Program Background


The Millersville University One Book program:

  • Introduces incoming students to college life
  • Promotes reading and discussion
  • Supports interdisciplinary exploration
  • Creates opportunities for learning outside and inside the classroom
  • Encourages student, staff and community engagement and identification as active participants of an intellectual community
  • Offers opportunities for creative and artistic expression in relation to One Book One Campus selection themes

Book selection criteria:

  • enjoyable and engaging read
  • addresses a theme or topic of interest to a wide variety of readers
  • supports interdisciplinary approaches
  • encourages new learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom
  • engages student, staff, and community interest and participation
  • integrates well into the curriculum across the university
  • themes support multiple related events
  • not already assigned as required reading for high school
  • suitable for first year students
  • meets suggested length (250-350 pages)
  • available in paperback
  • author may be available to visit campus

One Book One Campus committee members:

  • Dr. Dan O’Neill, Counseling,  Co-Chair
  • Prof. Michele Santamaria, Library,  Co-Chair
  • Ms. Jan Bechtel, Director, Career & Life Studies
  • Prof. Tony Elliot, Communication & Theatre
  • Prof. Christine Filippone, Art
  • Zainab Gilani, student member
  • , Director, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Dr. Kelly Kuhns, Nursing
  • Laura Molina, student member
  • Dr. Joel Piperberg, Biology
  • Ms. Danielle Rapp, Academic and Student Development
  • Dr. Jeff Adams, Associate Provost
  • Dr. A. Nicole Pfannenstiel, English

Questions? Contact  One Book One Campus co-chairs: Dan O’Neill (Counseling) and Michele Santamaria (Library)


The One Book Committee extends appreciation to the faculty and staff at Longwood University and University of Alaska Southeast for serving as excellent examples of Common Read/One Book One Campus programs.


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