Monday, June 16, 2014

Common Read Program at UNO Continues

Incoming freshmen at UNO are reading This I Believe II as part of a common read program.Incoming freshmen at UNO are reading This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies from Remarkable Men and Women as part of a new common read program designed to help students strengthen bonds while improving their writing and presentation skills.

Summer reading for incoming freshmen at the University of New Orleans brings a dose of inspiration and a chance to hone personal, career and academic aims while improving writing and presentation skills.

Join Us!

Please join us for UNO's This I Believe II program, as students, faculty and administrators read aloud from personal "This I Believe" statements.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in the University Center.

"This is the second year that we have decided to implement a Common Read program here at UNO," said student success counselor Mike Hoffshire. "It is quickly becoming a campus tradition. Last year, students participated in numerous book clubs and more than 200 students attended UNO's This I Believe oral presentation event at the Sandbar at The Cove. It really brought the campus community together and students would not stop talking about it."

Incoming freshmen are already engaging in a "Common Read" program designed by First Year Experience and the Department of English to help strengthen student bonds and advance student success, Hoffshire said. They are receiving the books at New Student Orientation, a two-day overnight program designed to help new students develop bonds and prepare for starting school in September.

The common read program started last September at UNO centered around themes and issues raised in This I Believe, a compilation of essays describing the core values that guide authors' daily lives. More than 100,000 people from all walks of life and all over the world have participated in the international project, based on a popular 1950s radio series hosted by renowned journalist and publisher Edward R. Murrow.

The book, which hit the New York Times Bestseller List in 2006, includes essays by average Joes, as well as celebrated figures from Bill Gates and General Colin Powell to Isabel Allende and Gloria Steinem. The original book was so popular that publishers launched a This I Believe series.

This year at UNO, incoming freshmen are reading This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies from Remarkable Men and Women, published in 2008. Both books are available for purchase in the campus bookstore.

"The reason we went with the second edition of This I Believe is the first one was so successful," said Hoffshire. "Students enjoyed the wide variety of authors and personal stories."

This I Believe II also features an essay by Robin Baudier, a New Orleans native and UNO MFA student in the University's renowned Creative Writing program. "The Strange Blessing that Brought me Home," first aired on NPR on Sept. 2, 2007.

Baudier wrote the essay in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is associate editor of the Creative Writing Workshop's Bayou Magazine, a nationally distributed literary magazine published by the UNO Press, and audio content editor on the magazine's website.

Last fall, she read her essay aloud at a special event at the Sandbar at The Cove, where students, faculty and administrators read aloud from personal "This I Believe" statements. A similar event will be held at the University Center in early October, said student success counselor Nicole Ralston.


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This I Believe"This I Believe: Morality, Heaven and Hell, and Reincarnation" by Kenneth Sewell, KERA News
"The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home" by Robin Baudier, NPR