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: Clark University
Location: Worchester, MA
I came across a phrase called “Spree Day” and I went researching its origins and found out it is associated with Clark University. Clark University is a private, non-sectarian, teaching and research institution founded in 1887 by Jonas Gilman Clark. It was the first college that offered exclusively graduate level degrees and courses. In 1902 it began admitting undergraduate students.
Photo below shows Clark University from aerial photo.
What is Spree Day? Spree Day occurs at Clark University during spring semester. Spree Day originated in 1903 to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day
It has evolved over time and it’s a day when classes are cancelled and a carnival is set up on the green. The carnival includes live music, inflatables, food, and some crazy games. It is traditional to not tell first-year students about Spree Day, instead, the Senior class awakens the first-years by running through their dorms banging pots and pans.
Found a YouTube Video from 2016 Spree Day event.
The owner of the Philadelphia Eagles is Jeffrey Lurie and is Clark University Grad.
Ironically Clark does not sponsor the sport of football. Lurie holds a Ph.D in Social Policy and in his earlier life taught at Boston University as an adjunct professor.