Norwich University Names Top Corps Leader for Upcoming Academic Year

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University President Richard Schneider and Commandant of Cadets Col. Russell Holden are pleased to announce that Alex Breindel, of Goldsboro, N.C., has been selected to serve as the 2015-16 Regimental Commander, the highest-ranking cadet of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets (NUCC).

Breindel, (pictured here with GEN Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) ’59, chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees) is a 2012 graduate of Wayne Early Middle College High School. At Norwich, he is a Mathematics major, a perennial Dean’s List student and contracted to earn a commission in the U.S. Air Force following graduation next May. He is also the cadet senior enlisted advisor in 3rd Battalion.

Among other activities, Breindel is involved in the Class of 2016 Junior Ring Committee, Maroon and Gold Key Club and the Center for Civic Engagement.

“Alex has excelled at every level during his first three years in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets,” said President Richard W. Schneider. “He is an exceptional leader, critical thinker and problem solver.  Alex is the perfect choice to command the Corps of Cadets next year.”

Breindel will be formally promoted, along with next year’s cadet officers and NCOs during a Corps of Cadets Review with Change of Command Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 1 p.m. on the Upper Parade Ground.

“I am very humbled to be appointed the next Cadet Colonel,” Breindel said. “I have come a long way through many challenges and have met a lot of great people along the way. With every passing day there is not a decision I make I would not be comfortable telling my mom. As I take command of the regiment it will be the people in my life that I thank and remember.”

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    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Norwich University
802.485.2886, (m) 595.3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Nets $125K Grant to Support Tech Upgrades During $6.5M Library Renovation

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has received a $125,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to support technology upgrades during the renovation of Kreitzberg Library.

Ground was broken on the $6.5 million library renovation last December. The project will add new workstations, group-study and collaborative-learning areas, a café and social gathering place, and significant technology upgrades. Improvements include a ten-fold increase in data speeds and capacity and a digital media commons, all to engage active learning. Students will be able to gather to study, exchange ideas, and socialize in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The renovations will also expand the Academic Achievement Center and increase space for university counseling services and are slated to be completed before the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Kreitzberg Library was constructed 22 years ago at a time when campus libraries were designed to be “cathedrals of the book.” In a sign of how rapidly the computer and information age has transformed higher education and society, campus libraries on the leading edge today are designed to be “cathedrals of learning.” The Kreitzberg Library renovation puts the Norwich campus library squarely in the latter category.

The Kreitzberg Library renovation is part of a broader campus transformation tied to Norwich’s $100M comprehensive campaign in the lead-up to the university’s bicentennial in 2019. Initiatives include a $24M new academic building and $28M in renovations to existing academic buildings.

About the George I. Alden Trust

George I. Alden established the George I. Alden Trust on August 24, 1912. The Trust was established for the general purpose of “the maintenance of some charitable or philanthropic enterprises” with particular expressed interest in “the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions.” The Trustees focus their grant making on capital needs and support institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration.

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    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
802.485.2886, (m) 595.3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Students Make Colorful Splash at Hindu Holi Festival

Students at Norwich University throw colored powered to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors and love. The March 19, 2015 event was organized by the NU Intercultural Student Organization as a fundraiser. Photographs by Mark Collier, Norwich University Office of Communications

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Norwich Students Climb Mountains, In and Out of Classroom

February 12, 2015

Taking advantage of the abundant snow and ice this winter, eight Norwich students recently tried their hand at ice-climbing in Bolton Quarry in nearby Bolton Valley, Vermont. Ice climbing guide Josh Bossin (pictured in blue) led the outing for the first-time climbers. The day-long event was sponsored by the Norwich University College Activities Board through the university’s Shaw Outdoor Center. The event was the latest in an ongoing series of programs designed to expose students to new outdoor activities or build on existing climbing and cold weather survival skills.

Text and photograph by Mark Collier, Norwich University Office of Communications

At Nursing Home Ball, Young and Old Share A Gentle Twirl

A Norwich University Cadet shares a gentle twirl with a resident of the Mayo Nursing Home in Northfield, Vermont. Each year male and female cadets from the nation’s oldest private military college organize the Mayo Ball, a formal dance for residents of the nursing home. Photograph by Mark Collier, Norwich University Office of Communications.