Alumni, Community Invited to Remember 9/11 on Campus
SUNY Oswego Student Affairs and the Oswego Alumni Association are inviting graduates back to campus to participate in several 9/11 remembrance events slated for Sunday and Monday.
Carillon bells will toll 12 times at 8:46, 9:02, 9:37 and 10:03 a.m. Sunday, marking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and honoring the 12 Oswego alumni who became victims that day.
President Deborah F. Stanley will lead a commemorative walk from Shady Shore to the 9/11 Memorial Garden near Glimmerglass Lagoon at 1:45 p.m. A silent vigil is set for 2 to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Garden ‒ in the event of rain, the walk will be cancelled and the vigil held in the Campus Center.
"Recognizing that the 10th anniversary is here, we saw the opportunity to reflect and educate this current generation of students," said co-coordinator Kathy Evans '84, assistant vice president of student affairs. "Some of them were impacted directly, but for others it's a fleeting memory.
"We want to encourage students to think about the impact of those events on our world and our lives," Evans said. "It is an opportunity for all of us to reflect."
Alumni in Central New York and beyond are invited to join the many students, faculty and staff expected to be on hand for Sunday's events. A decade ago, thousands of campus community members gathered on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, for a vigil in the Academic Quad.
Remembrance events continue 5:30 p.m. Monday with a community conversation about 9/11 in Campus Center 143 as well as Johnson and Riggs Halls.
Finally, Constitution Week Keynote Speaker Zainab Al-Suwaij, who co-founded the American Islamic Congress in 2001, will talk about interfaith and interethnic understanding 7 p.m. Monday in the Campus Center auditorium. A political refugee from Iraq and advocate for interfaith understanding, Al-Suwaji will speak about her life in Iraq, her perspective on religious tolerance and differences between the United States and Europe on such issues as minaret laws and burqa laws.
In addition to these public events, more than 150 first-year students are expected to participate in numerous community service projects Saturday and Sunday as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
— Shane M. Liebler
Thousands gathered for a candlelight vigil in the Academic Quad the evening of Sept. 11, 2001. Oswego will mark the 10th anniversary with several events Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, on campus.
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