Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate homecoming Oct. 17 – 24 with a myriad of activities and a televised replay of the Lions’ home football playoff win against Sam Houston State.
The Homecoming Court will be presented Oct. 19 at the Alumni Association banquet hall at 4 p.m. and will be live streamed on the association’s Facebook page.
The regular football season is scheduled to begin Feb. 27, when the Lions compete against Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas. See lionsports.net for the schedule.
With a theme of “Homecoming @ Home,” Homecoming 2020 is being sponsored by the Alumni Office with the Southeastern Student Government Association sponsoring student-related activities.
The celebration will begin with Roomie’s Homecoming Run: A Virtual 5K. Participants are asked to complete a registration form, run the specified distance, 3.1 miles, between Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, and submit the run time.
All participants will receive a Roomie’s Homecoming Run medal, and the top three men and women will receive more prizes.
Registration is open until Oct. 22, and the entry fee is $15 per participant. See southeastern.edu/alumni _donors/alumni_assoc/ involved/events/virtual5k/ index.html to register.
The Alumni Association, Student Government Association, and Hammond Downtown Development District are encouraging businesses to “Paint the Town Green and Gold.”
This year celebrates mysteries, spies and more through the theme, “Operation Roomie!”
“Downtown businesses and on-campus organizations will be paired up to showcase their green and gold pride for our judges,” said Alumni Association Director Michelle Biggs.
Winners will be announced Oct. 23 at Picnic in the Park.
“Community members are invited to take a walk through the award-winning main street area to view the art, or we invite you to enjoy a virtual tour with two-time alumna, GOLD Council member and Assistant Director of the DDD Kati Morse,” Biggs said.
Greater Hammond area restaurants will celebrate homecoming by offering dining and drink specials during the week. Call the Greater Hammond Chamber at (985) 345-4457.
Coffee with the Dean webinar is a new Fanfare event this year. Four sessions will feature College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Karen Fontenot on Oct. 19; College of Business Dean Toni Phillips on Oct. 20; College of Science and Technology Dean Dan McCarthy on Oct 21; College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Ann Carruth on Oct. 22 and College of Education Dean Paula Summers Calderon on Oct. 23.
“Each session will provide updates from the college, exciting insight on future happenings, and a Q&A session that allows the audience to submit questions,” Biggs said.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
For Lion Up Tuesday, Southeastern encourages everyone on campus and in the community to wear their green and gold and show their Lion Pride. Photos can be shared with all of Lion Nation using #LionUpTuesday and #TeamSoutheastern and tagging the Alumni Association on Facebook: @SoutheasternUniversity Alumni; Twitter: @SLU_Alum; and Instagram: @SLU_Alum for a chance to win prizes.
In a virtual pep rally at 11 a.m., Southeastern athletics will interview some of the senior athletes about their upcoming seasons. The Southeastern cheerleaders and Lionettes will lead Lion Nation through some timeless traditions.
The Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s annual Quiz Bowl Tournament will begin at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Southeastern Giving Day will be a 24-hour event for the community and Lions everywhere to come together in support of Southeastern and its students. See southeastern givingday.org.
Lionette Alexis Duplessis will lead a virtual tour of the campus starting at 10 a.m. Participants can reminisce about their time as a Lion while getting an in-depth look at some of the newest campus innovations. The tour will be available via the Alumni Association’s social media pages/YouTube and their website for people once released at 10 a.m.
In a Virtual Wine and Cheese Tasting at 6 p.m., participants will explore wines selected by Acquistapace’s Supermarket. Register by the 9 p.m. Oct. 18 deadline at southeastern.edu/homecoming.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Another virtual pep rally is scheduled at 11 a.m.
Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Miss Southeastern Janine Hatcher will host Columbia Famous Talent Show Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. featuring singing, acting, dancing, comedy and instrumental music performances by talent contest winners and finalists. The winning pieces of visual artists will be displayed.
The Southeastern Channel will present the Southeastern vs. Arkansas-Monticello football game from 2003 at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and at noon and midnight Oct. 23. The channel can be accessed on Roku and Apple TV, on cable TV at Spectrum 199 or at thesoutheasternchannel.com (click on Live Webcast at the top).
Friday, Oct. 23
Festivities will start with the 29th annual Golf Shamble at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Lion Athletic Association, the golf shamble will take place at Carter Plantation Golf Course. Participants will receive a gift, as well as lunch. A silent auction will take place. All proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Golf program. See https://lion sports.net/sports/laa.
A free Halloween movie will be shown during Picnic at the Park from 4 to 7 p.m. in Cate Square. Sponsors are the Hammond Downtown Development District, the Southeastern Alumni Association, and other Southeastern groups and organizations.
The public can feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs, but the association requests no tents please.
At 8 a.m. Oct. 24 on the Southeastern Channel, Lion fans can relive the 2013 thrilling home playoff win over Sam Houston State. The game can also be seen Oct. 25 at noon.
Also scheduled is a free concert by the Southeastern Community Music School, “Classics in Blue Jeans,” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bass Clef outside Pottle Music Building. Audience members are encouraged to wear blue jeans and bring folding chairs or blankets. Social distancing protocols will be in place, including maintaining safe distances of six feet and wearing face coverings.
Then at 2-5 p.m. in Friendship Circle will be Trunk-or-Treating, face painting by the SLU cheerleaders and Lionettes and opportunities to take pictures with the SLU student-athletes and Roomie. Prizes will be given to the best decorated Trunk-or-Treat car and the best Halloween costume. See lion sports.net/sports/laa.