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Cayuga CC to commemorate the opening of 9/11 exhibition on August 31

DATE: 08-29-2011

On Wednesday, August 31, Cayuga Community College will host Country in Crisis: Cayuga Responds, an event to officially open the “New York Remembers” exhibition. The College is one of 31 sites across the state that was selected by the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office to display the exhibition as part of the 10th anniversary recognition of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Karpinski Rotunda in the Walsh Regional Economic Center on the Auburn Campus, 199 Franklin St.

Comments will be delivered by government officials, College administration and faculty, and community members. The event also features a presentation by Robert Brower, director of the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) at the College, which was instrumental in printing the first satellite images of Ground Zero for emergency workers at the scene.

Nursing Professor Cheryl Foster, who heads up the Healing Field flag project at Hoopes Park, will share stories about the 12 days she spent at the site, assisting family members of burn victims and helping families make funeral arrangements in early October 2001.

Professor of Criminal Justice and History John Lamphere will discuss his experience as an active-duty lieutenant with the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department and how he coordinated a shuttle service for the IAGT images with state police from Auburn to New York City.

Following the opening remarks, Robert Brower will present on the role the institute played in the days following the attacks. The institute was instrumental in accessing and printing the first images of Ground Zero for emergency responders in New York City, as well as employing 3D visualization and other software to gauge the damage more completely. The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology will host an open house following the presentation.

“The ‘New York Remembers’ exhibition enables us to gather as a community, and to pause and reflect on the events of that day 10 years ago and how our world has changed,” said College President Daniel P. Larson. “Viewing the artifacts from the site as well as materials from the Cayuga community will allow people to pay tribute and remember the profound loss and heroic actions in a personal way.”

The exhibition features a large piece of aluminum exterior from one of the Twin Towers, wooden railings from Ground Zero with hand-written messages from family and friends of the deceased, a timeline of events, and banners about the exhibition. IAGT has also shared five large-scale images of Ground Zero to include in the display. 

“Every community across New York felt the impact of the senseless acts of terrorism that claimed thousands of lives just one decade ago,” Governor Cuomo said. “These exhibitions will give New Yorkers in towns, villages, and cities all across the state a gathering place to once again stand as one community to make sure we never forget those who lost their lives on September 11th and to embrace the spirit of unity that brought us together on that day of devastating tragedy.”

The exhibition, consisting of artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and National September 11 Memorial & Museum, opens this week and continues until the end of September, including Sunday, September 11.