The Class Ring is a long standing Norwich Tradition, dating back to earlier than 1923 when a University side of the ring was approved by the President and Trustees, and stamped as official and standard for all Cadet Rings. The concept then, which continues today, is that each class elects a committee to represent their class and design the other side to represent their unique class. The ring is a link between classmates, Norwich, and all alumni.
Since then, Norwich itself has grown beyond solely having a Corps of Cadets. We not only have a Civilian Student Undergraduate population, but also a School of Graduate Studies (SGS). In 1995, the President approved a standard side for the Civilian Ring, and in 2007 (need to check with Kate on this date) we held the first Ring Ceremony for SGS. This past year, one more standard ring was approved – the Classic NU Ring.
Prior to 1974, not all of the Ring Companies maintained the artwork and tooling to recreate specific Norwich Rings for those that lost theirs, or had not ordered one originally. Until this summer, we were able to provide alumni from those years with a Norwich Ring that bore their class year, but not their class side – it was borrowed from a different year. “We didn’t feel this was the best service we could provide our alumni – the ring means so much to all of us, and we want all alumni to know that their ring was designed specifically for them” says Keith. This is why over the course of the last year LTC William Passalacqua ’88 and CPT Keith Brudnicki ’05 worked in conjunction with Sean Lamontagne, Jostens Representative, to create the Classic NU Ring. They collected ideas and feedback from various alumni and went through a number of revisions. The image you see here is the final version, approved by the President. Though the image printed here bears the year 2010, any alumnus that orders it will have their own year on their ring.
Richard Lovisone ’64 was the first to order one as a replacement for his original ring, lost a number of years ago. He wore it proudly at his 45th reunion at Homecoming in 2009.
*As printed in the Fall 2009 issue of The Guidon.
*The Classic NU Ring is only for Undergraduate Corps of Cadets Graduates for the Class Years which we no longer have access to the original molds for their Class side.
Alden Partridge: The founding father of Norwich University. Captain Alden Partridge was a pioneer thinker whose values and visions still hold true today. It was his philosophy that education must prepare our youth ‘to discharge, in the best possible manner, the duties they owe to themselves, to their fellow men, and to their country. It is the true Norwich graduate who exemplifies the Partridge model of citizen and soldier.
Paine Mountain: It is an area that is used for recreation, fitness, training and spirit missions. The view from the top overlooks a private military college nestled in the valley of the Green Mountain State that produces graduates of distinction serving throughout the world.
ROTC: Norwich University is the birthplace of the Reserves Officers’ Training Corps. The concept of ROTC in the United States began with the Morrill Act of 1862, which established the land-grant colleges. Part of the federal government's requirement for these schools was that they include military tactics as part of their curriculum. Today, Norwich has all four branches of ROTC and commissions more Army officers than any other ROTC program in the nation.
Cavalry Tradition: In 1909, cavalry training was introduced by Captain Leslie Chapman, the first cavalry officer assigned to Norwich by the War Department. Training began informally, but eventually the entire institution became a cavalry unit. Until the onset of World War II, every Norwich Cadet spent time on horseback. To this day, a cavalry saber appears on each Norwich class ring, and the collar devices cadets wear on the gray dress uniform tunic feature the crossed sabers of the cavalry.
Armored Cavalry: Soon after mounted cavalry rode off into the sunset of Vermont, the armored cavalry arrived on campus in 1949 and the horse trails became tank trails. Many newly commissioned Army lieutenants were assigned to the Armored Branch continuing Norwich’s tradition and reputation of producing highly trained armored officers.
Dog River: The Dog River symbolizes the long and winding path that all Norwich cadets have followed. It has linked the Norwich and the Northfield communities since the University’s arrival in 1866 when Northfield welcomed Norwich following the catastrophic loss of the South Barracks to fire.
Centennial Stairs: Built in 1919, the Centennial Stairs represent the long standing traditions of Norwich, as well as the support of her alumni through the years. We are following in the footsteps of generations of great Norwich alumni, some of whose names are chiseled in granite forever.
The Cardinal Virtues: Courage, Honesty, Temperance, Wisdom - Norwich’s four cardinal virtues inculcated into every cadet and graduate who strives to live them in their daily lives.
Rook Piece: The rook piece ties the classes through the years as a reminder of where we all began; as rooks. It is the foundation where young men and women were transformed from followers to leaders during challenging and rewarding endeavors on “The Hill.”