@PrinCollege June 12

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:     Principia College
Location:                          Elsah IL

For the second post in a row I am writing about a college I have never visited or ever heard of before. I came across Principia College on a website that listed pet friendly campuses and Principia was included.

A mother’s passion for education is how Principia came into existence.

Back in 1897, a Christian Science practitioner Mary Kimball Morgan began educating her two young sons at home, she wasn’t setting out to establish a school.


Word spread quickly, however, among the thriving community of Christian Scientists in St. Louis, and by the next year 15 students were enrolled in “Mrs. Morgan’s school.”

christian science

Soon, the group moved from the Morgans’ carriage house into a two-room storefront, and a second teacher was hired. Even more students started attending. And that’s how—without fanfare, but with a firm foundation in the teachings of Christian Science—Principia officially began in 1898.

The first high school class graduated in 1906. Four years later, the four-year program expanded to six years, resulting in one of the first junior colleges in the nation. In 1934, Principia’s new four-year liberal arts college, established across the Mississippi River in Elsah, Illinois, graduated its first class. By 1960, all levels of the School had moved to the current campus in St. Louis. Today, across both campuses, Principia enrolls 900 young Christian Scientists from coast to coast in the U.S. and from many countries around the world.


Principia College students enjoy a relatively wide spectrum of pet options on campus. Aquatic pets, caged animals (including birds and rabbits and other rodents), cats, and dogs are all welcome.



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