UW-Stout News Story

Student, public input sought on name of new university mascot

January 9, 2012

The new mascot at University of Wisconsin-Stout is more than three months old but still doesn’t have a name.

That’s about to change. Input from students and the public will be sought over the next month, culminating with an announcement of the name Saturday, Feb. 11, between the men’s and women’s basketball games against UW-Eau Claire at Johnson Fieldhouse.

UW-Stout unveiled the school’s first official mascot Sept. 22 during a football game at Don and Nona Williams Stadium. True to the Blue Devils nickname and colors, it is blue and white with pointed gray ears and a gray tail.

Something was missing, however. “When we launched the mascot, people started saying, ‘What’s its name?’ ” said Phil Lyons, assistant vice chancellor for Administrative and Student Life Services.

The university will leave that up to fans. Ideas for names will be accepted through Jan. 23. Send suggestions via email to bluedevilmascot@uwstout.edu.

Then, a committee will narrow the list to a small group of top names. Those names will be posted on the mascot’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/uwstoutbluedevilmascot, where public voting will take place through Feb. 9.

Voters must have a Facebook page to cast a vote, and they will be restricted to one vote each. The university hopes to publicly recognize during the announcement Feb. 11 the person or people who submitted the winning name.

“We decided to go with Facebook voting because we could get more student involvement. We’ve already got 570 fans of the mascot Facebook page who will get an automatic notification when the voting is open,” Lyons said.

The mascot naming committee has 10 members, five of whom are students:

•  Maureen Carlson, University Marketing
•  Joe Gerber, student-athlete, football
•  Erin Konsela, assistant women’s basketball coach
•  Troy Nelson, student, Stout Student Association
•  Steve Pax, student-athlete, men’s basketball
•  Layne Pitt, sports information director
•  Jennifer Rudiger, Alumni Association
•  Jessika Smith, student-athlete, track and field
•  Erin Sullivan, assistant athletic director
•  Kayla Windt, student-athlete, women’s basketball

The mascot was created as a result of collaboration between students and administration. The SSA surveyed students about the idea and design. An art and design student, Megan Jurecki of Burlington, designed the prototype.

 

The mascot has appeared at numerous university and community events since its Sept. 22 unveiling.

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