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 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: Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
My interest was piqued in learning about Carnegie Mellon University because an outstanding leader who used to work at UNC Pembroke Patrick Sterk is now the Associate Director of Athletics at Carnegie Mellon.
As I browsed the web a curious fact about Carnegie Mellon popped up. You can earn a major in bagpiping. In 1990, the school instituted the world’s first bagpipe degree, a major — complete with a designated need-based scholarship — focusing on both studio performance and the history and culture behind bagpiping.
The photo below shows Nick Hudson who in 2009 became the school’s 3rd graduate with that major.
Carnegie Mellon has many notable alumni including Ted Danson, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Klugman, George Peppard, and Holly Hunter.
As a Seinfeld fan I can not resist the YouTube Clip on Ted Danson. When I see this rerun again it will have a richer meaning for me knowing he is a Carnegie Mellon grad.