September 6, 2002


Dear Colleagues:

September 11 is a date that will always loom large in our hearts and minds as well as in our history. Finding ways to reflect on that date and all that it now represents is important to us all. UCSB will mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 with a special memorial observance on campus. I am writing to cordially invite you and all members of the campus community to join us in this observance, to be held at noon on September 11 in the plaza in front of Cheadle Hall.

I am asking all campus offices that ordinarily are open during the noon hour to provide maximum flexibility to staff members interested in attending this memorial program, which will last approximately 30 minutes.

I also would like to call your attention to what UCSB students have planned for September 11. The Associated Students Program Board is organizing a day-long memorial display featuring panels bearing the names of all of the victims of the September 11 attacks. These panels will be on display in Storke Plaza between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The student organizers also plan to provide memory books in which members of our community can enter their names and write special messages. I hope you will have an opportunity to visit this display.

UC President Atkinson has sent the campuses a message of his own concerning September 11, and I would like to share that with you (attached). I also share President Atkinson’s pride in the many ways in which the University of California has responded over the past year to the events of September 11, through teaching, research, and public service. On our own campus, we presented many public events—including panel discussions, lectures, and films—that examined issues related to the terrorist attacks and our national life. In the coming year, we will draw on the intellectual resources of our campus to present dialogues and other public events that focus on the future.

I believe that members of our campus community will find some comfort in coming together to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, and to reflect.


Henry T. Yang