Artist rendering of the clock tower base, where the pavers will be.

Make your purchase today! Sales end June 1!

A signature clock tower surrounded by engraved pavers and benches is coming to campus this summer.

Purchase a Paver

Purchase a Paver

Michigan Tech’s campus beautification continues with the construction of a clock tower to begin spring 2018, located in the heart of campus between the Memorial Union and the MEEM buildings. The Alumni Way project incorporates benches and pavers surrounding the tower to provide a community gathering place for Michigan Tech Huskies.

The clock tower and a student scholarship are made possible by the generous donation from the William '69 and Ilene Bernard Jr. family. Bernard received his bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering in 1969. He is the CEO and Chairman of Surface Combustion, Inc., a leading manufacturer of thermal processing equipment, headquartered in Maumee, OH.

Bernard was born and raised in Houghton and is grateful for his Michigan Tech experience. “If Michigan Tech was not in Houghton, I would not have had the opportunity to attend college and then experience the success that my highly regarded Michigan Tech degree enabled,” he says. “My family and I are proud of our Copper Country roots and are grateful for how Michigan Tech enhances the community."

The Bernard family hopes their donation inspires students to create new traditions through the “ringing of the bell” to acknowledge special events, historical holidays, and important accomplishments of the student body. With this gift, a portion of the donation was used to establish the William J. Bernard Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide support to Michigan Tech students.

"We hope this gift creates a new gathering place and an opportunity to inspire students to create new traditions. At the same time, we hope it honors the great heritage of Michigan Tech and the local community."William J. Bernard Jr.

You can become a part of Michigan Tech history.

Join this exciting campus project by purchasing your own personally engraved paver stone to be placed around the clock tower.

You can include your name and class year, honor someone special in your life, or pay tribute to Michigan Tech organizations. You decide.

Two paver sizes available

Small paver exampleYour gift of $275 purchases:

  • a 4-inch by 8-inch small paver
  • includes three lines
  • 13 characters per line (including spaces)

Large paver example

Your gift of $500 purchases:

  • a 12-inch by 12-inch square large paver
  • includes six lines
  • 15 characters per line
  • an ideal gift for families and groups.

Limited quantity available!

Support Michigan Tech. Make your paver gift today.

Purchase a Paver

More Gift Opportunities

stone benchPurchase a stone bench with a personalized plaque for a gift of $25,000

Purchase a Michigan Tech value plaque for a gift of $15,000. There are five value plaques available: Accountability, Community, Possibilities, Tenacity, and Scholarship.

Plaque example text:
Michigan Technological University 
inspires [name of value].
In Honor of, In Memoriam, or Donated by. 

To learn more about purchasing a stone bench or a value plaque, please call Marney Kloote at 906-487-3395 or