September 11, 2002

Dear Colleagues:

On Tuesday, September  11, 2001, our University community came together with an outpouring of grief and compassion in reaction to the terrible events of that day. This year, on Wednesday, September 11, I invite all of you to join with us for a day of remembrance and reflection to recognize the first anniversary of the attacks. We will come together on the lawn in front of Gengras Student Union for the University’s morning remembrance of September 11 at 8:30 a.m.

This will be a simple ceremony during which we will remember the horrible attacks on New York and Washington. We will all participate by ringing small bells at 8:46 a.m. and a moment of silent reflection to commemorate the day and remember those who died. The event will close with music. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Suisman Lounge at Gengras Student Union, faculty, staff, and students will also be able to work with Delois

Traynum-Lindsey, assistant dean of students and director of  multicultural programs, to craft squares for a community quilt she will sew to commemorate September 11. At noon in Suisman Lounge we will then gather for a time of reflection.  Students will perform selections from A Ribbon of Hope, a heartfelt spoken word CD created last year to express theirfeelings and reactions to these terrible acts. The Student Government Association and University Dining Services are working together to gather donations from the University community for the September 11, 2001 Children’s Fund, Inc. For those interested in donating, look for Student Government Association tables at Suisman Lounge in Gengras Student Union, University Commons, and at the site of other September 11 events on campus throughout the day and evening.

The University’s day of remembrance will conclude with a candlelight vigil. Faculty and staff will to meet in the Sports Center lobby at 7:45 p.m. We will march beginning from the Sports Center at 8 p.m. to the lawn at Konover Campus Center. The vigil will begin approximately at 8:45 p.m. where there will be a microphone for personal reflections, poems, and songs. Last year, we were a community united by grief, by caring, and by our determination to make this a better world. This year, we come together to remember those who died and to recommit ourselves as a learning community to make this a better world for all of the world’s peoples.

Sincerely,

Walter HarrisonPresident

University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

Sometimes coming together, remembering, helps in the healing process.

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