OC to mark Constitution Week
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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
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.”