Our not so common, common r ead program. Presented by Jodi M. Hicks. Common Read Goals. Enhance the academic climate for first year students Provide a common intellectual experience Foster a sense of shared experience among DU students, faculty, staff, and external communities.
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Presented by Jodi M. Hicks
Enhance the academic climate for first year students
Provide a common intellectual experience
Foster a sense of shared experience among DU students, faculty, staff, and external communities
Feb. 2012, Dr. Rinker suggested we reach out to the community and the Kent District Libraries (Caledonia and Kentwood branches) joined the initiative.
Terri serves as the coordinator for this portion of the program.
Book discussions held at each library (led by DU)
Essay contest also held at each library
(Original contract with Wes was for 220 people. It then was estimated to be 500 and then 750 people. Attendance at the event was actually closer to 1,000 people.)
DUcross-functional group selects “The Good Food Revolution” by Will Allen as the 2013 Common Read.
2013 we continue our partnership with Caledonia and Kentwood Libraries.
Due to budget restrictions author does not come in person.
Dr. Colleen Coughlin posted numerous resources to the FRSM100 Bb and coordinated a special event for all Lettinga students.
Other campuses coordinated their own community events.
Met with GRCC last October to discuss numerous books we would consider
Our joint committee selected “Just Don’t Fall” by Josh Sundquist
Signed contract with Josh for his visit to Grand Rapids October 14-16
Terri again leads the partnership with KDL
From Publishers Weekly
Sundquist proves to be equally enthralling and witty at the written word in this sometimes heartbreaking, mostly uplifting memoir. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of nine, Sundquist eventually is forced to deal with the harsh reality of losing his left leg to amputation. Yet even at his young age, he deals with the setback with courage and determination, eventually setting his sights on becoming a ski racer at the 2006 Paralympics in Italy.
While skiing becomes a large part of his life, his story is just as much about growing up in small-town Virginia and, for example, dealing with common high school heartbreak. His dreams of a world ski racer are eventually met, because in his words, "I don't have time to fail".
Some of his retelling of events at times seem over the top, but overall Sundquist is an honest and charming writer. And there are countless lighthearted anecdotes, like his desire to stop being home schooled and attend public school partly for the pizza without whole-wheat crust. The final chapter provides a fitting conclusion to Sundquist, proving that life is more about the journey than the destination.
Publisher: Penguin Books (December 28, 2010) ISBN-10: 0143118781
Our bookstore is selling the hardcover book for appox $10. (suggested price is $25.95)
Josh will be at DU on Tuesday October 14th.
He will meet with selected students in the morning for a Q/A
He will do an informal presentation and Q/A in the Sneden from 1:00 – 2:30
He will give a keynote presentation at GRCC Fieldhouse on Wed. Oct 15th from 7:00 – 8:30pm