Culminating a longtime dream of its alumni, the University of South Alabama will host a public dedication for Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza on Friday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
The event will be held in the Alumni Plaza at the base of Moulton Tower, near the Mitchell Center on main campus. Open to the public, it will feature the USA Jaguar Marching Band and Cheerleaders, a fireworks finale and dinner at the tower.
The Gordon and Geri Moulton Bell Tower is named in honor of USA’s second president and his wife for “exceptional service to the University of South Alabama and the Mobile community” spanning more than four decades, by unanimous resolution of the USA Board of Trustees on Sept. 17, 2009. Gordon Moulton joined USA on June 1, 1966, and was appointed president on July 29, 1998.
The Alumni Plaza recognizes those visionary alumni who foresaw and contributed gifts toward a landmark representing USA’s honored past and cherished aspirations. Their dream lives through this bell tower and plaza, a monument to the loyalty and gratitude of USA alumni worldwide and an inspiration for future generations.
“Working with the students and faculty, and being able to see this institution evolve, have been very rewarding experiences for me,” President Moulton said. “I couldn’t imagine anything better than having your colleagues say thank you in a way like this.
“It’s been a great journey, and Geri has been a part of it every step of the way,” he noted. “She has been an immeasurable help to me.”
Geri Moulton said she was deeply touched by the naming.
“This is a statement about my husband’s life’s work,” she said. “He’s had the incredible opportunity to do something bigger than himself and to serve the community while earning a living. To have the trust of the Board of Trustees and the community is a very humbling experience.”
“The Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza is the realization of an alumni dream and a very special recognition of USA’s most distinguished representatives, the Moultons,” said Dr. Joseph F. Busta, Jr., vice president for development and alumni relations.
“More than a landmark, it is a perpetual tribute that tells the University’s story through its student, employee, alumni and governing leaders. As the University’s history unfolds, each year a new chapter will be written and told through the contributions of tomorrow’s leaders.”
“The dedication of Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza is a significant moment for the USA National Alumni Association and its members and all USA students – past, present and future,” said Alexis Atkins, ’97, president of the USA National Alumni Association. “This will be a place for many memories in the future for our alumni, as they return here for weddings, social events and pep rallies. The completion of this long-term goal of our USA National Alumni Association will encourage even greater support of USA in the future by our members.”
Located between Alumni Hall and the Mitchell Center, Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza stands as a symbol of unity for the University community, a campus landmark and a gathering place. The complex features:
- a beautiful 140-foot brick and stone tower,
- authentic bronze bells and an electronic carillon,
- seating for more than 140 in an open, multipurpose activity space under the tower,
- two arbors,
- an amphitheatre,
- Walls of Honor featuring names of individuals who supported the project and others who contributed to the betterment of USA,
- an alumni plaza with benches and walkways, and,
- hand-painted murals that will be installed beneath the tower to reflect the teaching, research, health care and service missions of the University.
The four bronze bells at the top of Moulton Tower range in size from two to four feet in height and weigh from 600 pounds to more than one ton.
More than 1,300 donors contributed to the project. For a complete list of donors, USA National Alumni Association Lifetime Members and historical leaders whose names are inscribed on the Walls of Honor, visit www.southalabama.edu.