Norwich University Homecoming 2008

Home on The Hill
The Norwich Community Celebrates Homecoming 2008

NU Class of 1958 enjoys Homecoming 2008.  Photo by Diana Weggler.

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Congratulations to the following reunion classes, alumni and friends who were recognized during Homecoming Weekend 2008:

Plumley Reunion Cup
To the class with largest percentage of alumni registered:
Class of 1958 (45 percent of the alumni attended Homecoming)
Class Agent: Conrad Rowell

Norwich University Reunion Cup
To the class with the largest number registered to attend:
Class of 1958 (60 classmates in attendance)

Shinquin Distance Cup
To the alumnus/alumna who traveled the greatest distance to attend:
William Shay '83, of Singapore 

NUAA Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumnus
Gary J. Confessore '63
Barry R. Meinerth '68

Alumni Director's Award
Richard T. Mullen '58
Donald C. Fawcett, Jr. '63
Philip L. Soucy '73

Sustained Service Award
Kenneth Richardson '53
H. Edward Whitney '58
James D. Bannister '68
Jane Donahue-Holt '83

New Leader Achievement Award
Mark B. Dahm '83

Honorary Alumnus Award
Barry W. Mynter

Board of Fellows Service Medallion Recipients
Carlo D'Este
Paula A. Gills H'05
Prof James R. Bennett H'05

Admissions Ambassador of the Year
Roger C. Franklin '60

Admissions Sustained Service Award
Wallace K. Williams '58

Confessore Leadership Trophy
C/MAJ Christopher Pauze '09

Nearly 900 Norwich alumni returned to The Hill for Homecoming this month, gathering with longtime friends, cheering on the University's sports teams and celebrating the success of the Norwich Forever! campaign.

A total of 877 alumni, joined by 800 family members, traveled to the Northfield campus September 19-21, a weekend filled with countless stories and reminiscences. NU Class of 1958

The weekend was particularly satisfying for Conrad Rowell, who for 50 years has served as Class Agent for the Class of 1958. In addition to joining the Old Guard at Friday afternoon's Corps of Cadets retreat parade, the members of the Class of 1958 provided nearly half of this year's reunion giving.

"Homecoming is important really because of my classmates. We are really close," Rowell said.

Dr. Tony Caprio '60, echoed those sentiments. Caprio, who has attended every Homecoming since his graduation except for his tour in Vietnam and his time in medical school, said the friendships born during his time at Norwich are what bring him back year after year.

"The Norwich of 1960 is gone, but my classmates are forever," Caprio reflected. "Norwich is always evolving. It has to."NU Class of 1934 members take the field Homecoming 2008

Saturday featured most of the weekend's major events, including the Alumni Parade. NU 1934 Classmates Maurice Smith and Dan Fleetham, Sr., led the parade.

"I've got my knees all warmed up," said Fleetham moments before he marched across Sabine Field. The 96-year-old said he has attended nearly every Homecoming since his Navy service during World War II.

Reunion giving this year totaled more than $2.8 million, with $1.3 million of that coming from the Class of 1958.

The Partridge Society Luncheon highlighted the impact of the Norwich Forever! campaign on the University's academic programs. President Richard W. Schneider noted that although Norwich launched the campaign with a goal of raising $6.5 million for academics, the University had already received more than $10 million in gifts and pledges for that portion of the campaign.

Two professors and two students spoke about the value of undergraduate research, which has been given a big boost through the Norwich Forever! campaign. Rick Dunn, Chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Science, provided an overview of archaeological research that he and junior Greg Miller carried out in Greece this past summer. Alison Fischer, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, spoke about research she and several of her students have conducted on the genetic factors that cause plants to flower in response to the seasons.

"Students who work on research projects with us learn a tremendous amount about their fields of study," Fisher told the 700 luncheon guests. "There is no substitute for conducting original research: asking a question, gathering data and drawing your own conclusions."NU Homecoming 2008 - The Class of 2003

Senior Biology major Quinn Conklin spoke about how her work with Fisher allowed her to apply what she had learned in the classroom.

"This will make me a stronger candidate for grad school," Quinn said. "But more importantly, it will help me through life. The critical thinking and perseverance required in this sort of research are skills that will help me forever."

Norwich Forever! campaign Chairman Pierson Mapes '59, concluded the luncheon by announcing that, with the close of the campaign still a year away, donations had already exceeded $71.5 million, adding, "And a consultant told us that we would be lucky to reach $50 million."

Harmon Wall Honorees Class Year
MAJ Stephen R. Porcella 1957
LTC Clinton P. Rhicard 1957 
Burton B. Finigan 1950 
COL William H. Riedl 1957
LTC James E. Coulson 1957
MAJ Paul W. Tourigny 1953
Francis C. Lawler, Jr. 1960
John (Chip) Macdonald, Jr 1968
COL Anthony J. Carbone 1958
Joseph W. McCloskey 1942
SGT Adam P. Kennedy 2004
Thomas S. McDavitt 1965
Donald Nell 1950
Donald W. Udell 1942
Dr. Robert Detwyler Faculty
COL Peter C. Salmonsen 1957
William E. Russell, III 1954
Howard F. Monnier, Sr. 1960 
MajGen Dalton S. Oliver Friend
Ralph D. Smith, Jr. 1951 
2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Nominees

Induction ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2008

Frank E. Liebel '43* Football

Raymond Proietti '53 Football

Joseph H. Potenza '68* Football/Baseball

William D. Cahill '73* Hockey - Honorary

Christopher E. Bucknam'78 Cross Country/Track -
Distinguished Alumni

Robert W. Lincoln '63 Football

Justin B. Orabona '83 Lacrosse

Steven J. Spano '83 Football - Distinguished Alumni

David E. Brigham '88 Football/Wrestling

1992-1993 Rifle Team



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