Photo of George Rapanos George Rapanos: A Quest for Religious Transformation
I said to the almond tree,
"Sister, speak to me of God,"
And the almond tree blossomed.

- Haiku given to St. Francis.

When we think about the kinds of resources students in the future will need, the first thing that uasually comes to mind is technology: computers, wireless devices, virtual reality. A gift from alumnus George Rapanos is designed to remind us that while silicon chips may get faster and smarter, its important sometimes for humans to slow down and be wise. A 36-foot tall, 24.5 ton monument-quality granite obelisk is the focal point of what will eventually be a landscaped "Circle of Inspiration" 150 feet in diameter, featuring granite benches and pedestals inscribed with poetry. Located in Bond Circle, the project plays an important role in extending the presence of art into West Campus. Itís also a reminder that our actions affect not only this generation, but generations to come-similar monuments have stood for thousands of years in Egypt.

"Everyone has his own specific vocation, meaning and mission in life that demands fulfillment. What I want is to inspire other people."
- George Rapanos


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