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Southeast Center invites Buddhist monks to help dedicate and bless new “Garden of Peace”

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On Tuesday, September 18, ASPCC and other planning committee members, are hosting a dedication ceremony for Southeast Center’s new “Garden of Peace” at 1:30 pm, following the campus in-service event.

Following remarks from Dr. Jessica Howard, the new president for the Southeast/Extended Learning Campus, Becky Springer, Student Leadership Coordinator, and a group of Buddhist monks from the Ngoc Son (Jade Mountain) Buddhist Temple will lead a blessing ceremony for the new garden.

Garden of Peace photo from Trina Hsing (August 2012)

This August, Southeast Center’s new “Garden of Peace” has been in full bloom and a welcomed respite for students and staff.

Students, faculty and staff from Southeast/Extended Learning Campus are invited to take part in the dedication and blessing ceremony, as well as members of the surrounding community.

The garden was created in collaboration between students and faculty to celebrate diversity and create a quiet outdoor area for students and employees to enjoy. Organizers hosted a gathering in June 2012 to unveil the new space, which is in the courtyard across from the Southeast Center testing area. Students and faculty are often seen walking through the garden pathway or sitting on benches to study, have lunch and visit.

For more information about the event, email Becky Springer.

The new garden provides a peaceful and beautiful setting for PCC students to enjoy.

A family takes a more scenic path to stroll through the new Garden, which features gravel walkway, an ornamental bridge and sculptural artwork.

This August, an instructor from Southeast Center enjoys her lunch in the new Garden of Peace.

About Christine Egan

Christine Egan is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and has a graduate degree in land use and environmental planning. Prior to her Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic, she lived in Washington DC serving as a legislative advisor to ... more »


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