Cleary adds piece of rock to build tradition

Posted: May 7, 2013

HOWELL – Cleary University got a piece of rock Monday, May 7 that will hopefully be the foundation of a campus tradition.

“We wanted to create a unique way for our campus community to celebrate accomplishments,” said Carrie Bonofiglio, director of admissions at Cleary University. “We have a growing traditional student population and we have athletics now as well. We hope our students will use the rock to express themselves, appropriately.”

The 6.4 ton rock was purchased as part of a $3,000 grant from Helen’s Circle, the Cleary University women’s organization. The rock is located between the Johnson Center and Chrysler Hall on the Livingston Campus in Howell.

Comprised of granite and quartz, the rock was purchased from the Rock Shoppe in Plymouth.

“We had to go rock shopping,” said Bonofiglio. “There were all of these huge rocks, but we had to find one with a relatively flat surface.”

Bonofiglio said that Cleary will add a message to the rock from time-to-time and hinted that the first message could come very soon.

“Cleary has a lot of history, but we don’t really have a lot of campus traditions and we wanted to start one,” Bonofiglio said.

Cleary University ( is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-campus, specialized business university, committed to the betterment of society through the success of its alumni and their employers; to operate as a role model of responsible business practice; to embrace quality management principles, innovation, and an attentive customer focus; and to aspire to a better future.

Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.