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: Kansas Wesleyan University
Location: Salina KS
Kansas Wesleyan University opened its doors in 1886. KWU existence has a lot to do with the Methodist Church at this time dividing the State of Kansas into conferences or regions. The area of Salina, Kansas was in the northwest conference.
In 1886 what is now Baker University was in Baldwin City and Southwestern University was in Winfield. The northwest conference wanted to have their own University also. So the pastors got together in Beloit Kansas. A.M Claflin, a local banker after whom the street Claflin was named, encouraged Salina to ask to have their own college.
Salina offered a deal to the Methodist conference. The deal was, they would sell 100 lots to raise money for the construction on their first building of the University. That was the impetus for Kansas Wesleyan to come into existence.
KWU is a small school today serving under 800 students on 28 acres. On average about 120 students a year graduate from KWU.
Below is a 1956 aerial view of campus that clearly shows the housing lots adjacent to campus.
Today the campus has a great front entrance to Pioneer Hall-shown below and #1 in photo above.