Legends and Lore
In 1960, when Southeastern Illinois College was formed, a sphinx was included in the official seal of the college to honor the "Little Egypt" heritage shared by the people of the college district. A few years later, when a logo was created for Southeastern, it incorporated yet another Egyptian symbol, the pyramid.
Southeastern's competitive teams have always had the falcon as their mascot. In Egypt, the king was thought of as a living god. While alive, he was Horus, the falcon-headed skygod, sitting on the magic Isis throne. When he died, he became Osiris, god of the underworld, and his heir became Horus.
Additionally, campus streets and roads also reflect Southeastern's allegiance to its Little Egypt heritage by locations such as Falcon Court, Sahara Drive, Egyptian Drive, just to name a few.
At one time, a stone pyramid, approximately 12 feet high, sat on the front lawn of the campus adjacent to College Drive. The Little Egypt names and decor around campus serve as a daily reminder of our rich heritage, and we are proud to share this heritage with you.