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 Our 2019-20 Campus Read selection is...


"Running with the Antelope: Life, Fitness, and Grit on the Northern Plains" by Melanie Carvell

Campus Read Guide: Running with the Antelope

Melanie Carvell is a gifted athlete who grew up in a small town in southwestern North Dakota in the 1970s. This beautiful and inspiring memoir tells the story of Melanie’s remarkable journey, from the agricultural village of Mott to world duathlon and triathlon competitions, to a notable career as a physical therapist and a women’s health professional. 
“As an Olympic athlete and professional coach, I know gifted leaders when I see them and Melanie is the real deal. She leads by example and empowers others along the way.” – Sheila Taormina, Four-time Olympian, Gold medalist, and Triathlon World Champion
“A compelling and inspirational memoir by a daughter of the heartland. Read this and you will understand the rhythms of the prairie and its towns. You will understand the motivation and enduring strength of a distance runner on winding trails and roads.” – Lillian Crook, Founder, Badlands Conservation Alliance
“Through not only her success as a triathlete, but also through her spirit, enthusiasm and personality, long ago Melanie became one of America’s triathlon ambassadors. She has a lot to share in this book, not only about being an athlete but also about struggles and triumphs of life that we all can relate to and find inspiration.” – Tim Yount, Chief Operating Officer, USA Triathlon



BSC Campus Read, established in 2004, is designed to engage the campus community in a shared reading experience to enhance discussion and learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

BSC Campus read goals are to:
  • Build a culture of reading at BSC
    Build community
  • Demonstrate the power, importance and joy of reading
  • Give everyone a common talking point
  • Promote lifelong learning
Each year the Campus Read Committee chooses a book and encourages the campus community to participate in its activities.

For more information, including a list of previous Campus Read books, visit