UAlbany Commemorates September 11 with "A Day of Remembrance"

Contact: Heidi Weber (518) 437-4993

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 5, 2002) – To honor the nation’s losses, to celebrate the heroism of those who responded and to make a positive commitment to the future, the University at Albany will hold "A Day of Remembrance," in observance of the one-year anniversary of September 11. Public events include: a symposium, a Walk of Remembrance and a Ceremonial Tree Planting.

A symposium, "Learning from September 11," will be led by Thomas Birkland, UAlbany professor of Public Administration and Policy and Political Science and director of the Center for Policy Research. The symposium will also feature panelists including: Sharon Dawes, director of UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government; David Andersen, UAlbany distinguished professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy; Robert Westphal of UAlbany’s School of Public Health and Ray Bromley, UAlbany professor, Department of Geography and Planning. The event will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center on the Uptown Campus.

At noon, students at all three UAlbany campuses are invited to participate in the National Moment of Hope, during which students will join hands, forming a "national" circle of unity. In this moment of mutual contemplation and remembrance, the nation’s students will send a message of peace.

The entire Capital District community is invited to participate in a Walk of Remembrance starting at 3:30 p.m. at Collins Circle (Washington Ave. side of the Uptown Campus). A ceremonial tree planting at the University Police Department Building with UAlbany President Karen R. Hitchcock and Chancellor Robert King will directly follow the Walk of Remembrance.

At 6 p.m., students will march from UAlbany’s Downtown Campus through the City of Albany to the Empire State Plaza for New York State Observances. A Candlelight Vigil at UAlbany’s Main Fountain will begin at 9 p.m.

UAlbany classes will be in session on September 11. However, students and faculty are encouraged to participate in the day-long series of events.

For more information about UAlbany’s "A Day of Remembrance," (including a full schedule) visit


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