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: Northwest Nazarene University
Location: Nampa ID
Eugene Emerson and many other people in Nampa, Idaho in early part of the 20th century had a desire to educate their children. They organized an elementary school in 1913 and in the next two years, both high school and college courses were added to the curriculum. Thus began Northwest Nazarene University.
For the next 20 years the focus was on education below the college level. In 1931 the school received accreditation as a junior college and as a four-year college in 1937. Master’s programs were added in the mid-sixties. The name of the institution was changed from Northwest Nazarene College to Northwest Nazarene University in 1999. NNU changed from quarters to semesters, May, 2000.
Aerial view of campus. Nampa,Idaho has a population of slightly less than 90,000.
Today the university has slightly less than 1500 undergraduate students. NNU is affilated with The Church of the Nazarene. Approximately 45% of NNU students have claimed “Nazarene” as their church background and the other 55% belong to a variety of different denominations.
Lori Otter is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University and is a former Miss Idaho 1991. She is married to Governor of Idaho, C. L. “Butch” Otter.