Public Affairs

CSU Campuses Commemorate the Heroes of 9/11

September 9, 2011

As 10 years have passed since the September 11 attacks that damaged the Pentagon and collapsed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the nation has come together to find ways to commemorate the individuals who lost their lives on 9/11. Whether it is teaching youth the significance of 9/11 through textbook curricula or assisting families who were impacted, there are many ways the nation is commemorating September 11.

At the CSU, campuses will be hosting a variety of activities ranging from concerts to lectures to contests to mark the 10-year anniversary of September 11, including:

CSU Channel Islands invites students, faculty, staff and the public to attend a memorial ceremony, a barbecue and games of softball, volleyball, soccer and tug of war on Sun., Sept. 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Potrero Field on campus. The free event will include a color guard presentation of the flags; playing of the national anthem; recognition of peace officers, firefighters and members of the military; and a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and fallen troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Chico State will participate in the Worldwide Peace Festival on Sun., Sept 11. The commemoration ceremony kicks off at 5 p.m. with a discussion forum at the Peace Tree on campus, followed by a remembrance march, peace vigil and a concert performed by SonaTrio + 1.

Cal State Long Beach co-sponsored a national monograph contest commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, offering graduate students in master’s or doctoral programs at United States colleges and universities a chance to win $5,000, $10,000 and even $20,000 scholarships.

CSU Monterey Bay will host a series of events, including a “Gathering of Remembrance and Service,” volunteer opportunities throughout the day and a town hall meeting in the evening. The day of events will begin with an 8 a.m. service at the main quad that honors the work of those in public safety and veterans, later followed by a town hall gathering at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center to bring the community together and reflect, and will conclude with a candlelight vigil.

As part of its 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, Cal State Northridge will host Food Forward’s “The Biggest Pick” on Sun., Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. The event’s goal is to harvest 30 tons of fruit from the campus’ orange orchard to support local food pantries in helping to feed thousands.

San Diego State University will host a campus memorial ceremony that will take place on Mon., Sept. 12, at the flag pole on Campanile Walkway from approximately 11:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Attendees will receive pins and ribbons, and will have the opportunity to sign a jumbo card that will be sent to first responders in New York City.

San José State University will hold a memorial concert on Sun., Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Music Building Concert Hall, with participation from the faculty of the School of Music and Dance; Nils Petersen, Santa Clara County’s first poet laureate and a SJSU professor emeritus; and SJSU’s Air Force ROTC Color Guard. The event will conclude with a candlelight vigil.

Sonoma State will have "A Decade Later: 9/11 Reflection" roundtable discussion where a group of panelists will consider the various ways the U.S. and the world have changed in the last decade. The event takes place Mon., Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in Schulz 3001.