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UAlbany Students: Name the new baby DaneMascots Damien and Baby Dane

UAbany’s Great Dane has a new side-kick, who now needs a name. Students are invited to name the “baby” Dane and submit their ideas to the UAlbany Spirit Committee at spirit@albany.edu. The Spirit Committee will review the submissions and draw up a final list, which the student body will then vote on in January. The new name will be announced at the Big Purple Growl on February 7, 2004.

The Great Dane was first chosen by the student body in 1965 to replace the former mascot, “The Pedwin,” which had been the mascot of the New York State College for Teachers. Nicknamed Damien, the Dane was chosen for its qualities of strength, courage, speed and stamina and its selection was just one reflection of the major transformations under way at the University at that time.

New York State College for Teachers mascot, "The Pedwin"In 1999 when the University made the move to Division I athletics, a senior art student, Brian Caverly, sculpted the larger-than-life Great Dane, who now graces the lobby of the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC). The bronze sculpture was a gift from the Class of 1999 to the University at Albany.

The “baby” Dane will join Damien as another spirit builder for Great Dane athletics and other campus events. The baby Dane has already made several appearances -- at Freshman Move-In weekend, the freshman rivalry “Clash of the Quads,” and at several of the fall pep rallies in the campus center.

Great Danes LogoThe baby Dane will be on hand throughout this winter’s basketball season and the upcoming spring sports season. UAlbany has 19 Division I teams -- 8 men’s, 11 women’s. Great Dane Athletics is committed to excellence that is reflected in competitive teams, successful coaches and outstanding student athletes. 

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