@CarletonCollege @CarletonKnights July 19

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: Carleton College

Location: Northfield MN

One college in America (Carleton College) had to choose between the following Minnesota towns Zumbrota, Mantorville, Cottage Grove, and Lake City but they chose Northfield. I am going to be honest I have never heard of any of those places so I wanted to learn more about Carleton College.

Northfield located at bottom of map located south of Minneapolis, MN


Carleton College was founded on October 12, 1866, by the General Conference of the Congregational Churches of Minnesota. That conference had the great debate over where to locate Carleton. Congregationalist Charles M. Goodsell, encouraged the church to open a Minnesota college and he who donated part of its original 20 acres in Northfield.

For a campus I have never heard of before I have to say from the photos online it is quite picturesque.


Students arrived in the fall of 1867 to attend classes in the former American House hotel. That three-story building, located in what is now downtown Northfield, presented some serious challenges to its residents.

american house

According to Carleton archivist Eric Hillemann, sources from the time reported that the building’s plumbing was disgraceful, its heating meager, and its mice legion.

The new school met with serious financial challenges until 1871, when Massachusetts brass wares manufacturer William Carleton agreed to donate $50,000 to the College that now bears his name.

Carleton is a member of NCAA Division III and sponsors 18 different sports. Today it has an enrollment of slightly less than 2,000 students.



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