Best solution for custom blog grid with date option?

This theme (I do not want to use the whole theme) has EXACTLY the vision I had in mind, for blog posts I want to replicate this via coding or a plugin, I was searching on code canyon and turn up no results. It seems that if there is a box up high its used to display title of the post and not the date in that same format of NOV 10 for example.

Here is the theme that has what I am looking for in regards to a blog grid layout with the date.
http://university.cactusthemes.com/university-event-2/

Do you possibly have any recommendations pertaining to this?