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Prowling for Plaid

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Cougar Nation selects official WSU tartan

More than 34,000 votes cast


Prowling for Plaid

Students from the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles (AMDT), department chair Karen Leonas and Washington State University mascot Butch unveiled the university's official tartan Sept. 21. The group presented WSU President Elson S. Floyd with the first tartan product: a necktie featuring the university's crimson and gray colors in a traditional tartan pattern of interlocking horizontal and vertical bands.

From left to right: Leonas, AMDT students Shateara Cornmesser, Caroline Yapp, Stormi Crow, Richelle Bush, Chanel Wallwork, Kailah Griggs, Butch and President Floyd.



The Cougar Nation has spoken—casting more than 34,000 votes—and as a result Washington State University now has an official tartan.

The winning design was unveiled Sept. 21 during Homecoming week in the office of WSU President Elson S. Floyd. Students from the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles (AMDT), department faculty chair Karen Leonas, and Butch, the university's beloved mascot, made the announcement.

The students presented Floyd with the first WSU tartan product: a necktie featuring the university's crimson and gray colors in a traditional tartan pattern of interlocking horizontal and vertical bands.

"We were absolutely delighted to see the enthusiastic participation by Cougars of all stripes in the Prowling for Plaid campaign," Leonas said. Leonas laid the groundwork for the campaign and involved AMDT students in guiding development of the tartan designs from concept to market and in turning out the vote.

Voters selected from among three designs. The winning design, which finished some 5,000 votes ahead of the runner-up tartan, is arguably the most sophisticated of the three finalists. The design represents the complexity of WSU and its many facets, Leonas noted, an appropriate choice to represent a 122-year-old teaching and research institution that serves citizens statewide and beyond.

"We saw trans-generational support from the Cougar faithful during the campaign," Leonas said. "Alumni of all ages, current students and die-hard sports fans participated in the voting."

The winning tartan will be registered with the International Tartan Registry, a Scotland-based agency which has indexed some 7,000 tartans created worldwide. LEARN MORE

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Tartan products for sale!

Tartan neckties are now available for purchase. Additional merchandise—including lamb’s wool scarves, fleece-lined muffs, wool serapes, totes, lanyards, and other products—will be available soon. Merchandise will be available later this fall at the Bookie. Details

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