WPI Remembers and Reflects with Sept. 11 Memorials

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Worcester, Mass. - September 3, 2002 - The students, faculty and staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will commemorate the events of September 11, 2001 with two programs - one dedicated to remembrance and the other to reflection.

10:00 a.m. - 10:29 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2002 Outside - in front of Alden Memorial

For the remembrance memorial, the WPI community will gather around the campus' prominent Beech Tree and surrounding areas for a solemn service.

A full military color guard, along with representatives from Campus Police, Worcester Fire and Police Departments, and Emergency Medical Services, will form a procession across Ralph Earle Bridge from Boynton Hall to the flag pole at the tree. The flag will be raised fully and lowered to half mast in accordance with proper military protocol.

WPI president Dr. Edward A. Parrish will offer thoughts on the need to remember Sept. 11's effect on the WPI community.

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2002 Inside - at Harrington Auditorium

WPI's second memorial will assemble the campus community and several student organizations, including the Indian Student Organization, International Student Council, Muslim Student Organization, Newman Club, and Student Government, to offer prayers and thoughts reflecting upon the events one year later.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard B. O'Connor, director of Military Science at WPI, will share his experiences of being at the Pentagon last year on September 11.

About WPI

WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education, and is recognized as one of the leading outcomes-oriented undergraduate programs preparing people for success in our technological world. Since its founding in 1865, WPI has broadened and perfected an influential curriculum that balances theory and practice.

This innovative and unique combination of educational methods, learning environment and a worldwide network of project centers is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Its main campus is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. WPI supports the academic and research pursuits of over 2,800 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 220 faculty pursuing opportunities to blend technological research and practice with societal needs, delivering meaningful real-world benefits.

For over a century, WPI has awarded advanced degrees in the sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as the management of technology and business. Our alumni include Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry; Harold Black, inventor of the principle of negative-feedback; Carl Clark, inventor of the first practical airbag safety system; Dean Kamen, inventor of the first wearable drug infusion pump; and many others who contribute to the transformation of our technological world.