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UK 101 Book Author to Speak

Contact: Kelley Bozeman

 

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"The book was chosen because it contains numerous themes -- diversity, transition to college, the transforming power of education -- that relate to UK 101.”

-- Rebecca Jordan,
associate dean of students
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2003) -- Linda Scott DeRosier, author of “Creeker: A Woman's Journey,” will be speaking at the Worsham Theatre in the Student Center at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. She will take questions from a panel of UK 101 students, and afterward, she will be signing books.

“Creeker” was submitted as a required reading by a committee of faculty and staff members for UK 101 classes, a one-credit-hour, pass-fail, half-semester orientation course offered to first-year students. Students learn the most effective strategies for studying, taking notes, and increasing test scores. They also develop library access skills, interact with faculty members, and discuss and reflect on issues relevant to students during the first year of college.

"The book was chosen because it contains numerous themes -- diversity, transition to college, the transforming power of education -- that relate to UK 101,” said Rebecca Jordan, associate dean of students.

DeRosier attended UK, so the book also has a regional connection to the university. “It's an honest world view, one that doesn't make any attempt to hide or disguise the pain or problems of growing up in Appalachia,” said Kristen Barras, a grant writer/publicity assistant for University Press of Kentucky. “It's also surprisingly optimistic and that's an important lesson for students to learn,” she said.

“Creeker” is a story of relationships, the challenges and consequences of choice, and the impact of the past on the present. It also recalls one woman's struggle
to make and keep a sense of self while remaining loyal to the people and traditions that sustained her along life's way.

"Creeker” was first published in 1999 and has sold more than 12,000 copies. A native of Eastern Kentucky, Linda Scott DeRosier is professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. In fall 2001 and spring 2002, she was
writer-in-residence at Union College and Pikeville College.

She will have a book signing for her most recent book “Songs of Life and Grace” at Black Swan Books, located at 505 E. Maxwell St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. Both books will be available for sale at her talk on Wednesday.


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