Cameron University will celebrate the birthday of Ole Kim, the university’s official mascot, with a festive tailgate party on Tuesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Cameron University Alumni Association, the party will feature food, games and prizes. Ole Kim’s birthday celebration is open to the public and takes place at Aggie Gym prior to the Aggie volleyball game which starts at 7 p.m.
Earlier in the day, Cameron students who are wearing black and gold or Cameron attire can celebrate with birthday cake from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the McMahon Centennial Complex.
“Ole Kim has been a campus tradition since he made his first appearance on campus in 1964,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “Although his appearance has evolved through the years, one thing remains constant: his dedication to Cameron students and Aggie pride. It’s time we got together to celebrate Cameron’s mascot, who generates Aggie spirit no matter where he goes.”
Ole Kim’s status on campus is legendary. He is an ex-U.S. Cavalry officer from Fort Sill who sought his fortune as a prospector during the Wichita Mountains gold rush of the early 1900s before becoming a cowboy, then a Cameron student.
Well past his teenage years, Ole Kim maintained a love for learning. A man who had been many things - a military officer, a gold miner and a cowboy - knew that education was the key to a better life. He also had the courage to do what would be unthinkable to many people his age...to ride a pony to Mr. Liner, the president of Cameron State School of Agriculture in 1910 and ask to become a student.
Today, it is said that the spirit of Ole Kim still walks the campus of Cameron University. He’s never missed a day of class. Each spring, he’s the last graduate to walk across the stage during commencement, then he returns in the fall with new students. He helped build each new building, coach every team, cheer with the fans and cram for finals. He earned Cameron’s first diploma.
Ole Kim represents the very best of Cameron University. He is the military and the civilian, the cowboy and the prospector. He is the nontraditional student who gains knowledge, and he is the faculty who shares it. He is dedicated, brave and willing to work hard. The spirit of Ole Kim lives today in Cameron’s students and alumni.
October 28, 2013