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|SOUTHEASTERN'S ROCK ‘N ROAR OFFERS FUN FOR ALL ON 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 be held on campus Saturday,
March 12, for its ninth consecutive year.
Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rock
‘n Roar includes a multitude of entertainment opportunities, academic displays,
and other activities headquartered at the War Memorial Student Union. This
year’s event is following its predecessor’s successful track record of
providing a day of family fun for both Literary Rally visitors and
the community, said Kenya Varnado, who is coordinating the festival.
“Rock ‘n Roar is a day-long event with
something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and
the visiting high school students together to sit back, relax, and have
fun while visiting and learning about our campus,” said Varnado, a Southeastern
graduate and counselor in the university’s Office of Financial Aid.
Rock ‘n Roar continues its partnership
this year with the Hammond Downtown Development District’s Saturday marketplace,
which will move to campus that day. Rock ‘n Roar patrons can also visit
the Southeastern School of Nursing’s health fair, co-sponsored with North
Oaks Health System, where they can receive information on self-breast exams,
strokes, heart health and more; be screened for blood pressure, glucose,
and body mass; and register for a door prize. Children can learn about
scooter and fire safety.
Also planned throughout the day are
a plant sale, arts and crafts booths, food booths and entertainment.
Families will find at Rock ‘n Roar IX also includes a petting zoo,
puppet show, baby and children’s games, story tellers, 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.
Three traditionally popular camps will
be available for local children. Camps include a dance camp from 8:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building for children
ages 5-12, with a performance scheduled immediately afterwards at the stage
in the Student Union park. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable
running or tennis shoes.
Also on the schedule is the art camp
from 9-11 a.m. at Clark Hall for children ages 5-12. Space is limited.
Finally, a baseball camp will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field.
Children ages 6-13 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their
baseball glove for a day of fun. Special passes to baseball camp participants
for free admission with a paid adult ticket will be available for the Southeastern
Lions baseball game at 3 p.m. that afternoon.
Camp fees are $5 for the art and baseball
camps. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments and a gift item.
Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West
University Ave., or register online at www.selu.edu/roarfest. MasterCard
and Visa payments are currently accepted for online payments; pre-registration
for all camps is mandatory due to limited space.
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 subjects.
When the approximately 2,500 high school
students finish their tests and wait for results to be posted, they can
join area residents in gathering useful and entertaining information from
hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths, and choose
refreshments from the wide variety of food booths sponsored by student
organizations and alumni chapters.
For additional information about
Rock 'n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 985-549?2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM,
or visit www.selu.edu/roarfest.