Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mountain Day at Mount Holyoke

One of the best college traditions...today is Mountain Day at Mount Holyoke. The college web site indicates the tradition began in "...1838, the year after Mount Holyoke was founded. On Mountain Day, classes and other obligations are cancelled. In a nod to Mary Lyon, students are invited to balance their intellectual pursuits with outdoor activities. The actual date is kept secret until it is announced by the early-morning pealing of the bell in Mary Lyon Hall. Mountain Day typically involves climbing to the Summit House atop Mount Holyoke."
The above image is from Mountain Day in 1903...source: Mount Holyoke Archives & Special Collections@ASCatMHC.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New Name for Rochester College

Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan is changing its name to become Rochester University.

The institution was founded as North Central Christian College in 1959. The name change to Michigan Christian Junior College in 1961 and to to Michigan Christian College in 1978. The name of Rochester College was then adopted in 1997.

You can read more about the change in "Rochester College changes its name," in Crain's Detroit Business with reporting by Kurt Nagl on October 13, 2018.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Saint Louis University Bicentennial

Saint Louis University in Missouri is celebrating the bicentennial of its founding in 1818 as Saint Louis Academy and later, Saint Louis College.  You can visit the university web site for a variety of resources that include a timeline, an innovative app that can be downloaded for the SLU 200-Years-In-One Challenge where the broader SLU community is asked to complete 200 years of volunteer service or the equivalent of 1.75 million hours, bicentennial events, and information for ordering a bicentennial history, Always at the Frontier: Saint Louis University 1818-2018, written by Dolores Byrnes, with John Padberg, S.J. and John Waide.

Monday, October 8, 2018

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prepares for 225th Anniversary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is preparing to celebrate the 225th anniversary of its founding commemorating when William Richardson Davie laid the cornerstone of Old East, becoming the first public university in America on October 12, 1793.  You can visit the Campaign for Carolina web pages for a timeline, links to profiles of many Tar Heels, and information of various iconic locations and buildings on the campus

Revisiting the History of John F. Kennedy College

Lisa Brichacek of Wahoo Newspaper reported in "College history revisited" on a presentation by Carl Wirth, a John F. Kennedy College graduate, who shared the history of the college and stories about his time on the campus in northwest Wahoo.  Wirth concludes that institution had a lasting impact on the community even though it was only open a short time.

John F. Kennedy College operated from from 1965-1975 in Wahoo, NE and occupied the campus that was previously the home of Luther Junior College. Luther, founded in 1883, merged with Midland College (Fremont, Nebraska) in 1962 and the name was changed to Midland Lutheran College, now Midland University.

You can also read previous College History Garden posts featuring the college:

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Book of Knowledge: Graceland From A to Z...

Graceland University in Lamoni, IA offers The Graceland College Book of Knowledge as a fascinating historical resource that can be downloaded as a .pdf from their website.  While the book hasn't been updated since its publication, I think the format serves as an interesting model for others anticipating a similar project at another institution.  It is also a testament to the difficulty in preserving and maintaining history of small colleges when resources are limited....and as a result, the book reflects a special labor of love.

David Goehner is the author of the work published in 1997 and was an outgrowth of centennial preparations a few years earlier.  Goehner found a three-ring binder in his office when he started at Graceland that included mimeographed pages of historical information initially compiled by a Lambda Delta Sigma Society during the 1940 academic year.  The work of this student group and then been updated by college librarian Cleo Hawthorne Moon in 1945.  The work then served during the intervening years as a reference source when various questions arose.

Information is organized like an encyclopedia beginning with Aaron C. Engle Ceramics Award in section A and concluding with the Z.I.P. Club, a men's social group.  The book also includes campus maps, commencement speakers, famous visitors, faculty, presidents, and members of the Board of Trustees.

Goehner also gives credit to earlier histories of Graceland that were used as references for his update: Roy Cheville's history of Graceland's first fifty years, Through The West Door, and Paul M. Edwards' update of the college’s history to the 75th anniversary, The Hilltop Where.

Graceland College changed its name to Graceland University in 2000.

If you are aware of similar resources on your campus or at an institution with which you are familiar, consider leaving a url as a comment below. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Successful Administrator of Milton College Preservation Society Retires

Rebecca Kanable reports in the Milton (WI) Courier, "Milton College Preservation Society admin to retire," on the commitment of Judy Scheehle to the legacy of Milton College.

I've admired the work of Scheehle and other volunteers from afar for several years as the Milton College Preservation Society has worked successfully to both preserve the history of Milton College in Milton, WI and find alternative ways to use the former campus as a community resource.  Maintaining interest in the history of a closed college for several decades requires a lot of creative energy and Scheehle has built a good foundation for the future.

You can also read earlier College History Garden posts on Milton College: