Observance of September 11Planned

In observance of the tragedy that occurred Sept. 11, 2001, William Woods University has scheduled a number of events for students, faculty and staff during the week of Sept. 9-13. Activities include:


Monday—George Garner, assistant professor of social work, will do a program called “Remembering, Honoring and Preparing for the Anniversary” at 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. He will show a flashpoint presentation of slides as the day unfolded and he will relate his experiences as a crisis counselor who went to New York in October, 2001. He also will discuss the potential impact of the anniversary on victims and society in general.


Tuesday—William Woods will host Westminster College for a women’s volleyball game at 7 p.m. in the Helen Stephens Sports Complex. During the evening, the teams will exchange ribbons of their school colors as a symbol of unity, and a moment of silence will be observed.


At 8 p.m. on the Westminster campus, representatives of both schools will join together to hold a candlelight vigil at the Latshaw Plaza, next to the Churchill Memorial.


Wednesday—a short memorial will be held at noon in front of Dulany Auditorium, with a memorial service from 7 to 8 p.m. inside Dulany. Students, faculty and representatives of community churches are scheduled to participate. The Rev. C.W. Dawson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and a member of the WWU staff, will preach.


Thursday—Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Steve Paulsell will speak at 2 p.m. in the Library Auditorium about his experiences in New York City as head of Missouri Task Force 1. This federal-urban search and rescue team was among the first of the emergency crews to respond after the World Trade Center was destroyed. Paulsell will also speak at 4 p.m. in Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall at Westminster.

In addition to the scheduled events, several faculty members intend to include Sept. 11 in their lesson plans. These include:

Joanne Fulton, associate professor of social work

“For Social Welfare we will be spending the class, which meets Sept. 11, talking about the War on Terrorism and Sept. 11. Students have an assignment to read the New York Times and do journals on articles they pick related to the course. Sept. 11 discussion will focus on articles about the war on terrorism and Sept. 11.”

Aimee Sapp, instructor, journalism/mass communications

“I have two classes that write articles for Echoes from the Woods [the university’s online student newsmagazine]. They are devoting four articles to the topic in the first issue. It will be posted online early. The students didn’t want to finalize it until after the 11th because they want to cover the events on campus that day. They hope to get it online on the 13th. My public affairs reporting class will do an analysis of media coverage on the topic the week after.”

Jack Dudley, professor of geography

“I am planning to show CNN’s America Remembers, a 60-minute tape.”

Sarah Riddick, assistant professor of English

“We are looking at the fallout from 9/11 in my American literature class—specifically, how the early Puritans (we are reading ‘The Crucible,’ accounts by William Bradford, and ‘Young Goodman Brown’) were responsible for shaping certain elements of the contemporary American mindset.”

Terry Martin, professor of art

“I have an exhibit of boxes and containers we call ‘Thinking Out of the Box.’ One student has already finished a piece called ‘Through War Comes Peace.’ This work is very powerful. I would like to have visitors walk through the exhibit and complete the interactive process by dropping a comment in the last box. Comments would be read back to the designers at a later date. While the art is not specifically about Sept. 11, it is interesting from my perspective as a teacher to see how the spirit of the project has changed.”