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KSBN announces 2016 common book ‘Spare Parts’

The K-State Book Network announced author Joshua Davis’ novel, “Spare Parts: For Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream,” as its 2016 common book.

The novel was selected after its review by the 42 faculty, students and staff from 18 colleges and units that composed the KSBN selection committee, according to K-State Today. “Spare Parts” details the journey of four young Latino men, born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, as they tackle and surpass the challenges they face associated with their undocumented status.

“First-year students will be engaging with themes related to academic competitions, education, and underdogs,” Tara Coleman, chair of KSBN and associate professor of Hale Library, said to K-State Today. “We believe every major, from engineering to English, will find something to connect with in the book.”

Via Christi announces new senior administrator

There is a new senior administrator coming to lead Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

Via Christi announced that Bob Copple will begin filling the position as of May 23, according to KMAN. Copple was previously the president and chief executive officer of Memorial Community Hospital and Health System in Blair, Nebraska, since 2013.

“Our Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan has a strong history of providing high quality healthcare services to the community,” Todd Conklin, chief operating officer for Via Christi Health, said. “I am confident that under Bob’s leadership, it will continue to serve this important and growing community with distinction.”

Copple will be succeeding John Broberg, who announced his retirement from Via Christi in January, according to KMAN.