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OC to mark Constitution Week

Wednesday, September 17, 2008   (0 Comments)
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The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) campus community will take time Wednesday, September 17, to celebrate constitution week with a variety of events and presentations.

Oklahoma Christian has invited Professor of Constitutional Law and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, Professor Doug Kmiec, from Pepperdine University, to help commemorate Constitution Week.  Professor Kmiec will interact with OC students in the department of history and then make a chapel presentation to the university community at 11 a.m. The theme for his presentation will be, “The declaration is the promise; the constitution is the fulfillment.”

Another highlight of the day will be OC’s participation in Bells Across America. At 3 p.m. Central Standard Time bells will ring at schools, churches, courthouses and various other venues across the country in unison. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bells program.

This Constitution Week celebration is a joint venture with the women of the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter. The ladies will be on campus Wednesday to help distribute information about Constitution Week. With the October 10 registration deadline for the upcoming presidential election the DAR chapter will also help students register to vote.

For the past five years Oklahoma Christian has placed first in the annual voter registration contest put on by Oklahoma Campus Compact. OC officials hope to register as many students as possible for this very important upcoming election.

Professor Kmiec came to his current position after serving several years as dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and for nearly two decades, on the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame.

A wide-ranging writer, Professor Kmiec writes a syndicated column for the Catholic News Service, and for several years wrote a regular column in the Chicago Tribune. He is also a frequent contributor to the pages of the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals. He is the co-author of three books on the Constitution—The American Constitutional Order; Individual Rights and the American Constitution and The History, Structure and Philosophy of the American Constitution. Another recent book, Cease-Fire on the Family, attracted scholarly and popular acclaim for proposing realistic ways for families to “end the culture war” by renewing personal virtue and civic responsibility within itself. He has also written The Attorney General’s Lawyer, and several respected legal treatises.

A White House Fellow, Professor Kmiec is one of a few individuals who has received the Distinguished Service Award from two cabinet departments —the Department of Justice in 1987 and Housing and Urban Development in 1983. In 1988, he was awarded the Edmund J. Randolph Award by the attorney general. He has lectured on the U.S. Constitution in Asia as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.

The first resolution to observe Constitution Week was made June 14, 1955, by Senator William F. Knowland of California. Following the passage of the resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Eisenhower issued his proclamation on August 19, 1955. The first observance of Constitution Week was so successful that on January 5, 1956, Senator Knowland introduced a Senate Joint Resolution to have the President designate September 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted on July 23 1956, and signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956.

“We hope that by marking Constitution Week we can help bring awareness to our students to remember the freedoms that they have through the constitution,” said Brian Bush, Executive Director of the Academy of Leadership and Liberty. “We also hope that this will spur them on to be active in the upcoming election and know that they can make a difference for the future of our country.”

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