Alumni Association Virtual Book Club

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Welcome to the Roanoke College
Alumni Association Virtual Book Club!

The Roanoke College Alumni Association invites you to join our Virtual Alumni Book Club.
We are so excited to get this new group started!  We will be reading a total of four books
this year, with the next selection being announced in early April 2023. 

At the conclusion of each reading period, participants will be invited to attend a Zoom discussion to discuss the book. Participants are also welcome to host small in-person discussions with other Maroons. If you are interested in acting as an in-person book club host, please contact us at rcalumnievents@roanoke.edu.

Help us schedule our first zoom discussions!

We will explore one book per quarter and you will help us choose our next reading selection.
Share your book suggestions with us anytime with this online form

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This is our first book for 2023:

Image of the book: "How Y'all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived" by Leslie Jordan

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We hope that you will consider joining our free Goodreads group where
we will be sharing additional resources for the book club.
As previously mentioned, we will also host zoom discussions
about the book towards the end of March. In order to help schedule
those sessions, please respond to the following poll. 

Book Club Zoom Options

Book club communications may also come from Lauren Wood '06,
as she is acting as the moderator for this group.  Lauren's email address is wood@roanoke.edu.

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Why join?

There are three reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:

1) Connect with fellow Roanoke College alumni and friends: 
Want another way to connect? Our book club will introduce you to fellow Maroons
across industries, generations, and geographies.

2) Advance your career:
A book club can enhance your career in two ways. First, the books you read may make you more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication, and productivity.
Second, the network you'll be building may help you with career advice and introduce you to new people who may be involved in an industry you are interested in.

3) Reading is good for you:
Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better, and improve your relationships.
Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, emotional intelligence, and your creativity.

How do I join the virtual book club?

  1. Step One: Complete this form

  2. Step Two: Log in to Goodreads.com and create an account. You can also download the app on your smartphone!  Request membership to this group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1198637-roanoke-college-alumni-association-book-club  
    ** Only people who have submitted the membership request form above will be allowed to join the group. 

  3. Step Three: Start reading and join the conversation! 

How frequent is the book club?

The Roanoke College Alumni Virtual Book Club will explore four books a year, one per season. Future books will be selected from nominations submitted by our alumni. You may share your suggestions by submitting a book recommendation form. The selected text will be announced before the next session begins. 

Do I need to read every book?

There is no formal time commitment for the book club – you can spend as much or as little time participating as you’d like. We will provide as much supplemental material as possible for each book, so everyone is able to participate, even if you don’t have time to read the book cover to cover.  But please be aware that if you attend the discussion of the book at the end of each quarter, there may be spoilers!

How does a virtual discussion work?

Once you’re a member of the Roanoke College Alumni Association Virtual Book Club Goodreads group, you’ll be able to participate by commenting, posing questions to fellow readers, and responding to others' comments. The book club moderator will help lead regular discussions, but all alumni and friends are welcome to chime in with their own questions and takeaways from the book. 

At the completion of each book, the Roanoke College Alumni team will host a zoom meeting for a virtual discussion for interested participants. Participants are also invited to host their own small group discussions with local friends. This is a perfect opportunity to start a “dinner club” with your alumni friends!  Hosting a party?  Share it with the Alumni team at rcalumnievents@roanoke.edu and we will share it with our community. 

Can I recommend a book for the club to read?

What if I still have questions?

We’re here to help! You can contact our book club moderator, Lauren Wood ‘06, directly at wood@roanoke.edu or call (540) 375-2238.