Virginia Union University
Virginia Union University is a historically black university located in Richmond, United States. VUUs 84-acre campus is located at 1500 North Lombardy Street in Richmonds North Side, the University was founded in 1865 to give the newly emancipated freedmen an opportunity for education of the mind in an ethical, religious environment. A historically black university, Virginia Union University embraces the uniqueness and contributions of the African Diaspora, enrollment is open to all students without regard to racial background. The University provides comprehensive undergraduate liberal arts programs and graduate education for Christian ministries, the American Baptist Home Mission Society founded the school in 1865 shortly after Union troops took control of Richmond, Virginia, at the end of the American Civil War. Approximately 4 million former African American slaves, or freedmen, were to become citizens, many had been deprived of formal education and prevented from becoming literate by Southern state laws.
Southern states were in economic upheaval after the war, members of the ABHMS proposed a National Theological Institute to educate freedmen wishing to enter the Baptist ministry. Soon the proposed mission was expanded to offer courses and programs at college, high school and this effort was the beginning of Virginia Union University. Separate branches of the National Theological Institute were set up in Washington, D. C. and Richmond, with classes beginning in 1867. In Washington, the became known as Wayland Seminary, named in commemoration of Dr. Francis Wayland, former president of Brown University. The first and only president was Dr. George Mellen Prentiss King, famous students there included Dr. Booker T. Washington and Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. In Richmond, the efforts were more difficult, in 1899, the Richmond Theological Institute joined with Wayland Seminary of Washington to form Virginia Union University at Richmond. In 1932, the womens college Hartshorn Memorial College, established in Richmond in 1883, storer College, a historically black Baptist college in West Virginia, merged its endowment with Virginia Union in 1964.
The university is divided into four schools, Sydney Lewis School of Business Evelyn R. The school of theology has produced such as Dean John W. Kinney, Dr. Miles Jones, Dr. A. B. James. The School is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium, nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations are currently at Virginia Union University. These organizations are, Virginia Union competes in the NCAA Division II in the Eastern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Virginia Union plays basketball and volleyball in the Barco-Stevens Hall, built as the Belgian Building for the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. The building, which has reliefs depicting the Belgian Congo, was one of thirteen facilities designated as unique by NCAA News in 2005. The building was awarded to the university in 1941 and moved to its present location in 1943, the basketball team began using the facility in early 1947
Jacksonville University is a private university in Jacksonville, United States. JUs student body represents more than 40 U. S. states. As a Division I university, it is home to 19 sports teams, known as the JU Dolphins, as well as intramural sports, among the top majors declared by JU students are aviation management, nursing and marine science. The school was founded in 1934 by William J. Porter, originally known as William J. Porter University, it began as a private two-year college. Since a permanent site had not yet been acquired, classes were held on the floor of the First Baptist Church Educational Building in downtown Jacksonville. Sixty students were enrolled in Porter Universitys first year of operation, the school changed its name to Jacksonville Junior College in 1935. In 1947 the administration purchased land in Jacksonvilles Arlington neighborhood on which to establish the current campus, the first building was completed in 1950 and classes officially began. The same year the school received accreditation as a two-year college from the Southern Association of Colleges.
In 1958 Jacksonville Junior College merged with the Jacksonville College of Music, in 1959 the first four-year class graduated, and in 1962 JU received full accreditation as a four-year school from SACS. The 1960s saw the university grow substantially as enrollment increased, dormitories were built, in 1970 the Jacksonville University Dolphins mens basketball team, under star center Artis Gilmore, went to the NCAA Division I Championship. However, the opening of the public University of North Florida in 1973 eroded JUs enrollment, other University publications to have chronicled JU history throughout the decades include the JU Navigator, the Riparian, and The Wave magazine. Jacksonville University offers more than 70 majors and programs at the level, as well as 23 Masters and doctorate degree programs. M. A. M. A. T. and Master of Business Administration, JU has the second-largest Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in the nation and the longest-running in Florida. Jacksonville is a military- and veteran-friendly town, and is home to three military installations.
It is an approved Yellow Ribbon School and is home to the Jacksonville University Veterans, University staff and administration includes many distinguished veterans from multiple branches of the U. S. military. The College of Fine Arts, with its integrated Alexander Brest Museum, undergraduate programs include dance, theatre and visual arts. Graduate programs are available in Choreography and Visual Arts, the College of Fine Arts annual Artist Series is open to the public and offers more than 20 concerts and exhibitions per season. The Davis College of Business received its AACSB accreditation in January 2010, the program is the third largest in the nation, behind Spartan School in Tulsa and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach
Saint Peter's University
Saint Peters University is a private, coeducational Jesuit Roman Catholic college in the United States. Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, the school was founded as Saint Peters College in 1872 by the Society of Jesus, Saint Peters is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Saint Peters University offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students and its college mascot is the Peacock and its sports teams play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, of which it is a founding member. The school is located on a 30-acre campus just south of Journal Square and weekend classes are offered in Jersey City, Englewood Cliffs, and South Amboy. In 2015-16, Saint Peters was ranked fifth nationwide by Money magazine in the category of Colleges That Add the Most Value, according to the magazine, the top value-added colleges are those that best help students exceed expectations. The University was ranked in the top 18% of all American colleges for educational quality, the U. S.
News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 guide ranked the institution among the top 100 universities in the Regional Universities North region. The college was chartered in 1872 and enrolled its first students in 1878 at Warren Street, in Jersey City, on the present site of its high school section. In September 1918, the college was closed, along several other Jesuit colleges and high schools. Although the war ended two months after its closing, and despite clamoring from alumni, it took until 1930 to re-open the college. The college was located on Newark Avenue, before moving in 1936 to its current location on Hudson Boulevard. Unlike other institutions in New Jersey, the school was segregated for many years. It was first integrated in 1936, when the college admitted its first black student, the college granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965. Recent years have seen much construction for the college, in 1975, the college constructed the Yanitelli Recreational Life Center, a sports complex.
Beginning with the 1983 acquisition of its first residence hall, the college has converted four apartment buildings to dormitory use, gannon Hall, the science building and one of the first structures on campus, underwent an $8.2 million renovation. In 2004, the pedestrian bridge over Kennedy Boulevard linked the East Campus. In 2006, the college began a $50 million capital campaign, further expansion of the east side of the campus included plans for a student center, which has been in service since construction was completed in 2013. The new McMahon Student Center houses offices for many of Saint Peters administrative branches, as well as numerous student led organizations, on December 24,2006, sitting college President James N. Loughran, S. J. was found dead in his home. On May 10,2007, the Board of Trustees appointed Eugene J. Cornacchia, dr. Cornacchia is the first layperson to serve as President of the 135-year-old Catholic, Jesuit institution
Augsburg College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon its founding in 1869, it was a Norwegian-American Lutheran seminary known as Augsburg Seminary and its first college class began in the fall of 1874. Today, the college enrolls approximately 3000 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students, the school is known for its emphasis on service learning, volunteering in the community is both an instructional strategy and a required part of a student’s coursework. In 2010 Augsburg College was one of the six higher education institutions to receive the Presidential Award for Community Service, sponsored by the Corporation for National, on March 2,2017, the school announced effective September 1,2017 the school would be named Augsburg University. Augsburg was founded as a seminary by Norwegian Lutherans and it was named after the Augsburg Confession, the confession of faith presented by Lutherans in Augsburg, Germany in 1530. Augsburg opened in September 1869, in Marshall, undergraduate classes first began in the fall of 1874 with the first class graduating in the spring of 1879.
In 1893, Augsburg leaders formed the Friends of Augsburg, which became the Lutheran Free Church in 1897, Women were first admitted to the college in 1921. The school was known as Augsburg Seminary until 1942 when the name was changed to Augsburg College. There was a school level Augsburg Academy on campus until it closed in 1933. August Weenaas was Augsburg’s first president, professor Weenaas recruited two teachers from Norway—Sven Oftedal and Georg Sverdrup. In 1874 they proposed a plan, train ministerial candidates, prepare future theological students, and third, educate the farmer, worker. The statement stressed that an education is practical. Augsburg’s next two presidents emphatically rejected ivory tower concepts of education and this commitment to church and community has led to Augsburg’s theme of over 130 years, Education for Service. This attitude began to change after World War I, in 1911, George Sverdrup, Jr. became president. He worked to develop college departments with an appeal to a range of students than just those intending to be ministers.
In 1937, Augsburg elected Bernhard Christensen, an erudite and scholarly teacher and his involvement in ecumenical and civic circles made Augsburg a more visible part of church and city life. After World War II, Augsburg leaders made vigorous efforts to expand, now the College was a larger part of the institution than the seminary and received the most attention. As a result, Augsburg added departments essential to an arts college, offering a modern college program based on general education requirements
Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, United States. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its president, Zephaniah Swift Moore, the institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Lord Jeffery Amherst. Amherst was established as a college and became coeducational in 1975. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 1,849 students in the fall of 2016, students choose courses from 38 major programs in an open curriculum. Students are not required to study a curriculum or fulfill any distribution requirements. Freshmen may take advanced courses, and seniors may take introductory ones, for the class of 2020, Amherst received 8,406 applications and accepted 1,161 yielding a 13. 8% acceptance rate. Amherst was ranked as the second best liberal arts college in the country by U. S. News & World Report, Amherst competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Amherst has historically had close relationships and rivalries with Williams College, the college is a member of the Five College Consortium, which allows its students to attend classes at four other Pioneer Valley institutions.
These include Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, founded in 1821, Amherst College developed out of the secondary school Amherst Academy. The college was originally suggested as an alternative to Williams College, although Williams remained open, Amherst was formed and diverged from its Williams roots into an individual institution. In 1812, funds were raised in Amherst for a school, Amherst Academy. This required an investment from benefactors. During the fundraising for the project, it clear that without larger designs. This led the committee overseeing the project to conclude that a new institution should be created, on August 18,1818, the Amherst Academy board of trustees accepted this conclusion and began building a new college. At its opening, Amherst had forty-seven students, fifteen of these had followed Moore from Williams College. Those fifteen represented about one-third of the number at Amherst. President Moore died on June 29,1823, and was replaced with a Williams College trustee, Williams alumni are fond of an apocryphal story ascribing the removal of books from the Williams College library to Amherst College, but there is no contemporaneous evidence to verify the story.
In 1995, Williams president Harry C. Payne declared the story false, Amherst grew quickly, and for two years in the mid-1830s it was the second largest college in the United States, second only to Yale
Duke University is an American private research university located in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the town of Trinity in 1838. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment, at time the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father. Dukes campus spans over 8,600 acres on three campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort. The main campus—designed largely by architect Julian Abele—incorporates Gothic architecture with the 210-foot Duke Chapel at the campus center, the first-year-populated East Campus contains Georgian-style architecture, while the main Gothic-style West Campus 1.5 miles away is adjacent to the Medical Center. Duke is the seventh-wealthiest private university in America with $11.4 billion in cash, Dukes research expenditures in the 2015 fiscal year were $1.037 billion, the seventh largest in the nation. In 2014, Thomson Reuters named 32 of Dukes professors to its list of Highly Cited Researchers, Duke ranks fifth among national universities to have produced Rhodes, Truman and Udall Scholars.
Ten Nobel laureates and three Turing Award winners are affiliated with the university, Dukes sports teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the basketball team is renowned for having won five NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championships, most recently in 2015. Duke is consistently included among the best universities in the world by numerous university rankings, according to a Forbes study, Duke is ranked 11th among universities that have produced billionaires. Duke started in 1838 as Browns Schoolhouse, a subscription school founded in Randolph County in the present-day town of Trinity. Organized by the Union Institute Society, a group of Methodists and Quakers, the academy was renamed Normal College in 1851 and Trinity College in 1859 because of support from the Methodist Church. Carr donated land in 1892 for the original Durham campus, which is now known as East Campus, in 1924 Washington Dukes son, James B. Duke, established The Duke Endowment with a $40 million trust fund, income from the fund was to be distributed to hospitals, the Methodist Church, and four colleges.
Duke thought the change would come off as self-serving. Money from the endowment allowed the University to grow quickly, Dukes original campus, East Campus, was rebuilt from 1925 to 1927 with Georgian-style buildings. By 1930, the majority of the Collegiate Gothic-style buildings on the one mile west were completed. In 1878, Trinity awarded A. B. degrees to three sisters—Mary and Theresa Giles—who had studied both with private tutors and in classes with men. With the relocation of the college in 1892, the Board of Trustees voted to allow women to be formally admitted to classes as day students
Edwards School of Medicine, and a regional center for cancer research, which has a national reputation for its programs in rural healthcare delivery. The forensic science program is one of nearly twenty post-graduate-level academic programs in the United States accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The universitys digital forensics program is the first program in the world to receive accreditation in digital forensics from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, the College of Business has achieved AACSB accreditation. Marshall University operates the Robert C. Byrd Institute, with operations on both the Huntington and South Charleston campuses, as well as in Fairmont, West Virginia. The institutes goal is the transfer of technology from the departments to private industry to support job development in the region. Marshall University was founded in 1837 as a subscription school by residents of Guyandotte. In 1858, the Virginia General Assembly changed the name to Marshall College, the Civil War closed the often financially challenged school for much of the 1860s.
In 1867, the West Virginia Legislature resurrected the institution as a training facility. This began the history of the college as a state-supported post-secondary institution, at that time, enrollment surpassed 1,000 students. The school began offering degrees for the first time in 1920. In 1937, the college suffered through a devastating flooding by the Ohio River, numerous structures, such as Northcott Hall and the James E. Morrow Library were extensively flooded. Much of Huntington was damaged, and as a result. In that year the school was accredited as a university institution, however. Further expansion accelerated after World War II, in 1960, John F. Kennedy spoke at the college during his cross-country campaign for the presidency. On March 2,1961, West Virginia Legislature finally elevated Marshall to university status, the student newspaper, The Parthenon, prepared two front pages for the day, depending on the outcome of the legislatures vote. Also in 1961, WMUL-FM began operations as the first public station in West Virginia.
The station, which began in the Science Building at 10 watts of power, the university rebuilt its athletic program back to respectability, and in 1977, the university joined the Southern Conference. On the evening of November 14,1970, the Thundering Herd football team, along with coaches and fans, was returning home to Huntington from Kinston, the team had just lost a game 17–14 against the East Carolina University Pirates at Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina
Teaneck Armory at 1799 Teaneck Road is an armory and arena located on a 13. 66-acre site in Teaneck, New Jersey. A facility of the New Jersey National Guard, it is home to the Soccer Coliseum, the facility was completed in 1936 at a cost of $1 million. It was designed by Louis S, from 1967–68, the arena was the home of the New Jersey Americans of the American Basketball Association, the team that became todays Brooklyn Nets. In 1997, the armory was renovated to a designed for indoor soccer known as the Soccer Coliseum. Over the years the expansive floor and high-ceilinged space has been used for film shoots, including Sweet and Lowdown, Youve Got Mail, Bogus. The armory has hosted concerts, three-quarter midget car races, circuses, indoor soccer. It has used for ceremonies and celebrations commemorating Eid ul-Adha. The Teaneck Armory can be distinguished by the M42 Duster anti-aircraft vehicle, other elements of the New Jersey National Guard based at the Teaneck Armory have been deployed to Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Kosovo, among other places.
Additionally, a squadron of the New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is located at the Armory, in 2010, the armory unfurled its first garrsion flag since 1936. Received as donation, the flag had hung over Wall Street office building for 21 days after the September 2001 attacks,15 feet wide and 20 feet long, it weighs 50 pounds. Jersey City Armory Paterson Armory Teaneck Virtual Village - links to articles about the Armory Soccer Coliseum - indoor sports programs, web site features interior shot of facility
Lloyd Sonny Dove was an American professional basketball player, who was Native American through his mother, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag. As a star at St. Johns University in New York, in his last season of 1967 and that year he was part of the United States basketball team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. His record has continued to him one of the top players ever at St. Johns. In 2005 Dove was among the first ten men selected for Basketball Legacy Honors at the university, in 2011 Dove was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. Lloyd Dove, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945 and his father was Lloyd Dove a member of the Narrangansett tribe. Dove was Mashpee Wampanoag and the sister of Earl Mills, Sr. the hereditary sachem since 1956 of this people and his siblings are Larry Dove of Mashpee and Gladys Dove Barnes of Queens, N. Y. By Wampanoag matrilineal tradition, the children are considered to belong to the mothers clan, in 1951 Adeline Dove married Donald Hicks, Sr.
of Mashpee and returned to the town where she had grown up. She had more children with Donald, Donnella Hicks Pocknett, Errol Hicks, Donald Hicks, Jr. and Gary Hicks, Dove graduated from St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn, where his skill at basketball was noted. He was recruited for St. Johns University by Lou Carnesecca, Dove attended St. Johns University, where he was a forward and played for three seasons. He started under the legendary coach Joe Lapchick and was nicknamed the Big Indian, at St. Johns, Dove as of 1983 was the fifth-highest scorer and second-ranked rebounder in its basketball history. In his last season of 1966–67, before being recruited by a professional team, Dove was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the fourth pick of the 1967 NBA draft. He played two years with the Pistons before joining the New York Nets of the ABA, with whom he remained until 1972, in his NBA/ABA career, Dove averaged 11.1 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game. His pro career ended when Dove shattered his leg in a bicycle accident, after his pro career, Dove returned to St.
Johns University and completed his degree. He went into sports broadcasting, often sharing comments on basketball games with other former pro players. In the 1980s he was partnered with Dave Halberstam in commenting on St. Johns University basketball games and he was a taxi driver. Dove died at age 37 from injuries in an accident when the taxi he was driving skidded from an open bridge into the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn in February 1983. A memorial Mass was held at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, at the time of his death and his wife were separated. Dove had three children, Leslie and Kimberly, times Obituary for Sonny Dove Sonny Dove at Find a Grave
Benedict College is a four-year historically black, liberal arts college located in Columbia, South Carolina. Founded in 1870 by northern Baptists, it was originally a teachers college and it has since expanded into a four-year college. Benedict College was founded in 1870 on a 110-acre plantation in Columbia and this new school was established for the recently emancipated people of African descent. Benedicts first class consisted of ten recently emancipated people of African descent and one teacher and he was a college-trained preacher from the North, who became president of the Institute. Benedict Institute set out from humble beginnings in a former slave masters mansion to prepare men and women to be powers for good in society. The dilapidated mansion, built in 1839, served as the first schoolhouse where grammar school subjects, along with Bible, eventually other subjects were added to the curriculum to address the original objective of the school, to train teachers and preachers. On November 2,1894, the institution was chartered as an arts college by the South Carolina Legislature.
From 1870 to 1930, Benedict College was led by seven northern white Baptist ministers, on April 10,1930, the Reverend John J. Starks, who earned his bachelors degree from the college in 1891, became the first African American president of the college. Five African American presidents have succeeded him, in 1994, with a strategic planning process in place, Benedict College set an enrollment goal of 2000 by the year 2000. The goal was achieved in 1996 with an enrollment of 2,138 students, the fall 2002 enrollment was 3,000. Benedict College is engaged in a strategic planning process, which will guide the College in the 21st century. The college is currently implementing a $50 million campus improvement plan, which includes land acquisition, during this period, new construction has included three residence halls, a parking garage, a campus center/dining hall, an Administration Building, and a Business Development Center. Additionally buildings were acquired to house a center, and the Division of Community Development/Center for Excellence.
Three apartment complexes have been purchased for student housing, as a part of the colleges community development thrust, more than 50 dilapidated properties in the adjacent community have been renovated. The Benedict College Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and it encompasses five buildings constructed between 1895 and 1937, Morgan Hall, Pratt Hall, Duckett Hall, Antisdel Chapel, and Starks Center. Benedict offers 29 degrees from 12 departments, Benedict College is ranked as one of the top producers of African American Physics majors in the United States. In addition to offering education, the college offers continuing education for those non traditional students. Benedict College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges, the Teacher Education Program is fully approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and the Program in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
Boston College is a private Jesuit Catholic research university located in the village of Chestnut Hill, United States,6 miles west of downtown Boston. It has 9,100 full-time undergraduates and almost 5,000 graduate students, the universitys name reflects its early history as a liberal arts college and preparatory school in Bostons South End. It is a member of the 568 Group and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and its main campus is a historic district and features some of the earliest examples of collegiate gothic architecture in North America. Boston Colleges undergraduate program is currently ranked 31st in the National Universities ranking by U. S. News & World Report, Boston College is categorized as an R1, Highest Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Students at the university earned 21 Fulbright Awards in 2012, ranking the school eighth among American research institutions, Boston College sports teams are called the Eagles, and their colors are maroon and gold, the school mascot is Baldwin the Eagle.
The Eagles compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports offered by the ACC, the mens and womens ice hockey teams compete in Hockey East. Boston Colleges mens ice hockey team is one of the most decorated programs in the nation, in 1825, Benedict Joseph Fenwick, S. J. A Jesuit from Maryland, became the second Bishop of Boston and he was the first to articulate a vision for a College in the City of Boston that would raise a new generation of leaders to serve both the civic and spiritual needs of his fledgling diocese. In 1827, Bishop Fenwick opened a school in the basement of his cathedral and his efforts to attract other Jesuits to the faculty were hampered both by Bostons distance from the center of Jesuit activity in Maryland and by suspicion on the part of the citys Protestant elite. Meanwhile, the vision for a college in Boston was sustained by John McElroy, with little fanfare, the colleges two buildings—a schoolhouse and a church—welcomed their first class of scholastics in 1859.
Two years later, with as little fanfare, BC closed again and its short-lived second incarnation was plagued by the outbreak of Civil War and disagreement within the Society over the colleges governance and finances. BCs inability to obtain a charter from the anti-Catholic Massachusetts legislature only compounded its troubles, on March 31,1863, more than three decades after its initial inception, Boston Colleges charter was formally approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. BC became the second Jesuit institution of learning in Massachusetts. A Swiss Jesuit from French-speaking Fribourg, was selected as BCs first president, for most of the 19th century, BC offered a singular 7-year program corresponding to both high school and college. Its entering class in the fall of 1864 included 22 students, the curriculum was based on the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum, emphasizing Latin, Greek and theology. Boston Colleges enrollment reached nearly 500 by the turn of the 20th century, in 1907, newly installed President Thomas I.
Gasson, S. J. determined that BCs cramped, urban quarters in Bostons South End were inadequate, inspired by John Winthrops early vision of Boston as a city upon a hill, he re-imagined Boston College as world-renowned university and a beacon of Jesuit scholarship. Less than a year after taking office, he purchased Amos Adams Lawrences farm on Chestnut Hill and he organized an international competition for the design of a campus master plan and set about raising funds for the construction of the new university
The Kentucky Colonels were a member of the American Basketball Association for all of the leagues nine years. The name is derived from the historic Kentucky colonels, the Colonels won the most games and had the highest winning percentage of any franchise in the leagues history, but the team did not join the NBA in the 1976 ABA–NBA merger. The downtown Louisville Convention Center was the Colonels original venue for the first three seasons before moving to Freedom Hall for the seasons, beginning with the 1970–71 schedule. The Kentucky Colonels were only one of two ABA teams, along with the Indiana Pacers, to play for the duration of the league without relocating, changing its team name or folding. The Colonels were the major league franchise in Kentucky since the Louisville Breckenridges left the National Football League in 1923. The Louisville-based Colonels started their time in the ABA as a colorful franchise, among the things they were known for was their mascot Ziggy, a prize-winning Brussels Griffon dog that was owned by original team owners Joe and Mamie Gregory.
Some fans of the Colonels believed Ziggy was the owner of the club. Ziggy went to meetings and had a front row seat for games. The dog was even part of the logo for their first seasons. They were equally famous for publicity stunts, their most famous coming in 1968 when Penny Ann Early, the teams performance on the court was understandably overshadowed. Perhaps it was deserved, as they were mostly an average team and they were among the best long range shooters of their time, and benefitted greatly from the ABAs three-point line. Carrier spent 5 seasons with the club, while Dampier was a Colonel for all of their years, the early color of their franchise began to wane during the 1970–71 season, when they signed another Wildcat star in All-American Dan Issel. They dropped the green uniforms in favor of a Blue. Issels signing helped the Colonels become well known as a basketball team. In spite of a record in the regular season, they made a serious run at the 1971 ABA championship. They fell just short and lost to the Utah Stars in 7 games and they proved to be even better in 1971, with the signing of ferocious big man Artis Gilmore.
Gilmores signing would help make the Colonels a legitimate powerhouse for years to come, the Colonels won 68 games in his rookie campaign under coach Joe Mullaney, their record turned out to be best in the leagues entire history. Yet, in the playoffs, they were upset by the New York Nets in the first round, Kentucky recovered and made another championship run during the 1972–73 playoffs, but lost a physical series to the Indiana Pacers in 7 games,4 games to 3