Southeastern celebrates Homecoming Week Oct. 1-7

Thursday, September 28, 2017 Homecoming 2017 sponsor
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HOMECOMING SPONSOR - Southeastern Louisiana University celebrates Homecoming Week, Oct. 1 – 7, with a theme of “Once Upon a Homecoming.” Hammond Square is sponsoring this year’s Homecoming festivities. From left are Charlotte Lyons with Stirling Properties/Hammond Square, Roomie the Lion, Claire Draper of Stirling Properties/Hammond Square and Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate Homecoming Week Oct. 1 – 7 with a myriad of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium.
     With a theme of “Once Upon a Homecoming,” Homecoming 2017 is being sponsored by Hammond Square, with the Southeastern Student Government Association sponsoring all student-related activities. The week culminates with Homecoming Day Saturday, Oct. 7, when the Lions take on Incarnate Word at 4 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     Homecoming Week will offer a number of time-honored traditions, such as Gumbo YaYa for students, campus and community decorating contests, an alumni art exhibit, and the FeLions’ Homecoming luncheon. Also, there are several new additions to the Homecoming calendar, including a student kick-ball tournament, campus landmark scavenger hunt and a “construction” competition in which structures are built using non-perishable food item donations.
     The celebration begins on Monday with Business Week, Oct. 2-5, which features a variety of lectures by specialists in numerous phases of business. The National Pan-Hellenic Council Black Family Reunion will cap off the day on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Mall.
     On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the action begins at 2 p.m. when students and faculty battle it out in the Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl in the Student Union Theatre. Tuesday evening is also “Give Back Night” at LaCarreta, where a portion of the sales generated from loyal Lion fans from 5 – 9 p.m. will be donated to the Alumni Association.
     On Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will enjoy free food and fun on campus at Gumbo YaYa, where the 2017 Homecoming court will be introduced to the student body.  
     Also on tap at 12 p.m. is the annual Lyceum Lights faculty lecture in the Student Union Ballroom C, featuring Southeastern Associate Professor of Counseling June Williams. Williams will present “Person to Person: Retaining the Personal in an Online Environment.” Also at noon is an Alumni Art Lecture by Dillon Raborn of Baton Rouge in the Contemporary Art Gallery.
     At 7:30 p.m. that evening the student competition “Minute to Win It” will be held in Strawberry Stadium.
     On Thursday, Oct. 5, the FeLions will host their Homecoming luncheon at The Mezzanine in downtown Hammond at 11:30 a.m.
     Thursday evening kicks into gear at 6:30 p.m. at Cook Field on North Campus next to the Alumni Center with a bonfire, pep rally and Roar Rally spirit competition sponsored by SGA. Spectators can also enjoy music by the Spirit of the Southland Band, followed by a Lip Sync contest for students at 8:30 p.m. in the University Center.
     Thursday will also feature a Lady Lion Volleyball match scheduled at 6 p.m. in the University Center.
     The Southeastern Pennington Student Activity Center will be offering free workouts for alumni all day Friday and Saturday.
     Also, the Alumni Association will host its annual Alumni Awards Evening Friday at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Tickets for the event, sponsored by the Edwards and Stevens Law Firm, are available at the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or online at William T. Cefalu, M.D., chief scientific, medical and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and a 1975 zoology graduate of Southeastern, will be recognized as Alumnus of the Year, while Chuck Toney, owner and operator of The Toney Law Office, LLC in New Orleans, will be honored as the Young Alumnus of the Year. In addition, the African-American Alumni Chapter will host its annual Homecoming mixer beginning at 9 p.m. in the Alumni Center.
     On Homecoming Day, Oct. 7, the focus shifts to Friendship Circle, where visitors can enjoy tailgating, reunions and entertainment starting at 12 p.m. There will be booths manned by area merchants and activities for children that include a variety of crafts, face painting, mobile video game units and inflatables. Attendees are asked to leave pets at home.
     Southeastern donors who have endowed scholarships and professorships will be honored at 10 a.m. in the President’s Residence. The campus bookstore will open at 11 a.m.
     The annual Homecoming parade rolls at 12 p.m. Following the parade, Lion fans can cheer on Head Coach Ron Roberts and his team during the “Lion Walk” as they make their way through Friendship Circle to Strawberry Stadium at 1:30 p.m.    
     Reunions and tailgating will be hosted by many of the university’s colleges and divisions, as well as by groups such as the Former Football Players, ROTC, and Greek organizations. The Alumni Association tailgate will take place in Friendship Circle from 12 – 3:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Hammond Square, with food and drink sponsored by Fleur de Lis Title, Payment Solutions, Inc. and Gnarly Barley.
     After pre-game activities, the Lions will kick off against Incarnate Word at 4 p.m. The 2017 Homecoming queen and king will be announced and crowned at halftime.
     Immediately after the game, the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development District will host “Railroad Roar,” an evening of dining and entertainment with specials offered by participating area businesses. For more information, call the Greater Hammond Chamber at (985) 345-4457.       
     For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2017 events, visit or call the Alumni Center, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or (985) 549-2150.

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