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FSU to Mark Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks with Community Vigil

One year later, a community vigil commemorating the attacks on the United States will be held on Sept. 11, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. on the Frostburg State University Upper Quad. This event is open to the public. Recognition will be given to police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and members of the military.

In addition, FSU alumna Donna Bertazzoni, an associate professor of journalism and co-director of the communication arts program at Hood College, will deliver a keynote address entitled "September 11 One Year Later - Where Do We Go From Here?"

Bertazzoni is co-author of "Law, Media and Culture: The Landscape of Hate," which discusses hate crimes and illustrates how the law is used to control chronic and growing hatreds. It examines the rhetoric of hate and how hate speech on the Internet allows this chronic condition to spread and reviews how the news media have covered hate crimes. The book also explores popular culture and how the subtext of hatred is translated to people through music, television and film.

FSU President Catherine R. Gira and Frostburg Mayor and retired FSU professor Jim Cotton will also offer remarks. FSU's Department of Music will provide musical selections performed by the FSU Chorale and the Marching Band, including "America the Beautiful" and "The Star-Spangled Banner," and readings from religious and other sources will be offered.

Some seating will be provided, but those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in the Cordts Center's Main Arena.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the communityi will have opportunities to express thoughts and feelings on "9/11 Reflections" cards which will become a part of the Wall of Remembrance, which will be located on the outside wall of the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. Cards will be available at the following times and locations:

Monday, Sept. 9: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lane University Center; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chesapeake Dining Hall; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Chesapeake Dining Hall.

Tuesday, Sept. 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lane University Center; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chesapeake Dining Hall; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Chesapeake Dining Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lane University Center; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chesapeake Dining Hall.

As part of this remembrance, individuals may participate in Unity in the Spirit of America through FSU's Center for Volunteerism and National Service, in partnership with the Volunteer Center of Allegany County and the Mountainside Community Coalition. This initiative allows individuals to respond to the attacks in a positive and uniquely American way through community service projects dedicated to the memory of those lost on Sept. 11. National sponsors for Unity in the Spirit of America include the Points of Light Foundation, in partnership with the Volunteer Center Network and with the support of DisneyHand and Ronald McDonald House Charities. For information, visit the Web site at

For more information about the vigil, contact Larry Neumark at (301) 687-7490 or FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589