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No More Excuses to Be Late
APRIL 21, 2006--UW-River Falls campus has a new timepiece, making it the third outdoor chronometer on the grounds and the newest gathering
place for faculty, staff and students.
“The new clock on the mall is a natural meeting place for all us
as we move across campus,” said Chancellor Don Betz. “Its
four faces will provide accurate time as we are off to our next class,
meeting or event. It also symbolizes UW-River Falls’ commitment
to a bright future while reminding us that our roots go deep to 1874.
I believe that its quality and elegant style captures our enduring yet
fresh commitment to excellence.”
The waterproof clock, erected in time for the inauguration of Chancellor
Betz April 28, was purchased from and installed by the Verdin Company
of Cincinnati. It is constructed of finished cast aluminum with four back-lit
dials and weighs 570 pounds at 16 feet 7 inches high. The 24-inch
acrylic clock faces offer consistent light diffusion, and the master clock
controller provides automatic daylight savings time changes. Hanging
plaques note the campus founding in 1874.
“I’ve heard students calling it the ‘Harry Potter’
clock,” said Lisa Marie Stratton, a marketing communications major
from Clear Lake, Wis., standards chair of the UW-RF Panhellenic Council
and president of Phi Mu.
Since 1842, six generations of the Verdin family of Ohio have created
cast bronze bells, carillons, digital bells, clocks, towers, memorials
and monuments. The Verdin Co. has more than 30,000 installations world-wide,
including the Smithsonian Institute, Walt Disney World, the University
of Notre Dame, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
the World Peace Bell, and the Mayo Clinic.
Other public timepieces on campus range from the cerebral to a community
The Richard D. Swensen Sundial spans the south face of the Kleinpell Fine
Arts Building. Constructed of anodized aluminum, it is the largest vertical-face
sundial in North America. Because it is accurate to one minute on the
hour at any given time of the year, it is also the most accurate sundial
in the world. Most other sundials are accurate only to within 15 minutes.
Named in honor of the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,
the sundial was designed by UW-RF physics Professor John Shepherd, who
is now retired. It was constructed and installed by donations from alumni
and has been a source of fascination for students and visitors to the
campus. Artist Gene Olson of Elk River, Minn., was commissioned to construct
Along Cascade Avenue, the Kleinpell Carillon and Tower in front of the
fine arts building is a visible landmark for the region. Named in honor
of Eugene Kleinpell, university president from 1946 to 1967, the tower
was completed in time for Homecoming1984. Fundraising for the effort began
in the late 1960s, and Roy Sakrison, a graduate of 1912 and UW-RF Foundation
Board member, matched half of the cost. The campanile was designed by
local architect Lowell Hanson of Spring Valley.
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