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: Brigham Young University
Location: Provo UT
Brigham Young University just recently played a football game against my alma mater East Carolina University. I began to wonder how the university sprang out of the migration west of the Mormons.
In April 1847 the first group of Mormon settlers left and headed west along the California Trail. Brigham Young led a group of two children, three women, and 143 men. They traveled on horseback or in oxen-pulled wagons for three months; then, on July 22, the first men entered the Salt Lake Valley.
Brigham Young Academy, forerunner of Brigham Young University, was founded in Provo, Utah Territory in October 1875. From that Academy in 1875 the school made a transition to becoming a university 1903.
After WWII the student body expanded so rapidly that for a time it was the largest private university in the country.
Today the campus serves over 33,000 students with its physical footprint spread over a picturesque valley.