Public Invited to Forums Concerning Mascot Issue


In recent months, several organizations connected with Southeast Missouri State University, including the National Alumni Council, Student Government and the Booster Club Board, have voted to recommend to the University administration that the nickname/mascots of Indian and Otahkian be retired.

In light of these recommendations, a Mascot/Nickname Study Committee was appointed with representation from the National Alumni Council, Student Government, the Booster Club, the University Athletics Department, students (including student athletes), the Clerical-Technical-Service Employee Staff Council, Professional Staff Council and Faculty Senate.

The Mascot/Nickname Study Committee has scheduled several information sessions for the public to give input and for the committee to answer questions concerning the nickname/mascots.  

Anyone interested in a discussion with the committee members concerning the decisions and research on this issue and anyone wishing to give public comments concerning the nickname/mascot are advised to attend the following public events: 

  • A public forum with the members of the Nickname/Mascot Study Committee during Common Hour at noon, Wednesday, April 28 in the University Center Ballroom and again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 12 in Academic Auditorium.

This is an opportunity to give committee members ideas, thoughts and input, to ask questions of any of the committee members and for committee members to ask for input from the public.

For those unable to attend any of the sessions, written comments can be mailed to:  University Relations, Southeast Missouri State University, One University Plaza, MS 5000, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

In addition, those who would like to rank their choices for a new University mascot are invited to visit Those who visit the site may rank all five selections in the order they feel most appropriate, or select only the one they determine to be the single, best selection. When the Mascot/Nickname Committee completes its study of the issue, the results will be presented to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents for consideration.