Academics, camps, activities featured at Southeastern's Rock 'n Roar March 19
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Approximately 2,600 high school students from 71 area schools will converge on Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday, March 19, for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock ‘n Roar, Southeastern’s annual campus-community festival.
Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rock ‘n Roar, now in its 15th year, will follow its predecessors’ successful track record of providing a day of family fun for both the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
“Rock ‘n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and visiting high school students together to have fun while visiting and learning about our campus,” said Pittman.
Rock ‘n Roar will entertain public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
At the Literary Rally, students will compete in 46 different academic subjects. When they finish their tests, students can gather information from hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths, and enjoy refreshments from the wide variety of food booths sponsored by student organizations.
They can also join community members in browsing at the Southeastern Bookstore, which opens at 8:30 a.m., and the Downtown Development District Hammond Market, which will move to the campus that day, for produce, jewelry, crafts and more.
Entertainment for the day includes performances by Southeastern Star contestants, the Southeastern cheerleaders, and dance camp participants. KSLU radio will be on hand with music and a D.J.
Festival attendees can have blood pressure, blood sugar, bodymass and visual screenings performed at a health fair sponsored by the School of Nursing. Information will also be available on “bath salts” and synthic marijuana.
Rock ‘n Roar activities include a plant sale by the Horticulture Club and a pottery sale and demonstration by visual arts students.
Hungry festival goers can feast on a variety of snacks including pastalaya, hamburgers, curly fries, nachos, snowballs, baked goods and a variety of drinks.
Families will find a multitude of children’s activities, including face painting, an interactive football throw with members of the Lion football team, a rock climbing wall, jousting arena and slide.
Rock ‘n Roar will again sponsor its popular camps for local children. The dance camp for children ages 5-12, hosted by the Southeastern Lionettes dance team, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments. Immediately following the camp, young dancers will perform in the Student Union park.
Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 5-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. with an art project to take home. The camp, which costs $5, will take place in Clark Hall.
The baseball camp is set for 9-11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field. Children ages 5-13 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their baseball glove for a day of fun. Camp fee is $5.
Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at www.selu.edu/roarfest. Pre-registration and payment for all camps is mandatory by March 18 due to limited space.
Pets are not allowed at the event. For additional information about Rock ‘n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 985-549-2150 or visit www.selu.edu/roarfest.