Roanoke College remembers Sept. 11 tragedy

Salem, Va.-The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 forever changed America, including the lives of Roanoke College alumni and the college community.

  • Roanoke will host a remembrance service to recognize the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the college's Antrim Chapel. The Rev. R. Paul Henrickson, dean of the chapel, will conduct the service, which is open to the public.
  • Roanoke remembers Stephen "Jet" Lamantia, a 1985 graduate who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Lamantia was a bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial services firm with offices on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower.

In 2006, Lamantia's Sigma Chi brothers and his wife, Kim Stewart Lamantia, also a Roanoke graduate, created an endowed scholarship in Lamantia's name. The scholarship is given to students whose parents died while serving in the line of duty or who have shown leadership in the midst of significant challenges. Lamantia was a business major at Roanoke and former president of the college's Sigma Chi Tau Chapter.

This Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Sigma Chi will host a public remembrance service for Lamantia behind the fraternity's campus house on Market Street, where a memorial for Lamantia stands.

  • USA Today highlighted a Roanoke graduate's personal story of spiritual transformation in an article last week. The news story recounted ways that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks changed the lives of 20 Americans. Matthew Ridout, a 2007 graduate of Roanoke, grew up a Christian in Chester, Va., but he converted to Islam in his college dorm room after taking an Introduction to Islam course at Roanoke in 2004, according to the story. The events of Sept. 11, which happened while he was a high school junior, sparked his curiosity in Islam beliefs.

After graduation, Ridout joined the Navy Reserve. And this year, he volunteered to join a Navy Reserve military police unit in Afghanistan, where he guards detainees, many of them Muslims, according to the story. By next year, Ridout told USA Today that he will return to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he is studying to earn a master's degree in religious studies.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook. U.S. News & World Report ranks Roanoke No. 7 on its list of  "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts College."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: September 7, 2011
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