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September 11 Memorial Ceremony Planned for 2009

Note: In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Gorell Recital Hall. Also, flags have been lowered to half staff in memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present an anniversary remembrance program on September 11, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. to reflect on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The program will be held at the university’s World Trade Center monument in the Oak Grove between Sutton Hall and Stapleton Library. It will be broadcast live on News-Talk 1160 WCCS-AM radio.

The university’s World Trade Center monument includes a thirteen-foot remnant of the World Trade Center, on long-term loan to the university from the Kovalchick family, of Indiana.

The event will include a remembrance of three IUP alumni lost in the World Trade Center attacks: William Moskal, a 1979 graduate; Donald Jones, a 1980 graduate; and William Sugra, a 1993 graduate.

Both Jones and Sugra worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center. Jones was a bond broker from Bucks County. Sugra lived in Manhattan and worked for e-Speed, Cantor Fitzgerald’s electronic trading unit.

Sugra’s family, of Allentown, has established a memorial scholarship in his honor for an IUP student from Allentown majoring in Finance.

Moskal, a Safety Sciences graduate and Johnstown native, was a risk consultant for Marsh and McLennan in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in heavy construction. He was in New York on the day of the attacks for a meeting at the World Trade Center.

In addition to remarks by IUP President Tony Atwater, the program will include performances from IUP musicians and remarks by Alyssa Stiles, of Indiana, president of the Student Government Association.

The event also will include a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

During September, the IUP Library is offering a special exhibition about the attacks. The display, located in the first floor lobby, includes memorabilia from IUP alumni who participated in the cleanup of the site.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Gorell Recital Hall.

Posted on 9/3/2009 12:47:56 PM

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