LAKELAND, Fla. – Students at Florida Polytechnic University will decide the school’s official mascot. The state’s newest public institution has launched an initiative to create Florida’s #NextGreatMascot. The process includes hands-on learning opportunities with design experts, a student-centered competition to develop potential mascot concepts and a student-only voting process.
The initiative launched on Tuesday, January 27, with an open application for students to take part in the creative process. First-come, first-serve, the first 100 students who applied will form into teams of five and participate in a one-time Design Thinking course on February 4.
Led by marketing and advertising professionals, the Design Thinking course will ensure that students understand the real-world parameters and considerations that go into creating a viable concept.
“This is a perfect way for Florida Poly to develop its mascot,” said University President Dr. Randy K. Avent. “The design challenge embodies our core principles – it’s student centered, has a focus on applied learning and is empowering our students to innovate.”
In the weeks that follow the Design Thinking course, teams will collaborate to develop and pitch concepts for Florida Poly’s #NextGreatMascot. Concepts will be narrowed down, and a student-only vote will be held on March 10.
“You can feel the buzz and excitement around campus,” said Florida Poly’s Director of Student Affairs Steven S. Warner. “This Inaugural Class has already built a unique student culture with clubs, recreational sports and other social activities. Creating Poly’s mascot is the ultimate way for these students to leave a lasting legacy.”
The winning mascot concept will be revealed during an on-campus celebration on April 22.
To follow the mascot selection process, visit Florida Poly’s Making of the #NextGreatMascot blog at www.floridapoly.edu/mascot. The blog will be updated regularly with photos, videos and student stories. You can also follow the conversation on twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #NextGreatMascot.