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New Mexico State University observes U.S. Constitution Day Sept. 13-16

In observation of U.S. Constitution Day, New Mexico State University will provide a wide array of educational programming for students to better understand the document that supports this country's way of life.

tion was approved last year mandating U.S. Constitution Day be held annually on Sept. 17, the date commemorating the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Since Sept. 17 falls on a Saturday this year, NMSU will observe Constitution Day Sept. 13-16.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Corbett Center Auditorium, NMSU will host a panel discussion about the 9/11 terrorist attack and its effect on the U.S. Constitution. The panel will be made up of government, history and journalism professors, and comments from the audience will be welcomed. The event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with Constitution Day, the Law and Society Program of NMSU is holding an essay contest. NMSU undergraduates will have the opportunity to write a 1,000-word essay on the subject "The American Constitution: Balancing Individual Liberties and Government Responsibilities." The winner will receive $100, and the essay will be posted on NMSU's Constitution Day Web site.

The Center for Latin American and Border Studies, 1200 University Ave., will host an open forum on constitutional rights on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

The Honors College will offer various activities from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in Monagle Hall. Events include Constitution Jeopardy, notes and sidewalk chalk reminders of constitutional rights, a bulletin board and a Constitution-related discussion.

Some history and government classes also will observe Constitution Day. Students will look at the formulation of the Constitution and its ratification, Constitution booklets will be distributed, and a special discussion on the topic will be held.

For more information about U.S. Constitution Day events at NMSU, call (505) 646-4935, or visit http://constitutionday.nmsu.edu.