October 6, 2009
Senior Animal Science major Jim Magnuson talks about working with the beloved CSU mascot CAM the Ram. Magnuson is a Ram Handler who storms the field with CAM, and will do so again this Saturday during the Homecoming game.
Senior Animal Sciences major Jim Magnuson enjoys working with animals, interacting with people and being involved at CSU. Therefore, it's very clear why he decided to become a Ram Handler.
Magnuson, from Eaton, Colo., signed up for RAM Handling his sophomore year.
"I was in Dr. Kraig Peel's animal reproduction class," said Mangnuson. "Dr. Peel is the faculty advisor for the RAM Handlers and announced that the program was taking applications, so I went ahead and applied."
The Ram Handlers are a group of students who enjoy being involved with CAM and who positively and professionally represent the University and Alumni Association. The CSU Alumni Association organizes the Ram Handlers and helps students get involved with other programs like Student Alumni Connection, internships, and career networking.
Jim really likes working with the Alumni Center because of their Ram Pride. "They (The Alumni Center) are always enthusiastic about whatever they do through the university."
Each year eight to 10 Ram Handlers are selected and entrusted with the care of the beloved University mascot.
Although all Handlers have to train before working with CAM, working with the ramboullet ram was second nature to Jim who comes from an agricultural background. "(I have been) showing animals in 4-H and working with cattle since I was little...I needed to be able to field questions about CAM and the University, and that knowledge came from being around other Ram Handlers and the alumni staff."
Many of us get stage fright from standing infront of a large crowd, so I asked Jim if when charging the field during football games, does CAM ever get startled by the crowd.
"He's completely used to the crowd and all people in general. He actually gets pumped up by the crowd because he knows he about to run. CAM isn't intimidating at all, hes a big sweetheart. Once you spend time with him you learn his personality and enjoy being around him."
Jim will storm the field with CAM this weekend at Hughes Stadium when the Rams take on the Utah Utes.
MyCSU has a video featuring Jim last year titled, "CAM's Ram Handler."