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Title UA19 Athletics Series 9. Mascots
Creator WKU Archives
Description An artificial collection regarding the WKU mascot Big Red consisting of correspondence, awards and fan club materials.
Other Creators Athletics (WKU)
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1979
Admin / Biog History Big Red was born in the fall of 1979, the creation of student Ralph Carey. Since then he has become a beloved symbol of WKU around the world and has sparked a trademark lawsuit with Gabibo of Italy.

The following students have served as Big Red:

Ralph Carey 1979-80
Mark Greer 1980-83
Skip Cleavinger 1983-84
O'Brian McKinley 1983-85
Jessica Rappaport 1984-86
Daniel Rodriguez 1985-87
Scott Vick 1985-86
Curtis Barman 1986-88
Rebecca Hack 1986-88
Greg Vincent 1987-89
Wayne Kraus 1988-89
Chuck Yager 1988-89
Susan Flowers 1989-90
Brian Thorpe 1989-91
Tabitha Aldridge 1990-91
Mount Davis 1990-91
Brian Mounts 1990-91
John Bruner 1991-92
Devin Delano 1991-92
Chrissie Mueller 1991-92
Marti Black 1992-93
Barbara King 1992-93
Tina Mock 1992-94
Kris Van Meter 1992-94
Laura McCauley 1993-94
Penny Wesley 1993-94
Joe Gregory 1994-95
Laura Sosh 1994-95
Greg Swack 1994-95
Jennifer Mills 1995-97
Chris Francis 1996-97
Lisa Schaad 1995-96
Heidi Stephenson 1995-96
Robert Carothers 1996-97
Thomas Westwood 1996-97
Amy Alverson 1997-98
Stacey Coy 1997-98, deceased
Scot Richardson 1997-98
Holly Russell 1998-99
Brad Sweatt 1998-99
Ryan Burnam 1998-99
Amanda Kirby 1999-00
Andrea Sanders 1999-00
Shay Smith 1999-00
Kate Stanton 2000-01
Wade Raymer 2000-03
Wes Mudd 2002-2003
Hillary Gunn
Eric Drake, deceased
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Athletics (WKU)
Big Red
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials Big Red
UA1C8 - WKU Symbols Photographs
UA1C11/5 - Athletic Media Relations Photograph Collection
UA1E - Memorabilia
UA94/6/1 - Student/Alumni Personal Papers

Catalog Number UA19.9
Dates of Creation 1979-present
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent 10 folders
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA19
Level of Description Series
Containers Correspondence
Fan Club
25th Anniversary
Capital One Challenge
Mascot Hall of Fame Nomination
Capital One Challenge
Capital One Challenge
Capital One Challenge
Capital One Challenge
Film/Video/Audio File - Capital One Challenge
Capital One Challenge
Birthday Card
Film/Video/Audio File - Big Red Birthday
Film/Video/Audio File - Big Red
Birthday Cards
Birthday Greetings