Glenville State’s Department of Social Science celebrates Constitution Day

Glenville State University Department of Social Science faculty members (l-r) Dr. Josh Squires,...
Glenville State University Department of Social Science faculty members (l-r) Dr. Josh Squires, Dr. Bob Hutton, Luke Bendick, and Dr. Tim Konhaus answer questions as part of a recently held panel discussion.(Photo submitted to Glenville State University)
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 3:17 PM EDT
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GLENVILLE, W.Va (WDTV) - The Department of Social Science at Glenville State University held their annual commemoration of the formation and signing of the United States Constitution in recognition of Constitution Day.

This year, discussions and presentations focused on the Supreme Court and Article III of the Constitution.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Luke Bendick, Lecturer of Social Studies Education, visited Grafton High School to discuss Article III and the power to interpret the law of the United States granted to the Supreme Court.

Throughout the day, Bendick spoke to eight different groups, totaling approximately 500 students.

“I left Grafton High School thoroughly impressed with the student body’s attentiveness and the interest they displayed during my presentation concerning the history of the Supreme Court,” Bendick said.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, faculty in the Department of Social Science invited the campus community to gather and discuss recent Supreme Court decisions.

Nearly sixty individuals gathered in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom to pose questions to a panel of Social Science faculty.

The panel consisted of Bendick, Dr. Josh Squires, Dr. Tim Konhaus, and Dr. Bob Hutton, with Dr. Kaitlin Ensor moderating the discussion. Combined, the panelists were able to cover a mixture of historical and procedural topics posed by attendees. Those questions ranged from marijuana laws to affirmative action to the separation of church and state.

“The experience was well-received by students. They seemed interested in the material being discussed by the panel members,” Squires said.

“I was impressed with the intellectual nature of the conversations during the event. I believe that the panel discussion is what our Founding Fathers would have wanted: to discuss the document that established the laws of our country,” said Hunter Hickman, a senior criminal justice major and President of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

“Thanks to the Constitution Day event, I feel that I have a better understanding of the process and reasoning used in the Supreme Court of the United States when ruling on present day cases. I would like to commend the panel who answered questions pertaining to legitimate concerns of civil liberties, as they remained bias-free, neutral, and gave answers on a factual basis,” said senior criminal justice student Katelyn Richardson. “The panel was pressed with complex questions, and they were able to reach conclusions based on amendments, influential documents, and precedent rulings.”