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: St. Augustine’s University
Location: Raleigh NC
Saint Augustine’s University was founded by the Episcopal Church in 1867. Saint Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute was its original name. Like many institutions of higher learning established during the late 1860s and early 1870s, St. Augustine’s was created to educate freeman (mostly slaves) yet whites directed its operations.
The College has made many changes since 1867. The institution’s name has changed four times: Saint Augustine’s School in 1893; Saint Augustine’s Junior College in 1919; and Saint Augustine’s College, a year after it became a four-year college. In 1947, Harold L. Trigg became the school’s first African American president. Today the college boast of around 1500 students.
Entrance to campus depicted below.
St. Augustine’s College was the first historically black college to develop on-campus commercial radio (WAUG-AM 750) and television (WAUG-TV 68 stations.
Notable alumni or former students include former NFL and Oakland Raider defensive line stalwart Ike Lassiter and current Radford University President Dr. Brian Hemphill.