#MCCWolves: Now we know what the new mascot looks like

Metropolitan Community College’s new mascot was revealed to be “The Wolves” last December. Now we can put a face to the name.

At campus parties just before noon on Monday, April 16, the design of the mascot was unveiled — and this wolf appears to be more cuddly-cute than ferocious.

Jessica Parker, designer of the winning image

The creative force behind the Wolves image? MCC-Maple Woods student Jessica Parker, who scored $100. Parker is studying biology, but she is thinking about switching to business marketing.

“I used to draw a lot of animals as a kid, and wolves were one of my favorite to draw,” says Parker, who grew up in the Northland.  So when she heard about the contest she thought, “I’ll give it a shot.” Lucky for MCC, she did!

The five Campus Stores are now selling MCC Wolves T-shirts and coffee mugs, with more items such as ballcaps on the way. At the parties, there were giveaways of the new Wolves apparel.

A design contest was launched late last semester, after the mascot name was announced. The mascot itself was born out of a separate contest, in which anyone could submit proposals. Voting took place in November.

MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty with the new mascot design

“The winning submission of the name ‘Wolves’ focused on bringing our campuses and athletic teams together as one,” says Robert Goltra, MCC director of student success.

As one of the nominators of the winning mascot stated, “Wolves are proud and strong alone like each of our campuses, but even stronger when working together — like a wolf pack.”

Three new sports teams were also announced at the parties: men’s cross country and men’s and women’s golf, all based at the MCC-Longview campus.

This time a year ago, MCC decided to consolidate sports teams under one National Junior College Athletic Association membership. There have been four memberships. The single NJCAA membership will allow student athletes to attend classes on any MCC campus instead of being limited to taking classes on the campus where their sports team is based.

The Wolves officially become the mascot for the College as a whole and for all MCC sports teams starting this fall.

Since MCC became a multi-campus system in 1969, it has not had a collegewide mascot. Instead, each campus except for Business & Technology had its own mascot.

Here are some scenes from the campus reveal parties. Click any image to see it larger. (Photos in this post by Clay Bussey, Tim Engle, Emily Fairchild, Richard Monroe, Clare Otto and Steve Pankey/MCC)

MCC-Blue River
MCC-Business & Technology
MCC-Longview
MCC-Maple Woods

MCC-Penn Valley

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