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: Rockhurst University
Location: Kansas City MO
I have written about a number of Jesuit Colleges. I really never had researched the origin of the Jesuits.
The spirit behind Jesuits was born in 1521, when a Spanish soldier took a cannonball in the leg at Pomplona. That soldier, later to be known as St. Ignatius, used his recovery period to develop his spirituality and approach to life.
That new spirituality led to the formation of the Society of Jesus. The subsequent Jesuit tradition of service to others through a liberal education has been renowned worldwide for more than 450 years.
The Ignatius spirit was expressed in Kansas City in 1910 with the founding of Rockhurst University and High School. A charter from the state of Missouri empowered “Rockhurst University” to offer degrees. The construction of Sedgwick Hall in 1914 allowed the opening of high school classes in 1914; college classes began in 1917.
Rockhurst today occupies 55 acres-image of campus is seen below.
Today the University serves approximately 3,000 students. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs feature the lifelong liberal arts learning approach that is a hallmark of Jesuit education. Through a subsidiary, Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center, Rockhurst is also the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of adult continuing education.
Notable former students of Rockhurst include George Robert Wendt III who gained notoriety as an American actor and comedian, best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. Cheers was based on the happenings inside a Boston Bar.
George Wendt as Norm depicted on the right.
If you are a fan of George’s check out the video of him visiting some watering holes in KC.