2013 - 14 Common Book
Pellissippi State has a common reading experience for new students. Each year a new book is selected for this program. The intention is to stimulate a year-long discussion of issues related to the book, by encouraging exploration in classes, on and off campus, and with co-curricular programming. This common reading experience involves incoming first-year students, and many faculty and staff.
Common Book (n) - An innovative approach to orient new students to college. The Common Book gives students a reading experience to share with their peers at Pellissippi State.
Common Book Blog
A Walk in the Woods - Common Book
"Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness."
Description from http://www.randomhouse.com/features/billbryson/books.html
Convocation - September 23 - 11:50
Common Book Movies - Fall 2013
A Walk in the Woods - Movies Calendar
A Walk in the Woods, the Pellissippi Campus Common Book, is available on reserve in the library and at satellite campus ERCs for reading while on campus.
A Walk in the Woods - Events Calendar
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Monday, Sep 23, 2013: President's Convocation - Common Book Kick-off Event11:50 am - 12:45 pm, Clayton Performing Arts Center. Staff members of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be present to talk about the lore, legends, and history of the Appalachian Trail.
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013: You and Me: Coexisting with Bears 12:30-1:30 pm, Goins Auditorium. Joel Zachry will inform and entertain us with what to do if we find ourselves face to face with a bear. Video recording is available on the ETS blog.