Summer Reading Program Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Freshman Summer Reading Program?
The Freshman Summer Reading Program is a campus-wide initiative co-sponsored by the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs. All incoming freshman students are required to read an assigned book and complete a writing assignment during the summer preceding their first fall term. Students will subsequently participate in class discussions in the First Year Experience (FYE) course. They will also be given assignments in various courses throughout the academic year based on the assigned reading. This activity is a component of the FAMU Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a campus-wide program designed to enhance students’ critical thinking skills.
What is the purpose of the Freshman Summer Reading Program?
- To promote the development of critical thinking skills through written and oral communication
- To provide freshmen with a common academic learning experience
- To expose freshmen to the academic expectations of the University
- To promote the integration of academic and social experiences
- To develop a sense of community by increasing interactions between students, staff, and faculty
Is participation in the Freshman Summer Reading Program Mandatory?
Yes, all incoming freshmen are required to participate.
What is the book selection for this year?
The book selection for the 2012–13 academic year is Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward. Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, explores a family’s struggle to find meaning in the days leading up to, and immediately following, Hurricane Katrina. The book is an unflinching look at rural poverty, sacrifice, and the human condition in general, during a time of crisis.
How will I receive the book?
Students will be provided a copy of the book when they attend one of the mandatory on-campus summer orientation sessions.
Will I be required to complete assignments related to the book?
Yes, students will be asked to complete several in-class and out-of-class writing assignments over the course of their freshman year that draw from the book.
How should I prepare for the reading program during the summer?
- Visit the Summer Reading Program website (www.famu.edu/QEP) after July 13, 2012, to obtain:
- Instructions for completing the mandatory writing assignment
- A list of discussion questions for you to consider while reading the book
- Read the book and submit your written response (MS Word or pdf format only) and cover page by accessing black board at: http://famu.blackboard.com and self-enrolling in the QEP Student Virtual Center, QEP 1000 course, by 11:59 p.m. on August 20, 2012.
Will the book author be invited to visit the campus?
Yes, Jesmyn Ward will visit FAMU during the spring semester as part of the QEP Freshman Critical Thinking Seminar Series to preside over a campus-wide book forum.
Am I required to attend the QEP Freshman Critical Thinking Seminar Series sessions this fall?
Yes, all incoming freshmen are required to attend the sessions. You will be notified of the session dates via email when you return to campus.
Can I participate in the reading program if I am not a freshman?
Yes, all FAMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read the book.
Where can I go to receive additional information?
Additional information and instructions can be obtained by contacting the FAMU Quality Enhancement Program Office at QEP@famu.edu and at www.famu.edu/QEP.