Live Owl mascot debuts during Kennesaw State’s 2nd Annual Flight Night

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Oct. 19 event will occur at 7:15 p.m. at KSU Convocation Center

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 30, 2013) — A Great Horned Owl will make its debut as Kennesaw State’s first live Owl mascot during the second annual “Flight Night.” KSU mascot, Scrappy the Owl, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams will also be introduced to the crowd at the KSU Convocation Center on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:15 p.m.

“I have been a part of a lot of great moments at KSU thus far, but this might be the coolest of them all," said Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams. “I can't wait to see the reaction of our students and fans when that live owl makes its debut.”

The owl, which was born April 8, 2013, in New York, will grow to 6 pounds with a wing span around 5 feet. The fledgling is currently nesting at Winding Woods Ranch in Commerce, where it is being trained by Daniel Walthers, who raised, trained and introduced the first live mascots “Rise” and “Conquer” for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and 2009.

On Sept. 4, www.KSUOwls.com will release photos of the egg, hatchling and Walthers training the owl.

Each Wednesday until the week of "Flight Night," new pictures of the owl will be posted on www.KSUOwls.com. A naming contest will begin on Sept. 25 and fans will have the opportunity to submit their favorite name on the athletics website or through Twitter, with a vote on the finalists Oct. 7-14.

"It is another step in building and establishing a great tradition and game day environment at Kennesaw State University for our students and fans," Williams added. "I can picture that day now when the owl comes flying into the stadium on a football Saturday."

The Great Horned Owl is the official owl of Kennesaw State. “Flight Night” occurs during KSU Homecoming Week.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.