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Pittsburg State University Alumni & Constituent Relations has partnered with Axe Library to create the Gorilla Alumni Book Club for alumni and friends.

Join our virtual book club to connect with fellow Gorillas while enjoying books authored by PSU alumni. The Gorilla Alumni Book Club connects members with a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with one another. The group will read one book every two months, so readers have plenty of time for each book. Participation is free – you just need a copy of the book to enjoy!

How it works:

  1. Sign up for the Gorilla Alumni Book Club.
  2. Join the Gorilla Alumni Book Club Facebook group. This is where members will participate in weekly discussion questions regarding the books. Members can participate as much or as little as they like.
  3. Purchase or borrow the book from your local library. Axe Library will house copies of the selected book.

Frequently asked questions:

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

We plan for the group to read one book every six weeks. The books selected cover a range of genres and length. The maximum amount of pages to read in a week is approximately 60 pages, and at times, this number will be much lower. If you have between one to two hours a week to read and participate, you should be fine.

Will there be any in-person meetings for the book club?

The book club will mostly be virtual and online. At the end of some of the books, we plan to welcome members to campus to have an open discussion and enjoy coffee and other beverages. When these occur, we will do our best to live stream the discussion to the Facebook group to keep everyone involved. However, the goal of this group is to allow participation from anywhere you have internet access.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free! You just need a copy of the book to enjoy.

How do I get the books?

Members can purchase the book or borrow the book from local libraries.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will have a moderator from Axe Library who manages the Facebook group where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post, share, and discuss as well. The Facebook group allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other online.

What if I am unable to participate in a week's discussion?

Real life happens and we understand that. The benefit of a virtual book club is that you can go back and see what you missed, as well as further add to the discussion. The discussion does not stop, so feel free to contribute at any time! Just be aware if you have not finished reading the weekly portion, there might be spoilers.

I've already signed up. How do I log in?

If you have already signed up, click here to join the Facebook group. 

Questions:

Contact Danielle Driskill, Assistant Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations, at ddriskill@pittstate.edu or Ruth Monnier, Learning Outreach Librarian and Assistant Professor, at rmonnier@pittstate.edu.

Happy Reading, and Go Pitt State!

Upcoming Book:

Marching Toward Madness: How to Save the Games You Always Loved by John LeBar (BSEd '58) and Allen Paul is our seventh reading and will begin in the New Year.

Bio: John LeBar earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Pittsburg State University in 1958. He earned a doctorate in education at Duke University. Dr. LeBar coached varsity tennis and later served as Director of Undergraduate Studies. His 1982 team won Duke’s first Atlantic Coast Conference Tennis Championship. He was an avid athlete growing up and swam on a Kansas State Championship Team. He co-wrote Learning Tennis Together (published by Leisure Press) with a coaching colleague. Every player he coached was a scholar-athlete, most went to graduate or professional school and nearly all have led high-impact lives.

Synopsis: Impelled by runaway spending and rampant corruption, America’s much-beloved games of college basketball and football have not been so threatened since the widespread cheating scandals in the early 1950s. The specter of billion-dollar sums being showered on imperial coaches, voracious athletic directors, hordes of support staff and lavish comforts for fat-cat fans has led to a near-deafening roar to pay the players. The injustice of such sums being amassed, in the main, from the labor of young men of color—many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds—cannot be justified; and yet, American society has allowed this intractable problem to fester for more than half a century. Lured by the glitter of untold riches, naive young players enroll year after year in colleges and universities expecting the ultimate reward of a highly paid career in the NFL or the NBA. Only a minuscule few will advance that far; even fewer will reap significant financial rewards. Instead of educating them, colleges and universities force them into full-time athletic “jobs” in which their labor is shamelessly exploited.

Small wonder that outraged critics demand compensation for the players—but these same critics only present vague answers when asked how such a radical change would work. Marching Toward Madness cites twenty-one reasons why the pro-pay position is wrong, among them the near-certain prospect that the player talent pool will be concentrated to even fewer rich schools; recruiting wars will lead to greater and more frequent scandals, with the potential for endless litigation under Title IX; and the regulatory powers of the NCAA, an organization sorely lacking in public trust and authority, will exponentially increase. Worst of all, pay-for-play will encourage colleges and universities to shirk even further the imperative to educate the young athletes who generate so much of their windfall sports revenues.

 

Timeline:

  • January 20: Chapters 1-3, pages 3-52
  • January 27: Chapters 4-6, pages 53-90
  • February 3: Chapters 7-10, pages 91-142
  • February 10: Chapters 11-14, pages 143-198
  • February 17: Chapters 15-18, pages 199-248
  • February 24: Chapters 19-20, pages 249-272
  • March 3: Chapters 21-23, pages 273-300

Marching Toward Madness

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During COVID-19, many independent bookstores are providing delivery and curbside pick-up. Check with your local bookstores today!

Upcoming Books:

Previous Book Club Reads:

Questions? Contact PSU Alumni & Constituent Relations

Phone: 620-235-4758    
Toll Free: 877-PSU-ALUM
Fax: 620-235-4949
Email: alumni@pittstate.edu

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