Every senior class leaves Immaculata better than they found it. The Class of 2015 left an indelible mark by donating most of the funds to restore the carillon bells in the clock atop Gabriele Library.
Jeff Brown, Immaculata’s director of Facilities, spearheaded the project, approaching University Advancement with the restoration as a fundraising opportunity. From there, the senior class jumped on the project and began soliciting donations.
“I’m honored to have been a part of the Class of 2015 class gift to restore the carillon bells,” noted Senior Class President Grace Sabbagh ’15. “The IU community, future classes, faculty, and staff were delighted when they heard the bells chime once again on the Noble Hill.”
The Electric Time Company in Massachusetts, the original designer of the clock and carillon bells, performed the repairs which included installing the ability to have the clock play 33 different chimes. The electronic bells are operated by a computer which can be programmed so the bells don’t play during the night. Brown, who coordinated the restoration, selected the classic Westminster Chimes. Brown noted, “It plays a little more of the music every quarter hour so you don’t have to see it to tell what time it is.”