Dayton's Big Read

University of Dayton Libraries is hosting one book discussion as part of its Porch Reads program for Dayton's Big Read: Cheryl Strayed's Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. The book discussion is free and open to all. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. 

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Outdoor Engagement Center, 437 Stonemill Rd. For parking inquires, please contact Emily Wilk at

Book discussion facilitators: Emily Wilk, Assistant Director, Outdoor Education and Camps and Katelyn Rendulic, Junior double majoring in History and English.

For more information, email or call 229-4270.

Wild: A Summary

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Discussion Facilitators

Emily Wilk is the Assistant Director for Outdoor Education and Camps in Campus Recreation at the University of Dayton. Prior to joining UD, Emily helped found the Office for Outdoor Experiential Education at the Loyola University Chicago, where she earned a BSW and MSW. She also completed an extended high altitude backpacking course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Originally from Michigan, her love for the outdoors began as a camp counselor, kayak instructor, and adventure therapist. In her spare time, Emily enjoys cycling, paddling, yoga, and hiking with friends.

Originating from Pittsburgh, PA, Katelyn Rendulic is a Junior double majoring in History and English. Katelyn is actively engaged in a number of commitments at the University. She serves as resident assistant for sophomore students, a student leader for outdoor initiatives as a student staff member for Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Education's program, and participates in service and outreach efforts to connect UD students and Dayton residents to their local rivers and city as a River Steward. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, yoga, hiking, running and lots of reading."