The information below appeared in the Summer 2014 edition of the UNO Magazine, produced by the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association.
The Maverick Monument will be unleashed on the UNO campus Sunday, Aug. 24, as part of the New Student Convocation and All-Campus BBQ.
The monument, an 8-foot-high, 1,500-pound bronze bull statue, was commissioned last year to celebrate the UNO Alumni Association’s 100th Anniversary.
Based on a fighting bull, the powerful, muscular Maverick Monument symbolizes the determination, pride and success of UNO students and alumni and the opportunities before them.
The monument will be installed amid a new plaza in front of the Sapp Fieldhouse and HPER Building. It is expected to offer interactive photo opportunities for students, alumni, visitors and media.
The statue is the first to represent UNO’s mascot since a 1971 student vote that named “Mavericks” as UNO’s new identifier. It is also the first mascot statue in the University of Nebraska system.
Students new to UNO will gather for a convocation inside the HPER building at 2 p.m. That will be followed by an official dedication of the Maverick Monument.
Nationally renowned artist Jocelyn Russell, who created the monument, will be at the unleashing, as will other campus dignitaries and monument donors. All alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to the free event and the BBQ to follow.
Jocelyn Russell with a model of the monument:
For more event details, visit http://unoalumni.org/mavmonument
High-resolution photos of the monument, plaza and artist Jocelyn Russell are available for individual download at http://unoalumni.org/mavmonumentpics.