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Rich Mountain Announces New Mascot


On Tuesday March 13, 2018 the University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain held a press conference to announce the new college mascot. The college conducted a thorough nomination and selection process to choose the mascot that best represents the region, and decided on the Rich Mountain Bucks. Mena native Amelia Loftin, who is now President and Creative Director of FosterLoft Creative Communications in Denver, Colorado, designed the logo.

This mascot will be used for college apparel, athletic uniforms, and for the institution’s marketing and advertising.

During the press conference, the college also announced that it would be launching a new athletic program, which will begin this year. The National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country team will run this fall for Rich Mountain. Recruiting has begun as the college is preparing to compete with other two and four year colleges throughout the region. The tryouts for Cross Country will be held on April 28th with Coach Samantha Shores.

The recently formed UA Rich Mountain Fishing Club has competed in a number of tournaments and has earned superior rankings in many competitions. Fishing Club team member and college sophomore Ty Whisenhunt is ranked in the top 5 competitively in the Arkansas Collegiate Fishing Series.

If you would like more information about Cross Country, you can contact Coach Samantha Shores at (479) 394-7622, ext 1421 or email her at If you would like to know more about the Fishing Club, you can contact Jerod McCormick at (479) 394-7622, ext 1430 or email

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