Goshen College unveiled its first-ever official mascot — Dash the black squirrel — at the Homecoming convocation Friday. 

Excitement was high on campus after the announcement. Erica Albertin, athletic director and chair of the mascot committee, felt a sense of relief at having a finalized campus representation.

“You wouldn’t believe how much time went into bringing Dash to life,” she said.

Rustin Nyce, a member of the mascot committee and head cross country coach, agreed with the sentiment, stating that “choosing the mascot, the outfit, name and coordinating details took a little more than a year.” 

This lengthy process did not deter the committee; according to Nyce, “it was still a fun process that brings a lot of levity and excitement to campus.”

Over 1,400 people took part in the voting for the mascot’s name, and Dash was named the favorite. 

The announcement was a collaborative effort, but the committee highlighted several individuals as instrumental in the process: Jason Samuel, professor of communication; Lauren Ford, men’s head volleyball coach; and Dan Koop Liechty, director of alumni engagement.

Nyce gave an honorable mention to Daniel Eash-Scott, a junior history major, who served as “a great stand-in squirrel.”

The committee is pleased with what they came up with and is excited to see Dash’s adventures. 

Dash will become more available for appearances through a request form. In the meantime, Dash will be seen at various campus and community events.