Virtual Alumni Book Club
The Radford University Alumni Association invites you to "Read with Radford" and join our Virtual Alumni Book Club. Join other Radford alumni and friends to continue to learn beyond the classroom. Share your own curiosity and engage with other members of the Radford Family through thought-provoking comments in our private group. At the end of each book, we will invite participants to dive a little deeper and join in on a zoom discussion.
We will explore one book per quarter and our alumni will help us choose our next reading selection. You may share your book suggestions with us anytime by submitting your recommendations on this online form.
Next book begins: August 3, 2020
Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul
By Marty Smith`98
The amazing and blessed life of popular ESPN reporter and correspondent for College GameDay, Marty Smith, whose mission in this thoughtful and funny memoir is to return fans to the true soul of sports in this country.
You know Marty right? The guy during College GameDay hanging off the back of a pickup truck while zooming around the Clemson athletic facilities. The guy who visits Nick Saban's lake house and somehow gets Coach to jump in the lake. The guy who sits down with Dale Jr. at Daytona to talk through tears about his miraculous return to racing. The guy who interviews Tiger Woods, Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning and Jimmie Johnson -- the guy who gets paid to live the fantasy of every sports fan in America.
Never Settle is the funny but oh, so true story of how Marty got here, and a revealing look at his journey. Never Settle includes all the best stories and behind-the-scenes moments from Marty's wild life, covering topics including: college football, racing, fathers and sons, how sports can bring us together, and how it all goes back to growing up on a farm and playing high school ball in Pearisburg, Virginia.
How do I join the virtual book club?
- Step One: Log into Facebook and search for our Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group.
- Step Two: Request to join the Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group. Once you have requested group membership and have answered the entry questions, you will be granted access by our group moderator.
- Step Three: Start reading and join the conversation!
How frequent is the book club?
The Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club will explore four books a year, one per season. The Radford Alumni team has chosen the first book; however, future books will be selected from nominations submitted by our alumni. You may share your suggestions by submitting a recommendation form. (include web link when live) The selected text will be announced two months before discussions begin.
Do I need to read every book?
There is no formal time commitment for the book club – you can spend as much or as little time participating as you’d like. We will provide as much supplemental material as possible for each book, so everyone is able to participate, even if you don’t have time to read the book cover to cover.
How does a virtual discussion work?
Once you’re a member of the Radford Alumni Virtual Book Club Facebook group, you’ll be able to participate by commenting, posing questions to fellow readers, and responding to others' comments. The book club moderator will help lead regular discussions, but all alumni and friends are welcome to chime in with their own questions and take-aways from the book.
At the completion of each book, the Radford Alumni team will host a zoom meeting for a virtual discussion for interested participants.
Can I recommend a book for the club to read?
Of course! While we do try to feature authors from the Radford community, like faculty or alumni, we’re open to all suggestions. Use this form to submit a suggestion.
What if I still have questions?
We’re here to help! You can contact our book club moderator, Michelle, directly at email@example.com or by calling 703-489-4144.