County College of Morris’s (CCM) annual Peace Prize has been awarded to Alisa Brescic of Budd Lake for her video essay titled “The Peace of U.S.” Brescic’s mentor for the video project was Michelle Altieri, instructor of communications at CCM.
The CCM Peace Prize was founded in fall 2001 as a way to commemorate the events of September 11 while promoting world peace. The contest encourages students to think creatively in submitting entries, which encompass writing, music, dance, multimedia, and other forms of visual arts to establish a message of peace.
Brescic’s video “The Peace of U.S.” features discussions on religion, friendship, and the definition of peace among the community. She challenges fellow CCM students to get to know someone new, and learn the values of others. Her work showcases campus diversity and the idea that an open mind to other cultures and religions is the first step to a peaceful society. Her winning video essay can be found at http://tinyurl.com/akckdum
In recognition of her project to bring people of differing values and cultures together, Brescic will receive a $1,000 award and a plaque, provided by the CCM Foundation. Her name will also be engraved on a permanent plaque in CCM’s Student Community Center.
Photo: Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of student development and enrollment management at County College of Morris (CCM), and Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM, present the college's annual Peace Prize to Alisa Brescic of Budd Lake for her video essay "The Peace of U.S."