Willy the Wildcat wasn’t stolen. But, the source of spirit for Western Nevada College has found the Fountain of Youth.
Western Nevada College’s mascot has undergone a makeover this fall. The old costume was well worn, and it was time for something new.
“I love it; and students think it’s great,” Heather Rikalo, coordinator of student life said. “It will be nice to have a new mascot out on campus when we do these events. Having him celebrating the spirit of WNC is great.”
Willy made his public debut on Oct. 26 in the Nevada Day Parade.
Anonymity is appealing to many of those who wear the mascot costume. Students and staff have worn the mascot costume and embrace the opportunity of stepping outside of their personality when wearing it.
“Ultimately, that’s the thing about the Wildcat … whoever is in there can let loose and not be afraid to dance around and have fun,” Rikalo said.
Rikalo looks to make Willy more visible on campus and said that the mascot will make appearances at the Nevada Promise Work Day on Nov. 7 and the La Posada Celebration on Dec. 14.
“We are always looking for people who are interested in being the Wildcat throughout the year. Once I can have a couple on standby to do that, the more we can be out and about on campus.”
If students are interested in becoming the mascot, they can contact Rikalo at 775-445-4238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.