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Frank Phillips College students will Make the Impossible Possible

Students at Frank Phillips College have a lot to discuss this Fall as they read Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary as part of the university’s common reading program.

Previously selected as common reading at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Voorhees College, and Winthrop University, the book has received many accolades including:

“It’s the American dream with a twist: for Strickland, it was never about shedding his past and getting ahead but about following his bliss and making a difference.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Straddling between both autobiographical and inspirational genre, the most exquisite beauty of this book is in its straightforward and heartfelt approach. There are so many imminently quotable lines you can draw from cover to cover. This is the kind of book you’d want to read over and over again, with a marker in hand to annotate it as you read, or with a pen and paper on the side to take down notes. Or even both. For as you share in the struggles and successes of Bill Strickland, Make The Impossible Possible is an inexhaustible wellspring of real-life inspiration.”—Sacramento Book Review

Click here for a list of other universities that have adopted Make the Impossible Possible for common reading.

Watch video of author Bill Strickland speaking at the 2010 Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon, part of the First-Year Experience conference.

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Highschool, College, and Beyond – Great Books for Your Common Readers & Grads

                   

It’s May and you all know what that means…graduating seniors! Whether they are high schoolers going off to college or college grads entering the workforce, there is no doubt your students will be juggling pearls of wisdom from all sides.

This past Sunday, The Washington Post published a list of “Books for graduates setting out on that next big adventure.” Not your average list (Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is omitted) these books have been hand-selected by recent college grad, Elizabeth Sher,  the gift book-a-month program coordinator at Washington D.C.’s Politics & Prose.

Of the Random House, Inc. books that made the cut, Sher said:

A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind “should be required reading for all high school students heading off to college.” The book follows a young man to the Ivy League.

Bill Strickland’s Make the Impossible Possible “tells of the author’s big dreams, struggles, and successes making his Pittsburgh ghetto a better place.”

Both books already have an excellent track record among universities. A Hope in the Unseen has been selected for common reading at fifteen colleges and universities and was a Maryland state-wide read. Bill Strickland has received honorary degrees from fourteen universities, is a sought-after commencement speaker and has been recognized by Harvard Business School. Make the Impossible Possible has also been selected for common reading at four universities.

Click here to view video of Bill Strickland’s recent talk at the Sixth Annual Random House Author Luncheon during the First-Year Experience Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Bill Strickland speaks at the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

Wrapping up the afternoon at the Sixth Annual First-Year Experience Author Luncheon last month in Denver, Colorado was the dynamic Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary.

Over the past thirty years, the MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner has been transforming the lives of thousands of people through the creation of Manchester Bidwell, a jobs training center and community arts program. Working with corporations, community leaders, and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and built a better, brighter future.

During his talk, Mr. Strickland showed the audience images of the Manchester Bidwell Center, its students, and their work. Images, video, and other resources may be found on his website.

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For more information on bringing these speakers to your school or community, rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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See it here! Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible, speaks.

Check out these videos featuring Bill Strickland; CEO, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, and author of Make the Impossible Possible.

Mr. Strickland is a dynamic speaker and gives talks around the nation. To learn more about him and inquire about arranging a visit to your school or university e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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Impossible is possible for students at IUP

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania is hoping to inspire students to dream big with their selection of Bill Stricklands Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Acheive the Extraordinary for their 2009-2010 Common Freshman Reader.

“The Common Freshman Reader program is designed to enhance new students’ personal investment in the earliest stage of their learning experience at IUP,” said Dr. Tony Atwater, the university’s president, who first introduced the program four years ago.

The book is Mr. Strikland’s personal story – “It’s the American dream with a twist: for Strickland, it was never about shedding his past and getting ahead but about following his bliss and making a difference.” (Publishers Weekly) The Pennsylvania native is the president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and Bidwell Training Center. He has won multiple awards and has been involved with many committees and organizations including the Expansion Arts Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.

This book is out in paperback October 20th.

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