For Students

All new students will receive a FREE copy of this year's Common Reading Experience book at their "see blue." U Orientation. Be sure to finish reading the book and complete your QLC Assignment by August 21, 2015 in preparation for the book discussion all new students will have with their K Team during K Week. Also, don't forget to check out our programming calendar for programs and events related to the book throughout the year!

For information about the 2015-2016 Common Reading Experience, Picking Cotton, please click here.

QLC Assignment



QLC Contest

If you are a new student, you are eligible to enter your QLC for a chance to win front row seats and a fast pass to meet Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, authors of Picking Cotton, during their author lecture in October 2015.

Entering is simple! During your CRE discussion in your K Team meeting on August 25th, simply tell your K Crew leader you would like to submit your QLC to be entered into the QLC Common Reading Contest and mark "yes" on the bottom of the QLC to designate your entry.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs professional staff and Common Reading Experience Peer Leaders will pick the top QLC finalists based on originality, critical thinking, creativity, and demonstration of general reading comprehension. The authors may even personally select the finalist! The winner will be announced in mid to late September.

The grand prize winner will receive 2 VIP front row seats for Jennifer and Ronald's author lecture in October, as well as a fast pass to meet them and get a copy of the book signed following the lecture. In addition, the winner's QLC will be featured on the New Student and Family Programs website and possibly in The Kentucky Kernel.

Please note: Only QLC's submitted to K Crew leaders at the CRE discussion will be accepted.



CRE Photo Contest

Enter for a chance to win the CRE Photo Contest by sending us a picture of you and Picking Cotton through any of our CRE social media sites including Facebook (@University of Kentucky Common Reading Experience), Twitter (@UKCommonReading), or Instagram (@UKCommonReading). All undergraduate UK students are invited and welcomed to participate!

You are encouraged to be as creative as you like with the photo! For instance, you could take a picture with the book in your favorite reading spot, on vacation, or even in your favorite spot on campus!

The deadline to submit your photo to one of the CRE social media sites will be Friday, September 4th. The New Student and Family Programs staff and Common Reading Experience Peer Leaders will select the top 10 pictures based on creativity, originality, and ingenuity. The top 10 pictures will be posted on the Office of New Student and Family Programs website where the UK community will be able to vote on its favorite picture! The winner will be announced in mid to late September.

The grand prize winner will receive 2 VIP front row seats for the winner and a guest for Jennifer and Ronald's author lecture in October 2015, as well as a fast pass to meet them and get a copy of the book signed at the book signing following the lecture. In addition, the winner's photo will displayed on the Office of New Student and Family Programs website and possibly The Kentucky Kernel.


CRE Photo Entry Guidelines:
  1. Only one entry for the photo contest per student is allowed
  2. Entries must be submitted to one of the CRE social media sites
  3. Photos must be original work; submission of another's work and/or copyright infringement will be reported to the Dean of Students
  4. Photos must be submitted in digital format
  5. Photos may not be enhanced with the exception of cropping and changing of contrast
  6. Photos may be submitted as full color, black and white, or sepia images


CRE Social Media:

Facebook: @University of Kentucky Common Reading Experience
Twitter: @UKCommonReading
Instagram: @UKCommonReading

(Please note: New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) staff reserves the right to remove pictures posted to NSFP social media sites. By posting the photo on any/all NSFP social media sites, the student is hereby granting permission to the University of Kentucky and its affiliates and subsidiaries, including but not limited to the Office of New Student and Family Programs, authorization of the aforementioned images in educational and promotional activities for the following without compensation: University Educational Publications/Videos, University Electronics Publishing (e.g. World Wide Web), University Social Media Initiatives, and/or University Promotion/Advertising).



Apply to be a Common Reading Experience Peer Leader!

The Common Reading Experience Peer Leaders assist New Student and Family Programs staff in the coordination and implementation of the Common Reading Experience program throughout the academic year. The purpose of the CRE Peer Leader program is to aid new students in their academic transition to the University by connecting them to peers who serve as resources and role models for academic excellence, have a passion for learning, and serve as positive student representatives of the program. CRE Peer Leaders will have the opportunity to serve on the CRE Selection and Programming Committees, collaborate with staff and campus partners to coordinate and implement CRE co-curricular programs including the CRE Author Lecture, and assist in the marketing and promotions of the CRE. CRE Peer Leader recruitment and interviews are held in the spring. To receive more information on the position and when applications are made available, submit your contact information to the following interest form, https://orgsync.com/85753/forms/112226.