Penn State Intercom......November
Historical street clocks
to be senior class gift
By Laura Stocker
The Class of 2002 has
chosen to fund the installation of historical street clocks on the University
Park campus for its senior class gift. Seniors have pledged more than
$16,000 so far to the project. The number of clocks will depend on the
final cost of each clock and the total amount of money raised by the class.
The seniors also
voted to dedicate the gift to the memory of the victims of the tragic
events of Sept. 11, according to Erica Schneider, chair of the senior
class gift committee.
gift provides a new element for the campus that is both functional and
aesthetically pleasing," said Schneider, a geology major. "The clocks
will be new landmarks on campus, providing time pieces for those out of
sight of the Old Main bell tower."
Schneider notes that the designer of the clocks has not yet been determined, but it is proposed that they have a historic look similar to ones found in downtown State College. The final design and locations for the clocks will be determined by representatives of the Senior Class Gift Committee and the Offices of Physical Plant and Campus Planning and Design.
The winning idea came from two seniors, Allison Meybohn and Jennifer Stern, who made separate proposals for street clocks.
About 1,700 seniors cast ballots during the week of Oct. 22-26 in-person and online -- a record for voting turnout -- with 72 percent choosing to vote via the Web. The street-clock project won over two other items, a scholarship to support campus unity and an outdoor café/patio for the Career Services Building, with nearly three-fourths of the ballots being cast for the clocks.
Funding for senior class gifts is raised through members of the senior class pledging the balance of their general deposit. The University holds general deposits for each student to cover unforeseen expenses, fees and emergency costs.
been making class gifts to the University for more than 100 years.
For a list of
gifts from previous senior classes, check the Web at http://www.development.psu.edu/WaysToGive/AnnualFund/seniorgiftlist.asp.