Dordt College News

Dordt’s clock tower will chime for first time Oct. 21

October 17, 2011

Gather around the Dordt College clock tower for a majestic dedication ceremony. Following the Fall Music Festival (tentatively scheduled to end around 9:30 p.m.) members of the Dordt College administration along with students, alumni, and friends will gather to hear the first chimes of the new 54-foot clock tower that stands just outside the Campus Center building.

During the dedication, the clock tower will serenade the audience with six hymns, a fitting choice that exemplifies Dordt’s commitment to Christ-centered renewal in everything. The tower holds hundreds of songs including many familiar hymns and liturgical songs in its repertoire.

“It’s so exciting to see this piece of Dordt’s long-term campus master plan finally come to fruition,” said John Baas, vice president for college advancement. “I think the clock tower and the regular chiming of the carillon will quickly become a very special part of the fabric of the Dordt College experience.”

Following the dedication, the clock tower will begin its regular chiming schedule. The clock will sound every quarter hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. It will chime every hour throughout the night at a low volume. Music will play for 10 minutes at noon each day and prior to 11 a.m. Wednesday chapel services. Special holiday selections have also been chosen for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

On Saturday, October 22, the clock tower will play for 30 minutes beginning at noon to commemorate Parents Weekend.

The tower has been part of Dordt’s master plan for several years and is one of a series of capital improvements made possible through the ongoing Vision 2020 capital campaign. The clock tower was funded entirely by the generous financial donations of friends of Dordt College. Henry and Helen Van Klaveren of Modesto, Calif., are among the major contributors to this project. Henry Van Klaveren is the founder of Hollandia Nursery and co-chair of the Vision 2020 campaign.

“Henry and Helen are truly remarkable friends, a couple who never attended college and yet have invested so much over the years into this college that we all love. Today you can see the impact of their generosity across the campus landscape; this clock tower is truly a crowning achievement. Perhaps even more importantly, there are dozens of students here today, along with an even larger throng of graduates, who were able to attend Dordt, at least in part, thanks to the Van Klaverens’ gifts to our scholarship program,” said Baas.

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