Walking Man and ?
From the tip-top of his canary-yellow plume to the bottoms of his calf-high boots, the new JCCC mascot is 100 percent Cavalier.
Students, faculty and staff had a chance to meet the mascot at a special welcoming event Sept. 28. Tryouts for the human inside the suit were Oct. 2, and now, a special poll on Facebook will decide the all-important issue of a name for the dashing English soldier.
Submissions were narrowed down to five finalists: Calvin, Carl, Carlton, Jean Claude (JC for short) and Johnny.
Vote for your mascot name choice. And while you’re at it, “like” the page to keep up with the mascot’s appearances in the future.
The to-be-named mascot is a creation of Maydwell Mascots Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, which has made hundreds of mascots for high schools, colleges, universities and businesses.
A sneak peek of Maydwell’s online gallery reveals an amazing array of designs, from the iconic Titan to the populist Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” fame. The Cavalier can also claim as its cousin the walking cookie from Chips Ahoy!
The JCCC man is not the only Cavalier in Maydwell’s mascot world. Another Cavalier, sporting a red coat and brown facial hair, is part of the online gallery as well. (So we’re not the only ones, apparently…)
The idea for the mascot came with the college’s rebranding efforts. In early 2012, the college rejected the idea of replacing the Cavalier for a Bison nickname and mascot.
The Cavalier name, chosen by JCCC students by a popular vote in February 1983, beat out the other choices of Cyclones, Kansans, Bulldogs and Brown Bears.Pam Vassar, assistant dean, student life, said, "We are excited to have a strong icon to represent Johnson County Community College and are eager to make him visible and prominent both on campus and in our community."