WC's Quakerman Joins 20 College Mascots at Ohio's State House

Convergence of Tiger, Pioneer, Polar Bear, Eagle and Quakerman Used to Illustrate Role of Ohio's Independents

October 10, 2013

State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger welcomes Quakerman to the State House chambers during AICUO's College Mascot Day.

State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger welcomes Quakerman to the State House chambers during AICUO's College Mascot Day.

VIDEO: Quakerman in Columbus

Wilmington College’s Quakerman met with his colorful counterparts from Ashland, Ohio Northern, Marietta and a dozen of Ohio’s other independent colleges Wednesday (Oct. 9) to illustrate to state legislators the rich and diverse nature of higher education in the Buckeye State.

College Mascot Day was the brainchild of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio (AICUO), which orchestrated the gathering at Ohio’s State House, where state senators, representatives and others in the capital received a visual message to go along with AICUO’s work of promoting Ohio’s independents.

C. Todd Jones, the organization’s president and general counsel, said the idea for Mascot Day came from the adoration and fanfare Ohio State University’s Brutus Buckeye receives when making visits outside the confines of Ohio Stadium.

“We came up with this idea after seeing the crowd swarming to see a rather famous mascot from a university in central Ohio,” he said.

“We thought, ‘What if we got together a number of our mascots on one day. What kind of mass excitement could we create at the State House?’”

(LEFT) The Quakerman enjoyed meeting new friends during his visit to Columbus.

Their instincts were right as Ohio Wesleyan’s Battlin’ Bishop, Ashland’s Tuffy the Eagle and Ohio Northern’s Klondike, as well as WC’s Quakerman, wowed legislators and visitors inside and outside the State House.

“Many legislators have gone to college or represent districts that have colleges,” Jones said. “They love their colleges and universities — and they love getting their picture taken.”

One can only surmise as to whether Quakerman (he's from Iowa) is a constituent of Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (District 91), who represents Wilmington and the surrounding area, but the Republican from Clarksville was a gracious host to his visitor from Wilmington College. He invited Q-man into the House chamber for a photograph.

“It’s great to have all these independent college mascots here at Ohio’s capital today,” Rosenberger said.

“This is a great opportunity to really show the diversity of our state and show the strength of our state, especially from the perspective of independent higher education.

“Also, I am especially proud to welcome Wilmington College’s Quakerman at the State House today.”

The Quakerman wore his Sunday best for the occasion. Indeed, the new mascot costume had its debut only four days earlier at the College’s Homecoming. Funds raised from the sale of obsolete WC logo apparel and used sports uniforms last spring and at Homecoming covered the several thousand-dollar cost of the costume.

AICUO believes the commitment to public service pervasive throughout Ohio’s independent colleges and universities is a consequence of their diverse histories and their emphasis on value-based education. Located in every region of the state, Ohio’s independent institutions include research universities, traditional liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, single-purpose institutions, religiously affiliated colleges, and a historically black university.

As the institutions’ missions vary, so do the learning environments that AICUO member campuses offer. Some independent colleges are primarily residential; others have no dormitories. Some independent institutions were formed out of the wilderness; others were created to meet the needs of their 20th century urban communities.

Regardless of their histories and locations, independent institutions have enhanced the quality of life of the communities in which they are located and the quality of life in Ohio.