HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate homecoming Oct. 17-24 with a activities and a televised replay of Southeastern’s home football playoff win against Sam Houston State.
The regular football season is scheduled to begin Feb. 27, when the Lions hit the road in a matchup with Sam Houston State. For information on the football schedule, visit lionsports.net.
With a theme of “Homecoming @ Home,” Homecoming 2020 is sponsored by the Alumni Office with the Southeastern Student Government Association sponsoring student-related activities.
Saturday, Oct. 17
Roomie’s Homecoming Run: A Virtual 5K: Complete a registration form, run 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 males and females will receive additional prizes. Registration is open until Oct. 22, and the entry fee is $15 per participant. To register, visit southeastern.edu/alumni_donors/alumni_assoc/involved/events/virtual5k/index.html.
Monday, Oct. 19
Paint the Town Green and Gold: Community businesses will decorate their windows in celebration of homecoming. This year celebrates mysteries, spies and more through the theme, “Operation Roomie!” Downtown businesses and on-campus organizations will be paired for the competition. Community members are invited to walk through the main street area to view the art or take a virtual tour. Winners will be announced at the Picnic in the Park event.
Coffee with the Dean, Part 1: featuring Karen Fontenot, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Registration for all coffee webinars is available at southeastern.edu/news_media/events/homecoming/student-events/index.html. In this new event, the deans of all five colleges on Southeastern’s campus will be interviewed. Each session will provide updates from the college, future happenings and a Q&A session.
Homecoming court presentation: At 4 p.m. at the Alumni Association banquet hall. The presentation will be livestreamed on the association’s Facebook page.
Railroad Roar Specials: Greater Hammond-area restaurants will celebrate Southeastern by offering various dining and drink specials during homecoming week. Visit the Greater Hammond Chamber and Alumni Association’s social media pages the week of homecoming or call the Greater Hammond Chamber at (985) 345-4457.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Lion Up Tuesday: Everyone on campus and in the community is invited to wear green and gold. Photos can be shared using #LionUpTuesday and #TeamSoutheastern and tagging the Alumni Association on Facebook: @SoutheasternUniversityAlumni; Twitter: @SLU_Alum; and Instagram: @SLU_Alum for a chance to win prizes.
Virtual pep rally: 11 a.m. Senior athletes will talk about the season. The Southeastern cheerleaders and Lionettes will lead Lion Nation through some timeless traditions.
Coffee with the Dean, Part 2: noon; Dean of the College of Business Toni Phillips. See Monday for registration link.
Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s annual Quiz Bowl Tournament: 6 p.m.; Student and faculty teams will battle it out virtually.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Southeastern Giving Day: The 24- hour event for both the community and Lions everywhere to come together in support of Southeastern and its students. For information, visit southeasterngivingday.org.
Coffee with the Dean, Part 3: noon; Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dan McCarthy. See Monday for registration link.
Virtual campus tour: Tour participants will reminisce on their time as a Lion, while getting an in-depth look at some campus innovations. The tour will be broadcasted via the Alumni Association’s social media pages/YouTube and its website for people to watch when they can once it is released at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Virtual wine and cheese event: 6 p.m.; In a live Zoom call, participants will sip and explore wines selected by Acquistapace’s Supermarket. Registration and information is available at southeastern.edu/homecoming. Registration deadline is 9 pm. Oct. 18.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Coffee with the Dean, Part 4: noon; Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth. See Monday for registration link.
Columbia Famous Talent Show: 7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Pep rally: 11 a.m.
2003 Southeastern vs. Arkansas-Monticello football game: Will air at 8 p.m. on the Southeastern Channel and will rebroadcast at midnight and noon Friday, Oct. 23. The Southeastern Channel can be accessed on Roku and Apple TV, on cable TV at Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany and St. Helena parishes, or online at thesoutheasternchannel.com and mthermonwebTV.com.
Friday, Oct. 23
29th annual Golf Shamble: 8:30 a.m. at Carter Plantation Golf Course. For information, visit lionsports.net/sports/laa.
Coffee with the Dean, Part 5: noon; Dean of the College of Education Paula Summers Calderon. See Monday for registration link.
Picnic at the Park: 4 to 7 p.m. in Cate Square Park. Features a free Halloween movie. The winner of the Paint the Town contest will be announced during intermission. Bring food, blankets and lawn chairs, but no tents. Family groups will be able to sit together in marked areas that are 6 feet.
Homecoming Day, Oct. 24
Southeastern’s 2013 home playoff win over Sam Houston State: The Southeastern Channel will air the game at 8 a.m. and at noon Oct. 25. See Thursday listing for ways to access the channel.
Southeastern Community Music School concert: “Classics in Blue Jeans” is free from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bass Clef outside of Pottle Music Building. Audience members are encouraged to wear blue jeans and bring folding chairs or blankets to this picnic-style event. Social distancing protocols will be in place.
Friendship Circle: Fall Fest in Friendship Circle 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Family fun like Trunk-or-Treating around the circle, face painting by SLU cheerleaders and Lionettes, opportunities to take pictures with the SLU student-athletes and Roomie, and more. Prizes will be given to the best decorated Trunk-or-Treat car and the best Halloween costume. For information, visit lionsports.net/sports/laa.