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This is a historic moment for Carthage. We are excited to find a new, unifying team name and mascot, and we want this to be a collaborative process. Here is a timeline of our work so far, and an anticipated timeline for finding a new athletic identity

October 2019-September 2020: Evaluating a Change

October 2019

The idea to form a task force is presented during the meeting of the Carthage College Board of Trustees.

November 2019

Carthage Board Chair Jeff Hamar ’80, with input from Carthage President John Swallow, selects alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Trustees to serve on the task force. President Swallow announces the task force and its members to the Carthage community on Nov. 14.

December 2019

The task force convenes for its first meeting on Dec. 12. The group creates subcommittees for the work ahead.

January 2020

The task force meets to discuss the process and timeline. Activities include interviewing representatives from other colleges that have considered a team name or mascot change; creating a website to keep the Carthage community informed; and developing a survey that can be sent to Carthage students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

February 2020

The task force issues a survey to Carthage students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

April-June 2020

Task Force’s work is briefly interrupted by the College’s shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July-August 2020

The task force evaluates survey results, seeks additional input, and works toward determining a recommendation regarding whether the current team names and mascot are right for Carthage moving forward.

August 2020

The task force presents its findings to President Swallow and the Board of Trustees. Acting on a recommendation from President John Swallow, the Carthage College Board of Trustees votes in late August to cease using the nicknames Red Men and Lady Reds, as well as the College’s mascot, Torchie.

September 2020

President Swallow announces the Board’s decision to the Carthage community. The Task Force meets to determine a process for collecting new team name suggestions, reviewing submissions, gathering input from the Carthage community, and determining the final selection.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021: Finding our New Team Name

Sept. 21-Oct. 9, 2020

Submission Period!
We want to hear from you! When you think about Carthage — about our 173-year history; the story of ancient Carthage; our ideal location; the breathtaking lake views; and our storied success in athletics and academics — what team name do you envision? Remember: We’ll use six guiding principles as we choose the College’s new athletic identity. Ideas may be submitted through the Our Team website. Submit your team name and mascot suggestion by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Submission period is now over.)

Oct. 12-Nov. 20, 2020

Reviewing Submissions
The Task Force on Team Names and Mascot will get to work reviewing all submissions in mid-October. We’ll review all submissions carefully and share a list of semifinalists before the Thanksgiving break.

December 2020-January 2021

Gathering Feedback
As students and faculty wrap up this very unusual fall semester and begin J-Term, the Task Force will solicit feedback on our semifinalists and thoroughly evaluate each semifinalist’s strengths and opportunities. The Task Force will use your feedback to narrow the list to several finalists.


Announcing our new team name!
Finalists vetted by the Carthage community will be announced in February. President Swallow will then meet with groups of students, alumni, faculty, and staff to gather feedback on the finalists. President Swallow will then bring his recommendation to the Carthage Board of Trustees. Once a team name is selected and announced, we will begin the next stage: Finding our new mascot!

Summer 2021: The New Look of Carthage Athletics

LATE May 2021

See the new look of the Carthage Firebirds!
Our first season as the Carthage Firebirds was a wild success! With 25 sports competing in one semester due to COVID-19, Carthage student-athletes and coaches handled new challenges with strength, grace — and wins. Seventy students earned all-conference honors, and the men’s volleyball team won Carthage’s first-ever team national championship. What better time to reveal the new Firebirds logo? Stay tuned!

FALL 2021

Meet the new Firebirds mascot! 
We’ll spend the summer developing our new FIrebirds mascot. Stay tuned in September for information on how we’ll select our new mascot’s name. We expect to debut our new mascot this fall.