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Author Strickland On Campus

Bill Strickland, author of the 2009–2010 Common Freshman Reader, Make the Impossible Possible, will be on campus November 17 for classroom visits and a public lecture.

The lecture, free and open to the community, takes place at 7:00 p.m. in IUP’s Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.

Make the Impossible Possible is Strickland’s personal story. It has been positively reviewed by many publications, including Publisher’s Weekly, which says, “It’s the American dream with a twist: for Strickland, it was never about shedding his past and getting ahead but about following his bliss and making a difference.”

This is the fourth year for the Common Freshman Reader program at IUP, introduced by President Tony Atwater shortly after his arrival on campus. The program is one of many initiatives that promote first-year student success.

The selected text is distributed free to first-year students before they arrive on campus, and they are encouraged to read the book before beginning their studies at IUP.

“The Common Freshman Reader program is designed to enhance new students’ personal investment in the earliest stage of their learning experience at IUP,” Atwater said. “Through active discourse and  intellectual engagement with faculty and other students, our freshman class will develop an active and ongoing involvement in the intellectual life of the campus.”