Academics, camps, activities featured at Southeastern's Rock ‘n Roar Feb. 18

Monday, February 13, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – More than 3,400 students from 85 different high schools will converge on Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday, Feb. 18, for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock ‘n Roar, the university’s annual campus-community festival.
     Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rock ‘n Roar, now in its 21st 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 Interim Alumni Association Director Julie Perise.
     “Rock ‘n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone, and a great way to invite the community, campus and area high school students to have fun while visiting and learning about Southeastern,” said Perise.
     Rock ‘n Roar will entertain public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
     At 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.
     Festival goers can purchase a variety of snacks including pastalaya, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza, vegan chili, jambalaya, curly fries, nachos, cheese cake bites, cake pops, chocolate covered fruit, snow cones, chocolate covered pretzels, various other baked and fried goods.
     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. KSLU 90.9 FM radio will be on hand with music and a D.J.
     Rock ‘n Roar will also again sponsor its popular camps for local children. The spirit camp for dance and cheer enthusiasts ages 5-12, hosted by the Southeastern Lionettes and cheerleaders, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments. Immediately following the camp, young dancers will perform in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building.  
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 6-12 from 9-11 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. The camp, which costs $15, will take place in Clark Hall.
     The baseball camp is set for 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the football practice field behind the bull pen on campus. Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their baseball gloves and bats for a day of fun. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the camp fee is $15.
     Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at Pre-registration and payment for all camps are mandatory 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

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