Constitution Day

Constitution Day

On May 24, 2005, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education announced that, pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year.  A notice published in the Federal Register outlined the requirements for such a program.  The legislation did not authorize funds to carry out this requirement and the Notice of Implementation does not indicate that the Department of Education has plans to monitor compliance.

Constitution Week Events:
Constitution Week: Sept. 17 – 23
  • University Libraries are featuring a display on the Constitution, sharing a Constitution Guide on the Library website, and offering copies of the Constitution.
Saturday, Sept. 15
  • The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band showcases patriotic music and excerpts from the Preamble to the Constitution during the halftime show at the UL – Monroe game.  

Monday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day

  • 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  –  The first 50 visitors to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum receive pocket-sized editions of Constitution. 
  • 3:00 p.m.  –  Texas A&M University will joins with institutions across the nation in “Bells Across America,” playing patriotic music on the Albritton Carillon. 
  • 11:30 p.m.  –  KAMU-TV airs Inventing America: Making a Nation, highlighting enactments of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams discussing the lead-up to the Declaration of Independence.  

Tuesday, Sept. 18

  •   11:30 a.m.  –  KAMU-TV broadcasts Inventing America: Making a Government, portraying the Founding Fathers telling the story behind four months that changed the world, known today as the Constitutional Convention of 1787. 

Wednesday, Sept. 19

  •  7:00 p.m.  –  The Wiley Lecture Series presents Cruel and Unusual Punishment: A Constitutional Answer, a discussion on the death penalty and prison conditions as they relate to the Eighth Amendment. A panel of experts examines the balance between our commitment to both the Eighth Amendment and criminal justice. A Q&A will follow, and the event is free and open to the public in Rudder 401. 
  • 11:30 p.m.   –  KAMU-TV airs Inventing America: Liberty for All, revealing the inside story about the conflicts and infighting behind the new U.S. Constitution and how that led to the Bill of Rights.

Thursday, Sept. 20

  • 1:00 p.m.  –  The University Libraries Diversity Advancement Committee presents a free screening of “13,” an award-winning documentary by Ava DuVernay about the history and effects of the Thirteenth Amendment Constitution; Evans Library Room 204E.

Sunday, September 23

  • 12 a.m. (midnight) – 3 a.m.   –  KAMU-TV airs encore episodes of Inventing America including Making a Nation, Making a Government and Liberty for All.




Tradition of Excellence Award Recipients

Kim Andrews, Academic Affairs Business Services
Wayne Pecena, KAMU-TV/FM
Elizabeth Fosset, Admissions Processing
Susan Wolff, Research Communications
Linda Thurman, Office of Graduate & Professional Studies

Leadership Award Recipient: Rachel Krolczyk, Office of Graduate & Professional Studies
Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient: Katelin Clark, Office of Admissions
Team Award: Writing Consultant Administrative Team, University Writing Center - Thadeus Bowerman, Florence Davies, Nicholas Cenegy, Stephen McGuire and Nancy Vasquez

Tradition of Excellence Award Recipients

Mark Garner, Instructional Media Services
Laura Ann Heard, Office of the Registrar
Georgia Hines, Undergraduate Studies
Mathew Johnson, Office of the Registrar
Jennifer Kuehn, Office of Admissions
Karen Lepley, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Melanie Monroe, Office of the Registrar
Kasandra Phillips, DAL Admission Recruitment
Jennifer Ann Scasta, Office of Admissions
Nancy Vasquez, University Writing Center

Leadership Award Recipient: Gayla Christiansen, Texas A&M University Press
Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient: Amanda Z. Johnson, Public Partnership & Outreach
Team Award: Admissions Customer Service, Office of Admissions - Joyce Dendy, Stephanie Love, Mike Pickett, Angela Reinecke, Steve Smith and Debbie Turner

Blair Alvarado, Aggie Honor System Office
Virginie Blum, Dean of Faculties
Valerie Coleman, Academic Success Center
Margot Goff, Office of Data & Research Services
Jess Junek, Academic Affairs Business Services
Kevin Kraeft, Provost IT Office
Gracie Lara, Public Partnership & Outreach
Barbara Lee, Academic Success Center
Oscar Lopez, Office of Admissions
Angela Parkoff, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Paul Pausky, Career Center
Dale Sharp, Provost IT Office

Leadership Excellence Award: Catherine RouecheHerdman, Office of Admissions
Diversity and Inclusion Award: Mark Dawson, Academic Affairs Business Services
Team Award: Veterans Service Office Team, Leah Morales, Clay Bassham, Charlotte Farrington, Rebecca Thompson and Ashley Drake, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Ed Barron, Enterprise Information Systems
Dave Fountain, Enterprise Information Systems
Bridgette Ingram, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Timothy Powers, Aggie Honor System Office
David Tofel, Office of Admissions
Emily Weers, Academic Affairs Business Services

Awards Program Not Held

Jon Buchanan, Office of Admissions
Jane Flaherty, Global Program Support
Jeannie Laird, Academic Affairs Business Services
Alberta Ortiz-Ganem, Office of the Provost
Suzanne Sealey, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Heather Fountain, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Roger Martinez, Office of Admissions
Gloria Masso, Office of Admissions
Michelle Walker, Office of Admissions
Julie Wilson, Office of Graduate Studies

Janie Alcala, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Janet Gonzales, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Kate Karstadt, Office of Professional School Advising
David McMahon, Experiential Education/Career Center
David Louis, Honors and Undergraduate Research
Erin Porter, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Margarette Goss, University Writing Center
Sherrice King, General Academic Programs
Mary Teel, Scholarships and Financial Aid
Angela Vasquez, Undergraduate Studies
Marilyn Yeager, Career Center

Juan Garza, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mary Kathryn Moss, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics
Ruth Schemmer, Career Center
Michael Spies, Office of Admissions and Records
Sarah Wall, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Marilyn Willie, Faculty Senate Office

Nora Cargo, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Kimberly A. Fox, Office for International Outreach
Tiffany Inbody, Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Laura Wimberley, Access Learning Communities
Debbie Hightower, University Libraries

Maria Alves, Office of Latin American Programs
Barbara Lee, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services
Debra Perez, Student Learning Center
Karen Price, Office of the Registrar

Delisa F. Falks, Office of Student Financial Aid
Jean Layne, Center for Teaching Excellence
Linde Newman, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Dale Pracht, Career Center
Karen Weyel Severn, Office of Professional School Advising
Laura N. Welsh, Office of Graduate Studies

Dhananjaya Arekere, Race and Ethnic Studies Institute
Myra Gomez Gonzalez, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Joseph P. Pettibon II, Office of Student Financial Aid
Chloe Rape, Office of Admissions and Records
Diana Sousares, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Bill Taylor, International Student Services

Patricia DiCuffa, University Writing Center
Debra LaGrone, Student Financial Aid
Barbara McGuirk, Thesis Office
Nancy Simpson, Center for Teaching Excellence
Jennifer Westling, Office of Admissions and Records
Susan Williamson, International Programs Office

Tammy Thomas, Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Mary Lenn Dixon, Texas A&M University Press
Brenda Thomas, Office of Graduate Studies
Samantha Wilson, Career Center

Martha "Marti" Boerema, Career Center
Clifton Paul Griffin, Office of Graduate Studies
Barbara Guidry, Medical Sciences Library
Sallye Henderson, General Academic Programs
Nina "Mike" Randermann, Career Center
Monique L. Snowden, Office of Admissions and Records

Don Carter, Office of Admissions and Records
Violetta Cook, International Programs Office
Linda Shervonne Davis, Computing and Information Services
Adelle Hedleston, Sterling C. Evans Library

Deborah S. Gau, The Career Center
Sylvia J. Mendez, Food Safety Inspection Service Project Management
Brenda J. Smith, Office of Admissions and Records
Julia K. Barker, Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies
Jennifer M. Humphries, The Career Center
Don W. Wood, Office of Institutional Studies and Planning

Ilene Gentry, Office of the Vice President for Research
Kathleen Kenefick, West Campus Library
Donna Lamarche, Center for Academic Enhancement
Mel Lasell, Office of Institutional Studies and Planning
Myra Winters, International Programs for Students
Djuana Young, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships

Anne Blum, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Patricia Cammack, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Ellen Kasari, Laboratory Animal Resources and Research
Okay Okonkwo, Sterling C. Evans Library
Jeanie Salinas, General Academic Programs
Mary Smith, Computing and Information Services

Carole Degelman, Sterling C. Evans Library
Ann Frerich, International Programs Office
Janice Johnson Crockett, Office of the Dean of Faculties
Frances Nelson, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services
Salley Stansell, The Career Center
Patricia Steele, Faculty Senate Office