@univofdayton @dpshow December 20

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: University of Dayton

Location: Dayton OH

Dayton is Ohio 6th largest city and it is home to University of Dayton (UD), a Roman Catholic national research university. UD was founded in 1850 and began with 14 students, one building and one farm.

Dayton skyline at night.

Here is how the university got started in 1850.

In the middle of a cholera epidemic, the Bishop of Cincinnati sent Father Leo Meyer, S.M., to minister to the sick at Emmanuel parish in Dayton. Here, he met John Stuart, whose daughter died of cholera the year before. Mr. Stuart wanted to sell his Dayton property and return to Europe. Father Meyer gave him a medal of St. Joseph and a promise of $12,000 in return for Dewberry Farm — 125 acres of vineyards, orchards, a mansion and farm buildings.

On July 1, 1850, St. Mary’s School for Boys, a frame building that not long before had housed farm hands, opened its doors to 14 primary students from Dayton. Known at various times as St. Mary’s School, St. Mary’s Institute and St. Mary’s College, the school assumed its present identity in 1920.

Some notable University of Dayton alumni include former and current ESPN Announcers Jon Gruden and Dan Patrick.

Jon Gruden played football at Dayton and Dan Patrick (Real name Dan Patrick Pugh) played basketball for two years at Eastern Kentucky before transferring to Dayton. Jon Gruden transferred to Dayton from Muskingham College.




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