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Green and Gold Week kicks off new semester at Southeastern

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a fun-filled week of activities Aug. 17-21 to start a new semester, welcome students back to school and engage the community.

     Mayor Mayson Foster officially declared the week “Green and Gold Week” on Aug. 4 with a special proclamation ceremony at City Hall.

     Green and Gold Week begins Aug. 17 with “Wear Green-Save Green.” Local businesses will partner with Southeastern to provide discounts during the week for those who wear their green and gold.  Participating merchants include LeBlanc’s Food Store and the Southeastern Bookstore.

     The third annual Strawberry Jam, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, will take place Aug. 18. Designed to welcome freshmen to campus and connect them with their new classmates and upperclassman, Strawberry Jam kicks off at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. At 5:30 p.m., Southeastern’s lion mascot Roomie, will lead a parade of students, marching band, cheerleaders, football players and other student-athletes from North Campus to Strawberry Stadium, where the band No Idea will perform live.

     “Strawberry Jam is a great tradition and a fun event for students to attend before the first day of class,” said Jennifer Paul Frederick, student organizations and strategic initiatives director. “It gives them a chance to relax and meet a lot of other students.”

     Students can enjoy free pizza, soft drinks and frozen treats, provided by a Tobacco Free Living grant, and games and activities. While supplies last, they will also receive free notebooks, t-shirts, and autographed football schedules signed by the players. After the event, students can enjoy a ride back to North Campus, compliments of the Lion Traxx shuttle service.

     Two fun activities are scheduled for Aug. 20. A “Green and Gold Garments and Garb Contest” will award prizes for the businesses and offices in the community that have the highest percentage of employees who wear green and gold to work on Thursday. Each business can submit a photo of their employees decked out in their Lion best along with the total number of employees to

     Also on tap for Aug. 20 is the Hammond Chamber luncheon. Featuring Southeastern President John L. Crain, Head Football Coach Mike Lucas, and a Lion football pep rally, the luncheon will take place on Southeastern’s campus at Twelve Oaks from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     Green and Gold Week will culminate on Aug. 21 with a new “Lionpawlooza” section on the grounds of Regions Bank in downtown Hammond during Hot August Night. In addition to the traditional pep rally kickoff outside La Caretta, Southeastern will host a village of tables and tents with a Southeastern Spirit Spin give-away prize wheel, pictures with Roomie, coaches and cheerleaders, autographs by student-athletes, face painting by the Lionettes, the Southeastern Recycling project, Cub Club information and registration and more.

     For more information about Green and Gold Week, call 985-549-5861 or email

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