Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Milligan College Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Milligan College in Tennessee is celebrating the sesquicentennial of its founding in 1866.  The institution was founded as Buffalo Male & Female College at Cave Spring, TN.  The name was changed to Milligan College in 1881.  The history of the college has been featured in a number of lectures that began this past summer and are continuing through the fall.  Billed as the Milligan 150 Seminar series, those who can't attend in person are able to view videos of the lectures on the Milligan website.  The Elizabethton Star published an article, "'Milligan 150' seminars provide insight into college history."



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Indiana University Honors Frances Morgan Swain

Indiana University Archives had an interesting post this week, "Frances Morgan Swain and the League of Extraordinary (IU) Women," written by Mary Mellon that coincides with renaming of IU's Student Building to honor Frances Morgan Swain. Frances studied mathematics at IU and later served as first lady of IU from 1893-1902 while her husband was president. She was one of the founders of IU's Women's League and worked tirelessly to support women at IU and in Bloomington over many years.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Greenville College will become Greenville University in 2017

Greenville College in Greenville, IL announced that the institution will be changing its name to Greenville University in September 2017.  The college's website includes a FAQ with more details.
You can also find a short video where President Ivan Filby talks about the change.
Greenville was founded in 1855 as Almira College and provided education for women.  The institution was affiliated with the Baptist church.  In 1892 the Central Illinois Conference of the Free Methodist Church acquired the institution.  It was renamed as Greenville College and served both men and women.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

DuBois Business College in Pennsylvania Announces Closure

DuBois Business College announced this past week that it will be closing at the end of the term on September 22, 2016.  The institution was founded in 1885 and primarily offered programs in DuBois, Huntingdon, and Oil City, Pennsylvania.  A satellite location location opened in Philipsburg in 2014.  The WTAJ page includes a short video clip and link to comments from administrators of the institution.  If you are interested in recent trends for closures, access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  

Erikson Institute Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Erikson Institute in Chicago is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1966 as the Chicago Institute for Early Childhood Education and the institution's website offers a very nice timeline honoring key institutional milestones.  

Erikson with enrollment just under 300 students is a graduate institution with a clear focus on child development and early childhood education.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

An Acre of Students and other images from the Bowden Postcard Collection

Miami University Library Digital Archives posted a number of collections on Flicker with photographs and images that may be of interest. One, the Bowden Postcard Collection includes over 2,100 old postcards that include hospitals, factories, hotels, etc. Most of the images of colleges and universities are Ohio institutions like Ohio Northern University, Ohio University, Miami University, Mt. Union, and Baldwin-Wallice.  There are also a few that have closed or merged, including Oxford Women's College and Western College in Oxford, OH that merged with Miami University, and others from outside Ohio that include Amherst College, Adrian College, and St. Joseph's College (IN).



Friday, August 19, 2016

Crossroads College in Rochester, MN will Close

KAAL-TV in Minnesota reports that Crossroads College in Rochester will be closing and will not offer fall classes.  An announcement on the college website indicates there is a desire to continue serving the educational needs of the area in another capacity.

Crossroads was founded by the Scandinavian Christian Unity Missionary Society. It opened as International Christian Missionary Bible College in 1913. In 1924 it became Minneapolis Bible College and in 1932, Minnesota Bible University. The name reverted to Minnesota Bible College in 1942 and was changed again in 2002 Crossroads College. It was affiliated with the Christian Church Church of Christ.

In 1971 the college moved from Minneapolis to its present location in Rochester, MN to begin its 59th year on a new 38 acre campus. Enrollment this past years was just under 100 students.

I am also maintaining a file with College Closures Since 2009 for those interested in tracking closures by year.