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ROOMIE GOES AROUND THE WORLD – Southeastern Louisiana University
students chose “Roomie Goes Around the World” for the theme of Homecoming
2004. This year’s homecoming logo was also the work of a student. The logo
was designed by Michael Trahan, a senior art major from Livingston. Trahan
is a graphic design student assistant in the university’s Public Information
SOUTHEASTERN CELEBRATES HOMECOMING
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University
is getting ready to kick off its annual Homecoming celebration – a spirited
week of activities that is once again partnered with football action in
The Dream Team, Southeastern=s student
Homecoming committee, has chosen “Roomie Goes Around the World” as the
theme for Homecoming 2004. Student fun begins with a university “Family
Reunion” at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4 in the Student Union Park, a new activity
sponsored by all Southeastern African American Greek organizations. The
sororities and fraternities hope to make the event an annual tradition.
Students will also stage events that
are already traditional during Homecoming week: a zany evening of “Fear
Factor” style games on Tuesday, Oct. 5, the popular Gumbo Ya Ya fest on
Wednesday, Oct. 6, and a community service day, including Gamma Beta Phi’s
annual Tangi Food Pantry food drive, on Thursday, Oct. 7.
The African American Alumni Chapter
will get a jumpstart on Homecoming on Oct. 1 when they host the Midnight
Masquerade ball in the Student Union ballroom. Tickets for the 7 p.m. gala
are $25 per couple and a registration form is available online at www.selu.edu/alumni.
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, faculty and student
teams will flex their intellectual muscles in Phi Kappa Phi’s Homecoming
Quiz Bowl, scheduled for 2-6 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Homecoming fun will turn up a notch
on Thursday, Oct. 7, with two luncheons. The FE-Lions will gather at noon
at Topé La Catering on Thomas St. in downtown Hammond with football
head coach Hal Mumme as guest speaker, and Lyceum Lights at Twelve Oaks
will feature the reminiscences of the retired faculty members Gene McDonald,
associate professor of education, and Ralph Shaw, professor emeritus of
For more information on the FE-Lions
luncheon, contact President Veda Abene at 985-549-3446, the Alumni Center,
985-549-2150 or visit felines.selu.edu.
Reservations are required for Lyceum Lights and can be made by contacting
the Center for Faculty Excellence at 985-549-5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homecoming spirit will heat up – literally
– Thursday evening when the Homecoming bonfire is torched at 7 p.m., next
to the Alumni Center on University Ave. The evening will also feature a
pep rally, street dance and fireworks.
The Alumni Awards Evening is set for 7 p.m.,
Friday, Oct. 8, at Twelve Oaks. Among a variety of honorees will be Alumnus
of the Year Coletta C. Barrett, a 1991 graduate who is the first woman
chair of the board for the American Heart Association, and Pat Vitter Williams,
a former principal and Alumni Association board member, who will receive
the association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Tickets for the cocktail buffet event
are $15 per person or $120 for a table for eight. Tickets can be ordered
online at www.selu.edu/alumni
or purchased at the Alumni Center, 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM
The action begins early on Homecoming Day,
Saturday, Oct. 9, and fun and spirit will fill Friendship Circle for most
of the day. Alumni and visitors can enjoy free fitness workouts at the
Pennington Student Activity Center, take campus tours, tailgate in Friendship
Circle and Twelve Oaks, browse a marketplace of food and craft booths,
and enjoy bands at the Pottle Performance Circle. Meanwhile, children can
have fun with a variety of activities, crafts, and games.
A “Wall of Honor” with plaques recognizing
donors of endowed scholarships, professorships and chairs will be dedicated
at 10 a.m. in Sims Memorial Library. The university will also unveil an
historic marker at the site of Hammond Hall dormitory on Texas Ave. at
A number of groups have planned Homecoming
Day reunions at Twelve Oaks, including the Spirit of the Southland Band
and Students of the States; the Southeastern Lab School (all classes);
the 1954 undefeated football team, and the classes of 1964, ’74, ’84, ’94,
As the excitement builds toward the 6 p.m.
Southeastern-Northern Colorado Homecoming game in Strawberry Stadium, the
Homecoming parade will roll through downtown Hammond and Friendship Circle
to the University Center at 2 p.m. The football team and coaches plan to
walk through the circle at 3:45 p.m., and the Spirit of the Southland marching
band will perform in front of the Pottle Music Building around 5 p.m. before
trekking into Strawberry Stadium to continue re-game entertainment.
Members of the 2004 Homecoming queen
and beau courts will be recognized and the queen and king will be announced
and crowned at halftime.
Joining the Homecoming schedule as special
events are a reception for a sculpture exhibition by 2002 graduate Jessica
Weaver from 5-6:30 p.m., Oct. 5 at Sims Memorial Library, and the Southeastern
Theatre’s Oct. 5-8 performance of the comedy “[sic]” at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie
Borden Theatre. Also on the schedule are two presentations by Fanfare at
the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts: Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller”
at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 and “Late Night Catechism” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.
For more information about Homecoming 2004, call the Alumni Center,
1-800-SLU-ALUM or visit the Homecoming link at www.selu.edu/alumni.