Being Reveille’s Handler Is A Non-Stop Job

Reveille IX and Mascot Corporal Mia Miller. (Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications)

Reveille IX and Mascot Corporal Mia Miller. (Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications)

By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications

If anyone ever invents a 25-hour watch, Mia Miller might be the first in line to buy one. The Texas A&M University sophomore from Waco is the first female handler ever for the school’s famed mascot, Reveille IX, and the pair have experienced a whirlwind of activities that never seems to end.

Miller’s appointment book is roughly the size of the Manhattan Yellow Pages and it’s filled with one scheduled interview after another – with photo shoots, football games, events and other daily duties that accompany the role of being in E-2, the Corps of Cadets’ mascot company.

(Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications)

(Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications)

“I never dreamed it would be this time consuming,” Miller said of her non-stop schedule.

“It’s been one event after another.  But it’s been fun, and Rev and I are doing what we should be doing – meeting people and representing Texas A&M as best as we can.”

Miller earned a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship in high school and chose Texas A&M, although both of her parents, Randy and Rachel Miller of Waco, are Texas Tech grads.

“Her E-2 unit has given her a lot of encouragement and stood by her,” Randy Miller told the Bryan-College Station Eagle.

“They’ve been like a second family to her and we appreciate it very much.  All of this is a great honor for her and she knows the responsibility she now has.”

Reveille, known as “The First Lady of Aggieland,” has been Texas A&M’s mascot since 1931 and the current collie is officially labeled as Rev IX.  Miller was selected over 14 others to be Rev’s handler, and she admits “that I was a little bit shocked when it happened.”

Both she and Rev have gotten to know each other well, Miller said.

“She is a wonderful partner and she has a distinct personality,” Miller added.

“She just likes to be a dog.  She likes to play with her stuffed animals and chase people. She can be a little bit goofy, which I love. I think we’re a good match.”

(Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications)

(Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications)

Following tradition, a new Rev handler will be selected next April during Parent’s Weekend. Miller will turn Rev’s leash over to a new sophomore mascot handler.

“It will be a little bit of a sad time for me I guess,” Miller, who plans to enter a pre-nursing program, said.

“It’s been a big honor for me being the first female handler. I recognized from the start that this was a big responsibility for me and also something of a challenge. I want to live up to the expectations of all of the previous Rev handlers. So far, it’s been an experience for both of us.”


Media contact: Keith Randall, 979-845-4644, keith-randall@tamu.edu


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