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Project Gorlok

Project Gorlok Scale

The paws of a speeding cheetah.
The horns of a fierce buffalo.
The face of a dependable Saint Bernard.

UPDATE: We are happy to report that the Gorlok Statue was installed on August 1, 2016.  Please visit the statue in the plaza between the Emerson Library and the Sverdrup Complex


The Student Government Association (SGA) is working with Student Ambassadors to implement new traditions at Webster University through Project: Gorlok. The first campaign is the student-led fundraising initiative for the installation of the Gorlok statue on the home campus, given to the University in 2015 as a gift from the student body in honor of Webster's Centennial Year.

These new traditions are possible only through donations. The idea for a statue of the University's mascot has been discussed in previous Delegate's Agenda presentations regarding campus beautification, as well as several Webster student leaders throughout recent decades. Many students and alumni are enthusiastic about the possibility of the statue.

Location: The statue will be placed in the plaza between the Emerson Library and Sverdrup Complex. This plaza currently holds engraved bricks that honor student donors from past student fundraising initiatives.

Proposed Design/Materials:
The statue will be made of bronze, measure approximately 3 feet tall, and be mounted to a pedestal including plaques potentially highlighting the history of the Gorlok, names of large donors to the project and the Centennial logo.

Final Sculpture
     Rendering only, not final product

Proposed Goal: The fundraising goal for Project: Gorlok is $13,000, with hopes to install the statue in November 2015. If you donate $100, or more, you will have your name and class year engraved on a brick in the plaza.

Questions regarding Project Gorlok may be directed to Jennifer Stewart, Director of Student Engagement at

About the Gorlok

A mythical creature designed in part by Webster students and staff through a school contest, Webster's school mascot, the Gorlok, is reported to have the paws of a speeding cheetah, the horns of a fierce buffalo and the face of a dependable Saint Bernard. The myth of the Gorlok "embodies the highest standards of speed, agility and stamina in an atmosphere of fairness and good conduct." The name "Gorlok" was derived from the combination of two streets that intersect in the heart of "Old Webster," Gore and Lockwood avenues. A campus committee that considered many suggestions and voted several times before settling on the unusual nickname chose the name in June 1984. Today's Gorlok mascot, a golden fur-covered creature sporting a blue T-shirt emblazoned with a magnificent white "W," makes regular appearance at athletic competitions, community events and even at Webster's global campuses, promoting an atmosphere of fairness and good conduct.