Letter From The President

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Mississippi State family and to our Maroon Edition common reading program. Before you join us on campus this fall, I invite you to take the time to read our 2018 book selection, "Calico Joe" by John Grisham.

A 1977 graduate, Mr. Grisham is one of the world’s best-selling writers, and he is also a great friend to Mississippi State University. He played a pivotal role in our launch of the Maroon Edition program in 2009, when our campus community together read his novel, "A Painted House."

"Calico Joe" tells a timeless story that raises important questions about forgiveness, the complicated relationships between children and their parents, and baseball. I believe you will find your time well spent as this story unfolds.

In addition to hearing from Mr. Grisham at Fall Convocation in August, you will be able to participate in activities and discussions about the book and the important questions it asks during the upcoming academic year. I look forward to talking with you about it.

Have a great summer and Hail State!

Mark E. Keenum

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. --Sir Richard Steele