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UNI professors provide perspective on Sept. 11 attacks<br>

September 4, 2002

Victoria DeFrancisco, professor of communications, (319) 273-7219
Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communications, (319) 273-6308
Milissa Wright, lieutenant, Public Safety, (via e-mail)
Diane McCarty, doctoral student, (319) 266-6246
Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of theatre, (319) 273-6270
Richard Glockner, associate professor of theatre, (319) 273-2655

Teaching Through Crisis: How Instructors Addressed 9/11 in the Classroom

Victoria DeFrancisco and Gayle Pohl, both in the Department of Communication Studies, conducted a nationwide survey to find out how faculty addressed the events of 9/11 in their classrooms and student responses. Faculty around the country indicated a strong need to help students make sense of the events. Faculty found that by doing so, they could also educate students on the surrounding events and cultures, help reduce stereotyping, provide a constructive means to process emotions resulting from the tragedy, and make course content more relevant and understandable.

On the scene after 9/11

Milissa Wright, a lieutenant for UNI Public Safety, traveled to Ground Zero in March, to help NYPD officers de-stress as they continued the grisly clean-up efforts. Although she was onsite for only about one week, Wright's life has been dramatically changed. 'Having worked with those officers at Ground Zero puts faces and families with the event for me,' she said. 'I remember the officers I had contact with, and think of some of their personal situations they discussed. I hope they are able to do something positive to support themselves and those around them.'

9/11 and elementary schools

For her dissertation, Diane McCarty asked elementary school principals nationwide how they responded to the 9/11 tragedy. Through a survey, McCarty -- formerly a principal herself -- was surprised to find that some school heads made little attempt to use the event as a teaching tool. 'They didn't see any real connection between what they do at school and what happened that day,' she said. 'But for others, they saw it as a life-changing event, much the same way the Kennedy assassination was for my generation.'

McCarty also collected extensive data on whether the principals view the quality of education as a contributor to national security, whether patriotic emphasis increased in schools, and whether schools employed crisis plans to respond to the tragedy.

Theatre UNI production focuses on 9/11 after effects

Theatre UNI will open the Off-Hudson play-reading series this season with a reading of Anne Nelson's 'The Guys' on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in CAC 108. The reading will be directed by Jay Edelnant and feature Department of Theatre faculty Cynthia Goatley as Joan, an editor who helps a fire captain write obituaries for the men he lost on 9/11. Richard Glockner is Nick, the fire captain. The reading is free and open to the public.