Memorials, Daffodils, and Bio-Terrorism Forums Are Planned At CUNY Colleges

October 30, 2001 | The University

In the aftermath of September 11, students, faculty, and alumni lost in the terrorist attack will be remembered at memorials held at many City University of New York campuses—some with songs and prayers, and at Lehman College with the planting of 200 daffodils that will bloom in the spring. Other events planned throughout the university will include strategies to deal with current threats, such as a conference on bio-terrorism and workshops on coping with stress and fear. A conference on the “New New York City Skyline” at the CUNY Graduate Center focuses on the past and future.

The following is a sampling of upcoming events at CUNY colleges:

Borough of Manhattan Community College: At BMCC, the campus closest to the World Trade Center, nine members of the BMCC community will be honored at a Celebration of Remembrance, Hope and Healing on Wednesday, October 31 at 2 p.m. Seven current and former students died in the attack, as did two close family members of BMCC staff. Those to be remembered are Anette Dataram, Shevonne Mentis, Jorge Morron, Curtis Noel, Khamladai and Roshan Singh, Hector Tirado, Keithroy Maynard Angela Rosario and Charles Kasper. Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Protestant clergy will take part in the program, which will include dance, poetry and song.

Hunter College: A free public forum on “Confronting Bio-Terrorism: What is the Threat? How Can we Effectively Deal With It?” will be held on Friday November 2 at 1 p.m. in Hunter’s Kaye Playhouse. It is organized by the Hunter College Department of Biological Sciences and the New York Academy of Sciences Microbiology Forum. Speakers will include Dr. Andrea Branch, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Dr. Vincent Fischetti, Rockefeller University; and Dr. Barry Kreiswirth, Public Health Research Institute.

A program of Memorial and Remembrance will be held at the Kaye Playhouse on Wednesday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m. Students who died in the attack including Angela Rosario, and firefighters Michael Mullan and Robert McMahon will be remembered. Firefighters, police officers, and National Guard members who are stationed near the Hunter College campus will also be honored. Musical performances, candle-lighting and prayers by Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, and Moslem clergy are planned.

City College of New York: Martin S. Indyk, former United States Ambassador to Israel, will speak on “The Middle East and the Campaign Against Terrorism” on November 7 at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall. Indyk, who is now a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will deliver the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture. CCNY President Gregory H. Williams, alumni, faculty and students will attend the public lecture, which will be followed by a question and answer session.

Exemplifying Britain’s shoulder-to-shoulder stance with the United States in a time of crisis, the Ulster Orchestra performed in The Great Hall of Shepard Hall on October 14 , in the kickoff event of “UK with NY.” An invited audience of 600 that included the Duke of York attended the concert.

New York City Technical College: The annual Hospitality Management Alumni Reunion, to be held on November 12 at Club 101 in Manhattan will benefit the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund and the Charles Mauro Scholarship Fund, which is administered through the NYCTC Foundation, Inc. Club 101′s owners are donating the space, which can accommodate 400 people, and the food and beverages. Mauro, an employee of Windows on the World, who perished on September 11, was both a Hospitality Management alumnus and an adjunct faculty member in the Department. The event, usually for Hospitality Management alumni only, is open to the entire City Tech community this year.

Looking to the future of New York, a January event titled “Building and Rebuilding New York City” will feature models of landmark buildings in New York. About 30 students will display models they have created for rebuilding St. Nicholas Church, the 19th-Century house of worship on Cedar Street that was destroyed by falling debris from the WTC attack. Other students will produce a model of the World Trade Center towers before September 11, which will be used by another class to analyze structural concepts in the original design and the probable sequence of the structural failure. Four classes from the Architectural Technology Department will take part in the event. Church and city officials will be invited.

Lehman College: On November 5, two hundred daffodils will be planted throughout the campus to bloom in the spring in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11. Among those victims were alumnus Stephen Belson, a firefighter, and freshman Yvette Moreno, an employee of Carr Futures.

Two panels of Lehman Faculty will participate in a Community Forum on issues raised by the World Trade Center attack and its aftermath on November 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. The first part will examine events from an international perspective. The second half will discuss the impact of these events on America.

The Lehman chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, will hold a second Bake and Book Sale on Thursday, November 1 to benefit the Psi Chi WTC Fund. Money raised will be donated to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

The annual Lehman College Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Student Cafeteria.

The Lehman Counseling Center is conducting screening days for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, in addition to continuing individual and group discussions. Information, condolences and words of hope are posted on a special page on the Lehman website to honor those lost as well as those serving in the military.

CUNY Graduate Center: A forum on the “New” New York City Skyline was held October 29 at the Graduate Center. Presented by New York City museums and civic organizations, it featured prominent architects, developers, educators, journalists and historians who reflected on the skyline—past, present and future—in light of the tragic events of September 11. Professor Mike Wallace, Director of The Gotham Center, served as moderator.

CUNY Law School: A workshop for faculty and staff on “Psychological Stress and the Law School Environment” will be held on November 7. It follows a post-traumatic stress workshop for students held on October 29.

Bronx Community College: A memorial exhibition dedicated to the victims of the World Trade Center attack and to all victims of terrorism will open Thursday, November 1 and continue through November 28 in the Hall of Fame Gallery. It will include objects, poems, short written messages and other items of remembrance and unity.

LaGuardia Community College: The last in a series of workshops the Counseling Department is offering for faculty, staff and students will be held this week. The topics are “Strategies to Help Reduce Anxiety,” October 30; “Coping with Stress and Fear,” November 1 and November 7; and “Coping with a Stressful Event,” November 7. A group of faculty who have been discussing how the tragedy and its aftermath are affecting them, their students and their teaching will develop a website containing links to relevant articles and outlines of discussion questions or activities that worked well in their classes.

Two one-act plays adapted from classical Greek dramas by Euripides, “Sacrifice” and “Survival” will be presented at the LaGuardia Community College Little Theater January 23-26. Adapted and directed by Professor Philip Lerman, the plays will be acted by LaGuardia faculty, staff and students.

Queens College: A dinner dance, organized by students, to raise funds for World Trade Center victims will be held on December 22 in the Queens College Student Union Ballroom.