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: Northwestern University
Location: Evanston IL
I am amazed at the number of colleges that owe their existence to visionary leaders who knew providing education to underserved populations was the way to prosperity on a lot of levels.
That is the case with Northwestern University which is located in Evanston, Illinois. The university sits right on Lake Michigan just a few miles north of Chicago. The skyline is visible from campus.
In 1853, the 9 founders of Northwestern purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University’s founders, John Evans. After completing its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students.
The oldest standing building on the Northwestern campus is University Hall. It was dedicated in 1869 and currently houses the English Department.
Northwestern is one the original founding members of the Big 10 Conference in 1896. As a member of the Big 10 today they are part of NCAA Division I Athletics.