After 92 years, the Regis University Mascot Finally has an Official Name

April 15, 2014

For 92 years, Regis University’s mascot has lived without a name. Meet Roamin’ the Ranger, a mascot modeled after a forest ranger nearly a century ago.

The new name – Roamin’ – was announced Saturday during the school’s annual Ranger Day event, a year-end community celebration. It was chosen from more than 450 submissions in the Name the Ranger contest. The winning submission came from junior communication major Ashley Karl.

Roamin’ is a fitting name for a forest ranger who is constantly on the move working to uphold the law and protect the forests. The name also reflects the Regis University’s history of movement, first from Las Vegas, N.M., where the University was founded in 1877, to Morrison, Colo., to the main campus’ present day location in north Denver. The name also alludes to Regis’ Roman Catholic identity.

According to University archives, a November 1921 contest drew hundreds of submissions from which the Ranger, after the rangers of Colorado’s many national forests, was selected as Regis’ mascot. The anonymous winner was awarded $10, which he donated to the Athletic Association. Prior to the 1921 contest, athletic teams were referred to simply as the Regis Varsity. There is no record of the mascot ever being given a formal name.

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Based in Denver, Colo., Regis provides values-based education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Regis University is Colorado’s only Jesuit catholic university and is the academic home to more than 14,000 traditional and non-traditional students.