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This I Believe II Essay Contest

Submit your essay to TWU's This I Believe II essay contest in the student, staff, or faculty category.  Winners and their essays will be featured in the April 2016 Contest Winners Panel Discussion.  Use the This I Believe Writing Guidelines to draft your essay, and learn more about the program in the Resources section below.  To enter, please complete one of the submission forms below and send along with your essay to




Contact Theresa Lindsay with any questions at 940-898-4113 or by email at


Upcoming Book in Common Discussions

1. Gratitude with Dr. Jennifer Martin - Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ 1pm

2. Education Abroad with Annie Phillips & Carolyn Becker - Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 1pm

3. Civic Responsibility with Brittanie Romine & Sean Sala - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 1pm

4. Resiliency with Justin Gerstenberger - Monday, March 21, 2016 @ 11am

5. Diversity with Dr. Carmen Cruz - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 3pm

6. Essay Contest Winners Panel Discussion - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (Location and Time TBA)

7. Sustainability with Dr. Richard Sheardy - Tuesday, April 21, 2016 @ 2pm

Each discussion will be held in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, room 234.

Contact Theresa Lindsay at 940-898-4113 or by email at


Why A Book-in-Common?

The Book-in-Common program is a university-wide initiative developed to foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work, and lead in a diverse and complex world.  The program will promote an awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives.  In addition, it supports University initiatives such as curricular and co-curricular efforts in Global Connections, Wellness Connections, and Business Connections.

Common Reading Programs

  • intellectually engage students on a variety of social issues and diverse perspectives related to values and ethics
  • foster a sense of intellectual community throughout the university
  • engage students in interdisciplinary dialogue outside of the classroom
  • provide opportunities for increased interaction among students, faculty, staff, and alumni 


Book Selection

This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, includes a collection of 75 essays (all fewer than 500 words) from well-known figures (e.g., Yo-Yo Ma, Elie Wiesel, Sister Helen Prejean, and Robert Fulghum) as well as "normal, everyday individuals" detailing their own values and beliefs.  It is based on a National Public Radio series developed from Edward R. Murrow's radio program from the 1950s.  For more information, visit the website for This I Believe.  TWU’s freshman seminar, UNIV 1231, will incorporate the book into all of their courses in 2015-16



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Contact Us

Dr. Kimberly Miloch
Director, QEP
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
BHL 228C
(940) 898-4107
Dr. Joshua Adams
Executive Director, Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
BHL 220
(940) 898-4108

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