PAX-O \PAKS-oh\ noun: 1. a group that will change the world; 2. Juniata’s student peace organization.
2013 – 2014 Officers
President: Laura Lou Delehanty
Co-President: Roman Acri
Treasurer: Steph Starr
Secretary: Hannah Morris
PAX-O invites any students interested in community activism for Peace to join us in our efforts. Regular meetings, Tuesdays at 9pm located in Good Hall 220, are open invitation.
We are currently organizing Night of a Thousand Dinners, an evening of benefit dinners hosted by Juniata faculty. Students can donate to KivaMicrofunds to attend a dinner of their choosing. Contact PAX Secretary Hannah Morris for more information.
PAX-O Projects from 2012-2013 Academic Year
PINWHEELS FOR PEACE
On International Day of Peace (September 21) Juniata students lined pathways with pinwheels decorated with their visions of peace. Later that night, students walked to the Peace Chapel, reflecting on the world and current issues, as well as how a culture of peace can be created.
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND DINNERS
This was an incredible opportunity for students and their professors to come together for a great cause. Students donated money to Kiva Microfunds and in return ate a home cooked meal by their favorite professor at their house.
ONE BILLION RISING
PAX-O hosted their own 1 Billion Rising event on the Juniata campus. Keeping with the theme of standing up to violence against women and girls through dance, students learned about this cause and participated in a zumba class. We also collected toiletries for the Huntingdon House, a program for victims of domestic violence.
Every year, money is raised and donated to a local soup kitchen through the empty bowls event. Pottery students create ceramic bowls, and local restaurants donate gallons of soup and bread, which together attract many students and community members. PAX-O takes on the task of providing the soup.
IN ADDITION TO THESE PROJECTS AND EVENTS…
PAX-O also collaborates with other RSOs and organizations on campus, including multi-faith groups. Together, we are able to coordiate larger events, such as Genocide Awareness Week. PAX-O is also a flexible group, able to organize events on short notice in response to current issues. Last year, we hosted Pancakes for Peace, raising money for On Earth Peace when founder, Bob Gross walked through three states and stopped at Juniata. He gave a workshop here titled “Peacebuilding and the Earth.”