USF Remembers 9/11

From a remembrance ceremony to other events on campus, students and faculty are making sure USF never forgets 9/11.


By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2011) – Across the University of South Florida campus Friday are reminders to USF students and faculty to never forget 9/11, the most tragic day in our nation’s history.


At the Marshall student Center Plaza, 2,000 miniature American flags dot the lawn and students stop to have their pictures taken in front of it. Several of those have already shown up on Facebook accounts and Twitter feeds.


*****Video: Watch a video from USF Student Government where USF students, faculty and staff reflect on 9/11.*****


The main focus of the day though was a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater, a collaboration by the Office of Veteran Services, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Government.


Student Body President Matt Diaz opened the ceremony while iconic 9/11 photos that painted a portrait of both the horror that befell the United States and the bravery of those who saved lives and sacrificed their own played on a screen behind him.


After the USF ROTC Joint Color Guard presented the colors while Winston Jones, the director of Student Rights and Responsibilities sang the National Anthem, USF President Judy Genshaft gave a few remarks via video. She was unable to attend because of Lee Roy Selmon’s memorial service.


The keynote speaker was Jim Davis, a former US Representative and Congressman at the time of 9/11. He described the shock he felt on that day after seeing the smoke plumes from the Pentagon and making his two young sons, both college students now, watch the evening news coverage.


“I thought Jim Davis had a very nice speech that brought us back to the feelings we had when it happened,” said biomedical sciences major, Anthony Vargas.


Also presented was a 9/11 remembrance video put together by Student Government with various USF faculty, staff and students explaining where they were and how they felt on 9/11.


“I am convinced that students at USF have a powerful opportunity to save the horror of 9/11 from ever happening again,” Davis said. “They can do that by building relationships with other cultures here and abroad.”


Diaz echoed the opinion.


“We are the generation that is going to change the nation, Diaz said. “We have to have global perspectives to create that global community.”


Larry Braue, the director for Veteran Services, said the ceremony took months of planning but went “flawlessly.”

Also this morning, members of the Theta Chi Fraternity on campus delivered thank you cards and bagels to University Police and the Tampa Fire Department in honor of 9/11.


Other 9/11 events on campus:


Friday, Sept. 9

College Republicans 9/11 Flag Fundraiser and Display to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. MLK plaza, all day.


Sunday, Sept. 11

USF Men’s Rugby Team 9/11 Memorial Fundraiser. Sycamore Field, 3 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 12

Notes of appreciation for emergency responders: A tribute to our firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency response teams. MSC Atrium, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Tues, Sept. 13

Mooz-Lum: Movie Screenings and Q&A with the director, Qasim “Q” Basir. MSC Oval Theater, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.