West Virginia University will join the nation and the world in marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Several campus events are planned including a 24-hour vigil President Gordon Gee will help open on Friday, Sept. 10, and continuing into what will be game day for the Mountaineer football team with other special remembrance ceremonies.
Read the details here along with thoughts from two of the WVU Air Force ROTC cadets who will be part of the vigil.
Recent WVUToday story about Sept. 11:
Tied to history: Two WVU student veterans cite 9/11 as touchstone in military, educational careers
Though many students at WVU are now not old enough to remember Sept. 11, student
veterans like Jonathan McGee and Amanda McCarty can still feel its effects in their
day-to-day lives, including in classrooms.
9-11 Memorial Service and Bell Ringing Ceremony: WVU: Sept. 14, 2001
WVU 20th Anniversary Ceremony
Chris Gray , a former West Virginia University quarterback, died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Gray had worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, a foreign exchange brokerage firm with offices on floors 100-105 in Tower One.
Gray, 32, was at WVU from August 1987 until May 1992, lettering in football his senior season (1991) and helping WVU to a 6-5 record.
A football scholarship was created in his memory through the Mountaineer Athletic Club.
Jim K. Samuel Jr ., a 1993 WVU graduate, died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He was working at the site as a commodities broker for Carr Futures located on the 92 nd floor of Tower One.
To honor his memory, the James K. Samuel Jr. Scholarship was created through the West Virginia University Foundation.
Past WVUToday stories about Sept. 11:
Remembering 9/11: Mountaineers changed forever
2011: West Virginia University wasn’t shielded from the terror that shattered the nation 10 years ago.
WVU pauses to remember victims of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina tragedies
2005: As the West Virginia University community continued to answer the call for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, preparations were ongoing to mark the fourth anniversary of another tragedy, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
People should watch 9/11 anniversary programs in moderation, WVU psychologist advised
2002: Joseph Scotti, a professor in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, said studies he conducted following the attacks implied that viewing too many 9/11 anniversary broadcasts could cause people to re-experience stress-related symptoms.
WVU, city remember 9/11
2002: By the end of the day on Sept. 11, 2002, many West Virginia University students, employees and Morgantown residents said they felt a little better and a good bit stronger. A year of intense feelings melded into a day of caring, sharing and healing.
Terror hits home, WVU community mourns
2001: Rows upon rows of people stood, their spirits solemn, but not broken as they came together in Woodburn Circle to pay tribute to the thousands of victims of the terrorist attacks on America.
WVU rings bell in memory of victims of 9/11
2001: As flags flew at half-staff on the Morgantown campus of West Virginia University, students and University officials planned a special memorial service and bell ringing to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks.
Ground Zero Photos:
Scott Lituchy, now the director of multimedia at WVU, was working for The Star-Ledger in New Jersey on Sept. 11, 2001. He shared the following photos.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Caroline Osborne, then a corporate finance attorney, was on her way to work in Lower Manhattan.
Read about her memories of that day here: https://wvutoday.wvu.edu/stories/2021/09/01/-this-is-important-wvu-law-professor-remembers-9-11-in-manhattan-ahead-of-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-attacks
Mark Lambert was working with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal Office’s Bomb Squad on Sept. 11, 2001. His expertise includes explosives training and emergency responses to terrorism incidents.
Contact information is in the Experts Database: https://experts.wvu.edu/experts/mark-lambert
Lois Raimondo, associate professor in the Reed College of Media
Lois Raimondo is a former photographer with The Washington Post whose work overseas included reporting on the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan and from the front lines of the War in Afghanistan.
Contact information is here: https://mediacollege.wvu.edu/faculty-and-staff/profiles/lois-raimondo
Karen Culcasi, associate professor of geography in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Twenty years after 9/11, Karen Culcasi said she believes the United States has a legal and moral obligation to help the Afghan population following the takeover from the Taliban.
Additional information is available here: https://wvutoday.wvu.edu/media-center-blog/2021/08/23/expert-pitchu-s-legally-morally-obligated-to-clean-up-the-mess-in-afghanistan-wvu-researcher-says