@montanastate October 22

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: Montana State University

Location: Bozeman MT

In 1893 eight students ( 5 males and 3 females) began school at the Agricultural College of the State of Montana in Bozeman, MT. Early photo of Agricultural College of the State of Montana is below from 1898.

Montana State 1898

History books tell us that in 1889 the big prize in the State of Montana was deciding what town was going to become the State Capital. Bozeman was in the mix but it lost out to Helena. So in 1893 getting a college was considered a second prize. Heck Deer Lodge got the State Prison and Missoula got the State university.

Too many in Bozeman becoming a Land Grant College was not something to brag about.

The original mission of these Land Grant institutions, as set forth in the Morrill Act of 1862, was to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanical arts (now engineering) as well as classical studies, so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education.

In 1887 Hatch Act was passed that provided direct payments of federal funds to each state for the establishment of an agricultural experiment station to be run in conjunction with the Land Grant institution. That law had a deadline for schools to be established in order to receive federal funds. So the first college classes for the Agricultural College of the State of Montana needed to start in 1893 to meet a deadline for winning federal money available for land-grant colleges. In 1893 the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station was added to the campus.

That was a smart decision if you look at an aerial view of campus today.


Today the campus serves nearly 17,000 students a far cry from the 8 it began with in 1893.



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