OCU Bell Tower Plaza

Something exciting is happening on our campus and YOU can be a part of it! 

The new Bell Tower is under construction on the site of the former Brengle Hall. 

Once the Bell Tower and the plaza are complete, it will be a unique gathering place on our campus. The Bell Tower is being constructed in honor of Dr. Jerry W. Phillips for his 38 years of service to the university through the generosity of the Phillips family.

  • The tower will be approximately 47 ft. in height with four aluminum bell shells of different sizes.
  • The Schulmerich g5 Classic Plus plays chimes/ hour strikes, tolling bells, swinging bells and over 7,800 carillon music selections. It also includes a full-size keyboard for live musical performances.
  • A Campus Alert System— For emergency situations or to broadcast audio during graduation, alumni and student events.
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OCU Bell Tower In Honor of Dr. Jerry W. Phillips

Dr. Jerry W. Phillips graduated from Oakland City University in 1959. In 1970 he earned his doctorate in math education from Indiana University. He joined the faculty of Oakland City University as a mathematics professor in 1963 and taught here until his retirement in 2001.

Dr. Phillips was an exceptional math professor and earned many awards in his long career. He was also very active in his community. He was member of the Kiwanis Club and a deacon of the First General Baptist Church of Oakland City, where he taught various Sunday school classes. After his retirement he served on the Board of Gibson County Community Foundation and served as a substitute driver for Meals on Wheels.

After his passing in 2006, family and friends chose to honor him through a fund for a clock and bell tower on the site of Brengle Hall, where Jerry spent so many hours teaching. We are so excited to see this become a reality, anticipated by graduation 2021.

Since Jerry was loved and respected by so many, a memorial brick plaza was included with the design of the tower. It is a 20’x20’ design paved with 4”x8” and 8”x8” red engraved bricks. We are offering this special opportunity for you to honor anyone of your choice with an engraved brick.

Use the order form on the back and mail it in or order online at www.ocuadvancement.com Do not miss this opportunity to honor someone in this special way.

Your Custom Brick

An engraved brick is a lasting way to honor someone special. The 20’x20’ plaza will display 1,800 bricks with room for expansion. This is a unique opportunity to honor someone, support Oakland City University, and pay tribute to Dr. Jerry Phillips for his years of service to OCU.

Suggestions for engraving:

  • YOUR NAME AND GRAD YEAR
  • YOUR STUDENT’S NAME AND GRAD YEAR
  • HONOR A FAVORITE PROFESSOR
  • YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND/ROOMMATE
  • IN MEMORY OF SOMEONE

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Questions?

Contact us at gifts@oak.edu or 812-749-1228