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: Webster University
Location: Webster Groves MO
Found out a couple of interesting things about Webster University located in Webster Grove MO. It began in 1915 as Loretto College it was one of the first Catholic women’s colleges west of the Mississippi River. It was progressive for its time, providing higher education to women.
In 1924 the college changed its name to Webster College.
In 1967 recognizing the potential for sustainable growth and to deliver high-quality education to a broader population of underserved students, Webster became a secular institution and the first Catholic college to transfer administration to a lay board.
In 1983 the name changed again to Webster University. One year later in 1984 the school really did something to make it unique. It made up a nickname for its athletic teams. The Gorlok is Webster University’s mascot. It is a mythical creature designed in part by Webster students and staff through a school contest.
The name “Gorlok” was derived from the combination of two streets that intersect in the heart of Webster Groves, Missouri, where Webster’s main campus is located – Gore and Lockwood avenues. The name was chosen in June 1984 by a campus committee that considered many suggestions and voted several times before settling on the unusual nickname. Since the Gorlock is an invented mascot it has the paws of a cheetah, the horns of a buffalo and the face of a St. Bernard
Webster University is a member of NCAA Division III. Notable alumni include Rob Riggle who earned a M.P.A from Webster in 1997. I love watching Rob Riggle every Sunday on FOX TV with his parodies about game predictions for the NFL. This bit from 2016 using the musical Hamilton as a backdrop is gold.