College Q&A: Always smiling pirate stands tall for Victoria College

By Eric Jensen
Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

I've seen the Victoria College pirate mascot at several on-campus events and even at Bootfest. Who is the mascot, and what does he do?

Captain Vic represents Victoria College and can be seen out and about showing VC support of community events and campus activities. Such events include Bootfest, the Victoria Symphony Spooktacular, the Holiday Lighted Parade and VC basketball and volleyball games.

The bearded pirate with the ever-present smile stands tall, waves, shares high-fives and curves his fist in a downward motion across his stomach, expressing a silent pirate "aaaarrrgh!" He happily poses for photographs and is a frequent object of curiosity among small children.

Marketing and Publications Coordinator Tisha Sternadel manages Captain Vic's schedule and frequently accompanies him on his rounds. Student volunteers usually portray the VC pirate at various events, but Captain Vic's identity remains a secret. Volunteers wear the costume for no more than one hour at a time and take 15-minute breaks every 15 minutes "because that costume is very warm inside," Sternadel said.

Captain Vic, like other school and business mascots, is silent. His conversations are handled by his ever-present escort. He will dance with other mascots at VC sporting events and even race them during the annual VC Night at the Ballpark.

The mascot is sometimes seen in the "Ask Captain Vic" question-and-answer feature in VC's "NewsFlush" publications placed in campus restrooms.

The pirate look originated with a marketing intern's sketch of what Captain Vic's face would look like, Sternadel said. This image was sent to a company that created the Captain Vic character, with input from VC Marketing and Communications personnel. The costume was received in 2011, and Captain Vic has been a continuing local presence ever since.

His next appearances will be in December, when he is expected to take part in Crossroads Christmas parades.

If you would like to inquire about Captain Vic making an appearance at your event, contact Sternadel at 361-582-2416.

Do you have a question about Victoria College? Contact Eric Jensen, VC Marketing and Communications Specialist, at 361-485-6835 or



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