Bernard Family Clock Tower Groundbreaking Tomorrow
You are invited to the groundbreaking of the Bernard Family Clock Tower at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (April 27) at the lawn circle area between the Memorial Union and the R.L. Smith (MEEM) buildings.
The clock tower and a student scholarship, made possible by the generous donation from the William ’69 and Ilene Bernard Jr. family, is part of the ongoing Alumni Way beautification project which commenced with the Garden Plaza off the Library and the Husky Statue Plaza, both constructed from other generous alumni donations.
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, Ohio.
Bernard was born and raised in Houghton and says he 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," he adds.
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.
Learn more about this project and how you can purchase a paver.