On September 17th, The Center for Community Engagement at Otterbein University, in partnership with the student-led group, Raise Your Voice, held two events to help broaden students’ understanding of the constitution, civil liberties, and responsibilities of citizenship! The Campus Center was transformed into Independence Hall, as students spent part of their lunch hour writing their own 28th amendment to the Constitution. A few examples of the amendments were “All citizens shall have access to food,” “Every citizen shall be required to participate in 20 hours of community service a year,” and “College should be free, or cost less, for people who want to go to college.”
As part of the celebration, over 100 students also played “Constitution Plinko”, where history became fun with historic rubber ducks, Constitution pencils, President Obama’s favorite candy, and American Flag cupcakes. Otterbein’s bi-partisan political student group, Raise Your Voice, held an evening program, “Exploring Our Founding” where students explored representations of the Constitution in the media and held an open dialogue about the Constitution and its relevance to the daily lives of college students.
Albert State University
In honor of Constitution Day, five Alfred University (AU) professors participated in a panel discussion about the current Syrian conflict on Thursday, Sep. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Nevins Theater. The panel, titled “The President’s Power to Commit America to Combat: Constitutional, Moral, and Practical Considerations,” is free and open to the public. AU professors Christopher Churchill, Assistant Professor of History and Global Studies; Robert Heineman, Professor of Political Science; Gary Ostrower, Professor of History; Jeff Sluyter-Beltrao, Associate Professor of Political Science; and Emrys Westacott, Professor of Philosophy, offered insights from their respective areas of expertise.
Watch the video and learn more here.
Constitution Week at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) began with the arrival of two former Congressmen, Representative Steve Kuykendall (R-CA) and Representative Nick Lampson (D-TX). Through the Congress to Campus Program, IUPUI hosted these two leaders from the public sector on Monday and Tuesday (Constitution Day). They shared their words of wisdom and interacted with students in a variety of capacities, including panel discussions and class talks about a variety of topics from their roles in public service to the constitutionality of the United States’ involvement in Syria. Panel discussions included other state legislators and academics, who also shared their careers in public service and civic engagement, thoughts on current events, and visions for the future. Constitution Week also included an ongoing Voter Registration Drive within our student union and Constitution Week Jeopardy to challenge students on their knowledge of the United States government and the Constitution.
Ramapo College observed Constitution Day by signing a giant version of the US constitution. “Benjamin Franklin” (performed by Professor Michael Edelstein) delivered a special address as students enjoyed an American-themed cake. During the program, the Civic and Community Engagement Center officially launched TurboVote. Over 50 students registered to vote and signed up for information about upcoming New Jersey elections. In addition, Constitution Day marked the launch of the Supreme Court of the United States Discussion Series. This discussion series consists of programs on same-sex marriage, voting rights, and affirmative action.