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ADP Remembers 9/11: ADP Campuses Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/01

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Today is the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. September 11, 2011 has been declared a National Day of Service and Remembrance. As our nation pauses to observe this historic moment, many ADP campuses are commemorating the day with observances, service activities, and educational moments of their own.

Twelve ADP campuses responded to our recent online query about planned September 11th programming. This blog post provides a snapshot of the efforts of ADP campuses to memorialize and remember the heroes of 9/11/01 and to foster the informed, engaged citizenship of generations of students who are helping to determine the future of our democracy.

California State University, Fresno

In observance of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, CSU-Fresno will be partnering with community organizations, churches, and property owners to host clean-up days to promote safety, pride, and community interaction. These projects will allow students and community members to see positive change and actual results as they begin to take back ownership in their community. This is a completely student organized effort. The project is part of an overall drive to create safer neighborhoods around the university. Students banded together over the summer months in response to a shooting late spring 2011 at a local fraternity. Students took it upon themselves to develop a grassroots effort to improve safety by enhancing a variety of services in the area. This is an outstanding example of grassroots advocacy and action. This effort is being organized by student government, Greek life, and a group of concerned students.

California University of Pennsylvania

Cal U will commemorate the anniversary of 9/11/01 by having a moment of silence before the National Anthem is played at the September 10th football game and with chimes and patriotic music played over the carillon system on September 11 at times when the terrorist attacks occurred.

Illinois State University

ISU has purchased almost 3,000 American flags that students planted on the quad on 9/8/2011 to remember those that died in the 9/11/2001 attacks. ADP has partnered with the student government association, which will recruit students to plant the flags. Students in the introductory course for ISU’s Civic Engagement Minor will conduct StoryCorps-style interviews on the quad with fellow students about 9/11 and how they feel they have changed in the 10 years since 9/11/2001. Students will explore civic self-identity and values while also developing dialogue skills. The College of Fine Arts and the School of Music will host a memorial concert on 9/11 at 3 p.m. Finally, ISU’s Constitution Day speaker will discuss wiretapping and privacy law in the post-9/11 environment.  ISU hopes to get everyone on campus thinking about how the world has changed in the last 10 years.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

On Tuesday, September 13th, from noon – 1:00 p.m., in the Campus Center atrium, Democracy Plaza will host one of the its signature “Pass the Mic” events, focused on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th. The IUPUI campus community is invited to discuss thoughts and reflections of life post-9/11 through a facilitated dialogue. Participants will be given an information sheet to spark discussion on issues such as Homeland Security, Privacy in a post-9/11 world, or the Muslim experience in America. For more information about Democracy Plaza, click here.

During the week following September 11, the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning and Office of Student Involvement will be collecting “I will…” statements to be displayed in the Office of Student Involvement. Each of these statements will show how members of the IUPUI community plan to use the memory and legacy of 9/11 to better the world in some way. On September 16, the IUPUI Day of Caring service day, a “quilt” of all of the responses will be made and displayed. We will also be asking participants to send in their thoughts and these will be displayed throughout the day of service. To register to volunteer at IUPUI’s Day of Caring, click here.

Middle Tennessee State University

A community-wide 9/11 commemoration will launch MTSU’s Constitution Week activities. 9/11/11 is also MTSU’s 100th birthday; rather than celebrate this birthday, the MTSU Centennial Committee has designated it a community sharing day.

Millersville University

On September 11, 12, and 13 bells will toll to coincide with times of crashes of the four airplanes. On Sunday evening, a service of remembrance will include choir performance and placement of flags. Monday will include a repeating slide show in the student center of past 9/11 memorial events. At noon a ceremony will commemorate the re-installation of a plaque dedicated to students who have served in armed forces, law enforcement, and public service. Tuesday evening a memorial service, including a choir performance, dance presentation, and bagpipe procession, will honor students and alumni who died defending the U.S. Millersville University hopes to provide the entire university community with opportunities to remember and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001 and on what has happened since then.

Missouri State University

MSU will hold a special commemorative event at Kentwood Hall (a residence hall). The number of those lost, 2,752, will be displayed on the front lawn, small America flags will line the walk from St. Louis St. to the building and signage will be displayed from the 5th and another floor’s windows saying “Remember” “9-11”. This residence hall is located at the very far north edge of campus and will have maximum public exposure rather than internal campus exposure, as with the other residence halls on campus. This is the brainchild of the Kentwood Hall Council and Residence Assistants staff. They hope to have the large numbers cut out of plywood, painted and available for campus to sign or write a note on prior to them being displayed on the lawn. Also on September 11, as part of our Ozarks Heritage Festival that will be happening all weekend on campus, we will pause at noon for a playing of “Taps” on the steps of our administration building. At 7 pm, there will be a special “9/11 Remembrance” carillon concert on the lawn of our library.

As part of our Public Affairs Week (September 12-16) activities, a “9-11 and Its Impact on First Responders” panel discussion will occur on Monday, September 12 from 12-1 p.m. Panelists include Andrew Brashers (Brookline Fire Department), David Brashers (Republic Fire Department), Ryan Nicholls (Director of Greene County office of emergency management), David Johnson (MSU Political Science Professor and FEMA reservist), and a local Paramedic (to be named). In the Plaster Student Union Remembrance Lounge, three large poster boards that have photos of 9/11/01 on campus on one and the 9/11/02 commemoration on another, and a third poster with a statement about the 10th anniversary will be displayed. In addition, the video “Ten Minutes that Changed America” will be playing in the lounge.


SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland and the City of Cortland are collaborating on a daylong series of events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. At a park in the center of the city, there will be a lunch in honor of first responders. Restaurants are donating food; volunteers are providing service. This event will be followed by an interfaith service. At 9:00 p.m. on campus, the college will host a ceremony honoring alumni who perished in the attack. The ceremony will be followed by comments from community leaders (including SUNY Cortland President, Erik Bitterbaum). Those comments will include invitations to students to sign-up for our long-term President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. We will have tables at which students can register for specific projects. Cortland hopes to launch their Interfaith Challenge in a way that brings people of different faiths together (from on- and off-campus) to reduce local poverty through educational opportunity.

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will also observe Constitution Week on September 12-16. Local businessman Eddie Armstrong will speak on “Remembering 9/11” and will address “the importance of preserving history within communities.” University of Arkansas – Forth Smith’s Constitution Week activities will focus on the freedoms of association and speech.  Other specific 9/11 commemoration activities include a campus library display commemorating 9/11, a photo exhibit of scenes from Ground Zero at the campus center, and a commemorative ceremony sponsored by campus and city police.  For more information, see this website.

University of Central Oklahoma

The American Democracy Project, in partnership with the Volunteer and Service Learning Center and Leadership Central, will coordinate service activities and a panel discussion to reflect on ten years since 9/11 and sixteen years since the Oklahoma City bombing. The VSLC will show the documentary, 9/11: From Chaos to Community, ADP will present a panel discussion featuring survivors, first responders and counter-terrorism experts, and Leadership Central is coordinating a service project for students to prepare meals for firefighters in the Oklahoma City metro area. We encourage students to think critically about the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, to ask questions, and synthesize their findings from the documentary, panel discussion and service activities.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

UW Oshkosh’s American Democracy Project has developed a webpage to collect the memories of faculty, staff and students as the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks approach. To view the website, click here.

Weber State University

Weber State is beginning its celebration of Constitution Week on September 11. Their Constitution Week events will focus on the connection between the U.S. Constitution, which provides for the common defense, and the military – the arm of the government that defends it.

Let us know what your campus did to commemorate September 11 by commenting on this blog post or by emailing a short summary to!

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