Special to SEGAZINE
The students of South Georgia State College have selected the Hawk as the new mascot for the institution.
The selection resulted from an online vote Jan. 21-25 in which students chose between two finalists – Hawk or Lion. With over 300 votes cast, Hawk received 52 percent of the vote and Lion received 48 percent.
“The selection of a new mascot is historic for any institution, and I’m proud of the interest and support our students have shown through this process,” said Dr. Virginia Carson, president of South Georgia State. “I look forward to the excitement the new mascot will bring to our athletic teams, students, and the entire college community.”
The process of selecting a mascot began during the fall 2012 semester when over 450 suggestions were made by students, alumni, faculty, and staff from the Douglas and Waycross campuses as well as each community. A committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students from both campuses analyzed the survey results. The committee also utilized the services of an outside firm to address any potential competitive, regulatory and public opinion issues.
The two mascot finalists were announced earlier this month preceding the online student vote.
The new mascot will not be available for use until the institution’s athletic programs in Douglas and Waycross officially consolidate June 30 per NJCAA regulations. In the meantime, officials said, the Tiger and Swamp Fox, along with their respective colors, will continue to be used.
The process of designing the new mascot logo and other institutional marks such as a general logo for the College is currently underway. Completion of this design phase is projected to be sometime this spring.
In addition to the mascot, the colors of navy and gray – one from each of the former institutions – were selected as the new colors for the College. The colors will be phased in over time in spirit and apparel items as well as athletic facilities and uniforms. Alumni celebrations will continue to honor the traditions of the past, retaining the mascots from the time period in which the alumni graduated.