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Thanks to all of the many who submitted a first round of names for UAlbany’s new baby Dane mascot! Final names have been chosen and you can submit a vote for your favorite to: spirit@albany.eduMascots Damien and Baby Dane

Choose one of the following names:

1. Chance
2. D.J.
3. Lil' D
4. Scooter
5. Scrappy
6. Spirit

Votes may also be submitted weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby via ballot. 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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