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: Emporia State University
Location: Emporia KS
A lot of the universities I have curiosity about are the direct result to a relationship I had with a former coach, athletic director, or administrator who went to school or worked there. That is surely the case with Emporia State and its former Hall of Fame Coach Ron Slaymaker.
The basketball court in Emporia, KS is named in his honor. Photo below shows him speaking at the dedication in 2013.
The university was founded in March of 1863 when the Kansas Legislature passed the enabling act to establish the Kansas State Normal School. The school’s first graduating class consisted of two women in 1867, the year the first permanent building was completed.
Photo below is of campus today.
In February, 1923, the name of the school was changed to the Kansas State Teachers College. In July, 1974, the name was changed to Emporia Kansas State College. On April 21, 1977, the college became Emporia State University. The Kansas Board of Regents is the governing body for ESU.
Since 1863 more than 150,000 students have studied at ESU and have gone on to careers in business and industry, education, the professional fields and many other areas throughout the world.
Emporia State is home to the Fallen Educators Memorial and the National Teachers Hall of Fame demonstrating their long standing commitment to teaching.
Ron Slaymaker at age 80 is still coaching just not at Emporia State. Great article from 2015 at link below.