2018 Legacy March: Something to remember, something to march for

  Fifty miles, 50 marchers, 50 dollars: That’s the short and sweet of what the Legacy March is, according to the professor who has been the advisor for the march during his time here at Norwich.
  Professor Michael Kelley, who teaches engineering, was connected with the Legacy March when it made its comeback nine years ago.
  Professor Kelley was asked to detail this project, because it was a service project put on by the construction management students. It continues as a proud tradition no matter the weather: This year it was a wet slog.
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A hectic blast in Boston

Prof. Yangmo Ku, far right, with the students who had the opportunity to attend the Boston trip. Picture by Angelina Coronado.

For 12 lucky students, a new Norwich program provided a week-long, first-hand introduction to key state and federal agencies – and a chance to line up potential jobs and internships.
Norwich’s Peace and War Center promoted the first annual Boston Policy Week trip, which took the students to the state’s capital, where they established valuable connections with nine different agencies, using a broad range of Norwich alumni as contacts.
“I am really glad to see our students exposed to that kind of environment and to have nice opportunities. They can change their vision or dreams because of these experiences,” said Yangmo Ku, a political science professor and the associate director of the Peace and War Center.
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Men’s club hockey holds ‘Puck Cancer’ t-shirt fundraiser for Vermont’s Camp Takumta

Madhurance Muthukumaraswany and Matthew Dunn manning the fundraising table. Photo courtesy of the men’s club hockey team.

Norwich mens club hockey looks to “make an impact,” off the ice this year by creating a fundraising campaign to raise money for charity according to the club president.
“We’re definitely looking to make an impact on campus and in the community; it’s a goal of ours to be a well-represented team and do the most we can for our community,” said Peter Orlandella, 22, a senior computer security information assurance major from Wayland, Mass.
Orlandella serves as the club’s president, being tasked with organizing a majority of the teams scheduled practices, games and lifts, Orlandella also works hard to get the team as active in fundraising as possible.
“The entire team has tried to do as much as they can fundraising for cancer, we’re going to be starting a local charity for the holiday season as well,” Orlandella said.
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Cadre take different tacks on leadership

Through their experiences, cadre in the Corps of Cadets at Norwich have learned how to use different types of leadership to their advantage.
Interviews with cadre find they may employ different styles at different times and see the benefits of being flexible. Buty ultimately, how they choose to lead often comes down to what they feel comfortable with.
Cadre are the upperclass cadets that have volunteered for the engaged task of training the freshman rooks to meet the qualifying standards it takes to be a member of the Corps of Cadets. It is a cadre’s responsibility to teach, coach and mentor rooks, and they do this through experimentation of leadership styles.
Although there are many different types of leadership styles, most cadre practice one of two main styles while training rooks: transformational leadership, and transactional leadership.
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New supervisor tries to spice up experience at the Partridge Pub

Andrew Thomas (left), Korey Leonard and Connor Guzda at a Pub quiz night trying out new drinks. Picture by Connor Guzda.

There were new drinks galore at Partridge Pub on the Norwich University campus, as the month of October brought “spooky drinks” to the bar and a new manager who wants to spice things up.
Eric Rosa, the new supervisor for the pub at Norwich University, has begun to make his mark on campus with Oktoberfest-like drinks at the school bar. The specials began October and will possibly run through mid-November.
“I wanted to do something special for the month of October,” Rosa said. “I personally, like Halloween, so I kind of found some spooky drinks that were easy to make.” These five new drinks include a 14th Star Brewery Oktoberfest Beer ($6) and four new mixed drinks each costing $5.
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After hard work in off-season and practices, women’s basketball eager to improve record

Junior forward KristieAnn DeSilvio. Picture by Norwich University

New season, new team, and new goals. The Norwich Women’s basketball team began their new season on October 15. Although last season didn’t have the outcome they had hoped for, losing to the Emmanuel College Saints in the quarterfinals of last years’ GNAC tournament and finishing with a 10-16 record, the Cadets women’s basketball team hopes to have a successful season this winter in the GNAC conference.
With the addition of five freshmen and the experience of the 12 veteran ballplayers already on the team, Norwich women’s basketball team is working hard to achieve many of their season goals. While the official start of the season was Oct. 15, the ladies have worked incredibly hard in the off-seasons, both during the summer and fall. The team has used assigned summer workouts, as well as preseason fall pick-up games and lifting programs, to prepare for the schedule ahead and improve results since the end of last season.
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Mens soccer bows out after stellar season

Freshman midfielder Azma Issa looks downfield on the pitch. Picture by Norwich University

The Norwich University men’s soccer team enjoyed a record-breaking regular season after an extremely hot start.
The Cadets had a great season both in the GNAC and out, finishing with a record of 11-3-4, and making it to the semifinals of the GNAC tournament.
Although the team took a hit when last year’s class graduated, the freshman class did an excellent job of filling the spots that were needed.
“Anytime you have a lot of new player’s things are going to be different than the previous year,” Said Adam Pfiefer, the men’s soccer head coach. “I think guys pushed last year to start focusing on their daily jobs and have the focus at each practice and each game at the same levels at all times.”
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Retired Air Force Col. Andy Hird starts new career teaching aviation course at Norwich

Retired Colonel Andy Hird is now teaching a course on aviation. Picture by Amber Reichart.

With over 5,000 flying hours on his shoulders, former Air Force colonel Andy Hird has decided to put his experience at Norwich students’ disposal, introducing an innovative “experimental course,” according to the new professor.
“I learned over the course of three years, that there’s a lot of students here that have their dreams and goals including aviation,” said Co. Hird, special assistant to the provost and flight instructor. “Yet we don’t have any aviation program,” he added.
After retiring from his position as the Air Force colonel, Hird received permission from the provost to teach an experimental course called “Aviation Ground School.”
Hird’s resume speaks for itself. He has served on the Air Staff, the Central Command Combined Air Operations Center staff, and the United States Transportation Command Staff. According to the Norwich University Website, (www.norwich.edu/blog) on top to his current command, Hird commanded the 62nd Operations Group, 517th Firebird Airlift Squadron, and the 385th Air Expeditionary Group. During his career as command pilot, he has flown combat missions in operations Deliberate Force, Allied Force, and Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
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FTX organization changes draw praise

Picture from Norwich University Army ROTC.

After weeks of preparation, Norwich Army cadets held their annual Field Training Exercise (FTX) in mid-October, which received praise from many of the students in attendance compared to criticism in years past.
On Thursday, Oct. 11 all over campus, Norwich cadets could be seen in uniform walking towards Shapiro Field House with gear on their backs for a weekend full of outdoor learning at the FTX, the Army field training exercise that happens once a semester.
For four days and three nights, first and second year cadets who are members of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) Pioneer Battalion stayed in different locations on Paine Mountain to receive “good training that will help them prepare for advance camp,” said Army ROTC cadet Kaylee Walker, 20, a senior physics major from Fort Myers, Fla.
For many, this FTX was a requirement, but for others, they volunteered hoping that this could help them become contracted.
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Norwich students share their volunteer experiences from trip to Tanzania

Every summer, a selected group of Norwich students take part in what many of them call a life-changing volunteering experience in Tanzania, Africa.

Located in the Wise Campus Center of Norwich University, the CCE offers a wide range of volunteering programs, but there is little doubt the trip to Tanzania is one of the most sought opportunities.

“I was constantly exposed to it. It took me a while to realize the importance of such opportunity, but finally I decided to take part of the trip,” said Brandon Johnson, 20, a sophomore, architecture major from Lauderhill, Fla., who took advantage of the chance during summer of 2017.

The trip to Pommerin, Tanzania, is supported by the Northfield Rotary Club of Vermont, an organization that serves as the student-driven volunteer coordinating hub of the university. Nicole Didomenico, director of the CCE, says the goal of the organization is to find local and international volunteer opportunities that match students personal and professional pursuits.

Norwich student working with the inhabitants of Pommerin. Photo by CCE Facebook Page

“It’s important to help other people’s succeed. In this case, we are helping a whole community succeeding. Being able to make the self-sufficient will allow them to greater opportunities in their futures,” said Patrina E. Krewson, 21, a junior Chinese major, from Farmington, N.H. “This could lead them to access and/or success in education, medicine, government.”

In collaboration with the Rotaract Club at Norwich, these trips have been organized since 2014. Prior to this past summer, the CCE visited the same location in Tanzania four times, creating a long-term bond with the local community and turning the trip into a yearly tradition. [Read more…]