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September 6, 2002

Service of Remembrance to be Held September 11

Since last fall, the MHC community has grappled with the terrorist attacks that killed thousands of people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, including Elizabeth M. ("Lisa") Gregg '71 and Kevin Bracken, husband of Jennifer Liang '90. The community has grieved together by gathering for candlelight vigils, religious services, and support sessions. It has sought understanding in classroom discussions, "teach-ins," and lectures on terrorism and national security. On the one-year anniversary of the attacks, students, faculty, and staff will gather once again, for "A Service of Remembrance," which has been organized by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Open to the public, the service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, at 12:15 pm in Abbey Memorial Chapel. The College will also encourage reflection by ringing bells at the time each plane was struck down on September 11, 2001, and again at noon, in unison with bells at Smith, Hampshire, and Amherst Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

"We were together as a College community last year, just one week into the semester, when we heard and saw the tragedy, and we gathered then to grieve, and pray, and try to understand," said Andrea Ayvazian, dean of religious life. "We want to be together as a community to mark the day of the attacks, to honor the dead, to grieve, and to remember."

The thirty-five minute service will represent the many populations that make up the Mount Holyoke community, says Ayvazian. It will be interfaith and will include diverse offerings from alumnae, faculty, students, staff, and administrators. After opening words from President Joanne V. Creighton, Professor of Chemistry Sheila Browne will read a translation of "End and Beginning," a poem by Nobel Prize–winning Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, translated by Joseph Brodsky. Campus chaplains and spiritual advisers will read or chant sacred texts from Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Baha'i faith traditions. Linda Fernandes, senior administrative assistant in the international relations department, will read "The Message is Love," a meditation on September 11 written by Emily A. Dietrich '85. Kathryn D. Foran '02 and Professor of Spanish and Italian Alberto Sandoval will read their poems, which are both titled "September 11, 2001."

Music will include organ pieces by Larry Schipull, associate professor of music, a meditation on lap harp by Sarah Cutler '03, and Ayvazian's composition "We Will Remember You." The dean of religious life will perform her piece
and have the audience join in. The singing will be accompanied by Mark Gionfriddo, director of jazz ensembles. Barbara Harlow FP; Thato Sukati '04; Ivy Tillman '83, technical support and repair consultant; and Cynthia Woerdeman FP will sing the hymn "This is My Song." Schipull will accompany the singers. Finally, locksmith Robert Lamothe and groundskeeper Theodore Hamel will sing "Amazing Grace." The service will close with a "sending forth" given by Ayvazian and Memory Bandera '04 and a postlude by Schipull.

Foran's poem, along with other poems and songs included in the service, can be found in 9/11/01: Reflections on September 11 from the Mount Holyoke Community, a booklet of responses to the attacks that will be available at the service. The collection, compiled by Eliot House last spring, includes poetry, articles, artwork, journal entries, and songs submitted by staff members, students, and alumnae from as far away as Japan.

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