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 University: Colorado School of Mines
Location: Golden, CO
I was fortunate to serve on a number of NCAA committees work during my tenure as Director of Athletics at UNC Pembroke. That work would occasionally take me to another campus. In 2007 I got to go visit Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO to see them put on their “Evening in the Park”.
That event got them recognized in 2007 with the “Community Engagement Award of Excellence”. That award was designed to recognize one NCAA Division II school for its work in tying together the athletics department, student-athletes and the community where the school resides with an enriching program.
Golden is a great town and yes it is home to Coors Brewing Company. I was impressed that anywhere you looked on campus you could see Lookout Mtn. and the big M.
My NCAA friends and I had all had a great time in 2007 at “Evening in the Park”and even got our picture taken with “BLASTER”.
(l-r) Tim Griggs-Coker-David Riggins-Mars Hill-Stephanie Quigg-NCAA-Dan Kenney-UNC Pembroke with Blaster.
If you cannot tell Blaster is a burro and is the Colorado School of Mines mascot. They probably are the only university that has a live burro as a mascot. Blue Key is an honor society at Colorado School of Mines. Blue Key has the unique honor of looking after Blaster while he is on campus for school events.