New mascot caretaker selected

November 7, 2013

The Bulldog Advisory Committee has chosen McKenzie Stough (COL ‘13), an employee of Georgetown’s Office of Communications, as the caretaker of the new Jack the Bulldog.

“I am thrilled to be selected as Jack’s next caretaker. The mascot tradition is extremely important to Georgetown and I look forward to my new role in continuing that tradition,” Stough wrote in an email to the Voice.

Stough will live with Jack in a campus townhouse, and her main role will be transitioning Jack into his role as the school mascot. Although Stough will be the primary caretaker, the BAC will serve as a resource for Stough to use for Jack’s care.

“McKenzie has lifelong experience training and caring for dogs—including a chihuahua named Lola and a pug named Olive—which makes her familiar with the dedication that goes into raising a dog,” Erika Cohen-Derr, assistant dean, director of the Center for the Student Engagement, and member of the BAC, wrote in an email to the Voice. “Moreover, she has a deep commitment to Georgetown’s bulldog mascot tradition.”

According to BAC, the application process was competitive and saw multiple applicants.

“It was great to see such an enthusiastic response to our call for mascot caretaker applications. It’s clear just how much our community loves Jack the Bulldog based on the passion conveyed in the applications we received,” Anupam Chakravarty (SFS ’10, MA ‘15), senior manager of interactive and multimedia communications in the Office of Advancement and member of BAC, wrote in an email to the Voice.

One of McKenzie’s first goals will be to make sure both Jack and Jack Crew are comfortable in the transition.

“I am especially [looking forward] to [working] with her,” Neve Schadler (COL ‘15), head of Jack Crew and member of the BAC, wrote in an email to the Voice.

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