Herm, the EMU Royals’ mascot lion, was first spotted way back in 1983 as he cheered on EMU athletics teams and helped the Loyal Royals in fundraising and other athletics efforts. Herm is not a ferocious or highly competitive mascot. He is a warm, fuzzy guy who embodies welcoming friendliness, a trait that many visitors and new students use to describe the EMU community.
Herm’s social schedule and public persona are managed collaboratively by EMU’s marketing and athletics departments. We gave him an all-expenses-paid spa trip to Pennsylvania in summer 2012. He was pampered, fluffed and revived, and now he’s ready to get more involved on campus and in the broader community, so keep your eyes peeled. You never know where he might show up!
Don’t forget to grab a Herm keychain or stuffed animal from the EMU bookstore. They make good presents for nieces and nephews!
Q and A with Herm
Best games you have attended
I’ve been at so many great EMU games, cheering on the Royals as they scratch and claw their way to victory! The men’s and women’s basketball teams run through the NCAA championships were super exciting. Both teams were tremendously talented and provided a ton of excitement to the Park View area!
We’ve had some amazing field hockey performances, too. Hosting ODAC Championship contests, winning conference player of the year awards and seeing our alumni come back and support our current team is always a thrill.
There has been “cat-like” quickness on the track, as well. I’ve watched Adam Starks, Jeremy Webster, Gail Guengerich, Laura Rosenberger, Amanda Webster, Michelle Leaman, Michael Allen and Dan Nafziger break records, win ODAC titles or advance to the NCAA Championships.
Also, seeing the softball team become a perennial power and the NCAA record-breaking double that Erik Kratz hit in baseball is always a purrfect (sorry, I am a cat after all!) ending to an athletic year.
And of course, the new golf program adds a lot of excitement!
Favorite place on campus
Besides taking a cat-nap in my Royals den or the sofa in Common Grounds Coffeehouse, I love being outside between classes, especially in the arboretum, or watching the chickens behind the Science Center. Hanging out with all the “cool cats” on campus — the students — always makes me purr!
Favorite place in Harrisonburg
Favorite television show
The Lion Whisperer (kind of like the Dog Whisperer only he speaks my language)
Are you close with the other Mennonite college/university mascots
Well, the Hesston Lark always swoops in from time-to-time. The Bluffton Beaver is a good guy, but he’s always with the Goshen Maple Leaf, those guys have some sort of fascination with trees! The Bethel Thresher is also pretty busy during harvest season, but overall he rocks.