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: University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
If you think of US Colleges the one that may be located the furthest north in the country is University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) was established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, but its origins lie in the creation of a federal agricultural experiment station in Fairbanks in 1906.
Great picture of UAF with a rainbow.
Fairbanks got created because of shallow water. Found an interesting story from 1901 on Fairbanks origins.
Captain E.T. Barnette’s goal in 1901 was to set up a trading post in Tanacross, where the Tanana River crossed the Valdez-Eagle trail. But on the way, he wrecked his own boat and was stranded at the village of St. Michael on the west coast of Alaska. He persuaded the captain of the steamer Lavelle Young to take him further up the Tanana River. Shallow water forced the boat up the Chena River.
When (about seven miles from its mouth at the Tanana) the water became too shallow, Barnette was deposited onto a high spot on the riverbank. It was August, 1901, and the trading post became Fairbanks.
In 1902, a year later, word of the gold in creeks around Fairbanks started a stampede.
Today UA Fairbanks is a university of nearly 10,000 students. According to the website they have students from every state except Delaware. One of the more popular majors at UA Fairbanks are the various degrees in Fisheries (B.S, B.A., M.S., or Ph.D).