Students participate in collaborative book club

March 24, 2014

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Collaborative book club project

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education student and ten Platteville High School students recently discussed the themes in “Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity” at Platteville High School as part of a collaborative, pilot book club project. The book club will meet three times during the semester.

“Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity,” written by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry, was chosen as UW-Platteville’s 2013-14 Campus Read book. The university began the Campus Read program in 2012 to get students and faculty engaged in reading a book that provokes thoughtful discussion and reflection.

Dr. Kory Wein, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville and co-chair of the Campus Read committee, was instrumental in promoting the collaborative book club program that is being spearheaded by Lindsay Hollingsworth, assistant professor in UW-Platteville’s School of Education; Cheryl Schober, Platteville High School librarian; and Connie Spyropoulos, a junior English-secondary education major at UW-Platteville from Bartlett, Ill.

“This outreach program provides an opportunity for the university to partner with area high schools, enriching high school students’ education and giving university students valuable teaching experience,” said Hollingsworth. “I have a passion for motivating readers, no matter how old they are. The design of the Campus Read outreach brings a community of readers together to share in discussion of an interesting book.”

“This collaborative program gives high school students the opportunity to interact and discuss literature with UW-Platteville professors and students,” said Schober. “It is beneficial for our students to be exposed to perspectives from outside the walls of the high school.”

High school students participating in the book club include seniors Maddie Keiler and Kim Niehaus; juniors Jonah Barnett, Akshay Suhkwal, Max Frommelt and Hannah Digman; sophomore Bea Line; and freshmen Margaret Drefcinski, Bridget Kelley and Brooke Gardiner.

In the book, reporters Armstrong and Perry give a descriptive account of the University of Washington’s 2000 football squad, which included 24 players who were under investigation for a variety of crimes while they were students at the university, including robbery and rape. The book explores how the actions of players, coaches, administrators, media, fans, judges, police and prosecutors allowed the players to continue playing football without being prosecuted until after the season’s end.

“The book raises many ethical issues, making it an interesting book for discussion,” said Hollingsworth. “The students will be challenged to address some tough underlying questions, such as ‘what is an organization willing to overlook in order to be number one?’”

Hollingsworth said that two additional high schools expressed an interest in working with the university for the 2014-15 academic year. At the end of this pilot program, they will evaluate it and determine how they can expand it.

This is the first time UW-Platteville and Platteville High School have participated in a joint book club.

Contact: Lindsay Hollingsworth, School of Education, (608) 342-1268, hollingswoli@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Jena Garrett, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, garrettj@uwplatt.edu

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