In the US Army and as a Norwich trustee, retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan excelled

Two generals meet at Norwich: Army Chief of staff Mark Milley, left, chats with retired General and Norwich Board of Trustees Chairman Gordon Sullivan during the ROTC centennial.

Two generals meet at Norwich: Army Chief of staff Mark Milley, left, chats with retired General and Norwich Board of Trustees Chairman Gordon Sullivan during the ROTC centennial.

“I thought they only named museums after dead guys,” quipped Gen. Mark Milley of Gen. Gordon Sullivan, in a Todd lecture Milley gave while visiting Norwich for the centennial celebration of ROTC.

Milley’s crack about the Sullivan Museum and History Center may have been spot on: Gordon Sullivan has long been the exception, not the rule.

Arguably the most important alumnus of Norwich in its almost two centuries of existence, Sullivan served for 36 years in the army, transitioning the force from post-Cold War excess to a much smaller, readier force in his final assignment as chief of staff of the United States Army.

For the last 21 years, Sullivan has served on the Norwich Board of Trustees, and has been its chairman since 2003. However, he will step down after this spring’s board session, where his successor will be chosen.

Whoever that may be, they have some big shoes to fill. “As the chairman of the board, Dr. Schneider and I worked together as a team and put together the 2019 program, actually the strategy to get us to 2019, and we actually made most of the goals early,” Sullivan said in an interview last week. [Read more…]

For injured Navy SEAL Jason Redman, war’s lessons led to important lessons in life

Cadet Mario Caruso (left) and Cadet Sam DeLong (right) stand with former Navy Seal Jason C. Redman after the Colby Military Symposium on April 6-7.

Cadet Mario Caruso (left) and Cadet Sam DeLong (right) stand with former Navy Seal Jason C. Redman after the Colby Military Symposium on April 6-7.

It was one pity-filled visitor too many that caused him to put pen to paper and let the determination flow from his mind while recovering in a hospital bed.

“Attention to all who enter,” he wrote. “If you are coming into this room with sorrow, or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love.”

The sign continued, “I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid growth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.”

That sign now hangs framed on a wall at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “I might have written it,” said the sign’s author, Lieutenant Jason Redman, a retired US Navy SEAL. “But all I did was capture the spirit of overcoming and the mindset our wounded warriors specifically need.” [Read more…]

On Taiwan tour, students and professors visit Chinese military academies

The Norwich delegation in a group picture with faculty and staff at Fu Hsing Kang University in Taiwan.

The Norwich delegation in a group picture with faculty and staff at Fu Hsing Kang University in Taiwan.

I am a sophomore in the Corp of Cadets with the rank of c/Corporal. I am double majoring in International Studies and Chinese (Mandarin) language, the president of Norwich’s Chinese Cultural and Language Club, and a member of the Norwich football team. This past spring break I was selected, following an application process, to represent Norwich University as a part of a Norwich International Center sponsored student delegation that traveled to two military academies on the island of Taiwan, located 110 east of mainland China. The delegation was led and organized by a three-person committee which included Dr. Joseph Byrne, associate vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Alex Chung, assistant professor of economics and finance, and Mindy Ward, the senior coordinator for international student & scholar services of Norwich’s International Center.

The committee had a very selective application process that only chose four students; after applying in November, only 10 students out of roughly 34 applicants were invited for an interview a month later. During finals week, the student delegates were informed of their acceptance. Besides myself, the others chosen were senior Peter Carbone; junior Mickey Walbridge; and sophomore Lauren Lohmiller. [Read more…]

Norwich junior joins with professor to advance cross-cultural learning for ROTC

Junior Cameron Myette, left, is working with Prof. Travis Morris to expand the understanding of foreign cultures in the ROTC program.

Junior Cameron Myette, left, is working with Prof. Travis Morris to expand the understanding of foreign cultures in the ROTC program.    Photo by Evan Bowley

Cameron Myette is a junior who will be graduating this spring, unlike most of his peers in his class. Over the last few months, with the help from faculty, he has set out to accomplish a rather large goal that would not only help the school, but other students, as a way of giving back to Norwich.

As an Army ROTC cadet, with the 100-year celebration of ROTC’s birthday just around the corner, he wondered where the future lies for the program. Myette wanted to know where ROTC has been and where it is going.

In collaboration with Prof. Travis Morris, they have set out to not only change ROTC for the better, but to help junior officers have a better understanding of cross-cultural competencies as well. [Read more…]

ROTC centennial anniversary symposium begins April 21 at Norwich

This photo from the Norwich University archives shows army cadets at commencement ceremonies in 1918. ROTC was founded at Norwich University 100 years ago, a remarkable legacy for this private military school  in the hills of northern Vermont. A three day commemoration and symposium on the impact of ROTC will be held beginning Thursday April 21 with a proclamation in the Vermont State House, and a keynote speech by General Mark Milley, chief of staff of the US Army. The Guidon will publish a special commemorative issue to mark the occasion and report on it.

This photo from the Norwich University archives shows army cadets at commencement ceremonies in 1918. ROTC was founded at Norwich University 100 years ago, a remarkable legacy for this private military school in the hills of northern Vermont. A three day commemoration and symposium on the impact of ROTC will be held beginning Thursday April 21 with a proclamation in the Vermont State House and a keynote speech by General Mark Milley, chief of staff of the US Army. The Guidon will publish a special commemorative issue to mark the occasion and report on it.

Longtime Norwich Spanish professor Joseph “Jose” Miana has passed away

From President Richard Schneider:
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of former longtime professor Joseph “Jose” Miana. Prof. Miana began teaching Spanish at Norwich in 2000 and dedicated over 14 years of service to the university. He retired in December 2015. Known for his impeccable dress and passion for teaching, Prof. Miana was beloved by Norwich students, as demonstrated in a March 2014 Guidon article that profiles him. On behalf of the Norwich community, I offer my condolences to Jose’s family and friends.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, April 6, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer Street, Barre, VT 05641. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Church, 79 Summer Street, Barre, VT.
An obituary for Prof. Miana is forthcoming and will be made available in the Times Argus newspaper.
Click on the link for the story on Professor Miana.
http://thenorwichguidon.org/?s=miana

Proposal would open ROTC courses to civilian participation by the fall of 2017

Col. Andy Hird says letting civilians with a focus on leadership take ROTC courses will broaden viewpoints in the classroom and benefit those on the military track.

Col. Andy Hird says letting civilians with a focus on leadership take ROTC courses will broaden viewpoints in the classroom and benefit those on the military track. Photo by Amber Reichart

(Second in a series on ROTC)

Course registration might have a few different options available for civilian students in the near future. Declared leadership studies minors and concentrations, take note.

“There is value in diverse thought,” said Col. Andy Hird, professor of aerospace science at Norwich University and the school’s Air Force ROTC Detachment commander. “We as a military are beholden to civilian leadership, and we as a military have recognized the divide that has grown every decade between the civilian and military population in the defense of the country.”

How can Norwich help bridge that divide? By allowing future military officers and civilian leaders to begin to partner up now in the military classroom.

There are a number of changes being proposed in the lineup to the ROTC curriculum and how it interacts with the students of Norwich. A key one is having civilian students enrolled in ROTC courses along with their cadet counterparts effective fall of 2017.

The idea is well liked by the three professors of ROTC. Echoing each others words, the sentiment was there would be nothing but value-added by taking on civilian enrollment in the military classrooms. This is predicated on space available, explained Col. Eric Brigham, the Professor of Military Science and Dean of the National College of Services.

“If it’s a free elective, if [students] are getting credit for it, if there is space for them, and if they want to take a 300 level class, I am certainly willing to open that up,” said Col. Brigham. [Read more…]

Long-standing exception allowing Norwich ROTC nursing students to be civilians may end

Tara Lyons (left) and Clara Leister, both civilians, will be commissioning as Army nurses in May. They oppose a proposed ROTC change that would bar that in the future. Bailey Beltramo photo

Tara Lyons (left) and Clara Leister, both civilians, will be commissioning as Army nurses in May. They oppose a proposed ROTC change that would bar that in the future.
Bailey Beltramo photo

(Third in a series on ROTC)

Clara Leister will be commissioning into active duty service as an Army nurse this May.

Though Leister, 21, from Hartland, Vt., may be wearing scrubs during her service time more often than her combat uniform, she has proved she not only meets the Army standard but far exceeds it since transferring to Norwich at the start of her sophomore year.

She has rappelled off mountain tops and performed competently at the Army’s Mountain Warfare School. She rucked, swam, shot, and ran her way to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. And she has attended every summer military training opportunity afforded to her, including the Cadet Leader Course (CLC), and the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP).

However, what she has not done is elect to wear the uniform of a cadet while pursuing her commission. In the future if proposed changes are adopted, that will no longer be possible. [Read more…]

Norwich students praise Coaching for Leadership program

Junior Noah Clemmer participates in an ethical decision-making exercise during the Coaching for Leadership program. Photo by Mark Collier

Junior Noah Clemmer participates in an ethical decision-making exercise during the Coaching for Leadership program. Photo by Mark Collier

On Saturday, March 5th, Norwich University held its annual Coaching for Leadership Program (CLP). According to the university’s website, the purpose of the CLP is to help students “build self-awareness and prepare for real-world careers in the public and private sectors”.

Students from both the civilian side and the Corps of Cadets participated in the day-long event. Similar to results from years past, both students and alumni mentors felt that the CLP was a success.

“The whole event was something that I am definitely going to propose to my superiors when I get back home,” said Nikola Manev, a study-abroad student from Macedonia who participated in the CLP. [Read more…]

Erin Gats chosen to head Corps of Cadets; Maine student talks about her surprise at being picked and some goals

Left to right; Samuel Delong, Gavin Mitchell, Liam Carroll, Pres. Richard Schneider, Erin Gats, Dan Lupacchino, Victoria Holbert, Alex Breindel, and Anneleise Heni.

Left to right; Samuel Delong, Gavin Mitchell, Liam Carroll, Pres. Richard Schneider, Erin Gats, Dan Lupacchino, Victoria Holbert, Alex Breindel, and Anneleise Heni.                  Amber Reichart photo.

After hours and hours of interviews, three rounds of cuts, and one anxious breakfast ceremony, the cadet colonel for the 2016-2017 school year at Norwich was announced: cadet First Sgt. Erin Gats.

The decision was made public early Friday morning, Feb. 26, at a breakfast with university President Richard Schneider, which the three finalists attended. Gats was joined at that breakfast by her two peers and cadet colonel candidates, cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Liam Carroll and cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Lupacchino.

Gats, 21, is a communications major from Livermore, Maine, who was introduced to Norwich by her older brother. “My brother graduated in 2012,” she said, “and when I saw him graduate and then commission, I was drawn to the challenge.” [Read more…]