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: Covenant College
Location: Lookout Mtn. GA
Last week as I was addressing some of my duties related to yesterday’s commencement at UNC Pembroke I went out to the quad to do a walk thru of the site. I saw four students relaxing in hammocks taking a break from exams.
I started looking online and realized that hammock villages have become quite the rage on a number of campuses including Covenant College in Lookout Mtn. GA. Lookout Mountain is located just south of Chattanooga TN. The college might possess one of the best views around. If you were going to lay in a hammock I say this is good spot to do it.
Covenant College is depicted below.
Founded in 1955, Covenant College is an academically rigorous liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). From humble beginnings in Pasadena, California, Covenant is now blessed with hundreds of acres atop beautiful Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The journey from Pasadena to Georgia included a few stops.
After one year in Pasadena, California, Covenant College needed to expand into new facilities after opening in 1955. Several professors helped Covenant move to St. Louis, Missouri, into a building donated by Catholic sisters. Over the next eight years, the institution increased in size and outgrew its facilities.
The Lookout Mountain Hotel, built in 1928 with the South’s largest ballroom and 200 guest rooms, came up for sale when Covenant once again needed more space.
The once-posh “Castle in the Clouds” seemed an ideal location for the College, and Covenant purchased and moved into the hotel in 1964. Since then, the College has significantly developed the campus and cultivated important ties with the Chattanooga community.