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For Immediate Release
Friday, April 19, 2013

OU community gathers to break ground on 49-bell carillon tower
Rochester, Mich. – Members of Oakland University's growing collegiate community broke ground today on a 151-foot carillon tower that will serve as an architectural centerpiece for the OU campus.

     Generously donated by longtime university benefactors Hugh and Nancy Elliott, the tower site will be embellished with a plaza featuring a water fountain, garden and landscaping. It is likely to become a favorite gathering place and rallying point for student and campus community activities.

     "We made our wealth here and we're going to leave our wealth here, What better place than the university?" Hugh Elliott said. Nancy added, "We were so blessed and we wanted to give back. Oakland is an extension of our home, and we fell in love with it."

     For 15 years, the Elliotts have provided support for a variety of capital projects, scholarships and charitable functions at OU, including:

  • a $2 million gift toward the advancement of the School of Business Administration, now housed in the R. Hugh and Nancy Elliott Hall of Business and Information Technology;
  • the establishment of endowed scholarship and academic lecture funds, including the Nancy and Hugh Elliott Endowed Scholarship, Dr. Nasir Haque Endowment for Biological Science Scholarships, R. Michael O'Brien Endowed Scholarship Fund, Lori Macauley Athletic Scholarship Endowed Fund, and the Joy James Williams Creative Lecture and Workshop Endowed Fund;
  • contributions toward the construction of the Hugh and Nancy Elliott Room in the O'rena;
  • creation and sponsorship of the President's Invitational golf outing, which has raised more than $1 million for scholarships; and
  • formation of the first athletics volunteer committee dedicated to fundraising.
     The Elliott Carillon Tower will become the 14th carillon in Michigan when construction is complete in the fall of 2014. The tower's 49 bells will ring in concert with a live playing schedule and traditional quarter-hour chimes to be heard across campus.

     "I think it's been said very eloquently that this new tower will be more than a structure, and a very striking one at that," said OU Student Congress President Samantha Wolf. "I think it will become a part of Oakland's very identity, which will be shared by all OU students, faculty and staff – past, present and future."

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