Campus rings to alma mater
Hear the chimes of Georgia College’s alma mater echo across main campus.
The university recently installed its new carillon system on top of Russell Auditorium to help familiarize the campus community with the tune, said President Steve Dorman.
“The alma mater has not been used or played by the university for some time,” said Dorman, who initiated the project. “When I arrived here, I noticed we didn’t have a carillon that played, yet many universities have carillons that play at intervals throughout the day. When we recently reintroduced the alma mater, it seemed a good thing to begin to play it as our daily carillon feature.”
An eight-speaker digital system upgraded the university's old carillon by replacing four of its speakers and adding two power amplifiers, a control panel and keyboard.
“The system simulates church bell chimes while creating a 360-degree spread of sound,” said Keith Bergeron, university auditorium technical specialist. “Students, faculty, staff and visitors can hear the song throughout main campus at 11:55 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The alma mater plays again at 12:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
The project is an opportunity for student musicians to request playing songs on the keyboard. The system also will allow the university to announce special occasions or upcoming events to the campus and local community.
“A committee will determine appropriate times and uses of the carillon system,” Dorman said. “Just as the beautiful architecture of our university causes us to lift our thoughts, so the carillon beckons us away from the routine when it plays.”