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 West Georgia
Location: Carrollton GA
Today marks the 110th birthday of the University of West Georgia which is located in Carrollton GA. In those 110 years the institution has had 4 distinct phases of existence. Those four are A&M School-Junior College-Senior College-University. Each of those phases had its own uniqueness.
Campus map of the Carrollton campus of West Georgia is shown below.
1906. General Assembly of Georgia passes the Perry Act, creating an agricultural and mechanical school in each of the eleven (increased to twelve in 1919) congressional districts in the state. These A&M schools were secondary schools designed to prepare rural youth for farm life. The school would actually begin offering classes in January 1908.
1933. West Georgia College began enrolling its first junior college students. Outside the city limits of Carrollton, the college had its own postal address, known as GENOLA. The name was derived from two women – Minna Ola Adamson, wife of Congressman W.C. Adamson of Carrollton and Eugenia Mandeville – daughter of Leroy Clifton Mandeville. Irvine Ingram was the postmaster of Genola. Irvine Ingram also was the President of the school beginning in 1933.
In 1974 the Men’s Basketball won the NAIA national championship and in 1982 the football team won the NCAA Division III National Championship. I never knew UWG was at one time in their history a NCAA Division III member.
Two times within 9 years the school experiences name changes like many state universities in Georgia. In 1996 West Georgia College became State University of West Georgia. In 2005 they became University of West Georgia.
Today the campus has over 13,000 students to help them celebrate their 110th Birthday!
Happy Birthday UWG!