Norwich University to Host Dr. Juefei Wang in China Town Hall Event

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host Dr. Juefei Wang, Professor of Education Emeritus of the University of Vermont (UVM) and program director of the Freeman Foundation during the 9th annual China Town Hall event to be held on Monday, Oct. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Wang will speak at 6 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room, followed by a live broadcast of a panel discussion, led by former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Wang’s talk is titled, “Initiating Higher Education Exchange and Conducting Business in China, An Ever Changing Society.”

To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations(NCUSCR) is conducting the ninth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at more than 70 locations nationwide.

The program will feature a live webcast panel discussion with former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Mayor Sheldon Day (of Thomasville, Alabama, location of a major Chinese-owned factory) and Daniel Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group. The panel’s discussion and responses to questions submitted by the nationwide audience will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

China has rapidly emerged as one of the fastest growing sources of foreign direct investment in the United States, bringing increasing numbers of Chinese companies into U.S. communities and providing jobs to tens of thousands of Americans, as described in the May 2015 report “New Neighbors:  Chinese Investment in the United States by Congressional District,” released by the National Committee and the Rhodium Group. While foreign direct investment is a vital component of U.S. economic growth, employment and competitiveness, media coverage of a few high profile Chinese investments has focused on security and economic risks.

In addition to the national webcast, each local venue will feature an expert speaking on a China-related topic of interest to the local community.

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

To learn more about the Town Hall, go here; read the “New Neighbors” report, or please contact Joseph Weed, Director of Communications, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations at (646) 604-8001 or jweed@ncuscr.org.

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. 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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dlarkin@norwich.edu
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Smithsonian Under Secretary and Author Richard Kurin to Speak at Norwich University

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 15, 2015

Norwich University will host distinguished cultural anthropologist and author Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture for a presentation and book signing on Friday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. in Dole Auditorium.

The presentation will be live-streamed here.

Kurin will talk about American history as seen through some of the nation’s most iconic objects, as presented in his most recent book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.” The book offers a lively tour of American history as told through 101 key objects drawn from various Smithsonian Institution museum collections. Artifacts include President Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland’s character Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and the iconic kitchen of renowned chef and TV personality Julia Child.

Free and open to the public, the event is co-hosted by Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center and the Friends of the Krietzberg Library. The museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate last year, making it the first and only such institution in Vermont.

Aided by top Smithsonian curators and scholars, Kurin’s book illuminates the often-surprising backstories and cultural import of objects ranging from pre-Colombian times to the American Revolution, Vietnam and the digital age.

At the Smithsonian, Kurin is responsible for most of the Institution’s museums, several research and outreach programs, and numerous other programs. He has served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO, been honored for his contributions to American folklore, and this year was elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Norwich is proud that Kurin’s talk will serve as the kick off to the 20th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Affiliations program.  The Sullivan Museum and History Center was named Vermont’s first Smithsonian Affiliate in April 2014. The Affiliations program is designed to facilitate a two-way relationship among Affiliates and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. More than 8,000 Smithsonian artifacts have been displayed at Affiliate locations. These loans reflect the entire Smithsonian collection and allow people across the country to experience the Smithsonian in their neighborhood.

The partnership enables Sullivan Museum staff to draw upon national collections at 19 Smithsonian museums that are pertinent to the history of Norwich University, Vermont and the story of the university’s contributions to American history and the nation’s development. In addition, the Sullivan Museum and History Center is able to share its collections with over 200 Smithsonian Affiliates across the nation.

Many Smithsonian Affiliates offer reciprocal museum membership and host exhibitions from other members. Educational opportunities include specialty subject speakers, visiting scholars and unique programming from the Smithsonian Institution at the Sullivan Museum and History Center.

The Sullivan Museum and History Center is located on the Northfield campus of Norwich University. It is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. Admission is free. For more information call 802.485.2183 or visit the museum’s website or Facebook page.

About Norwich

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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dlarkin@norwich.edu
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Photo Gallery: Norwich Rooks Prepare for 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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Norwich University Office of Communications

September 10, 2015

Norwich University Rooks prepare the Upper Parade Ground on the Norwich University campus for 9/11 remembrance ceremonies.

Norwich to Host Marine Corps 10K Endurance Race Fundraiser

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 9, 2015

Norwich University’s Semper Fidelis Society student group is hosting the 2015 Walter N. Levy Challenge, a 10k endurance race and fundraiser to be held on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The race is open to the public, and participants (age 18+) can register in a four-person team or individually at Active.com.  The race features a mentally and physically challenging course with impediments such as a Marine Corps obstacle course, a hill climb, a mud crawl, a simulated ammo resupply mission, a pull-up challenge and a weighted run.

Competing in the Levy Challenge three years ago, writer Sarah Tuff Dunn described some of the challenges in a Seven Days article, titled, “When the Levy Breaks You”: “I braced myself for the Da Nang serpentine: a poisonous, snaking course of stutter-step tires, long jumps, water-jug carries, railroad-tie pushes and the like. Thanks to some marine-driven motivation, though, it was manageable — and, as tough as the challenge was, I was repeatedly struck by the kindness of the 45 volunteers.”

The Levy challenge is named in honor of Norwich alum and fallen Vietnam War veteran Walter N. Levy. Levy attended Norwich University in 1960 and served as a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Infantry Officer. He was killed in action on September 18th, 1965 in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.

Established in 2009, the Levy Challenge is held in his honor with all proceeds donated to the Semper Fi Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping wounded service members and their families.

About the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund:

The Semper Fi Fund (semperfifund.org) and America’s Fund (americasfund.org) provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to severely injured and critically ill post-9/11 service members and their families. Founded in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund originally focused on Marines and their families, and has since expanded to provide assistance to all branches of the military through America’s Fund. To date more than 14,400 service members have benefited directly from more than $113 million in grants from the Semper Fi Fund—one of only three veteran charities to receive an A+ rating from Charity Watch and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

About Norwich

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. 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
(802) 485-2886; (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu
Follow us on Twitter @NorwichNews

Norwich University to Host Madeleine Albright for November Todd Lecture Series Event

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 2, 2015

Norwich University continues its Todd Lecture Series with “An Evening with Madeleine Albright,’’ a presentation by the former United States Secretary of State on Tuesday, November  3, 2015, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State. President Bill Clinton named her to the post in 1997, making her at the time both the first female Secretary of State and the highest ranking woman ever to serve in U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad.

From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President Clinton’s Cabinet.

Albright speaks with humor, insight and eloquence about her life and career as a young refugee who rose to become for a time the world’s most powerful woman. Albright sketches a vivid portrait of her years as Secretary of State and offers candid descriptions of the leaders she encountered in Washington and overseas. She also discusses America’s global role and the many challenges facing President Obama and other world leaders today. While in office, Albright was renowned for her courage in “telling it like it is.” Now, as a best-selling author and successful businessperson, she offers a unique and always lively account of service at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

In addition to the 7 p.m. public lecture, Albright will spend the afternoon on campus engaging with Norwich students in the classroom, offering her insight about her life and career.

Albright currently serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

She is also a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Albright serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the secretary of defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute. In 2009, Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to chair a group of experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

On May 29, 2012 President Barack Obama awarded Albright the U.S. Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, citing the inspiration her life provides to all and the contribution of her scholarship and insight toward making the world a better, more peaceful place.

Albright is the author of five New York Times best-sellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs, (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership, (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, (2009); and, her most recent book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, (April, 2012). In it she recalls her own and her family’s experiences during and immediately after World War II, providing a fresh lens through which to view some of the modern era’s most tumultuous years.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Russell Todd and his wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. Todd ’50, serves as Norwich President Emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings the nation’s foremost thought leaders drawn from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other arenas to its Northfield campus. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information please visit the Todd Lecture Series website or call (802) 485-2633.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact:

Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886; (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu
Follow us on Twitter @NorwichNews

 

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Receives $10k Grant to Fund Free Lecture Series

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art will receive $10,000 from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation to fund the upcoming 2015-2016 lecture series.

For more than 10 years the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to support the School of Architecture + Art’s Lecture Series. Through these lectures—which are free to students and the local community—the School of Architecture + Art brings well-known architects, designers, artists and writers to campus from around the country.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education and volunteerism, among many charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England. In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture.

The Norwich curriculum offers a minor in architectural studies, two art minors, a four-year bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and a one-and-a-half-year Master of Architecture degree. Combined, the bachelor and master programs form a five-year professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), a prerequisite for licensure in most states. All are designed for practical people who want to immerse themselves in an experiential academic lifestyle. The School of Architecture + Art is challenging, fun, and dedicated to producing architects who will serve the needs of people.

With approximately 200 students, the School of Architecture + Art is one of the smallest programs of its kind in the country, fostering a natural and effective mentoring relationship between faculty and students. Courses take a balanced approach to both the art and science of architecture and embrace environmental sustainability as part of Vermont’s ethos.

A highlight of the upcoming 2015-2016 lecture series program will be a lecture on Wednesday, October 14, by Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Galvez. The event will be presented in conjunction with the Department of Modern Languages and the College of Liberal Arts’ organized Hispanic Heritage Celebration and include an exhibit of photographs.

“This lecture series is an opportunity for the School of Architecture + Art to not only enhance the education of our students but to also offer ourselves as a resource to the surrounding community as experts in the field and world-class talent,” according to Director Cara Armstrong.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.  

Media Contact:

Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886; (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu
Follow us on Twitter @NorwichNews

Photo Gallery: Norwich University Dog River Run 2015

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Norwich University Office of Communications

August 31, 2015

Norwich University Rook recruits completed the 2015 Dog River Run yesterday. The annual rite of passage marks the end of an intense initiation week into the university’s Corps of Cadets here on the campus of the nation’s oldest private military college in Northfield, Vt.

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum & History Center presents, “Women of Norwich: Trailblazers and Torchbearers”

The Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center presents its latest exhibit “Women of Norwich: Trailblazers and Torchbearers,” with an opening reception to be held on Friday, Sept. 4, from 3-5 p.m.

The state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Sullivan Museum and History Center is free and open to the public.

Women at Norwich have been an integral part of the success of the university. While many women during the early years of the Academy were “behind the scenes” their contributions were important, lasting, and helped shape the institution Norwich is today.

This exhibition features many facets of the women who were “first”– first ladies of the Norwich presidents, first women in the Corps of Cadets, and first women in fields where they have not traditionally been employed or deployed.

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The exhibit includes perspectives of notables such as Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge’s wife, Anne Partridge; the first eight women to enter the Corps of Cadets; as well as today’s women of Norwich, both civilian and cadet. Notably, in 1974 Norwich was among the earliest of military academies to accept women into its Corps of Cadets.

The Sullivan Museum and History Center is located on the Northfield campus of Norwich University. It is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. There is no charge for admission to the museum. For more information call 802.485.2183 or visit the museum’s website or Facebook page.

Nancy Young ’76 pictured above. Photo courtesy of Nancy Young.

Norwich University Honors U.S. Senator Robert Dole in a Ceremony at the WWII Memorial in D.C.

Norwich University officials presented former U.S. Senator Robert Dole with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in a public ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m.

Retired Army General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, former Army chief of staff and chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees; Trustee Joel A. Kobert ’65 and Vice President for Academic Affairs Guiyou Huang joined President Richard W. Schneider during the hooding ceremony.

Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Captain Alden Partridge, who created Norwich to educate citizen soldiers by providing the skills necessary to both build and defend the republic. Its structure inspired the Land Grant Act of 1862, and Norwich is regarded as the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

Schneider has been president at Norwich for 23 years.

“Bob Dole is an American hero who lives a life that embodies the very essence of what Norwich was founded upon – leadership, integrity and service,” Schneider said. “It is an honor and a privilege to forever bond Senator Bob Dole with America’s oldest private military college, Norwich University.”

A highly decorated veteran of World War II and lifetime public servant, Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole was born July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas.

In 1942 he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served as a combat infantry officer in Italy in 1944. During his service, he was severely wounded while attempting to save another’s life. For his actions, Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Dole finished college and attended law school on the G.I. Bill DontPayFull. He began his political career by serving as a member of the Kansas State Legislature from 1951 to 1953, and later served four terms as prosecuting attorney for Russell County.

A U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1969to 1996, Dole served part of that time as U.S. Senate Majority Leader, setting a record as the longest-serving Republican leader.

Married to former cabinet member and former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole of North CarolinaNorwich’s honored 2015 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipientBob Dole was the Republican vice-presidential nominee in the 1976 U.S. presidential election and the Republican nominee in the 1996 U.S. presidential election.

In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dole as a co-chair, along with Donna Shalala, of the commission to investigate problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dole is special counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Alston & Bird.

At the June 25 ceremony, the Honorable Robert Dole was recognized for his dedicated service to others and country before self, a Norwich guiding value celebrated during the Year of Service, the first of five years counting down to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

Editor’s note: Pictured above (l-r) Retired Army General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, former Army chief of staff and chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees; Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider, Senator Elizabeth Dole and Senator Robert Dole during the June 25 ceremony. Photo by Judy Licht

Norwich’s online program graduates will hear from Gen. Alfred Gray, former Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is honored to announce that General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.) will deliver its 2015 commencement address at a ceremony for nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Retired General Alfred Gray was the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991. As Commandant, General Gray assisted in the formulation of national and international policy and strategy. He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as being military advisor to the President, the National Security Council and the Secretary of Defense.

In 1991, after 41 years of service, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, General Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined Garver International Associates.

For 15 years, General Gray served on the Norwich University Board of Trustees and was instrumental in assisting Norwich in achieving the NSA designation for “Center of Academic Excellence” for Information Assurance education. He has been chairman of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Marine Youth Fitness Foundation. He has been Chancellor of the Marine Military Academy and a director of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. He is a member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board and is an advisor to the National Reconnaissance Office.

General Gray currently serves as a member of the board for the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes where he has been critical in supporting the creation of the DECIDE program which was awarded $9.9 million in cybersecurity contracts in 2013.

Currently General Gray is Senior Fellow, Board of Regents Chairman, and member of the Board of Directors at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

General Gray holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York. He is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College.

The June 19 ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference for which students travel to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus from all 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, Puerto Rico and six international countries. Here, they present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

According to university officials, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General Alfred Gray embodies this year’s residency conference theme of “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve.”