|The new university logo.|
Prominent in the new logo is a shield - or is it a book? The top of the book has pages, or are they petals of a lily?
The ambiguities are intentional, inviting us in to think and reflect. But embedded in the suggestions of images are some real symbols from the original seal of the school.
|The original 1931 seal.|
At the top of the new logo is a bird, which in animated versions takes flight. Watch this:
Some people will see represented the aspirations of our students, the hopes and dreams of generations of Mount graduates taking flight. Christians will see the Holy Spirit emerging from the sacred texts.
|The 1966 dove logo.|
A View article in the fall of 1966 explained the change. Note the other subtleties that sound familiar today:
This fall, the Mount adopted a new logo, replacing the long-familiar chapel tower. The logo, in the form of a bird with wings extended, symbolized the spirit of the Mount in an artistic and poetic form. Spirit immediately suggests soaring wings, unfettered, pointing upward and forward. The designer, Mr. Mitsuru Kataoka, an art faculty member, explained that one wing points toward the past with its heritage and the other sweeps to the future. The discerning eye may also recognize tongues of flame symbolizing the Spirit of the Word; another may detect elements of the fleur-de-lis, reminiscent of the French origin of the Sisters of St. Joseph.In some versions, the College Seal was incorporated.
|The first stylized M, 1993.|
|The improved version, 2004.|
That brings us to January, 2015 - a new name, a new logo, and exciting year ahead of rebranding the new university. And the seal is getting a face lift, too, "college" becomes "university" and "St." is de-abbreviated to Saint.
For those of us accustomed to typing the name every day, remembering to write "Saint" instead of "St." is probably the biggest challenge of all.
|Seal of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,|