Crafting a Saint
In 1994, Maryville University adopted the image of a Saint Bernard dog as its mascot. The original logo design was created by a committee made up of vice presidents, faculty, and staff. Once the Saint Bernard dog costume was created, students held a contest to name the dog. Students submitted their thoughts, followed by a vote. “Bosco” was the unanimous winner as the name of the dog. Bosco came to life with student and staff volunteers who wore the costume.
Not only was Bosco a staple at Maryville events, including all home sporting events, but he made appearances throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
A New Era
To fit with the university’s growth, the Maryville University Athletics logo was redesigned for the purpose of creating a more collegiate feel for Athletics, and Louie became our beloved mascot.
In 2012, Louie Jr. (LJ) was adopted by Louie from the Humane Society. The student body voted on Twitter to help Louie name Maryville University’s newest family member. Louie and LJ are a staple in all athletic functions. They continue to serve as community figures, both on and off campus.