Central Texas College is looking for a mascot, and it’s asking for help from staff, students and local residents.
College officials announced this week their intent to bring a mascot back to the school. The contest is open to everyone, and suggestions can be submitted via a survey available on the college’s website.
Currently, Central Texas College does not have a mascot, but that has not always been the case, said CTC spokesman Bruce Vasbinder.
“In the early years, (the college) was known as the Golden Eagles, which was primarily used to identify our nationally ranked tennis team of the early ’70s,” Vasbinder said. “We haven’t used the Eagle or any mascot since then.”
According to a news release from the college, CTC will consider the eagle as one of the submissions for a new mascot.
Mascot submission will end March 8. The college will then evaluate those submissions and select five finalists at the end of March. Students and employees will then vote online for their favorite, and the new mascot will be announced the week of April 22.
The search for a new mascot is part of a larger campaign by the college to revamp its image and marketing.
In June, the college entered into a $22,600, yearlong contract for branding consulting services with the Houston-based Richards/Carlberg advertising agency. In December, the college debuted a new logo and kicked off a new advertising campaign featuring actual students, and the tagline “for students of the real world.”
The five finalists chosen for the mascot contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to the CTC Bookstore. The contest winner will receive a new iPad.
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