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May 2011 - Vol. 8 - Issue 11

the Norwich familY e-Newsletter 

Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff & Friends 

Norwich University student Kenneth Butler, left, joins former president George W. Bush and cycling legend Lance Armstrong on a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride in Big Bend State Park.

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John Casey
Awards and Special Recognition
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Births and Adoptions
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Births and Adoptions
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4/15/2011 8:38 AM
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Awards and Special Recognition
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4/11/2011 3:21 PM
William Howery
Deployed to Bagram AB, Afghanistan
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Births and Adoptions
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Career News, Promotions, Retirement
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In the News

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security to speak at 2011 Commencement
The Honorable Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security will be the guest speaker at Norwich University’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Shapiro Field House. Dr. Lute has more than 30 years of military and senior executive experience. She served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations as well as on the National Security Council staff under both President George H.W. Bush and President Clinton. 

Norwich student bikes with President Bush and Lance Armstrong
Norwich University student Kenneth butler takes on the W100 100 kilometer bike ride.Ret. Staff Sgt. Kenny Butler, a first year student at Norwich, joined President George W. Bush and Lance Armstrong in the Warrior 100k mountain bike ride in Big Bend State Park, TX. Butler, who is pursuing a double major in Studies in War and Peace and Education, was among fourteen veterans invited to take part in the ride. A 2007 injury sustained in Baghdad, Iraq resulted in the amputation of his right arm. A lifelong cyclist, Butler continued the hobby post-injury on the trails around Walter Reed Medical Center in D.C. after being fitted with a mountain bike specific prosthetic arm. 

Colby writers address nature of combat through fiction, recent history
The American mission in Afghanistan, its impact on the international community, and what it means for American servicemen and women was the theme of the 16th annual Colby Symposium. Five authors, including Colby prizewinner Karl Marlantes talked about their recent work, traded insights on their craft and met students, staff and alumni from Norwich.

Impassioned Voice of Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy visits Norwich
Lt. Dan Choi, an Arabic linguist who worked as an interpreter in Iraq, lost his job in the Army after announcing his sexual preference on a television show. Since then, he has worked to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and assert the rights of gay men and women to serve. Choi was the opening speaker at Norwich University’s first Speak Week, a series of activities addressing such issues as diversity, sexual violence, health and substance abuse.

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Alumni News

Walter Pardo '91 on the cover of Financial Planning
Norwich University alumnus Walter Pardo '91 on the cover of Financial Planning"One guarantee that I can plan against is that all of my clients are going to die – and so am I – one day down the road," says Walter Pardo, ’91, "Unless you're a vampire, that's a certainty.” Pardo, founder of Wealth Financial Partners, an independently owned wealth management firm in Short Hills, N.J. is featured in the April issue of Financial Planning magazine.

David Young ’85 named Superintendent of South Burlington, VT School District 
After six years in the No. 2 job in South Burlington schools, David Young ’85 will be taking the top post on July 1. Young, who is currently the district’s assistant superintendent for operations, is a graduate of Burlington High School and Norwich University, where he earned bachelors and master’s degrees.

Memorial golf tournament honors Major Samuel C. Leigh ‘96 
http://www.majorleighmemorialscholarship.comA memorial golf tournament will be held on June 25th at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club in Belgrade, Maine in honor and memory of Major Samuel C. Leigh. Leigh, a 1996 Norwich graduate and Marine Corps officer, died in 2009 when the AH1-Super Cobra that he was piloting was struck by a C-130 Coast Guard plane off the coast of San Diego. Major Leigh was stationed at Camp Pendleton assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469. Register before May 25th for 10% discount.

Cavalry leader and dear friend, “Homer” of Breckenridge Farm passes
A beautiful Appaloosa horse who brought Cavalry back to campus, Homer passed away at age 30 on April 14, 2011. In his younger days Homer was a star in Hunter/Jumper competitions, performed well in the style of Dressage, and pulled carriages. He helped bring Cavalry back to the University earlier this decade and was one of very few horses that allowed Norwich's Cavalry Cadets to bear sabers while riding him. Homer celebrated his 30th birthday in March with the Norwich Intercollegiate Dressage Association team.

NU School of Graduate and Continuing Studies News

Kurdistan, the Kurds and the Future Relationship to the US
Qubad Talabani, the special representative of the Kurdish people to the U.S. and son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, recently visited Norwich for a talk sponsored by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and the Vermont Council on World Affairs. In his speech Talabani focused on the constructive relationship between the Kurdish people and those of the US. In his view, this is an ongoing relationship that must not, nor should not, end.

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Of Special Interest

The Sounds of Norwich
WWII field phonograph at the Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center. Photo by Jennifer Langille.Play a “student flute,” explore sound through an ear model, discover the visual rhythms of art, or check out the World War Field Phonograph during the NU Sullivan Museum and History Center’s “Touch the Sound” exhibit. The new exhibit runs through August 30, 2011. For more information please call the Sullivan Museum at 802-485-2183. The Museum is free and open to the public from 9-4 pm Monday through Saturday. 

Reserve your ad space in the 2011 War Whoop
Help celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2011 by reserving an ad spot in the 2011 War Whoop. Alumni, parents and friends of the university are encouraged to place advertisements in this publication to show their support. The proceeds from paid advertisements are used to provide financial support to offset the costs of the publication and help us preserve the history of

Memorial Day: Time to Memorialize a Loved One
Show affection for those you love this Memorial Day by purchasing a commemorative tree or granite bench at the Norwich University Cemetery. The Cemetery Association offers alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, friends, and their spouses and children a peaceful final resting place high on Dole Hill overlooking the Norwich campus.  Norwich University. 

NU Athletics

Women’s Hockey National Championship Honors Continue
Norwich women’s storybook run to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship was celebrated at the Vermont State House last week and featured in CBS Sports’ NCAA Winter Sports Highlight show. The team met with Governor Peter Shumlin and was cited in House Resolution HCR 113. CBS’s Winter Highlights show featured a 2 ½ minute segment that included player and coach interviews. 
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NU Club News

Congratulations to the Class of 2011!
Congratulations Norwich University graduates!Norwich’s network of alumni clubs congratulates the NU Class of 2011! As you settle into your lives away from the Hill, we want you to know that you have friends and a support system across the globe. Over 55 NU Clubs host social activities, networking events and other programs; and they are ready to welcome you! From Alaska to Iraq, Washington, DC to Hawaii – no matter where your career leads you, you will find Norwich friends ready to help you along.

Learn more about Norwich Clubs and how you can be involved: 

In Memoriam

Norwich University has been notified that the following individuals have passed away. Complete obituaries, if available, can be found by clicking on the link below. For more information, or to notify the University of a recent passing, please contact Kristen Wright at (802) 485-2300 or

Memorial Announcements and Obituaries
Class of 1943 – Edwin “Ed” F. Roys, 89, of Laconia, NH on March 12, 2011
Class of 1945 – Robert E. Nix, 87, of Cornelius, NC on April 2, 2011
Class of 1947 – Alphonse F. Saulino, Jr., 88, of Fall River, MA on March 17, 2011
Class of 1951 – Richard E. Miner of Seabrook, TX on April 6, 2011
Class of 1952 – Bruce Fairbanks Williams, USA (Ret.), 80, of Coupeville, WA on March 14, 2011
Class of 1963 – Rev. Thomas A. Dillard, 72, of Otis, MA on March 21, 2011
Class of 1964 – Robert J. Elia, 68, of Worcester, MA on March 30, 2011
Class of 1968 – Herbert B. Froh, 64, of Oneonta, NY on September 3, 2010
Class of 1985 – Christian A. Brahmstedt, 49, of Falls Church, VA on January 26, 2011

Rodney G. Jones, 93, of Vero Beach, FL on October 19, 2009

Friends of NU
Theresa G. Johnson, 84, wife of Norman Johnson ’50, of Albuquerque, NM on April 9, 2011.

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