News Release

Former U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft to serve as keynote speaker for Evangel University Christian Citizenship Week

September 12, 2013 | Valorie Coleman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel University Department of Social Sciences will celebrate Constitution Day by hosting Christian Citizenship Week, Sept. 16-20. The events are designed to make university students more aware of their civic responsibilities.

Former U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft will be the keynote speaker during a Constitution Day chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. During the service, the Evangel University Orchestra and Choir will perform two special songs, “Let the Eagle Soar,” written by Ashcroft, and “The Statue of Liberty.”

The theme for this year’s events is “Active Citizenship.”

“This annual event celebrates the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, as well as our role as citizens under the law,” said Dr. Bryan Sanders, social sciences department chair and coordinator of the annual event.

“Voter registration also will be an emphasis, with an opportunity for students to register to vote provided during dinner time, Monday through Wednesday,” Sanders said.

Lectures and activities will be held throughout the week and will culminate on Friday, Sept. 20, with a chapel service featuring Dr. Byron Klaus, president of Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and vice president of Evangel University.

About Ashcroft

Former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Senator and Governor John D. Ashcroft serves as founder and chairman of The Ashcroft Group and The Ashcroft Law Firm. His ties to Evangel University run deep and can be traced to when his father, J. Robert Ashcroft, served as president of both Evangel (1958-74) and Central Bible College (1958-63).

Ashcroft has been a regular presenter at the university for more than 35 years, speaking at graduations, homecomings and lectures.

Ashcroft was raised in Springfield, Mo., received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. His successful political career began with the role of Missouri auditor in 1973, followed by two terms as Missouri attorney general. He served as governor of Missouri from 1985-93, and in 1994, he was elected as senator from Missouri.

Schedule of Events:

 Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.

Zimmerman Hall, Room 101

Dr. Jon Spence: “What If We Marched for Our Responsibilities Instead of Our Rights?”

Monday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.

Trask Hall, Room 101

Dr. Bill Griffin: “What’s a Christian To Do When Marginalized by Society?”

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Trask Hall, Room 107

Dr. Cameron Pace: “Classic” Political Debate Watch and Discussion: Reagan vs. Carter

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.

Zimmerman Hall, Room 105

Lloyd Walker: WWII Veteran speaking on his experiences

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m.

Crusader Hall, Room 115 A & B

Presentation: “Opportunities for Service in the Intelligence Community”

Thursday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.

Evangel University Chapel

Javier Rodriguez, student body president

Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Evangel University Chapel

Dr. Byron Klaus, president of AGTS and vice president of Evangel University

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

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