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|SLU'S ROCK ‘N ROAR VII OFFERS FUN FOR ALL ON MARCH 22
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s "Rock 'n Roar Fest,” a day-long festival showcasing Southeastern's
fine academics and fun atmosphere, will return Saturday, March 22 for a
seventh successful year.
Rock ‘n Roar VII, scheduled for
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a multitude of entertainment, academic displays,
and other activities headquartered at the War Memorial Student Union.
Created by the Alumni Association in
1997, Rock ‘n Roar VII will entertain teens from Tangipahoa, Livingston,
St. Helena, Washington, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, East Baton Rouge,
East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville and St. Charles Parishes. The
approximately 3,000 students are coming to campus for the Southeast Louisiana
District Literary Rally, where they will compete in 43 different subjects.
Rock ‘n Roar VII 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 Wendy Van Dalen, who is coordinating
“Rock ‘n Roar has proved to be such
a great way to get the community, the campus and the visiting high school
students together,” said Van Dalen, who is a counselor in the university’s
Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Center. “It’s great for the high school
students to see what Southeastern is all about – not just the academic
part of campus life, but the fun part, too. It’s also a wonderful opportunity
for community families to have fun and socialize.”
Van Dalen said one of Rock ‘n Roar’s
newest events, the barbecue ribs cook off that debuted last year, has been
expanded this year to include chicken as well as ribs. The chicken and
ribs cook-off is sponsored by the Hammond Daily Star.
Van Dalen said contestants can compete
for first and second prizes of $100 and $50, respectively, in both categories
and for a $200 grand prize. The grilling begins at 8 a.m., with judging
scheduled for noon. Contestants can apply online at www.selu.edu/roarfest.
Another first for Rock ‘n Roar is a
partnership 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 22, Van Dalen said.
“We’re also excited to host a visit
by the popular Audubon Zoomobile, which our children and families will
really enjoy,” Van Dalen said.
The fun families will find at Rock ‘n
Roar VII also includes 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, face painting, puppet
show, and petting zoo.
Parents can pick up applications for
camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online
Camps include a dance camp conducted
by the Lionettes and Lionette Alumni from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kinesiology
and Health Studies Building; and art, baseball, and football camps from
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The art camp is scheduled for Clark
Hall, while the baseball and football camp will take place at Strawberry
Stadium and the practice fields west of the stadium, respectively.
Camp fees are $5 for the art, football
and baseball camps and $15 for the dance camp.
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; test their skills at basketball free throws and golf
putting games, and choose refreshments from a wide variety of food booths
sponsored by student organizations and alumni chapters. They can also view
a car display and even get their own cars washed.
Rock ‘n Roar patrons can also visit
the Department of Nursing's health fair, co-sponsored by North Oaks Health
System, where they can visit 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 by the band
"Hat Trick,” the Southeastern Gospel Choir and local dance studios.
For additional information about Rock
'n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM, or visit
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