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Fame & Responsibility at Winford College Paperback – October 17, 2006
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About the Author
After serving as Chair of the Rice Geology Department from 1971 to 1974, I moved to the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in 1975. As a state university with about five times as many students as Rice, UNC exposed me to a school where it was very difficult for students to get to know faculty and seek help from them. I taught at UNC for more than twenty years and still keep an office in the Department of Geological Sciences. During this time I was able to work closely with students that I supervised and some who merely took my classes. At Rice and UNC I supervised a total of about forty M.S. students and forty PhD students.
I wrote and edited, commonly with co-authors, eight books on geology during my career. Some geologists regard my geological books and papers as fictional, but my first intentional venture into fiction came after I retired. In early 2006 I self-published my feelings about graduate education in a humorous chapbook titled The Care and Feeding of Thesis Advisors. The sketches in the chapbook are done by Sylvia Lauterborn, who also illustrated my novel. The chapbook is printed with ISBN Number 1-59715-021-5, but I have distributed it mostly as a pdf by email.
My first, perhaps only, novel uses fictional Winford College as a means of expressing my concerns about undergraduate education.
Sylvia Lauterborn lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, who is on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a painter as well as an illustrator and has exhibited her work locally.
Top Customer Reviews
Fame and Responsibility starts in the late 1940's with Randy Miller and Sue MacDonald, a young couple from Prineville, Oregon. As Randy begins his college career at Winford College, he finds that perhaps college isn't the best route for him, and his advisors agree, telling him that he should go out and get a job doing what he already does best: writing and speaking. Following the advice given to him, Randy goes on to become a famous orator and politician. His life with his wife Sue is touched on throughout the book, and serves as a grounding point for most of the action.
Using many colorful characters to guide the reader through the story, Fame and Responsibility starts to feel a bit diluted with so many characters and so many time periods being discussed. Perhaps that's why Rogers includes a character breakdown on the first page of his book, much the way a play includes a listing and description of each character and where they appear in the play.Read more ›
Each of the main characters of the book have their own unique and interesting experiences at Winford and is touched by someone at the college who cared about their well being and was instrumental in their success. Later on in life, they become once again involved in Winford College and they begin to see what the college is quickly becoming and make drastic moves to ensure that the traditional reputation of the school is restored.
This is a very humorous and thought provoking novel. It touches on a very serious and real subject that I hadn't put much thought into until now. It's so true that many colleges and universities put so much into maintaining a certain prestigious image that they lose sight of what's most important, "students". This is a great read that teens and adults will truly enjoy.