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Guidon photographer Stephanie White caught autumn in its fading glory recently in front of Kreitzberg Library.

 

 

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After 24 years heading Norwich University, President Schneider still loves his job

President Richard Schneider is Norwich's longest-serving president – and he still loves his job.

President Richard Schneider is Norwich’s longest-serving president, tallying 24 years on the job.

As the 23rd president of Norwich University, Richard Schneider has set a record as the longest-serving president and in the process, gained a 20-plus year history and legacy. While President Schneider is on his 24th year at Norwich University since being appointed in 1992, he has no plans of stopping until he is finished.

“My goal is to continue to advance us, to leave us in a stronger place even than we are today. Forbes (magazine) just rated us as a Class ‘A’ school, and let me tell you, we weren’t in ‘92 when I came, so I’m happy, but I’m not finished yet. I am still as committed to Norwich as the day that I was when I started, maybe I’m even more passionate about it,” said Schneider, who offered a reflection on his tenure during an interview in his office.

President Schneider never wanted to originally leave teaching at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. But he volunteered for different positions and that led him into eventually deciding to seek a presidency job. “My last active duty job was teaching physics at the Coast Guard Academy, I volunteered to be the assistant dean. You volunteer for stuff because you never know what you’re going to learn. So then I went to the University of Delaware, finished my graduate work, and then I went to Drexel. And there they went through three presidents in eight years and I learned of what not to do as President,” said Schneider.

“I was the treasurer, and my doctoral dissertation is in finance. I learned a lot at Drexel, and then you guys (Norwich) came looking for me,” said Schneider. [Read more…]

Shane Breer was a ‘textbook’ case of kindness

Shane Breer was a student at Norwich University before his untimely death on Sept. 3, 2016. His dedication for service to others before self was a way of life he carried into the classroom helping out fellow students.

Now an effort is under way to memorialize his sense of service by creating a scholarship in his name.

“He actually bought textbooks for other students,” said Emily Gray, associate professor of history. “Always anonymously, he would bring them in to faculty members and ask faculty to give them away,” said Gray. [Read more…]

New building will host liberal arts classrooms when Dewey, Webb, Ainsworth renovations start

 Using pre-fab panels, a crane began lifting a new building into place after a foundation was laid in September. It will house classrooms temporarily and then staff and equipment for facility operations. Photo by Evan Bowley.

Using pre-fab panels, a crane began lifting a new building into place after a foundation was laid in September. It will house classrooms temporarily and then staff and equipment for facility operations. Photo by Evan Bowley.

The Norwich University campus will be adding a new academic building in the spring semester. A temporary liberal arts building is being constructed on a site located next to the current facilities and operations garage to allow the renovations of Webb Hall, Dewey Hall, and Ainsworth Hall being undertaken, according to the university’s director of construction services, Brad McKay.

“The older buildings were not really serving our purpose so we decided to go ahead and renovate Dewey, Webb, and Ainsworth,” said McKay. “We were in need of a building to house some of our liberal arts students, so we figured a temporary building was the way to go.”
The older academic buildings on the Norwich campus are severely outdated and in desperate need of updating. The university hopes to have its renovations of those three buildings completed by the bicentennial in 2019.

The university has been studying how to accomplish the upgrades while continuing to provide space for the academic courses in those buildings.
“The original idea was to put a temporary academic building on Disney Field and use that until the renovations were completed,” said McKay. “Then we decided, why not build a building down here (next to the facility operations garage) and use that for academics until Dewey, Webb, and Ainsworth are completed. After their completion, we plan to use this temporary building for facility operations and campus security.”   [Read more…]

Large rook class size increases strain on cadre

 

The most time intensive job in the Corps of Cadets is that of a cadre member, an upperclassmen cadet specifically designated to be in charge of rooks. Whether it be waking up at 5:30 in the morning or staying up well past midnight to deal with problems, the cadre title is one that is earned with tireless effort and no small amount of determination.

For most cadre at Norwich University this year, it may feel like they have bitten off a little more than they can chew, as Norwich brought in its largest class of rooks in the history of the school.

“It has definitely been a little overwhelming,” said Staff Sergeant Mike Dale, 21, a junior computer science major, from Morehead City, N.C. “Making sure all 32 of my rooks are on the same page, with all the same information, can pose quite a challenge.” [Read more…]

Hoplites? A Greek battle form takes over the UP

Photo Credit Mark Collier

Students enjoy mimicking how Greek hoplite soldiers would have fought more than 2600 years ago. Photo Credit Mark Collier

 

It is not often that we see a 2,666-year-old battle formation moving across the Upper Parade Ground. For eighty Norwich students, the UP was their classroom on the 29th of September and a reenactment of an ancient Greek hoplite phalanx battle was their assignment.

The hoplite was a specially trained Greek soldier around 650 B.C.  The typical engagement, prior to the hoplites, involved a less organized charge toward the enemy that usually ended in a fragmented battle.

The hoplite soldiers fought in lines, shoulder to shoulder, and a group of hoplites fighting in a formation was called a phalanx. The phalanx provided a wall of protection to the column of soldiers as they protect each other by interlocking their shields from enemy arrows and spears. (Visit http:// quate.us. /greek/war/hoplites for details.)

So what brought the Greek phalanx to NU? Academic research. The event “was an exercise that was originally developed at U. C. Santa Barbara by Dr. John W.I. Lee,” said Christine McCann, a history professor at Norwich. [Read more…]

Norwich University dress code? What dress code?

 

Attending class wearing sweatpants and a hat seems normal among civilian students at Norwich University. The Corps of Cadets follows a strict uniform policy. However, it’s not common knowledge that the Student Rules and Regulations handbook also contains dress code policies for civilian students. The question is do civilian students even know these policies exist?

Kass Kazimierczak, 20, a junior civil engineering major from Adams, Mass., can be spotted on campus wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a sweater, and Converse sneakers on any given day. “I am always dressing comfortable,” said Kazimierczak, who, like many students, was unaware of a dress code for civilian students.

Kazimierczak’s choice of attire is in line with the civilian dress policies. However, many civilian students do not dress according to policy. Chapter three, section III: Dress and Grooming Standards, part B states: “Civilian students are expected to wear proper attire, appropriate to the occasion. All students will wear appropriate attire (e.g. slacks and a shirt, jeans and a tee shirt, jeans and a sweater) and shoes at all times in all academic and administrative buildings, classrooms, and in the dining hall.” [Read more…]

South Korean ROTC students are first at Norwich

 

(left to right) CDT Joo Chan Park, CDT Jin Ho Kim

(left to right) CDT Joo Chan Park, CDT Jin Ho Kim                                                 Photo Credit Darwin Carroza

For the first time in their history, South Korean Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students are studying abroad. Norwich University is hosting two students for the 2016 fall semester, according to Mindy Ward, the senior coordinator for international students.

“The exchange was instigated by a (Norwich University) student who studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, in 2013,” said Ward. “(The exchange process) took awhile because of a law that was in place in South Korea. At any time, Korean students were able to study abroad. But, because of the law, ROTC students specifically were not allowed to study abroad for longer than a month.”

Ward further explained that there was an agreement between some schools in South Korea and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (A&M) that allowed them to study abroad for a short amount of time. The law prohibited ROTC students from studying abroad due to the fact that it would push back their commissioning date by a year.

“I do not know if a lot of students here realize that Korea is a very strong ally of the United States,” said Ward. “We have a large number of military bases there, and at some point many students who are going into the armed forces are going to end up there.” [Read more…]

A decline in English majors affects senior seminar

There will be no senior seminar class offered for English majors next year because there are too few English majors at Norwich, according to Professor Kathleen McDonald.

Ideally the capstone course is the final class for a major, however, because of the low number of English majors, the junior class English majors have been moved into the current class and it will not be offered next year.

Spencer Duhamel, 20, an English major from Manchester, N.H., is one of the five students attending the senior seminar class that is a combination of senior and junior English majors. [Read more…]

Australian Defense Force battles women’s Norwich rugby

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An Australian team member cuts back to avoid three Norwich women’s rugby players.

The Norwich University Women’s Rugby team found it was not easy to play the unstoppable Australian Defense Forces (ADF) team. The Australians won a match by a landslide, 54-5, due to their unbeatable tactics and fast-paced play during the Oct. 7 match on the Dog River Pitch. But for the Norwich women’s team, it was a great experience to go up against the physically fast and tough military team.

Rugby has been quite a popular sport at Norwich, on both the men and women’s side. The chance to play female military personnel all the way from Australia was a significant opportunity coordinated in a joint effort between Thy Yang, the assistant vice president for international education, and Austin Hall, Norwich University Women’s rugby coach.

“The Australian Defense Force first contacted me last summer about getting this organized,” said Hall. “This game was in the works for a while, but picked up speed quite fast.” [Read more…]