Thursday, September 15, 2005

In 2004, President George W. Bush signed a bill that designates each Sept. 17 as Constitution Day. Because Constitution Day falls on a Saturday this year, Fairmont State will celebrate the holiday on Monday, Sept. 19.

"One of our goals as a public institution is to prepare our students for informed citizenship," said Dr. Anne Patterson, FSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Celebrating, honoring and examining the Constitution is one excellent way to do that."

Several activities are planned for Monday, Sept. 19:

* Dr. Deanna Shields and the Department of Social Science have put together an informative brochure, which features the Bill of Rights, some interesting facts about the Constitution, a self-test and the URLs for some web sites on the U.S. Constitution. Brochures will be available on the second floor of the Falcon Center and at the Gaston Caperton Center.

* A display incorporating facsimiles of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Falcon Center.

* Dr. Gerald Bobango of the History Department will give a lecture at 3 p.m. in Room 320 of the Education Building. Bobango plans to make a presentation of about 40 minutes, and then allow time for discussion and questions.