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: Valparaiso University
Location: Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University which is located in Valparaiso Indiana surprises a lot of people when they discover The Chapel of the Resurrection, is considered the biggest university-oriented cathedral in the U.S. and the second largest university cathedral in the world.
Photos below depict the exterior and interior. The Chapel can seat 2,000 people.
The building was constructed in the 1950’s with a 30-meter chancel, a 9-pointed apse, and a 59-foot nave. The building used over 7 million dollars to create many stained glass windows over 90 feet tall and an alter that reaches 20 feet across the front of the building. The church is officially Lutheran and only caters toward such denominational events.
Originally named Valparaiso Male and Female College, Valparaiso University was founded in 1859 as one of the first coeducation colleges in the United States.
Like many universities the school has an interesting history that is outlined on timeline on university website: