@sagchip @CMUniversity October 27

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: Central Michigan University

Location: Mt. Pleasant MI

Like so many regional universities either big or small Central Michigan University origins go back to operating as a Normal School.

Central opened its doors on September 13, 1892, as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute, with classes in teaching, business and stenography. At that time, few of the state’s teachers received any formal training in teaching, so school founders made teacher training their mission in founding the state’s second normal school.

Thirty-one students attended classes in second-floor rooms over an office on the corner of Main and Michigan streets in downtown Mount Pleasant. That location is depicted below.

Downtown location

In 1895, the Michigan State Board of Education assumed control of the school, which had grown to 135 students, renaming it Central Michigan Normal School. It kept that name for almost 60 years.

In 1955, another name change, to Central Michigan College, reflected the diversification in course offerings beyond education. Then, on June 1, 1959, with an enrollment of 4,500 students, Central became Central Michigan University.

CMU in Flowers

Today CMU has nearly 27,000 students which means over time the campus has gone under much expansion.


The College of Medicine, the nation’s 137th medical school, was established in 2009. It was created to address the shortage of physicians in Michigan and the need for quality health care. The College of Medicine’s first class of 62 individuals graduated in 2017, each one of them obtaining residency.

CMU uses the athletic nickname “Chippewa’s”. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Central Michigan University have a strong historic and cooperative relationship.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council’s supports the use of Central Michigan University’s “Chippewas” nickname.






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