Summer Reading Program
Summer 2002 marked the initial year for the Summer Reading Program. This common reading experience was designed to provide a strong intellectual and social experience for incoming students, strengthen students' connection to campus and contribute to their academic success. Every new first year student is required to read the selected text. New transfer students are given the option to participate. Free books are distributed to freshmen at orientation and to all faculty members wanting to participate. The book is selected by a committee comprised of faculty, students, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. A student coordinator maintains a website, which features a study guide (developed by faculty), links to related websites, a student written journal about the book, and a mediated email discussion forum. Presentations during orientation by the student coordinator explain the project and the expectations for participation. Faculty use the book on a voluntary basis in selected classes. During the fall, events related to the book are held, including visits by the author, field trips, and/or performances. The 2002 Summer Reading selection was Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto; 2003 Enders Game by Orson Scott Card; 2004 Barefoot Heart by Elva Trevino Hart; 2005 The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston; 2006 When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka; 2007A Land Without Time by John Sumser; 2008 Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer; and 2009 Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell.
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Mr. Lee Renner, Senior Director of Retention Services, (209) 667-3304
Ms. Tammy Giannini, Coordinator of Parent Programs/Academic Advisor (209) 667-6632