@UNHAlums May 11

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: University of New Hampshire

Location: Durham NH

Tonight myself and some other leaders from UNC Pembroke will participate in a United Way of Robeson County fundraiser at the Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton, NC.

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The goal of the event obviously is to raise money. Colleges and universities do lot’s of fundraisers and I found a couple of unique ways schools raise funds. One school that caught my eye was the University of New Hampshire.

Aerial view of University of New Hampshire in the fall.


UNH was founded in 1866 as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. Today it is the state’s flagship public university. I learned that UNH and Dartmouth were once connected. New Hampshire College moved to Durham in 1893 after Benjamin Thompson, a prosperous farmer, bequeathed land and money to further the development of the college.

The unique fundraiser I saw that UNH alumni Office conducted went like this.

It was called a 603 Challenge, where UNH decided to base a number of incremental donors 1st donor, 603rd donor, 862nd donor, and 1234th donor based on their alumni offices phone number. The office phone number was 1(603) 862-1234. As each milestone was hit, they celebrated and picked a random donor to win various prizes.





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