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Final Five Names Announced for Ocelot

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUGUST 14, 2013 – Will it be Ozzie, Ollie, Oscar, Otto or Rio?  

Students at The University of Texas at Brownsville will vote on Blackboard from Monday, Aug. 26 to Wednesday, Aug. 28 for their favorite name. The ocelot will appear at Orange Crush at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 on the Student Union Lawn to unveil the winning name. Orange Crush is traditionally held during Welcome Week to kick off the start of the new academic year.

Students take time to meet the new mascot.Students take time to meet the new mascot.

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 on Friday, Aug. 9. The 10 names were sent this week to the 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. “We would like for the campus community to campaign and champion the new name of our mascot and be part of this exciting process and history.  Dovetailing off the excitement of selecting the ocelot as the mascot and being able to identify our mascot with a friendly name will definitely help our students relate to our mascot and increase school spirit, which is why are launching this naming campaign

The Division of Student Affairs launched the Name the Mascot contest in late July.

The campus community gathered in late August 2012 for the mascot unveiling in the courtyard of the Education and Business Complex. The ocelot was the winning name among four other finalists.

For more information on the contest, contact Executive Director of Student Engagement Sergio Martinez at 956-882-5138 or sergio.martinez3@utb.edu.

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