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President's Message | Reports & Announcements


August 31, 2011

 TO: Campus Community
 FROM: Neil Kerwin, President
 SUBJECT: Commemorating the September 11 Anniversary


Ten years ago on September 11, our nation and world drastically changed with the tragic events in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, that resulted in thousands of lost American lives. Each of us remembers where we were, who we were with, and how we felt on that day.

American University’s alumni were among the victims at each location. A monument on the Friedheim Quadrangle honors these alumni and others who suffered losses or whose valiant efforts protected our nation from further injury that day.

Colleges and universities share a special responsibility to bring together persons of different cultural traditions, beliefs, and viewpoints so that we might learn from each other. As part of our effort to reflect on the 10th anniversary of September 11, we have planned a series of activities to honor, remember, and commemorate. 

Highlights include several panel discussions, the 9/11 Unity Walk, a moment of silence and flag display, service activities, and a discussion with Ambassador Dan Benjamin, the coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department. A full list of events, an opportunity to submit additional events online, and a links to two School of Communication projects examining the effects of 9/11 is available online at

In addition, I remind you that the Kay Spiritual Life Center chaplains, Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling Center, the residence hall staff, and the Faculty Staff Assistance Plan are available to assist you as needed.

On September 11, I hope that you will pause for moment and gather with us in reflection and shared remembrance.

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