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: Presbyterian College
Location: Clinton SC
A lot of college towns have a number of bars. I have not heard too many stories where a town was previously known for its bars until a college came along. That is the case with the history of Presbyterian College (PC).
In 1864 a Dr. William Plumer Jacobs arrived in Clinton, SC in 1864, when the town was a struggling crossroads known for its bars. His work to establish Thornwell Orphanage in 1875 and Presbyterian College in 1880 breathed fresh air into the community.
Today the campus is a very important part of the Clinton SC economy and culture.
The signature building on PC campus is Neville Hall. In 1906 construction began on this landmark building. It took eight months to complete at a cost of $35,000. Originally called the Administration Building, its name was later changed to honor former president William G. Neville.
The building doesn’t look bad for being 111 years old. Something else that is older than Neville Hall is the sport of baseball at PC. It was first introduced in 1895.
Listed below are the years specific sports were introduced on PC campus.
- 1895: Baseball
- 1913: Men’s basketball
- 1913: Track
- 1913: Tennis
- 1913: Football
- 1915: Cross-country
- 1976: Volleyball
- 1977: Women’s basketball
- 1977: Men’s soccer
- 1989: Women’s soccer
PC is a NCAA Division I member and compete in the Big South Conference. In fact with just over 1,000 students it is one of the smallest NCAA Division I college in country if not the smallest. Their nickname is also unique being called the Blue Hose.