Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Search for Rio Mascot Ends Jan. 31

image of MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper surrounded by Maricopa Colleges mascots and a sillouhette of a bear mascot with a question mark in it.
If you haven't heard, Rio Salado is in search of a mascot.

The college is calling on students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public at large to take part in the Rio Salado College Mascot Contest, between now and January 31, by submitting mascot ideas that reflect the college’s culture, brand and history– and will fit in with the motley crew of Maricopa Community Colleges mascots. The selected winner will receive a $100 gift card.

Why the effort?

“Our research indicates that mascots can have great value,” said Deborah Spotts, Rio Salado College Coordinator of Public Programs and co-chair of the college’s mascot committee. “Mascots can help create college spirit and help us increase awareness about what we’re trying to achieve as a community college. It’s also a fun and creative way for us to engage with the communities we serve.”

Participants can submit suggestions for a name, idea or design concept to the Rio Salado College Mascot Contest committee until midnight, January 31. Entries must be submitted by email to Multiple submissions are allowed, but each idea must be submitted individually.

The committee and a panel of final judges will select the winning entry this spring and announce the winner during its College-Wide meeting (date TBD). Once chosen, the mascot will be used for college publications, advertisements, website and other collateral material.

For complete entry criteria and other details, visit

Pictured above: MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper surrounded by Maricopa Community Colleges mascots.