@MontclairStateU November 3

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: Montclair State University

Location: Montclair NJ

Over the summer I read that Justin Bieber was living in Montclair NJ which is home to Montclair State University. He even dropped in to a young girl playing in front of the Starbucks on Bloomfield Ave.

Montclair is a town in Essex County NJ about 12 miles from NYC. Here is the article on Justin Bieber 2017 summer in Montclair NJ.


Montclair State University (MSU) got established in 1908 as a two-year Normal School in response to the growing demand for professionally trained teachers, the New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair became Montclair State Teachers College in 1927, dedicated to the education of secondary school teachers through a four-year Bachelor of Arts program.

In 1994 MSU became the first of the NJ state colleges to become a university. The University has eight approved doctoral programs. It is designated a Research Doctoral 3 University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

MSU NJ Campus

Today the campus covers some 250 acres and serves over 16,000 students with about 5,200 living on campus. One former student of Montclair State is Bruce Willis.

Photo below is of Bruce Willis and Yogi Berra a long time Montclair resident and supporter before he died.

Bruce Willis and Yogi Berra




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