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Dove of peace' design wins campus vote

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March 31st, 2009



After more than two years of planning and designing, the chapel at Ann s Choice will dedicate its new stained glass window. "It was a labor of love," says Florence Welsh, resident and co-chair of the window design committee.

All 1,800 residents were encouraged to vote on which design would grace the window. Nearly 1,200 returned the ballots, and out of the five designs offered an overwhelming number picked the image of a dove holding an olive branch, Welsh says. "All of the different faiths were taken into consideration," says Art Rondeau, resident and co-chair of the design committee.

The image of a dove in flight holding an olive branch has become a universal symbol for peace. It originally appeared in the Bible when Noah sent the dove out and it came back holding evidence that water no longer covered the earth.

Made of ' -inch thick faceted glass, the window has a resin epoxy coating that has the same properties for contraction as expansion, so it will last a very long time, Welsh says. The window will be illuminated by both interior and exterior lighting so that the glass will always be a visible beacon, a unifying reminder of peace.

The dedication will take place on April 28 at the Ann s Choice Chapel.