Harlaxton Ambassadors Ring in New School Year
Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, the University of Evansville opened the new academic year and welcomed the Class of 2022 with the ringing of the new Interfaith Peace Bell prior to Freshman Academic Convocation. Three seniors, all Harlaxton Ambassadors, had the honor of ringing the bell for its convocation debut: elementary education major Anna Mundy, sociology and international studies double major Hayley Elliott, and exercise science major Macy Dimmett. They were accompanied by visiting monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery in India who are currently creating a Sand Mandala in the University of Evansville’s Neu Chapel. Both the Sand Mandala and the Interfaith Peace Bell symbolize the university’s commitment to working toward world peace and reconciliation.
The Harlaxton Ambassadors were an appropriate choice to ring the Peace Bell at the ceremony, seeing as the bell was cast in England, not too far from Harlaxton Manor. The White Chapel Bell Foundry in London cast the bell before its permanent closure in 2017, making the Peace Bell one of the last bells cast by Britain’s oldest manufacturing company. UE’s Peace Bell joins such esteemed bells as Big Ben and the Liberty Bell in a shared heritage from the White Chapel Bell Foundry.
In addition to ringing the bell on Tuesday, Elliott, Mundy, and Dimmett have been named the Fall 2018 Interfaith Peace Bell Stewards. Elliott and Mundy (both Harlaxton Spring 2017 alumni) and Dimmett (Harlaxton Summer 2017) are active participants in the Harlaxton Ambassador program, volunteering their time and energy to help recruit and welcome new students on their Harlaxton journeys. The Ambassadors participate in study abroad fairs, help lead orientation classes, assist in supporting non-Evansville students leading up to their semester at Harlaxton, and much more. “I enjoy being an Ambassador because I get to continually talk about Harlaxton with people who are just as excited about it as I am,” Elliott said. “It’s a good program because we’re able to reach out to people at different schools who don’t have access to people who have gone to Harlaxton before, so it’s a good resource for those students.”