There is possibly no more visible figure than Georgia Southern's official mascot, the eagle named GUS. Whether he's leading thousands in cheers prior to the kickoff of a big game or visiting children at local schools, GUS draws smiles from everyone, both young and old alike.

Best known for his sideline antics at sporting events, this loveable, furry mascot makes numerous appearances throughout the year. GUS has been to the state Capitol and has been pictured with business, political and other dignitaries as an ambassador for Georgia Southern. In addition, he has been an ESPN favorite mascot nominee.

The University officially changed its mascot to the "Eagles" in 1960, but it wasn't until Ben Dixon, director of Auxiliary Services, paid Pam N. Hagan of Winterville, Ga., $50 in 1974 for rights to use her sketch of an eagle for promotional purposes. In 1981, President Dale Lick formed a committee to recommend a logo that could represent the larger aspirations of the college in a positive and dignified manner.