Norwich Student Veterans Council Raises $3,600, Donates to Northfield Veterans’ Place

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 5, 2017

The Norwich University Student Veterans’ Council raised $3,600 from its inaugural Military Appreciation Events, and will donate it to The Veterans’ Place, Inc., a transitional housing program located in Northfield, Vt.

Norwich students will present the funds to the veterans on Tuesday, May 9, at an informal ceremony held at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans’ Place house, located at 220 Vine Street. Norwich University has a long history of supporting its local program for homeless veterans whether through its annual Legacy March or through the Norwich University Center for Civic Engagement.

Last month Norwich University hosted events designed specifically for those serving in the military and their families and to raise money to support local veterans.

“The Veterans’ Place cannot express our appreciation enough for the Norwich University community’s generosity,” Karen Boyce administrative manager of The Veterans’ Place said. “It is not only thoughtful, but also goes a long way in helping us to achieve our goals to provide both secure and sober housing and supportive services to our veterans.”

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. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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Norwich to hold 21st annual military writers’ symposium

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 23, 2016

Norwich University will host the 2016 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, April 6-7

The only program of its kind at an American university, this distinctive event brings together some of the most influential writers on current affairs and military history. Authors gather for a two-day residency on the campus of the country’s oldest private military college to share their work and debate past and current affairs and military issues.

A series of presentations, a book signing, and the panel take place over two days. Many events are free and open to the public. See the full schedule here.

This year’s theme is “Going to War: The Cost to Families, Communities, and Nation.”

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public and will be aired live in central Vermont on WNUB 88.3 FM, is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, from 1-3 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Karl Marlantes, author of “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” a New York Times bestseller, and “What It Is Like To Go To War.”
  • Documentary filmmaker Benjamin Patton, executive director of the Patton Veterans Project and I WAS THERE Film workshops, and author of “Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom.”
  • Jason Redman, founder and spokesperson of the nonprofit Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear, and author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.”
  • Kirsten Holmstedt, expert on women in combat and author of “The Girls Come Marching Home” and “Band of Sisters.”
  • Jon Coffin, retired U.S. Army Colonel with 49 years of military service. COL Coffin spent most of the recent wars on active duty traveling to demobilization sites and meeting and debriefing soldiers and units returning from Theater of Operations.

Other symposium participants include the winner of the 2016 Colby Award Nisid Hajari, Asia editor for Bloomberg View and author of “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.” The book was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by National Public Radio, Quartz, the Daily Beast, Amazon, the Seattle Times and Shelf Awareness. Listen to a podcast interview Hajari gave to Norwich’s Peace & War Center here.

Founded in 1996 by Carlo D´Este and W.E.B. Griffin, the Colby Symposium has brought more than 100 authors, journalists, and filmmakers to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

“The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium aims to expose students, faculty, and the public to the works and views of authors, historians and national figures, to educate, enlighten, and inspire. Participants come to Norwich hoping to make a difference in the lives of our students through their interaction in lectures, social functions and lively in-class sessions. They also come to further the debate on current issues,” said D’Este.

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. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. 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 Writers Series to Host Iraq War Vet, Memoirist Kayla Williams

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated April 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University Writers Series continues with Iraq War veteran and memoirist, Kayla Williams, author of “Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love & Recovery in the Aftermath of War” (2014) and “Love My Rifle More than You: Young & Female in the U.S. Army” (2006). Williams will read on Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Williams has appeared in numerous media interviews including this radio piece on PRI’s The World from February 2014, and including an appearance on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show during a segment dealing with claim backlog at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Williams enlisted in the U.S. Army as an interpreter in 2000. She served as a sergeant and Arabic linguist in a military intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for five years. During that time, she spent a year deployed in Iraq and Kuwait during the buildup to and ultimate invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams served at the forefront of troops’ interaction with Iraqis while navigating the challenges of being part of the 15 percent female minority enlisted in the Army.

“Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army” is a memoir about Williams’ experiences negotiating the changing demands on today’s military. “Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War” details Williams’ marriage to Brian McGough, who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The book explores the effects of traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Williams is a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, Truman National Security Project Fellow, and member of the Army Education Advisory Committee, and a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. She currently lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband.

The Norwich Writers Series event is presented by the university’s Center for Peace and War, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English & Communications. All events in this series are free and open to the public. Williams’ memoir will be on sale at the event. A book signing will follow the reading.

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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