To members of the Class of 2017,

Welcome to the WLC community! The faculty members are pleased that you have chosen to join us this fall, and we look forward to assisting you in your spiritual, academic, and social journey.

College is about learning - and reading. One of our goals as a faculty is to help you develop a love for reading and the confidence that you can critically evaluate what you have read, and then apply it to your life and work.

Common Freshman Summer Reading Text

With that in mind, each summer we ask incoming freshmen to read a common text. The book selected this year is Swimming in the Daylight by Wisconsin native Lisa C. Paul.

Freshman Summer Read

Swimming in the Daylight is the remarkable story of a Russian teacher who reveals an indomitable spirit to her American student and imparts an unforgettable lesson: It is possible to swim in the daylight of hope even amid an ocean of darkness and despair. Set in the years just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this is the story of the improbable friendship between Lisa Paul, a young college student from the Midwest, strong in her Catholic faith, and Inna Kitrosskaya Meiman, an internationally known Soviet Jew whose own government forbids her from receiving medical treatment abroad. As both women hold tight to the strength of their friendship, Lisa takes dramatic action to help Inna, and never gives up hope for her freedom. This moving account will inspire new generations to fight for the causes in which they believe.

New and used copies of Swimming in the Daylight by Lisa C. Paul are available online through WLC's textbook vendor. Print and eBook versions also are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble (Skyhorse Publishing; ISBN 9781616082031).

We ask that you read this text BEFORE arriving for Orientation in August. The book will be infused into course assignments, discussions, and programming throughout the year. Author Lisa C. Paul will speak to you on campus this fall.

We hope you have a blessed summer, and we look forward to meeting you and discussing your insights regarding Swimming in the Daylight during the coming year. Please bring your copy of the text with you so that you can refer to when discussed in class.

Dr. Erbe, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I look forward to welcoming you to WLC during W.O.W. weekend, beginning August 23.


Dr. David Brightsman
Dean, College of Professional Studies
Wisconsin Lutheran College