UNIVERSITY PARK | After receiving over 400 suggestions, Governors State University has narrowed its choices for an official mascot down to four: the Bengals, the Prairie Wolves, the Jaguars and the Gladiators, according to a news release.
The university is soliciting the help of current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni and the extended community for help making the final choice.
The mascot will be the university’s first. Other firsts for the university include the first freshman class and first student residence coming in July and the expansion of recreational sports and establishment of intercollegiate athletic teams that will soon begin competition for the first time.
The final choice for the GSU mascot will be a combination of community and university input. Residents can vote for one week by visiting www.govst.edu/mascotmatchup. By going to that web address, voters will see the four groups of designs, one for each mascot. Voters will vote for one group in its entirety, not just one image.
During that weeklong period, anyone can vote for one of the final four as many times as they want. Voting officially begins Monday and ends at midnight April 14, the release states.
A combination of the votes tallied and university officials’ input will ultimately determine who the very first GSU mascot is.
“We are now getting into the stretch run for our mascot choice,” said Aurélio Valente, GSU’s dean of students and associate vice president of academic affairs. “We have had tremendous input from the broad and diverse community GSU serves. This is an exciting time in the school’s history and we’re eager to see what the final choice will be.”
Voters are also encouraged to attend the Mascot Match-up 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Recreation and Fitness Center Gymnasium. Four basketball teams, each representing one of the four GSU mascot choices, will battle it out for supremacy. This event also serve as the unveiling of GSU's renovated facilities, which includes a new floor.
The official announcement of the university mascot is scheduled for noon May 6 in the Hall of Governors. Prizes will go to those who submitted the four finalists, and new mascot swag will be given to those in attendance.
Governors State University is at 1 University Parkway.