USFers can now enjoy the soaring sounds of carillon bells coming from the Lone Mountain tower and a restored Virgin Mary statue (left) on the third floor of the landmark building, thanks to recent funding from the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart Lone Mountain.
The alumnae attended college at Lone Mountain when it was the San Francisco College for Women or, later, when it was renamed Lone Mountain College. USF purchased Lone Mountain in 1978. The alumnae were invited to join the USF Alumni Association in 2006, as a way to maintain their connection to the Lone Mountain Campus.
The carillon installation and Virgin Mary statue restoration were made possible through donations to the Lone Mountain Heritage Circle—a giving society for the alumnae, their families, and their friends to pay tribute to their time at Lone Mountain, said Polly McMullen LM ’68, USF senior planned giving officer.
The Heritage Circle consists of the Lone Mountain Campus Enhancement Fund and the Lone Mountain Legacy Scholarship. The former supports improvements and maintenance to Lone Mountain. The latter provides annual support to Catholic school educators who study at USF’s Institute for Catholic Leadership (ICEL). This year, the fund awarded a scholarship worth about $5,800—the largest since it was established in 2004.
The alumnae plan to create a Lone Mountain Heritage Room in 2013. The room, a classroom that will continue to be available for classes, will hold memorabilia, photos, and yearbooks from San Francisco College for Women and Lone Mountain College graduates in protective bookshelves.