About UVU's Freshman Reading Program

President's 2015 Book Selection

Dear Parent,

Your son or daughter will soon be attending UVU. As a parent, you are likely experiencing many of the same feelings of pride, nervousness, and excitement as your child. While you and your family savor the last few pre-university months, we are busy preparing to welcome your student to the UVU community with many interesting and thought-provoking programs, which will take place during new student orientation and beyond. One such activity is the Freshman Reading Program.

The Freshman Reading Program will serve as your student's introduction into the world of academia. This summer, before fall classes start, new freshmen will read the book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (and, Major Barbara, by George Bernard Shaw, if they take the extra challenge). They will then have the opportunity to attend a book discussion lead by President Holland, and hear and meet author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, this coming fall. In so doing, incoming students will receive a taste of the exciting academic and intellectual adventures yet to come.

The President’s book discussions take place on September 15th for The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, and September 16th for Major Barbara. Both evenings begin at 7:00 p.m. at the President’s campus home. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon will be speaking on campus at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21st in the Ragan Theater.

Additional events are being planned throughout the academic year. Check the “Events” link for details.

The Freshman Reading Program aims:

  • to provide a common academic experience,
  • to introduce students to intellectual life at the university,
  • to create a greater sense of community among students, faculty, and staff,
  • to emphasize the value of reading,
  • to establish the connection between reading and other cultural events on campus.

Additional information about parent and family events, campus news and resources, and contact information can be found on the UVU Parents Web site at: www.uvu.edu/parents/.