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Common Read 2014 - "START Something That Matters" by Blake Mycoskie
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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"Start Something That Matters" selected


Dear Fellow Members of the UNH Community,

Thank you to the many students, faculty and staff who nominated books for the 2014 Common Read.  We received over 50 recommendations this year. The Common Read Committee reviewed each selection and developed a short list of 12 books for further consideration which were read by members of the Committee.  We had a number of active students on the Common Read Committee whose intellect, love for reading and active involvement gave us an important student perspective. 

We are pleased to announce that Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, has been selected as the 2014 UNH Common Read.    Blake Mycoskie is the founder and Chief Shoe Giver at TOMS, a company he began in 2006 based on a business model that focuses on “One for One” giving to a person in need for every purchase made through TOMS.   His method of helping others has expanded from providing shoes to over 10 million children to TOMS Eyewear in 2011 which focuses on restoring sight and TOMS Roasting Company in 2014 to provide clean water to developing communities with every purchase of coffee.  Each book we purchase will generate a book donation to child in need.   

In 2009, Blake and TOMS received the Secretary of State’s Award of Corporate Excellence, and he has been named to Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list and recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative and Bill Gates.  Additional information about Blake Mycoskie and TOMS can be found at and

The Committee selected this book because of the opportunities it provides for discussion on civic and community engagement, entrepreneurship, leadership, cultural awareness, service and passion.  It is our hope that faculty and students will identify many connections between this book and their first year courses.  The book will be distributed to students during SOAR and will be supported by a wide variety of programming as part of students’ first year experience.

Please send us your suggestions for programs, lectures, workshops, service learning programs, and course assignments that relate to the themes found in the book.  The book will be on reserve in the Library and also available in May for faculty interested in using it in their classes.  

The 2014 Common Read Selection Committee                             

Pam Asmus                 Aschlee Cole
Hanko Dobi                  Felecia Edwards       
Becky Johnson            Todd Jokl
Becca Kitchell              Jackie Koral
Ryan Lynch                   Kaela Mason                          
Juline Mills                    Ronald Pierce
Lauren Ritchie              Haley Ross
Stuart Sidle                    Oscar Valenzuela
Matt Wranovix        



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