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Celebrate Constitution Day–September 17th


In December 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia proposed an amendment to an omnibus spending bill with the intention of increasing students’ knowledge about the United States Constitution. As the United States Congress’ unofficial constitutional scholar, Senator Byrd believed that American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lacked adequate knowledge of the Constitution.

The 2004 amendment, passed by both the House and Senate, established the annual federal observance of Constitution Day. In addition, the law requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17th of each year. September 17th was selected as the date for Constitution Day to commemorate September 17th, 1787, when the colonial delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American Public.

Don’t Miss These Constitution Day Programs on September 17th!

Constitution Hall Pass: The Presidency – On September 17th, and each day between September 10th – 23rd, tune in to a NEW Constitution Day episode of the National Constitution Center’s free webcast and live chat. Participate anywhere on the Saint Rose campus via the internet!

On Campus Events

The College of Saint Rose will hold its annual Constitution Day Event on Monday, September 17, 2018 which will feature a conversation on “Cyber security, Privacy and the Constitution”. Conversationalists include; Dr. Kimberly Cornell, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Antony Haynes, Associate Dean and Director of the Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Program at Albany Law School. The event will be held at 1pm in the Lally School of Education’s Carondelet Symposium. This event is open to the entire campus community and all are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Antony Haynes J.D. is Albany Law School’s Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Information Systems, Executive Director of the Shaffer Law Library, Director of the Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Program and Center, Director of Online Graduate Programs, Chairman of the Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining Albany Law School, Dean Haynes was a corporate law attorney, whose clients included AOL, TomTom, D-Link, Bain Capital, Deutsche Bank, Fannie Mae, GE, Intel, Pfizer, Mars and Samsung, where he worked on legal matters involving financial securities, product liability, and intellectual property. Prior to practicing law, Antony was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he taught courses in programming, developed the Academy’s Information Assurance curriculum, and created the intercollegiate Cyber Defense Exercise. He has extensive experience with a host of software and hardware technologies, including Cisco routers, Motorola microprocessors, TCP/IP networking protocols, SQL databases, and web-based programming. Dean Haynes earned a B.S., from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a M.S., Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and his J.D., from Georgetown University Law Center
  • Dr. Kimberly Cornell is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at The
    College of Saint Rose. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science with a minor in mathematics at the University at Albany. Her degree focused on cryptographic protocol analysis. Her main research interests are formal verification of software and cryptographic protocols, cybersecurity, cryptography, automated reasoning, and computational logic. Prior to joining The College of Saint Rose, Cornell was a research intern at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Cryptographic Protocol Analysis. She also did work that provided a new categorization of the systems that can be inputted into the Naval Research lab’s protocol analysis tool Maude-NPA. She assisted in the development the Cybersecurity major and the Computer Science Masters program at The College of Saint Rose and is currently teaching courses in both of these programs including computer forensics and a course she created on cybersecurity and cryptography. Cornell has served on the organizing committee of the New York Celebration of Women in Computing (2015- present) and the board of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges — Northeastern Region (2016-2017). She is also extremely passionate about raising the profile of women in computing. In her mission to do so, she has and continues to attend, often with Saint Rose students, numerous events devoted to this purpose including the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Women in Cybersecurity and the New York Celebration of Women in Computing.

Constitution Resources

The Constitution – View and download hi-resolution images of the Constitution as part of the 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives series.
Studying the Constitution – A list of exhibits and resources from the National Constitution Center. A good starting point for students of all ages.
The Bill of Rights Institute – A not for profit charity focused on providing educational resources on America’s Founding documents and principles for teachers and students of American History and Civics.
The Constitution: The Delicate Balance – A video instructional series on the American Constitution for college and high school classrooms and adult learners.
Biographical Sketches – The lives of the 39 Signers of the Constitution.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – Provides a variety of history-based lessons and programs, and their website features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
Interactive Constitution – A clause-by-clause guide to constitutional principles and facts.