First-Year Experience Program

Selection Process

A committee of faculty, staff, and students from across campus participates in the Common Reading book selection process. The committee considers the goals of the program, along with other selection criteria, including literary quality, compatibility with the Integrative Learning Objectives and the potential to stimulate engaging, interactive discussions.  

In keeping with the campus-wide focus of the program, the selection committee intentionally seeks out books with themes that will allow students and faculty to have academic discussion from a variety of disciplinary lenses, with particular interest in finding books that speak to social justice themes and/or ideas of difference.

2015 Common Reading Book Selection Committee Members

Amber Baillon, Student Involvement & Leadership, Common Reading co-chair

Callista Brown, English, FYEP Director

Michelle Ceynar, Psychology

Tom Edgar, Mathematics

Angie Hambrick, Diversity Center

Jan Lewis, Office of the Provost

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Religion

Emily McCann, Office of Admissions

Andrea Shea, Academic Advising 

Jessica Sklar, Mathematics

Amy Stewart-Mailhiot, Library, Common Reading co-chair

Tyler Travillian, Languages & Literatures

Laree Winer, Student Life Office

2014 Common Reading Book Selection Committee Members

We are grateful for the time and service the following individuals provided in the selection of our 2014 Common Reading book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

Amber Baillon, Student Involvement & Leadership, Common Reading co-chair

Callista Brown, English, FYEP Director

Michelle Ceynar, Psychology

Tom Edgar, Mathematics

Haley Ehlers, Student

Angie Hambrick, Diversity Center

Jan Lewis, Office of the Provost

Adela Ramos, English

Kaitlyn Sill, Political Science

Dan Stell, Student

Amy Stewart-Mailhiot, Library, Common Reading co-chair

Laree Winer, Student Life Office