HARLINGEN — The new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is seeking suggestions from the public for the school’s colors and mascot.
Suggestions and comments can be made on an online survey at www.utrgv.edu.
In addition to public input, university President Guy Bailey has formed two committees to determine the school’s colors and mascot, said Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, spokesperson for the University of Texas System.
One committee will be made up of student leaders from the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, LaCoste-Caputo said.
The other committee, LaCoste-Caputo said, will be composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni appointed by Bailey.
Both committees will be chaired by UTB Student Government President Erendira Santillana and UTPA Student Government President Alberto Adame.
LaCoste-Caputo said the UT System has also hired a national expert in rebranding and logo development for universities and professional sports teams. That expert will meet with the committees and guide them through the process of developing the concepts, she said.
Bailey referred to the time sensitivity when he mentioned all the important initiatives that are underway as university officials move toward launching the new Valley-wide university in just one year.
“School colors and a mascot will instill pride and excitement in students and future alumni of UT-RGV,” he said.
This is a great opportunity for everyone, he said.
“I am grateful for the engagement and support of the UTB and UTPA communities in this important process,” he said. “I’ll look forward to present our recommendations to the Board of Regents at the appropriate time.”