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: Rocky Mountain College
Location: Billings MT
I came across a website that listed the oldest colleges in each state.
The oldest college in Montana on that website is Rocky Mountain College in Billings. I found out that its history like many involved mergers. I also found out that the newspaper in Billings (Billings Gazette) is the largest in the state.
The story of Rocky Mountain College is really a story of three colleges. The first was Montana Collegiate Institute in Deer Lodge, which enrolled its first class in 1878. Shortly after classes began in Deer Lodge, Mont., Wesleyan College opened its doors in Helena. In Billings, the current site of Rocky Mountain College, Billings Polytechnic Institute (BPI) began recruiting students from across the country at the turn of the century. The three schools became one entity in 1947 – Billings Polytechnic Institute, soon after that the students petitioned to name the school Rocky Mountain College.
Rocky Mountain College has an enrollment of around 1,000 students. Arlo Guthrie briefly attended RMC. He is famous for an 18 minute talking blues song known to many as Alice’s Restaurant.
Below is a 2005 YouTube clip of Arlo performing the song at Farm Aid.