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: Elmhurst College
Location: Elmhurst IL
I always say one of the great perks of working at a university is that you get to meet people from many different parts of the country. One of our young assistant volleyball coaches in the athletic department at UNC Pembroke is Katie Rueffer. She is the first person I have ever met from Elmhurst College. She also attends the same church as I do so I get to see her almost every Sunday.
Katie is from Batavia, Ill., and she played four seasons of volleyball (2010-13) at Elmhurst College.
Elmhurst College got its start in 1871, when Thomas Bryan, a leading Chicago businessman, gave a substantial parcel of land 16 miles west of the city in what is now Elmhurst IL to a reform-minded group of Protestants, the German Evangelical Synod of North America. The land was intended for a school to prepare young men for the seminary.
In 1924, the school formally assumed the name Elmhurst College (it had been called that colloquially for years), and began offering the bachelor of arts degree. The first leader of the new four-year college was a 1912 alumnus, H. Richard Niebuhr. He oversaw the development of a long-range campus plan for Elmhurst that included a proper college quadrangle.
Elmhurst College campus depicted below: