Norwich University to Celebrate 100 Years of ROTC

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 20, 2016

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – On Thursday, April 21, Norwich University will kick off a celebration and symposium marking 100 years of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

As the birthplace of ROTC, Norwich University will celebrate ROTC’s centennial anniversary with the “ROTC Centennial Symposium: Preparing the Next Generation Leaders in a Complex World” April 21-23, 2016.

The symposium kicks off on Thursday, April 21, at the Vermont Statehouse with a morning event and reading of a State of Vermont proclamation by Governor Peter Shumlin marking the milestone. That evening U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley will deliver a keynote Todd Lecture at 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 22, a number of other high ranking military and business leaders will engage in classroom conversations and roundtable discussions.  An afternoon panel discussion will address “Preparing for the Next Century of ROTC,” which will be moderated by Tom Bowman, Pentagon Reporter for National Public Radio. Friday evening, the symposium concludes with a keynote by Lt. General H.R. McMaster, a leading military futurist.

On Saturday, April 23, Norwich will participate in the world-wide synchronized 5K fun run, in partnership with JROTC, which aims to set a Guinness World Record ® for participation; post race festivities include a barbeque and awards.

For the full schedule and to register, go to:


The below events are either open to the public (*), being livestreamed (**) or not open to the public, but arrangements could be made for you to cover it (#).

 Thursday, April 21

10 a.m.

*State of Vermont Proclamation, Vermont Senate Chamber

State House, Montpelier

7 p.m.

**Keynote speaker: General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
Unveiling of ROTC centennial commemorative plaque
Presented by the 
Todd Lecture Series

Kreitzberg Arena

Friday, April 22

8:00-11:30 am     

#Classroom conversations

Various classrooms
Distinguished visitors and subject experts will participate in more than 40 academic and ROTC classes as presenters and discussion members. Guests will share their expertise and perspectives within the context of the individual course and connect their experience to the futuristic goals of the overall symposium. Some classroom sessions will be webcast. Student scribes will record the discussions and provide an out report to the panelists and moderator prior to the afternoon’s panel discussion. Courses include: literature & composition; Spanish and French; history; public speaking; oceanography, geology and hydrogeology; engineering, criminal justice and cyber security as well as military sciences in Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC.

12:00 pm

#ROTC Centennial Cake Cutting

Milano Ballroom

3:30-5:00 pm


**Panel discussion: Preparing for the Next Century of ROTC
Underwritten by the Olmsted Foundation

Kreitzberg Arena

7:00 pm

**Lecture with special guest speaker: Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster,
Deputy Commanding General, Futures/Director, ARCIC

Plumley Armory

Saturday, April 23

11:00 am

*World-wide synchronized 5k Fun Run, in partnership with JROTC

Shapiro Field House
Presented in conjunction with JROTC’s effort to set the Guinness World Record® for participation. Post-race bar-b-que and awards.


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).

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