110 W. New York Ave.
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posted Sep 4, 2013 - 6:02:53pm
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, as part of the national 911day.org movement, Stetson University will host a “Day of Action” of service and programs in remembrance of the events of 9/11. All events are free and open to the public.
At 8 a.m., students, staff, faculty and community members will gather at the campus flag located in front of Elizabeth Hall on Woodland Blvd., where members of the University’s ROTC program will lead a ceremony to put the flag at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. Stetson University President Wendy Libby will give brief opening remarks, followed by interfaith readings on peace and a charge to honor our national values through community service.
From noon to 1:30 p.m., select faculty, staff and community members will be panelists on a forum entitled “Civil Liberties, Security and Syria: Looking at current issues in the context of 9/11.” The discussion will be held in the Rinker Auditorium, inside Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd., and will be cultural credit for Stetson students. During this panel discussion, experts will omment on current issues ranging from foreign to domestic policy, as well as providing insight as to how 9/11 has influenced our national debate on current issues.
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., students and community members are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities to benefit our community. These sites have been arranged by the Stetson University Center for Community Engagement and include preparing food bags for people who are homeless at The Neighborhood Center, painting a dining room for people who are disabled at the DeLand Center ARC, and cleaning up nearby lakes. Individuals wanting to participate in any of the volunteer activities should meet at the Center for Community Engagement, 609 N. Bert Fish Dr., at 2:45 p.m. to sign-in and arrange transportation.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to band together in support for those in need, just like many did during the time of tragedy 12 years ago,” said Heather Hamilton, the Stetson staff member who is coordinating the day’s events.
At 6 p.m., students, staff, faculty and community members will again gather at the campus flag for a closing ceremony where the flag will be raised back to full-staff in recognition of our country’s resilience after 9/11. Brief closing remarks and group reflection will conclude the event.
“Events like 9/11 remind us that we all have a voice and a chance to make a change,” said Hamilton. “Participating in days of service like next Wednesday, or getting involved in your community is one way to start making that change. Take this opportunity to reflect on your values, and let those values steer you to make the changes that you want to see in your life, your community and your country.”
For more information, call the Center for Community Engagement at Stetson University at (386) 822-8706.
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