<P>13northern now winter 2016 In his second year as the of?cial mascot of Northern Illinois University, Mission, a Siberian husky, symbolizes the spirit of the university and has much in common with his handlers, NIUs ROTC cadets. His purpose is to motivate and inspire students and the surrounding community with his presence. When people see Mission, theyre reminded of how special NIU is, says retired Lt. Col. David Dosier, formerly head of the Huskie ROTC Battalion and now acting associate director of nursing and health studies at NIU. And since he is, in essence, the manifestation of the school, I think people are energized when hes around. When a cadet puts on an Army uniform, that student represents the U.S. Army. When Mission is in public, he represents all that NIU symbolizes. People see more than the individual when they see ROTC cadets and Mission, Dosier says. So ROTC cadets are well-suited for handling Mission in public. NIU alumnus John McKearn, who established the Mission legacy program with his wife and fellow 1975 alum, Cassandra, says they chose the ROTC to handle Mission to honor their military fathers and to show their appreciation for the Huskie ROTC Battalion. The program establishes a legacy to ensure that NIU will have a Mission mascot for generations to come. I always appreciated what the ROTC cadets did for the programs here at NIU, McKearn says. And I wanted to ?nd a way that they could be an integral part of this program. The handlers are part of Mission Support, an extracurricular activity that earns cadets a tab on their uniform and points toward their total score as a senior. That score will place them on a national order of merit list, where they are ranked against every graduating ROTC cadet across the nation, Dosier says. Being in charge of Mission has encouraged and culminated in a code of honor among them, McKearn says. Theres a competition to be his escort. The cadets assist with training Mission so he responds to them, and they know his history and facts about him so they can answer questions from the public. In turn, Mission feels like he is a member of the team because he participates in ROTC activities. He has attended class with the cadets, and he has been at their side on the ground during weapons training to accustom him to loud noise. Outside of training, Mission enjoys socializing with the cadets. He even dressed up in a bow tie last year to attend the Military Ball. Mission, who turns four in December, is owned by Karen Street and Lisa Monge, who run the kennel where he was born, Shiver Siberians in Marengo, Illinois. He has a pedigree, and both of his parents were show dogs. Monge, his primary trainer, says he has intelligence, strength, and capability, just like the student body he represents. Mission makes a great mascot because he is an excellent physical representative of a Siberian husky, Monge says. But most importantly, he has the right temperament for the mascot. A mascot should love people and be trustworthy, and Mission is just that. Birth date: December 11, 2011 Birthplace: Marengo, Illinois Favorite sport: Football Favorite toy: Football Special tricks: He can take a bow and shake hands Favorite treat: Hot dogs Favorite things to do: Dryland mushing, meeting children at events, swimming, running with other husky dogs, and visiting NIU Favorite places on campus: Huskie Stadium and Founders Memorial Library What many people dont realize: Although his expression and intense blue eyes make him look serious, hes really friendly and gentle. Mission is available for private events. Visit http://myniu.com/mission to learn more! AKC Breed Standard: Siberian Husky A Siberian husky is a medium-sized working dog, quick and light on its feet and free and graceful in action. The body proportions and form re?ect a balance of power, speed, and endurance. His intelligence and eager disposition make him an agreeable companion and a willing worker. The temperament is friendly and gentle, but also alert and outgoing. Expression is keen, but friendly; interested and even mischievous. A husky has almond-shaped eyes that can be brown or blue; one of each color or parti-colored eyes are acceptable. All colors, from black to pure white, are allowed. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds. continued on page 14 Mission with two of his ROTC handlers, Kelly Strauf (left) and Madison Richmond</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/11/11/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/12/12/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/13/13/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/14/14/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/15/15/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/16/16/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/17/17/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/18/18/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/19/19/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/20/20/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/21/21/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/22/22/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/23/23/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/24/24/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/25/25/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/26/26/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/27/27/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/28/28/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/29/29/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/30/30/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/31/31/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1137/pfuffguzq/32/32/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/1137/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>


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