Pacific University Will Mark Peace Day With Peace Pole Dedication

The Pacific University community will mark the International Day of Peace, Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the dedication of a Peace Pole on the Forest Grove Ccampus in front of Scott Hall. A short ceremony, open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m., and a reception will follow.

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on Sept. 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to "commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

Pacific University student Jared Kawatani ’17 first proposed the idea of creating a Peace Pole on campus as a place for students, faculty, and staff to gather and reflect on peace. "Finding peace within the world, our community and ourselves is something that we are faced with in our Pacific community and all around the world," Kawatani said. "Currently, the world is pressed with issues such as the Syrian refugees, climate change, gun violence, and so much more.”

According to the Peace Pole Project, tens of thousands of Peace Poles exist in 180 countries as monuments to peace that serve as constant reminders "for us to visualize and pray for world peace.”

Pacific University’s new Peace Pole is being funded by grants from the University’s Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Peace and Spirituality and Undergraduate Student Senate.

“The search for creating peace in our world is part of the Pacific ethos,” said Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, University Chaplain and director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality. “All of us at Pacific are impressed by this student-driven initiative to lift up the cause of peace.”

For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Currie at 971-322-7920 or

Founded in 1849, Pacific University offers more than 84 areas of study within its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Optometry, Education, Health Professions and Business with locations in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene, Portland and Woodburn.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016