HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake seeks ideas for a mascot for the 37-year-old university. The university’s Mascot Leadership Team is asking for input by March 11.
“A mascot can create a community in which all can feel as if they belong,” says UH-Clear Lake Interim Dean of Students David Rachita, who serves on the Mascot Leadership Team. “It illustrates a shared school spirit that students are proud to ‘show off’ to others. It lets the greater community see the pride and want to be part of the energy.”
The eight-member leadership team is overseeing the process, seeking input and ideas from all parts of the university community. An advisory team, composed of 10 representatives from major constituent groups, will provide critical feedback to the leadership team during key points throughout the search process. Final recommendations will be provided to the university president for approval.
A five-phase process has been created by the leadership team with the first phase focusing on the initial call for ideas and accompanying rationales from students, alumni, faculty, staff and university friends. During the second phase, the university community will be invited to submit graphic images for the top mascot options. Phase three will include the refinement of images; then all will be invited to vote on the professionally refined mascot image concepts in the fourth phase. Also during phase four, a market research agency will test the mascot concepts with prospective students. Input from both groups will determine the mascot that will be unveiled in phase five.
“The mascot search process was developed to ensure everyone in the university community has an opportunity to participate,” says UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples. “I encourage everyone to be involved throughout the different phases of the search.”
“We are excited about this mascot initiative,” says Associate Vice President for Student Services Darlene Biggers, who also serves on the Mascot Leadership Team. “The leadership team is looking forward to receiving suggestions for mascots. We urge everyone to be a part of UHCL’s history.”
This is not the first time the selection of a UH-Clear Lake mascot has been sought. A brief history pulled from archived documents shows evidence of an alumni association initiative in the 1980s as well as another attempt by the university to find a mascot in the 1990s. Mascot team members believe this most recent effort will finalize the quest for a mascot.
To submit ideas for the mascot or to learn more about the mascot search, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/mascot.