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: University of Central Arkansas
Location: Conway AR
The University of Central Arkansas located in Conway, Arkansas is a campus I have been to. I got to go visit in 2009 when UNC Pembroke was playing Arkansas Tech in NCAA Division II Football Championships. At the time a good friend Dr. Allen Meadors was the President of the university. UCA was his alma mater. Prior to going to UCA he was my Chancellor at UNC Pembroke.
Photo below shows Dr. Meadors in the center on a recent visit to UNC Pembroke where he served as Chancellor from 1999-2009.
The University of Central Arkansas is an institution that has had its share of name changes.
The Arkansas State Legislature created The Arkansas State Normal School (now known as UCA) in 1907. In 1925, Arkansas State Normal School became known as Arkansas State Teachers College. Arkansas State Teachers College was known for decades as the premier teacher training college in the State of Arkansas.
In January 1967, Arkansas State Teachers College became State College of Arkansas. President Silas Snow, who championed the name change in 1967, organized State College of Arkansas along university lines in preparation for still yet another name change. By January of 1975, Snow’s efforts were realized as the State Department of Higher Education recommended State College of Arkansas be known as The University of Central Arkansas (UCA).
Photo below shows part of UCA campus. If you can’t tell purple is a dominant color at the university. Check out football field.
Today, the University of Central Arkansas has more than 10,000 students, over 400 full time faculty, 75 undergraduate degree programs, 35 graduate programs, and 81 buildings on 301 acres of land.
Arkansas has 75 counties and UCA has students from all of them.