- a $2 million gift toward the School of Business Administration
- endowed scholarship and academic lecture funds
- contributions toward the Hugh and Nancy Elliott Room in the O’rena
- President’s Invitational golf outing, which has raised more than $1 million for scholarships
- athletics volunteer committee dedicated to fundraising
“When you give, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned many years ago – and it’s true – that even if you give just a little bit, over time, it adds up.” — Hugh Elliott
- Sept. 19, 2014 - Dedication ceremony
- July 21, 2014 - Carillon instrument is delivered to the tower
- May 14, 2014 - Final bells are lifted into bell chamber
- May 9, 2014 - Bells arrive on campus
- May 1, 2014 - Top is lifted and placed on tower
- February 2014 - Bells are tuned and prepped for shipment
- April 19, 2013 - Groundbreaking
- Dec. 21, 2012 - Gift received
DID YOU KNOW?
- The largest bell weighs around 5,000 pounds and is five feet in diameter
- Total weight of all bells is over 30,000 pounds (over 15 tons)
- The carillon tower is one of the tallest bell towers on a college campus in the U.S.
- Founded in 1842, Verdin is the oldest privately-held manufacturing business in the state of Ohio.
- The carillon bell tower will feature a fully chromatic 49-bell carillon ranging from low C, which weighs around 5,000 pounds, to high C, at 24 pounds.
- The traditional hand-action instrument provides the complete musical range to play any musical composition.
- Twenty five of the bells will also have the capability of being played automatically.
- The clock on the Elliott Carillon Tower is approximately 9’ 6” in diameter.
- The minute hand from center (of clock) to outside tip is 54 ¾” long.
Artist's rendering of the Elliott Tower, which will be located north of Kresge Library.
Donated by longtime supporters Hugh and Nancy Elliott, the Elliott Tower is designed to be a rallying point for student activities and creates a stunning visual centerpiece for Oakland’s campus. It is complete with a water fountain, garden and decorative landscaping.
The structure has become the 14th carillon tower in Michigan; OU is the fourth Michigan university to have a carillon. Its 49 bells and keyboards were cast and built by the Royal Bellfoundry Petit & Fritsen of the Netherlands; the The Verdin Company of Cincinnati did the design and installation.
Dennis Curry, local carillonneur and longtime friend of the Elliotts, will serve as the university carillonneur and establish a program of education and training though the Department of Music.
There will be a regular live playing schedule in addition to the traditional quarter chimes.