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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those with inquiries and requests about the appropriate use of the mascot logo art
should email email@example.com for assistance.