Archives for March 2013

Colby Symposium looks at return from war

At Norwich University world class authors, scientists, economists, inventors and military minds come to campus to share their knowledge and ideas. We are concluding a very successful Spring Todd Lecture Series which featured futurists who enlightened us about potential issues facing our economy, the workforce, society and the environment. In April, the 18th annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium will be held on campus. The theme for this year’s Colby event is, “Coming Home: The Hopes, Fears, and Challenges of Veterans Returning from War.” [Read more…]

Men’s lacrosse team starts season with high hopes

Last April the Norwich University Men’s Lacrosse team was devastated by a tough loss in the 2012 GNAC Championship game against Mount Ida.

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Award-winning science fiction author visits Norwich

James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly

Norwich University welcomes an award-winning science fiction author, James Patrick Kelly, as the second writer to visit the inaugural 2013 Writers Series. The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications present Kelly for a public reading on Wednesday, March 27th at 4:30 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library’s Multipurpose Room.

Kelly has written novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and plays, but is best known for his science fiction. “I write to please myself, and most often that means I’m writing sf (science fiction),” Kelly said. “On the other hand, I try not to be predictable in my career choices, and thus I have tried a lot of different writing forms. I think the most fun I have had writing has been for the theater, but maybe that’s because I like hearing applause. Not a whole lot of clapping when you finish writing a story, unless you do it yourself.”

Kelly developed his love for a wide-range of writing forms as an undergraduate at the University Of Notre Dame. After graduation, he worked in public relations at an architectural engineering firm. During this employment, he was able to write his first story that was sold when he was 24-years-old. Just a few years later, he “retired” decided to write full time. “A dozen books and a hundred and something stories later, I’m still at it,” he said.

As an early writer, Kelly struggled to find his voice, the way most writers do. He did so “by writing a lot of very bad stories, then some bad stories, then some not so bad stories, then some okay stories that nobody wanted to publish.  Five years on (or so) I became myself,” he explained.

His books include Burn (2005), Strange but not a Stranger (2002), Think like a Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997), and many more. His fiction has been translated into 16 languages and he has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Huge Award twice.

In addition to his writing, he began in 2005 as a professor of creative writing in the MFA program at University of Southern Maine and has been there ever since.

When he visits Norwich, Kelly plans to read something new. “I have just finished a clutch of new stories that I haven’t begun to market yet,” he explained. He will also be working with Norwich’s science fiction class.

Kelly looks forward to his public reading at NU, because he enjoys reading his works. Just a few years ago, he recorded 52 of his stories for, the largest online seller of audiobooks.

He believes internet has changed publishing forever and Kelly’s successful career shows that he is working well with that change. “I was lucky to establish myself as a writer before the digital revolution.  Thanks to the internet, my work has found readers all over the world,” he said. He actively posts essays and columns on his website,

Although Kelly has adapted to the evolving internet, he admits that the most challenging part of writing is writing the first draft. “I love rewriting and am pretty good at it, if I do say so myself.  But if only I could find some elves who would steal into my office at night and write my first drafts, I would be a happy man.”

For more information on this free, public event, please contact the college of liberal arts.

Snowshoe racers honor Carol Stephens

On July 30, 2011, Carol E. Stephens ended her battle with breast cancer. As the first female engineering professor at Norwich University, Stephens’ life inspired a scholarship through the students and community members she influenced.  On Mar. 3, NU hosted the 1st Annual Carol Stephens Memorial Engineering Scholarship Fund Snowshoe Benefit at the Shaw Outdoor Recreational Center.

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Senior Army ROTC cadets prepare to step off on designated career paths

After nearly four years of Army ROTC, seniors are facing the reality of their upcoming report dates as they prepare to step into the role of a second lieutenant in a matter of months.

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Student writes of haunted campus, NU ghost stories

He sat and listened to a student recount his journey from South Hall to Crawford one night. What seemed like an average journey was anything but that, the student was terrified, out of breath, having sprinted back to Crawford Hall. He had just seen a ghost.

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That’s what she said…

As a Norwich community, we contribute to an immense amount of waste on this campus.

We waste food. On an average day, the chow hall throws away nearly 10 large garbage cans full of food. We grab our trays, fill them with whatever we think we can eat at that meal, and then scoot of our chaotic chow hall as quickly as possible. Then we leave unbitten bagels, half-eaten salads, and pounds of pasta to be scraped off into a bucket. Fortunately, Norwich composts that waste.

We waste paper. Students sit in the computer labs and print dozens of copies a month. Half of which finds its home scattered next that same printer. Many grab this very newspaper from their mailbox, don’t even bother to open it, and leave it resting on the computer tables near the mail room. (Don’t worry, we’re going to do what we can to minimize that waste).

We waste water. Many still leave the water gushing out of the faucets while they brush their teeth, just as they did when they were five-years-old. Students crank on the shower and then go to the sink to brush their teeth, thinking that those three minutes are necessary to warm up the water. Let’s be real, if it’s not warm within 20 seconds, warm water just isn’t in the cards for you that day.

We waste time. Some students waste hours of their days sitting in front of computer screens playing video games. Others waste their weekend’s away, hung-over from the night before.

We waste our breath. Hundreds of students voice their opinions and stand up for what they believe in, then they watch it fall to the wayside. We spend hours in student-run meetings, days chatting with each other about ways to make this campus a better place, and then if and when we get a chance to share our thoughts, they are often wasted to predetermined minds.

Stop being so wasteful, Norwich. This is 2013. Take only what you will eat. Print only what you need. Turn off the water. Get off your butt and do something. And by all means, start trusting one another enough to actually listen when we “communicate.” How long is it going to take for us to understand that waste is bad, and communication and trust are necessary to make anything work around here?
– Audrey Seaman, The Guidon editor

Committee continues search for new NU mascot ideas

When the Norwich University men’s hockey team played in the Final Four in 2010 in Lake Placid, many students and spectators noticed that Plattsburgh’s Cardinal mascot was there as well as Elmira’s Eagle mascot. Norwich, however, did not have one.

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Why “Rooks” Get The Dolls

On March 7th, 1952 this witty piece was published in The Guidon

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Norwich student capitalizes on T-shirt design

The Chive, a popular website revolving around posting humorous pictures and videos, recently has been selling many T-shirts to promote the site.  That idea has inspired one particular Norwich University senior to upgrade the way Norwich University “keep(s) calm.”

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