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: Vincennes University
Location: Vincennes IN
There are only two colleges founded in the United States by US Presidents. Most people are all over one answer that being the University of Virginia. That was founded by Thomas Jefferson. The other university is not as prevalent nationally. That university is Vincennes located in Vincennes Indiana. It also is Indiana’s oldest college.
William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU in 1801 while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. VU was incorporated as Vincennes University on November 29, 1806.
Situated on the banks of the Wabash River, the 200-acre VU campus includes more than 30 modern buildings featuring red-brick construction consistent with the first campus building, the 1803 home of VU’s founder, William Henry Harrison. The Harrison mansion is open for tours. The campus also features red-brick walkways, abundant landscaping, and easy access to the legendary Wabash River and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.
Located below is the Harrison Mansion called Grouseland.
For a good part of Vincennes history it was a two year school. One of its two year graduates is one of my favorite musicians and songwriters John Mellencamp.
He attended Vincennes from 1972-1974. He has a lot of hit songs but I love one song in particular “When Jesus Left Birmingham”
Clip below is the 1993 Music Video of that song.