Friday, April 21, 2017

University of Maryland, College Park

Here's the third entry from John Jost's East Coast collection, this time from the University of Maryland's main campus in College Park (near Washington, DC). According to the Wikipedia, the Maryland campus features "red brick Georgian" architecture, which is elaborated here.

The first photo looks to be at ground level of McKeldin Mall (shown from a bird's eye view in this video).


Pictured next is the Frederick Douglass Statue, with the Biology-Psychology Building in the background.


Finally, we have the Microbiology Building.


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Duke University

Today, we have another school from John Jost's East Coast collection, namely Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Duke is known for both great academics -- some refer informally to it as a "Magnolia League" or southern Ivy League school -- and great basketball. Officially members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Duke has won five NCAA men's basketball titles under Mike Krzyzewski ("Coack K"), with the women's team making several Final Four appearances.


John's Duke photos focused on hoops, with fans pouring in to see a Blue Devils game in classic old Cameron Indoor Stadium (see here and here for background on the facility). Cameron is located on the West Campus, which features neo-Gothic architecture.


Even the inside of the building has a very academic look. If I hadn't known what this was, I'd have thought I was looking at a graduation.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

University of California, Santa Barbara

I made a brief visit to California in October for a cousin's wedding in the Solvang-Buellton area north of Santa Barbara. The UCSB campus was not exactly on the route from Los Angeles for our Saturday afternoon drive, but I managed to prevail upon my family to detour through UCSB for a drive-by photographing.


UCSB appears to have a great deal of modern architecture, including the Engineering Science Building near the entrance we drove through.


Among the funky architecture is the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics complex, home to several Nobel Prize winners.


Friday, October 07, 2016

Cal Poly -- San Luis Obispo

Described as "halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco," near the California coast, is California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (also known as Cal Poly-SLO, Cal Poly, etc.).* The host city also goes by a variety of names, including "SLO Town," and offers a wide array of outdoor activities. One final piece of trivia is that "Weird Al" Yankovic, the master of parody song lyrics, went to Cal Poly-SLO.

Every summer, my brother Steve, an elementary-school teacher in the Los Angeles area, travels up to SLO for a conference on teaching physical education, and he took some pictures of the campus this year. Shown first is the Cal Poly-SLO student union.


The next two photos, consistent with the topic of the conference, are the kinesiology building...


...and the basketball gym.


A school with "Polytechnic" in its name should be strong in engineering and SLO definitely is. The school is ranked in a tie for fifth in the nation by U.S. News for undergraduate engineering programs (among non-doctoral-granting institutions).

Thus, if you're seeking a good workout for both your mind and body, Cal Poly SLO may be just the place.

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*There is another Cal Poly campus in Pomona. However, more observers would probably associate the term "Cal Poly" with SLO (founded in 1901) than Pomona (founded in 1938).

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Columbia University

Let's go back-to-back with New York City institutions, Columbia University in the present posting following NYU in the previous one. Texas Tech student Orlando Parrales visited Columbia over the summer and provided a couple of pictures. Columbia, a member of the Ivy League, is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The first photograph is of Butler Library, famous for its list of great authors across the facade. You'll have to click on the photo to enlarge it, so you can see the authors' names.


Because all the listed authors are men, people have hung banners commemorating great women authors, as well.

The second photo shows another "library," known as Low Library. However, the building hasn't housed books for some time. "No longer a library, Low houses the Visitors Center and the Office of the President, and is used for campus events," according to a university webpage.


Barely perceptible at the top of the facade is a reference to "King's College" (close-up below). According to a page on the school's history, "Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England."


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New York University

Today, I'd like to welcome a new guest contributor to this site, New York University professor John Jost. I learned through Facebook that John took campus photos and he agreed to make his collection -- focused on East Coast schools -- available for this site. Let's start out with John's own school, NYU.

NYU is a prestigious private university, located in Greenwich Village near the southern tip of Manhattan. The campus is inextricably linked with Washington Square Park, recognizable by its famous arch (far left side of picture).


According to the Wikipedia page on Washington Square Park, "Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU while others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings."

NYU has some of its commencements in Washington Square Park, the graduation gowns creating a sea of violet, the main school color. (As an aside, NYU also has held graduation at Yankee Stadium, including in May 2012.)

Based on this NYU campus map, searches of NYU buildings in Google Images, and the use of Google Earth, I've developed the following legend of buildings corresponding to the above photo.


The "1 University Place" building has apartments at several different price-points, starting at around $2,500 a month for a studio, that is. For those of us who will have to get the NYU experience vicariously, here's a nice photo essay on one of the surrounding areas.

One of the buildings framing the park is the Stern School of Business. Here is the entrance of the brick-colored wing of the Stern School, which is adjoined by a more modernistic wing.


Finally, we have a rainbow shot looking out over the city.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Oxford University

I am pleased to display photos from Oxford University, one of the world's most famous institutions of higher learning, taken by my Texas Tech colleague Natalia Velikova on a visit to England. According to the Wikipedia page on Oxford, "While having no known date of foundation, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096..." Oxford is composed of 38 "self-governing" colleges. The residential-college system, which is used at Oxford, Cambridge, and elsewhere in Great Britain, has also been in adopted in the U.S. at some Ivy League schools and at Rice University in Houston, Texas, to name a few places. On to the Oxford photos!

We start out with the Oxford Museum of Natural History. Built in the mid-1800s, the museum is very young in relation to the university's founding! Video tours inside the museum are available here.


Next is a structure known as Radcliffe Camera, a former library that now hosts undergraduate reading rooms. This building is a little older, having been constructed in the mid-1700s.


The next few pictures show some of the colleges at Oxford. First is University College...


...followed by Magdalen College.


Next is Christ Church College...


...with Christ Church's Cathedral appearing in the background of the next photo, beyond Tom Quad...


Finally, we have the Bridge of Sighs, connecting buildings within Hertford College...