|SOUTHEASTERN GEARING UP FOR NINTH ANNUAL ROCK ‘N ROAR MARCH 12
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Rock ‘n Roar Fest, a day-long festival showcasing Southeastern's
quality academics and family-friendly atmosphere, will kick into gear for
the community at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 12, offering four hours of something
Headquartered at the War Memorial Student
Union, Rock ‘n Roar has recently announced its entertainment lineup and
array of southern cuisine and snacks for people to enjoy while taking in
numerous activities such as arts and crafts booths, a plant sale, children’s
games and more.
Beginning at 11 a.m., the Southeastern
Gospel Choir will take the stage, followed by Sounds Unlimited, who will
continue to spin out tunes throughout the day. Also performing are the
Lemoine Academy of Dance, Southeastern Lionettes’ dance camp participants,
A Touch of Class Performing Arts dance troupe and members of Southeastern’s
dance program. A guest performance by the new Miss Southeastern, Heather
Williams of Slidell, is also scheduled.
Several camps still have available spaces,
including baseball, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field
for children ages 6 –13 ($5 registration fee), and dance ($15 registration
fee). Applications for camps can be picked up at the Southeastern Alumni
Center, 500 West University Ave. or registrants can apply online at www.selu.edu/roarfest.
Pre-registration for campus is mandatory due to limited space.
For those visitors who find the day’s
activities to work up an appetite, Rock ‘n Roar offers an extended lineup
of food and drinks by Southeastern organizations, alumni groups and more.
Some treats for sale will include hot dogs, Frito pies, red beans, jambalaya,
hamburgers, nachos, crawfish, curly fries, pizza. For the sweet tooth,
ice cream, snowballs, cotton candy, baked goods, funnel cakes, donuts,
coffee and strawberry beignets will be made available also.
For the shopper, Rock ‘n Roar continues its
partnership this year with the Hammond Downtown Development District’s
Saturday marketplace, which will move to campus March 12 only. In addition,
Southeastern’s fraternities and sororities will sponsor a garage. For health
conscious patrons, Southeastern School of Nursing’s health fair, co-sponsored
with North Oaks Health System, will offer information on self-breast exams,
strokes, heart health and more. The fair will also offer screenings for
blood pressure, glucose and body mass, and instructions on scooter and
fire safety for children.
Rock ‘n Roar IX will also feature a
petting zoo, puppet show, games, face-painting, popular camps for children,
the University Police Department's free KidCare Photo I.D. program, and
activities such as a space walk and interaction with Southeastern’s lion
mascot, Roomie. In addition, the university will have available a bungee
run, rock climbing wall, jousting spacewalk, baseball pitch and basketball
In addition to the community, Rock ‘n Roar
will also entertain teens from public and private schools from Washington,
East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St.
Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West
Feliciana parishes. The students are coming to campus for the Southeast
Louisiana District Literary Rally, where they will compete in 44 different
For additional information about Rock 'n Roar,
call the Southeastern Alumni Center at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM,
or visit www.selu.edu/roarfest.