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Syracuse University Remembrance Scholars announce schedule for Remembrance Week 2010

October 15, 2010

Kelly Homan Rodoski
(315) 443-3784

Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week 2010, a weeklong series of events honoring the 270 people, including 35 Syracuse University students, who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988—22 years ago—will be held on the SU campus Oct. 17-22. Additional activities will be held throughout the 2010-11 academic year.

Each year, 35 Remembrance Scholarships—one for each of the SU student victims—are awarded in the amount of $5,000 to undergraduate seniors representing a broad range of majors. The events planned and hosted by the students are meant to honor the victims and further education about terrorism.

The Remembrance Week schedule of events includes:

Saturday, Oct. 16-Sunday, Oct. 24—“Remember the Youth,” an exhibit showcasing the treasures of some of the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing, will be displayed on the first floor of Bird Library.

Saturday, Oct. 16—Remembrance Scholars will take part in the pre-game ceremonies of the SU vs. Pittsburgh football game in the Carrier Dome, which begins at noon.

Sunday, Oct. 17-Friday, Oct. 22· Throughout the week, the Orange Television Network, channel 2, will air a 20th anniversary documentary produced by SU students in 2008. CitrusTV News will cover Remembrance Week events all week during the live 6 p.m. student-produced newscast.

SU Abroad Centers will distribute ribbons to honor and remember the victims of Pan Am 103.

Remembrance Scholars and members of the Remembrance Schools Education Committee will present information about Pan Am 103 and Remembrance Week in classes at local middle and high schools, as well as in classes on the SU campus.

Sunday, Oct. 17—Remembrance Scholars and SU Physical Plant staff will build a memorial cairn, a traditional Scottish marker of remembrance, on the Quad beginning at 3 p.m. Scholars will tie Remembrance ribbons on trees around the Wall of Remembrance, located in front of the Hall of Languages.

Monday, Oct. 18—Remembrance Scholars will distribute information and answer questions about Remembrance Week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Schine Center Atrium.

A panel discussion, “Terrorism in the Next Decade: Threats and Solutions,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Hergenhan Auditorium of Newhouse 3.

Tuesday, Oct. 19—Remembrance Scholars will distribute information and answer questions about Remembrance Week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Schine Center Atrium.

A candlelight vigil will be held on the Quad at 8 p.m. to honor and remember the 35 Syracuse University students who died aboard Pan Am Flight 103. Remembrance Scholars will spend the night camping on the Quad, while informing students of the Pan Am 103 disaster and Remembrance Week events.

Thursday, Oct. 21—Remembrance Scholars will distribute information and answer questions about Remembrance Week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Schine Center Atrium.

Tom Kennedy will be inducted as the first Alexia Professor for Documentary Photography at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Newhouse 1. Kennedy will teach, research and promote documentary photography and photojournalism. He will also serve as a permanent sitting board member of the Alexia Foundation and will chair the Alexia International Photo Competition, held at Newhouse each year. Alexia Tsairis was one of the Syracuse University students on Pan Am 103.

A concert by Oy’ Capella and Redemption and poetry readings from the Pan Am archives by Troy Dangerfield will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Hendricks Chapel steps.

WERW radio will host a Remembrance Radio broadcast from 7-9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22—The Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars will lay roses at the Wall of Remembrance at 2:03 p.m. during the annual Rose Laying Ceremony in honor of and to pay tribute to the 35 SU students and the 11 victims from Lockerbie, Scotland. This annual ceremony is held at the exact time the disaster occurred on Dec. 21, 1988.

The annual Convocation for Remembrance Scholars will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Heroy Geology Building.

Saturday, Oct. 23—The Victims of Pan Am 103 (VPAF 103) executive board meeting will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Room in Bird Library.

The Pan Am 103 Archives exhibit will be available for viewing on the sixth floor of Bird Library from 9 a.m.-noon.

Orange TV will videotape individuals who wish to create “Memory Moments” for the Pan Am Archives from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only. Contact Kelly Rodoski at to make an appointment.

The Remembrance Scholars will host a brunch for Pan Am 103 families and alumni from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel.

The VPAF 103 general members meeting will take place from 1:30-4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Room in Bird Library. The meeting is open to all.

Other events to will be held throughout the academic year including:

A Remembrance poetry contest and reading will be held; date and time to be determined.

Thursday, Nov. 11
Richard A. Marquise, author and lead Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent assigned to the Pan Am 103 investigation, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Complex Room 001 as part of the Forensic Science Lecture Series and the Syracuse Symposium.

March 2011
Deborah Brevoort, author of “The Women of Lockerbie,” will present a playwriting workshop and staged reading of her work at a date and time to be determined.

April 2011
The second annual Remembrance 5K Walk and Run will be held on SU’s main campus at a date and time to be determined.

The scholars will also hang portraits of the 35 student victims in buildings around campus, where they will be displayed until Dec. 21.

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