Rick Hartzell, director of athletics, (319) 273-2470
Nancy Justis, director of athletic media relations, (319) 273-6354
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa unveiled its new intercollegiate athletics logo during a news conference today.
The new logo, which incorporates a more stylized, ferocious panther head, was a collaborative effort between UNI's Office of University Marketing and Public Relations (UM&PR) and CI Apparel of Fargo, N.D.
'We're excited to update the face of Panther athletics with the adoption of this new mascot logo,' said Rick Hartzell, UNI director of athletics. 'This is our first new mascot logo in 15 years.'
According to Hartzell, the university had wanted to incorporate the panther into its intercollegiate athletics logo for some time. On its own initiative, CI Apparel, a UNI licensee since 2000, created a mascot logo and sent it to the university earlier this year. UM&PR used that design as a starting point for the new look.
'A project of this magnitude often costs universities between $25,000 and $100,000, but we were able to develop this new logo at no cost.'
The new logo will begin appearing on clothing and accessories at the end of June, and will be incorporated into UNI's athletic uniforms and facilities as budgets and schedules allow.
The university is home to 16 intercollegiate men's and women's teams.
CI Apparel began business in 1990 as a custom screen-printing company. Over the past 12 years, it has evolved into a multimillion-dollar corporation providing screen-printed and embroidered wearables to customers. It is licensed with 36 universities.