Ideas @ Work: #22 Todd Lectures

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Since its founding in 2008 by Ellen and John Drew, the Todd Lecture Series has brought national leaders and provocative thinkers to campus for insightful talks on key topics. Past speakers represent a who’s who of military leaders, diplomats, astronauts, architects, engineers, scientists, and authors. Luminaries include General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), genome pioneer Craig Venter, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, and former U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Madeleine Albright. Learn more at tls.norwich.edu.

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Norwich University Commencement: Marine General to Speak at ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Updated May 6, 2015

Norwich University Office of Communications 

 
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony.  Brigadier General Raymond R. Descheneaux ’87, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation (Mobilization), returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 10 at 9 a.m.

Descheneaux will speak about the value of Norwich leadership in its unique setting, which embraces all four ROTC branches plus civilian students.

“The Norwich experience uniquely prepares future officers for joint, coalition, and inter-agency operations in the 21st century,” says Descheneaux.

Descheneaux is currently assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in the Pentagon. He is responsible to the Deputy Commandant for Aviation and assists in procuring, employing, integrating, and sustaining current and future aviation capabilities throughout the Marine Corps.

A career aviator and KC-130 pilot, Descheneaux has served in a wide variety of leadership roles since his days on the “Hill” as a Norwich cadet.  He has served in each echelon of the Marine Corps from a squadron through the Marine Expeditionary Force.  A forward air controller with service at sea, Descheneaux has engaged in the full range of military options from assault support missions in Iraq through humanitarian relief operations in Somalia.  In addition, he has served in joint, combined, NATO and United Nation actions in the Middle East, Far East, Africa and in Europe.

Descheneaux received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University, a master’s degree in business from Columbia College of Missouri, a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Air War College and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.  He has flown 319 combat missions while accumulating over 3,700 military flight hours.

Descheneaux is one of 23 Norwich alumni currently serving the nation as a general officer, admiral, or in the Senior Executive Service.

At the 10 May ceremony, Descheneaux will address approximately 110 students anticipated to commission into four branches of the military. The new officers receive their second lieutenant or ensign bars and their first salutes. The event, which begins at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House, is part of Commencement Weekend and is open to the public.

Here are anticipated commission numbers:

Army: 75
Air Force: 10
Navy: 18
Marine: 7

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

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Smithsonian Aviation Curator to Speak at Norwich about Lincoln Balloon Corps

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 12, 2015 

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, will host Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, for a lunch-and-learn on Wednesday, April 8 at noon in Milano Ballroom, located in Roberts Hall.

Crouch’s presentation, “Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force:  Military Aeronautics in the Civil War,” is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served, and a book-signing will follow.

Abraham Lincoln held a life-long fascination with technology and during the Civil War seldom missed an opportunity to investigate new weapons or innovations. New England balloonist T.S.C. Lowe was able to demonstrate to Lincoln the role that observation balloons might play in providing improved reconnaissance for the Union Army. The President not only encouraged Lowe’s plan to form a Balloon Corps to serve with the Army of the Potomac, but intervened on his behalf when military officials proved less than enthusiastic about the experiment. With the assistance of the President, Lowe was able to create and equip the Balloon Corps, which saw extensive service from 1861 to 1863.

Copies of Crouch’s books “Lighter-Than-Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships,” and “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright,” will be available for sale at the event.

Crouch holds a BA (1962) from Ohio University, an MA (1968) from Miami University and a PhD (1976) from the Ohio State University (all in history) and has been a Smithsonian employee since 1974. He is the author or editor of a number of books and many articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. These include “Eagle Aloft: Two Centuries of the Balloon in America” and “Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age.”

Crouch has also received a number of book awards including a 1989 Christopher Award, a literary prize recognizing “significant artistic achievement in support of the highest values of the human spirit,” for “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright.” His book “Wings: A History of Aviation From Kites to the Space Age” won the AIAA Gardner-Lasser Literature Prize for 2005, an award presented to the best book selected in that year from all books in the field of aerospace history published in the last five years.

For more information, call the Sullivan Museum at (802) 485-2183, or email smhc@norwich.edu.  RSVPs encouraged, but not required.

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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