School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Student, Professor Take Top Honors in One Book Competition

Posted on: October 7th, 2010 by

Alex McDaniel, a graduate student and former editor of the Daily Mississippian, and Deb Wenger, the head of undergraduate studies, won in Ole Miss’s One Book- One Community essay contest. The contest was open to local high school students, Ole Miss students and citizens of Lafayette County.

Here is a link to the essays on the One Book site:

Alex McDaniel won for the Ole Miss student category with an essay on how interviewing her fiancee’ about Katrina for a class assignment affected both of them, and Deb Wenger wrote about her late, great aunt, who served in World War II.

The three winners will have a one-on-one tonight with radio’s David Isay, the man behind NPR’s Story Corps and the author of, “Listening Is an Act of Love.”

The One Book- One Community program seeks to encourage the University of Mississippi and Lafayette County citizens to read a specified book each academic year, beginning in August 2010. One Book projects have been successful on campuses, cities, and entire states in promoting a learning community through the shared reading of a single text.