New ‘Garden of Peace’ celebrates diversity at Southeast Center
Photos and Story by Christine Egan
On the afternoon of June 8, Southeast Center students and faculty gathered together to unveil a new garden at the campus to commemorate the center’s Asian New Year event, which PCC has celebrated for ten years thanks to the hard work of students and faculty event organizers. Formally presented as the “Garden of Peace,” the space represents a successful collaboration between students and faculty to design a quiet outdoor area for students to enjoy.
“We wanted to design a space that celebrated the diversity of our campus and the surrounding communities, much as we do for the Asian New Year celebration,” said Trina Hing, a faculty member who helped design the space with Bill Rude, Lead Groundskeeper for the Southeast Center. The garden is designed with catch basins and vegetation that will effectively capture, filter and use stormwater on site, rather than redirecting it through drains and downspouts.
The project was primarily funded by PCC’s Green Initiative Fund, with monetary contributions from the Dean of Instruction’s Office at Southeast Center.
“This was a huge group effort from students, faculty and staff led by Tamara Spycher, Trina Hing and Bill Rude,” said Julie Kopet, Interim Dean of Students and Instruction at Southeast.
The garden is now open to visitors who can access the space from the doors in Mt. Tabor Hall.