Jerry Charles Young II, the next campus ambassador for Arkansas Tech University, was introduced in a ceremony outside Crabaugh Hall on Saturday, September 10.
Jerry II is an English Bulldog. He was born in Frankfort, Kansas on May 29, 2022, and returned to Arkansas on August 6, 2022. Since arriving in Russellville, he has served an apprenticeship under Jerry Charles Young I which will continue until Saturday, October 1 2022. 1, when Jerry II will become an ATU Campus Ambassador and Jerry I will retire.
Members of the University community and beyond will have the opportunity to follow Jerry II’s preparations to take office by following him on the official @arkansastechjerry Instagram and Facebook accounts for the ATU Campus Ambassador Program.
Jerry the Bulldog’s history at ATU dates back to the 1930s. The first Jerry was from the Young family, who have been continuously involved with the university for over 100 years. Dr. Robert A. Young Jr. of Russellville, the third generation of his family to maintain a close association with Arkansas Tech, was among those who spoke at Jerry II’s introduction.
“When the idea of restoring the tradition of Jerry the Bulldog at Arkansas Tech was presented to me ten years ago, I had the honor and privilege to give our family’s blessing,” Young said. “We love the Wonder Boys. We love golden suns. Jerry’s return has strengthened our traditions and provided Arkansas Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends with a tangible outlet to express their affection for this university. Every time you pet Jerry or take a photo with Jerry, you demonstrate that Arkansas Tech is special to you and has meaning in your life.
“I am grateful for the service of Jerry Charles Young I,” Young continued. “I am thrilled that you are meeting Jerry Charles Young II and that he will take over as our campus ambassador on October 1st. Thank you for helping us continue this Arkansas Tech tradition. I hope Jerry the Bulldog will continue to bring joy to our university for generations to come.
ATU alumnus Dr. Heath Stump and Dr. Jennifer Heim of the Russellville Veterinary Clinic provide veterinary care for the Campus Ambassador Program.
Creature Comforts, owned by Betsy and Noel Snyder, caters to the onboarding needs of Campus Ambassadors. Betsy is the great-granddaughter of William O. Young, who owned the first Jerry in the 1930s.
Heather and Sam Strasner and their son, Seth, are the daily guardians of Jerry Charles Young I and Jerry Charles Young II.
“For the past nine years, Jerry Charles Young I has encouraged the Wonder Boys and the Golden Suns in their athletic pursuits,” said ATU President Dr. Robin E. Bowen while serving as emcee. Saturday. “He has welcomed countless prospective students on their campus tour days. He attended a variety of additional campus events on an annual basis. Perhaps most importantly, Jerry provided Arkansas Tech students, alumni, and friends with a vivid depiction of the struggle against the spirit of perseverance and determination that made this university great.
“Now, after hundreds of appearances and thousands of photos, Jerry is about to earn his retirement spoils,” Bowen continued. “He will step down as Campus Ambassador effective Saturday, October 1, and live out his golden years in his favorite spot on the couch at home, no doubt napping and dreaming of the good times we all had together. Jerry… thank you. Thank you for loving us. Thanks for loving Arkansas Tech. It took a very good boy to bring back something that had been lost for so long. You are and always will be that very good boy. We are enjoying the past three weeks with you as a campus ambassador.