DATE: September 27, 2012
SGC, WC Solicit New Mascot, School Colors Feedback for Consolidated
As the consolidation process for South Georgia College and
Waycross College continues to its anticipated January completion, one of the
next key decisions to be made is the mascot and colors to be used for
“Athletics plays a key role in the life of a college, and it is my desire
for our consolidated institution to enhance its focus on athletics and
ensure we provide student athletes the best opportunities to compete as well
as increase overall student and community engagement and excitement,”
comments Dr. Virginia Carson, president of South Georgia College, who will
also serve as president of the new institution.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni from both institutions, as well as
members of the Douglas and Waycross communities, are encouraged to
participate by submitting up to three suggestions for potential mascots and
corresponding color combinations through an online survey. The survey will
launch October 1 on the Web sites for both South Georgia College (www.sgc.edu)
and Waycross College (www.waycross.edu). The deadline for submissions is
Any mascot used by another University System of Georgia institution or the
Coffee and Ware County school systems will not be considered. All
suggestions will be reviewed by a branding committee comprised of
representatives from both institutions. The committee will work with a
marketing firm to ensure any competitive or regulatory principles and
guidelines are known. The committee will produce a short list of finalists
to be further discussed with the transition working group.
“In analyzing the input from the survey, we will look at a variety of
matters, but we must also consider the fiscal implications and other factors
to make the best overall choice,” adds Dr. Carson.
A final decision is anticipated by December 1, 2012. Per guidelines from the
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), all athletic teams
will continue under their current institution and will use their current
mascot through June 2013.
Currently, both South Georgia College and Waycross College compete in the
Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association’s (GCAA) Region XVII of the NJCAA.
SGC’s colors are navy and gold, and its teams are known as the Tigers. For
most of the institution’s 106-year history, SGC’s mascot has been a tiger.
During the late 1950’s, the original purple and gold color scheme was
changed to the current navy and gold. SGC’s athletic heritage includes state
championships in golf, baseball, men’s soccer, softball, basketball and
football, as well as fielding teams in track/field and tennis. In 2011,
baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s swimming
competed in their respective national tournaments. Today, South Georgia
College’s athletic department is comprised of the following sports:
baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and
women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country.
Following a 16-year hiatus, Waycross College re-launched its athletic
program in 2009. Known as the Swamp Foxes with maroon and gray colors,
Waycross College has enjoyed a great deal of success in this latest chapter
of its athletic history. Basketball was the first sport to play a conference
schedule when athletics resumed on the Waycross College campus. Led by head
coach Cory Baldwin, the Swamp Foxes captured the 2011 GCAA Conference
Tournament Championship in their first official year of eligibility and
secured a spot in the NJCAA Tournament. Swamp Fox softball was launched in
2010. Led by head coach Bryan Hartley, the Swamp Foxes made back-to-back
appearances in the GCAA Conference Tournament in 2011 and 2012. WC and SGC
consolidated softball teams in June with Hartley serving as interim head
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South Georgia College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.