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NMJC to Host U.S. Constitution Day Sept. 16

9/3/2013 10:58:25 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. HOBBS – Educational institutions that receive federal aid must, by law, showcase the U.S. Constitution some time during September each year. For the ninth year in a row, New Mexico Junior College will do just that, as it hosts U.S. Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 16, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ben Alexander Student Union.

Patty Emmerich, professor of history and government, is organizing the event. She will also enact the role of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, reciting a number of White House memories as they related to the U.S. Constitution for her husband, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, and their family and the country.

Narrator will be Richard Miller, while Dennis Atherton, vice president for Instruction, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, welcome attendees and introduce the participants. Yau-Sun Wong, professor of music, and NMJC students will perform patriotic-themed music.

Further, NMJC American Government students will receive prizes for the best U.S. Constitution letters from each class. They will address their letters to the “First Lady” regarding the changes within the nation and whether those changes require the U.S. Constitution to change as well.

“The U.S. Constitution is the framework for our country’s government,” Emmerich said. “Having the chance to showcase our NMJC students’ work that reinforces this aspect of history is so important.”

Attendance sheets for the event and rosters for college campus Democrats and Republicans will be available in the foyer of the Student Union. A reception will follow the event.

For more information, contact Emmerich at 575-492-2814, or

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college located in Hobbs.

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