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Queens College Will Mark 20 Years Since September 11 by Memorializing 40 Members of the College Community Who Died That Day

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 8:30 AM
Media must RSVP by noon on Friday, September 3, to Linda.Pacheco@qc.cuny.edu

The in-person audience for this commemorative event is limited to the college community and invited guests. The public is invited to watch it live on the college's YouTube page HERE.

 -- Event Will Include a Presentation to the Local FDNY Engine House, Musical Offerings, and Bell Tolls to Mark the Times the Towers Were Struck and Collapsed; Commemorative Exhibition of Ground Zero "Tribute in Light" Photographs is on View Starting September 1 --
 
WHAT:         
Forty members of the Queens College community—including alumni and the family members of former faculty and staff—were lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. On Friday, September 10 at 8:30 am, the college will memorialize them by reading their names aloud and by making a presentation to its responding FDNY Engine House (Engine 315/Ladder 25) for its service to the college in a ceremony hosted by Queens College President Frank H. Wu. Musical performances of “America the Beautiful” and “Fanfare for the Common Man,” by the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music students, alumni, and faculty, will honor those lost in the attacks nationwide, and the bells in the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clocktower of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library will toll four times to mark the minutes when the towers were struck—at 8:46 am and 9:03 am—and when they collapsed—at 9:59 am and at 10:28 am.
  
WHERE:      
Cooperman Plaza, located next to the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
Rain Location: The Godwin-Ternbach Museum
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11367
 
WHO:             
Hosted by President Frank H. Wu, invited speakers include Academic Senate Chairperson Kevin Ferguson, Student Association President Zaire Couloute, QC Hillel Rabbi Sara Zacharia, Catholic Newman Center Father Jeremy Canna, Muslim Student Association Advisor Ali Mermer, Lutheran Campus Minister Anna Lian, and New York State Assembly Member Nily Rozic. 
 
Among the alumni lost on September 11 was Mohammed Salman Hamdani, an NYC-certified EMT who died in the towers’ collapse after rushing downtown to help during his morning commute. In 2011, a scholarship was established at the college in his name. Please click here for a full list of victims’ names.
 
Additionally, with Remember This: A 9/11 20-Year Anniversary Memorial, the college’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum is creating a meditative space for education and contemplation. The exhibition, on display from Wednesday, September 1 through Friday, December 17, 2021, features six oversized images that were part of the design proposal for Tribute in Light, 2002—a public art installation involving two beams of light projected into the sky near Ground Zero. First realized on March 11, 2002, Tribute has been presented annually on September 11. The photographs shown by Godwin-Ternbach were donated to the museum by artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, who created Tribute in conjunction with architects John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, and Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz. They will become part of the museum’s permanent collection after the exhibition closes.
 
Remember This also includes materials and images from MNEMONIC: A 9/11 Memorial Exhibition, organized for the Atrium Gallery at LaGuardia Community College in 2002, and September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World, curated and produced by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The exhibition can be viewed in the lobby area of Klapper Hall, 4th floor, only while the building is open, and online here. A space will be provided on the museum’s website here for virtual visitor reflections. 
 
There are two September 11 commemorative plaques on campus. Both are located near the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, with one marking a memorial garden planted by students from nearby Public School 499, the Queens College School for Math, Science, and Technology. 
 
An annual campus ceremony has marked the attacks since 2002.
 
COVID-19 PROTOCOL FOR CAMPUS VISITORS 
All visitors must be approved prior to accessing the campus. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, September 3, with your full name, media affiliation, and email address to Linda.Pacheco@qc.cuny.edu. You will receive full details by email on how to prepare for your visit.  
 
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