The Bigger Picture

December 3rd, 2013

IU East celebrated the second year of the “One Book, Many Voices” project this fall. The project mission is to foster a campus and community discussion about themes and ideas inspired by a common text in an effort to develop camaraderie, inform knowledge, and inspire action towards positive civic engagement and improvement.DocHendley

The featured book was Wine to Water, by Doc Hendley. Just as the subtitle indicates, the book is about “how one man saved himself while trying to save the world.” A bartender from North Carolina, Hendley became aware of the global water crisis and decided that he needed to and could do something about it.

The project continues with events through December 2013. Hendley visited Richmond and speak at an event open to the public on November 13 at IU East as well as at the university’s annual Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon on November 14.

Community partners intersected with existing events. Helping Young Professionals Engage Richmond (HYPE) has agreed to donated a portion of its proceeds from its annual wine tasting event, “For the Love of Grapes,” to Wine to Water, book clubs are reviewing the book, and other events are being planned that will be included on the project website and community calendar. Books are available for purchase at the IU East Bookstore as well as available for borrowing at the Morrisson-Reeves Library.

The School of Natural Science and Mathematics is took an active role in this year’s “One Book, Many Voices” by connecting our students with their environment – namely, water sources.

Students from the Biology-L101 and L102 classes learned about pollution, toxins, and their effects on our water supply. In addition, each student will learn proper methods of sample collecting and put that knowledge to use by taking samples at designated locations throughout Wayne County. Chemistry students then analyzed the water samples and chart the results.

By engaging the students in the “One Book, Many Voices” project, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics is promoting not only the application of literature, but also real-world processes that our students can carry with them throughout their academic career. Our hope is that our students will gain a better appreciation, understanding, and concern for the world around them – starting close to home.

For more information on this, and other projects that the School of Natural Science and Mathematics are working on, please visit our website at or e-mail the Dean Neil Sabine at