UNCG Campus Weekly

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Bells ring out at Vacc Bell Tower

Photo of Vacc Bell Tower a glow during the holiday receptionAll those who attended the second annual lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower and Students Anniversary Plaza on Reading Day not only saw the plaza blazing with holiday lights. They heard the first official playing of the full carillon of bells.

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam counted down “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and as the entire plaza lit up in the cool mist, the bells rang in a seasonal melody. The number of bells have almost doubled, allowing greater range and beauty.

Marya Orlawska-Fancey, a doctoral student in organ performance, played a keyboard connected to the tower. The first song? “Carol of the Bells.”

Alumni Association President Mary Napier, in her welcoming remarks, noted additional musical performances of the evening, by the UNCG Steel Drum Ensemble and the Grimsley Madrigal Choir.

Ryan Hoffman, president of the UNCG Fraternity and Sorority Association, described the history of the UNCG luminaires tradition.

The chancellor noted that with 24 newly added bells, an additional gift by Dr. Nancy Vacc, UNCG’s Vacc Bell Tower has one of only five full carillons in the state.

He acknowledged Dr. Vacc, who was in attendance. “Please join me in thanking Nancy for giving us our beautiful clock tower and the bells that make the passing of time on our campus a pure delight.”

By Mike Harris
Photography By Martin W. Kane