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DCCCD Celebrates Constitution Day


For immediate release - Sept. 11, 2006

(DALLAS) – The Dallas County Community College District will celebrate Constitution Day in September with programs, giveaways and entertainment at each of its seven institutions, starting Sept. 13 and ending Sept. 28. (Sept. 17 is the officially designated day of celebration by the federal government.) "Constitution Jeopardy" and the "U.S. Constitution Game Show," plus several presentations, are among the observances planned.

A list of colleges and their Constitution Day activities is provided below, in date order:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 – Eastfield College

    12:30 p.m., room 100, Science Building – A program on the U.S. Constitution will be presented by EFC social science faculty members Dr. Stacey Juhrhee, Glynn Newman and Phoenix Rousseau. They will discuss: constitutional definitions and purposes, America's two constitutions, civil liberties and civil rights, the evolution of voting in the U.S. Constitution, and the Texas Constitution.
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 – North Lake College

    10:30 a.m. to noon, college cafeteria –  “Celebration of Citizenship”: Irving City Councilman James Dickens will talk to students about one of the nation's most famous living documents, and the college will provide free copies of the U.S. Constitution and free hot dogs and drinks.
  • Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 – Richland College

    Winners of the Richland College Constitution Day essay writing contest will be announced in September; essays titled "The Role of the Judiciary in the Concept of Constitutional Checks and Balances" were submitted by Sept. 11, and the grand prize winner will receive $300. Judging was based on quality of coherence, example, details and creativity; plus quality of grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Presentation of the award, a speaker and the location will be announced at a later date.

  • Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 – Brookhaven College

    11:30 a.m., lobby of the Student Service Center – Dr. Harold Stanley, professor from Southern Methodist University, will discuss "Understanding the U.S. Constitution"; reception follows. Music will be provided by members of the BHC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and participants will receive free U.S. Constitution booklets. A related display also can be viewed in the library.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 – Cedar Valley College

    12:30 to 1:30 p.m., courtyard – CVC government faculty member David McCoy will host the "U.S. Constitution Game Show," and the college will provide free U.S. Constitution booklets, bookmarks and related information.

  • Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 – Mountain View College

    11 a.m. to 1 p.m., room W38 – MVC faculty members Jonathon York, Larry Pool and Ken Alfers (with others) will participate in a roundtable discussion titled "Three things every American should know about the Constitution, but don't." Copies of the U.S. Constitution also will be available.

  • Sept. 27-28, 2006 – El Centro College

    Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., performance hall – A panel discussion by elected officials from the area will focus on the topic "Voting in the USA." They will look at groups who were not eligible to vote when the U.S. Constitution was first ratified.  Panelists include Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and former state Rep. Harryette Ehrhart, as well as other guests; ECC students will read quotes from historical figures concerning the right to vote, and Gay Michele will moderate the panel discussion. A reception for all participants will be held in the Student Center, following the program; refreshments will include free hot dogs and apple pie, plus musical entertainment by Jerry Jones and the El Centro music department.

    Sept. 28, 11:15 a.m., Student Center – Play "Constitution Jeopardy" with Jim Handy, executive dean of student development and support services at El Centro; at least three teams of ECC students will participate.

For more information, contact Ann Hatch, DCCCD office of marketing and communication, at (214) 860-2478.