State Court Judge Stevens keynote speaker for Constitution Day

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 13:50 -- efoster

For immediate release: Sept. 15, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Superior Court Judge Correale Stevens will discuss the U.S. Constitution and the courts as keynote speaker of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s annual observance of Constitution Day Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Scranton Commons Amphitheater. Constitution Day activities, free and open to the public, begin at 11 a.m. with a panel discussion on Constitutional issues of the day; Stevens will speak at 12:30 p.m.

Other events planned for Constitution Day are:
- The U.S. Constitution: The Game Show, Scranton Commons Amphitheater, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
- The film, “All the President’s Men,” Kehr Union, multipurpose B, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Tours of the Columbia County Courthouse, leaving from Carver Hall’s front porch, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., advance registration required through BU’s SOLVE Office, (570) 389-5437.

Tim Pelton, BU’s civic engagement coordinator, said Constitution Day offers an opportunity for students to become more knowledgeable about their rights and opportunities as American citizens. The goal, he said, is to “take education into the real world” by giving students firsthand knowledge of legal issues through presentations by legal professionals and tours of the local courthouse.

Constitution Day is sponsored by the American Democracy Project, a multi-campus initiative that focuses on preparing and informing the new generation on politics. Funded by the state, more than 220 colleges and universities participate in this observance annually. Whether it is a memorial or an event, each participating college or university not only gets a chance to pay homage to the Constitution, but it informs people about their liberties and obligations as citizens in the democracy. At BU, Constitution Day events are sponsored by the SOLVE (Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment) office, Democracy Matters and the Bloomsburg University Political Science Student Association. Refreshments will be available.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

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