Maj. Gen. Thomas W. Geary to Speak at Norwich University Veterans Day Observance

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 31, 2018

Norwich University will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Corps of Cadets review in honor of all veterans, past and present. The reviewing officer and guest speaker is Major General Thomas W. Geary, U.S. Air Force, Norwich Class of 1988.

Veterans, the public, and those currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States are cordially invited to attend the Veterans Day Observance on the Upper Parade Ground at Norwich University on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 3:15 p.m.

The ceremony will include cannon fire in the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys, and the playing of Echo Taps.

Major General Geary’s, remarks will touch upon the themes of veterans who have served in peacetime and war, including their unwavering courage and commitment to the nation. He will also address challenges facing our veterans, including health issues, homelessness and combat trauma, such as PTSD. And, he will recall the history of Veterans Day, as 2018 marks the Centennial of the Armistice ending World War I.

Just prior to the ceremony, Norwich University faculty members will hold free and open to the public the Norwich Panel on Armistice Day Centennial from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in Mack Hall Auditorium. As the world gathers to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, please join Norwich faculty for a panel discussion on the First World War, its conclusion, and the legacy it left behind. Panelists include: Rowly Brucken, Professor of History; Reina Pennington, Charles A. Dana Professor of History; and Lea Williams, Chair of the Department of English and Communications.

Veterans Day ceremony speaker Geary serves as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director for Operations. In this role, he manages and oversees the Directorate’s worldwide intelligence collection and counterintelligence analysis and operations. Geary serves as the Director’s principal advisor on all Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Counterintelligence (Cl) issues and executes the responsibilities of the Defense HUMINT Manager and Cl Manager on the Director’s behalf.

He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and joint levels, and throughout his career, has held a variety of leadership positions in various major commands, combatant commands – including the Director of Intelligence for U.S. Southern Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as well as being deployed to Afghanistan serving on the senior staff of Headquarters International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Prior to his current assignment, Geary served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Integration, Headquarters Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.

Geary was commissioned in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Norwich University. After commissioning, he served in the missile operations career field as Minuteman Ill Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Commander and instructor before transitioning to the intelligence career field.

An open reception will follow the outdoor ceremony in the foyer of Jackman Hall.

The uniform for this special event is the Service Class A uniform. Please plan on cold weather and dress accordingly.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Cadets to March 50 Miles for Veterans’ Fundraiser in 9th Annual Legacy March

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 23, 2018

Norwich University cadets, alumni and friends will continue their tradition of marching 50 miles to raise funds for the Veterans’ Place, Inc., a Northfield transition home and support center for homeless veterans.

The three-day, 9th Annual Legacy March begins in Norwich, Vt., Norwich University’s original “home-town,” on Thursday, Nov. 1, and ends with the cadets arriving back to Northfield for lunch on Saturday, Nov. 3.

In the tradition of experiential education championed by Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge, marchers will receive educational instruction by Norwich faculty, staff and alumni on local and regional history and engineering.

The march recreates the historical movement in 1866 that brought the cadets from Norwich to Northfield after a disastrous fire on the original campus.

The march will kick off on the Norwich, Vt., village green with historical briefings from Clarke Haywood, NU’12. Haywood will accompany the marchers, discussing early Norwich history, visiting Partridge’s and Ransom’s (Norwich’s second president) grave sites, and passing by Partridge’s home. The cadets will detour on Thursday to the Justin Morrill homestead in Strafford, Vt., to learn about the impact of U.S. Senator Justin Morrill, the Land Grant College Act that bears his name, and the roots of this far-reaching legislation in Norwich founder Capt. Alden Partridge’s philosophy.

The Legacy March has raised more than $25,000 over the years to support Vermont and national veteran’s organizations. For the last several years the fundraising efforts of the marchers and the entire University community in support of this event has stayed in central Vermont – benefiting Northfield’s Veterans’ Place. Numerous Upper Valley and Central Vermont businesses, educational institutions and service organizations also contribute essential gifts to support this annual event. 

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University to Welcome Alumni Back to Campus and Launch the “Year of Distinction” at Homecoming

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

September 7, 2018

Norwich University will host several thousand alumni and their guests during annual Homecoming festivities Sept. 12 – 16 and kick off the “Year of Distinction,” the beginning of a year-long commemoration culminating in the 200th birthday celebration in September 2019.

Highlights of Homecoming 2018, open to the public:

Thursday, Sept. 13 

  • 4 – 6 p.m. Mack Hall Dedication and unveiling of “Winter Twilight, Norwich University” by Sabra Field.

Friday, Sept. 14

  • 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Release of Norwich history book, “Citizens & Soldiers,” and reception with New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw, Mack Hall.
  • 3 – 3:45 p.m. Harmon Wall and Valor Plaque Ceremony, White Memorial Chapel.
  • 4:15 – 5 p.m. Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat (parade), Upper Parade Ground.
  • 5:45 – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate 200: Bicentennial Year Kick-Off, Shapiro Fieldhouse. Come experience the transformation of Shapiro Fieldhouse; sip on 14th Star Brewing’s latest Bicentennial Beer; and enjoy a world-class program including the premiere of the Year of Distinction video. $50.00/person includes a delicious three-course meal. To register: https://alumni.norwich.edu/Celebrate200KickOff.
  • Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) Fireworks display. The public is invited to join the Norwich University community including many Norwich alumni at a fireworks display to be held at Homecoming. The display, put on by Northstar Fireworks, will originate from the softball field across the railroad tracks from Shapiro Fieldhouse and last approximately 10 minutes.
  • NU Sports: Women’s soccer begins at 3 p.m.; women’s volleyball begins at 5 p.m. and men’s soccer begins at 5:30 p.m. Check the schedule here.

Saturday, September 15 

  • 9:30-11 Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets Review, Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Three NU fall sports teams have games at home: men’s and women’s rugby, and football. Check the schedule here.
  • 1:40 p.m. Corps of Cadets Football March-On, Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field, to begin the football game against Castleton.

Also, new this year, Food Truck Alley will feature 10 food trucks throughout the day on the Crescent on Route 12/Main Street on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Open to the public.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Graduates Over 500 Students

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 12, 2018

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Norwich University graduated over 500 students from 33 undergraduate academic programs and the Master of Architecture program. The Class of 2018 hailed from 33 U.S. states and 10 different countries abroad. The largest numbers of graduates were in the following majors: Criminal Justice, Management, Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, and Biology.

At a 2 p.m. ceremony held in Shapiro Field House, U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University James G. Stavridis delivered the university’s 2018 Commencement address to the graduating seniors, comprised of 197 civilian students and 312 students in the Corps of Cadets. Just over 100 graduates will commission into the military in a ceremony on Sunday.

In his address, Stavridis connected the graduates’ educational experiences to their roles in helping to solve the most pressing problems of the day to include: a return of the great power politics; threats to democracy; climate change and pandemic. He noted there are many ways to serve the country in addition to military service and their role in building a strong military. He urged the Class of 2018 to “Listen better – to each other, allies, friends and partners and the ‘other’.”

“Pledge to build intellectual capital now…keep educating yourself…read extensively and learn a language…[and] hold onto our values.”

He further advised the graduates: “You can help security by facilitating the rise of women…and rely upon alliances and partnerships.”

Stavridis retired from the Navy in 2013 after 37 years of service and became dean of The Fletcher School in summer 2013. He is the author of several best-selling books, including: “The Accidental Admiral;” “The Leader’s Bookshelf;” and “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans.”

During the ceremony, Stavridis received an honorary Doctor of Naval Science degree.

Stavridis (pictured in the final photo provided) is a retired United States Navy admiral and the current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He serves as the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News in New York. He is also chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an associate fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

He holds various decorations and awards, including two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit. He is author or co-author of several books on naval ship handling and leadership, including “Command at Sea,” “Destroyer Captain,” and “Partnership for the Americas” about Latin America.

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, over 100 students will commission into four branches of the U.S. military.

U.S. Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83 returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers commissioning into the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines and their families during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 13, at 9 a.m.

In his address, the Marine officer will touch on themes of service to nation and the importance of a military commission.

These are the anticipated commissioning numbers:

Navy: 12

Marines: 12

Army: 90

Air Force: 25

A photo gallery of commencement photos is available for download here: http://bit.ly/2IbXs0O; password to download is ‘norwich’ lowercase, no quotes.

Please attribute photos to Mark Collier/Norwich University.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University names top Corps leader for upcoming academic year

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 9, 2018

Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider and Commandant of Cadets Col. Michael Titus announced that Morgan Woods, of Newton, Mass., has been selected to serve as the 2018-19 Regimental Commander, the highest-ranking cadet of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets (NUCC).

Cadet Command Sergeant Major Woods is a Psychology major and student-athlete, serving as assistant captain on the women’s rugby team. Woods also serves on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee; the Honor Committee; is president of the Psi Chi Honor Society; and a member of the Sigma Delta Pi honor society. Woods is one of seven students selected to travel to the Israel/Palestine region this spring as part of the Olmsted Foundation-supported Overseas Cultural Immersion Trip through Norwich University’s Peace and War Center.

Woods plans to commission into the Army after graduating in May 2019.

“Throughout the interview process, Morgan stood out as a no-nonsense, tough leader,” Titus said. “She’s articulate, intelligent and balanced. She has the right set of skills and, more importantly, the right attitude to lead the Corps through a challenging organizational restructuring and into our bicentennial year.”

Regimental staff sections are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Led by the regimental commander and the command staff, they perform administration, operational planning, logistics and other key functions.

Woods and next year’s cadet officers and NCOs will be formally promoted during a Corps of Cadets Review with Change of Command Ceremony on Friday, May 4, 2018. The ceremony will be held on the Upper Parade Ground at 3 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Olmsted Foundation Funds International Immersion Trip for Future Military Officers

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 1, 2018

For the fourteenth year in a row, Norwich University has earned a $20,000 grant from the Olmsted Foundation to support the Peace and War Center’s Overseas Cultural Immersion Trip to Israel for students to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict firsthand.

The grant allows seven Norwich students who are on a commissioning track as active duty officers in the United States military to travel abroad to speak to the people and visit the places in person who comprise a relevant international conflict, free of any charge to the student.

“Thanks to the Olmsted Foundation’s focus on internationalizing American military officers, this grant allows Norwich’s future leaders an immeasurable international experience at no cost to the student,” Peace and War Center Director Travis Morris said. “This experience transforms students, tests their leadership skills through task assignments, and deepens greatly their understanding of these complex conflicts. This experience ultimately makes them smarter and more experienced military officers.”

This is the fourteenth year Norwich has received such a grant from the Olmsted Foundation. Since 2005, approximately 60 students have benefitted from this grant and have travelled to: Tanzania, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Senegal, El Salvador, Chile, Turkey, Georgia and Israel.

New this year, two additional students not supported by the Olmsted grant will also participate to diversify the group. The Peace and War Center will choose and support a cadet planning to pursue an officer post with the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Coast Guard. An added layer of internationalization will complement the group through the participation of a cadet from and supported by the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean in Montreal. Peace and War Center students will travel up to Montreal to interview candidates for that position, which will fill the role as the Palestinian perspective contact. Other student roles include: team leader; communication officer; logistics officer; team analyst responsible for the out-report; travel coordinator; budget officer; Israeli perspective; and international perspective.

The Olmsted Foundation provides financial support to the three Service Academies and four of the Senior Military Colleges for these short-term immersion trips, which often provide the undergraduates with their first exposure to a foreign culture.

“We developed skills that will help us sort through floods of information and perspectives to form professional and culturally aware analyses, a skill that will be highly valuable in our futures as officers,” Cadet Elizabeth Gregory said of the 2017 trip to Israel.

Since 1959, the Olmsted Foundation’s Scholar Program has challenged young military officers to learn a foreign language and pursue graduate studies in that language at a foreign university. The Olmsted Foundation was created through an endowment from Gen. George Olmsted, an Army major general who served with distinction in World War II and went on to become a philanthropist and a successful businessman in the insurance and banking industries.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

U.S. Marine General to Speak at Norwich ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Jan. 11, 2018

Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. U.S. Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83 returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 13, at 9 a.m.

In his address, the Marine officer will touch on themes of service to nation and the importance of a military commission.

Broadmeadow is the Deputy Commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), one of nine Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USTRANSCOM is a global Combatant Command with functional responsibilities for air, land, and sea transportation for the Department of Defense, ultimately delivering national objectives on behalf of the President and Secretary of Defense.

Broadmeadow commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1983 after graduating from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His first operational assignment was as a Supply Officer with 9th Marine Amphibious

Brigade in Okinawa, Japan. He has served in a variety of command and staff billets in every element of the Marine Air Ground Task Force, at Headquarters Marine Corps, and on the Joint Staff. Notable staff billets include Prepositioning Officer for Plans, Policy and Operations at HQMC, the Assistant Chief of Staff (AC/S) N4 for Task Force 58 conducting the amphibious assault into Afghanistan following 9/11 and as the AC/S G-4 for 1st Marine Division during the attack to Baghdad in 2003 and the Division’s return to Iraq for stability operations in Al Anbar Province in 2004. He commanded 1st Supply Company in Somalia for Operation Restore Hope, Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, and Combat Logistics Regiment 17. He was the Team Leader and Senior Advisor to the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division as it assumed responsibility for operations in Al Anbar Province Iraq in 2008 – 2009.

As a General Officer starting in 2009, LtGen Broadmeadow served as the Deputy Commanding General (CG) Marine Forces Pacific, Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 505 for Operation Tomodachi conducting tsunami relief in Japan, CG 1st Marine Logistics Group deploying to Helmand Province Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011, CG 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, CG Marine Corps Logistics Command, Vice Director Joint Staff J-4, and CG Marine Corps Installation Command.

Broadmeadow is a graduate of the USMC Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College (non-resident programs), and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in 2001. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Norwich, he holds a dual Master of Arts in Business Administration and Computer Resources Management from Webster University, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

At Norwich University’s May 13, 2018, joint services commissioning ceremony, Broadmeadow will address students commissioning into the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines and their families. The event, which begins at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House, is part of Norwich University’s Commencement Weekend and is open to the public.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Cadets to March 50 Miles for Veterans’ Fundraiser

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 27, 2017

Norwich University cadets will continue their tradition of marching 50 miles to raise funds for the Veterans’ Place, Inc., a Northfield transition home and support center for homeless veterans.

The three-day, 8th Annual Legacy March begins in Norwich, Vt., Norwich University’s original town, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, and ends with the cadets arriving back to Northfield for lunch on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

In the tradition of experiential education championed by Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge, marchers will receive educational instruction by Norwich faculty staff and alumni on local and regional history, engineering and geology.

The march recreates the historical movement in 1866 that brought the cadets from Norwich to Northfield after a disastrous fire on the original campus.

The march will kick off on the Norwich, Vt., village green with historical briefings from Clarke Haywood, NU’12. Haywood will accompany the marchers, discussing early Norwich history, visiting Partridge’s and Ransom’s grave sites, and passing by their homes.  The cadets will detour to the Elizabeth Copper Mine in South Strafford, Vt., and learn about the strategic importance of the mine to America and the environmental clean-up of the site in recent years.  Along the way marchers will also learn about the impact of US Senator Justin Morrill, the Land Grant College Act that bears his name, and the roots of this far-reaching legislation in Norwich founder Capt. Alden Partridge’s philosophy.

The Legacy March has raised more than $20,000 over the years to support Vermont and national veteran’s organizations. For the last few years the fundraising efforts of the marchers and the entire University community in support of this event has stayed in central Vermont – benefiting Northfield’s Veterans’ Place.  Numerous Upper Valley and Central Vermont businesses, educational institutions and service organizations also contribute essential gifts to this annual event.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

BG Michel A. Natali to Speak at Norwich University Veterans Day Observance

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 19, 2017

Norwich University will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Corps of Cadets review in honor of all veterans, past and present.  The reviewing officer and guest speaker is Brigadier General Michel Natali, Norwich Class of 1987.

Veterans, the public, and those currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States are cordially invited to attend the Veterans Day Observance on the Upper Parade Ground at Norwich University on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 3:15 p.m.

The ceremony will include cannon fire in the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys, and the playing of Echo Taps.

Highlighting the event will be reviewing officer and guest speaker Brigadier General Michel Natali, New York Army National Guard.

Brigadier General Michel A. Natali serves as the Commanding General, 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard headquartered in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.  As Commanding General, he provides leadership and guidance for the formulation, development and implementation of all programs and policies affecting the 4,100 Soldiers of the Troop Command. The 53rd Troop Command is made up of three brigade level commands to include the 369th Sustainment Brigade, Harlem, N.Y.; the 153rd Troop Command, Buffalo, N.Y., and the 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment, Manhattan, N.Y. The 53rd Troop Command is also the headquarters for joint contingency operations in support of state homeland security missions in the lower Hudson Valley area. Embodying the Norwich model of citizen soldier, Natali is also a member of the New York State Police assigned as an Investigator to the Office of Counterterrorism.

Natali graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and commissioned into the Army in May 1987. Natali served on active duty for nine years as a Military Intelligence officer with assignments in Germany and Fort Drum. He also served in Haiti and Somalia. In 1996, Natali joined the New York Army National Guard, where he served in numerous assignments including Division G2, Counterdrug Commander and the Regional Training Institute Commander. General Natali also served a tour in Iraq as the Deputy G2 for the 42nd Infantry Division.

An open reception will follow the outdoor ceremony in the foyer of Jackman Hall.

The uniform for this special event is the Service Class A uniform. Please plan on cold weather and dress accordingly.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University to Welcome Alumni Back to Campus and Launch the “Year of Legacy” at Homecoming

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sept. 19, 2017

Norwich University will host over a thousand alumni and guests during annual Homecoming festivities Sept. 21-24 and kick off the “Year of Legacy,” year four in the five-year, $100 million campaign called “Forging the Future.”

During the Saturday, Sept. 23 “Partridge Society Luncheon and Year of Legacy Launch,” alumni will hear from students and alumni who exemplify the Norwich legacy in various ways, and President Richard W. Schneider will announce campaign progress to date. The campaign will culminate for Norwich’s bicentennial in 2019.

Highlights of Homecoming 2017, open to the public:

Thursday, September 21

  • 4:30-6 “Polynesian Treasures of the Wilkes Expedition, 1838 to 1842,” a presentation by Smithsonian Institution Curator of Oceanic Ethnology Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler. Free and open to the public. Sullivan Museum and History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate.

Friday, September 22 

  • 1:45 Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art kicks off its annual lecture series with Class of ’97 Mo Gagnon, principal of Gagnon Architects in NYC, along with presentations by summer research fellows. Informal reception to follow.
  • 2-2:45 Sullivan Museum and History Center Bicentennial Painting Unveiling, Todd Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library. This rare, large-format (over six-foot) portrait of a cadet from 1826, painted by artist Julian Parisen, reflects the time period when the ALSM (Norwich) was in Middletown, Conn. The companion portrait, also over six feet, reflects a young lady with a basket of flowers from 1827, also by Parisen. These two portraits are rare examples of Parisen’s work.
  • 3-3:45 Harmon Wall and Valor Plaque Ceremony in White Memorial Chapel.
  • 4:15-5 Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat, Upper Parade Ground.
  • 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Emmanuel, Sabine Field.
  • 8-10 p.m. Screening of comedy film “Gentlemen’s Fury” with featured actor Jake Head ’97; Q&A to follow. Cabot 85. Free.

Saturday, September 23

  • 9:30-11 Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets Review, Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Five out of eight NU fall sports teams have games at home; check the schedule here.
  • 1:40 p.m. Corps of Cadets Football March-On, Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field, to begin the football game against United States Coast Guard Academy. After a 12-year hiatus the Norwich University football team will once again renew its storied rivalry with the United States Coast Guard Academy.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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Daphne Larkin
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