Southeastern Nursing, Health Science to host Canines and Cupcakes


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is hosting a dog-gone good time for a “pawsatively” worthy cause – its first ever Canines and Cupcakes fundraiser. Scheduled Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the event for canines and their owners will take place at Southeastern’s Kinesiology Building, located at 400 Mane St.
     Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth said the event is not only a fundraiser for the Nursing and Health Sciences Foundation to promote student educational activities, but it also serves as a stress reliever for students as final exams approach. Families planning or considering getting a dog over the holidays are also encouraged to attend and learn about dog ownership.
     “Join us for a fun-filled day of yoga, with mats provided, games, paw and law prints, photos with Roomie and the Grinch and, of course, cupcake decorating at our cupcake station. Although the cupcakes will be baked for human consumption, we will leave it up to the owners who ultimately gets to enjoy them,” she said. “Attendees can bring their canine companions for some exercise, fun activities, and demonstrations throughout the event.”
     Activities include demonstrations by Southeastern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of animal assisted therapy used to improve communication; dog-training techniques courtesy of Dog Gone Right, LLC; education on heart worm prevention from Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital; and safe food handling instruction, especially during the holidays, by Northshore Technical Community College’s Vet Tech Program. Hammond Police will also be on hand to fingerprint children, along with volunteers to help paw print dogs.
     Also planned is a costume contest at 10 a.m. that will award prizes for the following: best Christmas character portrayal (human and canine); best use of Christmas colors (human and canine); best doggie Christmas character (canine only); most Christmas look-alike (human and canine); and ugliest Christmas sweater (human only).
     Vendors for dog-themed shopping, paw print face painting, a kissing booth where attendees can volunteer their dogs to give kisses, games and music are included in the day’s activities as well, Carruth said.
     Rounding out the day is a pet parade at 10:30 a.m. (floats optional) through Friendship Circle. The route will begin at the Kinesiology Building breezeway then continue through the Student Union, around Friendship Circle and back. The day will conclude with the announcement of the costume contest winners and door prizes at 11:30 a.m.
     Sponsors of the event include the following: All Barn New, Aramark, Bark Box, Big Frog, Connie’s Impressions, Crosspoint Beterinary Hospital – Dr. Christie McHughes (SLU alumna), Cypress Standup Paddleboards and Yoga, Denise Austin Pottery, Dog Gone Right, Downtown Yoga, Farm Bureau – Malcolm Fitzhugh (alumnus), North Oaks Health System, Pennington Student Activity Center, Royal Pets, Southeastern Bookstore, and VetNaturally.
     Vendors participating include the following: All Barn New, Nature’s Nest: Young Living Essential Oils, Portraits for Pits: Custom Pet Portraits, and United Way.
     Cost to attend the event is $20 per family with a canine, $10 per family without a canine, or $5 for those who cannot attend but would like to donate in honor of their dog.
     Registration for Canines and Cupcakes is available at In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside.
     For more information, contact the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at 985-549-3772 or

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