Official Pierce seal will get 21st century facelift

The proposed mockup designs of the official Pierce College seal produced by the Art departments graphic design students in the Fall semester of 2014. March 30, 2015. Photo by: Scott Aaronson
The proposed mockup designs of the official Pierce College seal produced by the Art departments graphic design students in the Fall semester of 2014. March 30, 2015. Photo by: Scott Aaronson

Graphic design students at Pierce will draft a new official seal for the college and compete for the final approval of Pierce College Council.

Assistant professor of art and multimedia Michael Cooperman was at the PCC’s meeting Thursday to propose concepts for a new Pierce College seal. The current seal features a typewriter and candle, and has not been changed since the mid-’90s.

“My students get to compete against one another for the chance to use an official Pierce College seal in their portfolios, like they would in the real world,” Cooperman said.

Members of the PCC said they want an updated design to better reflect the Pierce College of the 21st century. Suggestions included the addition of a modern computer to replace the typewriter.

Cooperman presented samples created by his graphic design students to the PCC. Those designs seals with different colors, fonts and shapes.

The council discussed whether or not to add the Pierce bull logo, which originated in 2002 when former athletics Director Bob Lyons said the sports teams should have a logo.

The Pierce College seal is found in official documents such as academic transcripts, scholarship awards or letters from Pierce College.

“We’re the judges and the clients,” said Lyn Clark, chair of computer applications and office technologies. “We’ll select three seals and submit them to the President, and she’ll decide if one, two or three of them make it.”

Senior Administrative Analyst Mofe Doyle said students, as well as the PCC, should help decide.

“Students should also pick, I don’t want it to be just us by ourselves,” Doyle said. “Students should have a voice. It’s democratic.”