Sept. 4, 2011 | WMU News
Classes resumed and offices opened the following day, but all public events, including all varsity sports, were suspended through Sunday, Sept. 16.
Two vigils were held in Kanley Chapel. The first was held on the evening of the terrorist attacks. A second was held at noon Friday, Sept. 14, as part of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. Counselors from campus ministry and the counseling center, as well as staff from student affairs, were present to meet with students, faculty and staff.
As one of the nation's top pilot training centers, WMU's College of Aviation was investigated by the FBI and was briefly the focus of national media coverage Sept. 12 as people learned that the terrorists had trained at U.S. flight schools.
WMU's football game at the University of Michigan, scheduled for Sept. 15, was rescheduled with considerable difficulty for the following week. It proved to be one of the more reaffirming events of a tragic month for the nation and University.
News of those who died in the attacks was slow in coming, especially from the rubble in New York, but by the end of the month, we knew a Western Michigan University graduate and the brother of a student had both been killed—one in the attack on the World Trade Center, and the other in the attack on Washington, D.C.
At the end of September 2001, WMU joined dozens of other colleges and sent a truck loaded with classroom furniture to New York City to assist the Burrough of Manhattan Community College. Located next to the World Trade Center, much of BMCC was destroyed when the twin towers collapsed.
One year after the terrorist attacks, WMU dedicated an employee memorial in Goldsworth Valley, funded by contributions from local businesses and every employee group at the University. More than 3,000 alumni, students, faculty and staff participated in events to mark the first anniversary of 9/11.