Remnant of World Trade Center to Grace Susquehanna University Memorial
Published on August 24, 2011
SELINSGROVE—A commemorative piece of steel from New York’s World Trade Center will be incorporated into an existing memorial at Susquehanna University as part of the school’s Sept. 11 remembrance, 10 years later, of the terrorist attack on America. The memorial honors two Susquehanna alumni, Chris Vialonga, a 1993 graduate, and Colleen Supinski, a 1996 alumna, who lost their lives in the twin towers, as well as the loss all Americans experienced that day.
The steel remnant is 32 inches long, 12 inches wide and 12 inches high, and weighs 124 pounds. University officials acquired it through a request to the World Trade Center Artifacts Program, an effort coordinated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
With this latest addition, the campus memorial will be rededicated during a ceremony open to the public on Sept.11. At 12:15 p.m., attendees will gather at Susquehanna’s Weber Chapel for a procession to the memorial for wreath-laying, multifaith readings, a soloist performance and the rededication ceremony. Following at 1 p.m. will be an opportunity to share memories, thoughts and emotions in Seibert Hall’s University Lounge. At 3 p.m., vocal and instrumental ensembles will present a free concert in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art, performing Ned Rorem’s Aftermath, written in the wake of 9/11, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 106, Actus Tragicus.
The public may attend any or all of the day’s events.
The memorial is located near Susquehanna’s James W. Garrett Sports Complex, facing the football field. Both Vialonga and Supinski were student-athletes, he, an offensive lineman for the Susquehanna football team, and she, a member of the track & field and cross-country teams.
“The 9/11 memorial was the first to be added on Susquehanna’s campus in decades, signifying our community’s recognition of the profound impact of 9/11 on all citizens,” said Sara Kirkland, executive vice president for administration and planning. “It is a highly visible and cherished space on our campus.”
Karen M. Jones