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Monday, August 8, 2005

FPU unveils new logo

After 22 years Sunny, the Fresno Pacific University Sunbird mascot, needed a face lift. What he got was more like a complete overhaul.

FPU introduced the new Sunbird logo to faculty and staff on Friday morning at a special unveiling celebration in the Steinert Campus Center.

"We needed to update," said FPU athletics director Dennis Janzen. "So we formed a committee that represented our major constituencies and went to work with and open mind."

"We sought input from several different sources," continued Janzen, "And when the dust had settled it was clear that people wanted to two things. First, the majority wanted to retain the uniqueness of "Sunbirds" and second, they wanted a different design."

FPU contracted the services of Rickabaugh Graphics of Gahanna, Ohio, and in short order had their new design.

"We tested the new design internally", said Janzen," It had a lot of support. It is a big improvement, and hopefully will service for a long time."

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Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.