September 19, 2005

Constitution Day to be celebrated on campus

Most Americans know that July 4th is our nation's birthday. Far fewer know that September 17th is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.

Although Columbus State students won't be back on campus to start Autumn Quarter until September 21, they will still have the opportunity to celebrate Constitution Day through the college's Constitution Day website, "podcasts" done by faculty members Bob Fitrakis and Marilyn Howard, and two Educational Access Channel programs to air September 19-30, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9-11 Tuesdays.

Nikol Manning and Suzanne Patzer of the Teaching Learning Resource Center put together the website and cable programming for the event. The Instructional Services Department has also purchased a number of "pocket Constitutions" to distribute to students at the start of the quarter.

The ideas on which America was founded--commitments to the rule of law, limited government, and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice--are embodied in the Constitution, the oldest written constitution of any nation on Earth. Constitution Day celebrates not only the birthday of our government, but also the ideas that make us Americans.

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia accomplished a long-standing goal, passing a law designating September 17 as Constitution Day. As part of the new law, schools and federal agencies are required to hold educational programs on the Constitution, adapting those activities to each school's academic schedule.

CCAD to hold exhibit of custom cars

From October 1-December 11, the Canzani Center gallery at CCAD will house gleaming chrome and flame-painted sheet metal on 36 custom choppers and cars for "Wheelz: The Art and Design of the Customized Ride," an art show with a special automotive twist.

The show kicks off October 1 with a drive-in street show from noon-8 p.m., demonstrations on pin striping, flame painting and metal fabrication during the same time period, several auto-themed films, a panel discussion by top custom car builders from 4-5:15 p.m., and a reception from 6-10 p.m. The exhibit and events are all free and open to the public. For more information, contact CCAD at 224-9101. To view the exhibit flyer, click on the icon below.

Campus to try new cardboard crunch

The Physical Plant Department launched a pilot program September 15 for the recycling of specified solid waste products, according to Jim Spencer, director.   The initial phase of this program will focus on cardboard. A special dumpster, marked for "Cardboard Only" will be located on the south side of Edwards Street behind Union Hall. All departments generating cardboard waste are encouraged to deposit the cardboard in this designated dumpster. If you have questions or need help with your cardboard, please call Chris Terry at ext. 2425, or Jim Spencer at ext. 5080.