|SLU'S ROCK ‘N ROAR VIII OFFERS FUN FOR ALL ON MARCH 20
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 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 www.selu.edu/roarfest.
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