Southeastern students begin new semester with "Traditions"
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1) PICNIC WITH THE PRESIDENT – Students participating in Traditions had the opportunity to get to know Southeastern President John L. Crain Tuesday during Picnic with the President. From left, are Rachelle Lanier of Ponchatoula, Ariel Becnel of Luling, Crain, Brittany Bordelon of Ponchatoula, and Jessica Hartman of Boutte.
2) JAMMIN’ AT STRAWBERRY JAM – Southeastern students were treated to food, prizes and music Tuesday at Strawberry Jam, the annual fall semester kick-off party during Traditions. Students participated in an impromptu dance contest to the music by the band “No Doubt.”
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University students had fun this week getting to know their peers and all that the university has to offer at “Traditions,” a series of activities that provided new and returning students with information to make Southeastern their home away from home.
“Time and again studies have shown that students who get involved on campus enjoy a successful and value-added collegiate experience,” said President John L. Crain. “The Traditions programming gave students a glimpse of the possibilities that await them during their time as Southeastern Lions.”
The days leading up to the new semester were filled with move-in mania, a movie night and block party, campus tours, lunch with President Crain and Lion athletes, shopping tours, and a scavenger hunt to get to know the campus.
Strawberry Jam, the highlight of Traditions, provided students with pizza, prizes and entertainment via the band “No Doubt.” Approximately 2,000 students attended the annual semester kick-off party.
“Strawberry Jam was very fun,” said freshman Brittany Perise of Ponchatoula. “I liked that we could meet all the different athletes, as well as students and get to know everyone before school even started.”
“I think Traditions motivates students to get out and meet people and learn about the campus community,” she added. “Without these programs, I don’t think many students would take the initiative to do it themselves.”
Over 400 students signed up to participate in the Traditions programs.