On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed at the Philadelphia Convention. In 2004, this day became a federal holiday that we recognize as Constitution Day.

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Constitution Day Activities at your Campus

Bloomington

On September 17th, students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the Constitution Day Crawl. From 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic building,- participants are encouraged to follow the walking path filled with interesting displays and facts about the Constitution and its creators. Copies of the U.S. Constitution will be distributed.

In addition, Constitutional Controversies, will take place from 4:00pm – 7:00pm in the Student Commons.

Student organizations will be holding debates among their own members on constitutional issues currently being debated around the country. Each debate will be moderated by Keith Klein and a communication student and will last 45 minutes. Each organization will be arguing both for and against their topic.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)

On Tuesday, September 17th, the campus community is invited to attend a presentation entitled “U.S. Constitution: How it Affects College Students". The presentation will be held at 10:00am in IFC 102. Following the presentation, don’t miss U.S. Constitution Jeopardy from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Receive a free copy of the Constitution by stopping by one of the following locations between 11:00am and 1:00pm

  • Office of Student Life, room 125 on the North Meridian campus
  • Main Lobby of the Lawrence campus

Participate in the U.S. Constitution/History Quiz September 11 – 17 and earn Ivy Bucks. The quiz is available in the Student Life Office or at IvyLife.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Columbus/Franklin

On September 17th, view the film “A more Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation," at the Columbus campus in room 200/217 throughout the day.

View a copy of the Constitution in the Student Commons in Columbus and Franklin. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie, New Castle)

Participate in the Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt.  The rules are simple!  Students are invited to go from clue to clue answering the riddles.  At 9:00 am the first clue’s answer will be released on IvyLife.  After that, a clue will be released on the hour every hour.  This means if you missed a clue during class, you will be able to see it on IvyLife. Learn about the U.S. Constitution, get to know your campus better, have fun, and win prizes.  All participants will receive a cinch sack and one lucky winner on each campus will receive a brand new tablet!   Follow along on IvyLife to see where to find the clues!

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport, Wabash)

On the Kokomo campus, Constitution Day activities will take place on Tuesday, September 17 at 3:30pm in the Student Life Building. Come and learn about the Constitution and the importance of being an informed citizen! There will be a short program by Ken Ferries, associate professor and program chair for social and behavioral science. There will also be refreshments and free copies of the Constitution for all that attend.

Beginning September 13 and running through October 14, the Logansport campus will be hosting two notable collections of American documents and photographs featured in the traveling exhibition, “Freedom: A History of the US". Students, faculty, staff and visitors can view reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, manuscript letters from George Washington and Fredrick Douglas, type written speeches from Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr, and more. View these documents in the Student Commons area. On September 17th, receive a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution and snacks.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Lafayette

The campus community is invited to attend the following Constitution Day programs on Monday, September 17th, in Ivy Hall.

Democracy Plaza
A display of Constitution related topics and questions will be on display. Members of the campus community can write thoughts and opinions relating and post in the Plaza. Participants can also take a Constitution quiz and win a Constitution Day t-shirt. Pocket-size constitutions will be distributed throughout the day
10:00am – 5:00pm, Ivy Hall, Grand Hall

Panel Discussion (lead by Ivy Tech faculty)
Equal Protection and the Law as Defined by the Fourteenth Amendment
12:00pm, Ivy Hall 1114 and 1120

Movie Screening
Lincoln (award winning film)
2:30pm and 6:30pm, Ivy Hall

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)

South Bend, Warsaw and Elkhart County campuses you are invited to join us on September 17th as we Celebrate Constitution Day. Take the Constitution Challenge.  Students will be emailed a Constitution Day quiz.  The first 5 students from each campus to respond  with correct answers will win fantastic prizes.  Prizes include Northface Backpacks, Skull Candy headphones, Travel flash drives, and ear buds. Refreshments will be available throughout the day as well as pocket-sized Constitutions.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Northeast (Fort Wayne)

Constitution Day activities will take place on September 17th in the Student Life Center Commons on the North Campus. From 11:00am – 1:00pm. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend showings of two documentaries: “Creation of a Constitution" and "Bill of Rights". Throughout the event participants will be able to win Ivy Tech gear by competing in the Constitution Trivia Contest, pick informative handouts about the Constitution, and enjoy an afternoon snack.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)

The campus community is invited to participate in the following Constitution Day activities:

Don’t miss Democracy Plaza on September 17th.  Participants have the opportunity to express, speak, and read diverging thoughts surrounding social, political, economic, and other issues relevant to the campus, city, state, country and world.  Every hour, participants will be prompted and asked to respond to thought provoking questions.

Stop by the campus Library to view the Banned Book Exhibit.  Learn how the First Amendment impacts your life through the display of books that have been (or remained) censored.

Take the Constitution Challenge.  Students will be emailed a Constitution Day quiz.  The first 10 students from each campus to respond  with correct answers will win fantastic prizes.  Prizes include Northface Backpacks, Skull Candy headphones, Travel drives, and earbuds.

Also, take time to register to vote.  Voter registration information will be available on all campuses.

Guest speaker, former Judge Lorenzo Arredondon, from the Arredondo Justice Center, will speak on the East Chicago campus at 10:00am, followed by the Gary campus at 1:00pm. 

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Richmond (Connersville, Richmond)

A Constitution Day Celebration will be held on Tuesday, September 17th, from 10:00am – 3:00pm in Johnson Hall Lobby. Participants can participation in Constitution games and a trivia contest. Refreshments and copies of the U.S. Constitution will be distributed to participants.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Southeast Indiana (Batesville, Lawrenceburg, Madison)

To bring a better understanding of our Constitution and Bill of Rights to all students, faculty, and staff the Southeast region will host the following activities September 9th-20th on the Madison and Lawrenceburg campuses.

  • Constitution Day Displays and Scavenger Hunt located outside Student Life Offices. Prizes will be given to participants.
  • On-line video feed entitled, “Constitution Day 2013: The Legislative Branch", that provides a behind-the-scenes look at how laws are made in the United States.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)

Students are invited to commemorate the ultimate statement of belief in the "This I Believe" contest. All you need to do is submit your expression of belief using the form in IvyLife! In addition you can:

  • Make a video
  • Paint a picture
  • Write an essay
  • Create a poem

Winning entries will be announced on Constitution Day.

 For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Southwest (Evansville, Princeton, Tell City)

The campus community is invited to listen to a presentation by featured speaker, Steve Offerman, on Tuesday, September 17th at 1:00pm, who will provide a vivid and dramatic presentation about the Constitution, our first President, and our Founding Fathers.

Register to Vote and pick-up a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution Monday, September 16th- Thursday, September 19th in Koch Student Center.

View two grand Constitution displays – in located in the Library and the other in a case outside of Koch Student Center. The Carter Library will construct a Walking Timeline at Entrance B of the Main Building, tracing the highlights of the Constitutional Convention and our Amendments.

Finally, be sure to read the Constitutional FACTOIDS that will be displayed on the plasma screes and on Campus Connect!

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.

Wabash Valley (Greencastle, Terre Haute)

There will be a Constitution Day celebration on Tuesday, September 17th at 12:00pm in Oakley Auditorium. History professor John Benton will lead a discussion about the Constitution. Following the discussion, there will be a screening of the award winning film, Lincoln.

For more information, please contact the Student Life Office.