Joe Drape’s Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen is the 2012 iRead book at Washburn University.
The Washburn campus in Topeka is about 200 miles from Smith Center, Kansas, where New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape moved with his family to get a community perspective on the small town football team with the nation’s longest high-school winning streak. The author is slated to speak at Washburn in September 2012.
The iRead common reading program is one component of Washburn’s First Year Experience curriculum. First-year students will read the book in IS 110: The Washburn Experience, a student success course that focuses on focuses upon information literacy, effective communication, academic integrity, and the transition into the college experience.
The broader goals of the iRead program are to:
- Enhance the campus community
- Uphold the university mission of “learning for a lifetime”
- Advocate the goals of the Washburn Transformational Experience
- Create a common experience for students
- Foster involvement and inclusivity as early as possible
- Enrich and expand the minds of students
Previous iRead books at Washburn include A Long Way Gone, Nickel and Dimed, and This I Believe. Click here to see the other schools that have adopted these books and other Popular Picks from Macmillan!
Our Boys • St. Martin’s Griffin • 320 pages