|Mascot Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs|
|What is the recommendation of the Mascot Committee to President Cofer?
Why did the Mascot Committee make this "change" recommendation?
What does this change mean?
What is involved in this process, or set of steps?
How can I suggest a new mascot name?
How long will ULM accept new mascot name suggestions?
How will a mascot name be decided?
When will the final mascot name be determined?
When will the new mascot be made public?
Are the dates mentioned above "cast in stone"?
What will happen to the Indian mascot?
How long will ULM continue to be Indians?
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The Mascot Committee, by unanimous vote, recommended to the President to change ULM’s mascot.
After meetings, forums, suggestions and recommendations from their respective constituency groups, each mascot committee member reported that their groups' recommended changing the mascot. The Mascot Committee recommendation followed the consensus of the constituency groups.
The President will now charge the Mascot Committee to establish a process, or set of steps, to change the university’s mascot along with creating a marketable identity for a new mascot, including a nickname for athletic teams, mascot image, word marks, a sideline mascot/costume and other mascot-related matters.
There are several steps required to change the mascot. The president has charged the committee to move forward with coordinating and selecting suggestions from ULM constituency groups and other interested individuals for a new mascot name. The Mascot Committee will also select and identify the role of an outside consultant, with experience in helping universities change mascots, to assist in the process. A plan will be developed to adapt the new mascot identity to other areas of the university for marketing, branding, merchandising, and cultural identity.
There is a form on the mascot web site where you can enter your suggestion and why you think your mascot suggestion should be used.
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Any and all mascot name suggestions will be accepted through February 28, 2006.
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All mascot name suggestions will be tallied and submitted to the Mascot Committee. The committee will then narrow down the list to 10 to 20 semi-finalists by March 15, 2006. The committee will look at suggested mascot names and determine which suggested names are fitting. Any inappropriate or vulgar suggestions will not be considered.
By April 1, 2006, the Mascot Committee will narrow down the semi-finalists to 3 or 4 finalists. A consulting firm will take the finalist suggestions and develop logo concepts, symbols, word marks and other identity imagery. Online voting will take place to decide the new mascot, with voting completed by May 1, 2006.
The Mascot Committee, in conjunction with the President, will present the new mascot to the university no later than June 1, 2006.
Most dates mentioned are tentative, based on the process and the amount of work the Mascot Committee and the consultants must do. However, the presentation date of June 1, 2006 is the date the President mandated the Mascot Committee complete all of its work on the mascot.
At the appropriate time, the Indian mascot will be retired with respect and dignity.
Until the new mascot is formally presented to the university, ULM’s athletics teams will be know as the Indians.
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