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Col. Rock III Calendar

December 13, 2012

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MACOMB, IL -- Now you can see Western Illinois University's loveable four-legged mascot every day for the next 365 days thanks to a new WIU calendar featuring Col. Rock III.

Designed by University Relations Webmaster/Graphic Designer Jessica Lambert, the 2013 calendar is on sale for $10.50 at the University Union Bookstore and online at A portion of the proceeds from calendar sales will go toward the Col. Rock III Fund, established by the WIU Foundation in February 2012, which helps meet travel-related, food, healthcare and "clothing" expenses.

The 12-month calendar features photos of Col. Rock III (aka Rocky) at WIU events, at home, in the community, around campus and in the studio, where he loves "posing." As soon as the flash bulb pops, he's ready for a treat and another photo opp.

"This is a great opportunity to raise even more awareness for our mascot and our University, as well as to assist with Rocky's Fund," said Brad Bainter, vice president for advancement and public services. "His good nature brings smiles to everyone's faces. He's a hit wherever he goes."

Rocky, who turned two on March 3, has been at the center of numerous Western activities since joining the WIU family in May 2010 as a 10-week-old puppy. WIU alumni Joe Roselieb, director of residential facilities at Western, and Carisa Swanson, a kindergarten teacher in Astoria (IL), are Rocky's caretakers, providing him with a loving home, teaching him tricks, making sure he's healthy and chauffeuring him to WIU and community events.

The English bulldog was donated to Western by Richard and Beth Siess of the Siess Ranch in Seneca, KS. Dr. Karen Blakeley of Macomb's All Pets Veterinary Clinic and the WIU School of Agriculture, along with other University and community organizations and individuals, make sure Col. Rock's care is tended to.

To follow Col. Rock on Facebook, visit Col. Rock's photo shoots over the past two years, taken by WIU Visual Production Center photographers, can be found at

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