By Cuyahoga Community College
Sixty-eight million years after last walking the Earth, the Triceratops has reappeared and taken on new life as the mascot of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).
The College today unveiled a logo featuring the stout and imposing three-horned dinosaur. Colored in the school’s trademark teal, the Tri-C Triceratops stands as a formidable yet likeable creature unique among mascots.
The announcement opens a new and exciting period in the College’s history, Tri-C President Alex Johnson said.
“A mascot serves as a unifying symbol that connects students and alumni to their College. It’s a recognizable symbol that builds engagement and a sense of community,” Johnson said. “As of today, we stand together as the Tri-C Triceratops.”
Students, staff and alumni chose Triceratops as the school’s new mascot during an online September poll that attracted nearly 4,000 votes. With “Tri-C” built into its name, the dinosaur seems ideally suited to represent the College.
Tri-C spent the past three months working with Studio Simon, an industry leader in sports brand identity, to develop the mascot for the College and athletic teams. The firm has crafted logos for well over 100 professional, collegiate and amateur teams and leagues across the country.
Merchandise with the Tri-C Triceratops logo will be available at campus bookstores beginning Monday, Jan. 14. T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, water bottles and other products also will be available online at www.tri-c.edu/bookstore.
The logo will appear on gymnasium floors and the uniforms of athletics teams beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. The new uniforms will be revealed later this year.
Tri-C previously competed as the Challengers but did not have a mascot.