Study abroad opens many new doors

Cadet Brendan Moreina during his semester abroad in Machu Picchu. Picture by Thomas Blood

From distant cities in China to popular European capitals in Prague and Berlin, Norwich students who experience study abroad gain cultural breadth, important additions to their résumé and opportunities for adventure.
Norwich University offers students a chance to gain both “experience and perspective as a person as well as for future careers,” says the Assistant Director (AD) for Education Abroad and Away at Norwich, Thomas Blood.
“(Employers) know they are not taking a risk hiring someone who has studied abroad,” said Blood. “They know someone who has studied abroad is capable of rising to the occasion in the face of a new challenge, which is very important for any career.”
Students have the chance to study in a foreign country for the same price, if not less, than what they pay to attend Norwich, he explained.
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Regi Ball rook proposals: Drama and anxiety

With Regimental Ball just around the corner on Oct. 27, the annual ritual of “rookie proposals” for dates is causing anxiety and humor throughout the halls of the barracks surrounding the Upper Parade Ground at Norwich.
“Rookie proposals can be pretty out there,” said Leah Andrea, a 21-year old communications major from Pittsburgh, Pa. “I have seen some hilarious ways to ask a person to a dance, it’s definitely not something you see every day.”
According to Andrea, there is not any specific criteria someone must follow during a rookie proposal. Generally, the recruits need permission from their cadre, but once permission is granted they may begin making their plans.
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Norwich Counseling and Wellness Center offers new initiatives for mental health

The staff of Norwich University’s Counseling and Wellness Center are trying innovative strategies to promote the counseling center’s presence on campus, and the effort seems to be working.
“Last year’s total, across the whole year, we had 250 students come through,” said Nicole Krotinger, director of Counseling and Wellness. “This year we are already at 160, and its only October.”
The goal is to boost usage of the center to help manage the mental health of students, according to Krotinger.
Krotinger noted that at least 60 new students have visited the counseling center per month and expects the total number of visitors to surpass last year’s figures. Fewer students visited the counseling center in 2017 because the new counseling staff had just started that year.
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NU athletes and elementary kids walk together to promote a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle

Junior Owen McKenna. Picture by Norwich University

On Wednesday Oct. 10, hundreds of Norwich student-athletes laced up their sneakers and joined a crowd of Northfield elementary school kids, walking together to the local primary school.
The event was part of the yearly National Walk to School Day, a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, according to the event’s website, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – now participate.
Football player Owen McKenna is one of the numerous athletes who made the commitment to set the alarm early in the morning in order to take part to the event.
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New weight room caters to athletes

Norwich mens lacrosse team working out in the new gym. Picture by Andrew Thomas

Preseason, in season, and postseason, no matter the time of year, athletes are in the weight room lifting. Both men’s and women’s teams at Norwich University know this first hand. Putting in work in the weight room with the strength and conditioning coach is a key component in succeeding as an athlete.
Take all those student-athletes with busy schedules, combined with non-athletes trying to work out, and put them all in the same gym: that is one extremely overcrowded gym in Plumley Armory. Norwich felt there needed to be a change and so did the student-athletes.
This past month Norwich’s athletic director decided to create a smaller but more effective weight lifting gym for varsity sports teams. The gym was created by taking two racquet ball courts and equipping the rooms with lifting racks and new dumbbells.
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Campus building renovations reflect shifts in technology and student learning

Over the past five years, Norwich University has undertaken major renovations and construction projects to reinforce a “general push for collaborative learning,” according to the University’s chief administrative officer, David Magida.

Dewey Hall under renovation, with Webb Hall in the background. Photo by Stephanie White

In schools across the country, traditional education methods are evolving largely to collaborative and conversational classroom settings, where “students and faculty interact on a more personal and progressive level,” said Magida, who oversees a transformative revamp of campus buildings.

With the completion of Mack Hall and the current renovation projects on Webb and Dewey, Magida is hoping to do just that. In Magida’s view, the traditional classroom setting is “outdated,” restricting what a professor can do, and what techniques he or she can employ to help students learn and retain information.

“We want the classes to be very flexible,” Magida said. “We want to make it very easy for the faculty members to change things up.” To achieve this goal, Magida and his team have introduced a new era of teaching spaces known as the “smart classrooms.”
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Internships lead to unusual jobs, challenges

Summer interns are usually tasked with errands and coffee orders, but one Norwich University senior accounting major was, “dealing with millions and millions of dollars every single day,” as part of his internship.

“I was overlooking multi-million-dollar invoices, allocating money to their appropriate accounts, building accounting packets and basically verifying that our company’s money was going to all the correct places,” said Brandon Beal, 21, a senior accounting major from Quincy, Mass.

Beal spent his summer working on the “accounts payable” team as an intern for Advent International, a global private equity firm, that has $40 billion dollars of investments in more than 300 companies world-wide.

As an intern, Beal was mostly responsible for confirming employee travel expenses, making sure that employees received reimbursements for expenses during business out of the office. When he wasn’t overlooking things in the expenses paid department, Beal was tasked with looking over multi-million-dollar invoices that were to be sent out to businesses world-wide.

Working in partnership with big accounting firms like Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Beal would give careful inspections of accounts that Advent International held with businesses all across the world and made sure that everything “added up” so that the money would be ready to be sent out.
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Enthusiasm grows for new Mack Hall building

Example image of Mack Hall created for proposal before the actual construction. Picture by Norwich University

“I really think that Mack represents an opportunity for Norwich to open up more to the outside world, to say to everyone, and most importantly the surrounding community, come in and see what we are doing”

Those words come from Jeff Casey, a Norwich University English professor and the director of theater, who is eagerly embracing the modern new theater/auditorium that is located inside Mack Hall.

He sees Mack Hall, just opened this fall, as making a significant statement, a view that finds agreement from others on campus as well.

The $24 million project that constructed 51,300 square- foot Mack Hall symbolizes opportunity, according to Casey. “We can bring the alumni and we can bring the community in, which is something that we are working on in the theater. We can bring all of these people together.”
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Sodexo tries out new feedback board in Wise

The food service at Norwich University run by Sodexo is reaching out to students to have them give feedback on their dining experience in every way they can.

If you’ve noticed the new feedback board in the Wise dining hall, that’s the latest effort by Sodexo staff to improve their performance through listening to students’ criticisms and suggestions.

The feedback board is located on the wall as students exit the dining hall to put their trays away, and students have been doing their part by putting comments, both good and bad, up on the board. The board is a recent innovation that replaces paper or sticky notes to write the comments on.

Norwich Sodexo head staff, composed of Amelia Heidenreich, Lisa Kennedy, or Dennis Gallant, are the ones in charge of responding to the comments left by students.

Based on the responses, it appears the feedback wall has benefited the overall experience in the NU dining hall.
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Study lounges solve housing crunch

Recently built Dalrymple Hall residence. Picture by Norwich University

The lounges in Dalrymple Hall and South Hall were designed as study spaces for civilian students, but for the third year in a row they are still being used to house up to as many as four students.

Still, three years of overflow housing in the lounges isn’t enough to convince Sean O’ Reilly, director of residential life and civilian housing, that Norwich needs to commit resources to expand living space for students.

O’Reilly said part of the space crunch may have to do with the fact off-campus housing is not “readily available,” suggesting the need for overflow housing isn’t driven primarily by incoming freshmen, but by returning upperclassmen who want to live on campus.

O’Reilly emphasized that he doesn’t believe that Norwich is admitting too many students to house because of the fact that there were still spaces available in quads and doubles. The only case when the director would worry about housing is if he still had a wait list.

O’Reilly has been able to house every student who wanted to live on campus, including students who completed their housing forms late and even “took care of new students who hadn’t completed their housing forms.”
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