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Augustana College Dedicates New Campus Clock


A gift from a couple in Colorado will honor a long-time professor at Augustana College. Monday morning a large clock was dedicated in front of the Tredway Library in memory of Professor Chad Meyer.

the new clock at Augustana College in front of the Tredway Library
the new clock at Augustana College in front of the Tredway Library

He graduated from the college in 1951, and taught at Augustana from 1953 to 1990.

President Steve Bahls says the tall, four-sided clock really dresses up the heart of campus.

"We wanted something that looked classic, that looked like it was dripping with tradition. So if you imagine a Main Street clock in New England, it looks like that Main Street clock."

The clock is a gift from Keith and Eileen Carpenter - Chad Meyer was Eileen Carpenter's uncle.

Meyer taught speech, debate, persuasion, and theater arts at the college, and produced a weekly program for WHBF-tv called "Augustana Presents" that featured departments and activities on campus. The program ran for 35 years.

The Chad Meyer Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in speech communication.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.