Colonel Rock

Live Mascot, Colonel Rock

Live Mascot, Colonel Rock IV, Ray

Mascot Memorial

The Mascot Memorial pays homage to WIU’s live mascots (past & present) and provides a history of the WIU Live Mascot Program. The memorial serves as a campus icon and point of pride for the Western community.

The Mascot Memorial prominently features a bronze bulldog statue sculpted by WIU Art Professor Duke Oursler. The sculpture, which was inspired by the characteristics and features of each of the WIU Live Mascots stands guard outside of the north entrance of the University Union Building, and is part of the Alumni Plaza.

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Colonel Rock III and IV in front of the Mascot Memorial

Colonel's Doghouse

purple air-conditioned doghouse on wheels

There’s nothing like riding in style and that is exactly what yours truly does on gameday. Colonel’s one of a kind doghouse is 12 sq. ft of luxury pup living. With working air conditioning, television, and the ability to hookup to our golf cart and be on the go, Colonel’s Doghouse is truly special thanks to the following individuals for their help in bringing the doghouse concept to reality!

  • Retired Lt. Colonel Dave & Jackie Thompson
  • Rusty Roselieb
  • WIU Foundation
  • WIU Photography & Design Production Services
  • Fusion Tech
  • WIU Housing & Dining Services
  • Dan Bentz
  • Molly Borth
  • Brad Utter
  • Natalie Divan

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Give to the Live Mascot Program

The WIU Live Mascot Program is 100% supported through sponsorship and donors. Your donations help us with providing the many comforts it takes to raise a pampered pup as well as put our mascot program on the map!

Here are just a few things that your support has helped us with over the years:

  • Colonel Rock’s Doghouse
  • A sponsored hole at Macomb’s Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center
  • Stickers, buttons, and other swag that is given out at appearances, parades, etc…
  • A bulldog photo booth cutout at the Dave & Jackie Thompson Dog Park
  • Colonel’s custom clothing

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Colonel Rock IV running in the snow


From healthcare, to transportation and everything else in the middle, numerous individuals and organizations ensure that Colonel Rock’s needs are met. If you would like to inquire about Colonel Rock sponsorship opportunities, contact Joe Roselieb.