IU Fort Wayne needs your help picking a mascot

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The Fort Wayne community is invited to submit ideas for a mascot that will provide campus spirit and a unifying identity for staff, students and the community. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Indiana University Fort Wayne is on the hunt for a mascot to help build engagement, campus spirit and camaraderie among students, alumni and the community. Following years of success, the campus is ready to choose a mascot that encompasses the school's history and can be a source of identity for students.

Following the split of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, known as IPFW, in 2018, IU Fort Wayne has established itself as the area's premier research and health science college, surpassing its enrollment goals over the last two years. In addition, IU Fort Wayne was just voted by Reader's Choice Award as the Best College in 2020.

"As IU Fort Wayne continues to grow and establish itself within the Fort Wayne community, we are now looking to identify a mascot that not only provides an identity for our staff and students, but also unites us with the greater Fort Wayne community," said IU Fort Wayne's Jake Huffman, assistant director of student engagement, success and retention.

The mascot search is open to all Fort Wayne residents. To participate, visit iufw.edu/mascot and submit your recommendation by Tuesday, Dec. 15. You will be prompted to fill out your contact information, your connection to IU Fort Wayne, your mascot idea and a brief summary as to why the school should select your recommendation.

Following the submission deadline, the mascot committee will review the submissions, and the top ideas will be voted on in the new calendar year.

Information on the mascot search will be updated regularly on IU Fort Wayne's social media pages.

You can find more information about IU Fort Wayne online.