Off-Campus Centers
Respond to Disaster


THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE STREAMED DOWN Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., a block from SU’s Greenberg House, as the federal government and most downtown offices closed at midday on September 11. By late afternoon the neighborhood was unusually quiet; the sound of an occasional helicopter or F-16 fighter making passes overhead replaced the usual bustle of cars, buses, delivery vehicles, and pedestrians. Smoke was still pouring from the Pentagon four miles away across the Potomac River in northern Virginia.
      In the evening, students in the undergraduate international relations Washington semester class gathered at Greenberg House to share their thoughts on the day’s cataclysmic events. All had been dismissed from their internships early. Faculty and staff met with students to ensure they were safe and had contacted their families. For the rest of the week, both undergraduate and graduate classes explored the context and possible consequences of the attacks.
      The meeting of the SU Alumni Club of Washington scheduled for September 11 was held the following week and focused on attempts to help the victims. The club voted to make an immediate contribution to Red Cross relief efforts and to make a more substantial contribution later to assist the SU community.
      On October 9, the Rev. Thomas V. Wolfe, dean of Hendricks Chapel, led a memorial gathering at Greenberg House and offered spiritual support to alumni, family, and friends of SU, including prayers for the four SU alumni killed during the Pentagon attack.
      A few weeks earlier, Wolfe provided words of comfort to about 30 New York City area alumni who gathered at Lubin House for a period of fellowship. “We have quite a few younger alumni in New York—who are single or don’t have family nearby—who needed an outlet to talk,” says Lil O’Rourke, associate vice president for alumni relations. “The gathering was very well received. There were some classmates who reconnected with each other and some who met for the first time.”

—Dug Gillies ’68, director of Greenberg House,
and Margaret Costello

 

 

U.S. Navy photo by PH2 (AW) Jim Watson


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