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: Berry College
Location: Mt. Berry GA
When you live in an urban area it might be hard to fathom a large sprawling campus. Some of the large grant universities have pretty impressive and expansive campuses. I was shocked to learn about a private college in Georgia name Berry College that is right up there with campuses with large amounts of property.
Berry College has one of the world’s largest college campuses at roughly 27,000 acres at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. 16,000 of these acres include a Wildlife Management Area, where students can hike, bike, or horseback ride on over 40 miles of trails. And if the campus doesn’t satisfy your inner explorer, the Little River Canyon National Preserve and the Talladega and Chattahoochee National Forests are not too far away.
Berry College roots began in 1902, with the opening of the Boys’ Industrial School, a boarding school for boys located approximately three miles north of Rome, Georgia. The school’s creation was the result of the vision and devoted efforts of Martha Berry, the daughter of a prosperous local business owner, who had come to believe that education could provide a path from poverty for local children.
In 1909 Martha Berry added girls to the school. In the 1930’s by her relentless fundraising efforts she got political and social leaders to donate over 30,000 acres to the school.
Her efforts resulted in Berry College having the world’s largest contiguous college campus, spanning more than 27,000 acres of woodlands, meadows and streams.