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: DePauw University
Location: Greencastle, IN
Yesterday my post was on a college that was affiliated with the Mennonites. I kept thinking of top colleges that had ties to the Methodist Church. I came up with SMU pretty quick but wasn’t sure what others would be highly rated. One that came up in my research was DePauw University.
Photo from campus magazine of DePauw from an aerial view.
DePauw University was founded in 1837 by the Methodist Church. The original name, Indiana Asbury University, came from the first American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Francis Asbury.
Greencastle was the chosen site because the community worked diligently to raise $25,000 — a huge sum in those days — to convince the Methodists to establish their college in the rough, frontier village. The General Assembly of the State of Indiana granted a charter for the establishment of the University on January 10, 1837, and the cornerstone of the first building was laid that year.
DePauw also happens to be the alma mater of UNC Pembroke’s Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Kapica Davis.
While at DePauw, Davis lettered in basketball for four years and helped lead her squad to four consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. The Lady Tigers made two trips to the NCAA tournament during her tenure and, in 2001-02, finished third in the nation.