BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (4/14/14) — Western Kentucky University’s most beloved icon will become a permanent part of the Augenstein Alumni Center Saturday when the WKU Alumni Association unveils a life size bronze statue of the Big Red mascot.
According to Rick DuBose (’73), Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, the statue of Big Red was designed and crafted by world renowned sculptor Russ Faxon (’74) and will be located in Alumni Plaza adjacent to the Augenstein Alumni Center. The new addition was made possible by a gift from WKU’s Young Alumni Council, made up of graduates from the last decade.
“We are very excited to have WKU alum Russ Faxon’s statue of Big Red in place in the center of Alumni Plaza to welcome all those coming down the hill to the Augenstein Alumni Center,” DuBose said. “It is very appropriate to have our iconic mascot, Big Red, at the entrance to Alumni Square, welcoming all as only Big Red can do. Our thanks to the Young Alumni Council for raising the funding to make the statue a reality. The plaza and Big Red make for a magnificent photo opportunity with the Augenstein Alumni Center as the perfect background.”
Brandon K. Davis (’04), President of the Young Alumni Council, said the group was excited to put their support behind a project that would resonate with recent graduates.
“Adults in their 20s and 30s are hitting some life milestones – getting married, having children and advancing in their careers and Big Red is there,” he said. “You see Big Red plush toys in cribs, Big Red shows up at wedding receptions, and Big Red bobble heads can be found on plenty of desks around the country. The idea that we may leave the Hill, but the Hill never leaves us, is why YAC wanted to be the one to bring the Big Red statue to campus. Big Red represents our best memories from college and the memories yet to come.”
The unveiling will take place 11:30 a.m. followed by the 1 p.m. 2014 Hilltopper Football Red White Scrimmage, which will kick off the Jeff Brohm era at WKU.For more information, contact the WKU Alumni Association at (270) 745-4306.
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