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: Gustavus Adolphus College
Location: St. Peter MN
Botanical gardens and arboretums are beautiful places to visit and serve as peaceful settings for relaxation, family time, or recreation. Many colleges find a way to beautify their campuses and communities with gardens and arboretums. They also serve as environmental stewards, outdoor classrooms, and living laboratories for the students. One such college is Gustavus Adolphus College (GAC) with their Linnaeus Arboretum.
Linnaeus Arboretum is designed to illustrate the three major ecosystems of the state of Minnesota: northern coniferous forest, tallgrass prairie and deciduous woodland. The arboretum is comprised of 682 trees as well as 114 different species of trees and shrubs. In addition to its 12 official gardens, visitors to the arboretum can enjoy the Meditation Area, the Melva Lind Interpretive Center and the Alexis Memorial Bluebird Trail.
GAC like many colleges had a local community court them to locate in their town. On October 16, 1876, it opened at the current location, enticed to relocate to St. Peter MN by the town’s offer of $10,000 and a large campus.