One Book One College Program

We are pleased to announce that the 2017-18 "One Book, One College" common reading selection is Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began by Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks.


The One Book program engages students in a shared reading experience paired with book discussions, film viewings, lectures, and other events throughout the academic year. Students enrolled in the First Year Experience (FYE) course receive a copy of the book from their FYE instructors. Students not taking FYE are also welcome to sign up for a copy, based on availability, and multiple copies are also on reserve in the Max R. Traurig Library

One Book Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1. Relate issues raised by the book to their lives as new or returning students.
2. Identify community with peers and facilitators through shared reading and discussion experiences.
3. Actively engage in events, express viewpoints, and contribute to the collective conversation.
4. Explore the distinct and/or common qualities in one’s own perspective and those of others.
5. Examine themes through multiple disciplines and mediums. 
The One Book program is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Max R. Traurig Library. Book selections and programming are organized by a committee of faculty, staff, and student members. 

The 2017-18 committee members are:

  • Dr. Ronald Picard, PhD., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness (co-chair)
  • Jaime Hammond, MLS, Director of Library Services (co-chair)
  • Karen Blake, Director of Student Activities
  • Dr. Lisa Dresdner, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • TBD, student
  • Amanda Lebel, faculty, Art
  • Louis Lombard, faculty, English
  • Julia Petitfrere, faculty, English
  • Elma Solomon, faculty, Accounting
  • Kathy Taylor, faculty, Legal Assistant/Paralegal 

The One Book One College committee is comprised of NVCC faculty, staff, and students. Choices are made based on the following criteria: books that will “stir discussion” and be enjoyable to read but also stress literary value, diverse perspectives, relationship to contemporary events, and appropriate rigor for the entire community. Nominations are always welcome- simply email any of the committee members with your ideas!

More information about the book, including events, can be found at

Previous One Book One College Selections

2016-2017 2016-17 The Other Wes Moore

2015-16 The House on Mango Street

2014-15 When the Emperor Was Divine

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