We have partnered with Santa Clara University to create a virtual book club for Santa Clara alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, covering lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other books the participants are interested in. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining is completely free, you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read one book every two months so that you'll have plenty of time for each book.
by Andrea Yaryura Clark
There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:
1. Connect With Fellow Santa Clara University Alumni: Want another way to connect? Joining our book club will help you get to know fellow alumni through a learning community.
2. Be a Lifelong Learner: A book club can expand your perspective when we read new books and learn from other book club members. We will read books that will challenge us, inspire us, and motivate us to grow as lifelong learners.
3. Reading is Good for You: Did you know business people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230% more than people who read just one book per year?1 Reading improves your intelligence, reasoning ability, and has been linked to reducing the chance of Alzheimer's.2 Joining our book club gives you the opportunity to read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.
Below are a few examples of the kind of books the group may read. We will vote between several options each period and select a book based on reader interests.
We plan to start the group by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will be lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other books and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read you should be fine.
No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.
Participation is free for Santa Clara University alumni, faculty, staff and friends! You are responsible for obtaining a copy of the book.
Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.
The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.
We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. Santa Clara University is teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for Santa Clara alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.
If you are already a member, you can click here to log in.
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1 Tuesday Morning Coaching by David Cottrell, pg 134.
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/