Penn State Reads is a university-wide program that provides a shared experience for all of our new students. The book is at the center of a number of lessons during the First Year Experience class and is a focal point for various programs and activities throughout the year. All first-year students will receive a complimentary copy of the book during New Student Orientation; they are asked to read the book before they return for classes in the Fall semester.
This year's book is The Circle by Dave Eggers which explores the potential impacts of technology on society through a fictional narrative that follows the life of a young women as she embarks on a new career within a technologically advanced company.
Summer Activity for First-Year Students
Post pictures of you on Instagram as you read your 2016-2017 #PennStateReads book #TheCircle for a chance to win prizes during Welcome Weekend 2016 in August. Prizes will be given for the following posts:
- Reading #TheCircle in the location farthest from Penn State Hazleton.
- Reading #TheCircle in the most creative location.
- Posting pictures of yourself reading in the largest number of locations.
- Writing the most creative caption for your photo.
Be sure to tag us @PSUHazleton on Instagram and add a caption your picture so we know where you are located at the time of the photo. Use our hashtags to ensure that your posts are considered in the contest: #PSU2020 #PSUNSO #PennStateReads #TheCircle #PSUHazleton.
Wednesday, September 7: Deadline for Penn State Reads Essay Contest
- Essay contest details
First-year students are invited to participate in an essay contest to further engage with the themes of The Circle.
Responses to one of the prompts will be judged based on:
- connection to the Penn State principles
- demonstration of an understanding of self-reflection, personal identity, and diversity
- responsiveness to prompt
- literary style and grammar
Winners will receive a Penn State Bookstore gift card and have the opportunity to meet Eggers during his visit to University Park in October. Top submissions will also be displayed on this Penn State Reads website.
- Additional guidelines
- Responses submitted as attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 7
- One-inch margins, double spaced, and 1,000 word maximum
- Times New Roman, 12 point font
- Cover page should include name, prospective major, Penn State email address, phone number, and essay title
- Essays should be entirely original pieces, including proper citation when necessary
- Essay prompt
- Mae and other characters measure themselves through the use of many devices in the novel - client ratings, PartiRank, Conversion Rate, health sensors, and polls to name a few. Is this measurement a positive or negative thing? Does it bring people closer to or push them further from knowledge of themselves and/or others? What does the novel suggest about the debate between transparency/accountability and digital privacy/safety? What insights do you have regarding this debate as a Penn State student and future professional?
September (date and location TBD): Kayaking
Monday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. in 115 Graham: Live stream of speech by Dave Eggers
Monday, November 7, at 8 p.m. (location TBD): Success Series -- Online presence