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Una Introduces New Lion Mascots Aug. 27

Aug. 23, 2009

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Vandiver autographing limited-edition Leo and Una prints and posters Oct. 3 FLORENCE, Ala. - Leo, the University of North Alabama lion mascot, will look a bit different on the sidelines this fall. A lot different, actually. After an extensive makeover, the new Leo will make his first public appearance at a pep rally atabout 7:45 p.m. in front of Norton Auditorium. Also making her first public appearance will be Leo's trusty sidekick Una, who will join him on the sidelines this fall. Leos Reunite As the university's two new mascots take to the sidelines this fall, UNA is planning a Homecoming reunion Oct. 3 for all alumni who have worn the Leo mascot uniform in years past. Former Leos should contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 256-765-4201 or cslyles@una.edu. Limited-edition Leo and Una prints The two new Leo and Una mascots are based on UNA's recently unveiled mascot caricatures, created by UNA alumnus and professional artist Walt Vandiver. The caricatures were first shown in the summer 2009 issue of UNA Magazine. Vandiver will autograph posters and limited-edition prints of the new Leo and Una at Homecoming Oct. 3. Signings will be at the Rogers Hall Alumni House from noon to 2:30 p.m. and then at the pre-game tent party on Spirit Hill at 3 p.m. Autographed posters are $12, and autographed and numbered limited-edition prints are $55.

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The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/