Study Abroad Conference for College Students Returns to Norwich

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

January 19, 2016

Norwich University will host its fourth annual Students Abroad for Growth and Excellence (SAGE) study abroad conference on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Milano Ballroom. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The conference is an informative and inspiring gathering for college students who have recently studied abroad and are looking to leverage that experience, as well as students who plan to study overseas in the future.

A series of workshops, panel discussions and information sessions will address topics such as marketing an overseas study experience, alternative ways of going abroad, how to fund an international educational experience and international experience in the military, among others.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Gina Sherriff will present this year’s keynote, “The Transformative Power of Intercultural Experience.”

During the lunch break attendees will have the opportunity to speak with education abroad program representatives to learn more about opportunities to study, intern or volunteer abroad. Students can also apply for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) at that time. For details about the ISIC and what is required to submit with the application please click HERE.

The SAGE Education Abroad Conference is open to any student who has studied abroad in a foreign country for any length of time and any student who is interested in studying abroad. The conference is free for Norwich students and $10 for other students. Study abroad advisers can attend the conference for free but are required to register online by Tuesday, January 26.

Students are also encouraged to bring photos to submit to the annual photo contest.

For more information, email SAGEConference@norwich.edu.

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. 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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu  

Pictured above: Kyle Hay, winner of the 2014 SAGE Study Abroad Conference Photo Contest. His photo “Chased By Wildlife”, taken during his SEAmester abroad, won the award for audience favorite.

Norwich University offers exclusive access to battle sites in Normandy

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

January 11, 2016

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in conjunction with the National World War II Museum is leading a tour of Normandy, the site of the U.S.’s most famous WWII battle, May 15-21, 2016.

“D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy & Liberation of France,” offers a full week of touring in Normandy. This five day tour will provide exclusive access to sites unseen with other programs, along with superior accommodations in prime locations, all at a great value.

Norwich University’s Staff Rides are designed to help lifelong learners from varying backgrounds understand and appreciate historical military events by visiting actual battlefields. The goal is to explore specific battles and the decisions that commanders made on the field, and draw conclusions that can be applied in present and future contexts.

The cost to attend is $2,250, which includes hotel accommodations, some meals and ground transportation on-site; airfare is not included. Advanced registration is required, along with a $750 deposit to secure a spot. Registration is open here: http://online.norwich.edu/normandy-norwich-2016.

About Staff Rides:

A Staff Ride was an exercise developed by the German General Staff in the 19th century. The general staff traveled to battlefields of past campaigns to explore them on horseback or on foot. The theory was that staff officers truly understood campaigns and battles only by viewing the terrain from the perspective of the people they were studying. The U.S. Army still uses this approach as a learning tool.˜˜

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

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 196 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum & History Center presents new exhibit on cavalry

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

December 17, 2015

The Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Saddle Up! Norwich Cavalry: Training, Touring and Tactics on Horseback,” with an opening reception to be held on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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

The story of the Norwich Cavalry and its establishment is full of wonderful images of the days when equines were part of the daily life at the University. Fascinating facts and “firsts” at Norwich come to life with life size imagery, sounds and objects from Norwich’s cavalry history. This exhibition looks back at the time when Norwich ruled on the Polo fields and made history in the new sport of endurance racing.

The exhibition will included details of daily riding instruction and care of the three breeds of horses in the program, and also chronicles the brief, but famous hunt for Pancho Villa. In 1916 President Ira Reeves released Col. Frank Thompkins to support this effort on behalf of the US Army, and Norwich horses were at their side. Daily updates were made in the NY Times on their tour seeking out this infamous character on both the American and Mexican landscape.

Join us for an in-depth look at the distinguished history of the Cavalry at Norwich. This exhibition will open January 18, 2016 and continue through June 30, 2016.

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 (academics.norwich.edu/museum/) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SullivanMuseum).

Editor’s note: Photo courtesy of Norwich Archives.

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. 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
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu 

Norwich University to offer Master of Arts in International Relations online

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

December 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is now welcoming students into the new online Master of Arts in International Relations program. The first cohort is set to begin classes in March 2016.

The international relations program adds to Norwich’s global footprint – bringing together students from a variety of backgrounds and industries to blend real-world practice into the curriculum. This collaboration will help better equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the economic, cultural and political issues impacting today’s world and become effective global leaders.

“With our long standing commitment to global understanding, the international relations graduate program creates more opportunity for Norwich University to reach a larger audience of working adults who wish to build upon and advance their careers in the international arena,” William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies said.

Students enrolled in the international relations program will complete courses in a specialization of their choice. The four concentrations available are international security, national security, international development and cyber diplomacy. Working closely with Norwich faculty, students will finish the program through an individualized research component that defines, analyzes and gives perspective on a topic of their choice within the field of international relations.

“The international relations program is designed to give students a broader perspective on international affairs. It will let individual learners choose a course of studies that is the best suited to their professional or academic interests,” said Lasha Tchantouridzé, program director for international relations.

With the addition of the international relations program and the four concentrations, Norwich has expanded its graduate offerings to 10 programs and a total of 38 areas of specialization across those programs.

In 2014, Forbes.com ranked international relations as the No. 5 best “Master’s Degree for Jobs.” According to Forbes.com, mid-career professionals working in the international relations field earn a median salary of $97,500. Careers associated with this degree are projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022.

With coursework completed entirely online through Norwich’s flexible learning platform, the international relations program has four start dates throughout the year (January, March, May and September), allowing students to begin the program when it is most convenient for them. The final academic requirement for the international relations program, and all other graduate programs, is a week-long residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings.

For more information about the international relations program, please visit www.online.norwich.edu/mir.˜˜˜

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

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 196 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University announces new academic major in neuroscience

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

December 14, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University officials announced that beginning Fall 2016 the university will offer a new major of academic study, a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.

A field that is interdisciplinary in nature, the Neuroscience program will expose students to a rapidly growing field at the intersection of Biology and Psychology, while also providing students a firm background in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Neuroscience graduates will draw knowledge from a variety of specialties, effectively mastering the human nervous system from cellular, molecular, biochemical, cognitive and behavioral perspectives.

“Educating students about the human nervous system in health and disease will prepare them for managing the public health challenges of our global population,” Assistant Professor of Biology Megan Doczi says.

The director of the neuroscience program, Doczi conducts research into the developmental regulation of potassium ion channels in avian hypothalamic neurons, funded by the Vermont Genetics Network.

When asked why students should study neuroscience, Doczi said: “I think that unknown component of the nervous system and the brain, in particular, is what draws me to the discipline. And I hope I communicate that enthusiasm to my students as well. I just love when they ask questions that I can’t answer. Because nobody can answer some of the questions that they’re asking, and those are the questions that need to be asked.”

The new major will be housed in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Read more about Doczi and her thoughts on neuroscience here.

˜˜˜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. 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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Professor of English Sean Prentiss wins National Outdoor Book Award

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

December 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. –Norwich University Professor of English Sean Prentiss’ book, “Finding Abbey” has won the National Outdoor Book Award in the history/biography category.

“Finding Abbey” is part-memoir, part-biography and centers on a two-year search for environmental writer Edward Abbey’s hidden desert grave.

“It’s a unique and clever approach to a biographical work,” said Ron Watters, the chair of the National Outdoor Book Awards.  “Prentiss, in his attempt to find the grave, travels from Edward Abbey’s birthplace in Pennsylvania to the empty spaces of the desert Southwest.  Along the way, we learn about Abbey – and Prentiss.”

In response to winning the award, Prentiss said: “The most exciting thing for me is the whole book is about Edward Abbey, who he was and his ideas, and to win the award is great because I think Abbey’s voice needs to still be out there today as both a writer and as an environmentalist. So, hopefully this award keeps bringing recognition to Abbey and allows us to keep considering his beauty on the page but also his powerful ideas especially in these changing environmental times.”

Read more about Prentiss and his process of writing “Finding Abbey,” here.˜˜˜

 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. 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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu 

 

 

Norwich Will Host Vermont FIRST LEGO League Championship

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Updated November 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the inaugural FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Vermont State Championship on Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House. This is the third year in a row that Norwich is hosting a FLL event—previous events served as regional qualifiers.

Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to inspire children in science and technology through the use of robotics. Open to 9 to 14-year-old students around the world, teams are tasked with researching a real-world scientific issue and designing and building an original robot.

Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies, student teams showcase the results of weeks of intense preparation as they deploy their robots to complete thematic challenges in autonomous robot matches. Teams connect with their local and global communities by using critical thinking, creativity, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM ) concepts to create and present innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

This year’s challenge is based on the theme “TRASH TREK,” which spurs teams to explore the world of trash from multiple facets, including collection, sorting and reuse.

The Norwich event on Nov. 15 marks the beginning of an independent FLL region in the state of Vermont. With 30 teams of up to 10 students each, along with coaches and parents, there will be much to see throughout the day, and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Opening and closing ceremonies, as well as robot matches, take place at Shapiro Field House. Event highlights include team presentations to judges on their robot design choices and on their innovative solution to a trash-themed community problem. Teams also complete challenges during the event to demonstrate their ability to work as a group—an important component of the competition.

While the robots often attract the most attention, a key aspect of the FLL program is its “Core Values” which, according to its website, “are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.”

After teams check-in, FIRST President Don Bossi will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

Team presentations begin at 9:40 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Robot matches begin at noon and run throughout the remainder of the event. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony around 4:15 p.m. Throughout the day spectators are welcome to visit the on-campus Sullivan Museum & History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate; watch a NAO humanoid robot demonstration (pictured above); see demos from high school robotics teams (FRC and FTC), or tour Norwich’s 3D printing manufacturing lab.

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. 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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu 

 

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art to host design innovator Eli Gould

Office of Communications

Nov. 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art continues its 2015-16 Lecture Series with local architect Eli Gould, founder of design firm Ironwood Brand.

Gould will speak this coming Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery about his career as an architect and the innovations his firm brings to projects in the building industry.

Gould founded his firm Ironwood Brand in 1994 as a “Timber/Mill/Design/Build” firm. Based in Brattleboro, Vt., it offers custom prefab and installation of sophisticated timber designs. Ironwood Brand has designed and built some of the highest performing buildings in Vermont and is consistently sought after for unique design practice in challenging situations.

Gould’s firm is also developing three new companies specializing in advanced forestry and larger scale/lower cost prefabricated housing.

A licensed architect and graduate of Yale University, Gould began his career of high performance design practice at leading green-design firm William Maclay Architects in 2000. Gould went on to be involved in major projects, such as the Open_1 Prototype with MIT and Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center (CMRC), and was involved in the startup of Charpentes Montmorency, a timber frame manufacturing company for high-end design.

The NU School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

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

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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

New York Times Best-Selling Author Alex Kershaw to Write Norwich University History Book

Portrait of author Alex Kershaw
NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 26, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw will document the legacy of Norwich University and its alumni in an authoritative history to commemorate the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

A graduate of Oxford University, Kershaw is the author of nine books, including the New York Times best-sellers “The Bedford Boys,” “The Longest Winter” and “Avenue of Spies,” and biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa.

Kershaw’s history will feature the lives and times of the Norwich people who have defined American and world history. The book will be published by Norwich and is slated for release in time for Homecoming 2018. Spanning the university’s founding in 1819 to the present day, the deeply-researched and documented history will feature Kershaw’s trademark compelling narrative style interwoven with photos, illustrations, and timelines.

An honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division of the Virginia Army National Guard, Kershaw said he was drawn to the unique story of Norwich University shaped by its people and many ‘firsts’.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with very creative people in telling a wonderfully dramatic and important story,” Kershaw said.

The book will be published in various formats: in addition to hardcover and softcover editions, several hundred commemorative copies will be offered for sale.

Drawing upon Norwich University’s extensive archives and museum collection, Kershaw will engage students in the research process in the spirit of university founder Captain Alden Partridge’s passion for experiential learning.

“The book will be seen as a significant source of Norwich’s history, and a ‘must read’ by current and future generations of Norwich students, alumni and friends,” Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider said.

Kershaw lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son.

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. 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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Cadets to March 50 Miles for Veterans’ Fundraiser

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Fifty Norwich University cadets will march 50 miles to raise funds for the Veterans’ Place, Inc., a Northfield transition home and support center for homeless veterans.

The three-day march will take cadets from the Norwich, Vt., site of the original Norwich University campus, to its current home of Northfield through scenic Vermont villages and over many ridges.

En route cadets will honor university founder Captain Alden Partridge, an early proponent of experiential learning, and discuss engineering, public policy, history and other topics with faculty leaders.

Senior Cadet Jessica Gnacke, of Westland, Mich., is this year’s student leader. She said the sense of camaraderie, the mission to support veterans in need and meeting members of the community along the way have all inspired her to participate every year.

“You’re doing it not just to learn more about the school and to meet new people and to go on this adventure, but you’re raising money for a great cause,” she said.

The sixth annual Legacy March will begin in Norwich, Vt. on Thursday, Nov. 5. Marchers will fuel up with a send-off breakfast provided by the Norwich University Alumni Upper Valley Club at the Norwich Congregational Church. Students will arrive at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. after three days on Saturday, Nov. 7. There they will deliver the game ball to the referee for the final Norwich varsity home football game of the regular season and present a ceremonial check to representatives of the Veterans’ Place.

Marchers will receive educational instruction by Norwich faculty and staff pertaining to local and regional history, engineering and geology.

The march re-creates 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 Norwich University’s historian, Dana Professor of History Gary Lord. Lord will discuss Partridge’s home and grave and early Norwich history. The cadets will detour to the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vt., to learn about the Land Grant College Act and its roots in Norwich founder Capt. Alden Partridge’s philosophy.

Students will stop at the U.S. Army Sergeant Carlton Clarke Memorial at the iron bridge in Sharon, Vt., where they will clean and prepare the memorial for the winter. Later, marchers will receive a lecture about the Norwich University cavalry by Sullivan Museum & History Center Director Sarah Henrich, who will join marching students while riding on horseback.

The march will also take participants past the floating bridge in Brookfield, Vt., where they will hear a presentation by Dana Professor of Civil Engineering Greg White. Marchers will also learn about Vermont State Parks at a break outside Allis State Park in Brookfield.

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. 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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu