RUSSELLVILLE, AR (News release) - Arkansas Tech University will host a reception marking the first birthday of its campus ambassador, Jerry the Bulldog, at the Doc Bryan Student Services Center on Thursday, July 17.
The event will last from 3-4:30 p.m. in Doc Bryan room 242. All Arkansas Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and their families are invited to attend.
Guests are asked to not bring gifts, but those who wish to do so may make a contribution to the Jerry Fund through the Arkansas Tech Foundation for the future development of the campus ambassador program.
The Arkansas Tech Student Government Association restored a tradition that had been lost for 76 years on Oct. 23, 2013, when it cast a unanimous vote to install Jerry as campus ambassador.
The original Jerry was a daily part of life at Arkansas Tech in the mid-1930s.
He was owned by William O. Young, who oversaw the business affairs of Arkansas Tech as secretary and bursar from 1917-42 and acted as interim president of the college from 1923-25; and his son, Robert A. Young Sr., who grew up to serve as purchasing agent, business manager, vice president for business affairs and vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech from 1941-84 as well as interim president in 1972. Robert A. Young Jr. has continued his family’s Tech tradition by serving as president of the Arkansas Tech Foundation and as a loyal supporter of Tech athletics.
The original Jerry spent much of his time on campus at the armory (now known as the Stroupe Building) with National Guard Battery F. The students and guardsmen there adopted Jerry as one of their own.
An article from the Feb. 26, 1936, issue of the Arka Tech student newspaper stated that Jerry was “always present at anything of importance at the armory,” which was a social center of campus at that time and the site of Arkansas Tech home basketball games.
When the original Jerry passed away in late 1937, the headline in the Arka Tech proclaimed “Campus Loses Mascot in Passing of Jerry.”
The first modern Jerry, whose full name is Jerry Charles Young I, is an English bulldog. He was introduced during a Homecoming Saturday ceremony in front of Williamson Hall on Oct. 26, 2013, which was the 103rd anniversary of the first day of classes at Arkansas Tech.
During his first academic year as campus ambassador, Jerry attended a variety of campus events and alumni gatherings as well as Wonder Boys and Golden Suns athletic competitions. In keeping with the original Jerry’s connection to the armed services, Jerry is escorted to his official functions by students from the Arkansas Tech U.S. Army ROTC program.
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Call (479) 968-0400 for more information about making a contribution to the Arkansas Tech Foundation Jerry Fund.
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