Proud to Be the CVTC River Otters
After months of research and collecting input from our CVTC community, a winner emerged: the River Otter! Its unique traits and proximity to our area made the River Otter the clear choice as the mascot of our college.
So, you may be wondering which traits of the River Otter align with our college. Here are just a few:
River otters are playful, social creatures that rely on teamwork and collaboration to thrive. They also represent the natural beauty of Wisconsin's waterways and their importance to the region.
Why a Mascot, Why Now
Developing a College mascot after more than a century of existence may have you asking "why."
That answer is simple. It’s for our students. And their families. And our colleagues. And our alumni. And donors. And partners. It’s for our community, within our walls and outside.
We want to foster a full-college experience for our students. And a mascot is so much more than a physical or visual representation. It’s a symbol that brings together all the pockets of people who are positively impacted by the College.
A Brief History of a CVTC Mascot
While we are so proud to embrace the new CVTC River Otters mascot, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge and honor the history of mascots at CVTC. In fact, the River Otters are not the first representation of the College.
The 1970s and 80s saw robust on-campus student activity at CVTC. Sports included basketball, golf, volleyball, hockey, and bowling. The Tech Tiger was the CVTC mascot. We had a student hangout named the Tiger’s Den in the basement of the Business Education Center.
In a timeline that is unclear to us, the Tech Tiger slipped away, and the College went for several decades without a mascot.
Fast forward to 2018. A CVTC work team was assembled to evaluate, research, and relaunch a CVTC mascot. That team worked through a process, timeline, and potential rollout plan for a new mascot.
Unfortunately, that work couldn’t move forward, and the dream of a CVTC mascot went back on the shelf.
That brings us to 2023. Under the leadership and passion of Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, we started to move forward with exploring a CVTC mascot once again.
Our Goals for a CVTC Mascot
In bringing together a cross-functional team, we determined four key goals:
Unity + Camaraderie
Foster College Affinity
The excitement continues as we take the next steps in developing and incorporating our mascot into life at CVTC.
See the high-level timeline of what to expect:
We unveil the official CVTC mascot and spirit mark
The mascot character and name is revealed
Our new mascot will make their first appearance to the community