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: Missouri State University
Location: Springfield MO
I have a friend that used to live in North Carolina but recently moved to Springfield MO. This past weekend one of his vows to never join Facebook was broken.
When I received his friend invite it got me to thinking that I have never written a post on the university located in Springfield, MO called Missouri State University (MSU). Photo below shows part of the campus.
I relationships with several people who have worked or graduated from MSU including Ben Miller and Drew Richards who are part of the UNC Pembroke Basketball Coaching Staff. Ben is a former Assistant and Drew played at MSU.
The group photo below depicts Ben Miller now the UNC Pembroke Head Basketball Coach on far left with myself (far right) and UNCP all-time career scorer Joe Gallagher (center). Drew Richards now UNCP Associate Head Basketball Coach and MSU Grad-Basketball Player is on the far right.
Missouri State University was founded in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School. It would not be the last name the school would have. In 1909 Academic Hall (now Carrington Hall) is completed, making it the first building on the Springfield campus.
In 1919 the school changes its name from Fourth District to Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College. In 1945 the name changes for a second time to Southwest Missouri State College, displaying the school’s expansion beyond teacher education to liberal arts and sciences.
In 1972 Southwest Missouri State College changes its name to Southwest Missouri State University. By then it also has a campus in West Plains MO. In 1990 the enrollment tops 20,000 students.
In 2005 the name changes one last time to Missouri State University. Today MSU enrollment is still in excess of 20,000 and is the state’s second largest university.