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: Sam Houston State University
Location: Huntsville TX
People in the 19th century seemed to believe several things could change their community examples include becoming the state capital, becoming a county seat, or creating a college. In Huntsville TX which is located about 70 miles north of Houston it was a combination of these factors In the 1870’s some of these events took place to create what we know today as Sam Houston State University.
Austin College initially occupied the current site of Sam Houston State University. In 1876 it was moved to Sherman, Texas, but Austin Hall which was dedicated in 1851 with Texas hero Sam Houston in attendance, is now the university’s architectural symbol.First used in October, 1852, Austin Hall is the oldest continuously-used state-owned higher education facility west of the Mississippi.
Austin Hall was acquired in 1879 by a group of Huntsville citizens. They had first failed to have their city designated as the Texas state capital, but settled instead for the first teacher-training school in the southwestern United States. Establishment of Sam Houston Normal Institute was authorized by Texas Gov. Oran M. Roberts on April 21, 1879.
Today the campus enrollment is over 17,000 students.