"The words Ms. Horton penned capture beautifully and powerfully the values and spirit of Bridgewater State University and evoke a timeless quality that speaks to our glorious past, strong present and bright future."
BSU’s Spirit Committee launched an Alma Mater Lyrics Contest late last year, after deciding the existing lyrics, penned in 1904, did not capture the institution’s modern status as the flagship of the state universities. Students, faculty, librarians, staff, administrators and alumni were invited to participate.
A subcommittee of students, faculty, staff and alumni, with guidance from Steven Karidoyanes, music director of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted a blind review of the submissions and made a recommendation to President Clark.
Ultimately, the lyrics submitted by Juliana Horton, budget manager in the Office of the Provost and current MBA candidate, (above, with President Clark) were selected.
“The words Ms. Horton penned capture beautifully and powerfully the values and spirit of Bridgewater State University and evoke a timeless quality that speaks to our glorious past, strong present and bright future,” the president said.
Below are the winning lyrics. See all the submissions.
Our love of community guides us in purpose and thought, well aware, the courage to lead and inspire, the hallmark of ev’ry Bear.
Alma Mater! Alma Mater! Rising to what lies before. Alma Mater, keep Bridgewater close to heart forever more!
Wherever the road takes us onward, a time will arise, now and then, with ever a sense of belonging, we’ll come home to you – again.
For legions of those you have tended, your history vital and strong, for then and today and tomorrow, we join in our loyal song.