Killeen, TEXAS—On Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:00am Texas A&M University-Central Texas held a press conference to reveal the official university mascot, the Warrior.
Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members placed their votes last week and a clear winner emerged from the pack. Mascot image number three won with a total of 264 votes followed by image number one with 109 and lastly image number two with 92 votes.
The overall design style was influenced by and is a combination of Spartan, Trojan, and Gladiator warrior images and their traditional armor. In accurately representing the university’s diverse student body, it was necessary that none of the designs were overwhelmingly gender oriented, gruesomely violent, or came across too cartoon-like.
The unveiling was held in the upstairs atrium of the new CTC Nursing Building. Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, the university president, and Mr. Clarence Enochs, the student body president, provided brief remarks and assisted in revealing the Warrior to the crowd this morning.
The university plans to hold a larger, more spirited mascot event during ‘Warrior Week’ this fall at their North Campus.