Go Grizzlies!

When it came to the choice of Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies or Georgia Gwinnett Generals, it was the Grizzlies that swiped the hearts of GGC students. GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman and Student Government Association President William Johnson announced today at an unveiling celebration that the students had selected the Grizzlies as their new mascot.

When it came to the choice of Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies or Georgia Gwinnett Generals, it was the Grizzlies that swiped the hearts of GGC students. GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman and Student Government Association President William Johnson announced today at an unveiling celebration that the students had selected the Grizzlies as their new mascot.

Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Building B atrium with anticipation. Waiting for them were three cakes, one of which was covered to conceal the name of the winning mascot. The other two cakes were decorated to say, “We are the….” All watched with excitement as Kaufman and Johnson lifted the box on the third cake to reveal the Grizzlies.

“We are thrilled to have our mascot finalized and are pleased with the selection,” says Johnson. “We had hoped that a mascot would bring an even greater sense of community to the campus, and judging by today’s celebration, it has.”

As one member of the community stated in his submission, it’s just a “good solid mascot name.” After all, who can resist the alliteration of a good name? Certainly not the students at Georgia Gwinnett College.

“It’s a strong mascot,” says Johnson. “The rationales that people submitted with ‘Grizzlies’ captures the spirit of GGC students.” Here are some of those reasons submitted for Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies:

•“to show people we are persistent like bears”

•“because Georgia Gwinnett College aspires for greatness and this name supports that aspiration”

•“because they are fearsome, beautiful, aggressive and well known to most everyone”

Kaufman adds, “From a symbolic, even historical standpoint, the Grizzly represents the melding of primal strength with reverent wisdom. Grizzlies are inquisitive, as are our students. They embody the sense of pioneering the frontier wilderness, and that is precisely what we are doing here. Our students, faculty and staff are pioneering a new frontier in education.”

The celebration marked the end of the mascot selection process. Now, the College moves on to selecting an illustration for the GGC Grizzlies.

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