Norwich University to Host Over 500 Online Students for Residency Conference, Celebrates 20 Years


June 11, 2018

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) will host its annual Residency Conference June 18-22. The week represents the culmination of CGCS students’ experiences in online learning, with over 505 individuals gathering on the Northfield, Vt., campus to partake in presentations, academic conferences, networking events and commencement exercises.

The theme of this year’s residency conference, “Build on the Past; Lead into the Future,” serves as a complement to the university’s Year of Legacy—a celebration highlighting Norwich’s history of innovation and achievement as its 2019 bicentennial approaches. In keeping with these themes, the residency conference will feature a number of programmatic and interdisciplinary sessions, as well as experiential learning activities, the likes of which typify Norwich’s commitment to exploring new frontiers.

Students in the business administration program will have the opportunity to apply concepts derived from coursework to hands-on experience working with Vermont Village, a quickly-expanding local cannery that specializes in Vermont grown, organic products such as vinegars, sauces and butters. Students will concentrate on areas such as project and resource management, marketing, leadership, operations and finance as they help Vermont Village identify obstacles to operational growth and prosperity. Additional exercises in forensics and cyber security will allow students in public administration, criminal justice, and information security and assurance to test their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

The 2018 Residency Conference will also feature the 6th Annual Leadership Summit, offered by the Norwich University Leadership and Change Institute (LCI). The Leadership Summit empowers multi-disciplinary groups of students to help organizations address internal leadership challenges. Similar events include the Cyber Security Summit—which brings together luminaries in the fields of business, information security and assurance, and public administration to discuss the challenges relative to the rapid evolution of cyber security—and the ALARA World Congress. ALARA—the Action Learning, Action Research Association—is a global organization committed to the principles of collaborative learning and transformational leadership in service to a more equitable international society.

In disciplines such as international relations, history, civil engineering, diplomacy and nursing, students will present research and capstone projects that demonstrate the apogee of their academic experiences at Norwich; students in diplomacy and international relations also participate in comprehensive case studies relevant to their fields.

Entrepreneur, magician and motivational speaker Vinh Giang will deliver the keynote presentation. Giang’s presentations combine cutting-edge business insight with dazzling displays of magic to create his signature brand of performance-enhanced communication—a valuable tool that has helped thousands transform their personal and professional lives.

Giang will deliver his address Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory on the Norwich campus as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that brings distinguished speakers to campus to participate in rigorous philosophic and academic dialogue with the community. This event is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed on the Todd Lecture Series website.

While Norwich’s Year of Legacy serves as a celebration of the university’s traditions and successes, the theme carries special significance for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies—now in its 20th year of operation. Having endured significant technological changes and shifts in academic thought and practice, CGCS is proud to bring Captain Alden Partridge’s pioneering spirit and vision for service-driven leadership to cyberspace in order to reach a broader audience of adult learners. The 2018 Residency Conference boasts some impressive figures:

  • 505 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and nine countries across five continents.
  • 51% of the graduating class has served or is currently serving in the military.
  • An additional 112 guests will gather on campus during Residency.
  • 51 faculty members will participate.
  • 60 students will receive their second degree from Norwich University.
  • 142 unique academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene during the week.

Comprised of working professionals from all walks of life and myriad industries, the 2018 graduating class will become part of a legacy of leadership, service and experiential learning that has lasted nearly 200 years. The Class of 2018 graduates include active duty and veteran military personnel, CEOs, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers and special agents, entrepreneurs, and educators.

Norwich University is a nationally recognized leader in online graduate and undergraduate education. Often touted by CGCS graduates as a highlight of their Norwich experience, the Residency Conference is unique among online programs for creating esprit de corps amongst students while allowing them to fully synthesize the knowledge gained during their education.

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) 

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

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s nearly 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention.

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