October 08, 2009

Saluki First Year brings popular author to campus

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- He’s achieved worldwide acclaim writing about roommates who run around ala natural and other unexpected college life surprises good and bad, and now he’s coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Author Harlan Cohen will discuss his book, “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College,” 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 in Student Center Ballrooms C/D. Cohen’s presentation is open to students, the campus community and the public. And, it’s free of charge.

Cohen writes the syndicated advice column “Help Me, Harlan!” with a weekly readership exceeding four million. Cohen, who is from Chicago, is a writer, musician and author with a passion for college life; in addition to writing about surviving and achieving in college, Cohen has also spoken at more than 300 campuses. For more information about Cohen, visit his Web site at www.harlancohen.com.

Saluki First Year, a new SIUC initiative, gave copies of Cohen’s book to all first-year students and the program is sponsoring Cohen’s appearance. Those attending are welcome to bring their copies of “The Naked Roommate” for the book signing in the John W. Corker Lounge immediately after Cohen speaks.

The University created Saluki First Year to help students reach their full potential and participate more actively in their first year at SIUC. The program provides answers, referrals and much more for students and is sponsoring several guest speakers, including Cohen. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, director of University Housing, and Mark Amos, associate professor of English, co-chair the program. For more information about the program, visit www.firstyear.siuc.edu, call 618/453-1828, firstyr@siu.edu or visit the office in Faner Hall, Room 3341.