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Spring 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 2
Carillon Chimes •  Entrepreneurs  •   Digital broadcast  •  Joe Stowell  •  Painting  •  Poet CD

Carillon chimes in

by Taija Jenkins ’08

Mary Pentecost at the carillon

Mary Pentecost ’08, plays music ranging from the Beatles to Debussy on the Bradley carillon.

Homecoming 2006 brought a special treat from the tower of Bradley Hall for students, faculty, and staff. Several times a day during Homecoming week, two Bradley students played requested music on the carillon [kar-uh-luhn]. Requests came from the Student Activities Office and were made via phone.

Dr. Ray Zarvell ’62 MA ’69 has now hired three students to play the carillon: Vanessa Welch ’08, an advertising and music major, Mary Pentecost '08, a music performance major with a concentration in piano, and music business major Jared Bartman '10.

The carillon is a computer-controlled electronic system that synthesizes chimes and bells. It consists of an organ-like console with two keyboards and a computer-controlled console to create the synthesized sound. It is responsible for the music heard around campus on Fridays and visit days. Any music played on the carillon can be stored in its memory and played again. Some music had been programmed into its memory prior to its purchase.

The carillon has been at Bradley since the 1963 fire. However, the new carillon was purchased and placed in Bradley Hall during last year’s renovation. The University purchased the carillon through internal funds that are set aside for special projects.

Students win big with Vegas experience

Six Bradley students helped manage the 2007 National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Conference, annually held in January in Las Vegas. Dr. Greg Pitts, NATPE’s Director of Faculty and Student Programs and Bradley associate professor, has taken students to the conference for the last six years. Students typically help run sessions, hand out conference credentials, help with registration, and occasionally escort VIPs to sessions.

One student, Joey Ortega ‘08, left with an internship offer from Michael Davies, a New York-based reality television show producer and executive producer of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. As part of the inaugural Pitch-Me Contest, Ortega and David Ruckman ‘07presented television show ideas to Hollywood talent agents in a session sponsored by the NATPE Education Foundation.

“They go to do conference work,” said Pitts, who is also the interim associate department chair for the Department of Communication in the Slane College. “But by being there, they get access to the event. It’s a backdoor kind of approach to get into an event that would ordinarily be closed to the general public.”

Ortega and Ruckman were among five students and faculty competing in the Pitch-Me Contest. Pitts initially offered the opportunity to the 30 fellowship faculty members nationwide who were invited to attend the NATPE Conference. Later, he opened the competition to students.


Carillon Chimes •  Entrepreneurs  •   Digital broadcast  •  Joe Stowell  •  Painting  •  Poet CD