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: Auburn University
Location: Auburn Al
Auburn University has a big football game tomorrow against Alabama. That game is called the “Iron Bowl”.
Chartered in 1856, Auburn University opened in 1859 and has had four official names.
The university started out as the East Alabama Male College, a Methodist institution.
In 1872, the college became a state-owned, land-grant institution and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, changing from a private liberal arts school to a state-supported college with emphasis on new scientific and agricultural programs.
The Alabama Legislature decided in 1899 that a new name was needed to reflect the institution’s growth, and the college became the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. In 1960 the Alabama Polytechnic Institute became Auburn University.
Today the university has an enrollment of over 27,000 students. I have visited the campus and it really is a pretty place.
Photo below was a group trip we took from North Carolina to see a Auburn Football Game.
Front of campus near Toomer’s Corner