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Mascot Madness 2015: Round 1



Mascot Madness 2015 logo over bracket

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Mascot Madness competition! The event we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. This is the chance for YOU, the students, alumni, and fans to decide who SUNY’s favorite campus mascot is! We have a total of 40 mascots from across New York State in the running to win the coveted title. They have each been randomly placed into 4 SUNY regions and ranked by the number of athletic teams each mascot represents, which will determine which mascots are competing against each other in each round.

SUNY has more than 85 NCAA Division I, 290 NCAA Division III, and 385 NJCAA athletics teams, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs. Our mascots work so hard cheering on every SUNY student athlete, so why not cheer them on?

Last year’s competition brought out thousands of voters in support of their favorite mascot. In addition to voting, there were over 16,000 tweets with @SUNY #MascotMadness, and 19,000 “likes” on Facebook. What will be the results from this year’s competition? Only you can decide.

But before you do, make sure to check out the interviews below with each of the Mascots so you can get to know them a little better.

* Voting for the 2015 Mascot Madness tournament will be conducted with additional verification this year. Each voter will need to supply an email address with which they will be sent a confirmation email to submit their votes. This will allow the voting to be reviewed for consistency in a much more direct way. All votes will be limited to one per 24 hours, after which a user can resubmit a new vote in the same game again. At the end of each round, a an email will be selected as a winner of a prize from their school as thanks for participation. Email addresses will not be used for marketing or addition to any mailing lists and will be deleted at the conclusion of the tournament.

Mascot Madness 2015, Round 1:

Round 1, Game 1:
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Meet the Mascots:
Binghamton University - Baxter [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Binghamton University – Baxter[/popup]
Maritime - Privateer Pete [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Maritime College – Privateer Pete[/popup]
Fulton-Montgomery - Reggie [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Fulton-Montgomery CC – Reggie[/popup]

Round 1, Game 2
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Meet the Mascots:
Herkimer CCC - General Herkimer [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Herkimer CCC – General Herkimer[/popup]
Buffalo State -  Benji [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Buffalo State – Benji[/popup]

Round 1, Game 3
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Meet the Mascots:
Nassau Community College - Leo [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Nassau CC – Leo[/popup]
Morrisville State College - Mustangs [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Morrisville State – Mustangs[/popup]

Round 1, Game 4
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Old Westbury - Owwin [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Old Westbury – OWWIN[/popup]
Schenectady CCC - Royal [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Schenectady CCC – Royal[/popup]
Suffolk County Community College - Sharks [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Suffolk CCC – Sharks[/popup]

Round 1, Game 5
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Delhi - Lucky [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Delhi – Lucky[/popup]
Ulster CC - Senator Sam [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Ulster CCC – Senator Sam[/popup]
SUNY ESF - Oakie Acorn [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY ESF – Oakie[/popup]

Round 1, Game 6
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Meet the Mascots:
Onondaga CC - Blaze [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Onondaga CC – Blaze[/popup]
SUNY New Paltz - Hugo [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY New Paltz – Hugo[/popup]

Round 1, Game 7
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Plattsburgh - Cardinals [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Plattsburgh – Burghy[/popup]
Jamestown Community College [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Jamestown CC – JJ & Jax[/popup]

Round 1, Game 8
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Meet the Mascots:
Alfred State athletics [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Alfred State – Orvis[/popup]
Orange County Community College Colt [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Orange CCC – Colt[/popup]
Stony Brook University - Wolfie [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Stony Brook University – Wolfie[/popup]

Round 1, Game 9
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Oswego athletics [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Oswego – Sheldon[/popup]
SUNY Broome Community College Hornets [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Broome Community College – Stinger[/popup]
Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Niagara CCC – Tripp[/popup]

Round 1, Game 10
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Meet the Mascots:
Hudson Valley Community College Vikings [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Hudson Valley CC – Viking[/popup]
Farmingdale State College Rams [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Farmingdale State College – Ram-bo[/popup]

Round 1, Game 11
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Meet the Mascots:
University at Albany Great Danes [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]University at Albany – Damien[/popup]
SUNY Potsdam Bears [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Potsdam – Max C. Bear[/popup]

Round 1, Game 12
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Purchase College Panthers [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Purchase College – Perseus[/popup]
SUNY Potsdam Bears [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Dutchess CCC – Falcon[/popup]
College at Brockport Eagles [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]College at Brockport – Ellsworth Eagle[/popup]

Round 1, Game 13
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Cortland Red Dragons [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Cortland – Blaze Dragon[/popup]
SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcats [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Poly – Walter Wildcat[/popup]
SUNY Adirondack Community College Timberwolves [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Adirondack CC – Eddie Rondack[/popup]

Round 1, Game 14
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Fredonia – Fred BlueDevil[/popup]
SUNY Geneseo Knights [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Geneseo – Victor E. Knight[/popup]

Round 1, Game 15
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Meet the Mascots:
University at Buffalo Bulls [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]University at Buffalo – Victor E. Bull[/popup]
Erie Community College Kats [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Erie CC – Pawz[/popup]

Round 1, Game 16
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Meet the Mascots:
SUNY Canton Kangaroos [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Canton – Roody[/popup]
Rockland Community College Hawks [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Rockland CC – Rocky[/popup]
SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Oneonta – Red the Dragon[/popup]
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March 16, 2015




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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work




SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.


And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

Written by Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach




Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure




Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog:


SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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