunions on Homecoming Day, Nov. 10, said the Alumni Association’s Julie Perise, who is coordinating the reunions.

     “Homecoming will be a great time for graduates to reconnect with friends and faculty and share in the day’s special Southeastern spirit,” Perise said. Reunions are being sponsored by academic colleges and fraternities and sororities, with special get-togethers planned for groups such as past Miss Southeasterns and Homecoming queens, and music alumni.

     Perise said academic college tailgating reunions will be scattered in and around Friendship Circle throughout the day.

     The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will tailgate together outside of Clark Hall in conjunction with the Homecoming Alumni Art Exhibit on display at the Contemporary Art Gallery. A jazz combo will be on hand to entertain the colleges’ alumni.

     The College of Science and Technology will repeat their Homecoming tailgating tradition of hosting a pig roast, barbeque and volleyball games from 1-5 p.m.  “It has been a great success, and we expect it to be an even greater success this year,” said Dean Dan McCarthy. They will be set up in Azalea Circle in front of Pursley Hall.

     The Colleges of Business and Education and Human Development are gathering in the field north of Mims Hall on the corner of North Oak St. and Western Ave. from 1-3 p.m., where graduates can visit with faculty from the college’s departments.

     Former members of the Spirit of the Southland marching band and the Students of the States plan tuneful Homecoming reunions.  At 10 a.m. on Homecoming Day, the alumni musicians will gather for a rehearsal in the Music Annex band room, and the Students of the States in the annex choir room. The groups will rehearse on the field at 11:15 a.m., and join the current band members for a pre-game performance in Strawberry Stadium at 5:48 p.m. For more information, band and Student of the States alumni can contact Bob Priez at

     Many fraternities and sororities plan to tailgate in Friendship Circle on game day and will welcome visits by their alumni.

     In addition to the tailgate reunions, Perise said alumni are invited to view the annual parade which will roll from campus to downtown Hammond and back again at 2 p.m. and to pack Strawberry Stadium when the Lions take on Southland Conference foe Sam Houston State at 6 p.m.

     Earlier in Homecoming Week, a special Lyceum Lights luncheon is planned in honor of the 80th anniversary theme. The luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in Twelve Oaks, is hosted by the Center for Faculty of Excellence and the Offices of the President and Provost. 

     A tradition since 2002, the Lyceum Lights luncheon series is designed “to illuminate the common interests of faculty from diverse disciplines, Lyceum Lights was started in 2002 to promote interdisciplinary networking and academic discussion,” said Tena Golding, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence.

     The Homecoming presentation this year is “Celebrating the 80th Year of the Alumni Association and 80 plus years of dedication from some special faculty and alums,” said Golding.  “Six faculty and alumni will share some of their fondest memories of Southeastern as part of a panel discussion.”

     Participants include Martie Fellom, professor of dramatic arts, 22 years of service; Randy Settoon, professor of management and Dean of the College of Business, 14 years; Hunter Alessi, professor of counseling, 18 years; Christine Bentley, assistant athletic director for academic success, 17 years; Emily Bond, professor of nursing, 24 years; and Linda Munchausen, professor of chemistry, 33 years.

     The cost to attend Lyceum Lights is $5; however, retired Southeastern faculty and special guests are admitted free of charge. Reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 2 and can be made at For more information about Lyceum Lights, contact Golding at 985-549-5791 or

     For more information about reunion activities, call Perise at the Alumni Center, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or (985) 549-2150, or visit

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