In accordance with a new federal law, William Woods University is celebrating Constitution Week this week. Activities are intended to raise awareness and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution, which was signed Sept. 17, 1787.
“The faculty members on campus recognize that the constitution permeates every segment of higher education and affects all programs on our campus; thus they have creatively set up ways in which to show the students how this document affects their lives and their education,” Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean, said.
“Before this law was passed, we have considered it our responsibility to educate students in what this document means to any citizen of the United States. We are just emphasizing it at a specific time now,” she added.
Federal legislation signed in December 2004 requires all educational institutions that receive federal funds to implement an educational program on Sept. 17 each year. When Sept. 17 falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, Constitution Day may be celebrated the preceding or following week.
The following activities are scheduled at William Woods:
Thursday, Sept. 15, Constitution Day Debate. Educational debate on the Constitution and how it affects the rights of William Woods students today. Model Courtroom, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 15, “The Patriot Act Under Fire.” Video presentation of “The Patriot Act Under Fire” in conjunction with Constitution Week. Library Auditorium, 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, “Watch What You Say: Free Speech in Times of National Crisis.” Video presentation of “Watch What You Say: Free Speech in Times of National Crisis” in conjunction with Constitution Week. Library Auditorium, 2 p.m.
In addition, a Preamble and Bill of Rights Speech Contest was held Monday. Students were asked to recite the Preamble of the Constitution or one of the 10 Bills of Rights in their own personal style. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place. Costuming and props were encouraged.