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Release Date: September 6, 2006

ASU to Read Nation's Founding Document in Honor of Constitution Day

Angelo State University students, faculty and staff are inviting members of the San Angelo community to join with them in a celebration of the nation's Constitution by reading from the document Friday, Sept. 15, in the Houston Harte University Center.

The reading, in recognition of Constitution Day Sept. 17, will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 in the University Center's central lobby adjacent to the Information Desk. A thousand Bill of Rights bookmarks will be given away to reading participants and observers. Additionally, a voter registration table will be set up for the convenience of any individuals who may not have registered to vote this year.

Community members who are interested in participating should call ASU's College of Liberal and Fine Arts at 942-2162 to schedule a time when they would like to read. Participants will read for five minutes before being relieved by another reader.

Dr. Kevin Lambert, dean of liberal and fine arts, said the reading is designed to highlight our nation's founding document and the influence it has had not only in the United States but also around the world.

"We are inviting the public," said Lambert, "to help us celebrate and affirm our rights and our freedoms."

Last year more than 100 members of the ASU community joined in reading through the Constitution six times. Lambert said the goal this year is to secure enough readers to complete eight times through the document.

The reading is sponsored by the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the Department of Government, which maintains a website on the Constitution. That website is available at U.S.Constitution. The site includes an annotated version of the U.S. Constitution, links to related historical documents such as the Mayflower Compact, a biographical guide to the Founding Fathers, links to websites such as the National Constitution Center and a daily quiz question.

Similar celebrations are scheduled throughout next week at colleges and universities across the country to help bring attention to the document that shaped the rights, freedoms and privileges all of us enjoy as citizens of the United States.

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