Common Reading Program


Throughout the academic year there are events and opportunities for involvement in experiences related to the book and themes related to it. Examples include: faculty and community lecture series, community service opportunities and book discussions. Visit this page for ongoing updates to our schedule of events.

Congratulations to the scholarship winners!

1st Prize ($500 spring scholarship): Brogan Maxwell

2nd Prize ($250 spring scholarship): Paul Scoles

3rd Prize ($125 spring scholarship): Isabelle Miller

4th Prize ($125 spring scholarship): Emily Bettinger

Runners-Up: Erin Wehlage and Miranda Olson

2016 Past Events

Huskies First Four / Move-In

Aug. 18-21

Let Us Catch you Reading!

Win Prizes! If we see you with your book during Huskies First Four: Days, you can win a prize or be entered in a drawing for a Kindle!  Or Tweet us a picture of yourself reading this summer.  #HuskiesRead

1st Year Seminar Meetings (Common Reading Program activity)

Service Projects/Celebration

Sept. 24

In the morning at various locations on and near campus participate in service projects.  In the afternoon come to Live Local!  A local music and food celebration will take place in Barden Park.  Performances run 4-7:30 p.m.  Co-sponsored by KVSC 88.1 FM.

Good Food Service Projects and Celebration

Book Talk

Oct. 5

Noon-1 p.m.

Miller Center Auditorium

"What is the Good Food Revolution?"  Dr. Tracy Ore talks about the 2016-17 selection "The Good Food Revolution," by Will Allen.

Additional Resource: 

Life Lessons Cultivated in a Garden | Tracey Ore | TEDxGeorgeSchool

Author Visit

Oct 26

7 p.m.

Ritsche Auditorium

Public lecture followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase before and after the event. Free with a St. Cloud State ID; $10 for the public. Tickets will be available at and at the door.

Will Allen Interview

Co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program and UPB.

Life Happens:  A Work, Class & Access to Resources Exercise

Nov 2

6 p.m. (Registration opens at 5:30)

Atwood Cascade

This exercise is intended to aid participants in understanding the impact of socioeconomic status on an individual's life chances.  Facilitated by Dr. Tracy Ore, Department of Sociology. Classes are encouraged to attend. A light meal will be provided.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Nov. 15

5:30-7 p.m.

Atwood Cascade

This unique meal and several hands on activities will give students and community members an opportunity to learn more about issues of global and local hunger, poverty, and homelessness. This event attempts to place students and community members inside the lens of different social classes.

Essay Scholarship Competition

Want to earn a scholarship for spring?  Have something to say about the "The Good Food Revolution?"

Sept. 23

View the essay prompts and instructions (PDF)

Nov. 7

Essay submission due by 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall 208

Dec. 3

Annual Scholarship fundraiser at Barnes and Noble

Good Food:  the Local Edition

Nov. 29

2-3 p.m.

Atwood Memorial Center Theatre

“Good food” movements are happening all over, including in Central Minnesota, and there are different ways and levels at which people can become involved. This panel of local organizations will explore what they are doing as part of this growing movement to bring healthy, affordable fare to all in our region..

Common Reading Scholarship Fundraising Events

Nov. 30

4-8 p.m.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

211 5th Avenue S., St. Cloud

Have dinner and raise funds for next year's scholarship competition. View the flyer (PDF).

Dec. 3

12-5 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore

  • Prize drawings throughout the day
  • Opportunity to speak with St. Cloud State's Common Reading Program staff and volunteers
  • Learn about the St. Cloud State's 2016-17 Common Reading book "The Good Food Revolution" by Will Allen
  • Support scholarships for first-year St. Cloud State students
  • Giftwrapping available from 12-5 p.m.

For additional information click here.