Selecting a College Mascot

Before the College had a name, inaugural President Daniel J. Kaufman would finish each speech with a simple “Go Gwinnett!” Two years later, Georgia Gwinnett College has a name, but is still missing one of the most memorable symbols of college life: a college mascot. Today, GGC will begin accepting mascot ideas from students, faculty, staff and the local community.

Before the College had a name, inaugural President Daniel J. Kaufman would finish each speech with a simple “Go Gwinnett!” Two years later, Georgia Gwinnett College has a name, but is still missing one of the most memorable symbols of college life: a college mascot. Today, GGC will begin accepting mascot ideas from students, faculty, staff and the local community.

Soon after the Student Government Association was formed, students decided to bring the idea of a mascot to GGC administrators. College officials assisted with guidelines for the project, but students are at the forefront of the selection process.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” stated SGA President William Johnson. “Selecting a mascot is one more contribution to help build GGC’s future before we graduate in June.”

“The search for a college mascot is an exciting milestone for the College,” says Jim Fatzinger, associate vice president for student affairs. “A mascot instills a sense of comradery among students, and between the College and the community. It gives everyone something to identify with and cheer for.”

Ideas for the mascot may be submitted online until Jan. 31. From the submissions received, GGC’s Student Government Association will narrow the submissions to five mascot entries. Those entries will then be presented to the GGC student body through the student web portal for a vote Feb. 11-15.

The three submissions receiving the most votes from the student body will be forwarded to President Kaufman for his final selection. GGC plans to unveil the mascot on Feb. 29.

“Students are looking for ways to come together not only in class, but also outside the classroom,” says SGA Vice President Chad Miller. “A mascot will help us do that, and hopefully people in Gwinnett County will come together with us and be involved in the process.”

To submit your idea for GGC’s mascot, visit http://www.ggc.usg.edu/mascot.php. Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 31.

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