Archives for 2015

Honoring the honor code

Recently, across several college and university campuses around the country, students and faculty members have raised the alarm about racism in response to incidents of harassment. As president at the oldest senior military college in the nation, the birthplace of ROTC and the place where leaders are produced, it is my duty to confront the reality of the insidious issues of racism and other forms of harassment in our own population. To that end, Norwich provides not only resources for responding to issues, but also the education and infrastructure to promote, support and enforce ideas of honorable living, which are at the heart of prevention.

Any person in the Norwich community experiencing harassment – racism, sexism, sexual assault, bullying, or any other kind – needs to know where they can turn for support.

• Our Employee Relations, Equal Opportunity and Title IX officer, Stephanie Drew, receives reports of misconduct and oversees investigations into them. Any member of the community can make a report to her office, which is located on the third floor of Jackman Hall.

• The Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team is a community partner with office space located in Marselius Hall, below the infirmary. We have been working with the Washington County Sexual Assault Crisis Team since the 1990s because they are victim advocates and the experts in the county. Together with their incredible work we are all stronger. Through this coordination, students and community members have access to the best resources; a range of options in dealing with these violent crimes and a level of accountability to the outside community and to the experts that address this issue in Washington County. Anyone can seek counsel there and remain anonymous until they wish to initiate an investigation.

• Counseling and Psychological Services provides free of charge to members of the Norwich community – students, faculty and staff – individual and group counseling in a confidential setting. In addition, thematic groups and psychoeducational workshops can be provided in response to specific needs. These services are conducted by a highly trained staff of licensed professional psychologists and doctoral level psychology interns. That office is located in Kreitzberg Library, Suite 405 or can be reached after hours (M-F 8-4:30) at 802-793-3093.

• Campus security is prepared to assist with any report of harassment and is located in the Hayden Building or by calling ext. 2525 or 2499.

• Less formally, any member of the faculty or staff can be a resource to a student or peer in need.

When Norwich students were getting harassed on social media last fall, I took action to both block the anonymous messaging site from Norwich servers and to order an investigation into the incident. I and the entire leadership at Norwich are committed to creating and promoting a safe environment for all.

The Honor Code provides a good compass to encourage honorable behavior. Integrity is the basis for honorable living and can be honed by internalizing the Norwich Guiding Values. By doing that, community members will possess knowledge, integrity and awareness to assess the moral-ethical aspects of every situation and the personal courage to take appropriate action regardless of consequences.

Norwich seeks to develop leaders of character. When you come to Norwich, you agree to follow these Guiding Values:

• We are men and women of honor and integrity. We shall not tolerate those who lie, cheat, or steal.
• We are dedicated to learning, emphasizing teamwork, leadership, creativity, and critical thinking.
• We respect the right to diverse points of view as a cornerstone of our democracy.
• We encourage service to nation and others before self.
• We stress being physically fit and drug free.
• To live the Norwich motto—I will try!—meaning perseverance in the face of adversity.
• We stress self-discipline, personal responsibility, and respect for law.
• We hold in highest esteem our people and reputation.

From Norwich, a spontaneous tribute to the horrors in Paris

vigil for webWith a series of clicks, the steps of Jackman Hall flickered to life in blue, white, and red cups as candles illuminated a gathering of Norwich students and the mournful notes of taps played in the background.

The Paris attacks claimed the lives of 129 and left 352 wounded. Five Norwich seniors who were studying abroad — Pablo Rosende, Angelica Sposato, Kevin Stupak, Lauren Burns, and Dylan Woodrow — had met up in Paris that day. They quickly confirmed their safety on social media.

At Norwich, doing their small part to pay tribute after the horrific shootings in Paris, France, on the night of Nov. 13, the crowd stood lost in thought and silence long after the last note of the bugle had faded into the night. [Read more…]

Ski & Snowboard Club: C’mon out and join us this winter

 A skier hits The Church, a popular trail at Sugarbush ski resort. Sugarbush resort photo by John Atkinson

A skier hits The Church, a popular trail at Sugarbush ski resort.
Sugarbush resort photo by John Atkinson

Waxed skis cut through the fresh snow and come to rest at the edge of a 15 foot cliff. A member of the Norwich Ski and Snowboard Club looks over his ski tips, examining his landing spot.
Power Donnelly, a 21-year-old junior construction management major from Katy, Texas, launches himself off the edge of the cliff on The Church, one of Sugarbush Ski Resort’s steep mountain trails.
Donnelly is an avid skier at Sugarbush, located just over the mountain range in nearby Warren, and an active member of Norwich University’s ski and snowboard club. Along with fellow club members, Donnelly was happy to give an inside look at the club’s plans for the upcoming months.
One of the club’s new winter plans is to start holding ski and snowboard lessons on Paine Mountain for a minimal fee, said Michael Tewksbury. [Read more…]

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks at Norwich

Liberal Arts College Dean Andrea Talentino, left, sits with distinguished former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who visited Norwich to speak at the Todd Lecture series Tuesday, Nov. 3. Photo by Amber Reichart.

Liberal Arts College Dean Andrea Talentino, left, sits with distinguished former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who visited Norwich to speak at the Todd Lecture series Tuesday, Nov. 3. Photo by Amber Reichart.

Distinguished former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sat down with Guidon Editor Liam Carroll and the Norwich Record’s Sean Markey before her Todd Lecture speech Tuesday Nov. 9 to talk about issues today’s college students and future leaders face, as well as how to address them.

Q: What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the country today and what would you do to address it?

A: I think there are a number of challenges in a variety of areas. I do think that climate change is a very big challenge for us, and partially because we know it’s happening and yet it is not so imminent that people know what to do about it. But then also I think another challenge is that there are things going on all over the world that are very different from the types of issues that we’ve had before. I don’t want to have everything related to fighting terrorism, but it’s a very difficult aspect of trying to figure out what the right tools are to try and fight terrorism. And then also, our people are tired from Iraq and Afghanistan and there’s a whole question about how much we need to be involved abroad and who are our partners in that, so I think it’s a very complex period.

[Read more…]

Hanging tough, Norwich football turned its season around to end up in playoffs

Left to right, captains Eleazar Rausseo , Kalin Killinger, Benjamin Hummer and Sam Chaves get a lot of credit for leadership helping the team to stay focused and improve every day. Photo by Katherine Gagne

Left to right, captains Eleazar Rausseo , Kalin Killinger, Benjamin Hummer and Sam Chaves get a lot of credit for leadership helping the team to stay focused and improve every day. Photo by Katherine Gagne

The Norwich University football team had a tough start to its season, losing the first three games by big margins. The Cadets were outscored by their opponents 106 to just 38 points, a disheartening start to the 10-game season.
Head coach Mark Murnyack, looking at his 0-3 team, was honest: “At the time this particular football team wasn’t ready to compete with the higher caliber teams,” he said.
What a difference today. How did a team that stumbled out of the gate end up clinching its third Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title by knocking off Husson University 20-17 at Sabine Field on Saturday, Nov. 7? [Read more…]

New system boosts NU competition in the Army’s Bold Leader Challenge

Cadets from Norwich’s Army ROTC test their military skills against other senior and junior military colleges at the U.S. Army’s Bold Leader Challenge competition (Formerly Ranger Challenge). “It’s a way for all Army ROTCs to compete against each other,” said Nicholas Carella, 21, a team captain of Norwich’s Bold Leader Challenge (BLC).
[Read more…]

Feeling Overwhelmed? Prioritize

If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point in the semester. I do a few different things on this campus and the culmination of all my areas of responsibility can feel like at lot, at times. One of my favorite author/blogger/life-hacker/entrepreneurs is Tim Ferriss, and as you can probably guess, he’s all too familiar with the feeling of being overwhelmed. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to give up doing what you like to stop feeling overwhelmed. The keys are to set strict rules about your time and to prioritize your responsibilities. Ferriss gives this advice on his site
1) Write down the 3-5 things — and no more — that are making you most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, to the next, and so on. What’s most important usually is most uncomfortable, with some chance of rejection or conflict.
2) For each item, ask yourself:
– “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”
– “Will moving this forward make all the other to-do’s unimportant or easier to knock off later?”
3) Look only at the items you’ve answered “yes” to for at least one of these questions.
4) Block out at 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less-important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow.
5) TO BE CLEAR: Block out at 2-3 HOURS to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work.
6) If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and go into a downward spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.
I can personally attest to the successfulness of this method. While I don’t always have two hours to block off, I try to work on one task at a time, starting with the ones that stress me out the most. The lesson here is: do what needs to be done, and the rest will fall into place. (With a little luck.)

‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ Here’s a guide to survive an active shooter event

According to Time Magazine, there have been 23 college campus shootings in 2015. From a campus safety perspective, Norwich has been thinking about and planning for this issue for a long time. We have our siren, which indicates that everyone should shelter in place, and we have the RAVE communications system, which we use to send messages to the phone, email and texting contacts you have provided in your Banner profile. We have practiced how to shelter in place and we regularly test our siren and RAVE systems.
The reality is that no organization can plan for every scenario. Over the years we have learned that these types of campus shooter events can play out in a matter of minutes any time, any where and for any range of reasons. The new conventional wisdom says that you should do what makes the most sense to save your life in the moment. [Read more…]

Parking problems plague NU

WEb NewParking coverAs the number of students at Norwich has grown, the daily scramble for parking spaces has become one of the major irritants for resident and commuter students alike. But don’t expect a solution soon – which means, complaining about parking is one thing almost everyone at Norwich can agree on. [Read more…]