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: St. Joseph’s College
Location: Rensselaer IN
Every college I have written about to my knowledge will be open next fall. Today’s post is about St. Joseph’s College in Indiana that decided to close effective May 6, 2017 which was graduation.
They had to wait a little longer to officially close because their baseball team the Puma’s qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship. The St. Joseph’s College Puma’s got eliminated and now the college is closed except for transitional matters.
Aerial photo of St. Joseph’s from October 2014.
The college closed at least for the foreseeable future because it ran out of money and options. Like many Colleges over the last several decades, St. Joseph’s borrowed in order to invest in improved facilities (Core Building, Residential Apartments, etc.) in an attempt to enhance the student experience, a desire to increase enrollment and to remain competitive with other Colleges and Universities. For a college with a pretty rich history that is sad that a cash flow problem did them in.
The college got it start as an orphanage. In 1867, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne purchased a farm south of Rensselaer on which there were already two frame dwellings. These were converted into an orphanage that existed until 1887. One year later, The Most Reverend Joseph Dwenger, Bishop of Fort Wayne, offered the vacant orphan home with part of the farm to Father Henry Drees, C.PP.S., then Provincial of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, with the stipulation that a college be founded there. In 1889, Saint Joseph’s College was incorporated under the laws of the State of Indiana with the right to grant scholastic degrees. The College opened its doors on August 23, 1891.
As a former college basketball coach who spent the entire month of July recruiting in the 1980’s and 1990’s the campus of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer IN has importance.
St. Joseph’s College was where a week of the B/C Basketball Camp was held every July. Found a great link dedicated to the B/C Basketball Camps at end of paragraph. For nearly a decade the B/C Camp had campers who went on to have fabulous college and NBA careers. Some of those players were at St. Joseph’s College. They also had a successful camp in Milledgeville GA.