Sturgis the owl makes debut at Kennesaw State

By Doug Roberson Kennesaw State’s new live mascot made its debut Saturday and has a…

Georgia (Oct 24, 2013)

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By Doug Roberson

Kennesaw State’s new live mascot made its debut Saturday and has a familiar name: Sturgis.

The owl is named after the university’s first president, Horace Sturgis, who led Kennesaw State from 1965-80.

Sturgis was selected from almost 700 names that were submitted in a contest run by the university. The 700 names were whittled to seven. Other names considered were General, General Kane, Kane Sturgis, Kenny the Owl, Owlbert Talon, Spec Busbee and Talon.

Sturgis oversaw the transformation of Kennesaw State from a junior college to a college.

The live mascot made its debut Saturday during “Flight Night” at the KSU Convocation Center. The owl, a Great Horned Owl, is nesting at Winding Woods Ranch in Commerce.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit