Starting this semester, Metropolitan Community College is home of the #MCCWolves — including a living, breathing MCC mascot with big paws, big shoes and plenty of dance moves.
The costumed character made its debut Aug. 21, the day before classes started, at MCC’s employee in-service. The Wolf ran up on stage after an introduction by Chancellor Kimberly Beatty.
MCC tweeted out video of that moment, which later made it on to Fox 4:
— MCC Kansas City (@MCCKansasCity) August 21, 2018
If you’d like to meet the MCC Wolf — and maybe grab a selfie with him or her — it will be on the prowl at five campus events Aug. 27-31, accompanying Dr. Kimberly Beatty, who’s being officially installed as MCC’s eighth chancellor at inauguration Aug. 24.
Dr. Beatty is hitting the Wolf Trail to meet and greet students, faculty and staff. She and the Wolf will attend these events:
- Monday, Aug. 27: MCC-Business & Technology, east entrance by Lot 4, Chris Cakes free pancake breakfast, 9-10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 28: MCC-Blue River, Campus Center courtyard, 21st Birthday Root Beer Kegger and Cheers to MCC’s Chancellor Celebration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (There will be ice cream and cake, too, all free. MCC-Blue River became a permanent campus in 1997 — 21 years ago.)
- Wednesday, Aug. 29: MCC-Maple Woods, Student Center, Involvement and Volunteer Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 29: MCC-Longview, Business building/Mel Aytes Education Center lawn, Involvement Fair, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Rain location: Martin Campus Center cafe.)
- Friday, Aug. 31: MCC-Penn Valley, Campus Center backyard, Inauguration Celebration, 11 a.m.-noon. (Barbecue, music and giveaways. RSVP to email@example.com. Rain location: Campus Center zero level.)
The costumed mascot will eventually get a name, by the way. (Anyone like Howell?) Students will have a hand in that.
At the employee event Aug. 21, MCC-Maple Woods community education coordinator Adam Kisler told the audience that despite the legend of the “lone wolf,” American Indians haven’t viewed that storied creature in a positive light. A lone wolf acts in its own interests, not the betterment of the pack.
“It takes a lot of Wolves to protect and grow this pack,” Kisler said of the MCC Wolves.
The College’s new mascot was declared to be the Wolves in December 2017, following MCC community voting. Last April, the winning mascot design revealed a wolf that appeared to be more cuddly-cute than ferocious. MCC-Maple Woods student Jessica Parker submitted the winning design.
The five Campus Stores have been selling MCC Wolves merchandise since last spring. Currently available: short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, a hooded sweatshirt, coffee mug, ballcap and other items. Some merchandise is available online.
The Wolves mascot represents the College as a whole and all MCC sports teams. 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.