'Navigators' chosen as new Goodwin College mascot

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jul. 15, 2011
Navigators is the name of the new Goodwin College mascot. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The long search is over, and Goodwin College finally has its new mascot. “Navigators" beat out dozens of other submissions and received the majority of votes from students and faculty during a contest.

Navigators was chosen because of the non-traditional route that many Goodwin College students take while pursuing their education. “Our students don't always follow the traditional path of attending college after high school, and have to find their own way. Our mascot represents our sense of history and tradition that defines our students.,'' said Matthew Englehardt, a spokesman for Goodwin College.

Goodwin college students are often older, have worked for a period time, and are often raising a family while completing their degree. A large percentage of Goodwin's students are female, and many attend college to find a new career. Goodwin College began offering four-year degrees for the first time this year.

The logo of the Navigator also has a female character, which makes it non-traditional from the typical mascot of a college or university. “It's an opportunity for Goodwin to make a statement,'' Englehardt said. In addition, being on the river, we have a sense of our nautical history, and even our main building was designed with a lighthouse in mind,'' he said.

The search for a mascot began over a year ago, when students began to express an interest in having something that could be worn on a t-shirt to identify the college, and to create the type of unifying theme that most colleges and universities have. Engelhardt added that mascot is unique in the sense that Goodwin is the only college in the country to call its students Navigators.

An official costumed Navigator mascot will make an appearance later this fall, school officials said.

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