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Precious lives lost September 11, 2001, vibrant memories
held dear forever.
Daphne Pouletsos ’76 will be best remembered as a warm and generous person who loved kids and made her family the center of her life. While Daphne worked full time, she still found time to help serve ice cream sodas and sundaes in her family’s confectionary store. She worked for Aon Corporation on the 98th floor of Two World Trade Center.

Lance Tumulty ’92 was an avid sportsman, hunter, motorcyclist and true family man. When Lance was not spending time with his wife, Cynthia, and two daughters, Sarah, 3, and Caroline, 4 months, he worked on home improvement projects with family and friends. He worked for EuroBrokers on the 84th floor of Two World Trade Center.

Alum’s response Glen Tarsi ’77, a United Airlines pilot, demonstrated his support for the victims of September 11 by participating in American and United Airline’s Flag Across America run.

"International Terrorism in the Contemporary World"PastTense In 1976, the GSCsymposium, International Terrorism in the Contemporary World, hosted 100 scholars and specialists from the U.S. and eight other countries to examine this “modernized barbarism.” The three-day program yielded a 500-page book edited by History Professor Marius Livingston. From it: “International terrorism will... require two implacable enemies: an outraged public demanding action at any price and equally outraged and determined governments fighting for survival.”

related links
Life After Loss (feature article)

Expert on Afghanistan shares insight on “Unholy Alliance”
(RU Foundation release)

Alum’s photos document the nation’s tragedy
Mike Sampson ’88, a U.S. Secret Service Archivist/Historian, shares his experiences at Ground Zero
n October, I was temporarily detailed to New York City to interview the men and women of the U.S. Secret Service’s New York Field Office regarding the attack of September 11th and the aftermath.

They shared with me their accounts, and experiences as witnesses and participants to the horror and tragedy; and the need to carry out investigative and protective responsibilities despite the loss of their field office when the North Tower (1 World Trade Center) toppled and struck 7 World Trade Center. I also learned of the many acts of human kindness extended to the injured and those in need of assistance.

While down at the Ground Zero location, I saw the remnants of 7 WTC and the ongoing removal of what had been the North and South Towers. I can only echo what has already been stated; that what one may envision of the magnitude of the devastation is only partially accurate until you are present at the sites. Seeing the response and sense of fortitude emanating from the rescue and law enforcement personnel, the labor and construction workforce, and the citizens of New York, has left a mark and made a statement that will never be forgotten.

Photos from Ground Zero:

Alumni respond link to life after loss

In memory: Rowan responds to September 11
Traveling through forbidding and unfamiliar territory of our homeland tragedy, the Rowan community reaches out to reflect, recover and relieve.

hen tragedy strikes, we often feel compelled to reach out, comforting those in pain, drawing strength from each other. For days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Rowan University family did just that.

While keeping the campuses open for all but a few hours, the University administration offered ongoing counseling services, maintained contact with the entire campus via e-mail, held several gatherings in the Student Center to update and offer services to students and staff and conducted a memorial service and benefit concert. Various departments and organizations raised funds for the families of those who died and for emergency personnel working at the sites.

“I was extremely proud to see how the University community galvanized and worked together in this situation,” said Thomas Gallia ’66, ’67, ’70, executive assistant to the president, who has been at Rowan almost 40 years as a student, professor and administrator, through the Kennedy assassination and through the Vietnam War.

“I was proud of the administration, faculty and student body for responding to the tragedy, for staying open, for scheduling a blood drive, for holding information sessions, for hosting the memorial service and for supporting each other,” he added. “We’ve experienced a lot of crises, and the Rowan community was especially responsive to this most recent one.”

Memorial Service
> students in mourningundreds of students, faculty, staff and administrators crowded the Student Center for a memorial service three long days after terrorists stunned our country. Sitting on chairs and the floor, standing in the Pit and ringing the first and second-level balconies, they listened to student and University leaders speak about the unthinkable and encourage everyone to overcome it.

Though few on campus were directly related to victims of the attacks, the opportunity to gather was compelling. “I had to show my support for the people affected in the situation,” said Lauren Davenport ’03.

President Farish, Vice President Drew Calandrella, SGA president Jennifer Holdsworth and Athletic Director Joy Reighn ’69 addressed the subdued crowd. Led in the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and a moment of silence, it was a gathering like no other in Rowan’s recent history, a time for a community to mourn.

Giving life, a pint at a time
osh Houghirk ’05 hadn’t planned on being at the Rathskellar on September 27, but there he was, flat on his back, arm stuck by a needle, his blood draining into a pouch. Houghirk responded with 211 other members of the Rowan community to an American Red Cross Blood Drive that had been set up weeks before the September 11 terrorist attack.

“I felt there was nothing I could do,” said Houghirk. “Then there was talk about giving blood, and I felt like it was something.”He was far from alone, as students and staff waited patiently to fill out paperwork, donated blood and then snacked together on juices, cookies and pretzels. Altogether the Red Cross collected 137 pints of blood—60 from first-time donors—surpassing all past donations at Rowan.

 
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