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THE LADIES OF THE GREEN AND GOLD – Southeastern Louisiana University
students in “The Ladies of the Green and Gold,” a group formed to act as
official hostesses for Lion football, are, from left, front, Kira Calhoun,
Albany; Christen James, Reserve; Selena Landry, Covington; Bobbi Corken,
Walker (treasurer); Jovanda Hall, New Orleans (president); Tarri Fuller,
Shreveport, vice president; Ashleigh Plauche, Ponchatoula (secretary);
Aimee Holcomb, Joplin, Mo.; Lacey Shumaker, Slidell; Cori Crochet, Slidell;
back, Veda Abene (sponsor), Amber Thomas, Pine (sponsor); Candice Sanders,
Slidell; Jodi Conrad, Amite; Tiffany Plaisance, Cut Off; Anne Belanger,
Houma; Bobbi Duncan, Hammond; Takara Butler, Baton Rouge; Tyra Louis, Baton
Rouge; Renee Whiting; New Orleans; Alaina Lea, Kentwood; Natalie Crump,
Baton Rouge. Not shown, Dianne Donald, Mandeville; Jennifer Notariano,
LADIES OF THE GREEN AND GOLD SPONSOR
GAME PEP RALLY
HAMMOND -- With the return of
Southeastern Louisiana University football in the fall of 2003, the Ladies
of the Green and Gold are showing their true colors.
Among their many duties, this
group of 22 young women, who serve as the official hostesses for Southeastern’s
football program, are planning a pep rally at 4:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m.
Lions spring “Green and Gold” scrimmage on Thursday, April 10.
The pep rally, scheduled for
the War Memorial Student Union, will feature football head coach Hal Mumme,
his staff and players; Miss Southeastern Jessica Soileau, and special “spirit”
Though the Ladies have many
their primary goal is to offer their guidance, friendship, and support
to prospective football recruits and their families.
The idea of tapping female students
as football hostesses originated during the tenure of former Lions football
head coach Oscar Lofton. Veda Abene, now assistant to the Dean of Continuing
Education, was the sponsor for the Ladies of the Green and Gold at that
time and shares that same duty today with Master of Business Administration
student Amber Thomas, a graduate assistant to Coach Hal Mumme.
“Our symbol,” said Thomas, “is
the yellow rose, which stands for friendship.” The members “were
picked based on their campus involvement, enthusiasm, and overall appearance,”
Thomas said advantages
of being a Lady of the Green and Gold include getting to attend home football
games, having textbook fees waived, and the opportunity to meet and work
with recruits. The young women also get to greet the recruits at
all home games and accompany them and their families during recruiting
Abene said the response to the
Ladies from recruits and their families has been excellent. “They
add more of a personal touch,” she said. Head coach Hal Mumme has added
his praise, too. “Recruiting went well and they were a major part of it,”
“The families of the recruits
really like the girls because they are enthusiastic and friendly. They
have been to other universities where the reception was not so great,”
To the girls, being a hostess
is more than a duty; it’s a way to have fun but also to support the recruits
and their families. “One of the girls took the little sister of one of
the recruits and basically just hung out with her for a day,” said Thomas.
The Ladies want their membership
to continue to grow and they want to become visible on Southeastern’s campus
and in the community. The group has a full schedule this fall with duties
that include hosting pep rallies, conducting charity fund raisers, assisting
at coaching clinics and camps, as well as appearing regularly on Coach
Mumme’s televised coaching show.
“I’m excited to be a part of
the history of bringing football back to Southeastern,” said senior elementary
education major Selena Landry of Covington.
Members of the Ladies of the
Green and Gold are Thomas; Landry; Anne Belanger of Houma; Takara Butler,
Natalie Crump, and Tyra Louis of Baton Rouge; Kira Calhoun of Albany; Jodi
Conrad of Amite; Bobbi Corken of Walker, treasurer; Cori Crochet, Candice
Sanders, and Lacey Shumaker of Slidell; and Dianne Donald of Mandeville.
Other members include Bobbi Duncan
of Hammond; Tarri Fuller of Shreveport, vice president; Jovanda Hall, president,
and Renee Whiting of New Orleans; Aimee Holcomb of Joplin, Missouri; Christen
James of Reserve; Alaina Lea of Kentwood; Jennifer Notariano and Ashleigh
Plauche of Ponchatoula, secretary; and Tiffany Plaisance of Cut Off.
For more information on the Ladies
of the Green and Gold, contact Abene at 985-549-2301.
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