PULLMAN, Wash. – Nominations will be accepted beginning Oct. 1 for the 2012-13 common reading book for Washington State University freshmen. An online form will be available at http://CommonReading.wsu.edu through Dec. 1.
 
Faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the university are invited to suggest any book that would stimulate conversation, inquiries and critical thinking among new students in classes across disciplines, said Susan Poch, co-director of the program and head of the selection committee.
 
The book “creates a common academic ground for all who participate in it,” she said.
  
The common reading book is used by thousands of students in first-year classes. It is the source of topics featured in presentations by faculty and other experts at the popular, complementary guest lecture series throughout the academic year, Common Reading Tuesdays.
 
“In addition to its use in classes, professors, residence hall staff, librarians and others present ideas and organize events to bring topics in the common reading to life,” Poch said. “For example, professors who are leading researchers in their fields use the book to draw connections for students to their work.”
 
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Source:
Susan Poch, WSU Common Reading Program, 509-335-7767, poch@wsu.edu
Media contact:
Beverly Makhani, University College/Common Reading Program, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu