FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 Date: September 6, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS events mark September 11 observance

SPRINGFIELD -- The University of Illinois at Springfield will observe the first anniversary of the events of 911 with “Days of Understanding, Hope, and Healing: UIS Remembers September 11.” Members of the campus and local communities are invited to join together to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the national tragedy in a series of free, public events that focus on “Understanding: The Mind,” “Hope: The Body,” and “Healing: The Spirit.”

A panel discussion on peace is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, in Brookens Auditorium on the UIS campus. A diverse panel of UIS faculty will lead a thoughtful discussion about peaceful approaches to local and global conflicts and the complexities inherent in these situations.

Members of the campus community are asked to observe a moment of silence at 9:29 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, joining in as the nation pauses to remember the time one year ago when the second World Trade Center tower collapsed at 10:29 a.m. EST.

That evening, a candlelight vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Peace and Friendship Garden, located near the UIS pond (adjacent to the campus police department building on the northeast side of campus). The occasion will provide an opportunity to stand together as a group, pay tribute to the victims and survivors, and support one another in the healing process.

Coincidentally and as part of UIS’ commitment to civic engagement, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in service projects in the local communities.  Information about volunteer opportunities is available by contacting the UIS Office of Student Volunteers and Service Learning at 206-7722, or on the web at

More information about these events is available at, or by calling 206-6665.