The ties that bind…

Capt. Pete Beamer, '08, center with fellow Norwich grads 1st Lt. Caleb Fournier (left) and 2nd Lt. Robert Gendron (right) in Mannheim, Germany.

Capt. Pete Beamer, ’08, center with fellow Norwich grads 1st Lt. Caleb Fournier (left) and 2nd Lt. Robert
Gendron (right) in Mannheim, Germany.

  When members of the Norwich Corps graduate and leave college life behind to join the military, they connect to a new world where there are unanticipated ties and meetings with many Norwich alumni.
  That’s the case with Capt. Pete Beamer, ’08, of A Battery 1-41, 3rd infantry division in Rhine Germany, who has discovered to his pleasure that two Norwich grads are in his battery.
First Lt. Caleb Fournier (left), is a 2013 grad and 2nd platoon leader, and 2nd Lt. Robert Gendron (right), who graduated in 2014, is 1st Platoon’s fire direction officer.
  In the photo he sent us above, here’s what he had to say: “Pictured, we’re in Manheim, Germany at the completion of our 2nd tour in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR) turning in our M109A6 Paladins (self-propelled artillery) as part of the European Activity Set. During our whirlwind tour of Europe, the battery fired hundreds of rounds in support of our supported maneuver units from 1ABCT, 3ID and our NATO allies in Germany, Poland, Latvia, and Estonia.
  In Latvia, 2PLT was the first self propelled artillery to fire in that country; and in Estonia 1PLT was the first American artillery unit of any type (and the first self-propelled guns since
the Soviet occupation) to fire in that country.

The mission he explained, was as follows: “The United States is demonstrating its continued committment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO

allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.”
All of which goes to demonstrate what Corps alumni know well, that graduation from Norwich is a beginning, not the end, of a lifetime of connection to the school.

Ritual holiday dinners bring smiles to students and cadets as semester ends

Third Company gathers as a group at the Christmas Holiday dinner at Wise Center Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Third Company gathers as a festive group at the Christmas Holiday dinner at Wise Center Tuesday, Dec. 15.

In celebration of the holiday season, students indulge in themed style dinners at the Wise Campus Center (WCC) and cadets renew bonds they forged back when they were rooks. “It’s a time of the year students plan to eat together with friends and platoon members before everyone heads home for break,” according to Samel DeLong, 21, the Regimental Executive Officer (XO).

DeLong, 21, a senior criminal justice major from Barnstable, Mass., added that, “having a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is very valuable, because it offers a time for students to bond over a fun-filled meal”.

When the dates are set for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, students begin planning for the event. “For those of us in the Corps, platoon members schedule a time a place to meet up to march down to the WCC,” said Francisco Martinez, 22, a senior criminal justice major from Aurora, Ill.
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‘Semper Paratus’ society revives U.S. Coast Guard as military training unit at Norwich

After a period of limited club activities that amounted to little more than briefings and kind of a book club on the United States Coast Guard, Semper Paratus has been revived and brought back to Norwich as a specialty unit with a tough training requirement.

The new status is due to the efforts of Joseph Vallo, a junior geology major from Toms River, N.J., who now serves as the commanding officer of Semper Paratus (Latin for “Always Ready” and  the official motto of the Coast Guard and the title of the official Coast Guard marching song.)

After making the decision to come to Norwich, Vallo was excited to join Semper Paratus from what he had heard about it. However, his excitement was dampened after arriving when he learned that the club had diminished years before due to a lack of interest.

“No one was really interested because it was just an information dump. It was like ‘here’s all this information. Come back if you want to’,” he said. [Read more…]

After 6-4 season that ended with disappointing playoff loss, football team is already training for next year

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Cadet’s hockey will kick off new year with a tournament featuring unfamiliar opponents

The Norwich Men’s Hockey team will be taking on some top-ranked teams to kick off the new year in the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament this January.

“Its fun to bring in different teams and play someone different,” said head coach Mike McShane.

The two-day tournament Jan. 2-3 features Norwich, Trinity College, Manhattanville, and Wesleyan. Trinity is number three in their league and could cause some trouble for the cadets, but their coach said they’ll prepare like always. “We just focus on the job at hand,” said McShane. “If you get too far ahead of yourself you end up getting it handed to you.” [Read more…]

Norwich’s Shaw Outdoor Center boosts its activities, adds ‘Fat Bikes” for winter use

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O'Neil shows off the new "Fat Bikes" at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O'Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O’Neil shows off the new “Fat Bikes” at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O’Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Feeling that the Shaw Outdoor Center is underused and more students could benefit from its programs, the center’s manager is introducing several new and improved outdoor activities, as well as boosting efforts to attract visitors.

“Nowhere near enough people know about the Shaw Outdoor Center. We’re working with the (Norwich) Office of Communications right now in an effort to get the word out about our existence and to establish tools to communicate with the student body easily and effectively on a regular basis,” said Collin O’Neil.

O’Neil, who has a background in recreational activities, including previous ownership of a rock climbing gym, came on board this year to run the center. He said there are many new features, one of which is the addition of wide-tire mountain bikes, called Fat Bikes, that will now be available for use and riding on snow. The center also has snowshoes, skis and offers disc golf. [Read more…]

Army cutbacks may mean less bang for Norwich Artillery Battery

 

Members of the Norwich Artillery Battery train for their live fire exercises.

Members of the Norwich Artillery Battery train for their live fire exercises.                                                                         Photo by Mark Collier

Cadets in the Norwich Artillery Battery (NAB) provide the school with energy and enthusiasm at sporting events when the cannon fires. But a severe cutback in rounds they can fire is threatening to curtail their activities.

“We are at many events such as the football games, parades, and (operate the) salute gun every morning and evening; we put on St. Barbara’s Day, Junior ring, commencement, and commissioning,” said Catie Castonguay, 21, a senior psychology major from Jay, Maine, the Norwich Artillery Battery commander. [Read more…]

For cross-country coach Nick Cooper, another top honor and successful season

This year coach Nick Cooper led the men’s cross country team to the Great Northeast Conference Championship (GNAC) and he was awarded GNAC Coach of the Year honors two years in a row.

“Coach Cooper is an excellent cross country coach, understands how to prepare his athletes for competition,” said Anthony Mariano, Norwich University’s Athletic Director. “He has the respect of not only his athletes but all of the coaches at Norwich.”

But his accomplishments and recognition this year were almost not to be.

After five years of coaching at Norwich, Coach Cooper had decided last summer “to leave and take another position” to further his law career, said Mariano. It was not a choice he made easily. [Read more…]

White Chapel’s mysterious midnight musician, veteran and pastor Mike Rake

GuitarWith eyes closed, and body rocking to the music, Mike Rake’s fingers danced across the fretboard of his guitar with what seemed like a mind of their own. It was 12:30 a.m. on a quiet Friday night and the chords of his six string bounced off the pews of an empty White Chapel.

Often playing for an audience of one, Rake has spent many nights this way for the past ten years, filling the chapel with music. From smooth country melodies to folk and blue-grass grooves, Rake plays it all, even adding a subtle vocal harmony from time to time.

It has been a long, winding road that has brought Rake to his place of musical solitude at Norwich. His darkened fingertips and chiseled hands are testament to years of hard work.

“I’m a hard-working guy,” Rake commented, “a working-man.” [Read more…]

Cadet hockey has some key injuries, hoping to get healthy as Christmas break approaches

Sophomore forward Kevin Salvucci makes a move with the puck. The Cadets have struggled through a rash of injuries but still own a 7-4 record before the Christmas break.

Sophomore forward Kevin Salvucci makes a move with the puck. The Cadets have struggled through a rash of injuries but still own a 7-4 record before the Christmas break.

The Norwich University men’s ice hockey team  battled its way to its third 5-0 start in its last three seasons, but it hasn’t come easy. Injuries have proven to be a problem for the Cadets in their young season.

“It’s obviously not easy or ideal losing key guys early in the season, but that only means other guys need to step up,” said Austin Surowiec, 22, who plays forward for the team and is a junior business management major from Louisville, Ky. “I think it’s a real testament to our depth that we’ve been able to start the way we have.”

The Cadets have seen seven players fall victim to injury so far this season, ranging from a torn MCL to a concussion, The first five games have all been tight scoring affairs, with four out of the first five games being separated by two goals or less. Still, the team has found ways to win hockey games despite having a shortened roster. The last two weeks have been tough with the team hitting a three game losing streak and now standing at 7-4. [Read more…]