Hello Fellow Titan Alums!
There is a relatively new academic tradition
at Wesleyan that has been very powerful for the students and you can get involved while lending
a hand as your assistance is needed! The new
academic tradition is known as the Summer Reading Program. For incoming IWU first-year students, this is their first IWU academic experience, so the program takes on a great
deal of significance and ownership by the students.
This year’s book is titled The Madonnas of Echo Park
by Brando Skyhorse. This year’s Summer Reading
Program will be much like prior years in that the IWU community will
have a honest and eye-opening discussion August 20, 2014
from 6-8pm about questions raised in the book. Then student initiative usually
takes over in the form of campus/community/global efforts to invoke
positive change based upon
learnings from the experience.
Don’t you miss having these challenging discussions and having an
opportunity to influence change?! So here is how you can get involved:
- Find a copy of The Madonnas of Echo Park and read it.
your friends, family, and Titan network to do the same. Better yet,
give them your copy of the book and encourage them to read it and then
they too give it to someone else!
- To volunteer
to participate in the CAMPUS group book discussion group on August 20th from 6-8pm, complete this RSVP form by Friday, August 1, 2014 .
- It is GREAT meeting brand new Titans!
is EASY to
do this as each discussion group will comprise of a Gateway class, 1-2
student leaders, and 1-2 faculty and staff members; it's small
enough to be intimate but large enough to have lively discussion.
- If you would like
to participate in an ALUMNI only book discussion group in Chicago on Monday, August 18, please contact me at the email below.
- Save the date on Wednesday, September 3 at 11am for President’s Convocation at Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall. The author Brando Skyhorse is coming to discuss the book!
It’s a great day to be a Titan!
Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas '76 - Chicago Alumni President