Mid-State reinstates cougar mascot; seeks help in naming

Metro Wire Staff

Mid-State Technical College has restored its cougar mascot after an unofficial hiatus.

Now the school needs help naming it.

Mid-State’s cougar mascot emerged in the 1980s when the men’s basketball team was formed. When organized sports at the college were phased out in the mid-90s, the Mid-State cougar followed suit.

“A few years ago, we brought intramurals back, which prompted discussion about our mascot again,” said Natasha Miller, Mid-State’s student life manager. According to Miller, college leadership and staff immediately embraced the idea and explored all the ways Mid-State could use the mascot to connect with its communities, far beyond athletics.

Today, the Mid-State cougar will represent much more than athletic prowess, Miller said, including much of what traditional college life has to offer. Mid-State offers clubs and organizations, dorm living, global education, and lifelong learning opportunities, she said.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring back such an important emblem that embodies who we are as a family of proud and determined students, staff, and community members,” she said.

According to Dr. Bobbi Damrow, vice president of Workforce Development and Community Relations, it was recognized early on that the college should bring the community into the naming process of the cougar.

“The Mid-State Cougar not only represents the college and our alumni; it represents our entire community and the pride we have in the Mid-State district,” she said.

Members of the community are invited to submit name suggestions through Aug. 30.

“The winner will have a shot at lifetime bragging rights if their suggestion is selected,” Damrow said. The winning name will capture the cougar’s best qualities—pride and determination to go after what he wants in life, with the grit and persistence it takes to succeed.

Visit mstc.edu/name-the-cougar to submit your suggestion, and follow Mid-State on Facebook (@MidStateTech) to participate in the voting starting Sept. 14.

The winning name will be announced during the week of October 5 via Facebook and Twitter.