11, 2001, forever changed the country, the world, and your University.
The gaping holes left in the ground in New York City and Pennsylvania
and the gash in the side of the Pentagon were horrific symbols
of a new world in which safety can never be taken for granted
and in which the quest for peace must be redoubled.
The grief we at Syracuse feel over the unprecedented
carnage is sharpened by the knowledge that 30 of our alumni are
gone. Still others lost family members, colleagues, and friends.
You have reason to be very proud of your
University in this time of crisis. Reaction to the September 11
events was immediate and effective. A crisis team of administrators,
faculty, and staff gathered within hours of the attacks. Their
efforts culminated that first day in a University gathering at
3 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.
I watched in amazement and gratitude as some
2,000 students streamed in. They filled every seat, even those
traditionally reserved for the choir, and they lined the walls
on both floors.
They heard words of comfort from chaplains,
the vice chancellor, and me, and they were encouraged to support
each other and to talk freely about the incidents and their meanings.
Counselors were dispatched to every corner
of the campus. Buildings remained open well past normal hours.
Food and beverages were available around the clock.
And the community gathered in grief and in
resolve to learn the truth.
A blood drive the next day saw members of
the University line up by the thousands, far too many to accommodate
at that point. A call for clean shirts and socks for the New York
City rescue workers resulted in hundreds of pounds of clothing
being collected on campus and sent to New York by tractor-trailer.
The work goes on, and so does our renewed
sense of purpose as a university. As the nation and the world
struggle to find answers, we know we must be true to the essence
of a university—a place where the search for truth can go on unhindered
by fear of reprisal. This is the unique role we have been granted,
one we must carry out if we are to have a present worth preserving
and a future worth our hope.
Kenneth A. Shaw
Chancellor and President
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