Unveiling a New Mascot

April 6, 2017

Goucher College is pleased to introduce its new mascot, "Rowdy the Gopher." The newest addition to Goucher College and the athletics program made its debut at Got Into Goucher Day on Friday, March 31st, 2017.

The change occurs at a very exciting time for Goucher College and its athletics program. Since the start of the 2015-16 fiscal year, Goucher Athletics has undergone a rebranding campaign as well as engaged a consultant for a facilities master planning process.

Goucher College Director of Athletics, Geoff Miller, stated, "This process started last fall when we unveiled the new athletic Gopher logo, which has been well-received.  The process continued as we invited alumnae/i, students, faculty and staff to help us choose the new Gopher mascot costume through a social media open forum."

A social media poll, which received more than 4,100 votes, was used to select the name of the updated mascot. Rowdy received the most votes from the four gender-neutral names chosen by the athletic department staff and student-based groups to be included in the poll.

Miller went on to state, "We felt that selecting a gender-neutral name was the right direction for Goucher Athletics and reflects the values of Goucher College."

Rowdy the Gopher will make their inaugural appearance at 8:45 a.m. for the admissions-based program, Got Into Goucher Day, and will be present for the various Landmark Conference athletic events at home on Saturday, April 1st beginning at 1PM. Goucher men's lacrosse hosts Elizabethtown while both men's and women's tennis square off with Susquehanna.

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