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UW-Eau Claire Students, Alumni Want Mascot, Survey Finds

RELEASED: Nov. 17, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire should have a school mascot, according to a majority of the nearly 7,000 UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors who responded to a survey from alumni relations this fall.

Sixty-nine percent of survey respondents said the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds need a mascot, and 65 percent of the respondents said a mascot would impact school spirit.

"Clearly there is strong support among current students and alumni for a mascot and most believe a mascot would have a positive impact on school spirit," said John Bachmeier, director of Alumni Relations. "UW-Eau Claire has never had an official mascot but it makes sense to create one given the level of support indicated in this survey."

A committee that includes Bachmeier, students, faculty and alumni will now finalize a plan for creating a mascot, Bachmeier said.

"We'll definitely be looking for input to determine what a mascot might look like," Bachmeier said of the committee. "We've begun discussing contests or other things we can do to solicit ideas. People will have a chance to participate."

How the mascot costumes would be funded also must still be determined, Bachmeier said. While a majority of the survey respondents said the school should have a mascot and 66 percent said the mascot should be paid for with private donations, only 12 percent of the respondents said they were likely to donate toward it, he said.

During the university's history, there have been several mascots that were created by students or others but were never sanctioned as official mascots, Bachmeier said. For example, a mythical bird was used for a short time in the 1980s, he said.

"This would be the first time in university history that the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds would have an official, university-sanctioned mascot," Bachmeier said.

For more information about the mascot survey, contact John Bachmeier, director of alumni relations, at 715-836-5189 or bachmejg@uwec.edu.

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