NPC of­fi­cially names Nighthawk mas­cot

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - BETH REED

The Na­tional Park Col­lege Nighthawk was of­fi­cially given a name Mon­day dur­ing half­time of the men’s bas­ket­ball sea­son opener.

“Nox” the Nighthawk will be rep­re­sent­ing NPC through­out the com­mu­nity, about two years af­ter the mas­cot was first in­tro­duced.

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff and the com­mu­nity sub­mit­ted more than 250 names for con­sid­er­a­tion. A cam­pus com­mit­tee nar­rowed the

se­lec­tion to three choices, Nox, Talon and Blue. Nox the Nighthawk was se­lected by an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity with nearly 50 per­cent of the votes cast, col­lege of­fi­cials said.

Nox the Nighthawk rep­re­sents the pride and spirit of Na­tional Park Col­lege both on cam­pus and in the com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The name was the win­ner out of three op­tions sub­mit­ted by the com­mu­nity and nar­rowed down by a cam­pus com­mit­tee this fall, tak­ing ap­prox­i­mately 50 per­cent of the votes ac­cord­ing to col­lege of­fi­cials.

“I think all mas­cots have a name and as we were ap­proach­ing his sec­ond birth­day, we had a goal of at some time to name him or her,” said Darla Thurber, in­terim vice pres­i­dent of ex­ter­nal af­fairs for NPC. “So com­ing up on the sec­ond birth­day, and open­ing sea­son, first year NJCAA just add to the ex­cite­ment, and an­nounc­ing it at half­time was fun.”

The name was one of the first sub­mit­ted in the con­test and has an in­ter­est­ing back­ground ac­cord­ing to Thurber and Melony Rit­ter, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for NPC.

“It’s Greek and Latin for the word night, and Nox is also the Ro­man de­ity for night,” Rit­ter said. “It was ac­tu­ally a stu­dent sub­mis­sion, so we were re­ally ex­cited about it.”

Dur­ing his de­but Mon­day, the col­lege shared a Face­book live video, which Rit­ter and Thurber said gar­nered much at­ten­tion from com­mu­nity sup­port­ers.

“There were some re­sponses on Face­book once it went out. The folks who ob­vi­ously cham­pi­oned the name were ver­bally ex­cited about it,” Thurber said.

This is added to the com­mu­nity sup­port the Nighthawk mas­cot has al­ready re­ceived in the past two years.

“The kids re­ally do like the mas­cot,” Rit­ter said. “It is friendly and it’s not in­tim­i­dat­ing. The stu­dents who wear the cos­tume are re­ally fun and en­gag­ing.”

Thurber added that the mas­cot it­self “rep­re­sents the pride and the spirit of the col­lege.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

IN­TRO­DUC­ING NOX: Dur­ing half­time of the men’s bas­ket­ball sea­son opener Mon­day, Na­tional Park Col­lege of­fi­cially named the beloved Nighthawk mas­cot, Nox, cen­ter, af­ter the com­mu­nity sub­mit­ted names and voted for their fa­vorite. Cheer team mem­bers Brooke Neel, left, and CiCi Lopez helped Nox cel­e­brate with the crowd dur­ing the half­time per­for­mance.

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