|The University of Texas at Brownsville used social media this week to ask for ideas about the possibility of a new school mascot.
The move presumably is part of UTB’s moving ahead with dissolving its partnership with Texas Southmost College.
Juliet V. Garcia, president of the UTB-TSC partnership for the past 20 years, acknowledged earlier this year the mascot would be one of the many finer points to address as the partnership winds down to its end, which is to occur no later than Aug. 31, 2015. Until now, there has been little talk of which school would keep the scorpion as the focus in the transition began with academics and lining up transition teams on both sides.
Michael Putegnat, UTB special assistant to the provost for transition, said on Tuesday the university has not dropped the scorpion. But Provost Alan Artibise told the college newspaper the school is in search of a mascot representative of South Texas.
Any changes in a mascot or school colors would have a ripple effect on retail items in the school bookstore and UTB athletic uniforms. On campus, there is a UTB student contest soliciting mascot ideas, and a mascot committee has been created.