|“Ozzie” Selected as Ocelot Mascot Name at UTB BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUGUST 30, 2013 – The University of Texas at Brownsville’s ocelot mascot now has a name: Ozzie. The name was unveiled at the annual Orange Crush event to welcome students back for the new academic year on Friday, Aug. 30 on the Student Union Lawn.
About 2,000 students voted on Blackboard from Monday, Aug. 26 to Wednesday, Aug. 28 for five names: Ozzie, Ollie, Oscar, Otto and Rio. The winning name received more than 1,000 votes. The winning name was announced with the help of student orientation leaders who held up signs with each name eliciting cheers from the audience. The UTB Drumline provided the dramatic drum rolls for each name. Moises Grimaldo, 20, a junior business – management major from Brownsville and a graduate of Pace High School, was the ceremony’s leader and represented UTB Radio. “I think it’s the best pick for everyone,” he said about chosen name. “If you think of an ocelot, Ozzie goes right with it.” Natalie Serrano, 19, a sophomore health and human performance major from Brownsville and a graduate of Hanna High School, worked at the newly formed UTB Cheer information table to recruit students to try out for cheerleading. She voted for Ozzie.
“I think having the name helps give an identity to the university and helps us stick out,” said Serrano. “Ozzie represents the school. We, the students, are the voices of the school.” Robert Reyes, 21, a senior biology major from Los Fresnos and a graduate of Los Fresnos High School, said he chose Otto during voting.
But regardless, Reyes said he was glad the ocelot mascot has an identity. “Ozzie is a pretty interesting name,” said Reyes. “I thought about the ‘Prince of Darkness,’ Ozzy Osbourne.” Ozzie the Ocelot has been a busy feline since fall semester classes began Monday, Aug. 26, according to Dr. Hilda Silva, Vice President for Student Affairs. “He is very popular,” said Silva. “He has been going with Dr. (Juliet V.) Garcia, (President of UTB) to the different high schools. Students want him at every function.” The Division of Student Affairs launched the Name the Mascot contest in late July. The university’s Ocelot Naming Committee made of students and representatives of campus offices narrowed down a list of 189 potential mascot names to 10 in early August. The 10 names were sent to Executive Council made of the university’s top leadership to be further narrowed down. “An institution’s mascot is a uniting force for the student body that stirs pride and passion,” said Sergio Martinez, Executive Director of Student Engagement. The campus community gathered in late August 2012 for the mascot unveiling in the courtyard of Main, formerly the Education and Business Complex. The ocelot was the winning name among four other finalists. For more information on the mascot, contact Executive Director of Student Engagement Sergio Martinez at 956-882-5138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ozzie The Ocelot!