Archives for February 2014

Norwich student producers make new ‘Vermont Fallen’ documentary

Prof. William Estill (right) and students interview a mother for the “Vermont Fallen” project.

Prof. William Estill (right) and students interview a mother for the “Vermont Fallen” project.

Vermont is one of the smallest states in the country, and it also happens to be one of the most distinguished states when it comes to service in the armed forces. Vermont had the most military casualties per capita in the Iraq War out of all 50 states, and the tremendous sacrifice of dying for one’s country is especially understood by the small communities of this state. [Read more…]

‘TAG Day’ puts focus on donors

tuition freedom day (Color)This year, the “Tuition Freedom Day” event will be recognized in the Wise Campus Center (WCC) on Feb. 26 with a new name and a new focus.

Danielle LaCavalla, the assistant director of class giving in the office of development and Alumni Relations at Norwich University, has restructured what was formerly known as “Tuition Freedom Day” into “TAG Day”. [Read more…]

Will Norwich some day become handicap accessible?

For students who are injured or handicapped, the Norwich campus presents a lot of obstacles, such as these stairs leading up to Webb Hall.

For students who are injured or handicapped, the Norwich campus presents a lot of obstacles, such as these stairs leading up to Webb Hall.

The hills of the Norwich University campus, spanning from the centennial stairs of Jackman Hall to the stairs of the Sullivan museum, have students hiking across campus to get to classes every day.

Now imagine what happens when you break a leg or twist an ankle. When a student is hurt the trek becomes arduous and tiring – in fact many students would rather stay in bed then climb up and down steps on crutches.

The handicap amenities at Norwich have long been debated. Many of the buildings on campus were built as early as the 1800s, and are grandfathered to a lower standard of building codes, which would not meet today’s stringent requirements. [Read more…]

Regimental ‘march downs’ spur on sports teams, but also stir debate

The Corps marches down for a Norwich football game, a long tradition.

The Corps marches down for a Norwich football game, a long tradition.

Camouflage uniforms packed the stands. Cheers rattled the rafters of the rink as Norwich University Women’s Hockey team member Kayla Parsons took the ice with her team.

She had never experienced a crowd like this in her nearly four years of playing. Being in the Corps of Cadets, Parsons had participated in “march downs” so many times before, but now, experiencing it for herself as an athlete receiving the Corps’ support, “was one of the coolest things since being here.” [Read more…]

Harsh Vermont winters are problematic for students coming from warmer climates

The Norwich campus may be beautiful in snow, but for students used to warm weather, it takes some getting used to - especially in a cold winter like 2014.

The Norwich campus may be beautiful in snow, but for students used to warm weather, it takes some getting used to – especially in a cold winter like 2014.

It is no surprise to the Norwich community that the temperatures in Vermont can regularly drop well below freezing. Returning to Norwich University after winter break, especially from a warm climate, is a hard adjustment for many NU students.“I come from San Diego where it is warm all year round,” said Patrick Barnes, 21, a sophomore sports medicine major from San Diego, Calif. “It takes a while to adjust, especially for me.” <!–more–>
Barnes explains how in his home state of California, the general population thinks 60 degrees is cold. He said they all wear jackets and pants when the temperature drops to that. [Read more…]

A new commander for the Corps of Cadets

One of the great pleasures as president of Norwich University is the opportunity to pick the new regimental commander. I often look at the photos posted on the second deck of Jackman Hall and reflect on how each of our past regimental commanders brought unique qualities to the Corps of Cadets. This year I chose my 23rd regimental commander, Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Regan C. Steen. [Read more…]

Corps students complain about lack of laundry support in barracks

Laundry access in the Corps barracks is limited to only three washers and dryers.

Laundry access in the Corps barracks is limited to only three washers and dryers.

For some students, like Sean Cassbarro, Sunday morning means going down to the basement of his dorm to try to do his laundry only to find that all of the working machines are being used. Come back a little bit later – and find that they are all still occupied.

He is not the only student at Norwich stalking the laundry rooms on campus. There are others eyeing the suds of occupied washing machines when it flips to the final rinse cycle.Doing laundry on campus as a resident Norwich University student is made more difficult by the lack of working machines among the few that are in each room and the number of students competing to use them. [Read more…]

Alumni Association hopes to ‘coach’ students on job searches

 

nuaa_logoTwo minutes was all Caleb Wright had to present his elevator pitch to his Norwich alum and “coach,” Mr. Vadney. As one of the 25 volunteer participants, Wright nervously prepared his spiel about his plans for his life after NU. It’s was a long ways away for the then-freshman, but the opportunity to think forward with the Coaching Program Day was too good to pass up.Last March, the NU Alumni Association (NUAA) launched a pilot program designed to pair up 25 students from the business school with alumni who would coach them through presenting their career goals in an “elevator pitch.” The program will be tried again on a larger scale, encompassing the entire campus, on March 5 this year.Wright, who is now a 19-year-old sophomore business and management major from Milford, N.H., had to make his elevator pitch to his coach last year and then receive critiques on how to improve his pitch for later use in life. [Read more…]

For Swedish hockey player, Norwich has provided a great experience

 

In 2010, the Norwich Men’s Ice Hockey team had the opportunity to recruit and commit a big strong defenseman named Erik Lyrvall from Falun, Sweden.

Lyrvall is 6-4 and 216 pounds and a 22-year-old business major with a math minor, currently in his sophomore year while maintaining a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. [Read more…]

Social media dating app ‘Tinder’ gains use with Norwich students

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“Hold on let me check my list. I have all the names on my phone,” the student said without caring too much of the fact that he had names listed as if they were chores.  “Wow, I don’t know what to say. You have a list on your phone?” came the reply.  The fact that he had a list was surprising. “Yeah dude. When you’re at Norwich where there aren’t many girls, you have to do what you have to do.”
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