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New UHCL mascot name revealed as Hunter the Hawk

During its annual I HEART UHCL festivities, University of Houston-Clear Lake announced the name of the UH-Clear Lake Hawk mascot. With students and staff holding multiple letters spelling out the three finalists – Hunter, Talon and Hawkins – a quick mixing and matching introduced the name "Hunter" to the crowd.

"This is historic – it is a major milestone in the development of UHCL," says UHCL President William A. Staples.

UHCL's official mascot search began in fall 2010 and included a five-phase selection process with input from students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community that resulted in selecting the Hawk as the official UHCL mascot. UHCL, led by the Mascot Leadership Team, received more than 1,400 submissions from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community friends when the call for mascot suggestions was made. The five-phase selection process concluded with the presentation of the UHCL Hawk mascot art in 2012 and the Hawk costumed character in 2013. Since then, the Mascot Leadership Team has worked to find a name for the Hawk.

A lot of hard work and research went in to narrowing down numerous great suggestions to just three: Hawkins, Hunter and Talon…all names that would aptly describe the UHCL Hawk.

"What's in a name?" asks Coordinator of Student Life – Student Organizations Patrick Cardenas. "Announcing the name is very important to the closure of the university’s search for a mascot, and I'm glad this important announcement was made during the annual I HEART UHCL festivities."

Support the Mascot Program

Enthusiasm surrounding the hawk has encouraged a new initiative to take flight with the university's annual fund program called the Family Campaign, which is the opportunity each year for university family members to commit their support to the university through contributions. This year, the fledgling mascot program will be offered as an earmark for generosity. There is much to do to bring the mascot program together.

And, it only makes sense that those who attend classes or work at the university feel a natural affinity to flora and fauna... including a six-foot-tall hawk. Everyone feels a sense of ownership of the university environment, and apparently already the mascot. Go Hawks!

If you would like to support the mascot program, please contact Kim Herhold at

Those with inquiries and requests about the appropriate use of the mascot logo art should email for assistance. 


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Last updated: 07/19/2016 UTC
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