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September 7, 2005

Source: Brandon University:

Brandon University to host presentation on Faith in the Face of Tragedy: What We Learned from 9/11

BRANDON, MB - On Wednesday, September 14th, 2005 Brandon University, in conjunction with Canadian Forces Base Shilo, will host a presentation entitled Faith in the Face of Tragedy: What We Learned from 9/11. Four senior representatives from the New York City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will speak as part of the presentation: Rabbi Alvin Kass, Chief of Chaplains, New York Police Department; Chaplain Stephen Unger, Senior Chaplain FBI (New York Division) and Chief of Chaplains, Stonybrook Hospital, Upper-State New York; Chaplain Dennis Hayes, Chief of Chaplains FBI (New York Division); and Sergeant Brian Reilly, a Veteran New York Police Officer. These presenters will speak about their personal and professional role in the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath.

All Brandon University students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome to attend the presentation. It will take place in the Ceremony Room on the main floor of the Health Studies Building (located on the north east corner of campus, at 18th Street and Princess Avenue) from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14th, 2005.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from four people who had intimate personal and professional involvement in dealing with the crisis of 9/11, and who have taken key roles in helping police and other law enforcement agents develop skills for dealing with the trauma that comes from being exposed to such devastating emergencies and disasters.

Presenter Biographies:

Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass - Rabbi Kass is the Chief of Chaplains for the New York City Police Department. He has offered counselling and spiritual guidance to officers of all ranks for 36 years. Rabbi Kass is a renowned lecturer as well as a published author, media personality and member of many professional and community organizations. He has earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History from Columbia University, and a B.H.L. and M.H.L. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received rabbinical training. He earned a Ph.D in History and Philosophical Foundations of Education from New York University.

Chaplain Dennis Hayes - Chaplain Hayes is the most Senior Chaplain for the FBI (New York Division). He was ordained in 1976 and has served as counsellor and spiritual guide for police officers for nearly 30 years. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts- Sociology at the University of Waterloo, a Masters of Divinity St Bernard's Seminary, and a M.S Counselling and Human Services.

Chaplain Stephen Unger - Chaplain Unger is a senior chaplain for the FBI (New York Division) and Director of Chaplaincy Services, Stony Brook University Hospital. He has earned a M.Div at Faith Lutheran Seminary as well as a MA - Counselling Loss, Grief and Bereavement. He has been a Critical Incident Responder to many events including TWA Flight 800 and the World Trade Center-New York.

Sergeant Larry Reilly - Sgt. Reilly is a veteran New York City Police officer with over 22 years of service.

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Stifora
Communications Officer
Brandon University
Phone: 204-727-9762
Fax: 204-728-7340

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