Do you have a dream, and aren’t sure how to make it come true? Have you ever wanted to change the world, one step at a time? Do people say that you are too young to make a difference? Then Start Something that Matters is a book you need to read.

Lydia Morrow Ruetten“This book is motivating, inspiring, offers practical information, and is easy to read,” said Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Dean of the GSU Library and Chair of the Intellectual Life Committee. “As we were reviewing books for the One Book One University offering for 2015, we wanted to select a book that would speak to our busy GSU college students,” she said.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Start Something that Matters speaks to the three key initiatives at Governors State University: Sustainability, Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement through the eyes of Blake Mycoskie, Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS.

“It is the intention of the Intellectual Life Committee that this book will encourage students here at GSU to take their dreams, turn them into reality and start something that matters,” offered Ruetten. For more information about the One Book One University program at GSU, please feel free to write to Dean Ruetten, lruetten@govst.edu.   


"I encourage all members of our GSU Community to read this year’s One Book One University selection, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. Having a common reading experience helps connect students, faculty and staff through meaningful discussions, reflections, and actions. This book addresses the important topic of finding ways to individually or collectively start something that matters and to make a difference in our local, regional and global communities." 

Deborah E. Bordelon, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Governors State University


“Anthropologist Dell Hymes says that a community is defined as a group of people who know the same stories. I would add that community on a campus is strengthened by reading the same books. I look forward to the stimulating discussions motivated by Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters.”

Elaine P. Maimon, Ph.D.
President, Governors State University