Southeastern launches semester with Welcome Week


Thursday, August 2, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Students new and returning to Southeastern Louisiana University are invited to jumpstart the fall semester with a multitude of activities and events offered through Welcome Week.
     Scheduled Aug. 12-18, Welcome Week is intended to help students make Southeastern their home away from home and to settle into campus life as classes begin, said Eric Summers, vice president of Student Affairs.
     “Adjusting to university life can be challenging, especially for new, beginning students,” Summers said. “Our hope is that their participation in Welcome Week will lessen their anxieties and prepare them for a successful semester.”
     Welcome Week starts Sunday, Aug. 12, in the Student Union Ballroom with “Move-in Mane-ia,” scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students are to check in at the Student Union where they will meet their residence assistants, pick up keys and participate in a one-stop-shop of information and services available to resident students. Volunteers will be available to help students settle into the university’s residence halls.
     Dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union. Resident students and family members can enjoy their first meal in Southeastern’s innovative dining hall, the Mane Dish, before saying goodbye to family and friends. The guest meal price is $8.75. Later that evening from 7 to 9 p.m., Late Night at the REC will feature high-energy socializing, fun and games at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     Monday, Aug. 13, starts with Taking Care of Business, where students can obtain textbooks and tend to any financial transactions from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oops, I Forgot entails free trips on the Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttles to Hammond Square Mall where students can pick up last-minute essential items from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pick-up is scheduled by the Housing Office at Pride Hall. Monday will close out with a 6:30 p.m. paint party at Lee Hall Field located in the campus housing complex.
     Tuesday, Aug. 14, is Team Up Tuesday, a service opportunity for students to help Southeastern’s athletic teams prepare their facilities for the upcoming season. Students will perform a few hours of community service from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with players from the baseball, golf, tennis, track and basketball teams. Check in for the event is 9 a.m. at the Student Union Mall.
     The evening concludes with Strawberry Jam, the traditional kick-off party for all students. Sponsored by Olive Garden the event will take place in Strawberry Stadium from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students are invited to parade with Southeastern student-athletes, cheerleaders, Lionettes, and Spirit of the Southland Band from North Campus to Strawberry Stadium for the official 2018-19 athletic season celebration kick-off.
     On the first day of class, Wednesday, Aug. 15, students can stop by the Just Ask Me tents across campus to get answers to all their first-day questions from university faculty, staff, student leaders and volunteers. Maps and other resources will be available at the tents, which will be open from 7:30 to 11 a.m. University Police officers will also be available across campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Blue and You: Cool Off with Cops to hand out water and answer students’ questions. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union students can check their vitals and get information about the Campus Rec and Health Center at Viva la Vitals. Also, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students can find out more about involvement in university organizations during Get the Scoop in the Student Union Quad, where they will be treated to a Louisiana summer favorite -- snowballs.
     Also on Wednesday, Rec-A-Palooza is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center, where students can preview all the programs the Rec has to offer for the fall semester and enjoy yard games, music, contests and prizes. The day concludes with the CAB After Dark Luau at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Park. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the event is a late night block party that will include live Polynesian dancers, games and food.
     Thursday, Aug. 16, will again feature the Just Ask Me tents from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and Blue and You: Cool Off with Cops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. across campus, as well as Viva la Vitals from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union. Also on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Mall, students can participate in City Sampler. Area businesses will be on hand to distribute free food samples, giveaways and coupons while introducing their products and services to the student body.
     On Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m., students can participate in the Welcome Week Block Party on SGA Drive. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Office of Student Engagement and University Housing, the party will include a student organization browse, Greek showcase, and food truck rally, where students can use Truck Bucks they have earned throughout the week or purchase food with cash.
     Saturday, Aug. 18, will feature Survive the Drive from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center. An alcohol prevention program, the event includes a community expo, games and more. Survive the Drive hosted by Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change Coalition (TRACC), the University Counseling Center, and the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability.
     For more information on any Welcome Week activities or events, go to or contact the Office of Student Engagement at 985-549-2120.

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