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Release: Sept. 13, 2001

UI plans service of remembrance at Iowa Memorial Union on Friday

In response to President George W. Bush's call for a national Day of Prayer and Remembrance on Friday, Sept. 14, in collaboration with the Association of Campus Ministers, the University of Iowa will hold a special service beginning at noon in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Leaders from local Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities will organize the service. Phillip E. Jones, UI vice president for student services, and David Skorton, UI vice president for research, will offer remarks. UI President Mary Sue Coleman will also be in attendance.

Everyone is welcome to attend the service, including faculty, staff, students, members of the wider Iowa City, Coralville and Johnson County communities. UI administrators encourage departments to demonstrate maximum flexibility, such as adjusting work schedules, if feasible, to allow UI staff to attend.

University classes will be held as usual throughout the rest of the day. However, consistent with the university's policy on religious diversity, faculty may cancel or hold class at their discretion, but any student who chooses to attend the service shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity and permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up the material or activities covered in their absence, including tests.

President Bush today asked Americans to take time during their noon lunch hours Friday to pray for victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

In an official proclamation, President Bush said, "I ask that the people of the United States and places of worship mark this national day of prayer and remembrance with noontime memorial services, the ringing of bells at that hour, and evening candlelight remembrance vigils. I encourage employers to permit their workers time off during the lunch hour to attend the noontime services to pray for our land. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in these solemn observances."