August 23, 2016
Every year, all members of the freshman class are asked to read the same book as a way to provide a common learning experience, and learn to uphold the Bearcat Bond and Just Community Principles. The university calls this the Common Read, and it is supported by the Center for First Year Experience and Learning Communities.
Many freshman courses will use this book as a learning tool throughout the academic year. Parking Services is helping to promote awareness of this year's book, A Deadly Wandering, by Matt Richtel, by sponsoring the Pledge to Limit Technology Distractions, and additional efforts throughout the year. Nearly 400 students have signed the pledge so far.
A Deadly Wandering is a true life account of how a fatal texting-and-driving accident touched the lives of the driver, the families of the victims, law enforcement, and influenced distracted driving legislation. It also weaves in the neuroscience of how our brains are distracted by technology, and are not built to manage all of the multi-tasking that is a part of our culture.
The Pledge to Limit Technology Distractions (the Pledge) was introduced via a handout in welcome bags distributed at Convocation on Aug. 19. Students were asked to bring the signed Pledge to the MainStreet booth at Taste of Uptown on Aug. 21 for a chance to win a free semester of Parking.
Common Read activities will be promoted via social media using the hashtag #LookUpUC. Stay tuned for additional updates about Parking Services' involvement throughout the year.