The Cook Carillon Tower is a focal point on the Allendale Campus, standing at 100 feet to the top of its spire.
On Tuesday, December 6, from 1:30-3 p.m., the Grand Valley community is invited to tour the massive structure that was built and installed in 1994. Hosted by University Communications, the tours will be facilitated by Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, university carillonneur. Door prizes and refreshments will be served.
Vanden Wyngaard will also hold a holiday concert on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus via the Beckering Family Carillon on Christmas Eve from 9:30-10:15 p.m. This concert will be free and open to the public.
Named for major donors and longtime Grand Valley supporters Peter and Pat Cook, who died in 2010 and 2008, respectively, the Cook Carillon Tower contains 48 bronze bells created in the Netherlands. The size and weight of each bells determines the individual tones. The bells range from 7.5 inches to more than 51 inches, and weigh from 14 to nearly 3,000 pounds. Arranged in a chromatic series, a carillonneur plays the bells after climbing 61 steps to the playing cabin, just below the bells and clock mechanism. Cables connect the bells to a keyboard and pedal board that permit loud or soft tones through a variation of either hard or soft strikes by fists and feet.
For more information, contact the Music and Dance Department at x13484.
The annual Faculty Awards Convocation will be held February 2 at the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium, beginning at 4 p.m.
University-wide awards will be presented for faculty achievements as well as milestone awards for faculty members with 25 years of service or more.
A reception will follow the ceremony. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at x12400.