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: Roanoke College
Location: Salem VA
This year has really been a learning experience for me about the uniqueness and history of a number of colleges in the United States. I began to wonder about the number of colleges associated with the Lutheran Church. I was surprised to see a list of over 40 colleges in both the United States and Canada.
I was surprised to see Roanoke College on that list and never knew they were a Lutheran College. Roanoke College was founded in 1842 as Virginia Institute, near Staunton, Virginia. The school was the vision of two Lutheran pastors, David Bittle and Christopher Baughman. Charted by the state of Virginia as Roanoke College in 1853, Roanoke is the second oldest Lutheran college in the nation.
I was surprised to learn about Roanoke emphasis in the 19th Century of recruiting International and Native American Students. From the 1870s through the 1890s, Roanoke College recruited heavily among the Choctaw in Oklahoma Territory. The first Mexican student came to Roanoke in 1876 and the first Japanese student in 1888. The first two Koreans ever to graduate from an American college or university received their degrees at Roanoke in 1898 and 1903.
Roanoke is not actually located in Roanoke but in Salem VA.
I actually know a assistant professor in Psychology at Roanoke College named Dr. Travis Carter who just started at Roanoke College this fall. His dad was the former Chancellor at UNC Pembroke (2010-2015).