Courtesy of Dr. Michiko Nohara-LeClair, Lindenwood University
To commemorate the hosting of the Fifth Annual MUPC conference (November 2009), members of the Lindenwood community were asked to submit designs for a possible conference mascot. A total of six designs were submitted. A total of 51 student voters, drawn from members of the Lindenwood University Chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology Club, and students who were enrolled in Basic Research Methods or Advanced Research Methods voted on their favorite design. The Lindenwood MUPC Planning Committee members then took the winning original design and made minor alterations to better fit the needs of the conference. Our conference mascot, “Mupsee,” will appear on a variety of different conference items including flyers, signs, t-shirts, and programs.
The flyer used to solicit mascot designs was shown to select upper-level courses in the psychology program as well as during a Psi Chi meeting.
The original mascot design chosen by only student voters was designed by Eric Nohara-LeClair. The writing on Mupsee’s body appeared in Greek letters.
The Lindenwood MUPC Planning Committee members modified the letters on Mupsee’s body so that it could easily be identified. Mupsee’s feet were also outlined in black to help make them stand out. Mupsee also appears in black and white as well as in different shades of grey as needed to accommodate printing requirements.
For MUPC 2013, the mascot was modified to fit the host institution’s mascot—Pirates “Sir George”.
Discussion of modifying the MUPC mascot was discussed over email with the MUPC Board Members and final permission was obtained through Dr. Nohara-LeClair; her son had the winning submission.