My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
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: Regis University
Location: Denver CO
I am going to profile universities the next couple of days that have qualified for the NCAA Division II Basketball Championships. One of the schools in the women’s bracket is Regis University. Up until 2016 their athletic director was a friend of mine named Ann Martin.
One common theme a lot of colleges have is there origins often resulted in meeting a need of providing access to a group of people that were denied that opportunity. Regis fits that bill. Founded in 1877 by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits living in New Mexico, Colorado’s Regis University is the only Jesuit Catholic University in the Rocky Mountain West, and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Regis began in New Mexico but it’s campus today is located in Denver.
The seeds for Regis University started in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1877, when a group of exiled Italian Jesuits founded a small school called Las Vegas College. In 1884, the school relocated to Morrison, Colorado, and was renamed College of the Sacred Heart. Thanks to a generous donation of land from John Brisben Walker, the college was able to settle in its current Denver location in 1887. The school was renamed Regis College in 1921, in honor of the Jesuit saint, John Francis Regis.
Today Regis campus comprises over 100 acres about 15 minutes from downtown Denver. They have a undergraduate enrollment of about 2,000.
Wishing Regis Women’s Basketball Team and Head Coach Molly Marrin good luck in the NCAA’s. They have a record of 23-7 so they may not need a lot of luck.
I don’t know Molly but if Ann Martin hired her in 2015 she comes from good stock.