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Monday, October 03, 2011

Alice Ozma presents The Reading Promise

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Alice Ozma, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Rowan University, is the 2011 Fall Lecture Series speaker at the University of Southern Indiana. Ozma, author of The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, will give her presentation at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 17 in Carter Hall in University Center West. Ozma will sign copies of The Reading Promise following the lecture.

When Ozma was in the fourth grade, her father made a promise: to read to her every night, without missing a night, for 100 nights. Once the pair met their goal, they couldn't stop. One-hundred became 1,000, and eventually, they decided to read as long as they possibly could. The Reading Streak, as they called it, ultimately lasted 3,218, finally ending on Ozma's first day of college. The story of their amazing commitment to reading, and to each other, is chronicled in The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared.

The Reading Streak changed their lives so profoundly, Ozma has made a commitment to spread the word about reading and the importance of making a reading promise. The reading promise is simply a promise to read to yourself, read to someone else, and protect and defend reading in your community. It's a promise anyone can make, and a movement you'll feel good about. Improve your life and the lives of those around you - make your own reading promise today.

The 2011 Fall Lecture Series is sponsored by Student Development Programs and the USI Foundation. Past speakers include Bill Strickland, Mitch Albom, Alan Lightman, Kevin Roberts, Jeannette Walls, Ethan Zohn, Brent Scarpo, and Clifton Taulbert.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Fall Lecture Series, contact David Duvall, assistant director of Student Development Programs, at 812/465-7167 or

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