News Release

ROAR Network formed to advocate for Southeastern

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University is calling on its friends to join the new ROAR Network.
     An acronym for “Reach Out, Advocate, Rally,” the online network was created through a partnership with the Southeastern Alumni Association and the university to more aggressively support Southeastern, especially in the legislative arena.
     “The ROAR Network was established to engage our university’s greatest assets – our alumni and community friends – to bolster support for our proud institution and to make certain our institution’s message is heard loud and clear,” said Southeastern President John Crain and B.J. Lorio, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association, in a joint statement announcing the formation of the organization.
     The ROAR Network cooperates with the university administration in a coordinated effort to make certain supporters are kept abreast of legislative issues that can and will impact higher education in general and Southeastern in particular, according to Erin Cowser, executive assistant to President Crain. 
     “The network was created as a means to provide information and engage its members in the legislative process,” Cowser added. “It is being maintained through the university’s non-profit alumni association as an educational outlet.” 
     Open to alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the ROAR Network is designed to unite the Southeastern “family” in advocacy efforts on behalf of the university. Cowser stressed that although faculty, staff members and students are welcome and urged to participate in the network, their university-provided email addresses should not be used to register for or access the network. 
     An initial invitation to join the network was sent to alumni with active email addresses on record with the alumni association. So far over 200 alumni have endorsed the network by registering as members.
     Those who register will be invited to participate in programs that enhance the positive image of Southeastern and thereby influence legislation and other legal or policy changes to benefit the university. In addition, ROAR members will be invited to indicate relationships they already have with elected officials.
     “From time to time, ROAR members may have the opportunity to reach out to the elected officials they know to voice concerns, critique or compliment their actions regarding proposed legislation,” Cowser added.
     The network Web site,, will provide access to information on the status of bills that could impact Southeastern as well as news articles with pertinent information. Individuals can join the network by visiting the Web site and completing the on-line form.

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