One Book One College Program

 

 


 

About One Book

About the One Book, One College Program

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




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About This Year's Selection

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.

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More information about the book, including events, can be found at nvcc.libguides.com/savingalex

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2018-19 One Book One College Choice Announced

The FYE/One Book One College Committee is thrilled to announce the One Book title for the 2018-19 academic year. The choice is Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis. Copies of the book are available for check out in the library in both Waterbury and Danbury, and the movie is also available in Waterbury.

“In 2004, four Latino high school students won an underwater robotics competition sponsored by NASA and the Office of Naval Research. With little funding or experience, they beat out a field of college teams, including one from MIT. It was a classic underdog story with a made-for-Hollywood ending. In fact, a major motion picture recounting their victory will be released later this week. Yet, the reality was much more complicated. The teenagers from Phoenix lived in the United States illegally. Though clearly talented, they faced a future with limited options. A new book called “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream” tells their story.”- DianeRehm.org

The FYE/One Book Committee is comprised of NVCC faculty and staff. This year, the members are Lou Lombard, Elma Solomon, Kathy Taylor, Julia Petitfrere, Antony Wormack, Sam Johnson, Anne Mattrella, and Jaime Hammond. 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!

Stay tuned for event announcements!

What You'll Gain
What Will I Gain from Participating?

What Will I Gain from Participating?

  1. Relate issues raised by the book to your 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.
Who we are

Who We Are

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.


NVCC's 2017-18 committee members are:

  • 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!

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Previous One Book One College Selections

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