Parade a success
President Spanier's remarks

5:30 p.m.

Thousands of people turned out on the University Park and in downtown State College for the American Pride Parade and Rally Sunday afternoon. For scenes from the event, click here.


Access accounts to be maintained for those called to duty

10:30 a.m.

Computer & Information Systems will maintain the Penn State Access Accounts for currently enrolled students and employees who are called away for military duty.

In order to keep their Penn State Access Account, students and employees do not need to contact Computer & Information Systems. Currently enrolled students who process a military withdrawal with the Office of the Registrar will maintain their Penn State Access Account automatically.

Full-time employees who take a leave of absence for active military service or training (as per policy HR19 at also will maintain their Penn State Access Account automatically. Part-time employees should contact their supervisor or Human Resources Representative. Supervisors or Human Resources Representatives must e-mail in order to obtain an extension for part-time employee accounts.

Questions regarding Penn State Access Accounts can be directed to the Center for Academic Computing Accounts Office at (814) 865-4772 or

Volunteers to collect for Red Cross at football game

8 a.m.

Approximately 150 volunteers from Penn State's Blue & White Society and the Student Nittany Lion Club will be taking collections to support the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at Saturday's Penn State-Wisconsin football game.

Volunteers will be in position outside Beaver Stadium at 9 a.m., three hours before the 12:10 p.m. kickoff, and will take collections until 30 minutes following kickoff. Cash donations will be accepted in order to provide relief for the victims of the tragic events of Sept. 11.

Volunteers, who will be stationed in several positions around the stadium, will be identifiable by Disaster Relief Fund T-shirts donated by Lion's Pride and will be wearing identification badges.

Checks also may be sent to support this effort to the following address: American Red Cross, 121 1/2 E. Beaver Ave., State College, Pa. 16801. Please put "Disaster Relief Fund" in the memo.

Acoustic specialists return from New York

8 a.m.

The team of Penn State acoustic specialists returned to the University Sept. 19 after their attempt in New York City to apply specialized acoustic technologies to the search for survivors and the "black boxes" that were aboard the airliners used in
the attack on the World Trade Center.

Thomas Donnellan, associate director of materials and manufacturing in the Applied Research Laboratory, says that the Penn State team did not locate survivors or the flight recorders, but they were able to offer advice on appropriate technology to the on site workers and to bring home data that may be useful in future emergency situations.

Donnellan explained that over the weekend before they left, the team had designed and built prototype equipment that they hoped would be useful at the site. However, as the rescue and recovery activities at the site evolved, the Penn State team switched to providing advice and consultation on commercial equipment suited to the new search needs.

Donnellan adds, "We did make some acoustic and vibration measurements of the environment to get background characterization information that will be useful for design of improved acoustic search systems in the future."

Members of the team also included Anthony Atchley, professor and head of the graduate program in acoustics; Thomas B. Gabrielson, senior research associate in the Applied Research Laboratory; and Matthew Poese, graduate student in acoustics.

FAA restricts airspace around Beaver Stadium

5 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Penn State's request for airspace restriction around Beaver Stadium for Saturday's Penn State-Wisconsin football game, which will kick off at 12:10 p.m. An exception is granted for the State Police helicopter.

Approval of the airspace restriction is the latest in a series of security measures Penn State is implementing for Saturday's game and the remainder of the season to ensure the safety of Nittany Lion football fans. The airspace restriction will be in effect from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Penn State had made the request to the FAA last week in the wake of the tragic events of Sept. 11. The University has asked the FAA for similar airspace restrictions for the remaining four home football games this season and the FAA is reviewing the request.

Community to show solidarity, support at parade and rally

4:45 p.m.

Map of parade route
Parking options

Community spirit and national pride will fill the streets of State College and Penn State's University Park campus when thousands of people come together to participate in the "American Pride Parade and Rally," on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Members of the town and gown community are sponsoring the event, which will recognize the victims of last week's terrorist attacks, encourage and thank police and fire organizations and members of the military, as well as show support for military reservists being called to active duty.

The parade, which will begin at 2:30 p.m., is scheduled to follow the general route of the Penn State homecoming parade. The procession will begin near the University flower gardens at Park Avenue and proceed along Shortlidge Road, College Avenue, Burrowes Road, Pollock Road, and then to Old Main lawn on the University Park campus.

The parade is expected to last 90 minutes and will include local fire and police departments, Penn State's Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units, Salvation Army, United Way, American Red Cross, Nittany Highlanders bagpipe ensemble, area high school bands and the Penn State Blue Band.

A 30-minute rally featuring music and patriotic sing-a-longs will be held in front of Old Main immediately following the parade. Radio personality Steve Jones will be the rally's master of ceremonies and speakers include Penn State President Graham Spanier and head football coach Joe Paterno.

Parking available on University Park campus for parade

4:45 p.m.

Parking for those attending the parade and rally on Sunday, Sept. 23, is available in the following locations on the University Park campus:

• Orange A Curtin parking lot on Bigler Road across from East Halls;
• Orange A Mitchell parking lot off of Shortlidge Road adjacent to Mitchell Building;
• Eisenhower Parking Deck off of Shortlidge Road behind Eisenhower Auditorium;
• Nittany Parking Deck adjacent to The Nittany Lion Inn and Kern Building; and
• Bryce Jordan East Lot 44.

Parking spaces also are available in the Red H parking lots on both sides of Pollock Road at the main gates of campus and the Red A parking lot located on West Campus. Permits are not required in these areas for this event.

The Loop Bus Service will run on its regular routes before and after the parade. During the parade, approximately 2:15 to 4 p.m., the Campus Loop buses will be turned around and run on the Town Loop side. There is no charge for Loop service.

For information on CATA regional service, check the CATA Web page at

University steps up security at Beaver Stadium

8 a.m.

In the wake of last week's tragic events in the nation, Penn State officials have been reviewing and adjusting security measures in and around Beaver Stadium throughout the past week to ensure the safety of Nittany Lion football fans.

Penn State plays host to Wisconsin at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and fans should anticipate needing extra time to enter the stadium gates due to additional security measures that will be implemented.

"We have had numerous discussions the past several days and are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that our fans will be able to enjoy Penn State football as they have in the past," stated Tim Curley, Director of Athletics. "The safety of our fans has always been, and will continue to be, our top priority at every Penn State home football game and athletic event."

Penn State officials will prohibit fans from bringing large purses, bags and backpacks into the stadium. Any items brought into the stadium are subject to inspection.

Among the additional safety and stadium gameday procedures which will be in place in and around Beaver Stadium for the remainder of the season:

• An increased number of security and stadium personnel;

• The University has requested that local airports and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibit planes with banner advertisements over Beaver Stadium on game days;

• In the past, ticket-holders were able to exit the stadium and return at the beginning of the second half. Effective with Saturday's game, once a ticket-holder enters the stadium he or she will not be permitted to leave the facility and later re-enter.

• Fans are strongly encouraged to follow traffic instructions and park where instructed; vehicles risk being towed if they are in unassigned areas.

• Fans are encouraged to take the appropriate route to the stadium based on the parking pass held;

• All Suite and Club Seat patrons with reserved parking are encouraged to access the parking lot via Porter Road off of Route 26/College Avenue, which can be accessed via the U.S. 322 Bypass.

To accommodate heightened security, stadium parking lots will open at 7 a.m. and stadium gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday for the Wisconsin game.

Fans also are encouraged to ride the CATA shuttle bus from downtown State College and selected hotels to and from the game. The shuttle bus drop-off and pick-up location is at the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive, two blocks from Beaver Stadium. This service is available for all home football games.

Acoustic specialists report from New York's ground zero

2:30 p.m.

The team of four Penn State acoustic specialists currently working at ground zero in New York City have turned their attention to "listening" for signals from the "black boxes" that were aboard the commercial airliners used as bombs in the attack on the World Trade Center.

Matthew Poese, graduate student in acoustics and member of the Penn State team, said their work yesterday had not yielded data that indicated survivors were present. He added, "The general feeling is that there are no more possible survivors."

After their frustrating search, the team members believed that they would be returning to the University today. However, Poese reports that the New York Fire Department (NYFD) had asked them to cobble together a system involving special radio receivers that might assist in locating the aircrafts's "black boxes," or on-board flight recorders. The NYFD believes that they are hearing transponder signals from one of the boxes but cannot pinpoint the location.

Col. (ret.) Andrew F. Mazzara, director of Penn State's Institute for Emerging Defense Technologies, a unit of the Applied Research Laboratory, is serving as campus contact and backup to the Penn State team.

Poese told Mazzara this morning that the scene at ground zero is "crazy;" although he added, "it's amazing how much has been cleaned up in the last four days."

Poese said, "We're in the lobby of the World Finance Center which is adjacent to where the World Trade Center was located. It reminds me a lot of scenes from a World War II movie. People and equipment are everywhere among dirt and debris. It seems like a war zone in what was a beautiful part of New York City."

University community extends hands, hearts

8:30 p.m.

In response to Tuesday's tragedy, the Penn State community has banded together to provide assistance -- in whatever way possible -- to help those in need in New York City and Washington, D.C. For a listing of outreach efforts by the Penn State community, click here.

Acoustic specialists listening for life at NYC Ground Zero

1:45 p.m.

A team of four Penn State acoustic specialists began working with other rescue teams at 5:30 this morning (Sept. 17) to attempt to apply specialized acoustic technologies to assist in locating survivors in the debris at the scene of the World Trade Center tragedy in New York City.

Anthony Atchley, professor and head of the graduate program in acoustics; Thomas B. Gabrielson, senior research associate in the Applied Research Laboratory; Thomas Donnellan, associate director for materials and manufacturing in the Applied Research Laboratory; and Matthew Poese, graduate student in acoustics, are using ultrasensitive electronic microphones in the search.

The team hopes that the microphones and support equipment, which they brought with them from the University, will enable them to detect and analyze sounds in the World Trade Center complex sub-structure and determine whether the sounds are being made by survivors or are the result of other sources.

The Penn State team has been paired with engineers from the University of Georgia. The National Institute of Justice has coordinated their efforts with the search and rescue team. Technological support offered by laboratories and groups across the country is coordinated by a Joint Federal Technology Deployment unit, under the auspices of the Federal Environmental Management Agency and co-managed by the Department of the Environment and the Department of Justice. Managers at the site of the disaster decide if, when and where the technologies are deployed.

Tragedy response group formed


Every person will react to and cope with this tragedy in his or her own unique way. One of the most common of needs, however, is the need to be with other people and talk about our reactions. Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will offer a total of five facilitated discussion opportunities in the HUB-Robeson Center over the next three weeks. For details, check the Web at

Penn State to support military reservists called to duty


In the wake of news on Friday, Sept. 14 that up to 50,000 armed forces reservists are being called to active duty following Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., Penn State stands ready to support those students, faculty and staff in the military reserves who could be affected now or in the near future.

"The University community stands ready to support all those whose studies and work may be put on hold in this time of national need, and should be aware that policies are already in place that will protect the status of students and employees," said Penn State President Graham B. Spanier. "Our flexibility is an important contribution that we can make to the national effort to protect and defend against further senseless acts such as those that the world witnessed this week."

In such cases when students must withdrawal from their studies for military duty, the students should contact the campus registrar and present a copy of the military orders. An official withdrawal form will be signed by the student and the campus registrar. If timing does not permit an initial presentation of the military orders, the student may initiate the withdrawal by providing a formal request to the University Registrar.

The Office of Student Aid will review eligibility for aid funds already received by the student. Students will be evaluated and advised on the status of their financial aid based on the date of their withdrawal. Students also will be advised of actions required to defer loan(s) repayments based on active military duty. Students with a "military withdrawal" will not be charged tuition for the semester of withdrawal. At the time the student is discharged from military service or is placed on inactive duty, the student is eligible for "military re-enrollment" to the University, assuring the student direct access to the same major and location as was assigned at the time of withdrawal. Students are eligible to advance register for courses at the time of re-enrollment to the University.

Questions from students during military absence regarding their status or procedures for re-entry into the University can be directed to the Veterans Program Office at (814) 863-0465.

Leave of absence procedures also are in place for faculty and staff who are called to active duty. Those affected should contact their unit's human resources representative. The employee policy for military leave of absence (HR-19) can be viewed at online.

Tens of thousands unite at vigils
President Spanier's noontime remarks

Noon and 7 p.m.

In joining with U.S. President George W. Bush's call for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, Penn State offices and classrooms at all campuses were closed during the noon hour, and evening candlelight remembrance vigils were held, as the community paused in unity to mourn the country's terrible losses together.

“In a show of solidarity and support, the Penn State community joins the nation in mourning the victims of the recent deadly acts of terrorism that have horrified the world,” said Penn State President Graham Spanier in announcing Friday's commemoration.

More than 10,000 Penn State students, faculty and staff poured out of classrooms and office buildings shortly before noon today (Sept. 14) to join in spirit with millions of people around the world in reflection and prayer for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

The noon remembrance began with music by the Essence of Joy choral group and brass instrumental selections, leading up to a solemn five minutes of silence. With a large American flag draped in front of Old Main's columns as a backdrop, the emotional gathering then sang “God Bless America.”

Spanier concluded the ceremony by asking those assembled to go in peace as Old Main's bells began to toll continuously until 1 p.m.

“We are a community of highly educated individuals, and we must not make the mistake of giving in to irrational fears, stereotyping, or hatred directed at our fellow citizens and colleagues,” said Spanier. “I ask everyone associated with this great University family to come together in a spirit of unity, cohesiveness and understanding to overcome the forces of prejudice, bigotry and hatred.”

More than 8,000 members of the Penn State and State College communities joined arms, sang en masse and shared moments of silence at a candlelight prayer vigil at 7 p.m. outside Old Main.

“We come together to show our community, that with our sorrow and anguish, comes great strength and unity,” said Spanier.

Accompanied by members of Penn State’s Blue Band, a choir - several hundred strong - filled the steps of Old Main and led the crowd in song, their candles held high.

Edem Adubra, president of the international student council, expressed the solidarity of Penn State’s international community with the American people.
“When the perpetrators of these acts and origins are known, we hope that there will be a clear understanding within the Penn State community that these individuals represent only themselves and their sponsors.”

Near the conclusion of the vigil, Anthony Leach, assistant professor of music and music education, led everyone in a unique rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.”

At Penn State and in this world, I’m gonna let it shine
At Penn State and in this world, I’m gonna let it shine
At Penn State and in this world, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

For photos of the Old Main observance, click here.

Penn State to join the nation in mourning
By President Graham B. Spanier


In a show of solidarity and support, the Penn State community will join the nation in mourning the victims of the recent deadly acts of terrorism that have horrified the world.

President George W. Bush has declared Friday, September 14, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Terrorist Attacks. He is asking all Americans to mark this day with a noontime observance and an evening vigil.

All of Penn State's campuses will participate in remembering the victims. Locations other than University Park will hold observations that will be announced locally at each location.

At University Park, a remembrance ceremony will take place promptly at noon on the Old Main steps and conclude by 12:20 p.m. It will begin with five minutes of silence, followed by a brief musical program. The bells of Old Main will then toll for the remainder of the hour in remembrance of the victims.

Penn State Offices will be closed during the noon-hour to allow employees to attend the service. Faculty teaching fourth period classes are asked to conclude their classes early so that they and their students can attend the ceremony. Faculty teaching fifth period classes are asked to allow students who have attended the ceremony to arrive late to class.

At 7 p.m., a candlelight prayer vigil will be held on the Old Main steps. All employees and students, as well as members of the State College community, are encouraged to attend this important event to help bring the community together in healing in the aftermath of this week's tragedy.

President Graham B. Spanier's statement on unity

I wish to raise with the university community another very important matter at this time. This is an emotional time for everyone in the Penn State community and the nation as we struggle to come to grips with our grief, fear, and uncertainty. It is difficult to put into words the heartache that we all feel for the victims and their loved ones. Moreover, many of us seek ways to express our condemnation of terrorism on the one hand and our patriotism on the other.

At Penn State we are privileged to have faculty and students from more than 100 countries throughout the world. Thus, I am particularly concerned about potentially divisive actions, statements, and written expressions that sometimes emerge in times of crisis that may be directed at our international students, colleagues, and guests. This University must not and will not tolerate acts of harassment and discrimination directed toward individuals because of their race, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin.

We are a community of highly educated individuals, and we must not make the mistake of giving in to irrational fears, stereotyping, or hatred directed at our fellow citizens and colleagues I ask everyone associated with this great university family to come together in a spirit of unity, cohesiveness, and understanding to overcome the forces of prejudice, bigotry, and hatred.

PSU-Virginia football game rescheduled for Dec. 1

2:30 p.m.

All Penn State athletic events scheduled through Sunday, Sept. 16 have been postponed or canceled in the wake of Tuesday's tragic events in the nation, Tim Curley, director of athletics, announced Wednesday. This includes all events, home and away. An effort will be made to reschedule all events.

"We have postponed all Penn State athletic events through this weekend out of respect for the people who lost their lives or were injured in Tuesday's tragic events," stated Curley. "The entire Penn State athletic family extends its heartfelt sympathies to everyone involved and their families."

Penn State's football game at Virginia will be played Saturday, Dec. 1, in Charlottesville, Va. The contest, originally scheduled for today, was postponed on Tuesday.

The time for the game on Dec. 1 is to be determined, as is whether the game will be televised. The original tickets for the game will be honored.

"This is a difficult time for everyone," stated Coach Joe Paterno. "People were prepared to play and were excited about playing on Thursday. But, after what happened, I was reluctant to go play a football game. Penn State and Virginia were in agreement that Dec. 1 was the best time to play."

The postponement is the first for a Penn State football game since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The Nittany Lions were scheduled to play at Pittsburgh the next day. The game was played Dec. 7 in Pittsburgh.

In other sports, Tuesday night's women's volleyball home match with Youngstown State was postponed early yesterday afternoon and Wednesday's field hockey match at St. Joseph's was postponed this morning.

In addition, the women's golf team will not participate in the Memphis Intercollegiate event Monday and Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., due to the difficulty it had returning to campus from a tournament last weekend in Lincoln, Neb. Monday's second round of the tournament was delayed and the squad missed its connecting flight in Kansas City, Mo., that night. With all domestic commercial airline flights grounded early Tuesday morning, the team drove back to campus in a van, arriving this afternoon.

For the latest updates on Penn State athletics, go to

Gregory Hines performance postponed

2:30 p.m.

In consideration of the recent acts of terrorism and after consultation with Tony Award winner Gregory Hines and singer Mary Cleere Haran, the Center for the Performing Arts and the artists have mutually agreed to reschedule the performance for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. The event had been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15.
Current performance tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date. Ticket holders who cannot attend the Oct. 24 performance may return their tickets to the Arts Ticket Center at Eisenhower Auditorium for a refund. The refund deadline is Friday, Sept. 21.

For tickets or information, call the Center for the Performing Arts at (814) 863-0255 or check the Web at

Alumni Association mobilizes to offer assistance

1:30 p.m.

The Penn State Alumni Association is mobilizing its affiliations around the world to provide information and assistance wherever possible. The association is dedicating a message board on its Web site to help alumni contact friends and family who may have been affected by Tuesday’s events and for offers of assistance in the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas. The message board can be found by going to the Association’s Web site at

Diane Ryan, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, states “the Association stands ready to assist alumni and friends in any way possible.” Alumni and friends can contact the Alumni Association at (800) 548-LION or by e-mailing

Professor sets up information site

12:30 p.m.

There will be many stories and much information flying over the Web these next days, perhaps months. Louis Geschwindner, professor of architectural engineering, is collecting information about the tragedy, the buildings and members of the Penn State architectural engineering family who may have had connections to this terrible situation.

The site, which is updated every few mintues with first- and second-hand reports, can be found at

Information to be added to the site may be sent to Geschwindner at

Assisting students and one another
in response to this week's tragedy


Our students and members of this community are in the throes of dealing with a tragedy of immense proportions. We can all play a role in helping one another deal with these unthinkable events to facilitate healing and recovery. For information about how to do this, check the Division of Student Affairs Web site at

Faculty pressed into service as expert sources

4:00 p.m.

Penn State has a triple mission of teaching, research and service. As tragic events have unfolded across the nation, the service aspect has been particularly active as numerous Penn State professors who are experts in their field are being called upon to provide information and background to the media from a variety of angles.

For Stephen Cimbala, an expert on international terrorism and professor of political science at Penn State Delaware County who is the author of more than 20 books on international and U.S. defense and security, the telephone wouldn't stop ringing. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Business Week, People magazine, eastern Pennsylvania newspapers, television stations and radio stations all called seeking help understanding what was happening nationally. The last interview aired on a Montreal radio station at 2 a.m. Wednesday. Cimbala will likely answer many more questions as the week progresses.

"I try to give the media, background, perspective, and above all, context to help to avoid a rush to judgment," he said.

Other professors and experts weighed in on topics such as international terrorism and politics, airline safety and airport operations, structural dynamics and transportation to help the media cover Tuesday's tragedy. Ted Krauthammer, professor of civil and environmental engineering, studies the effects of explosions on buildings. He said he talked to literally "dozens of people" Tuesday representing newspapers, radio stations and television networks, as well as responding to e-mail requests for information.

Kevin Parfitt, an architectural engineer who teaches a course in building failures, was quoted in several newspapers about the structural soundness of the World Trade Center towers and what caused them to crumble.

"We were hopeful at first," he told the Washington Post. "But the longer the fire burned, the more we feared the outcome."

Barnes McCormick, Boeing professor emeritus of aerospace engineering, discussed airline security precautions with BusinessWeek Online. His comments also appeared in the Sacramento Bee.

Stanley Weintraub, professor emeritus and author of Long Day's Journey Into War: Pearl Harbor and Day of Infamy, linked Tuesday's events to "a day that will live in infamy."

"I think we have another one" he told the Baltimore Sun, pointing to similarities with the sneak attack by the Japanese some 60 years ago.

Stephen Couch, professor of sociology at Penn State Schuylkill, studies the sociological and psychological responses to long-term technical disasters like Love Canal and Three Mile Island. He co-authored a book about the Centralia mine fire with Steve Kroll-Smith, titled The Real Disaster is Above Ground: A Mine Fire and Social Conflict.

Couch fielded inquiries Tuesday from the Sacramento Bee and among others about what people's reaction to the tragedy will likely be, what kind of unprecedented long-term impact could be a result of the attack and whether reactions would change over time. Crouch was asked for information on what kind of past events could provide context for what is happening now and how it differed from natural disasters.

"I hope (my answers) provided research-based information that they might not have access to otherwise," he said. "I can offer research-based perspective to complement the responses they tend to get from the person on the street they interviewed."

Cimbala answered a wide range of questions, such as: Who did it? How were they able? What do we do now? What's wrong with intelligence? What should corporations do in the wake of terrorism and how could people so efficiently hijack that number of planes in such a short period of time?

Cimbala is teaching a course on intelligence and natural security this semester. He plans to incorporate Tuesday's tragedy and his experiences talking with the media into the lesson material. "Part of what a faculty member has to do is provide reassurance and a broader historical perspective for students," he said.

"We forget how young our students are," Cimbala continued. "I spent time offering counsel and comfort to my students yesterday. One student called in tears, she wanted to know 'are we at war?' Vietnam is ancient history to them. Think about when an 18-year-old was born."

Couch also plans to incorporate his experiences with the media as a springboard for discussion in a social change class that he's teaching now. He wants his students who are working on a service learning component to study the media's relationship with the disaster and how it helps shape public opinion.

Helping the media connect with faculty experts is the job of Penn State's Department of Public Information, which answered inquiries Tuesday from, Time magazine, the Washington Post, Tech TV, the Associated Press, the Centre Daily Times, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report and other media outlets.

Classroom discussions aid in healing, educating

2:00 p.m.

Russell Eshleman scrapped his original plan for his communications reporting methods class today.

Instead of listening to a lecture, his students typed away furiously at their computers at the start of Eshleman's class. Their charge? Describe their whereabouts when they heard yesterday's horrific news of terrorism strikes on American soil.

Yesterday and today, Penn State President Graham Spanier requested "faculty members meet their classes as scheduled and use their classroom time as a principal source of comfort for our students, most of whom will be in need of support and understanding."

Eshleman did just that. He did not take attendance or follow a lesson plan. Rather, he gave his students the opportunity to explain their emotions in a few paragraphs. These paragraphs were not to be graded but simply to be stuffed into his students' backpacks and packed away only to be looked at 20 years from now.

It was a session of education, concern, and healing seen in classrooms throughout the Penn State system.

"Did you call your parents? Did they call you?" Eshleman asked his class.
His students' responses were overwhelming as they read their accounts of the morning of Sept. 11. Students cried aloud as they described their roller coaster emotions.

"I have family in all three places. I tried to call them," said one student who couldn't complete her thoughts as her tears overcame her.

"As you can see we're all still emotional," Eshleman said.

When students finished reading their accounts aloud Eshleman took the opportunity to discuss journalism's role in national tragedy. Some students, though, continued to type as they attempted to get their indescribable feelings off their chests.

"This is what journalism is all about. Those little white (newspaper) boxes out there, they're all empty," he said as he explained the public's urgent need to be informed in such terrible times. "I would guess all newspapers are probably bought out downtown."

The class also brainstormed ideas for future coverage of the attacks against the United States. One student suggested that a story should be written about the University's decision to stick to its regular class schedule. At this Eshleman voiced his agreement wit h the administration.

"I think it was a good idea to have class instead of sending everybody home," he said. "It helps us to deal. This is what we should be doing."

For photos, click here.

Counselors lend an ear around the clock

2:00 p.m.

Penn State's Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) reports that it is providing counseling to students and others in the University community with needs related to Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Counselors are on hand today for drop-in students in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center area of the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) at the University Park campus until at least 5 p.m., and possibly until 9 p.m., if needed. Counselors are available at the center's main office at 221 Ritenour Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Persons with questions about counseling available through CAPS should call 863-0395, and should indicate if they have special needs related to the crises in order to secure an appointment as quickly as possible.

"We have been seeing students who are concerned and anxious about the safety of friends and family whom they can't reach, and also we are beginning to see students who are learning of deaths," says Mary Anne Knapp, clinical social worker with CAPS. "We will be offering a grief group for students who experience a death of a loved one related to this tragedy, and would like to meet with other students who are experiencing a similar loss. Students should call CAPS for information about attending the group."

CAPS staff members are also available to talk with students' friends and parents, and with faculty or staff who have concerns about helping students deal with grief and uncertainty.

CAPS provides group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, and psychological and psychiatric evaluations for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as prevention and consultation services for the University community. The professional staff includes psychologists, psychiatric providers, social workers and graduate trainees. Basic CAPS services are provided at no charge to undergraduate and graduate students registered full time (12 credits or more for undergraduates, 6 credits or more for graduates) for the semester in which they are interested in seeking services. Selected services, including initial appointments and group therapy, are also available to part-time students free of charge.

CAPS services can help students resolve personal concerns that may interfere with their academic progress, social development and satisfaction at Penn State, including depression and anxiety; lack of motivation or difficulty relaxing, concentrating or studying, or related eating disorders that could arise from incidents such as yesterday's.

In news of other services, the Office of Human Resources has coordinated with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to make therapists available to talk with faculty and staff. Faculty and staff wishing to talk with a therapist may go to 330 HUB any time between noon and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12. Should faculty and staff want personal counseling, they may call the EAP toll-free number at (800) 858-2778. The Penn State EAP is a professional and confidential counseling service.

The Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel, has also indicated that clergy and staff are available to talk with affected individuals through its Open Door Counseling Ministry. Call 865-6548 for details.
Another source of information for counseling needs is the Lion Support Line at (814) 863-2020.

For photos, click here.

Penn State holds vigil for victims of terror

8:15 p.m.

Tears ran down the sad, silent faces of the Penn State community as over 1500 people of all faiths joined in song and prayer in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center tonight (Sept. 11). The Penn State All Faiths Vigil, coordinated by the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, gave all in attendance the opportunity to join hearts and minds to mourn the tragedies inflicted upon the nation today.

Sharon Mortensen, the center's interim director, opened the vigil by asking Penn State students, faculty and staff to lend their support to each other during this terrible time of loss. Prayers were then shared in several different languages, reaching out to the religious needs of diverse gathering.

Following these many prayers came a song in which the community participated. Many tears were shed as the Penn State community came together to support each other in harmony.

Among the many who spoke at the vigil was Timothy Gianotti, a professor of religious studies and history who specializes in Islamic religious tradition. He said he used his classroom today as a forum to discuss the attacks against the nation.
"When these things occur it becomes second nature to start thinking in Islamic terms," Gianotti said. "It is important to let people know that these kinds of people are not representative of the Islamic religion. Events like this don't help anyone. No constructive power is developed in this type of destruction."

Mark Ogden of the Asian American Christian Fellowship at Penn State asked the crowd to look at how the tragedy remarkably brought together such a diverse group.

"This is a group that's never before gathered together. We come together with one thing in common - comfort."

Ogden also asked the community to use resources available to it to help express any feelings of despair. "I want to ask you not to compound this hate with hate. Don't become calloused and ignore the pain and hurt that is around us. I ask you not to hold that in."

The vigil was closed with Mortensen encouraging the crowd to seek help in Penn State's resources, be it The Open Door Counseling Ministry or the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.

In addition to this vigil, support services from University counselors and clergy are being made around the clock to students, faculty, and staff at locations in the HUB, Kern Building, and residence hall commons. The Lion Support Lion (814-863-2020) also will be staffed through the night as a resource for people seeking information and referral numbers.

For photos, click here.

Prayers at University Park

7:30 p.m.

While a vigil was being held in the HUB-Robeson Center, an impromptu prayer gathering formed on the Old Main patio Tuesday evening, Sept. 11.
The Lion Support Lion (814-863-2020) will be staffed through the night as an additional resource for people seeking information and referral numbers.
An update and photos from the vigil service will be posted shortly.
Photo: Annemarie Mountz

Message from Penn State President Graham Spanier
on the Aftermath of the Terrorists Attacks

6:30 p.m.

Those of us in the Penn State community are deeply affected by the enormous tragedy that has stunned our entire nation. What we have experienced is so profoundly troubling that we can not expect that there will be business as usual for our university community for some time to come, even though we will continue to be open. The images from New York, Washington, and Somerset County have been difficult for many to comprehend.

I am grateful to the many faculty who answered our call in the initial hours of our national emergency to use their classrooms as a setting for the support and comfort of our students. We have tens of thousands of students who are away from home, some of them with friends and relatives who may have been victims. Some are in doubt about the whereabouts of people they care about. At such times, the understanding of our faculty and staff is critical. 

Because of the emotional crisis that such events evoke in all of us, we are hoping that faculty, when comfortable doing so, will use their classrooms to help our students search for answers and cope with this tragedy.

For students who are unable to attend class, or who feel that they are not yet psychologically prepared to do so, we are asking faculty to show compassion and flexibility in addressing student concerns about attendance. 

Counseling is being made available to students, as well as faculty and staff, who desire help in coping with the events of Tuesday morning. We will continue as a university community to find ways to help each other through this dark hour, and we will provide updated information on our home page about the availability of such services.

I wish specifically to acknowledge and thank the hundreds of students who within hours volunteered to donate blood at the HUB. This remarkable outpouring of compassion was deeply moving to me. I have witnessed a great outpouring of mutual support, and I am grateful that this has happened at Penn State. I urge everyone in the community to maintain this display of civility and togetherness in the days to come.

Penn State has a very large number of alumni in the New York and Washington D.C. areas, and while we have heard from many of them, we remain concerned about the many more who worked in the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon whom we have not yet heard from. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, as well as the families of all who have been touched by this terrible tragedy.

Penn State-Virginia football game postponed

5:30 p.m.

The Penn State-Virginia football game has been postponed in the wake of today's tragic events in the United States. The contest was scheduled to be played Thursday, Sept. 13 in Charlottesville, Va. Penn State and Virginia officials have been in contact throughout today and will continue discussions on the possibility of re-scheduling the game at a later date. A decision on whether the game can be re-scheduled is expected within the next 24 hours.

Penn State reacts to the nation's tragedy

4:30 p.m.
Counseling available

The University has put in place several programs and services to help students, faculty, and staff cope with the tragedies that took place around the country today. A number of faculty report they are using their classes today to let students discuss the terrorist attacks and their feelings and concerns.

The Center for Academic Computing was able to deliver approximately 126,000 e-mails within a period of three hours today. This enormous undertaking conveyed a message about today's tragic events - including some of the following information - to University students, faculty, and staff at all 24 Penn State locations.

The HUB-Robeson Cultural Center, Kern Building and residence hall commons will be open 24 hours on the University Park campus so that students may gather for information and support. Staff from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and clergy will be available to offer therapy at the HUB, Kern, and the Eisenhower chapel today.

A prayer vigil has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight in the HUB Ballroom. The event is sponsored by campus clergy and the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs. Across the state, in various forums, Penn State campuses planned to convene faculty, staff and students in common areas for a moment of silence to honor those hurt or killed by terrorist activity.

Students who are interning in Washington and New York City are being tracked down by faculty to make sure they are safe. One group of students at a conference in Manhattan e-mailed President Spanier to let them know their group is safe in their hotel. Another Penn State student interning in Washington called on her cell phone from the White House to report she is okay.

President Spanier has also indicated that the University will continue to track any news about alumni and friends of the University who may be connected in some way to these attacks over the next several weeks.

The University reported that it had addressed issues of student security noting that University police services are in touch with the relevant law enforcement agencies.
At University Park, the women's volleyball game scheduled for this evening has been canceled. Scheduled extra-curricular campus events will be carried on or canceled at the discretion of those sponsoring such events.

Penn State is also loaning part of our computing capability to Columbia University, which will restore and supplement local and long-distance emergency telephone communications to and from the Manhattan-based institution. Penn State will cover the cost associated with providing this aid to Columbia.

Penn Staters flood on-campus blood drive sites

4:30 p.m.

Since it was the first blood drive of the fall semester on Penn State's University Park campus, the American Red Cross had lowered its usual collection goal for the day to just 120 units before an overflow of concern from the community surrounding Tuesday's (Sept. 11) multiple crises swamped its facilities in the HUB-Robeson Center with new and returning donors.

Throughout much of the late morning and afternoon, while 10 tables in the Heritage Hall were filled with donors actually giving their blood as the crises unfolded on CNN on a large screen nearby, more than 100 soon-to-be donors filled out paperwork at chairs and nearly twice that many lined up outside the hall just to get an application.

"The outpouring of support has been tremendous," said Wendi Keeler, American Red Cross' donor resources field representative for central Pennsylvania. "We've been turning away hundreds and hundreds of donors," she said, but added that those who couldn't be accommodated on Tuesday can go to an ROTC blood drive at Wagner Building on September 12, an emergency drive by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White Building on September 13, at the American Red Cross' Centre Communities Chapter office at 121 1/2 E. Beaver Ave., State College, on September 18, or at the regularly scheduled September 17 and 19 drives at HUB-Robeson.

Persons interested in becoming blood donors at University Park or in State College can call (814) 237-2713 for more information. The American Red Cross also has information available on its national efforts at (800) 448-3543.

According to Kendra Gettig, president of the Penn State student chapter of the American Red Cross (see for details) the blood donated on campus may not necessarily leave the area because of a shortage locally, although donations here have been used in the New York and metro D.C. regions in the past.

"I've been thinking about donating for awhile, and what happened today got me to do it," said Geary Kochersperger, a first-year architectural engineering student from State College. "It's the least I can do."

Geoffrey Urda, a junior in communications from Binghamton, N.Y., added, "I realized that over the summer I could have been (at the World Trade Center). I got into the HUB and saw this (blood drive) and thought, 'I have blood, I've got to do it.'"
"I was watching this disaster on TV and felt useless, and thought if I'm going to be watching TV all day anyway, I might as well give blood," said Lori Ginzberg, associate professor of history and women's studies.

As of early afternoon, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Blood Bank reports an unusually high number of people calling about donating blood or walking in to donate blood. The staff is doing everything possible to accommodate the contributions.

The medical center is a Level I trauma center and is on stand-by to assist if requested. LifeLion medical helicopters were grounded this morning when the nation's air traffic was shutdown, but quickly regained permission to be in the air again.

For photos from today's blood drive in the HUB on the University Park campus, click here.

Statement by Penn State President Graham B. Spanier

Counseling available

All of us in the Penn State community are horrified and terribly saddened by the unfolding events experienced by all Americans today. We must collectively stand together and do our utmost to provide mutual support and comfort during this time of national emergency.

Penn State is a complex, multi-campus University. We are therefore asking the executive officers on each of our campuses to determine what actions are most appropriate for their campuses. The following steps will be taken at the University Park campus:

We request that faculty members meet their classes as scheduled and use their classroom time as a principal source of comfort for our students, most of whom will be in need of support and understanding. We are asking our faculty to take the lead role in providing this needed support for our students.

University classes will meet at their regular times and places on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, but normal educational activities may be suspended, at the discretion of the faculty member, to allow students to reflect on today's events and for instructors to provide their support to students and to help them deal with this challenge to our open and free society. Instructors at all campuses are asked to use their best judgment as to how to achieve this objective.

All staff in student affairs have been mobilized to provide counseling and support services for our students. For students in the residence halls, resident assistants will be available as a first-line of support in their residential settings. Staff from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and other student affairs units will be offering special therapy support in the Robeson Center Library and the Kern Building through the evening. Clergy will be available in the Eisenhower Chapel.

University police services are in touch with all relevant law enforcement agencies and will inform the University president if there is any reason to believe there are public safety issues that would affect Penn State. Appropriate action and notification will take place immediately if there are any credible threats to Penn State students, staff or visitors. Meanwhile, we request that all students, faculty and staff be vigilant and report all safety-related concerns to University Police at (814) 863-1111.

Penn State has faculty and students throughout the country and the world. Relevant administrators responsible for international programs, internships and travel will be seeking to communicate with those who are at such off-campus locations. Families will be informed of information we receive and appropriate actions will be taken to promote the safety and security of all Penn Staters.
Scheduled extra-curricular campus events will be carried on or canceled at the discretion of those sponsoring such events.

There will be a prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the HUB Ballroom, sponsored by campus clergy and the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs.

The University Park Airport is closed.

The Office of Public Information will endeavor to keep the University community updated through the Penn State NewsWire and through announcements linked to the Penn State home page at

Counseling to be made available to faculty and staff

The Office of Human Resources has coordinated with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to make therapists available to talk with faculty and staff regarding the terroristic events that occurred today in the U.S.

Faculty and staff wishing to talk with a therapist may go to 330 HUB any time between the hours of 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2001. Should faculty and staff want personal counseling, they may call the EAP toll-free number at (800) 858-2778.

The Penn State EAP is a professional and confidential counseling service.


In addition to steps outlined above,
Counseling for students is available through:

The Lion Support Lion
(814) 863-2020
The line will be staffed through the night as an additional
resource for people seeking information and referral numbers.

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
501 Student Health Center
(814) 863-0395


Open Door Counseling Ministry
106 Eisenhower Chapel
(814) 865-6548


A comprehensive list of religious and spiritual organizations at University Park can be found on the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs Web site:

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001
Parade a success
President Spanier's remarks

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001
Access accounts maintained
Donations accepted at game
Acoustics team back home

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001
Stadium airspace restricted
Parade and rally planned
Parade route map
Parade parking options
Stadium security heightened

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001
Acoustics specialists report

Monday, Sept. 17, 2001
University extends hands, hearts
Specialists listen for life
Tragedy response group formed

Friday, Sept. 14, 2001
Military reservists get support
Thousands mourn at vigils
President Spanier's remarks

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001
Penn State to mourn with nation
Football game rescheduled
Gregory Hines postponed
Alumni Association mobilized
Information site set up
Tips in dealing with the tragedy

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001
Faculty are expert sources
Class discussions aid healing
Counseling around the clock

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001
Penn State holds vigil
Prayers at University Park
Message from President Spanier
Football game postponed
Penn State reacts
Blood drive overwhelmed
Statement by President Spanier
Counseling available

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