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WSU Reads 2016: Start Something That Matters

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie is the chosen book for the 2016 WSU Reads. This guide provides more information on the WSU Reads program, the book, and related topics, materials, and initiatives.

WSU Reads 2016-2017

WSU Reads

WSU Reads was initiated to provide students a common experience in their first year at Wichita State University. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the WSU Reads program has selected the book "Start Something That Matters" by Blake Mycoskie, founder and Chief Shoe Giver for TOMS. As a common read experience, all new students receive a copy of the book at student orientation and "Start Something That Matters" is incorporated into classes such as WSU 101 and Honors 101 as well as various programs outside of the classroom. 

More about WSU READS

Office of First-Year Programs imageOffice of First Year Programs

The Office of First Year Programs sponsors the WSU Reads Program for new students to Wichita State University. Below are some of the programs in which the WSU Reads selection is incorporated. For additional information about the Office of First  Year Programs and the support they offer new students, please visit


  • Civic Leadership Living Learning Community - For campus residents with any major, this community is focused on engagement, leadership, service, and civic duty. Learn more at the Civic Leadership Living Learning Community webpage. 
  • First-Year Seminar - These are unique, three-credit hour courses designed specifically for new students and part of the General Education program. Seminar topics cover a broad range of issues. Learn more on the Class Schedules webpage.
  • Honors 101 - An introduction to the university, this course is designed specifically for first-year students to prepare them to succeed in college. Find more information at the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College
  • New Member Greek Council - This council is made up of two representatives from each Greek house. They plan new member events and organize their annual community outreach event, Play for Parkinson's. Find more information at the New Member Greek Council webpage. 
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