The IUP remembers again 9/11 and the Constitution | Local News
Weather permitting, Indiana University in Pennsylvania will celebrate two notable anniversaries on Monday in the university’s Oak Grove along Oakland Avenue near the Indiana Borough-White Township line.
First, at 11:40 a.m., in conjunction with the Common Time period set aside weekdays for events and programs, the university will recall the events of September 11, 2001, in front of the 9/11 Memorial between Sutton Hall and the Library Stapleton.
The 13-foot remnant of New York’s World Trade Center is on long-term loan to the university from the Kovalchick family of Indiana.
Three IUP alumni who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be remembered, Donald Jones, William Sugra and William Moskal, and Danny Sacco, a nationally recognized emergency services expert and Public Safety of Center Township, Indiana County, will be among the scheduled speakers.
Next, two events will take place to mark Constitution Day, commemorating September 17, 1787, the signing of the US Constitution.
The first will be a traditional public reading of the Constitution by members of the IUP community from 2-3 p.m. in front of Stapleton Library.
Later today, the intentions of the framers of the US Constitution will be explored in another chapter of IUP’s Six O’Clock series, “What Would Our Founding Fathers Say?” 6-7:30 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the Hadley Union Building.
The 11:40 a.m. event will remember three IUP alumni killed after two planes were hijacked and slammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center:
• Moskal, a 1979 security science graduate from Johnstown, was a risk consultant for Marsh and McLennan in Cleveland, specializing in heavy construction, who had traveled to New York on September 11, 2001 for a meeting at the World Trade Center.
• Jones, 1980 graduate and Bucks County bond broker, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
• Sugra, a 1993 graduate, lived in Manhattan and worked for e-Speed, Cantor Fitzgerald’s e-commerce unit. Sugra’s family of Allentown continues to fund an annual memorial scholarship in her honor for IUP students.
Speakers scheduled for the 11:40 a.m. event will include IUP President Dr. Michael A. Driscoll; Kristen Collins, of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Senior in IUP’s Public Health-Behaviour and Mental Health Program and Student Ambassador for the IUP Alumni Association; and Sacco, which was deployed to Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center.
Lt. Col. Erich Steffens, chair of the IUP’s Department of Military Science, will be the master of ceremonies. The music will be performed by the IUP Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Timothy Paul, group director.
Sacco began his career in emergency services and public safety by helping to develop Indiana County’s Emergency Management Services system. In 1977 he joined Citizens’ Ambulance as Deputy County Manager; in 1980, he was asked by Latrobe Hospital to establish that hospital’s first full-time paramedic service.
In 1982 Sacco joined Indiana Hospital (now Indiana Regional Medical Center) as the first Paramedic Coordinator. In 1984, he was appointed director of the hospital’s safety, security and disaster department. He retired from IRMC in 2014 after a distinguished 32-year career.
Sacco has had an impact on public safety at local, regional and national levels. He was a safety officer and founding member of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, with 20 years of service. After 9/11, then-Gov. Tom Ridge chose Sacco as a founding member of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Since retiring from IRMC, Sacco has operated his own public safety consulting service, helping schools, healthcare agencies, businesses and industry. He has taught in Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials and Fire Service programs throughout the Commonwealth.
He was instrumental in forming a tactical medical component that responded with the FBI office in Pittsburgh and locally with the Indiana County District Attorney’s High-Risk Warrant Service Tactical Team.
Sacco has been featured in numerous books, magazines and publications, including Andrew Morton’s ‘9 For 9’, the story of the successful 2002 rescue of nine miners in Somerset County. Sacco coordinated all on-site public safety services with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Deep Mine Safety.
Collins, daughter of Frederick and Mary Collins, is a 2019 graduate of Mount Pleasant Area High School, a Fellow of IUP’s Cook Honors College, and a student on the Deans List. She is president of the IUP chapter of Kacie’s Cause, an organization that prioritizes education, prevention and support for drug users and those affected by them.
She also volunteers with the IUP Haven Project, which provides domestic violence education and support to survivors.
Past IUP 9/11 commemoration speakers included national award-winning journalist Tim Lambert, a communications graduate in 1992, whose family owned part of the land where Flight 93 crashed in County Somerset on September 11, 2001 ; and the late Glenn Cannon, a 1971 IUP graduate who served on the university’s board of trustees.
Cannon served as founding director of the Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medical Services, director of disaster operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and director of the Emergency Management Agency of Pennsylvania.
In the event of inclement weather, the 9/11 program will be moved to the Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.
The 9/11 program will be followed by the 14th annual public reading of the Constitution at the IUP.
As with previous public readings, the first 100 attendees will receive a special “We the People at IUP” t-shirt, along with a paperback copy of the Constitution and a star-shaped cookie.
Driscoll will open the reading with the preamble to the Constitution.
In the event of inclement weather, this public reading will be held in the lobby of Jane E. Leonard Hall.
The Six O’Clock Series event will feature four actors representing a quartet of Constitution framers – Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Pinckney and James Madison – discussing the work done at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787.
“More than ever, people are hungry for information to help them understand what’s going on with their government,” said Dr Gwen Torges, chair of the IUP’s political science department and coordinator of IUP activities. IUP for Constitution Day. “Constitution Day is a great opportunity to talk about these issues, to dig deeper into what the Constitution says, and to have conversations about how our government is structured, as well as the relationship between the government and the people. . My students inspire me with their eagerness to learn more about government and how they can get involved to make the world a better place.