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: Montana Tech
Location: Butte, MT
One of my friends Kelvin Sampson who today is the head basketball coach at the University of Houston got his first head coaching position at Montana Tech. He has told me some wonderful stories about Butte and Montana Tech. Picture of Kelvin below.
Originally founded in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines, Montana Tech’s funding and land came from the Enabling Act of 1889, which admitted Montana to the Union and allocated 100,000 acres of public land to establish a state school of mines.
Picture below shows the campus today.
When the college opened it offered only two degrees: mining engineering and electrical engineering. Today, Montana Tech has nearly 3,000 students, 13 campus buildings and offers 73 undergraduate degrees along with 18 minors, 14 certification degrees, and 10 pre-professional career programs. Montana Tech also offers 21 graduate degrees and a Ph.D. in Materials Science.
One of the Tech notable former students is Mike Mansfield. He attended Tech from 1928-29 and met his wife in Butte.
Mansfield, served as Senate majority leader longer than anyone else and was instrumental in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the enactment of legislation on civil rights, social policy and foreign affairs.
He died at the age of 98 in 2001. He led a fascinating life and a good link to learn about him can be found below: