Bryant’s mascot Ironclad Tupper 1, aka Tupper
May 21st, 2010
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Ironclad Tupper 1, an English bulldog, was purchased in May by Bryant University President Ron Machtley and his wife, Kati, and was given to the University in celebration of the success of the Class of 2010 senior class gift campaign. The campaign exceeded its goals and set two senior class gift records, one for amount raised (more than $41,000 to establish the 2010 Legacy Endowed Scholarship) and the other for participation (55 percent).
The dog, known as Tupper, will serve as Bryant University's mascot and will attend a variety of Bryant events and perform community service as a therapy dog once his training is complete.
"Kati and I have always hoped that Bryant University would have its own live bulldog mascot," said President Machtley, "so we purchased and donated to Bryant, in honor of the Class of 2010, a most lovable, tenacious scholar and wonderful mascot, Ironclad Tupper I. Although he's only been at Bryant for a short time, Ironclad Tupper I already has added his unique brand of character and inquisitive spirit to campus events."
At Bryant University's undergraduate commencement ceremony May 22, 2010, President Machtley presented Tupper, the newest member of the undergraduate Class of 2010, with an honorary bachelor of science degree for "character and obedience."
Tupper was born Jan. 13, 2010, at Ironclad Kennels in Raynham, Mass. When off duty, he lives with one of two Bryant University employees who have volunteered to serve as Tupper's guardians and tutor him for his role as University mascot. Bryant University reimburses the guardians for the costs associated with raising the dog, including food and veterinary care.
The name Tupper comes from Earl Tupper, the inventor of Tupperware, who in October 1967 donated his 220-acre Smithfield estate to Bryant, which was then located in Providence. Bryant broke ground on the new Smithfield campus in 1970 and relocated in 1971.