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"Reflections on September 11" to be Held at the University of Cincinnati

Updated Sept. 11, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

New Information on Sept. 11: The University of Cincinnati "Reflections on September 11" ceremony, scheduled for noon, Sept. 11 on the CCM Plaza, will be webcast live and will also be available for later viewing.

The nation has come to define itself by the events occurring before and after Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center, ripped open the Pentagon and led to the crash of another hijacked plane in rural Pennsylvania.

"All members of our university have been affected by this tragedy," said UC President Joseph A. Steger in a letter to the UC community. "At the same time, local events resulting from the April unrest in 2001 have fostered mistrust and division among many citizens in the Cincinnati area."

President Steger announced that as the community seeks reconciliation in these difficult times, the university is planning opportunities to come together as part of "Reflections on September 11."

The first in a series of events will take place overnight and into the early morning hours of September 11:

Sept. 11

Night Watch (Overnight)

Hillel Jewish Student Center, 2615 Clifton Ave.-- The UC Campus Ministries Association program will feature personal reflections, music and poetry readings and will end in silence at 8:46 a.m., Sept. 11, the exact moment of the plane crash into the first tower of the World Trade Center. Special appearances include:

  • 12 a.m. -- The program begins at midnight with a reflective conversation between Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director of the UC Hillel Jewish Student Center and Dr. B. Salem Foad, a member of the board of trustees for the Islamic Center of Cincinnati.

  • 12:15 a.m. -- Reflections from Cincinnati Councilman Paul Booth.

  • 6:15 a.m. -- Reflections from Richard Friedman, senior assistant dean and director, UC Alumni Relations.

  • 6:30 a.m. -- Mitchel Livingston, UC Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, will speak on "Reflections in Higher Education -- One Year Later."

    Hebrew Union College student Neal Katz will be one of the featured folk musicians overnight, as well as Tony Ellis. Street parking is available off Straight St. and Clifton Ave., as well as at the Deaconess Hospital garage. To make arrangements for handicapped parking, contact the Hillel Jewish Student Center at (513) 221-6728.

    Clifton Avenue Interfaith Walk for Peace

    10 a.m., 3668 Clifton Ave.-- The group that joined Night Watch and members of the Cincinnati community are invited to join UC Campus Ministries Association on an Interfaith Walk for Peace. Organizer Paul Sittason Stark says the walkers will pause at the many religious institutions along Clifton Ave. to hear different faith traditions, sacred texts and prayers for peace. Stops along the way include the Islamic Association of Cincinnati, where the walk will begin at 3668 Clifton Ave.; Immanuel Presbyterian; Annunciation Roman Catholic Church; Calvary Episcopal Church; St. John Unitarian; St. Monica/St. George Parish; Clifton United Methodist; the Cincinnati fire station at Clifton and Ludlow; Hebrew Union College; UC Lutheran Campus Ministry; UC American Baptist Campus Ministry; Collegiate Campus Ministry (UC's Southern Baptist ministry); the Wesley Foundation United Methodist Student Center and Hillel Jewish Student Center. Parking will be available at Calvary Episcopal Church, located at 3766 Clifton Ave. The walkers will proceed to a noon ceremony on UC's campus. Shuttles will be available at UC to take those who joined the Walk for Peace back to their parking locations.

    Remembrance Ceremony

    Noon, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Plaza -- UC President Joseph A. Steger and Mitchel D. Livingston, vice president for Student Affairs and Services, will address a ceremony to honor those who died in the attacks one year ago. The ceremony will include the Army and Air Force ROTC color guard. Musical selections by a group of CCM musicians will include "The Star Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful" and "Taps," which will follow a moment of silence to honor the victims of Sept. 11. The rain location will be the CCM atrium.

    Oct. 1-2

    Mending Fences

    All day, McMicken Commons -- The university-sponsored "Mending Fences" program will turn the entire construction fencing around McMicken Commons into a canvas for students, the university community and residents of Greater Cincinnati to express personal recollections, reflections and reconciliation. Mending Fences will serve as a symbol for healing and peace, both locally and internationally. Art supplies such as cardboard and markers will be out on McMicken Commons for those who want to add their own link to Mending Fences.

    All observances are open to the public.

    Sept. 11-12:

    UC's international students will attend their international Student Orientation program at this time and on their breaks, they will work on posters for Mending Fences. UC's international students will write the word, "Peace," in their native language. The poster sessions will occur during the 10-10:30 a.m. break both days and will be held in Zimmer foyer.

    Letter from UC President Joseph A. Steger

    Observances at Raymond Walters College

    September 11 Memorial Announced at UC.


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