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.    

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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    

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Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886; (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu
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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
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Norwich University Officially Opens $6.8M Newly Renovated Kreitzberg Library

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Norwich University representatives gathered with building contractors and partners to celebrate the official opening of the campus’s newly renovated Kreitzberg Library today. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting event was held to mark the occasion.

The $6.8 million renovation is the first completed project under the Forging the Future campaign. Announced at Homecoming in 2014, the university’s largest comprehensive fundraising effort aims to raise $100 million in the five years leading up to the university’s bicentennial in 2019. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $68 million.

“This campaign is all about improving academics, so what better place to start than the library – a place used by the entire Norwich community,” President Richard W. Schneider said. “Its impact on students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community of Northfield will be enormous.”

At the Sept. 1 event, the Norwich community was introduced to its newly transformed library and its many major enhancements, including new workstations, group-study and collaborative-learning areas, new technology-enabled classrooms and a café.

Additional improvements include two new conference rooms, and a 77% increase in the number of seats, from 249 to 440. The new library also boasts a 10-fold increase in data speeds and capacity and state of the art collaborative tools, thanks in part to a $125,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust given to support technology upgrades.

The library is named for principal donors Barbara and Fred Kreitzberg ’57, who were unable to attend the event, but who sent in a statement.

“Barbara and I have loved this library since its dedication in 1992,” Fred Kreitzberg ’57, said. “We know that students have enjoyed using this library and hope that with the new renovations it will be even better-suited for our technologically advanced students.”

Construction began Dec. 17, 2014, with approximately 40 Vermonters working on site on an average day. At times that figure climbed to 60. The construction was primarily completed by Vermont firms employing Vermont workers, including EF Wall, Bates & Murray Electrical, Vermont Mechanical and Red Thread.

Demonstrating Norwich’s commitment to sustainability, the vast majority of installed lighting use LED bulbs, subsidized by Efficiency Vermont, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90%. In addition, air handling units were upgraded, low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint was used, and virtually all construction debris was recycled.

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
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Norwich University Celebrates $6.8M Kreitzberg Library Renovation

Upgrades include state-of-the-art technology and enhanced energy efficiency.
Norwich University Office of Communications

August 31, 2015

Norwich University representatives will gather with building contractors and partners to mark the official opening of the campus’s newly renovated Kreitzberg Library on Tuesday, Sept. 1. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting event will be held at 3:15 p.m. inside the library foyer to celebrate the occasion, followed by guided tours of the new facility.

The $6.8 million renovation is the first completed project under the Forging the Future campaign. Announced at Homecoming in 2014, the university’s largest comprehensive fundraising effort aims to raise $100 million in the five years leading up to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

A state-of-the-art library when it was built 23 years ago, Kreitzberg Library serves as the main student and faculty library on the Norwich campus. The library is named for principal donors Barbara and Fred Kreitzberg ’57. The original library was completed in 1993 at a cost of $8.1 million.

Computer and information technology has radically changed modern university libraries in the years since, transforming libraries from cathedrals of the book to cathedrals of learning.

The new renovations place Kreitzberg Library at the forefront of the latter category.

“Barbara and I have loved this library since its dedication in 1992,” Fred Kreitzberg ’57 said. “We know that students have enjoyed using this library and hope that with the new renovations it will be even better-suited for our technologically advanced students.”

While celebrating at the Sept. 1 event, the Norwich community will tour the library’s major enhancements, including new workstations, group-study and collaborative-learning areas, new technology-enabled classrooms and a café.

Additional improvements include two new conference rooms, and a 77% increase in the number of seats, from 249 to 440. The new library also boasts a 10-fold increase in data speeds and capacity and state of the art collaborative tools, thanks in part to a $125,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to support technology upgrades.

Construction began Dec. 17, 2014, with approximately 40 Vermonters working on site on an average day. At times that figure climbed to 60. The construction was primarily completed by Vermont firms employing Vermont workers, including EF Wall, Bates & Murray Electrical, Vermont Mechanical and Red Thread.

Demonstrating Norwich’s commitment to sustainability, the vast majority of installed lighting use LED bulbs, subsidized by Efficiency Vermont, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90%. In addition, air handling units were upgraded, low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint was used, and virtually all construction debris was recycled.

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’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 welcomes high school students to GenCyber cybersecurity camp

Today, Norwich University kicks-off a week-long pre-college cybersecurity program for 20 high school students called GenCyber@NU. Funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, participants will learn, explore, experiment and apply basic concepts of programming, forensics and cryptography, through a series of gaming, modeling, and simulation activities with peers and faculty mentors in a university setting.

The week-long overnight camp is offered at no cost to the students and includes building a computer for each student to take home. All classes are taught by faculty and alumni of Norwich University’s nationally recognized cybersecurity program.

GenCyber summer camps will be held on 29 university and college campuses in 18 states this year – exposing largely middle and high school students and teachers to subject matter and cyber problem solving that will help prepare them for college coursework. The camps, some of which are overnight, are free for participants.

This is the second year of the program. The goal is to expand GenCyber from the current 43 camps to 200 by 2020.

About GenCyber:

“GenCyber” is a new partnership between the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to help young people learn about cybersecurity and how skills in that area can pay off for them in the future. Educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts is a priority for leaders in both the public and private sectors. Cyber threats are only growing, and improving defenses to better protect the nation is a must in this digital era.While the program, launched in 2014, focuses on raising awareness among students, camps for teachers are also available to help educators build curricula for their own schools.

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 is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education.

Editor’s note: Pictured above, Jake Poretsky, 17, of Northborough, Mass., checks into GenCyber@NU, a weeklong cybersecurity camp held at Vermont’s Norwich University and funded by the NSA and NSF.

Photo credit: Norwich University/Mark Collier

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.”

Norwich University bell concerts kick off July 4

Bring a picnic and a lawn chair to the Upper Parade Ground on the beautiful campus of Norwich University and enjoy free outdoor concerts performed on the Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon.

Concerts will be held rain or shine on five consecutive Saturdays from July 4 to August 1, and all concerts begin at 1 p.m. Following each original, hour-long performance, guests are invited to tour the bell tower and view a demonstration of the instrument.

Programs feature a variety of classical, folk, traditional, and contemporary music arranged specifically for carillon.

The largest musical instrument in the world, the carillon is played with both hands and feet. Notes are played by striking levers stoutly wired to the clappers of a tower’s many bells. Norwich’s carillon, one of only two such instruments in the state of Vermont, comprises 47 bells, the largest of which weighs 3500 pounds.

2015 CARILLON CONCERT SCHEDULE

July 4: George Matthew Jr. (Middlebury College and Norwich University)

July 11: Gordon Slater (Canadian Dominion, carillonneur emeritus)

July 18: John Widmann (Municipal Carillonneur, Frederick, Md.)

July 25: Sergei Gratchev (Belgian Carillon School)

August 1: Elena Sadina (Belgian Carillon School)

Fun facts about carillons:

  • The art of bell-tuning was perfected in northern Belgium in the 15th Norwich’s bells were cast and tuned at foundries in Belgium and France.
  • Every carillon has a name. Norwich’s is called the Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon.
  • To be considered a “true” carillon, the instrument must have at least 23 bells. Norwich’s original carillon had 36 bells, and in 1959 it was expanded to 47.
  • The largest bell in a carillon plays the lowest note and is called the “bourdon.” Norwich’s bourdon is four feet in diameter and weighs 3,500 pounds.

For more information about the concert series, please contact George Matthew at gmatthew@middlebury.edu or 802-247-9873.

Norwich welcomes students in online programs for a capstone week of academic face time

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) welcomes to campus today nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs for its annual residency conference June 15—19.

The students traveling to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus represent all 50 states, including the nation’s capital and Puerto Rico, and six international countries. Here, they will present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

The conference includes a public keynote presentation.

The CGCS residency conference theme this year is “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve,” and includes a keynote presentation by U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman, Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber, Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6/CIO, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

LTG Bowman presents his address Thursday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Plumley Armory on the Norwich campus as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that invites distinguished speakers to campus to engage the academic community in diverse dialogue. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live online.

LTG Bowman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Norwich and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1978. He has served in several joint and operational assignments and has commanded at every level from company to Signal Brigade. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, Pa.

Norwich University is a nationally recognized leader in online graduate and undergraduate education and its residency conference, often cited as a highlight by CGCS graduates, is unique among online programs.

This year, Norwich’s online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program was ranked among the top 10 online programs in the field in a recent report compiled by TheBestSchools.org.

Also this year, Norwich’s online MBA, Project Management concentration was accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the leading professional association worldwide for the project management field.

2015 Residency by the numbers:

  • 575 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and six international countries.
  • An additional 156 guests will gather on campus during residency week.
  • 65 faculty members will participate.
  • Nine master’s programs will be represented: diplomacy, history, military history, business administration, civil engineering, public administration, information security and assurance, leadership, and nursing.
  • Two bachelor’s degree programs will be represented: strategic studies and defense analysis, and criminal justice.
  • 100 students will join four professional honor societies.
  • 160 different academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene.
  • 15 Norwich employees will graduate.

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