Celebrating Constitution Day

Sep 14, 2005

Kettering joins the nation in honoring the country's most important document.

The Constitution is the most important document in the United States, yet many Americans don't know that Sept.17, 1787, is the birthday of our government.

U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd wanted to do something about that. The West Virginia senator passed a law designating that each Sept. 17 is "Constitution Day." American schools and federal agencies are required to provide educational programming that teaches and celebrates the U.S. Constitution.

  • Kettering University will join in the national festivities with a series of events on Friday, Sept. 16. Most Kettering events are hosted by Student Affairs and Kettering Student Government and include:
  • Providing a free copy of the Constitution, which will be distributed in the Great Court during the lunch hour.
  • Stopping by for a piece of "patriotic" cake during the lunch hour in the Great Court, an event being provided by the President's Office.
  • Watching a game of "Hollywood Squares," featuring faculty, staff and student government representatives as they test their knowledge of the Constitution, at 12:30 p.m. in the Great Court.
  • Visiting a display of books and information on the Constitution in the Kettering Library.
  • Attending free movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," in McKinnon Theatre at 7 pm.
  • Attending a free movie, "Iron Jawed Angels," in the Women's Resource Center at 9 p.m.

The Kettering community is also invited to participate in the celebration planned at the University of Michigan-Flint by attending a free movie, "Control Room." on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the KIVA at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. There will also be a forum on Democratic Citizenship in the Ontario Room at U of M-Flint on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Community leaders, alumni, faculty and students will participate and a luncheon will be served. Please RSVP to tracya@umflint.edu.

 

For more information regarding the Constitution, check out the following links to the National Archives and Library of Congress:


Read the Constitution
http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution.html
The Signers of the Constitution
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day/signers.html
Read primary historical documents
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/help/constRedir.html
Questions and answers on the Constitution
http://www.constitutionday.com/education.htm

Compiled and written by Debbie Stewart and Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9679 and (810) 762-9533
dstewart@kettering.edu and pmroczek@kettering.edu