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‘Common’ at Pellissippi


This year’s Common Academic Experience at Pellissippi State Technical Community College composed of 10 different activities with a Civil War theme.

Pellissippi State began the Common Academic Experience, which revolves around a common book read by most entering students, during the 2005-06 school year, after participating in the development of a national model for improving the freshman experience at two-year colleges.

One finding of the Foundations of Excellence project was that students would benefit from an experience that connects the various disciplines and encourages conversations among faculty, staff and students.

This year’s Common Book is “Sharpshooter” by David Madden. It’s the story of a fictional Civil War soldier, and accordingly, the Common Academic Experience events follow the same theme.

Madden was guest speaker at the President’s Convocation, this school year’s kickoff event.

Other events included presentations by a number of authors who have written about the Civil War, a concert of Civil War songs and a Civil War-based movie.

Pellissippi State’s Common Book Committee, the English Department and Student Life and Recreation coordinate the Common Academic Experience.

 

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