Just over a month after her arrival, Clayton State University’s second new Royal Mute Swan has a name.
Thanks to the generosity of Associate Professor of Healthcare Management Dr. Sandy Weinberg, who purchased the naming rights to the new arrival last week, Royal Mute Swan Number Two is now “Carrie.” Having arrived on July 13, 2010, along with her fellow Royal Mute Swan, Elizabeth (courtesy of Groen’s Wildlife Services of Cedar Lake, Ind.), Carrie is currently one of three of the graceful, long-necked birds that help give the name to the Clayton State campus’ most noticeable natural feature… the 12-acre Swan Lake.
When Clayton State Director of Media and Printing Services Paul Bailey arranged for the purchase of the two new female swans, he also inquired of the campus if anyone would like to help underwrite the cost of the new arrivals by purchasing naming rights. Although Clayton State’s swans have traditionally been named after “Gone With the Wind” characters (the first two back in 1995 were Rhett and Scarlett), one of the new swans was quickly named Elizabeth, after Elizabeth Taylor of the Clayton State School of Graduate Studies, who purchased the naming rights to one of the new arrivals.
Weinberg, after purchasing the naming rights to the second new swan, turned the actual naming over to Claire Fang, the four-year old daughter of the newest member of the Clayton State Healthcare Management faculty, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Finance Qiu Fang. Weinberg isn’t quite sure how Claire Fang came up with “Carrie,” but that will be the name for the new swan.
Claire and Elizabeth join the University’s holdover Polish Mute Swan, who is named Belle (after Belle Watling in “Gone With the Wind”). Bailey says that visitors to campus can tell them apart by their feet -- Royal Mute Swans have black feet, Polish Mute Swans have tan or reddish feet.