In addition to the University mark, Intercollegiate Athletics logo, and University seal, other Penn State symbols and emblems are used by the University, primarily in the areas of athletics and alumni relations. These include the image of the Nittany Lion statue, Nittany Lion mascot caricatures, the Pride of Lions symbol, and paw prints.
The Nittany Lion is a legendary Pennsylvania mountain lion that once roamed Mount Nittany, and the valleys of central Pennsylvania that eventually became the birthplace of The Pennsylvania State University. Shortly after the turn of the century, the Nittany Lion began to represent the athletic spirit of the University. Its popularity as a University symbol grew, and the class of 1940 commissioned a sculpture of the Nittany Lion as a gift to the University. The statue, sculpted by Heinz Warneke, was completed in 1942 and placed next to Recreation Hall. Today, this image of the Lion is considered to be the most universally recognized symbol of the University, and it is represented in both the University mark and the Intercollegiate Athletics logo.