From the University Archives
This mostly denuded cow, entitled “The Stamp Collection”, was once completely covered with stamps. Prior to coming to Kemp Library in 2010, the cow stood in Zimbar where students began to peel away the stamps while waiting in line at Enrollment Services.
“The Stamp Collection”, designed by ESU graduate Nicholas R. Paust, was purchased for ESU by the PASSHE Foundation, Inc. which purchased a cow for each of the 14 universities in the state system. The program, called Cows on Campus, was part of Cows on Parade, an international exhibit and fundraising venture that began in 1999. Artists decorate cows that are delivered to a different city each year. After the cows are publicly displayed for a period of several months, they are auctioned off. Proceeds are donated to local charities. When the exhibit came to Harrisburg in 2004, the PASSHE Foundation purchased the cows with the intention that students from each university decorate them.
The cow serves as a landmark on the ground floor near the Curriculum Materials Center and study areas in the library.
If you want to know more about Cows on Parade, follow this link, www.cowparade.net.