The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will be forever etched in our memories. In remembrance of this tragedy, the Quinnipiac community expressed their condolences with many planned events for those who suffered losses on that day.
An interfaith prayer service was held on Sept. 10.
“Quinnipiac handled the anniversary of 9-11 very well,” said Jonathan Kroll, who organized the interfaith prayer service. “I am very proud to be part of such a caring community.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, campus bells rang at the time of each impact at 8:45 a.m., at 9:03 a.m., at 9:43 a.m., and lastly at 10:06 a.m.
At 8 p.m. that same day, the university sponsored a candlelight vigil featuring music by Greg Garvey, associate professor of computer science and digital design, Susan Miller, associate director of the Arnold Bernhard Library, and poetry readings by Mark Johnston, professor of English.
Johnston, named this year’s Faculty Member of the Year, read two selections from an anthology entitled Trilogy and a third poem, which was his own.
Nicole Murphy, Trixy Palencia and Michael O’Neill recited readings from the Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address, and Four Freedoms.
“The planning committee was very pleased with the turnout for the vigil,” said Kathleen McCourt, vice president of Academic Affairs and chair of the 9-11 commemoration committee. “We were also pleased to have a way to share with the community the musical piece ‘Remembrance,’ composed by Professor Garvey, and the poem written for the occasion by Professor Johnston.”
Karla Russo, another member of the 9-11 commemoration committee, said there were more students than they expected, but then again they didn’t know what to expect, as this is an unprecedented event.
“Given the temperature and wind, we were extremely pleased with the student turn out,” said Russo. “I am only sorry that we couldn’t light the candles.”
McCourt, who was also the master of ceremonies, said the national anthem would have been a good way to end the program, but the committee made a decision to end the program with slow, reflective music as they thought everyone would be extinguishing candles during that time.
“I think that the QU community responded well, because 9-11 and its aftermath is the type of situation that brings people together and helps us to realize that we are all Americans,” said Russo.
“Further, I think that everyone was looking for an outlet to express their feelings given the first anniversary and that is what we have tried to provide.”