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NU Alumni Directory in Progress - Harris Connect
Norwich has partnered with Harris Connect to produce our eighth edition of the Norwich University Alumni Directory scheduled for publication in August 2009. Starting today and over the next several months, you may receive postcards, emails or phone calls from Harris asking for updated contact information. We would appreciate your cooperation in updating your contact information. All updates are returned to Norwich University so that our database remains current. Harris Connect is only collecting information for purposes of the directory. Your information will not be released to any third parties. You decide whether or not your personal information is published in the directory-make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak. It is a great way to stay connected to the Norwich University alumni community!
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A Successful Close to the Fuller Foundation Challenge
The Fuller Foundation Challenge - the two-year fundraising effort aimed specifically at young alumni - ended on a high note in December, with Norwich receiving more than $72,000 during the final month of the challenge.
"It was a fantastic month that turned the challenge into a great success. I want to thank every alum who made a gift to Norwich during the past two years," said President Richard W. Schneider.
Continued at www.alumni.norwich.edu/
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 renewed the provision to allow individuals to make charitable contributions tax-free using retirement assets. This legislation replaced the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and will allow tax-free contributions of up to $100,000 per year for individuals aged 70 ½ and older.
For more information please contact Priscilla Gilbert, Director of Planned Giving at (802) 485-2301 or pgilbert@norwich.edu or visit www.alumni.norwich.edu/
Take advantage of your employer's matching gift program
So you've just dropped a gift to Norwich into the mail and now you're considering which item to tackle next on your to-do list - mowing the yard or washing your car. Before moving on to that chore, take a moment to learn if your employer operates a matching gift program. If it does, you may be able to double your gift to the University. Continued at www.alumni.norwich.edu/
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February 2009 Vol. 6 · Issue 9
Hello, welcome to @NU, the Norwich e-Newsletter, your direct link to campus and the entire Norwich Family!  Delivered to your inbox monthly, each issue provides a sampling of news, information and features now available to you on our Online Community. We hope you will use this exciting tool to connect with the University, classmates, friends, and other Norwich parents and families.

A letter from President Schneider
Our nation is experiencing one of its deepest recessions since the 1930s. Every sector of our economy has been hit, including higher education.

Most colleges across the nation have already cut their budgets and are planning further reductions. No type of institution is immune -- from the wealthiest (Yale, forecasting a $100 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2010), to our neighbors (UVM, a $28 million deficit), to our fellow Senior Military Colleges (The Citadel, a $2.7 million shortfall).

I want all members of the Norwich family to understand the steps we have taken to keep our fiscal house in order. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a summary of budget cuts I have approved during the past two months.
Continued at alumni.norwich.edu/schneiderfeb09... 

NU Alumni News

Father, son reunite in Iraq war zone
The first time father-and-son soldiers Tom and John Driscoll met in Iraq, the elder snapped a salute with the words, "Chief Warrant Officer Driscoll, reporting as ordered."
"It was surreal," said the 28-year-old son, a 2002 Norwich graduate, U.S. Army captain, and third generation army pilot.
The pair hugged, and Captain Driscoll tried to absorb the sudden overlapping of his worlds.
Here was his dad, his hero, in a war zone. And they were wearing the same uniform, though John, the son, had the brass.
Continued at sunjournal.com....
Hell's Bells: Marine helicopter pilot's road to Iraq began on "the Hill"
During Rook Week recruit Blecha stood in formation with the other freshmen in their tan slacks, white t-shirts and silly maroon hats. For one moment he wondered what he'd gotten himself into and what would happen next. "Hells Bells" by AC/DC blared from stereo speakers. A cannon blasted and the freshmen began their lives as cadets. The Cadre descended on the freshmen.
"That was one of my most memorable weeks in that school," said Captain Dustin Blecha '03, now a UH-1N Huey pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269. "Your whole world turns upside down."
Continued at alumni.norwich.edu/blecha...

NU School of Graduate Studies News

Active combat duty no hindrance to Norwich education
Norwich University School of Graduate Studies students Col. Kevin Brown and 1st Lt. David Robins completed portions of their degree programs from the front lines of the global war on terror.
Brown, 43, a fifth-seminar Master of Arts in Diplomacy [MDY] student, is finishing up the degree he started during a 15-month deployment to Kirkuk province, Iraq, where he served as deputy brigade commander of the Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Robins, 26, stationed in Vicenza, Italy, is in his final seminar of the Master of Public Administration [MPA] program. He returned in September from a 15-month tour in the Konar province of Afghanistan with the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Like Brown, he wanted a program he could work on while serving overseas that fit his ideals.
Continued at graduate.norwich.edu...
More stories like this can be found at: www.graduate.norwich.edu
In the news Masthead
Jimmy GraciaStudent develops biodiesel fuel for construction firm
Jimmy Gracia spent this past winter break as an intern at Diamond Construction in Brick, New Jersey. The junior mechanical engineering student was hired by Diamond owner John Kovacs to help develop a recycling system that would take used vegetable oils out of the waste stream along the Jersey Shore so that he can run his company's three trucks on it.
Continued at app.com...
Aiming for balance: HITS teaches responsible use of firearms
Norwich freshman Nathaniel Colleran said he was virtually born with a firearm in his hand, and is well versed in gun safety, weapons care and target shooting. The HITS club, with its additional emphasis on speed, efficiency and making your weapon available when needed, is something unique.
"To me, it seems like the perfect combination," he said. "It's perfectly balanced."
Continued at norwich.edu...
Worldwide consulting firm impressed with first crop of NU interns
The Norwich contingency - the first at Booz Allen - quickly built a reputation as knowledgeable, respectful and diligent students. The preparation they brought from Norwich, with its tradition of experiential learning, is in line with what their clients are seeking. They also have a strong work ethic.
Continued at norwich.edu...
More stories like this can be found at: www.alumni.norwich.edu/news

NU Sports News

Kurtis McLean '05McLean scores big in second NHL game
Kurtis McLean '05, suiting up for the New York Islanders in only his second NHL game ever, came up with what proved to be the game winner against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on January 21. Busting down the right wing in the second period, McLean received a cross-ice pass from Nielsen, and blasted a slap shot past netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his first NHL goal. He was subsequently named "Second Star" of the game.
Continued at norwichathletics.com...
For another article on McLean's transition to the NHL, including video footage, click here: norwichathletics.com...
Watch NU hockey and football on TV!
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Call for 2009 Hall of Fame nominations
The Norwich Athletics Department is requesting the names of candidates for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. For criteria, selection process and a downloadable nomination form, visit the Norwich Athletic website at www.norwichathletics.com/hofcriteria. Please send names and supporting information no later than April 30 to Tony Mariano, Director of Athletics, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663, or email tmariano@norwich.edu.
Get the latest scores and reviews, sign up for "Charlie's Corner"
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More stories like this can be found at: www.norwichathletics.com

Of Special Interest

Van Arnam deploys in 2010; Gilbert takes on a new role
Associate Vice President for Development Rick Van Arnam '84 will begin a two-year leave of absence this month from Norwich to serve full-time in the Vermont National Guard as he prepares for a January 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. As a result of Van Arnam's leave of absence, Director of Planned Giving Priscilla Gilbert will be promoted to the position of assistant vice president for Development.
Continued at www.alumni.norwich.edu/staffchanges
NU alumni, students, parents and community members - You're invited!
With the ailing job market, we all need to do everything we can to help each other. To that end, the Norwich University Career Development Center has a few suggestions about what we, as alumni, students, parents and community members can do to offer assistance to each other during these difficult times.
Continued at alumni.norwich.edu/CDCopenInvitation...
2009 Scholarship Dinner to be held March 20
Save the Date! This year's annual Scholarship Dinner will be held Friday, March 20, 2009, at Norwich University.
For more information, contact Kristin Dodge at (802) 485-2282, or kdodge@norwich.edu

Featured Events
NU Club of the Heart of Carolina - Kickoff Reception with President Schneid
3/23/2009 6:00 PM
NU Club of Maine Networking Social
3/10/2009 6:00 PM
NU Club of the Gold Coast, FL Cocktail Reception and Light Dinner with Pres
2/24/2009 6:00 PM
NU Club of Central Florida - The Villages Luncheon with President Schneider
2/23/2009 12:00 PM
NU Club of Boston Bus Trip
2/21/2009 8:15 AM
NU Club of Connecticut Bus Trip to NU
Norwich Drill Team - Mardi Gras Competition
2/19/2009 to 2/20/2009
Monthly NU gatherings
February 4 (first Wednesday) - NU Club of Washington, DC
February 5 (first Thurs) - Boston Area Norwich Breakfast Social
February 5 (first Thurs) - NU Club of Tampa Monthly Luncheon
February 5 (first Thurs) - NU Club of Leavenworth, KS Monthly Social
February 11 (second Thurs) - NU Club of Central Florida Happy Hour
February 15 (third Sun) - NU Club of Iraq Monthly Luncheon
February 18 (third Weds) - Service Academies Graduates Social - NYC
February 26 (fourth Thurs) - NU Club of Ft. Bragg, NC Monthly Luncheon
February 27 (last Friday) - NU Club of Hanscom AFB Monthly Luncheon 
Hit the Slopes with Norwich!
Calling all Norwich skiers and riders. Pack your bags, sharpen your edges and get ready for the skiing and riding experience of a lifetime!
The mountains of Colorado and New Hampshire are ready to welcome you for world-class skiing and riding. Join with fellow Norwich friends for great days of skiing followed by warm and inviting apr├Ęs ski socials. Beginners and Black Diamonds - all are welcome!
Colorado Ski Weekend - March 5-7, 2009
Sunapee Ski Day - March 20, 2009
For more information on either event visit www.alumni.norwich.edu/ski. See you on the slopes!

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The University has received word of the deaths of the following individuals.  Complete obituaries, if available, can be found by clicking on the links.  For more information, or to notify the University of a recent passing, please contact pgilbert@norwich.edu.

In Memoriam
Class of 1959 - John Robertson, 71, of Ketchikan, AK, 11/17/2008
Class of 1960 - Carl Vermilyea, 70, of Keene, NH, 1/23/2009
Class of 1963 - Simon W. Danforth, 67, of Marblehead, MA, 1/22/2009
Class of 1977 - Stanley E. Grittner, 78, of Colville, WA, 12/21/2008

Friends of Norwich University
Robert Burnham, 74, of Enfield, CT, father of Dan Burnham '88, 1/20/2009
Mary Melville, 63, of Orem, UT, wife of Andrew Melville, former VP of Administration and Finance and Commandant of Cadets from 1992-1995, 1/22/2009

The Norwich University Cemetery
The Ernest Harmon Memorial Wall

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