Over 2,300 Students Vote For New UND Mascot Design

A majority of more than 2,300 students voted for Fighting Hawks design option “Z,” which they found to be the best look for a school mascot. The pick is an an important milestone in a months-long process to bring UND’s new logo and branding to life. Image courtesy of UND Marketing & Creative Services.

We have a winner!

A majority of UND students voted for Fighting Hawks mascot design option “Z”, and UND President Mark Kennedy is ready to honor their pick.

“Our students have seized the opportunity to further define the Fighting Hawks identity, which will be a source of pride for UND fans for generations to come,” Kennedy said. “The initiative has been a student-led effort from the beginning, so it’s only fitting that they ultimately defined its outcome through this vote.”

Online polls closed Wednesday evening after staying open for two days. More than 2,300 students voted for what they found to be the best look. It’s an important milestone in a months-long process to bring UND’s new logo and branding to life.

“From the original committee to help narrow the scope, to the final vote being comprised of students, the University is showing that students’ opinions matter, and that this is truly a student-led initiative,” Erik Hanson, UND student body president, said. “The high amount of participation in a process like this at such a busy time of the year for students is something that we’re very excited about.”

The vote totals were as follows:

Z – 843

X – 775

Y – 684

Associate Dean of Students Cassie Gerhardt says she appreciates the leadership students provided in the development and voting process.

“Our students’ passion for UND and their desire to have a mascot build on and spread that passion will benefit UND at athletic competitions and other events,” she said. “I can’t wait to see it!”

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