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University Sets Constitution Week Events

University Sets Constitution Week Events(Posted: August 17, 2011)

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will celebrate Constitution Week with several activities Sept. 12-16, including a talk Sept. 12 by noted speaker Eddie Armstrong and a Sept. 16 panel discussion on social networking and freedoms of speech and association.

Armstrong will speak on "Remembering 9/11," addressing the importance of preserving history within communities. The 10 a.m. event will be held in Breedlove Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 12, and is open to the public.

"We can best remember 9/11 by encouraging everyday acts of service" said Armstrong. "2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a moment that through tragedy brought together cultures, bridged differences and united citizens of goodwill around the world in a spirit of unity and commitment."

Armstrong is co-founder and chief executive officer of Armstrong and Davis Consulting in North Little Rock and founder of the Eddie Armstrong Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization which focuses on providing scholarships to minority students from single-parent households.

The Friday, Sept. 16, panel discussion, slated for 10 a.m. in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, will be a facilitated open forum. Panelists include representatives from legal firms and law enforcement, as well as representatives from the human resources and marketing fields.

Dr. Amy Jordan of Fort Smith, chair of the American Democracy Project on campus, said she believes this year's ADP events will be thought provoking and especially pertinent to students and members of the community. She said she is extremely pleased to have Armstrong speak on campus.

"He is a servant to the public," she said. "He has held a national position with the Boys and Girls Club, was a lobbyist for Tyson Foods for a 16-state area and has had 10 plus years of public speaking, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in business, sports and entertainment. He has a great message and is contagiously motivating. We expect this talk to have impact."

Jordan said the issues to be raised during the panel discussion are "incredibly timely in global and political events."

More information about Armstrong can be found at

"And the panel discussion could provided needed information for job seekers and job keepers," she said. "I think this will really speak to our students."

The panel discussion is also open to the general public.

Additional Constitution Week events include Exhibition Matches, or quiz bowls, pitting students against university personnel. The matches are slated for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on two separate days, Sept. 13 and 14. Dr. Lee Krehbiel of Fort Smith, vice chancellor for student affairs, is the organizer for the matches. Questions will be Constitution-based challenges.

The week's events also include voter registration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.

"We will also have opinion tables," Jordan said. "These are paper-covered tables in all buildings, where we pose questions which are designed to prompt opinions from students and others. This always provides a vast array of responses."

This is the fifth year for the University to participate in the American Democracy Project, a national initiative designed to foster responsible citizenship at all levels.

For more information, contact Jordan by telephone at 479-788-7295 or by email at

Article by: Sondra LaMar, Director of Public Relations

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