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: Cornell University
Location: Ithaca NY
The other day I was reminiscing about former classmates who went on to be college coaches. One of those individuals was Mike Dement. Mike was a coach at Cornell, SMU, and UNCG. Mike and I are two East Carolina University alums who went on to coach NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball.
I got to know Mike when he was a student at East Carolina University. Prior to coming to ECU Mike attended Louisburg College and East Carolina as an undergrad. At Louisburg College, Dement helped lead his basketball team to a second-place finish in Region X of Junior Colleges. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Louisburg in 1974 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from East Carolina in 1976.
When Mike was coaching at Cornell I would often hear him say that Cornell had the best hospitality management degree program in the country. Just about every website I went on ranking college hospitality management had Cornell at top or in top 5. Mike also made sure that when his basketball team was staying on the road they were in a hotel that had a Cornell connection.
Cornell got started in the hotel operations in 1922. They have been around for a long time. Cornell is the only stand-alone hospitality program to earn AACSB accreditation and is the only Ivy League university to offer a hospitality program. Today students studying how to run a hotel and many other aspects of the hospitality industry are exposed to the 3rd largest number of business faculty members in the country.