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Bobcats to promote university pride across campus

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February 16, 2010

The Georgia College campus is now Bobcat Country.

Larger-than-life Bobcat statues soon will make their homes around the main campus, Centennial Center and west campus.

“The Bobcat represents the university’s school spirit and pride,” said President Dorothy Leland. “These statutes will be a fun, whimsical addition to our campus.”

The fiberglass statues are 30 inches high and 50 inches long.

A community contest will generate the individual painting designs and the sponsors of each Bobcat will select the design.     
The Georgia College Department of Art will oversee the contest and the painting of the Bobcats. The six statues will debut late this spring.

Georgia College students adopted the Bobcat mascot along with the blue and green colors in 1997 as the university accepted its new mission as Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university.

A Bobcat head adorns the walkway across front campus, but the Bobcat lacks additional representation on campus.

Local businessman Frank Chambers has worked more than a year to turn his Bobcat Country brainstorm into reality.

After visiting a sister university campus and seeing the impact its mascots have on the campus and community, Chambers set the wheels in motion to bring similar recognition to Georgia College.

Chambers contacted Cowpainters of Chicago to design the mascot.

Cowpainters has designed more than 240 public art projects, including the University of Georgia “We Let the Dawgs Out” statues and “The Dog Days of Duluth” statues in Duluth, Ga., but the company had not produced a Bobcat.

Drawings and designs have been modified and redrawn to bring the best statue to Bobcat Country, Chambers said.

“We felt the statues are just one way the community can show its appreciation for the university and its cultural and economic impact on the surrounding Middle Georgia community,” Chambers said.

Chambers and his wife, Joann, a 1980 Georgia College marketing graduate, and Wilkinson County Bank sponsored the first statue.

Local businessmen Frank Pendergast is sponsoring the second statue.

“We as a community need to realize that through the loss of industry here and other state employment, Milledgeville has become a college town,” Chambers said. “We need to accept it, embrace it and profit from it.”

To sponsor a Bobcat statue, contact Lee Snelling in University Advancement at (478) 445-8129.

Painting Design Contest:

Georgia College has launched a community contest for surface designs to decorate the Bobcats.

Entry forms are available online: Download Entry Form.

Entry forms also are available at the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention & Visitors Bureau on Hancock Street and at University Advancement in the Vinson House on Montogmery Street or by calling (478) 445-5400. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 26.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.