A handful of years in the past, a black Lab combine wandered onto the campus of Northeast Alabama Community College and determined to make it his house. The fortunate canine was lovingly embraced by college and college students, particularly NACC President Dr. David Campbell.

His title was Roscoe, and he spent one of the best years of his life lounging in Campbell’s air-conditioned workplace, wading within the NACC fountain, and patrolling with the campus police.

The unofficial campus mascot handed away this week on the ripe outdated age of “at least 15,” however not earlier than seeing a phenomenal statue erected in his honor.


Roscoe is memorialized in bronze, together with Trouper the horse, NACC’s official mascot. Trouper is a full-blooded mustang rescued from the western mountain area of Nevada. He belongs to a graduate and former worker of the two-year school. 


Together, the 2 animals signify the faculty’s heat, welcoming ambiance.

“It occurred to me that Roscoe had chosen us to be a part of his family and that we have chosen Trouper to be a part of our family,” stated Barbara Kilgore, NACC’s Associate Dean of Academic Instruction and the statue’s designer. “I realized that if we were going to have a sculpture that showed the spirit of the institution, it had to include them both. The interaction between the two is one of total acceptance. They are nose to nose, looking at each other. The mood is one of love and respect: the essences of NACC.”


According to a Facebook submit from Dr. Campbell, Roscoe handed away on May 23, simply 11 days after his statue was formally unveiled. The senior canine suffered from calcifications in his backbone that “resulted in him not being able to walk or maintain bodily functions.”

“Roscoe will be buried near our Walking Trail on campus,” Dr. Campbell wrote. “We are going to miss Roscoe dearly, but his spirit, legend, and likeness in the statue will be with us forever.”


The plaque accompanying the statue options an inscription written by Daniel Wallace, creator of the novel, Big Fish, which was tailored into the Tim Burton movie of the identical title.

The daring spirit and bold desires of Northeast Alabama Community College might by no means be represented by a single mascot, and that’s the reason we have now two,” the plaque reads, partially. “Roscoe, the wandering Labrador; and Trouper, the wild yet gentle mustang; friends to this campus for years, embody the ideals of friendship, family, and community NACC hopes to share with all who come to this campus.”


What a beautiful solution to honor a devoted buddy. Rest simple, Roscoe.

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