With a phone gripped in each hand, LaToya Pierre ’02 stared at the image of the World Trade Towers smoldering on her television screen. She dialed a friend on campus with her cell phone, while using her landline phone to reach another. Moments later, she dropped both to the floor as the first tower collapsed before her eyes.

 After pulling an all-nighter, Nashonie Chang ’02 was in her apartment preparing for an overdue nap when she heard the newscast of the disaster. It would be a long time before she could rest easy again.
It was 9:15 p.m. in Hong Kong when study-abroad student Jayson Weinstein ’03 received a series of instant messages from his cousin in Washington, D.C., giving a detailed account of the terrorist attacks as they unfolded. Simultaneously, his mother called with the same information. But it wasn’t until he saw the TV coverage a few moments later that he truly began to fathom their reports.

each other, even if we have no personal connection to the tragedies still unfolding,” Shaw told those gathered in the chapel on September 11. “This is a time of confusion and fear for all of us. We all need a friendly hand.”
      The University provided services to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the campus community. A fund was established to help students who were directly affected by the attacks. Students concerned about the welfare of family and friends were invited to make phone calls at the Telefund Office, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Schine Student Center. Counselors offered emotional support to students at Schine, while some students sought more individualized help at the Counseling Center. “We tried to make clear to the entire campus that it’s normal to be upset right now,” says Rebecca Dayton, the center’s clinical director. The Counseling Center posted an online list of common reactions to the tragedies as well as activities to help people alleviate stress and work through their emotions.

In response to September 11, the SU community transforms terror
into togetherness and understanding

      While the images of September 11 won’t soon fade, SU students have refocused their energies on continuing schoolwork, trying to understand the terrorists’ motivations, following the
American government’s response, and assisting those who were directly affected. “The students have really supported one another,” says Barry L. Wells, senior vice president and dean of student affairs. Throughout this ordeal, students
demonstrated the University’s core values of caring, diversity, and service, he adds. “The entire University community,” Wells says, “has been innovative in providing a variety of responses to the terrorist attacks.”
      The campus community rallied together by sponsoring blood drives, donating thousands of dollars, holding memorial services, and collecting supplies for rescue workers. Faculty members shared their expertise with news reporters and in public forums. The University immediately initiated special support services, and Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, Hendricks Chapel Dean Thomas V. Wolfe, and University spokesman Kevin Morrow gave daily crisis updates in Hendricks Chapel. “We must support


    The campus community and alumni also turned to the Internet for information about special events and University-wide efforts to benefit the victims’ families and the rescue workers in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Within a week of the attacks, SU posted the names of alumni who were dead, missing, or safe—revising the list as new information became available. The University sent out e-mail updates at least once a day and offered live web casts of the daily crisis reports. Alumni and students were invited to post their reflections on the web site, where many people worldwide offered condolences to victims’ families, shared memories of the deceased, and detailed their own September 11 experiences.
      Thousands of students, faculty, and staff attended candlelight services held on campus in the weeks following the tragedies. Nearly 2,000 people gathered outside Hendricks Chapel for a vigil sponsored by the Student Association (SA). “We felt it was important to allow students a chance to grieve,” says SA president Ben Riemer ’02. “It turned out to be a great community-building event.”
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