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For the 2013-2014 academic year, William Peace University has chosen "Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American Dream" as this year's selected reading for incoming First-Year students and the campus community.
Chosen for its ethical dimension by the student leaders and faculty, "Scratch Beginnings" is about author Adam Shepard's project, which began with $25 and the clothes on his back in a randomly chosen city with no education and no contacts.
It's about his goal to find a job, save $2500, buy a car, and furnish an apartment…in just one year; his first night alone in an unknown land; his 70 days in Charleston’s homeless shelter; his first week working for a temporary labor agency; how he finally got a job in the highly demanding, cutthroat moving industry; how he was able to accomplish his initial goals; how things didn’t go as planned; about the 18-and-a-half-hour move; about breaking his toe; about getting sick; about the people he met along the way, people from whom he was able to draw hope...and more
Attending Merrimack College in North Andover, MA on a basketball scholarship, Adam Shepard graduated in 2006 with a degree in Business Management and Spanish.
Serving as a Resident Advisor during his upperclassmen years, he began to take particular interest in the social issues of our nation.
Shortly after graduation – with almost literally $25 to his name – Shepard departed his home state for Charleston, SC, embarking on the journey that has now become Scratch Beginnings.
Scratch Beginnings is Shepard's first work. He continues to write and speak and presently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
For more information on the book and author, visit his website at www.scratchbeginnings.com.
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