@MIT February 13

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: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Location: Cambridge, MA

I don’t think many people familiar with American Colleges will say I have never heard of M.I.T. I wanted to find out a little about it’s origins and some of its quirks. All colleges have something unique about them. M.I.T. may just have more than others.

The beaver was chosen as MIT’s mascot in 1914. The beaver is noted for his engineering and mechanical skill and habits of industry so MIT went with the beaver.


MIT was founded on April 10, 1861, the date it was granted its official charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This was two days before the start of the Civil War.  Over the next several years plans were made and funds raised, with the first classes beginning in 1865.

MIT originally started in Boston and as it grew buildings were scattered all over the city. In 1916 MIT moved to Cambridge during a three-day alumni reunion in June .  An extravagant celebration took place including  a “ telephone banquet” connecting alumni from around the country. Photo below shows campus today.


One other quirk about MIT is they have a Skydiving Club on campus. The MIT Skydiving Club was founded in 1957 and is actually one of the oldest university skydiving clubs in the United States.


I have a friend named Jaclyn Donavan who is talented and enthusiastic skydiver. She went to Georgia Southern but I think she wants to go back to college.





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