My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I actually have a summary list of each of beer I drank in 2014. That “Beer of the Day” list can be found at link below:
I have a summary list on my 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of Institution: Berea College
Location: Berea, KY
In the early 1980’s as an Assistant Basketball Coach at Western Carolina University I had to travel to Berea College to scout a future opponent. I believe the team I was scouting was Milligan. I don’t remember much about Milligan but came away impressed that every kid on the basketball team at Berea had a job at the college.
- Each student at Berea receives a tuition scholarship worth nearly $100,000 for four years.
- The College is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the United States.
Work Colleges purposefully integrate work responsibilities—complete with supervisors and evaluations—along with community service activities into every student’s education.
A list of the seven Work Colleges can be found at link below:
I was less impressed with Berea’s Seabury Gymnasium which had been build in 1928. In the 1980’s it’s nearly 60 years of age was evident. I had no problem finding the gym it was the building next to the water tower with the college’s name on it.
Berea has remodeled Seabury but students today still work to earn their tuition. I am fortunate to work with one of Berea’s graduates Christie Poteet. She does great work for UNC Pembroke as Director of the Community and Civic Engagement. At UNC Pembroke, Poteet oversees a staff of 14, made up mostly of students. She was voted Staff Member of the Year in 2016. That work college service mentality she got from Berea serves her well at UNC Pembroke.
Another Berea College graduate that has impacted UNC Pembroke is Dr. Helen Maynor Scheirbeck. One of the largest scholarship at UNC Pembroke was created in her honor.
Over a 53-year career in Washington, D.C., Scheirbeck held many jobs and had a hand in the passage of half a dozen key pieces of Indian education legislation in Congress.