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: College of St.Elizabeth
Location: Morristown NJ
I grew up in Northern NJ in the town of Morristown NJ. There is train service (NJ Transit) from Morristown which can take someone from Hackettstown, NJ in the west to Hoboken, NJ in the east. From Hoboken you can catch a PATH train into New York City.
Back when I lived in NJ when you caught the train (then called the Morris/Essex Line) headed to NYC from Morristown the first stop was just down the line at Convent Station NJ. At that stop you would find the College of St. Elizabeth (CSE).
I attended a parochial school from grades K-8 and all of my teachers except one were nuns from the order called Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. That order of nuns were responsible for the creation of the College of St. Elizabeth. CSE is a Catholic liberal arts 4 year college that this past year went under a transition.
Here are some historical milestones for the College of St. Elizabeth.
1809 – Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton founded the Sisters of Charity in the United States.
- 1859 – The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth was founded in the Diocese of Newark at the Colonel Ward Mansion, by Mother Mary Xavier Mehegan.
- 1870s – Convent Station became a stop on the Morris Essex line. A railway station was constructed to accommodate visitors and students of The Academy of Saint Elizabeth, the Convent, and Saint Anne’s Villa. The Sisters of Charity paid the station master’s salary for the first 12 years.
- 1880 – Patrick Keely, a famous 19th century church architect from Ireland, designed the Sisters of Charity Administration Building (shown above)
- 1899 – The College of Saint Elizabeth was founded and opened on September 11th with six students. Sister Mary Pauline Kelligar became the first president.
Today the college is co-ed with about 2,000 students. This past fall (2016) after 117 years the College of St. Elizabeth admitted men to all of their program offerings.
It has been a while since I rode the train from Morristown to Hoboken. The last time I rode I knew two things were true. The college’s mailing address was Convent Station NJ 07961 and it was all female. Today the college’s address is Morristown NJ 07960 and the school has a NCAA Division III athletics for both men and women.
Sports (Women): Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball
Sports (Men): Basketball, Soccer