Redhawks Logos Now Greet Motorists on I-55 Exit Ramp

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Southeast students, from left, Jessica Davis, Ryan Lane and Dane Huxel, paint a Redhawks logo on the southbound I-55 exit ramp at Exit 96. (view larger image)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 8, 2005 – Redhawks logos now greet motorists entering Cape Girardeau at Exit 96 from Interstate 55.

Southeast Missouri State University students used a large custom-made stencil this morning to paint two Redhawks logos on the northbound and three Redhawks logos on the southbound exit ramps at Exit 96.

Dane Huxel, a Southeast senior from Washington, Mo., said the highway logos were painted in an effort to welcome students, parents and visitors to Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University and “to let them know we are here.”

Huxel, who served as Student Government president at Southeast in 2004-2005, said Student Government was integrally involved last school year in changing Southeast’s nickname from the Indians and Otahkians to the Redhawks.

“We hope this project builds on that new spirit and tradition,” he said.

After visiting the University of Missouri-Columbia and seeing Tiger paw prints on I-70 exit ramps leading to their campus, Huxel said he was spurred to initiate a similar effort here. 

Last spring Student Government approved a resolution for it to begin working with the Missouri Department of Transportation on the Redhawks highway logo project.

Over the summer, Huxel and Jason Lipe, assistant director of intramural sports at Southeast, built the custom-made stencils for the highway project.

Huxel said Mo-DOT has been helpful throughout the project in getting paperwork completed and, today, provided manpower to close a lane on each exit ramp so students could paint the logos.

Also assisting with the painting project today were Southeast students Jessica Davis of Maryland Heights, Mo., and Ryan Lane of St. Peters, Mo.

Southeast students, from left, Jessica Davis, Ryan Lane and Dane Huxel, paint a Redhawks logo on the southbound I-55 exit ramp at Exit 96.

Southeast students, from left, Jessica Davis, Ryan Lane and Dane Huxel, paint a Redhawks logo on the southbound I-55 exit ramp at Exit 96. (view larger image)