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: The College of Idaho
Location: Caldwell ID
The College of Idaho is a private, residential liberal arts college in the western United States located in Caldwell, Idaho. Founded 126 years ago in 1891, it is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college, with an enrollment of 1,140 students.
The College has a fantastic record of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars.
My basketball hero from the 1960’s Bill Bradley (Princeton) was a Rhodes Scholar.
Only 32 American students—and 82 worldwide—are selected as Rhodes Scholars each year. The lions’ share come from prestigious Ivy League schools (like Princeton), so what has happened at College of Idaho is pretty impressive.
The Rhodes Scholarship was created in honor of Cecil John Rhodes—a legendary English-born South African businessman, politician and scholar—the Rhodes Scholarship has been recognized as the crown jewel of academic honors virtually since its establishment in 1902.
Cecil Rhodes founded the modern diamond industry and controlled the British South Africa Company, which acquired Rhodesia and Zambia as British Territories. When Rhodes died he left six million pounds, most of which went to Oxford University to establish the Rhodes scholarships to provide places at Oxford for students from the United States, the British colonies, and Germany. Land was also left to eventually provide for a university in Rhodesia. Today Rhodesia is known as Zimbabwe.
Rhodes Scholars may apply to study any full-time postgraduate course in the residential college of their choice at the University of Oxford in England, with tuition, fees and a monthly stipend paid for by the Rhodes Trust.