Common Reading


2015-16 Synergy Events

Summer Discussion Group

Thursday, May 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m., DePaolo Conference Room, DePaolo Hall
Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 a.m.-noon, DePaolo Conference Room, DePaolo Hall
Monday, August 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m., DePaolo Conference Room, DePaolo Hall

Gather with faculty, staff, and student leaders for informal discussions of Chasing Chaos, the 2015-2016 UNCW common reading title. Then work together to brainstorm ideas for using the book in your courses. Come to one, two or all three!

Synergy Conversation Day

August 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fisher Student Center, Clock Tower Lounge

Join other students for informal discussions of this year's common-­‐reading selection, Chasing Chaos by Jessica Alexander. All students and campus community members are welcome. Other discussion groups will be available throughout the day in the residence halls. Check with your RAs for times and locations. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life

Sharky's Happy Hour

August 27, 4:00‐6:00 p.m., Sharky's Game Room

Enjoy free games and free food every Thursday at Sharky's Game Room in the Fisher Center! This week, learn more about the Common Reading book Chasing Chaos. Sponsored by Campus Life Arts and Programs and Crossroads

Chasing Themes Book Discussion

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:00‐6:00 p.m., Topsail Island Room

Join members of the UNCW Counseling Center to discuss Chasing Chaos. Given the challenges encountered by the author, themes including wellness, adjustment to new environments, dealing with grief and loss, and resiliency, will be emphasized. Sponsored by the Counseling Center and Campus Life Arts and Programs

Film Screening, HBO's Witness: South Sudan

Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m., 7:00-8:00 p.m., Lumina Theater

In South Sudan, thousands have been killed, abducted or displaced by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. French photojournalist Veronique de Viguerie travels with the Arrow Boys, an unpaid militia of farmers who took up arms to protect their families from the LRA. For the last two decades, Joseph Kony has led a campaign of unfathomable brutality in an attempt to impose his command as the law of the land. His forces have kidnapped and forced into sexual or military slavery an estimated 60,000 children and driven two million of Uganda's people from their homes. The pregnant de Viguerie treks through wilderness with the Arrow Boys, as well as with the Ugandan Army. On a night patrol she is asked if she ever gets scared. She replies, "Sometimes…but here there is no time." Sponsored by Campus Life Arts and Programs

Randall Library Synergy Conversation

Saturday, September 26th, 1:00‐2:00 p.m., Randall Library

Join students, family, faculty and staff for an informal discussion of this year's reading selection, Chasing Chaos by Jessica Alexander. Sponsored by Randall Library

Chasing Chaos Lunch

Thursday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Wagoner Dining Hall

Join us in Wagoner Hall for a culinary event inspired by this year's Synergy Reading, Chasing Chaos. There will be entertainment, giveaways, facts about Jessica Alexander's book and more! Sponsored by Campus Dining

Chasing Change: Windows to the World

Thursday, October 15-Friday, November 13, Boseman Gallery
Reception: Thursday, Oct 15, 5:30‐7:00 pm

This photography exhibit will connect to the 2015-­‐2016 Synergy Common Reading Book Chasing Chaos with photos submitted by students that have done domestic service or international study. In either case, these students show different perspectives, worldviews, experience, language, and overall cultural knowledge. Sponsored by ACE and Campus Life Arts and Programs

Seahawk Strength: Building a Resilient Dub Nation

Thursday, October 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Depaolo Conference Room

Students are faced with various challenges and opportunities to thrive at UNCW. This program teaches resiliency skills and encourages insight into personal difficulties that may hinder growth in order to help students thrive following difficult events. Sponsored by the Counseling Center

Careers in Service and Aid Panel

Tuesday, October 20, 5:00‐6:15 p.m., Cameron 105

Learn where your degree can take you - both locally and globally! This panel will connect students with experienced professionals in a range of jobs in the non-­‐profit and humanitarian aid field. Panelists will briefly discuss their career paths, followed by Q&A. Co-­‐sponsored with Campus Life, Office of Student Leadership & Engagement, and the Office of International Programs.

Vikram Gandhi: Synergy Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m., Burney Center

Vikram Gandhi is an award-­‐winning director of narrative and documentary films. He grew up consuming equal parts ancient Indian mythology and American movies. He's since worked as a video journalist covering terrorism, natural disasters, and social unrest throughout Asia and as a cinematographer and producer on documentaries, television, and narrative films. Over this time, Vikram documented the emergence of the yoga industry in the US by interviewing spiritual leaders around the country until he decided to become one himself. In 2010, Vikram combined his passion for mythology and film to create Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet, a documentary about the time Vikram impersonated a fake guru named Sri Kumaré and built a devoted following of real people. The critically acclaimed film won the SXSW 2011 Audience Award for Best Documentary.

In 2014, Vikram joined HBO's Vice as a producer and correspondent. The Emmy Award-­‐winning world news show explores everything from U.S. military waste and corruption in Afghanistan to extortion, torture and killing in Rio's favelas. Vikram also directs commercial campaigns, music videos, branded content, and films through his New York-­‐based production company, Disposable.

Co-­‐sponsors: Mimi Cunningham Speaker Series Endowment of the Department of Communication Studies, ACE, University College

Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 10:00 a.m.‐2:00 p.m., Burney Center Ballroom

UNCW offers more than 500 education abroad opportunities in over 50 countries! Come find out more about all of the opportunities available, enter to win $500 toward your education abroad experience, talk to students who have studied abroad, and check out those tables whose signs are marked with a green dot to focus on those options that include international internship and service-­‐learning opportunities. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs

International Internship & Service Learning Event

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5:00 p.m., CIS 1008

Are you interested in doing an international internship or international service-­‐ learning experience? Come find out about the myriad of opportunities available through UNCW. Co-­‐sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the UNCW Career Center

Tunnel of Awareness

November 17, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Warwick Center

Tunnel of Awareness is a Housing and Residence Life tradition designed to raise awareness on topics such as social justice, inclusion, access and advocacy. Participants travel through a museum-­‐style program that highlights a variety of issues. Past topics have included Homelessness, Human Trafficking in Wilmington, Title IV, Microaggressions and Disability/Access. Participants also have the opportunity to discuss and process their experience in small, facilitator-­‐led groups afterwards. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life

Going Global: Jump Start Your International Career Path

Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:00 p.m., Leutze Hall 111

Find out how to pursue an international job or career! Whether you are interested in temporary options like the Peace Corps or teaching abroad or you want to become the CEO of an international company, navigating the process of working internationally can be daunting. Learn the dos and how-­‐tos of starting on your own international work adventure. Co-­‐sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the UNCW Career Center