Often, we think of peace-full places as sites of art and sculpture and natural settings, such as gardens planted with beautiful flowers and blooming trees, with places to sit and contemplate and reflect. These places please us, help us reflect and remember, and make us smile or think of the beauty of our world. They are indeed peace-full places.
Sometimes, dreams become reality and on October 29, 2010, one dream of a “peace-full place” at UMD will be dedicated. Please come see for yourself the beauty and peace you can find from the hard work of so many individuals.
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Friday, October 29, 2010, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel
Dedication of the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance
Join the University community as we dedicate the new Garden of Reflection and Remembrance at Memorial Chapel. The new garden features a labyrinth, native plantings, water features, and will be a place the community goes to reflect and recharge.
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On this page, you can explore the varied ways UMD provides peace-full places for those who live, work, or visit here, including some so obvious and in plain sight, we sometimes miss them.
Imagine a world where you don’t have to do the dishes; sweep, wash and wax the floors; empty the trash; trim the bushes; mow the lawn; rake the leaves; and clean out the bathrooms. Imagine a world where everything you need is at your fingertips or a short walk away. Think about a world where you can concentrate on studying, learning, reflecting about life, arguing points of logic with your friends until the wee hours, participating in sports, where you can walk about freely, dine when you need to and all in an atmosphere that’s clean, beautiful, orderly, and well kept. Would that be a peace-full place or what? You’re there right now.
The University of Maryland - a Peace-Full Place
Do beauty, orderliness and cleanliness guarantee peace? No. But, arguably, throughout the world disorderliness, chaos, filth, a lack of concern and care, and poor living conditions breed a true lack of peace, both inner and outer. So who maintains our physical environment at the University of Maryland? Who assures that we have the opportunity to do our work in surroundings that are well-maintained, clean, and clutter-free (except for what we put there ourselves)?
UMD’s Facilities Management Staff:http://www.facilities.umd.edu/AboutFM/ Aren’t you glad you don’t have to trim all those bushes and rake all those leaves? And how about things like changing light bulbs, fixing overflowing lavatories, taking care of heating/airconditioning issues, and so on, that you don’t have to worry about? Those lavatories don’t clean themselves, you know, and the halls and classrooms are not self-shining! Kudos to those who keep us up and running!
The University of Maryland - An Arboretum and Botanical Garden
In 2008, the American Public Garden Association approved the University of Maryland's application for the entire campus to become an arboretum and botanical garden. This designation affirmed the university's commitment to a green campus. A third honor came when the Arbor Day Foundation named Maryland a Tree Campus USA university for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Maryland was the first university in the state to receive this honor.
Thanks to the dedication, team-work, talents and skills of the campus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Steering Committee members, UM has benefited from the marked improvements to the appearance, status, and spirit that the ABG has brought to our campus. The "new look and the new way of looking at campus" has begun to spread throughout the fiber of the university, bringing a new-found pride in what it means to be a Terp. Through the mutual support and collaboration of Facilities Management, the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture (AGNR), and University Relations, the ABG has and will continue to unite the campus in both form and function and its sum will always exceed the parts. The potential value of the ABG goes well beyond the initial dream in that the whole campus has been designated an arboretum and botanical garden.
Visit the UMD Arboretum and Botanical Gardens website here.
Restore the Camellias at Morrill Hall Co-Sponsored by the Homecoming Committee and the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Morrill Hall Quad Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 12:00 - 3:00 pm Contact Katie Winstead (firstname.lastname@example.org). Kick-Off Homecoming week at Morrill Hall, the oldest building on campus, to re-create a Peace-Full Place by planting a camellia garden on the quad in front of the building. These are the plantings that originally graced the area and you will be helping to recreate history! Thirty volunteers are needed to wield the tools and create the beautiful space. Participate in peace while you work the earth. Lunch will be served to workers.
The University of Maryland - Garden of Reflection and Remembrance
In the spirit of remembrance and contemplation, the University of Maryland is partnering with the TKF Foundation, to develop a Garden of Remembrance and Labyrinth. With the foundation's award of $200,000, half of which is a challenge grant, Maryland will develop the two-phase project that includes the development of the Path of Prosperity, which will connect the Memorial Chapel and the West Garden Chapel with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the 2002 Senior Class gift memorial—a tribute to those who lost their lives during the tragic events of 9/11. The second phase of the project includes the installation of a labyrinth, which may appear to be a large maze, but on closer inspection, is actually "a guided peaceful journey," describes Linda Clement, vice president of student affairs. Over recent years, as the university community has grappled with one tragic event after another—9/11, the Iraq War, the Virginia Tech massacre—the need for people of different faiths to find a sacred space is more important today than ever. "This place," says Clement, "is both an opportunity to develop the space, but it's also a statement by the university that we value contemplation and reflection."
Creating a peaceful space in the gardens of the Memorial Chapel with its beautiful chimes is not only consistent with university initiatives to create more open green spaces on the campus, but it will also beckon the community to draw from a wellspring of spiritual sustenance.
See plans for the upcoming Garden of Reflection and Remembrance here.
Other Peace-Full Places on Campus
David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora 1214 Cole Student Activities Building An American Consciousness: Robin Holder’s Mid-Career Retrospective features seventy prints at the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park [UMCP]. An American Consciousness will be on view from October 8 through December 11, 2009. The public opening reception will be held on October 8, 2009 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Driskell Center’s gallery, 1207 Cole Student Activities Building, UMCP. See the artist, Robin Holder’s paragraph on the relationship of her art to peace in Essays.
The Episcopal Student Center 4508 College Avenue—ONE BLOCK behind the MD Book Exchange By collaboration with the parish of St. Andrew’s, the EACM has made possible the existence of the Episcopal Student Center, a community meeting place within walking distance from campus where all University students can find recreation, study space, and opportunities for socializing and working with peers on collaborative service projects, as well as even a place for spiritual learning opportunities.
As the site of the Campus Ministry’s interdenominational Christian Studies Residence, the Episcopal Student Center or ESC is home to a team of students from different backgrounds who serve the campus community as peer ministers, providing support to other students as folks interested in making service to the community as they live in an intentional community of study, worship and fellowship, actively living a Christian lifestyle. More about the student center and peer ministers that the campus ministry supports can be found online at http://eacm.edow.org/peerministers.html. Jim Henson Statue and Memorial Garden