This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women is the Ranger Read at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside this fall. First-year students, the newest class of UW, Parkside Rangers, received copies of the book when they visited campus for pre-orientation sessions in April, May, June, July, and August, leading up to the Ranger Welcome orientation just before classes started this month.
On the first day of Ranger Welcome, the new freshman class formed small groups and faculty and instructional academic staff facilitated discussions about the book’s content and its context, the students’ beliefs, their expectations and perspectives about success at UW, Parkside, and the university’s central values: academic excellence, community engagement, diversity, and inclusiveness.
Each student was asked to consider these topics in advance as he or she read the book over the summer, and then prepare a written or artistic response on a single letter-sized sheet of paper. These responses provided a starting point for group discussion; in addition, students were invited to contribute their pages to a Class of 2014 exhibit called “This We Believe.”
“This I believe: I believe we, the faculty, academic staff, classified staff, students, administration, alumni, Foundation and Advisory board members, community leaders, and friends will begin this academic year focused on the spirit of success, the spirit of inspiring students to exceed beyond their potential, the spirit to engage in transformative and lifelong learning; I believe we will fully embrace ‘Learning’ in all that you do . . . I believe we will rise to the challenges and embrace opportunities for all to be successful at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This I believe!”
—Debbie Ford, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, 2010 Convocation Address
The Ranger Read program was introduced in 2006 to jump-start the transition to the demands of the college-level learning environment, where successful students question, understand, and develop their own opinions about a text and where the shared reading experience helps develop relationships among faculty and peers.
Both volumes of “This I Believe” essays compiled by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, host and curator and executive producer of the NPR program of the same name, are Popular Picks for common reading programs. Click here to see other colleges and universities that have adopted This I Believe, This I Believe II, and other titles from Macmillan.
This I Believe II • Holt Paperbacks • 288 pages