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About Our Live Mascot

After speaking at commencement in 2007, comedian and canine enthusiast Bill Cosby was inspired to give Carnegie Mellon its first live mascot. Cosby contacted Sheila Scott – a Scottish terrier breeder located in Calgary – and chose a puppy to donate to the university.

As a result of votes cast by students, faculty and alumni, Scotty became the official name of Carnegie Mellon’s mascot in the spring of 2008. But the voting wasn’t just to name the new mascot performer. Scotty is also the stage name of the university’s first ever live mascot. While Scotty is our mascot’s stage name, her real name is Maggie after Andrew Carnegie’s mother, Margaret Morrison Carnegie.

Scotty arrived in Pittsburgh on May 28, 2008.  Our mascot made her official debut at the 2008 Homecoming football game.

Larry Cartwright (E’76, ‘87), Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering is Scotty’s owner and caretaker. The mascot lives with Professor Cartwright and her “brothers,” Professor Cartwright’s other Scottish terriers, Chase and Murray.

Scotty visits campus once a month with Professor Cartwright where the mascot can be seen walking on campus under the watchful care of the Carnegie Mellon Highland Ambassadors – her official walkers.