Wanted: An ACC Mascot!

The Austin Community College District is looking for a mascot – and we want your input! The college is asking students, faculty/staff, and the community to contribute mascot ideas.

“We think this is going to build school spirit and give ACC a lasting tradition,” says Avy Gonzalez, Student Government Association Parliamentarian and co-chair of the mascot search committee. “It’s cool to be part of something that will have a big impact at ACC long after we finish school.”

The college set up a web page, austincc.edu/mascot, to take suggestions. Ideas submitted so far include bats, armadillos, and owls – along with some more irreverent suggestions. The public will vote on the mascot in the spring. The top vote-getter will be presented to the college for review and board approval.

“We’re looking for something that genuinely resonates with the community,” says Brette Lea, executive director of Public Information and College Marketing and co-chair of the mascot committee. “It is so important to build a college-going culture, and the mascot will be a key part of that. A mascot creates a sense of excitement tied to education and makes people feel more connected to the college.”

ACC will be at the Texas Book Festival at the State Capitol this weekend to take your mascot suggestions. Visit ACC’s tent near 10th and Congress on Saturday, October 31 (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, November 1 (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

You can also submit suggestions through December 4 at austincc.edu/mascot. The page includes links to follow the search on Facebook and Twitter.

In researching the college’s history, it was discovered that at one point ACC did have a mascot – an eagle, with school colors of black and gold. That lasted for a short period of time in the 1970s.

“We want to be very thorough in the search process, so that we find a mascot that really takes root,” says Lea. “Who knows, the eagle may make a comeback.”

The mascot search is a collaboration of the Student Government Association, Student Life, and the Public Information and College Marketing Department.


About the Austin Community College District (austincc.edu):

ACC, Central Texas’ community college, is the primary gateway to higher education and career training for residents in eight counties. The college provides access to affordable, quality education. ACC enrolls more than 40,000 credit students, offering university transfer courses, two-year associate degrees, certificates, Early College Start, access programs that get students “college-ready,” and continuing education. At ACC you can “Start here. Get there.”

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