Norwich Commencement | The Graduates: Hannah Bell ’16

Photo: Hannah Bell speaks to an unidentified cadet in a Norwich classroom

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Hannah Bell ’16

Hometown: Newberg, OR
Double Major: International Studies + Spanish
Minor: English
Student Path: Civilian

  • Rugby Team Senior Captain
  • Four-time Women’s Rugby Div. I National Champion
  • Three-time Women’s Rugby All-American
  • Academic Achievement Center Peer Tutor
  • Undergraduate Research Ambassador


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What Norwich Taught Me

I am driven person in part because I like to be in control….a lot of life is out of my hands and … I need to be at peace with that. Norwich taught me to time-manage and problem-solve efficiently through leadership opportunities like captaining the rugby team.[/content_band]

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On Academics:

The research I conducted the summer after my sophomore year was my first scholarly experience. I learned so much about process during this time. I also put together a really polished product, which is one of my accomplishments I am most proud of. I was selected to present this research … analyzing prominent, Western women novelists of the 20th century at the selective Posters on the Hill event [in Washington, D.C.]. I spoke with congressmen and their staff about my research and the importance of undergraduate research, which was an amazing experience.

Also, presenting my senior thesis for International Studies was a very proud moment. I discussed immigration policy and border security in Spain, which was a timely topic considering our own political rhetoric and the refugee crisis.[/content_band]

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On Athletics:

The second national championship I won in a Norwich jersey in North Carolina … It was incredible to come from behind in the final and defend out title. We came back from a 12-point [deficit]—winning in the final two minutes. Our team that year was made up of such exceptional players and people and that tournament was so much fun.[/content_band]

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Future Plans:

I will be heading to San Antonio to attend induction for the Teach For America San Antonio Corps. For two years I will be teaching in an under-served elementary school in San Antonio. I grew up in a household committed to social justice. My father is a Presbyterian pastor, and I always planned on … nonprofit work. I have been inspired by many great educators throughout my career and have had so much fun learning. I want to be able to help other kids fall in love with learning like I did. Ten to twenty years from now, I want to be a state prosecutor or a family doctor. I plan on taking the next two years to figure out which path to take.[/content_band]

Men’s Hockey: Pelletier, Thieda Named AHCA All-Americans

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomore forward William Pelletier (St. Jean Chrysostome, Quebec) and senior defenseman Alec Thieda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) were named CCM East Region All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) on Thursday night at the Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship banquet.

Pelletier was named to the First Team and Thieda was named to the Second Team to become the 43rd and 44th All-American selections in the rich 105-year history of the Norwich University men’s ice hockey program.

Pelletier scored 17 goals and netted 27 assists for 44 points in just 24 games played to lead Norwich and rank second in the country in points per game with 1.83 per game.

Pelletier was named the ECAC East Player of the Year, First Team ECAC East and was a three-time league Player of the Week selection. Pelletier led the team with five game-winning goals and tied for the team lead with three power play goals.

Pelletier’s 44 points were the most in a single season by a NU player since Rick Cleaver hit the 50-point mark in 2007-08. His 1.83 points per game ranks among the best averages for a single season in program history.

Thieda had a breakout offensive season, registering three goals and 17 assists for 20 points, which tied for 15th nationally. He joined Pelletier on the ECAC East First Team.

Thieda served as the team captain this season and helped lead Norwich to the No. 1 defense in not only the ECAC East, but also Division III as a whole. The Cadets surrendered just 1.33 goals per game in league play and 1.50 overall. Norwich gave up only 45 goals this season in 30 games. Thieda was one of just five finalists for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born Division II/III player in New England.

The two helped lead Norwich to its 17th straight ECAC East regular season title and 11th ECAC East Tournament title. The Cadets also reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season and 16th time overall in program history.

NU fell one win short of reaching for the Division III Frozen Four, held in Minneapolis, Minn. this weekend after a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Amherst College last Saturday.

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).

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Derek Dunning
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(802) 485-2902

The Business of Baseball: A Summer Intern’s Inside View

Junior business major Taylor Kacur recalls lessons she learned during a summer internship with the Syracuse Chiefs AAA minor league baseball team.
By Taylor Kacur ‘15, Accounting and Management | School of Business & Management

October 22, 2014

Throughout my years at Norwich, I have heard a lot of professors in the School of Business and Management stress the importance of internships and the unique knowledge students gain from such opportunities. During my junior year, I wanted to acquire my own real-world experience. I knew that a summer internship would be an ideal way for me to get a sense of the business world outside a typical college setting. Equipped with ideas on how to find and land internships from the Norwich Career Center, I applied to various internship programs, accepting an offer from the Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball team in Syracuse, N.Y., a AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals near my hometown. I knew little to nothing about baseball and had never considered working in the sports industry before. But luckily Tim McCarver-like knowledge of the game was not a job requirement. So I took on the challenge, recalling the words of Babe Ruth: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

From my perch as an intern, I saw every angle of a corporate sports business in action, working directly with fans at customer service and front desk operations and helping with on-field promotions, social media marketing and event planning. I found that my Norwich School of Business and Management courses, such as Introduction to Marketing, Operations Management and Organizations of Business, really helped prepare me for these tasks. I also glimpsed the finance side of the business from bookkeeping to raffling and was interested to discover how tough a business baseball can be in which to turn a profit. A lot depends on how staff treat customers. The combined efforts of interns like myself and employees helped increase the club’s average attendance this season. My most satisfying experiences as an intern were seeing a full stadium on game day and watching fans of all ages happily enjoy the game with friends and family. One of the key lessons I learned from this internship is to enjoy what you do and with whom you work. I couldn’t imagine not meeting all of the friendly staff and interns that I closely worked with this past summer.

By the end of my summer as a Syracuse Chiefs intern, I learned that private business accounting is a path I could pursue in the future and that I enjoy working in the sports industry. Without this work experience, I may never have considered it as a possible future career. My internship taught me about real-life business operations. It also gave me the experience and tools required to land a different internship this semester in an auditing department.