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: NC Wesleyan
Location: Rocky Mount NC
I have been blessed to be around some talented students, coaches, faculty, staff, and administrators during my forty year career in higher education. Sometimes those individuals leave the university I got to know them at and move on to great things. That is the case with a former talented student athlete named Rikki Cockrell. Rikki graduated from Southern Nash HS and went on to become a four-year letter winner in basketball and softball at UNC Pembroke in my early years as Athletic Director there.
After Rikki got done her playing career she received a Grad Assistantship in 2001 and earned her master’s degree. She then went to work full-time at UNC Pembroke from 2003 to 2005. It was about this time that Rikki got married to Marcus Rich and accepted a job at NC Wesleyan as Assistant Athletic Director. Today Rikki Rich has completed twelve years at NC Wesleyan and has two daughters.
Compared to many schools in North Carolina NC Wesleyan has a relatively young history.
On May 14, 1956, the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church met in Goldsboro and approved a petition from the people of Rocky Mount to locate a college in their community.
One of the first actions of the Board was to name the institution North Carolina Wesleyan College. The College was officially chartered by the State of North Carolina on October 25, 1956. In 1960 92 students enrolled in the first class at North Carolina Wesleyan College. In 1964, 33 students received their degrees at the College’s first Commencement.
Since 1964 9,000 students have received their degree from NC Wesleyan. In 1989 and in 1999 NC Wesleyan won the NCAA Division III National Championship in Baseball.