Some thoughts to mull over winter break

As you prepare to leave Northfield for a well-deserved winter break, I want to take this opportunity to point out a few semester highlights and proud moments in our history. In August we opened the brand new West Hall civilian dorm on Upper Disney, and in September, we launched the five-year countdown to our Bicentennial and kicked off our Year of Service. [Read more…]

November offers reason to give thanks

The month of November is significant in our culture for a couple of reasons—the first of which is Veterans Day.
As you witnessed last week, Veterans Day presents an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who defend the freedoms you and I enjoy. [Read more…]

A time of change for all

To the senior class: In a few days you will be receiving your diplomas and closing the chapter on your undergraduate careers. While this is undoubtedly a bittersweet milestone, you are not really leaving Norwich, as once you cross that stage you will have officially joined the proud ranks of Norwich alumni. [Read more…]

President’s Corner

The Class of 1923 is credited with having established what is arguably the most revered tradition at Norwich University today: the Class Ring. More than 90 years ago, Class of 1923 members R. T. Wilson, F. I. Styles and E. F. Marchant had a vision for what the ring would symbolize—a vision that has stood the test of time. They wrote, “This ring will then mean as much to the [the person] wearing it as [their Norwich] diploma, and once the custom is started and lived up to every year, the alumni will appreciate more and more what a ring of this nature stands for. It is hoped that the following classes will follow the steps the Class of 1923 has taken, and make the Norwich ring a true Norwich tradition.” [Read more…]

Seniors & Spring

Even though spring is slow to come to the Green Mountains, I always look forward to this time of year. The sun sets later, everyone feels more energized, and before you know it, Frisbees and Wiffle balls start to appear.

For our graduating seniors, the end of the school year brings excitement. The race to finals begins, and there are so many events to pack in between now and commencement that life can feel like a rollercoaster. But it can also bring trepidation. For those commissioning, beginning new careers, or entering graduate school, these final weeks can seem like the last carefree days of youth, before society brands you as mature, responsible adults.

We at Norwich know you are already mature and responsible. Otherwise, you would not have made it this far. Your professors, coaches, and military mentors are proud to be sending you out into the world as capable leaders, worthy of wearing the Norwich ring.

But it is not over yet. In the coming weeks, there will be papers to write, projects to finish, and examinations to pass. There will be celebrating, of course, but your undergraduate years will not be truly behind you until you drive down Route 12 with Plumley Armory in your rearview mirror.

I would encourage you to finish the year strong. Enjoy the time you have left with your classmates, and support each other right to the end. Part of this means keeping out of trouble, and being responsible to one another and the community. Have fun, be safe, and respect your Northfield neighbors: Don’t let the actions of a few ruin the experience for everyone. And when you leave, leave a good impression.

Remember, you are the face of Norwich. And whether you realize it or not, for the rest of your lives, the University will be judged by your actions. If those actions are honorable, you will bring honor to yourself and to Norwich. So let your conscience guide you.

Our first guiding value states, “We are men and women of honor and integrity.” This means choosing the hard right over the easy wrong, standing by your word, and respecting others. You chose Norwich because you instinctively knew this to be true. Now go out into the world and prove it.

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…]

The President’s Corner: Much to be thankful for

Next week will be Thanksgiving. During the celebration of this holiday, we have an opportunity to reflect on the gifts that we enjoy on a daily basis.

In addition to our health, family, friends and loved ones, as Americans we should be thankful for our many unparalleled freedoms; freedoms that men and women in the different branches of our armed forces have fought to protect over the years.

We live in a country where we are free to practice any religion we choose. We can voice our opinions on any subject we would like including the government, and we have the right to bear arms. Unlike the residents of many countries in the world, we have an opportunity to vote for our political leaders. In addition, we are free to live or travel anywhere in our nation; to work at any job for which we can qualify; to marry and raise a family; to receive free K-12 education in good public schools; and to join political parties, unions, and other legal groups. If you are fortunate enough to study abroad in one of our international programs you will see firsthand that these are not freedoms to be taken for granted.

Americans also enjoy clean water, access to various types of energy, and ample food sources. Most of us are fortunate enough to have roofs over our heads, and a form of transportation to help us get from one place to another.

We also have access to educational opportunities, information and knowledge. You can be thankful for being a college student. At Norwich you are learning skills and values which will enable you to go out into the world after graduation and make a difference – whether in a military or civilian career.

While reflecting on all that you have and how fortunate you are, take a moment to think about the Norwich guiding value of “service to nation and others before self.” This is a good time to consider taking advantage of volunteer opportunities, either in your hometown or in the Vermont community. Volunteer at a food shelf, in a local school, or at a recycling center. Become a mentor for an elementary school child. Visit the residents at a veteran’s home or a nursing home. Do what you can to help others less fortunate than yourself. It is the Norwich thing to do, and we make it easy to do by working through the Center for Civic Engagement.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving break. Get some rest, enjoy your family and friends, and come back to campus ready for the final push of the semester.

The President’s Corner: Veterans’ day thoughts

On Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, our nation will honor members of the US military, and thank them for serving our great nation. We would not have the privileges we have today if it were not for the many men and women who fight to keep our homeland safe. These special individuals make huge sacrifices every day they are away from their family and friends, and they deserve our recognition and respect. [Read more…]

President’s Corner: Solar Decathlon team exemplifies best of NU

After several years of planning and hard work, Norwich’s Delta T-90 team participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in Irvine, Calif. Our students did a wonderful job representing Norwich University. In addition to placing 12th overall, the Delta T-90 team placed first in the affordability category, and was given a special award in honor of Byron Stafford, longtime operations manager for the international competition, who died in May 2013. [Read more…]

The President’s Corner: Another year, ends; campus changes ahead

It is hard to believe that we are almost finished with the spring semester. This will be the last issue of The Guidon for the year. [Read more…]