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: Sept. 16 – 22
  • University Libraries are offering free pocket copies of the Constitution at the Evans Library, Medical Science Library, and Business Library and Collaboration Commons.

Monday, Sept. 16

  • 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV broadcasts Inventing America: Making a Nation, highlighting enactments of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, discussing the lead up to Declaration of Independence. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day

  • Noon – 1:00 p.m. – University Libraries hosts a brown bag luncheon screening of Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote in Evans Library, Room 204E. The 26-minute documentary from American Public Television chronicles the dramatic vote to ratify the 19th Amendment and the years of debate about women’s suffrage that preceded it.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Texas A&M University joins institutions across the nation in Bells Across America playing patriotic music on the Albritton Bell Tower Carillon bells.
  • 8:00 p.m. – The Department of Political Science hosts Constitutional Trivia with prizes and a guest appearance by State Representative John Raney; Allen Building, Room 2115.
  • 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV broadcasts Inventing America: Making a Government, portraying the Founding Fathers telling the story behind Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

  • 5:30 p.m. – The MSC Wiley Lecture Series presents Crime Scene DNA Collection and the 4th Amendment, a presentation about the use of DNA in criminal cases and related Constitutional concerns, by Sandra Thompson, director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Admission is free; MSC 2405.
  • 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV broadcasts Inventing America: Liberty For All, revealing the inside story of the debate to form the Constitution and how that led to the Bill of Rights.

Friday, Sept. 20

  • Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young signs a Constitution Proclamation with Student Body President Mikey Jaillet and representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV broadcasts 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.
Saturday, Sept. 21
  • The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band showcases patriotic music and excerpts from the Preamble of the Constitution during the halftime show at the Auburn game.

Sunday, September 22

  • 12 a.m. (midnight) – 3 a.m. – KAMU-TV airs encore presentations of the Inventing America series.

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Resources


 

2018
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

2017
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

2016
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

2015
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

2014
Awards Program Not Held

2013
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

2012
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

2011
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

2010
Margarette Goss, University Writing Center
Sherrice King, General Academic Programs
Mary Teel, Scholarships and Financial Aid
Angela Vasquez, Undergraduate Studies
Marilyn Yeager, Career Center

2009
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

2008
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

2007
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

2006
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

2005
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

2004
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

2003
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

2002
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

2001
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

2000
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

1999
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

1998
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

1997
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