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Birmingham-Southern College schedules week of activities to remember and reflect on 10th anniversary of 9/11
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College campus community will remember and reflect on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks with a series of events and activities on campus, culminating with a lecture on crisis leadership by Andrew H. Card, White House chief of staff under President George W. Bush at the time of the attacks.
The week of activities begins on Saturday, Sept. 10, with a Day of Service for Habitat for Humanity. Students, faculty and staff, and alumni will participate in a Habitat build from Noon to 4 p.m. as part of a campus-wide initiative to serve the community and to remember 9/11.
Beginning at 7:46 a.m. on the 10th anniversary, Sunday, Sept. 11, the chimes on the Edwards Bell Tower on the Birmingham-Southern academic quad will begin ringing once for each of the approximately 3,000 victims. The bells will ring throughout the morning and afternoon.
That same evening at 7 p.m., the college will hold an Interfaith Service of Remembrance at the Urban Environmental Park on campus. BSC Chaplain Jack Hinnen will lead a service of prayers from across faith traditions, and personal stories from students, most of whom were between the ages of eight and 12 at the time of the attacks. The event will serve to remember not only the victims of 9/11, but also those who have lost their lives working towards peace in the military or in other ways since that day.
Card, chief of staff under President George W. Bush from 2001-2006, will lecture on “Leadership on 9/11: Leadership and Crisis” at Birmingham-Southern on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center. Card, who played a prominent role during the time immediately following the attacks, will discuss crisis leadership in the context of September 11, 2001. Admission is free.
Card’s public service has spanned four decades. Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives at age 27, he went on to serve in a variety of capacities to three U.S. presidents. As deputy assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he was a liaison to leaders at the local and state levels. As deputy chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, he participated in a full range of economic, foreign, and domestic policy development. As the 11th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, he coordinated the response to Hurricane Andrew. Card also has served as General Motors’ vice president of government relations and as president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA). He was named acting dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in July 2011.
Throughout the week, beginning Monday, Sept. 12, through Friday, Sept. 16, BSC students will be raising money on campus in the Norton Campus Center area to purchase trees to be planted in tornado-damaged areas of Birmingham to show support and care for those suffering in other ways locally.