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'UAlbany After 9/11': Event Reflects How University Has Responded to a Changed World

Performing Arts Center Event on September 9 Observes 10th Anniversary of Attacks

Students, faculty and staff gathered after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 for a moment of silence and to showcase campus unity. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 9, 2011) -- The University at Albany observed the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks at a campus-wide event on Friday, September 9, in the University’s Performing Arts Center Main Theater.

Through stories, videos, music and art, UAlbany faculty, deans, students, and staff described how the University has evolved to meet the challenges of a post-9/11 world. From homeland security to public health, and from emergency preparedness to art and music, the presenters told how the University has advancing important programs and curriculum that address pressing issues in today’s post-9/11 society.

The event also honored the alumni who lost their lives, and feature representatives from various areas of the campus reflecting and sharing a message of hope. It included "Remembering Stephen," a moving tribute to one of these alumni, UAlbany basketball star Stephen Mulderry, who lost his life on 9/11 in the south tower of the World Trade Center.

"So much has happened in the world—and at the University—during the 10 years since the U.S. attacks on September 11," said President George M. Philip. "We wanted to take an opportunity to remember those alumni who lost their lives and share with the University community the ways in which we have grown in the face of adversity.”

The event also included:

  • Video presentations featuring Sept. 11 memories from current students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents;
  • Recollections of the University's response immediately following the attacks;
  • Faculty presentations about how University faculty are responding to the challenges of the post 9/11 world, including new academic and research programs;
  • "Still Life," a musical composition and accompanying poem by Professor of Music Max Lifchitz;
  • Letter from New York: Returning Home,” by Associate Professor of Art David Carbone;
  • A message of peace and tolerance from student leaders; and
  • Tributes to the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11, including the 19 University at Albany alumni.
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