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J.C. is the new ram mascot

Pictured, clockwise from top: J.C. is the new ram mascot at Shepherd; President Mary J.C. Hendrix feeds her namesake; and those instrumental in obtaining the ram are (l. to r.) alumni Al and Sara Lueck; Holly Morgan Frye, President Hendrix, and Dr. Ben Martz.

Shepherd has a new mascot, a Dorset ram named J.C. Named for President Mary J.C. Hendrix ’74, the ram was purchased with donations from alumni Al ’67 and Sara ’67 Lueck; Holly Morgan Frye ’09 M.A., assistant vice president for student affairs and director of community and congressional relations, and her husband Jim Frye ’68; and Dr. Ben Martz, dean of the College of Business. J.C. will attend Shepherd football games and a variety of other events on campus.

The tradition of having a live ram mascot named in honor of the current president goes back to the presidency of Dr. Oliver S. Ikenberry, with Ike the ram. Dr. James A. Butcher had Butch, Dr. Michael P. Riccards had Mike, Dr. David L. Dunlop had Livingston, and Dr. Suzanne Shipley had Zan.