Upcoming Events » UMass Lowell to Honor 9/11 Victims

September 8, 2011 11:00 am
Free & open to the public
Leitch Hall, UML East
111 Pawtucket St.
Lowell, MA
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UMass Lowell will honor the seven members of the university community who were among the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 with the rededication of the “Unity” memorial on campus. Victims’ families, local officials and UMass Lowell students and other representatives are expected to attend the ceremony.

“Unity,” the monument located on East Campus, was originally dedicated in 2003 and was designed by three 2004 UMass Lowell graduates – Rebekah Hermans and Gail Milligan, both of Lowell, and Janet Wittlinger of Auburn, N.H. – of as part of Prof. James Coates’s public art course. The names of the victims with ties to UMass Lowell are inscribed on the monument: alumni Douglas Gowell ’71 of Methuen, Robert Hayes ’86 of Amesbury, Brian Kinney ’95 of Lowell and John Ogonowski ’72 of Dracut, who was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11; Patrick Quigley IV of Wellesley, husband of alumna Patricia Quigley ’86; Billerica native Jessica Leigh Sachs, the daughter of UMass Lowell alumni Stephen and Karen Sachs ’69; and Christopher Zarba of Hopkinton, who studied at the university in the 1970s.

UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Lowell Mayor James Milinazzo will speak during the rededication ceremony, which will also include readings by students to honor each of the victims, music and the presentation of colors by students in the Air Force ROTC Detachment 345 Honor Guard. The event is open to the public.

In addition to the rededication, UMass Lowell will recognize the 10th anniversary this week with programs including “Lessons of Sept. 11” on Friday, Sept. 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The forum looks at how the events of 9/11 have influenced American and international policy and will feature panelists including criminal justice Prof. James Forest, an internationally recognized anti-terrorism expert; political science Prof. Deina Abdelkader, an expert on the Middle East and author of the new book, “Islamic Activists: The Anti-Enlightenment Democrats”; and Gregory Aftandilian of the university’s Center for Middle East Peace, Culture and Development, who is a former foreign policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. The forum, which is open to the public, will be held at O’Leary Library, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.

The rededication ceremony will be held outside Leitch Hall, UML East, 111 Pawtucket St., Lowell. For directions and parking information, contact the Office of Public Affairs.

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