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Collin College Welcomes Author, Veteran

Collin College Welcomes Author, Veteran

Book-in-Common focuses on the veteran experience, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Soft Spots Book Cover Courtesy of Clint Van Winkle

Book-In-Common Author Clint Van Winkle to speak at Collin

March 20, 2012 – The 2011-12 Book-in-Common program will place its focus on the experiences of the country’s veterans – on and off the battlefield.

The Book-in-Common program picks a book every year for students, faculty, staff and the community to read.  Faculty members are invited to incorporate it into the classroom spanning across various disciplines.

This year’s selection is Soft Spots: A Marine’s Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Clint Van Winkle.

The program culminates in a visit and lecture by the author at Collin College. This year’s visit is in the spring semester. The dates are:

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
  • 1 p.m., Thursday, April 5, Central Park Campus Conference Center

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Van Winkle was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and, in 2003, was part of the first wave of troops that crossed over into Iraq. In his memoir, he relates how his combat experience has affected him physically, mentally and emotionally once he returned stateside.

Past Book-in-Common selections include: Big Fish by David Wallace; First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung; All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald; The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl; and When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

The Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney; the Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco; and the Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

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Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.