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Eberly Common ReaderThe Eberly College of Business and Information Technology has created a new common reader program for students in Introduction to Business courses and the Eberly Business Honors Program to replace the former universitywide Freshman Common Reader.

Working together, the Strategic Planning Business Literacy Subcommittee and the junior Business Honors cohort began planning the Eberly Common Reader in Fall 2011 to enhance learning experience and increase interaction within the Eberly community.

After compiling lists of books and performing two rounds of elimination, That Used to Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum was chosen as the Eberly Common Reader for Fall 2012. The novel provides statistics, analyses, and quotes to explain why the United States is on the brink of tragedy.

That Used to Be Us has been incorporated into Introduction to Business classes and the Business Honors program. A study guide about the book as well as complete chapter summaries have been provided to students by the Business Honors cohort.

“It is our hope that students are able to connect the Common Reader with their coursework, thus broadening their knowledge of the current business environment. This knowledge should help them once they graduate and enter the job market,” said Sarah Finn, a member of the Business Honors cohort.

Students have had the opportunity to enter an essay contest about the book, with participants separated into two categories: upperclassmen and first-year students. The top two essays in each category will be awarded with scholarships up to $500. Essay contest chairs consist of members of the Senior Business Honors Cohort, including Corey Hay, Katelyn Krissinger, and Stephanie Phillips. Essays are due by 6:00 p.m. on October 23, 2012.

That Used to Be Us trivia questions will be included in the second round of Biz Wiz 2012, an educational quiz event that awards $1,200 in scholarships to the winning team. Consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students, the top five teams of two will participate in the grand finale event, to be held November 6, 2012, in the Eberly Auditorium.

The incorporation of the Business Reader in several areas of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology is expected to allow students to learn the material in an adequate and rewarding manner.

“If students can take what they have learned and apply it to the real-world problems, we can make the world a better place, and that is the true reward and most important duty of being an educated individual,” said Kevin Brodeur, a member of the Business Honors cohort.

The Eberly Common Reader program is hoped to be embraced by the Eberly College of Business and thrive within its community for years to come.

—By Katlyn Glaser

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