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: Lehigh University
Location: Allentown, PA
I grew up in Northern NJ and right across the Delaware River lies Allentown PA.
In 1865, Asa Packer, president of Lehigh Valley Railroad, presented a $500,000 gift along with some land to build Lehigh University. The building below is the Alumni Memorial Building on Lehigh’s campus.
Packer wanted something that would contribute to the “intellectual and moral improvement” of men in the Lehigh Valley. His gift in 1865 was the largest donation of its kind to any educational institution in America at that time. The site that Packer chose for his university was a railroad junction across the Lehigh River from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a community founded in 1741 by Moravian missionaries.
Today Lehigh has three campus that are all connected that you can see easily while driving on I-78 in Allentown, PA.
Lehigh alumni include Lee Iaocca who spearheaded the development of the Ford Mustang and Pinto, Roger Penske a noted professional race car owner, and Don Most who starred as Ralph Malph on the TV show “Happy Days”.
Don Most is on left front row.