UCO Invites Community to Celebrate New Labyrinth at Ceremonial Dedication

The University of Central Oklahoma will dedicate its new labyrinth at a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 6.

Aug. 27, 2013

Media Contact: Stephanie Turner, Coordinator Public Relations and Communications, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-5408, sturner27@uco.edu

UCO INVITES COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE NEW LABYRINTH AT CEREMONIAL DEDICATION

The University of Central Oklahoma now offers a spot dedicated to reflection and meditation with the opening of its new labyrinth. The university will celebrate the opening with a public ceremonial dedication at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at Heartland Plaza, west of the Y Chapel of Song on campus.

UCO President Don Betz, Ph.D., will lead the ribbon cutting followed by a traditional labyrinth ceremonial exchange with attendees. The UCO School of Music will provide music for the ceremony. Refreshments will also be served.       

Central’s labyrinth is the first at a public university in Oklahoma. The paved 11-circuit walking path was designed with the university’s mission in mind, offering students opportunities for transformative learning.           

 “We’re pleased to offer this oasis of serenity amid an otherwise bustling campus to our students, faculty, staff and the community,” Betz said.

“The process of reflection is essential to lifelong learning.  It is through reflection that we find new opportunities and fresh perspective. The labyrinth certainly enhances our mission to create a culture of learning, leading and serving at Central.”

World-renowned labyrinth artists Debi and Marty Kermeen, founders of Labyrinths in Stone, hand-laid the medieval labyrinth design. The path equals approximately one-third of a mile when walked to the center and back.           

Several entities across campus collaborated to make the labyrinth possible, including the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the College of Education and Professional Studies, the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Facilities Management.            

In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Y Chapel of Song east of the labyrinth. 

For more information or to secure a parking pass for the event, contact the UCO Labyrinth Coordinator Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., R.N., at 405-974-5230. Parking passes are limited.

To learn more about the labyrinth and UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies, visit www.uco.edu/ceps.   

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Editor’s Note: Download art for publication with this article at www.uco.edu/photo/Labyrinth08.13.

Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma will dedicate its new labyrinth at a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 6. The space will serve as a point of reflection and relaxation for the campus and community.