'Peanuts' character Lucy statue unveiled at Sonoma State University

March 6, 2018

President Judy K. Sakaki and Jeanie Schulz with the new Lucy statue // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

The people behind the installation of Lucy // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

The people behind the installation of Lucy // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

Student Conner Fulps taking selfie with Lucy // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

Student Conner Fulps taking selfie with Lucy // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

"Peanuts" Lucy Statue ready to be photographed with // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

"Peanuts" Lucy Statue ready to be photographed with // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

SSU President Judy Sakaki and Jeanie Schulz
The people behind the installation of Lucy // Photo by Francisco Carbajal
Student Conner Fulps taking selfie with Lucy // Photo by Francisco Carbajal
"Peanuts" Lucy Statue ready to be photographed with // Photo by Francisco Carbajal

“Peanuts” cartoon strip’s Lucy van Pelt joined the Sonoma State University family Tuesday with the unveiling of a 5-foot, 500-pound statue of the sometimes crabby but always loveable character. 

President Judy K. Sakaki and Library Dean Karen Schneider made remarks before revealing the newest Seawolf, who resides in front of the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center (Library). Jean Schulz, widow of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, was on hand for the unveiling.

Lucy sports Sonoma State’s colors in her clothing: a dark blue Sonoma State shirt with the Sonoma State University name and Seawolf paw print over a light-blue dress; blue socks and blue-and-white shoe strings on her white shoes.

The statue was obtained by Lisa Clyde of the Schulz family and donated to the university. Local artist Mary Vaughan restored it and “dressed” Lucy. On the pedestal painted in blue sky and clouds, Vaughn added the inscription, “When it comes to learning, the sky is the limit.” Restoration was made possible by the Jean and Charles Schulz endowment

Schneider called Lucy a perfect “Peanuts” character to serve as the official Library greeter. “She’s smart and tenacious, and has a sense of mischief.”

Schneider said the Lucy statue undoubtedly will be the source of many selfies by students, faculty, staff, alumni and community visitors, plus, “Lucy will also be an important landmark for answering my favorite question: ‘Which way is the Library?’ ”

Watch the unveiling here

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