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SOUTHEASTERN CELEBRATES HOMECOMING NOVEMBER 7-12
HAMMOND – Southeastern
Louisiana University is inviting the campus and community to “Tune In To
Southeastern” Nov. 7-12 for the spirited week of Homecoming activities
capped by a parade in downtown Hammond and football action in Strawberry
The Homecoming Week schedule
includes a number of time-honored favorites from the Gumbo Ya Ya fest for
students to a variety of contests to the annual bonfire. But it will also
boast several new twists, including unveiling a new university tradition
and reviving an old one, and merging Homecoming and Hammond Veteran’s Day
festivities on Homecoming Day, Nov. 12.
At halftime of the Southeastern
vs. Nicholls State football game at 6 p.m. Saturday in Strawberry Stadium,
students and alumni will get their first look at the design for the new
official university ring. At the end of the game, the score will determine
whether the Lions or the Colonels go home with the “Riverbell” trophy.
The annual Southeastern-Nicholls gridiron match-up was billed as the “Riverbell
Classic” before Lions football went on an 18-year hiatus in 1985. Nicholls
claimed the trophy last, but Southeastern hopes to reclaim it with a Homecoming
Veteran’s Day activities
will join Homecoming activities on campus on Saturday, beginning at 10
a.m. The veterans will set up booths, entertainment and food on the southeast
corner of Friendship Circle. The Veteran’s Day and Homecoming parade will
also travel back-to-back from First Guaranty Bank on East Thomas St. through
Friendship Circle to the University Center, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Week will begin with the Southeastern Family Reunion, at 6 p.m., Monday,
Nov. 7, in the Student Union Park. A new Homecoming tradition sponsored
by Southeastern African American sororities and fraternities, the event
will feature food, entertainment and family activities such as face painting
Tuesday, Nov. 8, will include
the zany “Fear Factor” games at 8 p.m. in the Student Union park. On Wednesday,
Nov. 9, students will enjoy food, fun and a mini-pep rally at Gumbo Ya
Ya beginning at 11 a.m., and faculty and student teams will flex their
intellectual muscles in Phi Kappa Phi’s Homecoming Quiz Bowl from 2-5 p.m.
in the Student Union Theatre.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, Gamma
Beta Phi will hold its annual “A Ton of Fun Food Drive” in the Student
Union mall, and two luncheons are scheduled on campus and in downtown Hammond.
The FE-Lions’ noon Homecoming
luncheon at Topé La Catering will welcome football head coach Dennis
Roland as guest speaker, while Lyceum Lights, scheduled for Twelve Oaks,
will feature two winners of the 2005 President’s Award for Excellence --
Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
and William Bond, professor of biology, who won the prestigious awards
for teaching and faculty service, respectively.
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 and street dance. The announcement of the winners
of the faculty/staff Homecoming cook off, “Chips, Dips and All That Jazz,”
will be precede the bonfire at 5 p.m. at the Alumni Center.
Homecoming highlights on
Friday, Nov. 11 include free fitness workouts at the Pennington Student
Activity Center, campus tours and a golf tournament teeing-off at noon
at Carter Plantation.
The action begins early
on Homecoming, Saturday, Nov. 12, and fun and spirit will fill Friendship
Circle for most of the day. Alumni and visitors can again enjoy more free
workouts and tours, tailgate in Friendship Circle, and enjoy bands at the
Pottle Performance Circle. They can also browse booths with faculty publications
and artwork, and join in the Alumni Association and Greek organizations’
tailgating, which will be in full swing from 3-5 p.m. The colleges of Education
and Human Development and Science and Technology also plan campus tailgate
parties beginning at 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, children can
have fun with a variety of activities, crafts, and games, including a spacewalk,
obstacle course, “dry” slide, face painting, pottery-making with Southeastern
art majors, and miniature train rides.
A reception and dedication
ceremony for Southeastern donors who have endowed scholarships and professorships
will be held at 1 p.m. in Sims Memorial Library.
Pre-game activities in
Strawberry Stadium include performances by the Spirit of the Southland
marching band, Lionettes and cheerleaders and the recognition of Lions
football seniors. Members of the 2005 Homecoming queen and beau courts
will be recognized and the queen and king will be announced and crowned
For more information about
Homecoming 2005, call the Alumni Center, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or visit the Homecoming
link at www.selu.edu/alumni.