Common Reading

Synergy 2012: Ten Letters Lunch


2012-13 Synergy Events

Events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, unless otherwise noted.

Summer Discussion Groups

Thursday, May 31, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Cape Fear Room 2019, Fisher University Union
Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 - 12:00 pm, Cape Fear Room 2019, Fisher University Union
Monday, August 6, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Cape Fear Room 2019, Fisher University Union

Gather with faculty, staff, and student leaders for informal discussions of the 2012-13 Synergy selection, Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow. Get ideas for using the book in the classroom and programming, discuss the themes, and share your thoughts. Resources and complimentary books, if needed, will be provided. Join us for one session or all three!

Teal Letters: The Stories Students Tell Their Chancellor

Letters must be received on or before Friday, October 5.

Feeling inspired having read Ten Letters? Now is your chance to write a letter to UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller. Whether you have a concern about campus or want to share a personal experience, we invite you to write the Chancellor. Ten letters will be selected and responded to by Chancellor Miller. These letters will be revealed at the Ten Letters Lunch in Wagoner Dining Hall on Tuesday, November 6. Various letters will also be highlighted by The Seahawk.

Letters can also be submitted to the UNCW Student Government Association in Fisher Student Center, room 2029, or may be submitted electronically to Letters must be received on or before Friday, October 5.

Co-sponsored by The Office of the Chancellor, Student Government Association, and The Seahawk.

Synergy Conversation (Family Weekend Event)

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Java City, Randall Library

Come join us as we will be discussing the 2012-13 Synergy selection, Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow. Refreshments will be available. Please join us for this event which is part of the Family and Alumni Weekend.

Sponsored by Randall Library.

Art Exhibition, "Conflict Zone" by Jackie Spinner

Thursday, August 16 - Sunday, September 30, 7:00 am - 11:00 pm, Warwick Center Lobby

Artist Gallery Reception

Friday, September 28, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Warwick Center Lobby

Jackie Spinner, former staff writer for The Washington Post and current assistant professor of Journalism at Columbia College Chicago, presents a collection of images from the war front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, captured by some of the world's leading combat photographers and journalists.

Co-sponsored by The Association for Campus Entertainiment, the PERCH, Student Veterans Organization, LGBTQIA Resource Office, and the Women's Resource Center.

Synergy Conversation Day (UNCWelcome Event)

Sunday, August 26, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Clock Tower Lounge, Fisher Student Center

Join other students for informal discussions of this year's common reading selection, Ten Letters by Eli Saslow. All students and campus community welcome.

Other discussion groups are available throughout the day in the residence halls. Check with your RA regarding times and locations.

Rock the Vote with Eli Saslow

Tuesday, September 11, 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Commons Amphitheater

Take this opportunity to register to vote, meet student organizations, listen to live music, and honors those lost on 9/11/01. Meet Eli Saslow, author of this year's Synergy Common Reading selection, and get your copy of Ten Letters signed!

Co-sponsored by The Association for Campus Entertainment, Student Affairs, Student Government Association, Transition Programs, and University College.

Screening of Waiting for Superman

Monday, September 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education statistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of Waiting for Superman. As he follows a handful of promising students through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.

Sponsored by Lumina Theater.

Synergy Panel Discussion, "Healthcare in the Election"

Tuesday, October 23, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, McNeill Hall Room 1005

Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in this election year. Join a panel of faculty members as they shed light on current and past healthcare bills. This panel aims to help others understand the impact this legislation could have on the American healthcare system.

Ten Letters Lunch

Tuesday, November 6, 11:30 - 2:00 pm, Wagoner Dining Hall

Join us on Election Day in Wagoner Dining Hall for a culinary event inspired by this year's Synergy Common Reading, Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President. There will be entertainment, giveaways, presentation, and more! Advance lunch tickets can be purchased at any campus dining location.

Sponsored by Campus Dining.

Art Exhibition, "Names Project" by Cleve Jones

Thursday, November 8 - Thursday, November 15, 7:00 am - 11:00 pm, Warwick Center Lobby

Artist Gallery Reception

Thursday, November 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Warwick Center Lobby

UNCW proudly exhibits Cleve Jones' famed AIDS Memorial Quilt, which honors victims of the disease. This display has been selected specifically as part of the 2012-13 Synergy Common Reading Experience.

Sponsored by The Association for Campus Entertainment.

Veterans Day Remembrance Event and Ceremony

Friday, November 9, 10:45 am, Commons Amphitheater

Join us to honor the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States Military at this annual campus event.

Co-sponsored by the Student Veterans Organization and the PERCH.

Cleve Jones, The Power You Have to Make a Difference (Synergy Keynote)

Monday, November 12, 7:00 pm, Burney Center

The creator of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Cleve Jones has contributed to understanding and hope for those with the disease. His advocacy, which began with his friendship with gay rights activist Harvey Milk, reaches further, focusing on empowering people of all ethnicities and sexual orientations. Cleve Jones is an inspiration and his talk will inspire you to make a difference.

Co-presented by The Association for Campus Entertainment, Campus Life Arts and Programs, and University College. Tickets are free for students, faculty, and staff. For tickets, visit the Kenan Box Office or call at (910) 962-3500. Visit UNCW Presents for more speaker information.

Free HIV Testing

Tuesday, November 13, 11:00 - 2:00 pm, Abrons Student Health Center, DePaolo Hall

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and infectious disease experts recommend that Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 be routinely testing for HIV. Routine testing catches infections earlier, making treatment more effective, plus help stop the spread of HIV. Stop by the Abrons Student Health Center for a free HIV testing!

Co-sponsored by the Abrons Student Health Center, Health Promotion, and New Hanover County Health Department.