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Arkansas Tech to welcome its campus ambassador back home
Arkansas Tech to welcome its campus ambassador back home

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech)--Arkansas Tech University will host a ceremony to welcome home its campus ambassador, Jerry the Bulldog, on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Centennial Plaza, which is located outside Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field.

Jerry was adopted as campus ambassador by a unanimous vote of the Arkansas Tech Student Government Association on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The campus ambassador designation restores an Arkansas Tech tradition that had been lost since the passing of the original Jerry in 1937.

The re-introduction of Jerry does not affect the nicknames for the Arkansas Tech athletics teams, which will continue to be known as the Wonder Boys and the Golden Suns.

In addition to the pre-game ceremony on Centennial Plaza, Jerry will also make an on-field appearance at halftime of the 2013 Arkansas Tech Homecoming football game against Ouachita Baptist on Saturday. Kickoff for the football game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Among those scheduled to participate in the ceremony re-introducing Jerry to campus are Dr. Robert A. Young Jr., Clay Wyllia, Major General William Wofford and representatives from the Arkansas Tech U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Dr. Young, grandson and son of the original Jerry’s owners, has continued the family tradition of involvement at Arkansas Tech by serving as president of the Arkansas Tech Foundation, as an avid fan of the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns and by supporting two annual student awards named in honor of his family.

Wyllia is a senior from Atkins and president of the Arkansas Tech Student Government Association, which has accepted a leadership role in the care and promotion of Jerry.

Wofford serves as adjutant general for the Arkansas National Guard. Member of the Arkansas Tech Class of 1971, he was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 2008.

During the ceremony, Wofford will place Jerry under the care of Arkansas Tech U.S. Army ROTC students. Those students will serve as Jerry’s caretakers when he is on campus in keeping with the ties the original Jerry had with armed services representatives on campus. 

For more information about Jerry, visit www.atu.edu/jerry.

(Source: Arkansas Tech University)