News Release

Christian Citizenship Week at Evangel to celebrate 225th anniversary of U.S. Constitution

September 11, 2012 | Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel University Department of Social Sciences is hosting Christian Citizenship Week, Sept. 17-21, which is designed to make university students more aware of their civic responsibilities.

“This year, the event helps celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution,” said Dr. Bryan Sanders, social sciences department chair and coordinator of the annual event. “Voter registration also will be an emphasis, and an opportunity for students to register to vote will be provided during dinner time, Monday through Wednesday.”

The festivities will include a Constitution Day chapel service on Tuesday, Sept. 18, featuring Senator Bob Dixon.  He represents Greene County and was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2010.

Lectures and activities will be held throughout the week and will culminate on Friday, Sept. 21, with a chapel service featuring President Robert H. Spence.

“President Spence is the ultimate example of one who embraces civic responsibility,” Sanders said. “Throughout his 38-year tenure at Evangel, Spence has served the Springfield community well. He has received numerous honors including being named the 2004 Springfieldian of the Year by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and most recently, receiving the 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Business Award from the Springfield Business Journal.”

The following events are open to the public:

Monday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m., Zimmerman Hall, Room 101

Dr. Larry Toll, associate professor of history, will speak about “Faith in the Founding Era.” Toll has a passion for history, and in addition to teaching and advising students at Evangel, he reenacts history as a volunteer at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Springfield, Mo.

Monday, 7 p.m., Zimmerman Hall, Room 215

The communications department will be hosting a classic debate, featuring a watch and discuss session on the Kennedy/Nixon debate. Students are encouraged to attend and share in their knowledge of this historical event.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m., Chapel Auditorium

Senator Bob Dixon will be the featured speaker in the Chapel Auditorium.  Prior to the Senate, Dixon served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives (2003-2010).  He held a number of leadership positions, including Majority Caucus Chairman (2004-2008) and chairman of the Transportation Committee (2009-2010).

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Zimmerman Hall, Room 214

Dr. William Griffin, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, will be speaking about “Milhamah: The Bible and Military Science.” Griffin views himself as a “biblical technician,” and he enjoys helping students better understand how the Bible really works.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m., Zimmerman Hall, Room 105

Dean Jeff Brauch from Regent University School of Law will be discussing “Human Trafficking and the High Calling of a Christian Lawyer.”  Brauch has published two books, A Higher Law (2008) and an earlier edition, Is Higher Law Common Law? (1999).  He has also published 22 articles on topics related to international human rights, integration of faith and law, and ERISA litigation.

Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Crusader Dining Hall

Students are invited to attend lunch with Brauch in the Crusader Dining Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m.   

Thursday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m., Chapel Auditorium

Pastor John Plake, campus pastor and director of spiritual life, will be speaking about “Kingdom vs. Empire: The Revelation of Jesus Christ in a Politicized World.”  It is Plake’s hope that every Evangel student and alumnus will live as a “world Christian,” leveraging their gifts and abilities for God’s Kingdom.

Friday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m., Chapel Auditorium

President Robert H. Spence will speak on “Living in a Secular Society,” concluding Evangel University’s Christian Citizenship Week in the Chapel Auditorium. Under Spence’s 38-year leadership, Evangel has doubled school enrollment, added nine master’s degree programs and constructed more than a dozen campus buildings.

For additional information, contact Dr. Bryan Sanders at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8213.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With enrollment of 2,100 students, coming from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.

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