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: Brown University
Location: Providence RI
I have a niece that married the Associate Head Athletic Trainer, Matt Culp at Brown University. I wrote about Matt in April of 2015 for one of my posts on “A Friend of a Friend”. Photo below is of Patsy and Matt Culp.
Most people that follow college athletics know that Brown University is one of the eight schools that make up the NCAA Division I conference called the Ivy League.
Brown got it’s start when it became chartered in 1764 as “the College or University in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England, in America” and known in its early years as Rhode Island College. Brown University was renamed after Nicholas Brown donated $5,000 to the school in 1804 when tuition was only $5.
As an institution that has its origins dating back to before the American Revolution there are traditions at Brown.
The iconic Van Wickle Gates open only twice a year – inward for Convocation, when first year students are welcomed by the Brown community, and outward for Commencement, where graduating seniors pass through. According to superstition, any Brown student that goes through the gates more than these two times will be cursed with bad luck.
Another tradition at Brown involves a musical instrument. Brown has a Hutchings-Votey organ. An example of its keyboard.
Brown University is the home of the largest remaining Hutchings-Votey organ. The organ weighs 25 tons and has 3,355 pipes.
Every year on Halloween, students from Brown and people from the surrounding community will gather around the organ to hear spooky music played. They gather again around Christmas for holiday concerts performed by different musical groups around campus.