ABERDEEN, S.D.(Press Release) – The Saint Bernard known as “Spirit” has been Presentation College’s mascot for the past eight years, and it’s time to hang up her barrel as she retires this coming December.
PC welcomed Spirit in 2013 as a puppy, and she has been on campus every day since. PC’s mascot spent most of her time lounging in the halls and greeting students, faculty, and staff at the school. She also attended Saints athletic events, making hundreds of appearances at PC athletic home games, running out onto the fields and courts, and greeting fans, young and old.
Her presence on campus has fulfilled more than a mascot role, in many ways, according to Presentation College President, Dr. Paula Langteau. “Spirit became the campus’ beloved pet,” she said. “Students and campus guests have sought her out and gained as much in affection from her as they provided to her. In short, it was a mutually beneficial relationship.”
When she wasn’t searching the halls for a scratch on the head or food, Spirit made her home with Stacy Bauer a former employee at Presentation College. That is where she will spend her days after retirement. “Spirit—and by extension, Stacy—has attended virtually every event on campus, which is quite an exhausting commitment,” said Langteau. “Spirit deserves her time to retire, relax, and hang her tongue out,” Langteau quipped.
No need to worry: Spirit is doing well in terms of health and will be bestowed the distinction of ‘Mascot Emerita,’ at halftime at the December 14 PC women’s basketball game, a fitting tribute to honor her career. She will also be attending a midnight breakfast for a final hurrah with students during finals week this semester.
Spirit will continue her duties throughout the fall semester supporting the Saints and enjoying her last semester as PC’s mascot. Presentation College encourages fans to share their love for Spirit on social media using #PCSpirit.