lives lost September 11, 2001, vibrant memories
held dear forever.
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 familys confectionary store. She worked
for Aon Corporation on the 98th floor of Two World Trade Center.
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.
response Glen Tarsi 77, a United Airlines
pilot, demonstrated his support for the victims of September
11 by participating in American and United Airlines Flag
Across America run.
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.
Life After Loss (feature article)
Expert on Afghanistan shares insight on Unholy Alliance
(RU Foundation release)
document the nations tragedy
Mike Sampson 88, a U.S. Secret Service Archivist/Historian,
shares his experiences at Ground Zero
October, I was temporarily detailed to New York City to interview
the men and women of the U.S. Secret Services 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
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
from Ground Zero:
Alumni respond link to life after loss
In memory: Rowan responds to September
through forbidding and unfamiliar territory of our homeland
tragedy, the Rowan community reaches out to reflect, recover
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. Weve
experienced a lot of crises, and the Rowan community was especially
responsive to this most recent one.
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
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 Rowans recent history, a time for a community
life, a pint at a time
Houghirk 05 hadnt
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 blood60 from first-time donorssurpassing
all past donations at Rowan.