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List of Names for Mascot Narrowed Down to Ten

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUGUST 9, 2013The University of Texas at Brownsville’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.
Students take time to meet the new mascot.Students take time to meet the new mascot.
The 10 names will be sent in the upcoming days to the Executive Council made of the university’s top leadership to be further narrowed down for enrolled students to vote on later this month.
“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. After the final names are announced, UTB students can 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.
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


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