A breezy, partly sunny day provided the setting for the College’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, last Friday, as CSI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members of some of the 27 alumni lost on that day gathered in the Memorial Garden to mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic attacks on our nation.
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. A. Ramona Brown, who served as the emcee of the ceremony, introduced CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales, who offered welcoming remarks. “We will never forget those whom we lost and we will never forget their families, friends, and loved ones who continue to try and heal from this unspeakable tragedy,” he said. The President recalled where he was where he was when he heard the news of the attacks and mentioned that he spent time as a high school student working in New York City’s Financial District.
“Students come to the College of Staten Island to fulfill their dreams and aspirations,” President Morales added, “to pursue productive careers in the hopes of achieving better lives. The stark realization that 27 CSI alumni, 27 of our former students, were taken from us on 9/11 is indeed especially painful. The names of these former students, engraved on a plaque in the Memorial Garden right here before us, serve as a reminder of a great loss that continues to resonate with all of us.”
Laura Angilletta ’01
Jane E. Baeszler ’81
Paul V. Barbaro ’88
Greg Buck ’95
Kenneth J. Cubas ’75
Beverly LaVerne Curry ’99
Scott Matthew Davidson ’91
John DiFato ’84
Lisa DiFato Cannava ’93
Donald Joseph DiFranco ’79
Carole Beth Eggert ’90
John Rudolph Fischer ’78
Thomas P. Hannafin ’90
Lee C. Ludwig ’72
Richard Miuccio ’78
Troy E. Nilsen ’94
Brian Nunez ’99
William S. O’Keefe ’76
Mark James Petrocelli ’95
Edward F. Pullis ’92
Michael T. Quilty ’79
John F. Rizzo ’77
Lisa L. Spina-Trerotola ’85
Larry Sumaya ’81
Darryl Anthony Taylor ’81
Jeffrey P. Walz ’86
Following President Morales’s remarks, Music student Stephanie Geraci performed “Meditation” from Jules Massenet’s Thaïs on solo violin and English Professor Cate Marvin read her poem, “On Trying to Write a Poem After 9/11/01.”
Can it not be a workable piece of art,
a whole with its parts and a heart, with
a part for those I think of when dining
alone, walking alone, sitting in theatres
with myself? Because I know each has
a heart whose residence is not far from
my own, in that grander scope, in that
fibrous link of sleep, and each allows
me with their hands and hearts to have
a part with my own heart, so that when
I see no one today, I know my friends
of this shackling world.
A morning glory
grows over and over itself, forces bloom
after violet bloom in the alley. Black spots
hop at my foot’s step in twilight: crickets.
We arched ourselves to see it coming down.
A thousand times slowed to agony, or furious
in the background, or still yet, it’s toppling
brought into sharper focus: the coming
down unspeakable. Yet, the thing has
made me, alone, call upon the arts of
their hearts, has called all their parts back
to me, to tell me that a who did not end.
by Cate Marvin
Representing the CSI student body, Cpl. Joseph McDonough, a member of the United Stated Marine Corps and the CSI Armed Forces Club, shared his feelings on 9/11, noting that he was personally affected by the tragedy, having lost a family member and many loved ones on that day.
Next, Arthur J. Merola, DPM ’84, ’85, President of the CSI Alumni Association Board, and Linda Dianto ’69, ’71, ’85, Assistant Treasurer of the Alumni Association Board, read the names of the CSI alumni who lost their lives on 9/11.
Elaine R. Schenk, MId from Catholic Campus Ministry offered closing thoughts, calling on everyone in attendance to focus on forgiveness, peace, and kindness in an effort to heal.
The ceremony concluded as attendees placed white carnations next to the 9/11 Memorial.
Members of the College community who would like to speak with a professional counselor are urged to visit the Counseling Center in Building 1A, Room 109, either alone or with friends. Center hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 9:00am to 7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.