Hammond, La- This year’s Homecoming will be October 7-12 and it this year’s theme is Keepin’ It Real with Roomie!
Five days of student society and organization led activities to lead Southeastern up to the Homecoming Parade and the Homecoming Game on October 12th.
Leading the charge in the preparations for Homecoming Week is, Karley Bordelon, the Southeastern Student Government Association president.
Bordelon and the members of the SGA, in conjunction with multiple student societies, organizations and the Campus Activities Board, will lead a number of activities for students to participate in during the six days of Homecoming Week.
According to Bordelon, the week kicks off with the Homecoming Kickoff celebration from 11-2 p.m. on Monday October 7th. Students will have opportunities to get free t-shirts and engage in fun activities. Later that night, a kickball tournament will take place in North Oak Park beside the University Book Rental building.
The early part of the week continues Tuesday with Lion Up Tuesday, where Roomie the Lion and others from the SGA and CAB organizations will be handing out free Southeastern T-shirts to those not wearing one. Also that night, students will have the opportunity to give back at charity events by buying food at the two Raising Cane’s locations in Hammond.
Wednesday marks the halfway mark of Homecoming Week with Gumbo Ya-Ya from 11-2 p.m. in the Student Union Park. Students will have the opportunity to eat delicious gumbo and other foods, play games, get a free T-shirt and yearbooks and have fun with their friends. The day closes with the Minutes to Win It competitions in the Southeastern Recreational Center. Students will have one minute to compete in agility contests to score points for their team.
Thursday starts the second half of the week with a volleyball tournament followed by a Lip Sync competition that night.
Friday brings a community service day where student volunteers will help a Hammond mother with six children build her a new house.
Saturday concludes Homecoming Week with the annual Homecoming parade and that night, Southeastern will play Incarnate Word, and the Homecoming King and Queen will be presented.
Bordelon said that she is very excited to plan for and participate in the year’s Homecoming Week as she has participated in years past. She said Southeastern has a better Homecoming Week compared to other schools, such as LSU, due to Southeastern’s small size and more student involvement.
Bordelon said that the community of Hammond and the surrounding area adds a closeness to the activities of Homecoming due to their involvement.
For two other Southeastern students, the sentiment is the same as the week brings a chance for better student involvement in what Southeastern has to offer.
Peyton Sawyer, a junior communication major at Southeastern, stated that he was excited to be attending many of the Homecoming Week activities.
Sawyer said, “I am excited about this year’s Homecoming Week. I have participated in every Homecoming since I have been here and will until I graduate.”
Sawyer is also looking forward to going to the football game and is hoping for a Southeastern victory.
For Jennifer Dettweiler, a senior communication major here at Southeastern, the eagerness to participate in the Homecoming Week Activities was renewed after she had not participated in the two past Homecoming Weeks.
Dettweiler said, ” I haven’t been able to participate in any Homecoming Week activities since my freshman year, so I am excited to be able to this year before I graduate.”
She feels that Southeastern’s Homecoming Week is usually successful because students have the chance to come together and feel more involved.