Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dickinson State University Celebrates Centennial

Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota is celebrating the centennial of its founding in 1918.  The institution was founded as Dickinson State Normal School. The name changed to Dickinson State Teachers College in 1931 and to Dickinson State College in 1963.

The DSU Centennial web pages include links to the History of DSU, digitized versions of 72 editions of Prairie Smoke, the college yearbook, hundreds of historic photographs. and information on upcoming events.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Cheltenham Ladies' College: Archives and Insights they Offer

The SoGlos online magazine in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire published a fascinating interview with Rachel Roberts, archivist at Cheltenham Ladies' College.  Roberts discusses her responsibilities for collecting, recording and displaying the archives and the insight they offer into the school’s history.

The college was founded in 1853 and serves as an independent boarding and day school.
The college website includes a number of innovative presentations of historical information.  The 
COLLEGE IN ONE HUNDRED OBJECTS was set up to celebrate our landmark 160th anniversary in 2014.  The projects brought together pupils, Guild members (alumnae) and staff in developing a shared tribute to Cheltenham Ladies' College distinctive values and atmosphere.

You can visit the archives web page and also follow the archives on Twitter @CLCArchives for regular informative tweets.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Concord University History and Traditions

I was looking for information this morning on the history of Concord University in Athens, West Virginia and found the wonderful athens we knew site created and maintained by Garland Elmore, Jr.  While Elmore's website is designed to offer information on the broader Athens community, it includes a number of pages with text and photographs focusing on Concord University.  

The institution was founded as Concord State Normal School in 1872. The name changed to Concord State Teachers College in 1931. The name changed again Concord College in 1943 it became Concord University in 2004. The university's web site offers a History & Goals page that includes tables with lists of principals/presidents, institutional names with corresponding seals, and other historical information.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Mount Ida College Trustees Announce Closure

The Board of Trustees of Mount Ida College announced today that the institution will close and agreement has been reached for acquisition of the campus by the University of Massachusetts.  The Mount Ida website includes statements from the trustees and the institution's president, Barry Brown, along with an F.A.Q. section for students and others interested in learning more about the agreement.

Mount Ida was founded in 1899 on Mount Ida Hill in Newton Centre, MA by George Franklin Jewett and Abigail Faye Jewett.  It closed during the Great Depression and was reopened by William F. Carlson and his son F. Roy Carlson in 1939.  Mount Ida was accredited as a junior college in 1961.  It merged with Chamberlayne Junior College in 1987 and the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1989.  Mount Ida offered baccalaureate programs after 1998 and graduate degrees after 2009.

Laura Krantz of the Boston Globe reported on the closure and acquisition, "Mount Ida College to close; UMass to acquire Newton campus."  Krantz offers context for the decision and includes comments from students.

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, mergers,and acquisitions access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  There are separate tabs for non-profit closures, for-profit closures, and one for mergers and acquisitions.  Each tab includes basic information for the institutions, i.e., Carnegie Classification, sector, accrediting agency, and the IPEDS unitid.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Douglass College: Educating Women for 100 Years

New Brunswick Today published "Douglass Celebrates a Century of Higher Education for Women" on March 29, 2018.  The article written by Benjamin Clapp coincides with several events that commemorate the founding of New Jersey College for Women in 1918.  The institution was renamed as Douglass College in 1955 and changed its name again in 2007 to Douglass Residential College.
You can visit Douglass web pages for more information on college traditions, a timeline, and "Douglass: The Power of 100 Years," a web pages where alumnae and students can review memories or learn more about various centennial events. 
Clapp also notes that a new book, The Douglass Century: Transformation of the Women’s College at Rutgers University, written by three Rutgers faculty members, Kayo Denda, Mary Hawkesworth, and Fernanda Perrone, is published by the Rutgers University Press.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bloomfield College Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Founding

Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1868.  The institution was established as the German Theological School and was affiliated with the United Presbyterian Church. The name change to Bloomfield Theological Seminary in 1913. The name change again to Bloomfield College and Seminary in 1926 and then to Bloomfield College in 1960. Enrollment is approximately 1,996 students.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Brief History of Front Square at Trinity College Dublin


Senior staff writer, Holly Brown, notes that the, "...architectural history of the College dates back to 1592 when the first foundation stones were laid on the former site of Old Hallows Monastery."  She concludes that while the space provides a rare setting of tranquility and order in an urban setting, it wasn't by design...it just turned out that it works.