The beautiful, massive bells of Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza arrived Monday, Nov. 2, just in time for Homecoming week at the University.
The four bronze bells arrived early Monday morning and will be on display near the tower during USA’s Homecoming parade and other activities on Friday, Nov. 6. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will start at the University’s Administration Building and end at the track near the Mitchell Center, where the new tower is located. The parade is followed by a pep rally and bonfire at the track near the Mitchell Center.
The display on Friday will offer the public its first opportunity to see the Moulton Tower bells, which range in size from two to four feet in height and weigh from 600 pounds to more than one ton.
The bells will be installed in the 140-foot tall tower later this month and will be again featured at a public grand opening set for the spring of 2010.
Moulton Tower is named in honor of USA President Gordon Moulton and his wife, Geri, in recognition of their service to the University. The tower and Alumni Plaza will serve as a monument honoring alumni, who are providing private support for the project.
The arrival of the bells officially kicks off the beginning of USA’s Homecoming week. This is the University’s first Homecoming tied to the new Jaguar Football and Marching Band programs, featuring several major public events. The theme for the historic Homecoming is “First and Ten: A Tradition Begins.”
The community is invited to join USA as it celebrates its first football and marching band Homecoming. For a complete list of all Homecoming events, visit www.southalabama.edu.
Major Public Events During USA Homecoming Week:
Friday, Nov. 6
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.--The community is invited to the public grand opening of the new football field house and practice fields. Meet Jaguar coaches and players. Free commemorative first football and band season poster for all who attend. The event is free.
6:30 p.m.--The Homecoming parade will feature a display of the Moulton Tower bells and an appearance by Miss America Katie Stam. The parade route starts at the University’s Administration Building and ends at the track near the Mitchell Center. It will be followed by a pep rally and bonfire at the track near the Mitchell Center. The event is free.
Saturday, Nov. 7
10 a.m--Tailgating begins.
4 p.m.--Homecoming Day will feature the USA Jaguar Football game against Milford Academy of New York at Ladd-Peebles Memorial Stadium. Miss America Katie Stam will attend the USA football game and autograph photos for the community in front of the USA alumni tent prior to the game. She will also sing the national anthem. For ticket information, visit www.usagameday.com.
For a complete list of all Homecoming events, visit www.southalabama.edu.