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"Reading in Common Program" welcomes Honors College freshmen

New Mexico University's Honor College has selected a book that focuses on border issues to be read by incoming Honors freshmen participating in the college's fourth year of the "Reading in Common Program."

This year's selection, Luis Albero Urrea's "The Devil's Highway," was assigned for the students to read over the summer. The book tells the true story of 26 men who attempted to cross the Mexican border into Southern Arizona. Only 12 of the men made it alive.

During Aggie Welcome Week, Aug. 17-22, the students will meet for group discussions and activities led by NMSU Honors faculty and upperclassmen.

Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame.

A national best-seller, "The Devil's Highway," was named a best book of the year in many publications.

Participants in the reading program received a free copy of the book courtesy of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Las Cruces. The NMSU bookstore is donating an iPod Nano that will be used as a prize to those who registered for the program.

As part of its fall 2008 "Reading in Common Program," the Honors College also sponsored an essay contest on the book with the three best essays being awarded gift certificates to the NMSU bookstore ($75, $50 and $25). Each participant also received an Honors College T-shirt.