New Maverick Monument installed at UNO

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New Maverick Monument installed at UNO

By Lindsey Theis. CREATED Aug 4, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Crews worked to install a new 8-foot-high and 1,500-pound statue of a bull at the University of Nebraska of Omaha Monday morning.

The monument, created by Seattle-area artist, Jocelyn Russell, is a representation of the UNO mascot - the Maverick.

"I know what the power and presences of a bull was, because I lived on a cattle ranch for 15 years," she said.

Russel personally delivered the statue, which had to be installed by a massive crane.

The UNO Alumni Association first proposed the idea for the monument in November 2012 as part of the commemoration of the organizations 100th anniversary. The statue represents the Maverick, UNO's mascot since a student vote in 1971, and is the first mascot statue in the University of Nebraska system. It is expected to become an enduring campus icon sparking new traditions.

"He looks great and so strong. Mavericks are strong, he's strong. He's got a gaze that's looking forward to the future, I just can't get enough of him," alumni president Lee Denker said.