FEATURE – A new symbol of learning and knowledge is rising on the campus of Dixie State University this spring. This iconic symbol is an illuminated 80-foot clock tower located on the pathway between the Holland Centennial Commons and the Udvar-Hazy building.
The tower is one of the final projects in the Centennial Campaign, a plan to celebrate a century of learning at DSU by improving facilities and the campus to lay the foundation for the future. After reviewing dozens of images of clock towers at other universities, DSU President Stephen D. Nadauld decided that the tower should have a modern appearance to represent a new university that is looking toward the future.
In addition to its sleek triangular design, the multicolored lights on the inside of the tower will be visible through veins of translucent glass. The uppermost section of the tower will truly be a beacon in the night, throwing a shaft of light at an angle, highlighting the geometric angles of the tower shining more than 100 feet into the air.
The speakers on the tower will be heard across campus and will play the expected carillon bells, but will also be programmable to play a variety of tunes. This opens the door to all sorts of possibilities for special occasions, Nadauld said.
The magnificent tower rising from the ground will not be the only uplifting feature of this project. At the base of the tower, sandstone pavers with inlaid motivational messages and quotes will be set into the ground and retaining walls.
Cheri Atkin, who has been intimately involved with the Centennial Campaign, said she hopes that students, community members and visitors alike will take time to memorize just one such message, and try to live by those inspiring words.
Construction of the clock tower started on Feb. 5 and is expected to be complete by mid-April. Nadauld’s wish is that it will become one of the most recognized man-made icons in the St. George area, serving as a symbol of possibility and hope.
Written by Michelle Sagar for St. George Health and Wellness magazine and St. George News.
Sagar, a student at Dixie State University, is working towards a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in technical writing.
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