#TBT TO 1972: NKU’S GNOMONIUM POLARIS NORDUM

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By Jayna Morris
Assistant Editor, NKU Magazine

Amid NKU’s rapid growth in the early 1970s, Frank Steely, NKU’s founding father and first president, wanted a symbol of the University’s advancement to be displayed right in the middle of campus.

That location happens to be at latitude 39 0’ 54” N, longitude 84 27’ 52.5”—or as most students know, the sundial that sits in the grassy area right in front of Nunn Hall.

The sundial, also known as Gnomonium Polaris Nordum, was chosen to symbolize NKU’s status as a new, rising campus in northern Kentucky. The 20-ton piece of concrete was created by artist Addison H. Clipson Jr. and is a popular gathering spot for students on campus during the warmer months.