SCC to Celebrate Constitution Day September 17

Somerset Campus
Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, will be celebrated at Somerset Community College on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, PA. The Constitution is the highest law in the United States. It is the framework for our government, outlining the powers and duties of the legislative, executive and judicial branches.  However, the Constitution is more than just a blueprint.  It is a “living” document that is at the center of the major debates and policies of our time.

To celebrate the 226 anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Somerset Community College will be hosting a program and discussion that explores the topic “What the Constitution Means to Me."

The event will examine how individuals view and value the Constitution in unique and similar ways based upon different personal perspectives.

Guest speakers for the program include Wanda Fries, SCC Professor of English and published author of a book of poetry and two novels, with a third novel in the works; Tita Riggins, the Administrative Assistant for Project B.E.A.M. (Bringing Education and Achievements to Migrants and seasonal farm workers) at SCC for the last 10 years and a naturalized U.S. citizen; Jeff Clark, SCC Assistant Professor of Nursing-LPN and military veteran who served as an Army Combat Medic, attained the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant, and went on to serve as a command officer with the rank of Captain in both the U.S. Army and Air Force; and Gabriela Chambers, an SCC student, participant in Project B.E.A.M., and a naturalized U.S. citizen. Sponsor and moderator for the event is SCC Instructor of Political Science James Taylor.

The program will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the SCC Harold Rogers Student Commons, Citizens National Bank Community Room, 808 Monticello Street, Somerset, Kentucky.  The event is free and open to the public.

Laurel Campus
To celebrate Constitution Day, Somerset Community College Laurel Campus will be showing a video titled The Supreme Court: One Nation Under Law on September 17 at 6 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building (Building #3), Room 113, 100 University Dr., London, Kentucky 40741.

This video explores the issues before the court from the aftermath of the Civil War through the 1930s.  This was a time of major turbulence in U.S. race relations as well as a period of unprecedented economic growth as the nation industrialized. The rulings of the court during this tumultuous period would have major ramifications for the United States in the years to come.

Following the video will be a discussion of the Supreme Court led by Melinda Allen, Jeff McFadden, and other professors from Somerset Community College.  Please join us to learn more about this mysterious and often ignored branch of our federal government.

The event is free and open to the public.