Events Today and Friday Celebrate Constitution Day

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fairmont State University plans to commemorate this year's Constitution Day with two events.

Today, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the shared main campus of FSU and Pierpont Community & Technical College, there will be a Battle of the Brains Constitution/Citizenship Day Quiz Bowl Competition. Four-student teams will compete for trophies during the event moderated by Dr. Jennifer Myers, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.

A Constitution Day Forum is planned from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library. This event is open to the public. A panel of FSU faculty members will discuss "Constitutional Controversy: Arizona's Immigration Law...and Beyond."

Ned Radulovich, Assistant Professor of History and Social Studies, will discuss the idea of growing up on the Canadian border, dual citizenship and the immigration process. Julie Sellers, Assistant Professor of Spanish and federally certified court interpreter, will talk about how language plays into questions of discrimination on the basis of national origin. Charles Shields, Professor of Criminal Justice, will discuss the controversy surrounding the Arizona immigration law, especially the profiling issue and the current status of the law.

"I'm looking forward to this exciting forum," said Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "This is a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together to learn more about and discuss issues relating to the Constitution under which we live and our duties as citizens."

To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.