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UCO To Break Ground on Campus Labyrinth

Nov. 16, 2012

Media Contact: Courtney Bass, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


Whether preparing for a big exam, taking a break from a lengthy research paper or dealing with any number of potential stressful situations, University of Central Oklahoma students will soon have a permanent place for inner reflection and meditation as the university breaks ground on its new labyrinth with a ceremony at 1 p.m., Nov. 30 at the Heartland Plaza, west of the Y-Chapel of Song on campus.

Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., RN, a professor of Kinesiology and Health at UCO and a certified labyrinth facilitator, said the permanent 11-circuit paver labyrinth would provide an opportunity for moving meditation.

“Labyrinths offer opportunities for personal transformative learning when students walk at their own pace, pay attention to their thoughts, and write or share their experiences,” said Rudebock.  

“Walking a labyrinth can provide a pause in an otherwise hectic day.”

World-renowned labyrinth builders Marti and Debi Kermeen will create the labyrinth as an exact replica of the one in the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres in France, which was built in 1200 A.D.

The ceremony is open to the public and Rudebock will be available to answer questions about the labyrinth.

The labyrinth is expected to be complete in the late spring 2013.

The project is sponsored by Central’s President’s Office, Academic Affairs, College of Education and Professional Studies, and Facilities Management.

For more information, call 405-974-5230 or email