Office of Public Affairs
Sept. 4, 2002
CONTACT: Dr. James Scharfenberger, 312-3214
SUNY OSWEGO TO OBSERVE SEPT. 11 ANNIVERSARY
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego has planned several activities over 12 hours on Sept. 11 in observance of the last year's terrorist attacks on that date, from moments of silent remembrance in the morning to a candlelight vigil in the evening.
Members of the campus community are invited to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time of the first plane's impact into the World Trade Center; 9:03 a.m., the moment of the second impact; 9:59 a.m., when the first tower collapsed; and 10:29 a.m., when the second tower fell. The college carillon is scheduled to toll 11 times at 10:29 a.m.
The Office of International Education is organizing a faculty panel to take place at 4 p.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union. Director Walter Opello of International Education will moderate.
Dr. Bruce Altschuler, professor of political science, will discuss the impact of the events of Sept. 11 on American civil liberties. Dr. Steve Rosow, associate professor of political science, will speak on their impact on American political discourse. Dr. Craig Warkentin, assistant professor of political science, will talk about the so-called war against terrorism. Dr. Geraldine Forbes, distinguished teaching professor of history, will discuss the influence of the terrorist attacks on U.S. policy in South Asia. Juan Perdiguero of the art department will examine how artists have responded to the events.
A Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope will begin with another 11 chimes of the carillon at 7:50 p.m. as students, faculty and staff gather in the academic quad on the north the side of Hewitt Union for the 8 p.m. observance.
Dean of Students James Scharfenberger will serve as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Ed McNally of the Newman Center will introduce a silent remembrance of those lost in the attacks, including the 12 Oswego alumni who died at the World Trade Center. SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley and Student Association President James Seeley will speak between readings and songs.
During the day, televisions on campus will be turned to national programs on the Sept. 11 anniversary. The campus Counseling Center will have counselors available to talk with members of the campus community from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union.
The anniversary observance coincides with National Violence Prevention Awareness Week on campus, and the college's LifeStyles Center has planned events all week. White ribbon pins will be offered all week, including from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 in the main lounge of Hewitt Union, along with pledge cards for members of the community who wish to participate. Donations will go toward a permanent Sept. 11 memorial on campus.
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