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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 “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 Student 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 in general perform better academically and socially,” said Yates. “We see this as a way of engaging new and returning students at Southeastern.”
     “Traditions” begins Sunday, Aug. 14, 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 official Traditions kick-off from 5 – 6:45 at the University Center. Students can meet their Traditions leaders, enjoy entertainment and get fired up about the week. Team meetings are scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m., followed by Late Night with the Pennington at 8:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     Monday, Aug. 15, begins with international student orientation from 8 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the orientation will take place in the Student Union Theatre. 
     From 6:15 – 6:45 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 2011 Lions football team.
     “Live @ the Oak” with Southeastern’s organizations is scheduled at 7 p.m. in Friendship Circle. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the event features live music and free food.
     Tuesday, August 16, is highlighted by “Picnic with the President” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Twelve Oaks. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the picnic provides students an opportunity to get to know President John Crain while enjoying lunch and mingling with their academic advisors.
     Tuesday concludes with Strawberry Jam, the official semester kick-off party in the Strawberry Stadium parking facility. 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. 17, 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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