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: William and Mary University
Location: Williamsburg VA
America’s 2nd oldest college is unique in that it was the first to become a university. William and Mary was chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II of England.
Back in the 1970’s I was an assistant basketball coach at East Carolina which was then a member of the Southern Conference. William and Mary was also a member of the SoCon. I used to say that the W&M campus (depicted above) looked like monopoly pieces. It was beautiful and unique.
When you are a university that is older than the country you are located in there are a lots of quirks about your campus. W&M has a number of those.
- As can be expected in 1776 the college got all ties to Great Britain.
- Campus includes 1,200-acres — including the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre, Lake Matoaka and College Woods — located in historic downtown Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s first academic Greek society, was founded here in 1776
- Sir Christopher Wren Building (1700) is the oldest university building still in use in the U.S.
Sir Christopher Wren is one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666. The Wren building on W&M campus shown below. Tradition has it he designed this building.
The Wren Building has been gutted by fire three times—in 1705, 1859 and 1862. Each time the interior of the structure was rebuilt, and for more than three centuries, it has been “the soul of the College.” In the building, generations of William & Mary students have attended classes and lectures, enjoyed meals and attended chapel services. Classes are still held in the Wren Building, which also is home to several faculty offices.
I have a two friends that have strong ties to William and Mary. State Senator Monty Mason and his wife Pamela. I wonder if they ever took a class in Wren?
(l-r) Back Row Pamela and Va. State Sen. Monty Mason with their two daughters.