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: California Institute of Technology
Location: Pasadena CA
Went looking for colleges that still use the quarter system and up popped California Institute of Technology located in Pasadena CA.
Caltech was founded in 1891 as Throop University by Amos Gager Throop (pronounced T-R-O-O-P). The name was changed to Throop Polytechnic Institute (1893-1912) and then to Throop College of Technology (1913-1919). It obtained it’s current name on February 10, 1920.
Today Cal Tech serves 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students. The university is an independent, privately supported institution that has a 124-acre campus.
I did not know that Albert Einstein was a visiting professor at Caltech for three winter terms — 1931, 1932, and 1933. When Einstein decided to settle in the United States permanently, he accepted an appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.
As the name applies Cal Tech has 6 main divisions of study: biology and biological engineering; chemistry and chemical engineering; engineering and applied science; geological and planetary sciences; the humanities and social sciences; and physics, mathematics, and astronomy.
One 1918 graduate of Cal Tech is Frank Capra. He became an Academy Award winning film director in the 1930s and 1940s (It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington).
He graduated from Throop College of Technology in 1918 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. Frank Capra Jr. helped establish the film industry in North Carolina with EUE Screen Gems Studio in Wilmington. He died at the age of 73 in 2007.