West Virginia University will join with the City of Morgantown and community service agencies to remember the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a host of solemn activities ranging from a sunset candlelight vigil in Woodburn Circle to an afternoon tree planting near a Memorial Wall outside the Downtown Campus Library. The public is invited to participate in all activities.
“These observances are intended to be understated, respectful and meaningful,” WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. said.”We each have our own personal recollections and feelings about Sept. 11 and these combined events will give people options for expressing their emotionswhether it is sorrow and pain or pride and patriotism.”
Student Government Association President Chris Gregory said students wanted the day-long remembrance to be”simple, but powerfula quiet, collaborative effort.”
“The theme is simply `We Remember,”Gregory said,”and lampposts around campus will display this message.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the day will begin with bells chiming from the Woodburn Hall clock/bell tower at approximately 8:45 a.m.nearly one year to the minute after American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Centerand again at noon to correspond with Gov. Bob Wises request that church bells throughout the state ring during noontime services. Campus flags will also fly at half staff all day.
A temporary Memorial Wall stretching some 94-feet-wide will be set up outside the Downtown Library listing the names of the 9-11 victims. Visitors to the spot may leave ribbons, flowers, flags, poems and other appropriate items there throughout the day beginning at 6 a.m.
A West Virginia evergreen (Douglas Fir) will be planted near the library memorial wall at 1 p.m. in memory of the victims and the heroes of that day.
Gregory will present the tree and a bronze plaque on behalf of the student body to WVU and city officials including President Hardesty, City Manager Dan Boroff and Provost Gerald Lang. All will make brief remarks.
“As an evergreen stays alive all year, so do those personssymbolically and in our memorieswho lost their lives on Sept. 11,”Gregory said.
At 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Circle, faculty, staff, students and townspeople are invited to gather for a candlelight vigil and musical tribute, followed by a moment of silence and the ringing of the bell from the armored cruiser USS West Virginia.
There will be brief remarks from Hardesty, Gregory and Morgantown Mayor Ron Justice. Representatives from the armed services are expected to be on hand along with officials from the city and volunteer fire departments, local, state and campus police, EMS and other service agencies.
The WVU Vocal Jazz Septet will sing the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, Wind Beneath My Wings and Let There Be Peace on Earth. Bagpiper Craig Presar of the Davis&Elkins College Highlander Band will perform Amazing Grace.
Following the service, participants will notice that the evergreen planted earlier in the day will be lit in tiny red, white and blue lights. Free parking will be available in the Mountainlair Garage all evening. (more)
The WVU community lost two alumni in the Sept. 11 attacks �€Christopher S. Gray, a 1992 and 1994 graduate who was working as a broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, and James K. Samuel Jr., a 1993 graduate who was working as a commodities broker for Carr Futures. Both worked at the WorldTradeCenterTowers and hailed from New Jersey. Scholarship funds have been set up through the WVU Foundation in memory of both individuals.
Since Sept. 11, Morgantown and WVU lost another citizen, Staff Sgt. Gene Arden Vance Jr., who died on May 19 when his unit came under fire from suspected al-Qaeda or Taliban forces in eastern Afghanistan. Vance was stationed in the country as part of the U.S.-led war on terrorism that followed the Sept. 11 attacks. He served in the 2nd Battalion of the 19th Special Forces Unit of the West Virginia National Guard based in Kenova. His widow, Lisa, recently accepted an honorary diploma (posthumously) from WVU for a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.
Many members of the University and Morgantown communities also lost loved ones.
Mayor Justice said the city is pleased to be involved in the 9-11 events, adding,”The city’s intention is to have a day of observances that are solemn, but impactful. I hope we are accomplishing this with this array of activities.”
Many of WVU s colleges and schools will also hold educational programming throughout the week and fall semester, including a Benedum Lecture series titled”Sept. 11: One Year Later,”an art series titled”Arts and Human Conflict,”class discussions, other lectures and forums.
Responding to studentsquestions and concerns about Sept. 11 has been a priority for faculty members since the tragedies occurred. Faculty experts addressed issues during a four-part colloquium last fall and developed dozens of relevant courses last spring.
WVU Library Dean Frances OBrien said her staff put together a recommended reading list regarding the tragedy. It can be found online athttp://www.wvu.edu; click on the”We Remember”icon.
Associate Provost Rosemary Haggett noted that classes will remain in session throughout the day on Sept. 11 and University offices will remain operational, but faculty are asked to exercise special sensitivity to students who may have lost family or friends in that day’s tragedies and to treat the day as a”day of special concern.”
“Faculty are also encouraged to ask students to reflect further on this defining moment in the nations history by integrating into course syllabi materials relating to Sept. 11,”Haggett said.
* WVU -City 9-11 Remembrance Activities:*
A listing of 9-11-related activities follows, but go online athttp://www.wvu.eduand click on the”We Remember”icon for the latest information.
Monday, Sept. 9
State of the University Address, President David C. Hardesty Jr., 3:15 p.m., National Research Center for Coal and Energy/Evansdale Campus
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Creative Arts Concert,”Remembrance,”7:30 p.m., Mountainlair Gluck Theater, a concert coordinated by William Skidmore, professor of cello, featuring performances by a variety of faculty and student groups from the Division of Music
HR&E Public Forum”Ground Zero Reflections”(College of Human Resources and Education studentspost 9-11 experiences in New York City), noon1 p.m., Room 601B Allen Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Memorial Wall listing the names of the Sept. 11 victims, 6 a.m.-throughout day, Downtown Campus Library
Woodburn Clock Tower Bells to Chime, approximately 8:45 a.m. and Noon
Human Resources Memorial Service, 8:45 a.m., Outside Terrace, One Waterfront
Public Administration Panel Discussion,”One Year Later: Controlling Internal Terrorism, 9:15 a.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
Community Medicine Student Association, tables with information for parents on talking to children about death, terrorism, human rights; childrens artwork display; Health Sciences Pylons lobby throughout day
Tree Planting Ceremony, 1 p.m., Outside Downtown Campus Library; Student Government Association to set up tables to hand out flags and activity brochures
Commemoration and Prayer Service, noon, WVU Hospitals Pastoral Care Department, sidewalk area, West Lobby, Ruby Memorial Hospital; 12:30 p.m. ceremony at Child Development Center to follow
Prayer Service, 12:05 p.m., Hostler Auditorium, HealthSciencesCenter
Candlelight Vigil/Musical Tribute/Moment of Silence/Bell Ringing, 7:30 p.m., Woodburn Circle
Thursday, Sept. 12
Service Learning Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mountainlair Commons (Representatives from United Way agencies will be on hand to promote their agencies and recruit volunteers for”Make A Difference Day/Weekend”in October. WVU s Office of Service Learning Programs will have displays and information about service learning courses.)
Red Cross Blood Drive, Noon-6 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms, sponsored by WVU Office of Service Learning
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Red Cross Blood Drive, Noon-6 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms, sponsored by WVU Red Cross Club
EberlyCollege Visiting Lecturer, Neil Smelser, the Carlson Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology,”9-11 as Cultural Trauma,”7 p.m., EricksonAlumniCenter
Creative Arts Theater Performance, choreographed by Assistant Professor of Stage Movement Jessica Morgan and Division of Theater dance students, 7:30 p.m., Gluck Theater, Mountainlair
Benedum Lecture, Terrence M. Keane, Chief of Psychology Service, VA MedicalCenter,”Terrorism, War and Trauma: Lessons for the Promotion of Resiliency and Recovery,”8 p.m., G24 Eiesland Hall
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Lecture/Discussion, Judy Shepard, hate crime victims mother,”The Legacy of Matthew Shepard,”7:30 p.m., Health Sciences Center Main Auditorium
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Creative Arts Lecture, David Bess, Chairman, Division of Music,”The Contemplative Power of Music in Contemporary Society,”7:30 p.m., Gluck Theater, Mountainlair
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Benedum Lecture, David R.Franz, Vice President, Chemical and Biological Defense Division, Southern Research Institute,”Bioterrorism.after Sept. 11, 2001,”8 p.m., G24 Eiesland Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Benedum Lecture, Amira Sonbol, Georgetown University, Center of Muslim-Christian Understanding, School of Foreign Languages,”Muslim Women and the 21st Century,”8 p.m., G24 Eiesland Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Benedum Lecture, Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland,”The Stakes: America, the War on Terrorism, and the Middle East,”8 p.m., G24 Eiesland Hall
Thursday, Nov. 21
Eberly College Lecture, Stephen Dunn, WVU s Jackson Distinguished Visiting Professor of English,”The Dilemmas and Virtues of the Political Poem: 9-11 and Historical Consciousness,”7:30 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms.