KSU leaders share special books to promote reading

Sturgis Library's Linda Marie Golian-Lui and David Evans help KSU President Daniel S. Papp unveil his poster.

There are more than 350,000 books in the Horace W. Sturgis Library, but only four of them come with…

Georgia (Apr 17, 2014)

There are more than 350,000 books in the Horace W. Sturgis Library, but only four of them come with their own “Adopt a Book” poster recommendations featuring life-sized photos of President Daniel S. Papp and several Cabinet members.

To help celebrate National Library Week, David Evans, assistant vice president for library operations, invited Papp and other administrators to share some of their favorite books during an event in Owl Space II near the Bentley Rare Book Gallery. Life-sized posters of the readers with their books are on display in the library. 

Papp’s selection, Flags of Our Fathers, traces the lives of the six men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima during one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of World War II.

“Please, read the book,” Papp said. With apologies to Clint Eastwood who directed the film adaptation, Papp said the movie didn’t do the book justice. “The book tells you what really happened in these men’s lives after the war. The book is awesome!”

Provost W. Ken Harmon said the inspiration that led him to read his book, Stumbling on Happiness by Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert, came to him while driving through South Carolina. While listening to the author being interviewed on the radio, Harmon pondered the question “what do good leaders do and how to tap into what makes a culture of happiness? I discovered a lot of leaders do it naturally; it’s a great, fun read!”

Randy Hinds, vice president for operations, chief business officer and chief information officer, selected The American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity, and the Civic Culture. “Diversity is what makes America work,” he said, boiling down the essence of the book. Required reading when he was in graduate school, “It’s still a great inspiration to me.”

Athletics Director Vaughn Williams’ favorite is one he reads every summer, The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership. “I had my staff read it over the summer, because I believe service is the only way to lead. This book relates to everybody. Read it, if you can.”

Linda Marie Golian-Lui, associate dean and director of the library, used the unveiling of the KSU READ Posters to congratulate the staff on the library’s progress one year into its five-year “strive for excellence” campaign that could lead to consideration for the prestigious John Cotton Dana Award. “I personally think we are on track for our application in 2017.”

-- By Robert S. Godlewski

-- Photo credit: Anthony Stalcup


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