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Albright Remembers September 11...

September 11 memorial servicesOne year later.

The solemn sound of bagpipes and an abundance of tears filled Shirk Stadium on the evening of September 11, 2002 when the Albright community came together for a special evening commemorating the victims and heroes of last year’s terrorist attacks.

The Washington Memorial Pipe Band opened the ceremony, followed by the lighting of candles by more than 70 representatives of the Albright community including students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni. The evening service held in New York City was broadcast live on a screen in the stadium.

September 11 memorial servicesRachel Williams ’04 and Bri Yachera ’05, student assistants in the President’s Office, organized the event. "We were all here last year when it happened, and during the past year we have all grown as a community. It just seemed fitting that we all come together again this year to honor those who lost their lives and loved ones," said Williams. Yachera added, "The events of September 11th affected everyone and coming together brings unity to our campus."

Albright College was also part of a worldwide choral commemoration.

At 8:46 a.m., the time of the first attack on the World Trade Center, the Reading Choral Society performed Mozart’s Requiem in Albright’s Memorial Chapel. Each volunteer wore a badge with the name of one of the victims of the attack on it. Two hundred choral groups in 26 countries participated in the event.

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Theatre ribbon cuttingDedication Ceremony Held
for Newly Renovated
Wachovia Theatre

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Wachovia Theatre was held in September. Formerly Meridian Theatre, it was renamed in recognition of the generous support of Wachovia Bank.

The ribbon cutting launched the fall season of the Domino Players and preceded the opening night performance of "Art" starring Albright faculty John Pankratz and James Speese, and alumnus Nathan Roberts ’00.

Julia Matthews, newly appointed director of theatre, says she is thrilled to be at an institution with such a commitment to the arts and a desire to move forward. Not only will patrons to the theatre be more comfortable, she says, but "we also have some extraordinary new teaching tools." Matthews replaced long-time director of theatre Lynn Morrow, who retired in June.

One of the new teaching tools is a state-of-the-art lighting control system purchased from Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), a premier lighting manufacturer. Wayne Vettleson, technical director/theatre manager, says the new system, which uses the CAD program, allows students to work in a "virtual theatre."

"We can pretend to have control fixtures we don’t actually have and manipulate them in the virtual theatre," he says. "It’s great for teaching the design of other types of theatres."

Both aesthetic and technological renovations have been made in the initial phase of the renovation. The theatre has received new lighting alcoves, carpeting and seats. A video monitoring system and projection screen have also been installed.

Phase II will involve the renovation of the Wachovia Theatre lobby area. If you would like to contribute to the renovation project, contact the Development Office at 610-921-7653 or

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