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Readership WT Author to Speak at Convocation

Sept. 27, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Readership WT Author to Speak at Convocation

CANYON, Texas—Eric Greitens, author of West Texas A&M University’s common reader, will be the keynote speaker at the University’s Convocation for freshmen at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the First United Bank Center. Plus, finalists in the Readership WT essay-writing contest will be announced.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 4 p.m.

Greitens is the author of The Heart and the Fist, the University’s 2012-2013 Readership WT selection. Readership WT is the common-reader program launched in 2005 for WTAMU freshmen as part of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Each year the Readership WT program brings the author of the selected reader to the University Convocation as the keynote speaker.

The New York Times best seller The Heart and the Fist is Greitens’s account of his growth in leadership through humanitarian efforts and as a Navy SEAL. He takes readers on a journey through slums and war zones and shows what can be accomplished through compassion and courage. His words encourage readers to live a meaningful life by doing good and being strong.

The award-winning author is a humanitarian and decorated Navy SEAL officer. He was a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. Greitens’ career as a Navy SEAL officer took him on four deployments—Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Southeast Asia—and earned him the Navy Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon , the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. In 2011 he was named the Navy Reserve Officer of the Year.

He is founder of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit geared toward empowering wounded veterans to serve and lead in communities across the United States. He has received kudos for his work including the President’s Volunteer Service Award and recognition as a leading social entrepreneur by the Manhattan Institute for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Readership WT program also includes an essay-writing contest. Each year, members of the WTAMU freshman class are encouraged to write an essay on the Readership WT book selection, and the winners then take an international service trip related to the book during the University’s spring break. Finalists for the contest will be announced at Convocation, and the eventual winners will travel to Bolivia in March. Previous trips have taken WTAMU students to Poland for the 2007 book Night, Africa for the 2008 book What is the What, Turkey for the 2009 book A Thousand Splendid Suns, Cambodia for the 2010 book The Road of Lost Innocence and to Honduras for the 2011 book Where Am I Wearing.

For more information about WTAMU’s Convocation, call 806-651-2616.


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