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For the 2012-2013 academic year, William Peace University has chosen "Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World" as this year's selected reading for incoming First-Year students and the campus community.
Chosen for its ethical dimension by the student body, "Wine to Water" chronicles Doc Hendley's journey to fund-raise for clean-water projects and to bring awareness to the world's freshwater crisis. In fact, Hendley personally traveled to some of the world's most dangerous hot spots - such as Darfur and the Sudan - where he witnessed a government-sponsored genocide with the number-one weapon was water - not bullets.
With limited funds, Hendley realized that he alone couldn't build new wells costing $10,000 each, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for just $50 each. Today, Doc Hendley and his organization, Wine to Water, continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.
In addition to its alignment with William Peace University's Quality Enhancement Plan, Ethical Decision Making, "Wine to Water" was also chosen because the campus is currently partnering with North Carolina State University on a cistern-clean water project, located at Bingham Hall. The book and the project will be referenced and used in various ways in each of the First Year Seminar courses on campus, as well as throughout the campus community. "Wine to Water" will also serve as a community discussion point throughout the academic year, and Doc Hendley will be invited to campus to speak about his mission during William Peace University's Guest Speaker Series in September.
How Can I Start A Book Club?
To help you get your book club going with other alumni and friends in your area, we have provided a Book Club Tool Kit of information that will help you to plan and implement a successful event. Whether you prefer to email, mail, phone members of the Peace community about your book club, what matters is that you are helping WPU to better engage and better connect our graduates to our alma mater.
Something to consider before you get started: Would you like to hold a pre-planning meeting with a select group or would you prefer to just set the date and send invitations to your area alums?
The approach is up to you. Within the Tool Kit, you will find everything you need to get started.
In addition, we hope that your book club event will entice alumni to participate in campus events throughout the upcoming academic year. In conclusion, we ask that you collect an email address from each alumnus that you connect with. Please forward these email addresses to the Office of Engagement and keep them informed of your plans.
Need more information?
To request help in contacting regional alumni, contact:
The Office of Engagement
15 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604