The Lion Up Recovery program at Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a Virtual Scholars Series this July. The Scholars Series will host pertinent topics related to recovery, including how collegiate recovery programs work, reducing stigma in the community, and more.

The most important aspect of this event is that it serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for students in recovery. All monies raised in ticket sales will go towards establishing sustainable endowments for current and future students enrolled in Lion Up Recovery.

The series will end July 24 with keynote speaker Executive Director for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Tim Rabolt speaking about his personal experience with Collegiate Recovery at George Washington University.

More information about the Recovery Scholars Series can be found here. Those interested in attending the event may purchase tickets hereAll alumni, family, friends, and anyone who is interested in supporting the cause is welcomed.

Lion Up Recovery—a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use—launched in the fall of 2019. Being the first such program to launch in the state, there was tremendous support from the University administration led by Dr. John L. Crain. The launch of the program was celebrated with a visit from Louisiana’s Commissioner for Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter Reed and representatives from the Board of Regents that included Vice President for Student Affairs and Governance Erica Calais and Program Administrator Dr. Allison Smith.

Since the introduction of Lion Up Recovery, seven students in recovery have enrolled in the program, have all successfully completed their spring semester, and are one step closer to graduation. Some are quite close. Four of the students have plans to graduate in May of 2021. Combined, the students in the program had an average 3.86 GPA this spring semester.

Lion Up Recovery provides a full-time coordinator, Madison Evans, LPC; a weekly seminar; a space for students in recovery; over 12 open recovery meetings per week; sober tailgating; student participation in national and regional higher education conferences; Narcan training; Recovery Ally training; and more. The program has a year-round application process. Southeastern students can apply online at

To image: Lion Up Recovery board members. Pictured from left: Greg Snodgrass, Annette Baldwin, Dan Gilmer, Angie King, Christopher Flanagan, Madison Nyquist, Madison Evans, Angela Tyrone, Andrea Peevy, Emily Simcoe, Emily Meyers, Monica Sheleay, Felicia Kleinpeter, and Tom Bennett (Not Pictured: Dr. Chip Thirstrup. Randal Gomez, Stuart Carpenter)

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