Goshen College reveals new mascot: Dash, the Black Squirrel

New mascot, Dash the black squirrel posing after just being introduced for the first time during Homecoming Convocation

Goshen College unveiled its new mascot, Dash, a black squirrel, during the Homecoming Weekend convocation on Friday. It was previously announced the new mascot would be a black squirrel, and the full embodiment and name was revealed on Friday.

As the college’s new number one fan, Dash will be regularly present at athletic and community events. The Maple Leafs will remain the moniker by which the college knows and promotes its athletic teams.

“We’re excited to have a physical mascot to generate enthusiasm at our athletic events and across campus,” said Erica Albertin, director of athletics. “We can’t think of a better lasting mascot than Dash. We know the personality of the squirrel represents our institution and athletics: energetic, friendly, enthusiastic, clever, quick and small but mighty.”

Dash will be making appearances at multiple Homecoming events throughout the weekend to meet students, alumni and family in town for Homecoming Weekend, including at First Fridays in Downtown Goshen from 6-7 p.m. on October 7.

Dash made his first public appearance in Downtown Goshen for First Fridays on Oct. 7.

Earlier this year it was announced the black squirrel was chosen after input from students, alumni and employees in a fall survey, with an overwhelming 75 percent in support for a squirrel as the mascot. Students, alumni and employees also gave their input on the name, with Dash also being the favorite among all three groups.

Fun facts about Dash include:

BIRTHPLACE: Goshen, Indiana

WEIGHT: More than your average squirrel


HABITAT: Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center

FRIENDS: The animals at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center



FAVORITE COLORS: Purple and white, of course

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: In the Florida Keys at the J.N. Roth Marine Biology Station

FAVORITE HANGOUT SPOT: Maple Leafs athletic events