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Constitution Day 2016

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We the people of Union Institute & University are celebrating Constitution Day 2016! September 17, 2016 will mark the 229th anniversary of our nation’s founding document. It was signed September 17, 1787 at the Philadelphia Convention by 39 delegates.

Here are some interesting facts about the US Constitution:

  • The Constitution has 4,543 words, including the signatures. It takes about 30 minutes to read.
  • The Constitution was drafted in fewer than 100 working days.
  • Each of the four parchment sheets of the Constitution measures 28 3/4 inches by 23 5/8 inches.
  • George Washington was chosen unanimously to preside over the Constitutional Convention.
  • Madison kept a journal during the Constitutional Convention. Congress appropriated $30,000 to buy it (and other papers) in 1837.
  • Those who favored ratifying the Constitution were called Federalists; those who opposed were Antifederalists.
  • Two of the 12 amendments submitted as the Bill of Rights were rejected.
  • There is no mention of education in the Constitution; education is reserved for the states.
  • These cities have been U.S. capitals: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, York, Princeton, Annapolis, Trenton, New York, and finally Washington, DC.
  • The book that had the greatest influence on the Constitutional Convention was Montesquieu’s Spirit of Laws, which first appeared in 1748.
  • Montesquieu borrowed much of his doctrine from Englishman John Locke, with whose writings the delegates were also familiar.
  • The Chief Justice is mentioned in the Constitution, but the number of Justices is not specified.
  • For 61 years, from 1804 to 1865 (between the 12th and the 13th Amendments), no amendments were added to the Constitution.
  • Only one amendment to the Constitution has been repealed: the 18th (Prohibition).
  • How do you repeal an amendment? Add another amendment. The 18th Amendment remains in the Constitution, but with a notation that it has been repealed by the 21st.
  • Only 39 delegates signed the Constitution. Fourteen had already gone home. Three refused.
  • The Constitution does not give us our rights and liberties, but it does guarantee them.

Learn more about the US Constitution, read a transcript, and view images of the original document.

Union Announces New Board of Trustees Member

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Sharon Dunbar is the newest member of the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees.

Sharon Dunbar

Vice President | Human Resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Sharon Dunbar is the newest member of the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees. She serves as the Vice President, Human Resources for General Dynamics Mission Systems where she oversees human resource operations, internal communications, community relations and investments for the 13,000-employee company. Dunbar retired from the United States Air Force in 2014 as a Major General.  

“It is a distinct honor to welcome Sharon to the Board of Trustees. I first got to know Sharon when she was a Kellogg Fellow. Sharon’s devotion to her country, selfless service to her career and community, and her legacy of ethical leadership parallel Union Institute & University’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower our students in a lifetime of learning, service and social responsibility,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, President of Union Institute & University.

Dunbar is looking forward to contributing to Union’s growth. “My goal is to contribute to Union’s advancement and its immense contribution to the academic community and communities as a whole,” said Dunbar. “I believe Union offers incredible value to higher education. Its flexibility to educate adults while they balance the demands of life is an opportunity to advance in every aspect,” said Dunbar. “I have seen the difference this flexibility makes to the men and women transitioning from a military career to civilian life.” When approached by Dr. Sublett to join the Board of Trustees, her first reaction was one of humility. 

“I was surprised and honored to be asked to join the Board of Trustees. Dr. Sublett has been a mentor since my days as a Kellogg Fellow. He is dedicated to giving back and I couldn’t decline the chance to make a difference in higher education alongside him,” said Dunbar.

During her 32-year Air Force career, she served in a variety of acquisition, legislative affairs, and human capital positions. She commanded organizations at every possible level, including a mission support squadron, Air Force Basic Military Training, an air base wing, and the Air Force District of Washington where she was responsible the Air Force’s Washington operations. 

Learn more about Sharon
Dunbar’s Illustrious Career