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UHCL's Mascot History Update (2013)

In summer 2010, a new chapter in the UHCL mascot history opened with the formation of a UHCL Mascot Leadership Team in response to the call for a mascot from students, alumni, faculty and staff.

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. UH-Clear Lake, 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 UH-Clear Lake Hawk mascot art in 2012 and the Hawk costumed character in 2013. During the 2013 I HEART UHCL festivities, the name of the UHCL Hawk mascot was revealed as Hunter the Hawk.

UHCL's Mascot History (2010)

By Shelly Henley Kelly, UHCL Archivist

To understand the obscured history of the UH-Clear Lake mascot, a little university historical context is required.

From 1978 until 1994, the Delta Building existed as the Developmental Arts Building. Constructed for recreational use, the DAB featured a satellite theater, dance studio, weight room, gymnasium and six racquetball courts.

During the 1980s, UHCL boasted an active intramural sports program with teams competing in flag football, tennis, racquetball, basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball events. The UHCL Soccer and Rowing Clubs engaged in intercollegiate competition, while UHCL organized and hosted open tennis, racquetball and softball tournaments, fun runs and competitive races such as the Chancellor’s Cup.

Players and fans brought up the subject of a mascot during the 1980s. Alumni association leaders advocated naming the Red-shouldered Hawks as the official mascot; however, no consensus was reached and UHCL closed the decade without a mascot.

During spring 1990, the university held a contest to identify an official mascot, offering a prize of $500. The only qualification was that the mascot could not be a caged animal.

By September, 10 semi-finalists emerged from the original 168 entries: Voyagers, Hurricanes, Comets, Lasers, Challengers, Clippers, Lakers, Waves, Explorers, and Platypus.

Students, faculty and staff were invited to choose one of the semi-finalists and submit a contest entry based on the name, including a drawing or pictorial representation, slogan, rationale, and ideas for mascot use.

In October, UHCL Executive Council narrowed the finalists to five: Explorers, Voyagers, Lakers, Hurricanes and Challengers. Scott Martin received the prize when his design, the Hurricanes, was selected as the UHCL official mascot. University officials expected the design to appear on all mascot paraphernalia and souvenirs, including t-shirts, representing the UHCL intercollegiate sports and recreation teams.

Implementation of the new mascot was derailed as the university community focused its attention on the search for a new president after the resignation of UHCL President Thomas Stauffer’s in spring 1991. Furthermore, the Texas State Legislature, facing a budget crisis, cut higher education funding, which led to the closing of the DAB and the Recreation and Sports Department. By fall 1992, the Hurricanes mascot had faded into obscurity.

DAB renovations took place in 1994, adding a new roof and a second level, and transforming the building into a computing education center named the Delta Building.

In summer 1999, students planning the Second Annual Welcome Back to School Bash created an icon out of the blue and green UHCL logo mark to promote their planning efforts. The design they sketched became known as “Blockie.” A trademarked symbol of the university, Blockie is used by the Office of Student Life to promote a range of activities and events.

In addition to Blockie, the Egret often mistakenly receives recognition as the official university mascot. Wikipedia claims the Egret as the UHCL nickname and writes: Although UHCL has no sports teams, its official mascot (and the name of the official school magazine) is the Egret. Blockie, a cube with arms, legs, and eyes is the unofficial mascot adopted by students, staff and faculty.

Calls for an official UHCL mascot periodically occur across campus, as seen in the UHCLidian – now The Signal - in 2001, 2007, 2008, and 2010. (2001) (2010)

In summer 2010, a new chapter in the UHCL mascot history opened with the formation of a UHCL Mascot Leadership Team in response to the call for a mascot from students, alumni, faculty and staff.

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