Students Choose Name for JCC Mascot

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JCC students Zach Hallberg and Sydney Milliman pose for a picture with newly christened JJ the Jayhawk.
JCC students Zach Hallberg and Sydney Milliman pose for a picture with newly christened JJ the Jayhawk.

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Jamestown Community College

At long last, the mascot for the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks has a name.

Students at JCC recently voted to make JJ the Jayhawk the official name of the mascot for the Jamestown Campus. The name narrowly beat out fellow finalists Jay and Hawkeye in a campus-wide vote. Over 150 JCC students and community members submitted ballots or voted over the college’s various social media channels (@sunyjcc).

From start to finish, the selection process was almost entirely student-driven. At the beginning of the semester, JCC sent out a call on Facebook and Twitter asking students to submit their suggestions for what JCC should name the Jayhawk. The college received over 50 suggestions. Some of the more unique ideas included Beaksley, Wingsmore, and Vin Diesel.

From that list, a group of JCC staff members – including Keith Martin, director of athletics, Nelson Garifi, executive director of marketing and academic initiatives, Angela Pucciarelli, assistant director of athletics, and Jade Barber, director of recruitment – selected Jay, Hawkeye, and JJ as the three finalists. Students were then given the opportunity to choose their favorite.

The final vote was extremely close, with fewer than 10 votes separating the finalists. In the end, though, JJ emerged as the winner.

A similar process was followed on the Cattaraugus County Campus, where students chose Jax as the new name for the Jaguar.