The winter 2015 issue of the Norwich Record will be dedicated to Norwich and the Vietnam War era. Because Vietnam affected so many of you and in so many ways, we are devoting an entire feature to your letters sent home to spouses, sweethearts, family members, and friends during the war years, as well as letters you received while overseas. Click here to read more
The five-year countdown to Norwich’s Bicentennial begins at Homecoming 2014! In addition to honoring class years ending in ‘4’ and ‘9’, we invite ALL alumni to the Hill for the All-Class Dinner and Kick-Off Gala on Friday, September 18 and special events throughout the weekend. You won’t want to miss this spectacular beginning to the once-in-a-lifetime commemoration of Norwich’s rich legacy and promising future. All bicentennial events are free of charge so register now to reserve your ticket! Click here for more information and to register
Greetings from the Hill,
Norwich University, with its long history of service to country, is ever mindful of the sacrifices made by the men and women who protect and defend our nation in times of war and their loved ones that hold their families together while they are away from home.
On Monday, May 26, people all across the United States will come together to remember those who have given their lives in the cause of Liberty and to defend our Constitution. It is a time for gratitude and solemn remembrance, but also a time to reflect upon the ways in which we can all live the Norwich guiding value of “service to nation and others before self.” Click here to read full message
The Sullivan Museum & History Center invites alumni, faculty and staff to offer themselves or someone they know to be in the Norwich Voices Oral History Project. We are collecting the unwritten stories about their time at Norwich and professional lives afterward. Interviews take place either in the museum’s studio or at the subject’s desired location. Subjects retain rights to their stories, which are shared with Norwich, and have a chance to edit their transcribed histories before they become research documents. For further information, contact email@example.com
– Norwich University has received a $122,232 supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a “Scholarship for Service” program, in which student-recipients majoring in computer security and information assurance commit to work for the federal government following graduation.
A five-year, $974,836 grant was awarded by the NSF two years ago, portions of which are disbursed annually. The current $122,232 grant supplements this original grant, and will support the education of one student for two years. Click here to read more
– Norwich University will celebrate commencement and commissioning with ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, in Shapiro Field House. Both events are free and open to the public.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, former National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander will address roughly 500 students matriculating from 33 undergraduate programs and one master’s program. This is the largest graduating class since President Richard Schneider became Norwich’s 23rd president in July 1992.
At 9 a.m. Sunday, during a joint services commissioning ceremony, graduating future officers will hear remarks from one of their own. Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield ’81, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, returns to The Hill as this year’s speaker, and will address 126 students commissioning into four branches of the military. The new officers will receive their second lieutenant or ensign bars, and their first salutes.
Here are commission numbers:
Air Force: 18
Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state, will be the keynote speaker at the College of Graduate & Continuing Studies Residency Conference. Dr. Rice will be speaking as part of Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series which invites distinguished guests to campus to engage our academic community in diverse dialogue. This event will take place on Thursday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Shapiro Field House. The event is free and open to the public however tickets are required. Click below to register
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University officials announced today the election of two new members to the Board of Trustees - Maxine Jo Grad of Moretown, Vt., and John C. Koziol of Rockwall, Texas. “We welcome these two distinguished public servants to our board and are grateful for their contribution to the operations of Norwich University as we enter into our third century of service to our country and our community,” said retired US Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, chairman of the Norwich Board of Trustees. Click here to read more.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University President Richard Schneider and Commandant of Cadets Col. Russell Holden are pleased to announce that Regan C. Steen, of Eastpointe, Mich., has been selected to serve as the 2014-15 regimental commander, the highest-ranked cadet of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets (NUCC). Click here to read more.
Norwich shuts out Babson 1-0 for 2nd win in last three years at Fenway Park! Shane Gorman scores lone goal and Chris Czarnota picks up the shutout in 1st start of season.
NU Alumni Association Awards are presented at homecoming to alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to Norwich, their community and profession. There are several categories of awards. While all nominations are welcome, alumni graduating in years ending in 4 or 9 will be given first consideration. The deadline for nominations is April 2014. Visit www.alumni.norwich.edu/AlumniAwards for information and the nomination form.
Every five years we partner with Harris Connect to assemble the Norwich University Alumni Directory. Beginning this month all alumni will be contacted to update their information by phone or online for the 2014 edition. You can also reserve a copy of the directory for July delivery. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with Norwich friends and classmates. Watch for the Harris Connect post card and email soon!
Happy Holidays from President Schneider and all of us on the Hill. Please click here
to watch the President's Holiday message.
Thank you to our veterans and service members for your commitment and service to our country! Watch the video for a special Veterans Day message from President Schneider.
October 18-20 Norwich University celebrated Parent and Family weekend the campus was abuzz with families excited to see their students most for the first time since dropping them off in August. To view photos of the weekend on click here
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The Delta T90 built a modular home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon, trucked it across the US to California, competed with teams from around the world and came in 12th!
They were awarded the team that best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of the founder of the Solar Decathlon, Bryon Stafford. Great job! Click here
to read more.
From President Schneider:
It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic death of 2LT Sean Putnam, US Army, NU ’12, which occurred on Thursday, Oct. 17, in Jonesboro, Georgia.
Sean was killed in a multi-vehicle accident at approximately 8:30 p.m. He had pulled over to help a woman whose car had broken down when he was struck by another vehicle. Click here to read more.
A remarkable cross-disciplinary team of Norwich students has developed a truly affordable and sustainable home design to address the economic and climatic conditions of Northern New England. They are - right now - in Irvine, California competing in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, one of only 19 teams in this premier international competition about sustainable home design and engineering!
We are looking for your assistance with the People's Choice Award
. This is determined through an online popular vote
. Anyone with an email address is eligible to cast a vote for this competition (one vote per email address)! Voting concludes on the morning of the 11th, but they have already begun showcasing the top three vote leaders, so voting early is helpful. Click here
to read more.
Norwich University is designed for marching, set snugly in a valley in the village of Northfield with an elaborate network of walkways and cascading steps. And with roughly 2300 undergraduates — the majority in the Corps of Cadets — the pavement takes a healthy pounding.
But there is one spot on campus where no regulation footwear is ever supposed to tread. At the Kreitzberg Library entrance, the pavement is inlaid with a diamond-shaped arrangement of red-clay bricks. In its center, a concrete square reads “NU.” While civilians — and even some faculty — often pass directly over the bricks, uniform-clad students step around them. Click here to read the article.
Between 2011 and 2016, some 1 million service members will separate from the military and make the transition to civilian life.
1. Not only is finding the right job harder than many expect, but the financial variables of civilian life can also be daunting. USAA is responding by offering advice and tools specifically designed to ease the journey to civilian life, as well as joining with other companies to hire more veterans and military spouses. Click here
to read more.
The Norwich family grew significantly last week with the addition of 680 new members. 466 students completed Rook Orientation Week on Sunday with the Dog River Run
and Oath Ceremony
. While the 114 Freshmen took place in an epic water balloon fight
. With upperclassmen, there will be 2,200 students enrolled this fall!
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – After graduating this past May, former Norwich University men’s ice hockey standout Kyle Thomas ’13 (Waltham, Mass.) has signed a professional contract with the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
The Stingrays are an affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Providence Bruins. Click here to read more.
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Dr. Peg Meyer. Peg suffered a brain aneurysm and died peacefully surrounded by her family last Friday.
Peg joined Norwich in June 2008, serving as the director of the Academic Achievement Center. Among her many accomplishments, Peg was instrumental in introducing the Corporal Academic Mentoring (CAM) program and she played a main role in the resiliency efforts and bringing Transcendental Meditation to Norwich University. Click here
to read more.
. – Officials at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) announced the renewal of a grant that will support students in the online Master of Science in Nursing program. Click here
to read more.
. – Norwich University, in conjunction with Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI), has established the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (ISCL). Click here
to read more.
– The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University is pleased to announce two new hires. Olufemi Oni has been named admissions counselor for the online bachelor’s degree completion
and certificate programs
, and Audrey Seaman is joining the Marketing Department as marketing coordinator. Click here
to read more.
Norwich University is one of 20 schools worldwide chosen to compete in the US Department of Energy's international competition, the Solar Decathlon
. You are cordially invited to the "So Long Solar House" Send-Off Celebration on Friday, July 26, 2013 from 3-6pm on Disney Field. This is the last chance to tour the house before it makes the cross-country trek to Irvine, Calif. for the competition October 3-13. Click here
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to send an email response. Can't join us on the 26th? You can still celebrate the Delta T-90 project click here
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– Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon I. Richie-Melvan as the new director of the School of Nursing beginning July 1, 2013. Click here to read more.
– Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Cara Armstrong as interim director of the School of Architecture and Art, beginning July 1, 2013. Click here to read more.
The Board of Trustees recently completed a comprehensive performance evaluation of both President Schneider and the Board. This evaluation was conducted by a sub-committee of the Board consisting of Alan DeForest (Chair), Lorna Edmundson, and Joel Kobert. Click here to read more.
On May 11, 2013, 410 students receive their diplomas in Shapiro Field House. Click here for the story. The following day 126 cadets were commissioned to officer status with the US Armed Forces. For photos of the commencement and commissioning ceremonies, plus several other spring events, click here for the Norwich Photography page.
Communications students are working on a new project about the seven "Vermont Fallen" soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since the students completed "Vermont Fallen" in 2008.The 14 minute "Introduction to Vermont Fallen 2013" will air on WCAX-TV on Monday, May 27 at noon in honor of Memorial Day.
The half hour broadcast will also include a 13 minute segment from "The War at Home" which studies the experiences of Norwich student veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The War at Home" won the national first place award for "In-Depth Reporting" from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010. Click here to watch the introduction video
In the wake of last week’s announcement that we have stood down the Rescue Team component of Mountain & Cold Weather Company, there have been a number of conversations between Army ROTC and the MCW Affinity Group to clarify the future development of the company. As we developed the plan outlined below, our goal has been to ensure that Mountain & Cold Weather Company will continue to conduct the highest caliber military mountain leader development program of any institution in the United States.
As a formal part of Army ROTC, MCW consists of a company headquarters and 3 platoons. First and second year students may participate in MCW if they are enrolled with an ROTC program at Norwich University. Students in their Junior or Senior years may participate if they are CONTRACTED with an ROTC program. Members who are unable or unwilling to accept a contract will be encouraged to join the Norwich University Mountaineering Club (formerly the climbing club) so that they may continue to grow as recreational mountaineers. Members of the MCW Cadre will work with the Mountaineering Club advisors to further the excellence of that program.
The higher level Army ROTC military mountaineering training will be available exclusively to those who will be serving as officers in the armed services. All training will be reviewed and certified by the AROTC Professor of Military Science to ensure compliance with the Army Doctrine. The Company will use a three tiered approach to mountain leader development
. Click here to read more.
Dear members of the Norwich community,
I am writing to tell you of a change within the Mountain and Cold Weather Company (MCW), a specialty unit of the Corps of Cadets that falls under the policy and supervision of active-duty Army ROTC instructors. COL Stephen V. Smith ’84, the Norwich professor of military science and Army ROTC’s commanding officer, is reorganizing one aspect of MCW to better reflect its current mission.
Effective Fall 2013, the component of MCW known as the Rescue Team will cease to exist. Recently, the Rescue Team performed training that had not been approved by the Norwich Army ROTC department and lacked an approved risk assessment. The Rescue Team’s lack of a mission, coupled with the unauthorized training exercises, prompted COL Smith to evaluate the MCW mission and make structural changes. Click here to read more.
Guiyou Huang, Norwich University’s senior vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of faculty, has named new deans to lead two of the university’s academic colleges.
Aron Temkin, interim dean of the College of Professional Schools, will assume his position permanently effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Michael McGinnis has been hired as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, effective July 10. Click here to read more.
For the past three years we have been discussing how to improve the Honor Code administrative process. It began with the recommendations of the first Blue Ribbon Committee on the Corps in 2010, and continued with the Civilian Blue Ribbon Committee in 2011, the Corps and Civilian Honor Committees, the Honor System Planning Committee, and most recently with the Student Government Association.
I want to be very clear: the Honor Code is, and will remain, the same for everyone. And by ‘everyone’ I mean faculty, staff, and all students. All of us need to embrace and be held accountable by each other in our pledge that we “will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those that do.” It is central to Norwich’s identity and the essential element in the character molding that goes on at Norwich University. Protection and rigorous enforcement of our Honor Code will ensure a prosperous future because it is what differentiates us from other universities and colleges. It also drives the ethos of our alumni. Click here to read more.
Sabine Sally, a M4A3 World War II tank, who has made Sabine Field it's home since 1958, left Norwich University in December 2010 to head to New Jersey for restoration. On April 30, 2013, the tank returned to Sabine Field, which is currently under construction.
The Corps of Cadets will honor the arrival on Thursday May 2nd at 1600 hours. View photos of Sally's return.
I am thrilled to announce that at the April 25, 2013, Board of Trustees dinner, COL (IL) J. N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) committed $25 million toward the University’s upcoming bicentennial campaign.
This is by far the largest gift in our 194-year history. It will transform the University and make a significant impact on future generations of students and faculty. Col. Pritzker served on Norwich’s Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2007. His gift is a challenge to current, former and emeriti trustees to cumulatively match the contribution.
We will publicly launch the bicentennial campaign at Homecoming 2014, and this gift positions us to be successful in meeting our fundraising goals.
“It gives me great joy to support Norwich’s upcoming fundraising campaign with this gift to ensure that it has the facilities and resources to meet every challenge as it begins its third century of service to the nation,” said Pritzker. “There is no other place like Norwich University. This gift demonstrates my dedication to the University, its mission and my faith in its leadership.”
Col. Pritzker is president of the Tawani Foundation, trustee emeritus and founder of the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago. This historic donation was made through the foundation.
We are all here at Norwich for one purpose: to educate America’s future leaders. I am humbled by this charge and extremely grateful for Col. Pritzker’s remarkable support as we prepare to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our founding in 2019.
Norwich Forever! Richard W. Schneider
Pat Morales, a Northfield High School graduate, distinguished athlete and student at Norwich University, sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) last year. His family was told Pat was going to be left in a vegetative state for the rest of his life, and that if he did wake out of his coma, he would have little to no brain activity – he wouldn’t be able to walk, talk, recognize anyone – much less see. To the doctors’ surprise, not only did Pat continue to breathe on his own when life support was removed, but he is enjoying 20/30 eyesight, is walking with assistance, talking, and has dreams of one day running again and returning to school. Click here to watch the You Tube video.
The Center for Civic Engagement is hosting the Race for Recovery 5K on Sunday, April 28, 2013.If you don’t want to run/walk, participate in the Zumbathon. Pat would love to see them there in support – because he, too, will be participating in the race – for his own recovery. For more information, please contact the Center for Civic Engagement at 802-485-2644 or email@example.com.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those members of the Norwich family who were affected by the tragedy at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. In addition to the alumni, students and friends of the University who live in the Boston area, the Norwich family was also there to participate in or observe the historic race.
We are aware of a number of immediate members of the Norwich community who participated in the race and are safe. If you know of others impacted by yesterday’s events in Boston, please contact the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful for the first responders who assisted during the aftermath of the explosions. Their work is one of many stories of bravery and generosity that occurred yesterday.
This attack, which brought senseless death and injury to innocent people, goes against our Norwich values. We are protectors and defenders. We have educated our students on these values, and our alumni live them.
Know that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all of our Norwich family during this difficult time. This type of disaster makes us more resolute in our mission of preparing the next generation of leaders for America and the world.
Richard W. Schneider
Thanks in large part to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon program, veterans are returning home from war and attending college
in record numbers...
Norwich and the other 18 member institutions of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC) are generally small and therefore agile enough organizations to respond appropriately and with compassion to the needs of veterans. Click here to read the entire article.
Interested in honing your leadership skills? Get outdoors at the Shaw Outdoor Center at Norwich on Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 and join Norwich for our first corporate Leadership Development and Team Building event, an action-oriented experience where you can put the Norwich motto “I will try” into practice.
Challenge yourself as you work individually and as part of a team to complete three major exercises- a land navigation and scavenger hunt, a leadership reaction course, and a disaster response scenario.
Don't miss out! The deadline to register is Monday, April 15. Click here
to learn more and register.
If you were unable to attend you have the opportunity to listen to the interview with Randy Miller ’93 & M’07 part of the Expert Voice Series sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Board of Fellows.Randy is passionate about Norwich history and traditions, and is the author of “Norwich Matters” and “Norwich Heroes.” Jon Allen ’94, Chair of the College of Liberal Arts Board of Fellows, is the interviewer. Click here to download the interview. VADM Mike McConnell will speak on “The Future of Cyber” as part of the Todd Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 pm in Plumley, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. McConnell is Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he leads their rapidly expanding cyber business. From 2007-2009 he served as Director of National intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama. He has also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). The event is free and open to the public. It will also be video streamed and archived on NSN
Norwich University presents the 2013 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10-11.This is the 18th year of this distinctive event that brings the most insightful writers on military subjects together for a two-day residency. Authors gather on the campus of the country’s oldest private military college to share their work and debate the issues of the past and present.This year the theme is “Coming Home: The Hopes, Fears, and Challenges of Veterans Returning from War.” The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, from 1 – 3 p.m. in Plumley Armory. It will be streamed live at this online location: http://www.nsnsports.net/index.php/norwich
Click here for more information.
Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author and military historian, will be the speaker for the 2013 commencement ceremony on May 11. Atkinson was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years. He is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history.
On February 3, Chicago television station WTTW, in partnership with the Pritzker Military Museum, aired the first installment, Citizen Soldier, a series of programs which explore American military history and policy through interviews and discussions with scholars, military personnel, and authors. The debut episode entitled The Embedded Journalist and Military History, featured Sir Max Hastings and Rick Atkinson discussing their experiences as embedded journalists, and was made possible by the support of Norwich University. Click here
to view the program online.
Norwich's work with transcendental meditation (TM) has been highly publicized throughout the United States. This pilot study, sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation's Operation Warrior Wellness program, has shown that first year "rooks" who practiced TM twice daily were more alert and achieved better grades than those who weren't meditating. Click here
to read more.
Please join Norwich University for the first two spring Todd Lecture Series events of 2013. These events are free and open to the public, and will also be live video streamed at http://www.nsnsports.net/
. February 18:
P. Aarne Vesilind is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Emeritus at Bucknell University. He has authored and co-authored numerous books on engineering. February 25:
Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment.
Norwich's three-year fundraising initiative, “Bearing the Torch,” exceeded the $20.2 million goal and raised over $24 million. The campaign concluded at the end of 2012 and is the fifth fundraising campaign in a row that has exceeded its goal since “Norwich 2000” was launched in 1984. The campaign largely supports an endowment for student scholarships. Funds raised also support campus infrastructure, including the Shaw Outdoor Center and the renovation of Sabine Field.
The Norwich University Regimental Band made its way down Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade on January 21. Click here
to view a video of their performance.
Join fellow history aficionados and expert Norwich University faculty on a Staff Ride examining General Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign. Spend the first three weeks immersed in Civil War literature in Norwich's online program and the final week in Northern Virginia walking the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg.
Michael Backus M'12 began his new job as Oswego County Clerk after being sworn in Jan. 1. At 29, he is the youngest county clerk in New York state. He also serves as the Oswego County Republican Committee chairman where he is the youngest county committee chair in the state, and youngest county chair ever for the GOP. Backus graduated from the Master's of Public Administration program in December 2012.
Jim Graves recently joined the staff at Norwich University as the Internship Coordinator. He brings 20 years’ experience in the fields of education and human services, most recently working for the Central Vermont Workforce Investment Board as a Youth Employment Specialist. Jim is responsible for assisting employers develop internship programs and for helping Norwich students secure internship positions.
Check out the latest issue of the Record, which takes a look at mental, physical, and emotional well-being -- and highlights the outstanding contributions of former president Loring Hart. Features include a photographic look at PT through the decades, interview with a Navy Psychologist, and a look at a young graduate's journey to becoming a Neuro-trauma nurse.
GEN Gordon Sullivan '59 was named to the inaugural 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense list. This list was compiled by more than two dozen reporters and editors representing the world's biggest military newsroom and the award-winning staffs of Gannett Government Media's sector-leading publications.
Norwich’s work with transcendental meditation (TM) was mentioned on ABC’s Good Morning America. Click here
to watch Jerry Seinfeld, Exec. Dir. of the David Lynch Foundation Bob Roth and GMA Host George Stephanopoulos discuss transcendental meditation.
Norwich University’s first-of-its-kind training program was profiled this week in the Boston Globe. Students taking part in Transcendental Meditation, a project funded by the David Lynch Foundation, are part of a study to determine whether meditation can improve troops’ performance and reduce PTSD.
The Norwich University women's rugby team won its second straight USA Rugby College 7's National Championship on Saturday, December 1st with a 17-5 win over the United States Naval Academy at Texas A&M University. Click here
to read the full article.
It is with deep sadness that the Norwich community mourns the death of Dr. Loring Edward Hart who passed away on October 19 at the age of 88. Dr. Hart spent 25 years at Norwich University, serving as President from 1972-1982. To share memories of Dr. Hart and view a video slideshow in his memory, please click here
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies is pleased to announce its new website, online.norwich.edu
. Learn about Norwich’s online program offerings, connect with other lifelong learners, read and share alumni accomplishments, and more. All Norwich alumni are eligible for a scholarship for any of Norwich’s online master’s programs!
Norwich was mentioned in a special Veteran’s Day segment on CNN’s "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." In the segment the use of Transcendental Meditation (TM) is discussed. At Norwich, some of our students are practicing TM as part of a resilience study. To view the YouTube clip, click here
Next fall students will find a newly renovated Sabine Field when they return to campus. The synthetic turf, stadium lighting, state-of-the-art media booth, and new running track and seating will create a premiere athletic facility. The NU Sports Information Department created a video tribute
to celebrate the 90-year legacy of the original Sabine Field.
Jack Sparks '40 and John Kelly '82 were featured in this piece highlighting an honor flight to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. In this clip, Jack remembers the lasting friendships he made at Norwich, memorializing his classmate Earle Kelly '40 who passed away in 2010. Jack also shared how the training he received at Norwich prepared him for his military career.
Thanks to generous donor support in the final days of the Bearing the Torch campaign, Norwich was able to secure the funding for the Sabine Field Renovation Project. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 26, 2012. Click here to read the full story.
Ebenezer Akwanga M'11 shared his story and experience from the perspective of a man victimized by the leadership of his homeland with fellow members of the Norwich community. Akwanga spent three days on campus, meeting people and speaking before a range of audiences in October 2012. Click here to read the full story
Please join Norwich University for the first Fall 2012 Todd Lecture Series featuring Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7PM in Plumley Armory. Peter Diamandis is co-author of “Abundance” a book which lays out how we will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. This lecture is free and open to the public. You can also watch a live video-stream of the talk at: www.nsnsports.net/Norwich
Dear members of the Norwich family, Fall semester on The Hill is in full swing, and campus is alive with energy. We had a wonderful Homecoming last week, and I enjoyed greatly seeing many of you at what I am proud to say is the beginning of my 21st year as president of Norwich University. It has been an extraordinary privilege serving you and the nation’s oldest private military college. Continue reading
Security analyst Scott Shelton, a 1997 Norwich graduate, helped 2012 graduate and CGCS student Meghan Kennedy get started on a career path with the Department of Homeland Security. Kennedy now does research and analysis in the directorate’s domain section.
Dan Fleetham ’34 was presented with the Earl D. Rhodes Theta Chi For Life Award at the Theta Chi Convention in July 2012. This award recognizes alumnus members who provide a lifetime of loyal and outstanding service to Theta Chi and demonstrate, by their contributions and dedication, that they are, in fact and deed, Theta Chis for Life. Dan is only the 61st Theta Chi to receive this award since its inception in 1976.
A new Norfolk, Mass. elementary school was dedicated on Saturday, September 8, 2012 and formally named in part for a Norwich University alumnus and Norfolk native, Adam Kennedy '04, who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Five Norwich University Mountain and Cold Weather Company students performed a flag detail during the formal dedication.
The Maroon and Gold Athletic Association
(MGAA), in conjunction with Allen Doyle '71 and the Norwich Blue Line Club
held the 13th Annual Allen Doyle Golf Classic on Monday, August 13 at the Woodstock Inn Golf Club in Woodstock, Vt. Over 120 hockey fans, families and alumni turned out to support the Norwich men’s and women’s hockey teams, raising over $17,000.
The National Science Foundation awarded a $975,000 grant to the University as part of the Scholarship for Service Program. Over the course of five years, this award fully supports eight Information Assurance (IA) students, and will provide an internship in the summer between their junior and senior years.
A 6.5 mile endurance race will be held at the Norwich campus on September 22 in honor of Walter N. Levy '63. The Semper Fidelis Society and the NROTC Unit have organized this race, the 2012 Walter N. Levy Challenge, to be both mentally and physically challenging. All members of the Norwich community are invited to participate.
Rear Adm. Cindy "C.J." Jaynes M'08 is the first Norwich female graduate to be promoted to the rank of one-star - or flag officer - in any branch of the military. The Norwich flag was flown at the University in Jayne's honor as she was promoted on August 1 at Naval Station Patuxent River. Rear Adm. Jaynes is also the first female Admiral at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the first female Admiral in the Navy's Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer (AMDO) community.
Nine individuals and the 2001-02 men’s soccer team will be recognized as part of Homecoming Weekend 2012 festivities Sept. 14-Sept. 16. The inductees include: Kelly Chiffer '02, Scott McCarty '97, Greg Peterson '67, Elizabeth Quigley-Murphy '82, Rick Riccio '72, George Valhouli Jr. '62, Art Venezia '67, Sam Worth '87, Craig Sullivan and the 2001-02 men's soccer team. To find out more about the inductees click here
Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cheng M'12 has been selected to be a member of the Navy’s Blue Angels team. There are 16 officers assigned to the Blue Angels. Cheng is Blue Angel No. 8, the events coordinator. He’ll set up all the air shows in 2013, including the one at Naval Base Ventura County Sept. 28 and 29. Cheng will be leaving his current position as deputy operations officer at Naval Base Ventura County.
The Brian Bill '01 Golf Tournament held on June 14 in Stamford, Conn. raised a net amount of $68,757, all of which will go to the Norwich scholarship created in Bill’s name. The Brian R. Bill Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in the coming academic year, was specifically created to benefit the sons and daughters of US Navy SEALs or those who have served in the US Armed Forces Special Forces. Read more >>
Recent Norwich CGCS alum and MGAA Coordinator Mike Stackus M'12 won the Vermont Amateur Championship by 9 strokes on July 12th. Stackus finished the tournament 12-under-par with 26 birdies, ending with a final score of 272.
Alex Whitney '08 has been elevated to head coach of the Cadets wrestling program after serving as the assistant the last four seasons. Whitney takes over for John Hartupee who served as the head coach the last two seasons and compiled a 3-22 dual meet record.
The Justin Morrill Symposium is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the signing of Sen. Justin Morrill's Land Grant College Act August 11-12 in Strafford, VT. One hundred advanced sale tickets are available for the symposium to Upper Valley residents at a special rate of $25 per person, instead of the regular adult price of $100. Learn more>>
Each summer, international carillonneaurs travel to Norwich to perform on the 47-bell Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon. The 2012 series takes place on Saturdays at 1 PM throughout July. Admission is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. Learn more >>
Norwich alum Christopher Marden '11 is an offensive lineman for the West Texas Roughnecks of the Lone Star Football League. Marden has a chance to be called up to the Arena Football League or another professional league. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll get another year here. However, for now, I’m living a dream and enjoying every minute of it," he said.
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies will present Doug Hall as part of the Spring 2012 Todd Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. in Plumley Armory. Hall is founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch International, an innovation research and development firm. Hall’s lecture will be video-streamed live at www.nsnsports.net.
Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, chairman of the Norwich Board of Trustees and '59 graduate, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Marshall Foundation’s prestigious Andrew J. Goodpaster Award. This honor is given to Americans who have shown courage, selfless service, patriotism and exemplary leadership in their lives and careers. Sullivan is the second individual to receive this award.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave an inspirational speech to the graduating Class of 2012 on Sunday, May 12, 2012. “If you aspire to lead an uncommon life, you also have to deliver. You have to have an impact," said Dempsey. The Class of 2012 includes 376 new graduates, with 125 cadets appointed to officer status with the U.S. Armed Forces.
Dr. Richard W. Schneider, RADM USCGR (Ret.) received the inaugural “Resilient Warrior Award” on May 3 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington D.C. The award cites Schneider for “leading and training a new generation of resilient warriors who will safeguard America and secure the peace with honor and integrity.”....Click here to read more.
In April 2012 the following resolution was moved, seconded and unanimously passed by the members of the Board of Trustees voting on Friday, April 27, 2012 for distribution to the Norwich family. Please click on the link for more information.
Steve Rothschild's grandfather was an entrepreneur who came from Germany to Worcester and applied his stitching skills to starting a mattress business. Mr. Rothschild inherited that entrepreneurial gene and he has loved applying it to a string of companies he's started in what he believes is a very fertile startup environment ...Click here to read more.
USAA Bank and the NU Alumni Association have joined forces on a customized credit card program for Norwich alumni, students, faculty, staff, and family members. USAA Bank will make a contribution to the NUAA with every new account opened and each time a cardholder makes an eligible purchase. “The NUAA has served our distinguished alumni since 1852 and is proud to announce our affinity with USAA Bank,” says Alexis Presti-Simpson, NUAA president. “The relationship allows us to offer competitive financial services to current and future generations of Norwich constituents.
For information on the new NUAA/USAA program and its benefits, click here.
| ||Recognition Ceremony is one of the most important events in a cadet’s experience. It not only means new privileges and relaxation of the rigid lifestyle they have been leading for more than half a school year; it is the moment when a rook becomes a cadet. |
|The Sullivan Museum and History Center presents an exhibition, “Tol’ko Po Russky, Pozhaluista” (“Russian Only, Please”) chronicling the history of the Russian School of Norwich University, a fixture on the Northfield campus every summer from 1968 to 2000. |
There are also three Lunch-N-Learn presentations covering the culture, politics, language and current situation in Russia during March - April.
| ||After drilling through the ice of Sunset Lake, 10 minutes from Norwich’s Northfield campus, students learn to take sediment core samples and gather data about temperature, depth patterns and other variables. |
|Please join Norwich University for the final two spring Todd Lecture Series events of 2012. These events are free and open to the public, and will also be live video streamed at http://www.nsnsports.net/. |
March 26: Gen. Roméo Dallaire, the Canadian Commander of UN forces in Rwanda prior and during the 1994 genocide. His memoir is entitled, Shake Hands with the Devil.
March 29: Rebecca Skloot, award winning science writer, discussing her bestselling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
|“Not many people get to participate in exercises like this, with security professionals and students from around the world, and I count myself very lucky,” said Jacob Evans, 20, a Norwich University junior from Tuftonboro, N.H. |
|Now there's research underway at Norwich University in Northfield that uses a tool more associated with peace than warfare to prepare military men and women. |
The study is looking at whether Transcendental Meditation will not only make better soldiers, but inoculate them from the psychological trauma of combat.
| ||In 2010, the first group of Norwich students to visit Thailand returned with not only a newfound sense of global awareness, but also with the stalwart resolve to return in exactly one year. |
Our team did return to the village. We also wowed them with our plans to teach English classes and design a community kitchen.
|“I think it’s great that women are able to serve on submarines,” said Norwich student Shelbie Holland. “Just like with anything else in life, as long as you can prove your worth and prove that you are a hard worker and that you can handle it, why not?” |
|President Schneider has approved a plan to revise the due process system, administrative disciplinary systems, and administrative honor systems. Norwich will establish one overall system of due process, one disciplinary system administered by each lifestyle, and one honor system and committee. |
|After much research and exploration, we are reducing the number of academic schools within the Academic Affairs division, which will make administration more efficient with less bureaucracy and more opportunities for cross-discipline collaboration. We are not making any changes to academic programming or eliminating any jobs; this only changes the way programs are structured administratively. |
|"We high-fived and had a little hug after the race," said Norwich University senior swimmer Felicia Jones. "I'm just glad I was able to help her. Swimming and diving is an individual sport, but I like to see others succeed in it. It's all about hoping everyone, even your competitor, swims well on a given day, because that makes you even better." |
| ||Recently, the Norwich University English Department began offering a writing and literature course for students including veterans, National Guardsmen and Marines participating in Norwich’s MECEP program, allowing them to earn their bachelor’s degrees while still in active service. |
|Kevin Bennet, Chairman of the Division of Engineering of the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota, Assistant Professor of Neurologic Surgery and Co-Director of the Neural Engineering Laboratory will be the featured speaker on Febrary 23. He has over 30 years of experience in technology development and has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health. |
|Norwich athletic teams, including wrestling, competed over the weekend to produce some great results. “I am so happy for our guys,” Norwich Wrestling Coach John Hartupee said. “I told them the biggest reason for this isn’t just in the victory, it’s the fact that we battled all afternoon. That’s what we want Norwich wrestling to be about, being aggressive from the start.” |
|Norwich University architecture student Melissa Jensen started with a seminar in international expositions taught by Prof. Lisa Schrenk. She followed with a class on Asian architecture. By studying expositions in Asia, with a focus on environmental sensitivity and adaptability, Jensen began to understand the frequent disconnect between a fair planner’s ambitions and its ultimate fate. |
| ||Volunteers and Band Company from Norwich University plunge into the freezing water of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. These volunteers supported the Penguin Plunge and Special Olympics of Vermont by volunteering their time or raising money. |
|Norwich University created the following report to address a change to how ROTC units within the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are interpreting and applying United States Code Title 10 as it pertains to legal professional military training of Norwich cadets and the impact on the cadet experience. |
|Within days of the storm and flooding, members of the Norwich community began sending checks to the university. President Schneider and Vice President Whaley set up the Norwich University Relief Fund. |
The fund quickly multiplied, topping $100,000 within a month of the storm.
|The U.S. Department of Energy announced the new teams and the new location—Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California—for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. |
Norwich University is one of two Vermont colleges, out of only 20 collegiate teams competing from around the world.
| ||The study of engineering is fun, but sometimes that’s hard to remember during the first year. |
Freshmen take on a curriculum heavy in math, physics and chemistry, according to Prof. Peter Kjeer, first-year engineering coordinator for Norwich University’s David Crawford School of Engineering.
|Men's Hockey: Last night the Panthers of Middlebury College came to town to take on the Cadets in a series that dates back to 1926. The 143rd meeting of the two teams turned out to be a great night for the Cadets. |
The win was Coach McShane's 599th as a college coach.
|The football that pops up frequently in photographs of the Norwich University 2011 Legacy March played more than a symbolic role. |
While it was frequently tossed about to keep up morale during the rainy 50-mile trek from Norwich University’s original location, this was the intended game ball for a very real football match.
|Effective this semester, Norwich Independent Battery is deactivated as a Norwich University Corps of Cadet unit. Ceremonial Artillery support to the school now falls under the Norwich Artillery Battery, which is a newly activated unit within the Army ROTC Battalion. This means the Army ROTC Battalion now consists of A, B and C Company, Mountain Cold Weather Company, Ranger Company and the Norwich Artillery Battery. |
|The No. 1-ranked Norwich men's ice hockey team got two goals each from sophomore Shane Gorman and freshman Doug Lindensmith as the Cadets rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to score four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 win over Babson in the first ever Division III hockey game played at historic Fenway Park on Friday afternoon. |
|Francis Brooks, a 1967 graduate of Norwich University, and sergeant at arms of the Vermont legislature, has inspired two local authors to feature him in their works. |
One covers him in the latest issue of Seven Days, the other is writing a biography of his life.