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University observes Constitution Day

The University will observe Constitution Day on Monday, September 18, with an address from Tom Griscom, Publisher and Executive Editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press at 4 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center.  Griscom will present “Red State, Blue State, or Somewhere In-Between.”  This event is free and open to the public.  Co-sponsors are the Department of Communication and the Chattanooga Association of Phi Beta Kappa.

After beginning his career as a reporter for the News–Free Press in 1971, Griscom became press secretary to U.S. Senator Howard Baker and then executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He spent one year during the Reagan administration as assistant to the president for communication and planning at the White House.

He returned to Chattanooga for two years to hold the West Chair of Communications and Public Affairs at UTC. In 1990 he began eight years of service with R.J. Reynolds, where he was named executive vice-president of worldwide external relations. Griscom then became the executive vice-president of Powell Tate Public Relations before returning to Chattanooga.  He accepted the position of Executive Editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999.

Constitution Day honors the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Through the actions of Senator Robert C. Byrd, legislation passed recently requiring all schools that accept federal funding to “hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.” September 17 is the actual date of Constitution Day, however if the date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the event could take place the preceding or following week.

For more information, please call (423)425-4281.

September 8, 2006

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