Souvenir time?  ‘Mesa State’ gear marked down before name change

Every Mesa State College shirt, water bottle, cap, blanket and dog dish in the College Bookstore is the last of its kind.

The bookstore stopped ordering Mesa State merchandise in anticipation of Gov. John Hickenlooper signing a bill Monday that will allow the college to change its name to Colorado Mesa University. Bookstore General Manager Tracy Brodrick said the first T-shirts with Colorado Mesa University printed on them have been ordered and are expected to arrive next week.

The bookstore has a rack of clearance items on sale for 35 percent off and plans to expand its sale to more items next week. Some people already are grabbing the last few Mesa State products, Brodrick said, and people have been asking when items will go on sale since the name change was announced in April.

“So far, the people that are nostalgic are coming in and stocking up,” Brodrick said.

Students were nabbing keepsakes during finals week. Since classes ended, Brodrick said, visitors and community members have been doing most of the shopping. The most popular items have been water bottles and a line of brightly colored shirts.

Some items will continue to be available after the name change by special request, Brodrick said, including diploma frames.

While some people are collecting Mesa State items for posterity’s sake, plenty of others are waiting for the new Colorado Mesa University gear to come in, Brodrick said. The store will start with Colorado Mesa T-shirts, then expand inventory over the next few weeks with “key items,” such as water bottles and teddy bears wearing shirts with the new moniker. Eventually, the store will have a full supply of merchandise with the new name.

The Maverick mascot and maroon, white and black color scheme will remain, but Brodrick said the new gear will look slightly different, and not just because of the new title.

“They defined the colors a little better,” she said.

The bookstore will post updates on sales and the arrival of new gear on its website,, and its Facebook page.


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