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Name the Mascot Contest Starts at UTB

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 26, 2013The University of Texas at Brownsville’s new ocelot has been prowling at Orientation and special campus events in recent weeks. 
UTB’s Division of Student Affairs has started a Name the Mascot contest for the ocelot.UTB’s Division of Student Affairs has started a Name the Mascot contest for the ocelot.
Now, the ocelot needs a name – and the university’s students, staff members, faculty, alumni and community supporters can help. 
The Division of Student Affairs has launched a Name the Mascot contest. People can make submissions to name the furry and friendly feline via social media or e-mail at until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8.
“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 Ocelot Naming Committee made of students and representatives of university offices will narrow down submitted names to five choices. From there, enrolled 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 at 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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