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Peace Month features Week of Peace events on RU campus

Wednesday, September 11, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 9/11/2013
Contact – Rita Elliott, Director of Communications 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., — Rockford University’s Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE) is participating in Rockford’s Peace Month (September 2013) by hosting a series of events as part of a "Week of Peace” on campus beginning Monday, September 16 and concluding Saturday, September 21 on the International Day of Peace.  

A "Celebration of Peace” will be held Monday, September 16 at 12 p.m. in Fisher Memorial Chapel on the campus of Rockford University, 5050 East State Street. The celebration features several speakers, including Rockford University President Robert L. Head, Ph.D ; Suzanne Crandall ’83, local story teller and Jane Addams historian; and Month of Peace organizers Mr. James and Mrs. Pam Keeling, As part of the celebration, President Head will be presented with a Peace Pole by local President of the Rockford Interfaith council Professor Kanwal Prashar.    

On Wednesday, September 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the Burpee Center’s Grace Roper Lounge, Barrie Carter Gibby ’70, will be speaking about the importance of labyrinths. Ms. Gibby is a Veriditas trained labyrinth facilitator. A labyrinth is a flat, circular path that is designed to symbolize life’s journey. A shoe labyrinth will be created on campus to benefit Carpenter’s Place. The circuitous path will be lined with athletic shoes and be walked from 10 am – 4 p.m.  Donations of new, and like new, athletic shoes are being accepted on campus through Friday, September 20. A collection bin is available in the Burpee Center  lobby. Ms. Gibby will also be leading the "Labyrinth of Shoes Walk” on Saturday, September 21 from 10a.m.-4p.m on the Burpee Commons lawn.

Rockford’s Peace Month is a collaborative effort with the community to promote peace within the city of Rockford, as well as in the nation and the world.  JACCE has organized these activities to coincide with events being held at the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza throughout Peace Month.   

For more details about the events being held at Rockford University please contact Donnette Tinsley by phone at 815-394-5143 or by e-mail at  To learn about other events taking place during Peace Month throughout the Rockford area, please visit

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