Book Cover of "The Boys in the Boat," caption: President Holland's 2017-2018 Book Selection

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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 Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown (and, Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, 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 Daniel James Brown, 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 12th for The Boys in the Boat, and September 13th for Doctor Faustus. All discussions begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Fulton Library Lecture Hall (FL 120). Daniel James Brown will be speaking on campus at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24th 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: