Students begin college career with Traditions at Southeastern

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: August 12, 2013


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University students will once again 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 generally perform better academically and socially," added Yates. "We see this as a way of engaging new and returning students at Southeastern."
     Traditions begins Sunday, Aug. 18, 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.
     Additionally on Sunday, a luau with Lion Legacy and Southeastern's student organizations is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. The event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
     Monday, Aug. 19, University Housing, Hall Council and Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness will host a Fiesta Party at 7:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     Monday and Tuesday, students will be able to participate in concurrent activities happening all over campus, such as a pastalya lunch, bar-b-q socials and volleyball tournament. These events will be hosted by recognized student organizations.
     Tuesday, August 20, the Student Government Association presents Grubin' Lion Style, which is co-sponsored by Campus Dining and the Center for Student Excellence. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cayman Café. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy free lunch with student leaders and get to know university administrators and academic advisors.
     Tuesday concludes with Strawberry Jam, the official semester kick-off party in Friendship Circle. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Athletics, Strawberry Jam is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. and includes music provided by a DJ, free pizza and drinks, t-shirts and giveaways.
     Traditions will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 21, the first day of classes, with First Day Q&A. Scheduled at 7 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, go to




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