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Contact: Angey Saucier
Date: 3/9/04
      HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s "Rock 'n Roar,” a day-long festival showcasing Southeastern's fine academics and fun atmosphere, will return Saturday, March 20 for an eighth successful year.
      Rock ‘n Roar VIII, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a multitude of entertainment, 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 the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Clif Murphy, who is coordinating the festival. 
      “Rock ‘n Roar is a great way to get the community, campus and the visiting high school students together to sit back, relax, and have fun,” said Murphy, a member of the Southeastern Alumni Association and 1969 graduate.
      Alumni director Kathy Pittman said Rock ‘n Roar’s newest events will be a dress sale offering formal dresses of differing styles and sizes at a discounted price. The dresses have been “pre-owned” by many of Southeastern’s sorority women, and proceeds will go to the Lisa Hill Greek Memorial Scholarship Fund. 
      Rock ‘n Roar continues its partnership this year with the Hammond Downtown Development District’s Saturday farmers market. Usually held at the city’s Cate Square, the marker will move to campus on March 20. Rock ‘n Roar patrons can also visit the Southeastern School of Nursing’s health fair, co-sponsored by North Oaks Health System, where they can browse health information booths, fill out a lifestyle questionnaire, and be screened for blood pressure, glucose, and body mass. Kids can learn about scooter and fire safety. 
      They also can visit a plant sale, arts and crafts booths, and enjoy music and entertainment provided throughout the day.
      The fun families will find at Rock ‘n Roar VIII also includes a petting zoo, popular camps for children, the University Police Department's free KidCare Photo I.D. program, displays of motorcycles and police cars, and activities such as a space walk and interaction with Southeastern’s lion mascot, Roomie.
      Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online by March 18 at
      Camps include a dance camp conducted by the Lionettes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, with a performance for parents at noon; and art and baseball camps from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
      The art camp is scheduled for Clark Hall, while the baseball camp will take place at Alumni Field. Baseball campers are reminded to bring their baseball glove for a day of fun awarded with a certificate at the end of the camp.
      Camp fees are $5 for the art and baseball camps. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments and a gift item. Dance campers are also reminded to wear comfortable running or tennis shoes. Pre-registration for all camps is mandatory due to limited space.
      Rock ‘n Roar VIII 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 43 different subjects. 
      When the approximately 3,000 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 a 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