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: Sweet Briar College
Location: Sweet Briar VA
If you follow higher education you remember in 2015 there was a quite a stir about a private all-women’s college announcing it would close. The name of the school was Sweet Briar. I got thinking about that college this morning and wondered how it is doing. apparently quite well.
During an era in our country when women did not have the legal right to vote, Indiana Fletcher Williams wanted more for women. When she died in 1900, she left her estate to create a college in memory of her only daughter, Daisy, who had died in 1884 at the age of 16. Indiana’s wish was to prepare young women to “be useful members of society.”
Sweet Briar opened in 1906 with 51 students eager to build something new. The A.B. degree was immediately recognized by graduate programs at leading universities — and three of the College’s first five graduates went on to pursue advanced degrees.
In 2015, when an attempt was made to close Sweet Briar, their alumnae got engaged is keeping it open. They fought a legal battle and raised more than $12 million in less than six months to preserve Sweet Briar’s 114-year-old tradition of educating women.
Sweet Briar is only one of two all women colleges to offer a accredited engineering program.
One of the reasons the alumni were interested in saving it is because it is consistently recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and the fourth-largest campus (3,250 acres) among liberal arts colleges in the U.S. with eight nature sanctuaries, two lakes and 18 miles of trails. Twenty-one buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places including the Sweet Briar House.