Auburn Connects!, Auburn University's common book program, was started in Fall 2010 as a way to provide incoming first-year students with a common educational experience to introduce them to the Auburn family. First-year students are asked to purchase and read the book prior to coming to campus in August. The book is then incorporated into Welcome Week, academic classes, and programming throughout the fall semester including a visit by the book's author. The author is invited to Auburn to speak to the Auburn campus and local community and participate in a book-signing. Campus offices, academic departments, and student clubs and organizations plan social and educational activities around the themes of the book while many faculty members choose to incorporate the book in to their curriculum during fall and spring terms.
The Auburn community is encouraged to participate in programming made available throughout the fall semester including service projects, discussion groups, interactive programming, and guest speakers. Stay up to date on events by following Auburn Connects! on Facebook or viewing the events calendar online.
This year's book, Half a Life, went through many stages before becoming
our official Auburn Connects! selection. Books were nominated by the
Auburn community for consideration for the 2015-16 common book. The
nominations were reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff, and students
and a small group of nominees were recommended to the Provost. The Provost
narrowed down that group of nominees to two choices and the student body
voted for the official common book during the Spring Student Government
For a text to be considered as a common book, it must meet the following criteria:
The Auburn Connects! Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, university administrators, and students. This committee oversees the direction of the Auburn Connects! common book program, implements new initiatives related to our stated goals, and reviews all possible common book options for recommendation to the Provost.