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: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology-“New Mexico Tech”
Location: Socorro, NM
Reading biographies of successful leaders sometimes reveals a fact that I don’t think I would have guessed in a hundred years. The founder of the Hilton Hotel chain Conrad Hilton attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Students attending New Mexico Tech conducts ongoing research into oil and gas production, software development, astronomy, and physics. Students in these programs do everything from atmospheric research to flying experimental rockets.
Socorro is located about 75 miles south of Albuquerque and is in the Rio Grande Valley.
Conrad Hilton purchased his first hotel in Cisco, TX in 1919. He went on to buy and build hotels throughout Texas, including the high rise Dallas Hilton, opened in 1925; the Abilene Hilton in 1927; Waco Hilton in 1928; and El Paso Hilton in 1930. He built his first hotel outside of Texas in 1939 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, today known as the Hotel Andaluz.
Conrad Hilton had four children. One of his sons Barron Hilton had eight children including Richard Hilton who had 4 children including Paris Hilton. Paris Hilton is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton.
Photo below of Richard Hilton and wife Kathy along with daughter Paris.