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: St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Location: St. Mary’s City, MD
If you ever thought about attending a college on the water than you might want to consider St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Founded in 1840, St. Mary’s enjoys a unique status in higher education as Maryland’s public honors college. St. Mary’s is named for the place it marks: the 17th-century capital of Maryland it was the capital of Maryland for 61 years (until 1695).
The campus at St. Mary’s College has a spectacular waterfront setting that is in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region. The campus is 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 95 miles south of Baltimore.
Having a school that was started before the advent of automobile meant that travel access to St. Mary’s was accomplished by boat. Photo below shows students arriving in 1900.
Twice in the 20th century—in 1924 and in 1947 the school almost closed for different reasons. In January 1924, during a freezing blizzard, fire gutted the majestic 80-year-old Main Building shown below.
The second incident was in 1947 when the Maryland Commission on Higher Education voted for St. Mary’s Female Seminary-Junior College to be shuttered although it was fully accredited and had begun admitting male students. Before the governor could act, a large public outcry, prompted by tireless alumnae, saved the school from extinction.
In 1949 the momentum from 1947 had the word “Female” removed from the school’s name and had it become St. Mary’s Seminary Junior College, and its eventual evolution into a four-year baccalaureate college in 1967. In 1992, the Maryland legislature designated it the state’s public honors college.
The school sponsors NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference. I remember the men’s basketball team being an Elite 8 team back in 2010/11.