Becker College Honors Global Citizenship with Installation of Peace Poles

Published on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

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Becker College dedicated Peace Poles – internationally recognized monuments to the hopes and dreams of the human family – on both its Worcester and Leicester campuses in a ceremony at noon on Friday, November 1, 2013.
  • Worcester Campus Peace Pole

  • Peace pole dedication ceremony

  • Yuya Takeda, Rev. Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fonatine, Salonee Parikh (l-r)

  • Introduction by Rev. Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine

  • Rev. Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine announces trees planted in Africa

  • Welcome by Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

  • Peace activist, Dr. Michael True

  • Yuya Takeda, of Osaka, Japan

  • Professor Vladimir Pistalo, reading from his novel, "Tesla, a Life"

  • Reading countries of the world - Salonee Parikh

  • Reading countries of the world - Prof. John Deitrick

  • Reading countries of the world - Joseph Spero

 

Becker College dedicated Peace Poles – internationally recognized monuments to the hopes and dreams of the human family – on both its Worcester and Leicester campuses in a ceremony at noon on Friday, November 1, 2013.

In rain and driving wind, Becker College professor, Rev. Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine opened the dedication ceremony, with a blessing, accompanied by students Yuya Takeda of Osaka, Japan, and Salonee Parikh, from Mumbai, India.

Moving the event inside the Hawks’ Nest, in the Weller Academic Building, Becker President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. invoked the plea of the late Mother Teresa, to “Go home, and love your family,” when she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?”

“Becker College is proud to participate in this global campaign,” President Johnson continued. “As an institution dedicated to creating graduates who are world-ready, we believe it is especially fitting for us to serve as a host for the Peace Pole campaign. Becker’s mission and core values are founded on the principles of global citizenship.”

A Peace Pole is a handmade monument that carries the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each side.  Tens of thousands of Peace Poles have been installed in 180 countries around the world to stand vigil in silent meditation for peace on Earth. The Peace Pole campaign is coordinated by the World Peace Prayer Society, headquartered in Wassaic, New York, at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains.

To commemorate the installation of the Peace Poles, 40 trees were planted on the African continent by the World Peace Sanctuary. The dedication ceremony also featured a reading by Professor Vladimir Pistalo, from his novel, Tesla, A Life; a poetry reading by local peace activist Dr. Michael True; two songs, sung in Japanese by Yuya Takeda; and a reading of the regions of the world, by several students, and members of the Becker faculty and staff.

The initiative to install the Peace Poles on Becker campuses arose from the College’s participation in the 10th cohort of the American Council on Education (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory. Becker College and eight other institutions were invited to join this 16-20 month learning community designed to craft strategies to increase global engagement on campus and in communities at large.

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