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UToday HomeJanuary 16, 2013

Alycia Lauzon, coordinator of service learning from the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, facilitates a Common Reading Program group discussion for incoming students during Orientation Week 2012. Photo credit: Jae ImAlycia Lauzon, coordinator of service learning from the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, facilitates a Common Reading Program group discussion for incoming students during Orientation Week 2012. Photo credit: Jae ImThe Common Reading Program is looking for text recommendations for September 2013 after two successful years of running the popular, first-year student program.

Much of the program’s success is linked to participation from the campus community, especially during Fall Orientation Week when the program relies on volunteers to give their time to engage first-year students in discussions on leadership.

Last year, more than 300 students, faculty and staff led over 60 discussion groups — helping to enrich the experience of more than 4,000 first-year students.

Organizers are now asking students, faculty and staff to submit text recommendations for next year’s selection to keep the momentum going.

They are looking for books with an inspiring story. Themes in the book should promote leadership, community service and civic engagement. The selection for the 2013 Common Reading Program should inspire discussion and have the potential to change the way readers look at an issue, or cause readers to think about things they might not have considered previously. The program is meant to engage students, enable them to achieve success and work to create positive change in the world.

Additional selection criteria and the submission form can be found on the Orientation website.

By suggesting a common reading text for 2013, you will have the opportunity to win a signed copy of the book and meet the author.