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MOFFETTS TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHALS OF KREWE
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University
President Randy Moffett and his wife Barbara will serve as Grand Marshals
for the Krewe of Omega’s 2005 Mardi Gras parade scheduled to roll in Hammond
at 6 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 3).
“We are both extremely honored to serve
this year as Grand Marshals,” said Randy Moffett. “Hammond has been home
for Barbara and me for nearly 30 years now, and the Krewe of Omega is one
of the traditional celebrations associated with both Southeastern and the
city. We are thrilled to be part of this year’s parade.”
Omega Captain Joyce Smith said Randy
and Barbara Moffett were selected as Grand Marshals for their tremendous
community spirit and for their ongoing efforts to make Southeastern a strong
educational partner for Hammond and the entire region.
Randy Moffett is in his fourth year
as Southeastern’s president, a position. Prior to assuming the university’s
top job, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs. He has
also served Southeastern in a number of other capacities, including vice
president for planning, research and development; vice provost; and dean
and professor in the College of Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree
from Louisiana Tech University, a master’s in education from Northwestern
State University, and a doctorate from Louisiana State University.
Barbara Moffett is professor and director
of the Southeastern School of Nursing. Under her guidance and direction,
the Southeastern School of Nursing has become a recognized leader in nursing
education, earning the designation in 2002 as the Nursing Program of the
Year by the Louisiana State Nurses Association Foundation. The foundation
has also presented her with a Nightingale Award as the Nurse Educator of
the Year. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Northwestern
State University and a doctorate in nursing from LSU.
The Krewe of Omega will leave its staging
area at the Southeastern University Center on University Avenue and roll
straight onto General Pershing, turn left on Dakota, right on Oak Street,
right on Charles Street, left of East Thomas Street, left on Railroad Ave.
returning to the University Center.
The Krewe was started informally by
the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Southeastern in the late 1970s and was
officially formed under the name Northlake Carnival Club in 1986. During
Mardi Gras season, the Krewe traditionally begins its parade day by traveling
from Kentwood to Ponchatoula honoring and toasting the mayors of all the
cities along the north-south railroad track in Tangipahoa. The day concludes
with the night parade in Hammond.