News Release

Students begin college career with Traditions at Southeastern

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND –  Southeastern Louisiana University students will have the opportunity to begin a new semester getting to know their peers and all that the university has to offer thanks to some new “Traditions.”        

     “Traditions provides new and returning students with various programming and information to assist them in making Southeastern their home away from home,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Marvin Yates. “Students have the opportunity through Traditions to get to know each other and the campus and become comfortable with the routine of campus life.”
     “Students who become engaged with their institution early in their college careers generally perform better academically and socially,” said President John L. Crain. “We see this as a way of engaging new and returning students at Southeastern.”
     “Traditions” begins Sunday, Aug. 15, with Move-in Mane-ia from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. Students can check in at their designated move-in time and receive Traditions materials. 
     Also scheduled on Sunday is the Dive-in Movie and Block Party. The event is from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Kinesiology Building and SGA Drive. Students can float in the pool, watch a movie and meet their new neighbors and resident assistants.
     Monday, Aug. 16, begins with breakfast at the Lion’s Den from 7 – 9 a.m., followed by Traditions check-in for those who have not already done so, and campus tours from 8 – 11 a.m to help students locate their classes. Interested students should meet in the Student Union Mall and bring a copy of their class schedule. Also scheduled from 8-11 a.m. is international student orientation. Sponsored by Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the orientation will take place in the Student Union Theatre.
     Also on tap Monday is “Lunch with the Lions,” sponsored by Auxiliary Services, at Cayman Café from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with student-athletes during the lunch event.
     From 1 – 5 p.m. on Monday students can see what the “Life of a Lion” is all about by choosing from the following activities:
     • Tours of Hammond
     • Shopping Tours
     • Workout at the Pennington Student Activity Center or swimming at the Kinesiology Building pool
     • Information Booth at the Student Union mall.
     • Painting the Paws, sponsored by the Alumni Association – Students can take part in their first community project on campus. Participants should meet at Friendship Circle.
     From 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. students can check out the most spirited place for all home football games, Strawberry Stadium, during “Inside the Den.” Students will meet their mentors and other team members and get a sneak peek at the 2010 Lions football team.
     “Live @ the Oak” follows at 8:30 p.m. in Friendship Circle. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the event will feature a movie on the big screen and free food.
     Tuesday, August 17 begins with breakfast from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. at the Lion’s Den, followed by check in and campus tours from 10– 10:30 a.m. in the Student Union Mall and the Traditions program from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., where students will learn about Southeastern traditions and all that the university has to offer to its students.
     From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. students will “Picnic with the President” in Twelve Oaks. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the picnic provides students an opportunity to get to know President Crain and mingle with their academic advisors.
     Following the picnic beginning at 1 p.m., students can take part in an elaborate scavenger hunt called TXT 2 WIN in the Student Union Mall. Sponsored by the Student Union, the event will encourage students to explore Southeastern’s campus by answering clues, riddles and challenges from their cell phones.
     Tuesday concludes with Strawberry Jam, the official semester kick-off party in the Strawberry Stadium parking garage. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Strawberry Jam is scheduled from 6 – 9 p.m. and includes music, free pizza, t-shirts and giveaways.
     Traditions will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 18, the first day of classes, with First Day Q&A. Scheduled at 8 a.m. in the Student Union Mall, students can stop by the Traditions tent to get answers to all their first day questions.
     For more information about Traditions, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 985-549-5250.

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