IUP to Offer Memorial Program on Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

Posted on 9/5/2014 11:48:04 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present a program September 11 at 8:30 a.m. to reflect on and mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. 

The program will be held next to the university’s September 11 memorial in the Oak Grove, between Sutton Hall and Stapleton Library. 

The memorial includes a 13-foot remnant of the World Trade Center, on long-term loan to the university from the Kovalchick family, of Indiana.

“It is a privilege for IUP to host a remnant from the World Trade Center and an honor to offer this event for our community,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said.

The event will include a remembrance of the 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, specializing in heavy construction. He was in New York on September 11, 2001, for a meeting at the World Trade Center.

In addition to remarks by President Driscoll, the program will include performances by IUP’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, conducted by music professor Jack Stamp, and remarks by Marissa Olean, president of IUP’s Student Government Association, and community member Joe Reschini.

President of the Reschini Group, Reschini previously worked for the Hartford Financial Products group. He was in one of the World Trade Center buildings at the time of the attack.

Michael Hood, dean of IUP’s College of Fine Arts, will serve as master of ceremonies.

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 Libraries 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 World Trade Center site.

Those interested in participating in a September 17 blood drive, sponsored by the IUP chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Psi and Delta Theta Sorority Inc., may sign up at a table in the Oak Grove before and after the September 11 ceremony. The blood drive will take place from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.

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