Some back story. Rio Salado set out to adopt a mascot in January, calling on college supporters to submit suggestions for ideas. Nearly 150 people submitted more than 200 ideas and more than 1,300 people voted for their favorite submissions.
The ultimate goal was to find a mascot that represents the college’s mission, flexible learning format, innovative practices and college culture.
The college chose the Rio Waves as a concept, which was announced March 24 by Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante during a college wide meeting for employees.
|Bustamante announces mascot concept, March 24, 2015|
With concept in mind, Rio Salado designers went to work right away to create a 2-D character, which came to life just a few weeks ago.
The college called on the community once again to come up with a name. More than 250 participants submitted ideas.
“Splash was the clear winner,” said Bustamante. “Rio Salado has been known for making a ‘splash’ in higher education through our innovative strategies, programs and services which provide educational opportunity to a greater number of people.”
While profound in concept, the new mascot is unique and already has a passionate fan base, which is eager to see Splash decals, screensavers, t-shirts, plush toys and the like.
The next step is creating a costume to help Splash fit in with the other Maricopa Community Colleges mascots. Designers are already on the task.
The college plans to introduce Splash to the public this fall.
Visit www.riosalado.edu/mascot for additional details.