The Mane Experience to benefit Southeastern freshmen

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University’s incoming freshmen will be welcomed this fall with a brand new co-curricular program called The Mane Experience.
     The initiative guides new freshmen Lions through their first 30 hours of coursework and links them to the various resources, programs, services, and events unique to Southeastern.  
     “Our new freshman students were first introduced to all things Southeastern during their summer orientation sessions,” said Interim Director of Student Engagement Angela James. “The Mane Experience will evolve those introductions into connections and relationships to help our students thrive during their first year as a Lion.”
     Departments across campus collaborated to develop The Mane Experience, which incorporates academics, student affairs, athletics, auxiliary services, alumni engagement, and the Hammond community. Aspects of the program, James said, are intended to mirror the Southeastern Excellence 101 course outside of the classroom in a vibrant and interactive way.     The Mane Experience participants will follow different paths to success via either a “commuter” or “resident” track designed specifically to fit their personal experience.
     “We want our students to get connected and feel at home, both on campus and in the local community,” James added. “We want our students to see the best of what Hammond has to offer in the shops, restaurants and services of our community.”
     The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Southeastern to help create a “Lion Friendly Business” roster for freshmen. To have a business included, contact James at 985-549-2120.
     For more information, visit the program’s website, which features an overview of the program, relevant links, and a calendar of events for new Lions at or email

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