New Jersey Institute of Technology To Hold Sept. 11 Memorial

NEWARK, September 5- The attack on the World Trade Towers, which loomed just 10 miles from campus, cast a shadow of sadness over New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Eight alumni were killed; a dean lost his wife; and many students, staff and faculty lost friends in the attack.

To commemorate that loss, to unite as a community and to reflect with hope, NJIT will host a daylong Sept. 11 memorial. The day begins at 8:30 a.m., when ROTC will lower the campus flag, on the campus green, to half-mast. Cadets will play taps and Student Senate President Nexus Sea will place a wreath at the flagpole. The day ends at 9:45 p.m., when the university will unite on the campus green for a candlelight memorial.

A complete listing of the day’s events follows.

  • National Remembrance Broadcasts
    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., NJIT’s Kupfrian Hall Continuous broadcasts of national and local memorials throughout the day. The university community is invited to stop and remember those who died on Sept. 11.
  • Remembering by Serving: President Bush's Television Address
    9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Hazell lounge, GITC lobby, Kupfrian rotunda, Tiernan lobby and the School of Architecture lobby.
  • Memorial: Reflections of Hope
    2:30 p.m., at the campus green near the gymnasium steps. If it rains, the event will be held in the NJIT Hazell Center, second floor ballroom.

The university community is invited to attend the memorial. Speakers will include NJIT President Robert Altenkirch, Student Senate President Nexus Sea and Graduate Student Association President Lyudmyla Barannyk. Honored guests from the Newark Fire and Police Departments as well as from NJIT’s Public Safety department will attend. There will also be a harp performance by NJII alumna Odarka Polanskyj-Stockert and singing by student Audra Goodman.

  • Memorial Walk
    3:30 p.m., Meet at the campus green
    The university community is invited to join in a silent walk around the NJIT campus, lead by members of the Newark Police and Fire Departments and NJIT’s Public Safety department.
  • Memorial Peace Garden Dedication
    4:00 p.m., Meet at the flagpole, near Kupfrian Hall

Dedication of the Memorial Peace Garden made possible by donations from the Alumni Association, in memory of eight alumni who were killed on Sept. 11.

Paul F. Beatini ’86 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Park Ridge, N.J.
Patrick A. Hoey ’69 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Middletown, N.J.
Edward T. Keane ‘61 B.S., Industrial Engineering, West Caldwell, N.J.
Franco Lalama ’80 B.S., Civil Engineering, Nutley, N.J.
Kleber R. Molina ’98 B.S., Civil Engineering, New York, N.Y.
Francesco S. Riccardelli ’85 B.S., Electrical Engineering, Westwood, N.J.
George J. Strauch, Jr. ’70 B.S., Industrial Engineering, Tau Delta Phi, Belmar, N.J.
Mark Zangrilli ’88 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Pequannock, N.J.

Raymond J. Vaccari, ‘72, ‘74, executive board member and treasurer of the Alumni Association, will read the above names. The peace garden, designed Lee Nel, president of NJIT’s Habitat for Humanity, was planted by NJIT students groups including Habitat for Humanity, Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, the Student Senate, the Graduate Student Association, and the InterFraternity / Sorority Council. The ceremony will include candle lighting and a bagpipe performance by NJIT student Ted Rizkalla.

  • Candlelight Memorial
    9:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m., at the flagpole on the campus green

Students, staff and faculty are invited to join in this candlelight memorial featuring Father Mark O’Malley. Laurel Hall resident assistants will sponsor this event.

For more information, contact Donna Minnich at


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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