This Peace Pole, was a gift by Rotary District 5930 to the Island University, Corpus Christi, TX.
a central location was chosen near the University Center – between the East Lawn and Anchor Plaza.
“This Peace Pole serves as a beacon for deep discussion and the strong hope of all who gather around it,” said Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President.
“As Islanders, we strive to not only appreciate our commonalities, but to rejoice in our differences. It is my sincere hope that this pole will be a display of the respect and acceptance we have for each other – leading the way for our communities, our state, our nation, and our world.” Per Dr. Marilyn Spencer, retired professor and department chair of economics at A&M-Corpus Christi, and past district governor for Rotary District 5930.
Dr Spencer was the driving force behind bringing the Peace Pole to the Island University Campus.
Rotary 5930 is helping to plant Peace Poles throughout South Texas. They are also helping to rebuild the community after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area. One of the leaders of this movement, Rotary District 5930 District Governor, Andrew Hagan, has personally helped to rebuild cafeterias, “So that many can enjoy a hot meal”, as well as plant Peace Poles as a symbol of hope for those that have lost so much.
Mr. Hagan is not only an inspiration to those around him. He admits he takes away lessons from those he helps so drastically affected by this storm. Their material possessions and many of their homes have been destroyed, but the spirit of giving and joy carry on in this community.
“The phrase ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ celebrates diversity, yet oneness in strength,” said Andrew Hagan, “This phrase embodies the mission of this University to foster and teach peaceful ways to resolve conflict, seek equitable solutions to what may seem to be insurmountable challenges, and actively engage in initiatives emphasizing the importance of our humanitarian service with a purpose.”
“May Peace Prevail on Earth” is displayed in eight different languages, also including a Braille Plaque. The selection of languages was based on the native languages of those who attend Island U.; they include Arabic, English, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
This spirit of unity, as well as diversity, was celebrated during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Dedication.
All joined together to commemorate the Peace Pole’s permanent placement on campus.
Thank you to Local Rotary 5930 and Texas A&M Island University for sharing this special day with us and helping to spread the message of Peace.
Photo and News Credit to Andrew Hagan of S. Texas Rotary 5930, as well as Texas A&M University.