Students begin college career with Traditions at Southeastern

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

By: Tonya Lowentritt

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 selected institution early in their college careers generally perform better academically and socially," Yates added. "We see this as a way of engaging new and returning students at Southeastern."

Traditions begins Sunday, Aug. 17, with Move-in Mane-ia from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Student Union. 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. 18, University Housing, Hall Council and Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness will host a Fiesta Party and Late Night with the Pennington 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 welcome back picnic and a trip to the mall via the Lion Traxx shuttle service. These events will be hosted by recognized student organizations.

Tuesday concludes with Strawberry Jam, the official semester kick-off party in Strawberry Stadium. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Athletics, Strawberry Jam is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. and includes a live performance by Bag of Donuts, free pizza and drinks, and giveaways.

Traditions will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 20, the first day of classes, with First Day Q&A. Scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Quad, students can stop by the Traditions tent to get answers to all their first day questions.

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