For most Texas A&M students, navigating campus is an unremarkable part of their daily routine. But there’s nothing ordinary about any trip that sophomore Ian Moss ’18 takes when he’s accompanied by Reveille IX, a collie cadet general and the highest-ranking member of the Corps of Cadets who serves as Texas A&M’s mascot.
The team members, who will be companions until next April when a new mascot corporal is announced, are both newcomers to celebrity. Reveille, who was born in November 2013, began her service as Texas A&M’s mascot May 9, 2015. She replaced Reveille VIII, who retired to Texas A&M’s Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center, which provides the physical, emotional and medical needs of companion animals whose owners are no longer able to provide that care.
“It was a little overwhelming at first,” said Moss, a corporal in the Texas A&M Corps who was announced as mascot corporal at a ceremony April 17, 2015. “People that never noticed me before stop and ask to take pictures. It’s been crazy,” he said.
Moss, a second-generation Aggie from Southlake, Texas, was named Reveille’s handler for winning a competition between select members of Company E-2 that included a written test and public presentation on Reveille’s past and present. The candidates were given eight weeks to research in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, which is the rare books, special collections, manuscripts, and archival repository for Texas A&M University Libraries.
His new responsibilities also come with new rewards. The construction science major is the recipient of the Lusk ’73 Mascot Corporal Award, a yearly stipend of $900 which goes to the cadet chosen as mascot corporal to help pay for university associated costs. The recognition adds to the Nancy L. (Evans) Matz ’73 and Jack W. Matz ’71 Sul Ross Scholarship, an endowed academic scholarship that provides Moss yearly stipends during his time at Texas A&M.
“We are thrilled for Ian on being selected as the mascot corporal,” said Nancy Matz ’73, who funded the endowed scholarship with her husband Jack Matz ’71 through the Texas A&M Foundation. “It is a great honor for him and shows that his hard work as a freshman was noticed. We are also excited because we should get some great pictures with Ian and Reveille!”
Moss was humbled as the recipient of the Matz family’s Sul Ross Scholarship. “Receiving this scholarship showed me that others had confidence in my leadership abilities and rewarded my past accomplishments. It also gives me continued incentive to earn the trust that the Matz family, the Foundation and the Corps of Cadets have placed in me.”
You can support Reveille IX and Ian Moss ’18 with a donation to the Reveille Fund, which supports all travel, veterinary care, grooming and other costs related with being the most beloved lady of Texas A&M University.
Give online to the Reveille Fund.
Texas A&M Foundation
The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best universities.
For additional information about how to benefit the Corps of Cadets, contact Matt Jennings ’95 with the Foundation at (800) 392-3310, (979) 845-7604 or email@example.com.