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: Ferris State University
Location: Big Rapids MI
I am going to profile universities the next couple of days that have qualified for the NCAA Division II Basketball Championships. Ferris State University is seeded #2 in Midwest Region.
Ferris State University has more than 14,000 students enrolled in classes on its main campus in Big Rapids, 21 off-campus sites throughout Michigan and at Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. An aerial view of campus is located below.
W.N. Ferris and Helen Frances Gillespie got married in 1874 and their lives put into motion the Ferris State University of today. In 1884 they opened the Big Rapids Industrial School in temporary quarters in the Vandersluis Block (present location of JC Penney Co.) in Big Rapids.
The school went under a lot of changes from 1884 to 1950. In 1950 it became a state college.
The founder W.N. Ferris went on to become the Governor of Michigan (1913-1917) serving two 2 year terms. He also was elected to the US Senate and served from 1923-1928. Ferris actually died in 1928 while he was serving as Michigan’s US Senator.
Andy Bronkema is the men’s basketball coach of Ferris State and has guided the team to a record of 27-4 this season. Last season they were a sweet 16 team in the NCAA Division II tournament and they are looking to build on that momentum. He has been the coach at Ferris State for the past 4 years.