More than 30 people chanted “Let peace prevail on earth” in response to each reading for the Oct. 30 dedication of a peace pole on the campus of Northwestern Health Sciences University. Readings came from Matt Hanson, president of the student senate; Lisa Franczak, president of the employee
council; and Dr. Norman Horns, vice president of the faculty senate. Dr. Mark Zeigler, president of Northwestern, provided the introductory and closing remarks for the ceremony. The pole, which is made from Western red cedar, is a public representation of the university’s designation as an International Peace Site by World Citizen.
“Peace is more than the absence of war; it means we actually need to be active,” said Melvin Giles, a representative of the World Citizen Organization and attendee at the unveiling ceremony. “I can’t think of a better institution for a peace pole, because Northwestern actively promotes health.”
The unveiling took place next to the flagpole in front of the university facing 84th Street. Each side of the pole carries the message “May peace prevail
on earth” in a different language, according to Kathy Allen, assistant dean of the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. “We chose Chinese, English, German and Cherokee as the four languages,” Allen said. The pole will eventually be moved to the new courtyard that is being created in conjunction
with the Wolfe-Harris Center for Excellence, the new 48,000-square-foot addition being constructed on the south side of campus. Both public high schools in Bloomington ― Jefferson and Kennedy ― have been designated as International Peace Sites, along with several elementary schools and churches. The city of Bloomington was designated as an International Peace Site September 2007.
Photo by: Christina Fontana/Northwestern Health Sciences University
From left: Dr. Mark Zeigler, president of Northwestern; Matt Hanson, president of the student senate; Melvin Giles, representative of World Citizen; Dr. Norman Horns, vice president of the faculty senate; and Lisa Franczak, president of the employee council.