|SOUTHEASTERN STAGES “MINI” VERSION OF HOMECOMING AT OCT. 30 LIONS-ALCORN
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University
will re-stage a “mini” version of some its rain-dampened Homecoming 2004
activities in conjunction with the Lions-Alcorn State football game at
Strawberry Stadium on Oct. 30.
“As everyone will remember, Tropical
Storm Karl literally rained on our parade and stormed on Strawberry Stadium
on Homecoming (Oct. 9),” said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. “The weather
didn’t dampen our spirits, but it did cause us to cancel the Homecoming
parade, and, understandably, it caused a number of fans to choose not to
get damp themselves!
“So, we have decided to re-stage ‘mini’
versions of some our Homecoming events – such as the court presentation
and the parade -- that are just too important and were too greatly anticipated
to cancel altogether,” Pittman said.
Members of the 2004 Homecoming court,
including Queen Kristen Mannino of Baton Rouge and Arden Ballard of Harahan,
will get another moment in the spotlight when they are honored at halftime
of the 6 p.m. game. Earlier, at 5:15 p.m., they will also join the Spirit
of the Southland marching band, Lionettes, cheerleaders, and other student
groups in parading through Friendship Circle from McClimans Hall to Strawberry
“Consider it our ‘second chance-second
line’ Homecoming parade,” Pittman said, laughing.
Another Homecoming rain-out back on
the schedule is the dedication of a marker on the site of Hammond Hall,
one of several residence halls that have been demolished to make way for
new student housing. The brief dedication is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. at
the corner of General Pershing and Texas Ave.
Tailgating fun in Friendship Circle,
beginning at 3 p.m., will include a variety of children’s activities such
as a spacewalk, interactive games, a clown, face painting, and a fire truck.
Entertainment will include a bagpipe player, a community country market,
and music by the popular band Four Unplugged.
Southeastern Athletics plans special
promotions for students beginning with pre-game activities and continuing
throughout halftime and quarter breaks in the gridiron action. The events
include a costume contest, a drawing for a color television set, a “Pass
for Cash” contest. Members of the 2004 Southland Conference co-champion
Lions men’s basketball team and NCAA award-winning student athletes Shakeita
Henfield and Janice Ezegbunam, women’s track and field, and Brett Bergeron,
golf, will also be recognized.