News Release

Published on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Western Technical College is preparing for the start of fall semester and the kick-off of its centennial celebration. Established in 1912, Western will be celebrating 100 years of education during the 2011-12 academic year.

Classes officially start Wednesday, Aug. 24, and the annual President’s Ice Cream Social will welcome students and staff that day. Western President Lee Rasch, along with the Senior Leadership Team and Student Government executives, will hand out free ice cream bars from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Cleary Courtyard.

As part of the first few days’ activities, Western will be introducing a new face on campus. The college’s new mascot, Cal Cavalier, will be out and about helping students move into the residence hall, giving directions, and handing out ice cream.

Although athletics have been part of Western’s tradition since the 1920s, this is the college’s first mascot. The Student Government Association voted last year to purchase a costume to build school spirit and bring awareness to the collegiate-level athletics.

Centennial themed activities will continue throughout the school year, leading up to a community celebration in the summer of 2012.

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