Southeastern launches semester with Winter Welcome


Monday, January 14, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – New and returning Southeastern Louisiana University students will be welcomed back to campus this spring semester with a multitude of activities and events offered through “Winter Welcome.”
     Scheduled Jan. 23-31, Winter Welcome is intended to help students make Southeastern their home away from home and to settle into campus life as classes begin, said Angela James, interim director of the Office of Student Engagement and Student Accessibility Services.
     “Our hope is that participation in Winter Welcome will help students get situated and ready for a successful semester,” James said.
     Winter Welcome begins Wednesday, Jan. 23, with “Snow Good to See You Again!” Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the event will transform the Student Union Breezeway into a winter wonderland filled with snow, games, snacks and more, starting at 2 p.m.
     A back-to-school tailgate for the women’s basketball game when the Lions take on Houston Baptist is also scheduled Wednesday. Sponsored by Southeastern Athletics and Student Government Association, the tailgate will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the game scheduled at 7 p.m. The tailgate will take place at Cook Field, located between the University Center and Alumni Association on North Campus.
     Thursday, Jan. 24, features an event sponsored by the University Health Center called “Wellness Welcome” at Pride Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will learn information about Student Outreach and Advocacy Representatives (SOAR), Lighten Up Lions, the University Health Center itself and general wellness, as well as enjoy interactive games.
     Two events are scheduled Monday, Jan. 28. The continuation of Wellness Welcome at Pride Hall will begin the day’s activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next event is at 6 p.m., when students, university officials and community members are invited to meet at the Pennington Student Activity Center for a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march and remembrance program. The march will conclude at the Student Union Theatre with a presentation featuring remarks by outgoing Chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Alejandro “Al” Perkins.
     Jam the Jungle, the annual student promotion for Southeastern Men’s Basketball, is scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., at the University Center when the Lions take on Sam Houston State. The event includes jambalaya served to the first 300 students in attendance, as well as fun promotions, James said.
     Welcome Week concludes Thursday, Jan. 31, with “Silent Disco.” Scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, Silent Disco is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter.
     “The headphones have three channels for three different DJ’s. Each channel has a different color so that participants can see what everyone is listening to,” James said. “Headsets will be provided for the event. Students present their IDs to utilize the headphones and, once finished, return the headphones and receive their IDs back. This glow-in-the-dark, unique dance party experience is just what students need to kick-off the spring semester.”
     For more information on any Winter Welcome activities or events, contact the Office of Student Engagement at 985-549-2120.

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