Friday, August 26, 2011

First Week Welcomes Students and New MPTC Mascot – the Gray Wolf!

The first week of the fall semester is coming to a close for our new and returning students. As I greeted many of our new students on Monday at the Fond du Lac campus, I could see the glazed looks in their eyes and the sense of feeling lost, and maybe even a bit overwhelmed.

These are certainly all feelings to which I have been able to relate to since starting my presidency on July 5th.  Many times during the past two months I have been standing in a hall, whether I was at the Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam or West Bend campus, when thankfully someone would approach me and ask “can I help you?”  My answer was generally always “yes” and I was most appreciative for the help!  It’s great to know that our faculty and staff are there to help, whether it’s guiding a student to the right classroom or ensuring they get their new president where I need to be. Also this week, as part of Moraine Park’s Centennial kickoff, I had the opportunity to unveil the college’s new mascot – the Gray Wolf!  What an exciting time it was to join students at all three campuses to welcome MPTC’s mascot.  During these events, students were provided with the opportunity to submit a name for our mascot. I submitted a name so I’ll be anxiously awaiting this announcement!

If you didn’t get a chance to make a name suggestion, you can still be part of Moraine Park history by voting for the mascot name. From September 6th through the 16th, students and staff can head to myMPTC and vote for their favorite name as many times as they’d like. You can find the voting instructions below as well as how the selection of the Gray Wolf was determined.

Wishing you a successful school year!

Gray Wolf Voting Instructions
Beginning Tuesday, September 6th, visit myMPTC, click the Student Life tab, then go to Student Life News and click Vote! Name MPTC’s Gray Wolf. You can vote as many times as you’d like. Voting ends on Friday, September 16th.

Selecting the Moraine Park Gray Wolf
During the 2009-2010 school year, Moraine Park’s District Student Government approached then President Dr. Gayle Hytrek, with the idea of creating a mascot for the College. Dr. Hytrek charged members of District Student Government with developing a mascot they felt would accurately reflect Moraine Park’s Student body. District Student Government selected the Gray Wolf for what it symbolized – pathfinders, success, perseverance, stability and thought – and because they felt it truly embodied the spirit of Moraine Park students as well as faculty and staff.

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