July 20, 2011 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
University Selects Readership WT Book
CANYON, Texas— “Check your tag” will be the catch phrase for incoming freshmen at West Texas A&M University as they read about Kelsey’s Timmerman’s experiences in the 2011-2012 Readership WT book selection Where Am I Wearing.
The book is Timmerman’s account of his quest to discover the places where his favorite clothes—underwear, jeans and flip flops—were made. The quest took him on an eight month journey to garment factories around the world, where he discovered the human element and cost of globalization. His experiences will tempt readers to check their tags to see where their own favorite clothes are made.
“We always try to select books with global issues for the Readership WT program and to have students consider what kind of impact they can have on our local and global communities,” Kendra Campbell, director of First Year Experience, said. “With this year’s book, Kelsey Timmerman gives us insight into the lives of people from several locations around the world and has us consider how we are connected to their circumstances.”
Copies of Where Am I Wearing are being distributed to incoming freshmen at the various New Student Orientations scheduled at WTAMU throughout the summer and at Buff Branding. Not only will the students be encouraged to “check your tag” but also to take part in the essay contest on the book, and semi-finalists for a spring trip to Honduras will be announced at the annual Convocation Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. Timmerman, author of the book, will be the Convocation’s keynote speaker. Where Am I Wearing also is the common reader for WTAMU sister schools Tarleton State and Texas A&M University at Texarkana.
“I love that it’s something 18 year olds can relate to and be challenged at the same time,” Campbell said. “They care about the clothes they wear, but have probably never considered how it connects them to the broader world. Their decision to buy that T-shirt had an impact on the lives of other people around the world. The conversation around the book reminds us to learn about the larger world of which we are a part and to strive to have a responsible impact on our global community.”
Readership WT is the common reader program initiated in 2005 as part of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, “Engaging the first-year student.” Since then, Readership WT has introduced the University community to A Hope in the Unknown by Ron Suskind (2005), What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson (2006), Night by Elie Wiesel (2007), What is the What by Dave Eggars (2008), A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2009) and The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam (2010). The 2007 reader, Night, also introduced an international travel component to the program with freshmen essay winners traveling to Poland (Night), Africa (What is the What), Turkey (A Thousand Splendid Suns) and Cambodia (The Road of Lost Innocence).
For more information about Readership WT, visit wtamu.edu/readership.