Dr. Shanadi Speaks at Constitution Day Event

September 19, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio –Dr. Govind Shanadi, associate professor of communication at the University of Mount Union, spoke at the “Celebrate Constitution Day 2013” event held at the Alliance Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The Alliance Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Alliance Municipal Court and the University of Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement to celebrate an important day in America’s history. Shanadi talked about his personal experience with the Constitution, as he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Shanadi came to the United States from India with his family at the age of one. As he grew up, he knew he would eventually be able to make the decision to become a naturalized United States citizen.

“I was always civic-minded and I wanted the right to vote,” said Shanadi. “As I got closer to the age of 18, I knew I wanted to take that next step.”

As a professor of communication, Shanadi teaches a course in which he covers political topics. He requires his students to read several political documents of the United States. Shanadi said many of the documents are short in length, making them that much more powerful.

Shanadi said that he has heard others say that America “does immigration better than anyone else in the world.” With the oldest living constitution, the United States welcomes people of other countries to call themselves Americans.

“I took the oath and I won’t forget it,” he said.

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