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…]

Norwich club hockey team is now undefeated two years running

With an overall record of 41-7-1 the last three years, the Norwich men’s club ice hockey team has gone undefeated in its conference for the second year in a row. The club program, for the last three straight years, has won both the regular season and conference championships.

Finishing this season with a record of 18-0-0, there is no question that Norwich’s club hockey team has built a legitimate name for the program since the team was first put together in 2009.

The team’s secret to success lies within the strong bond between the players, according to head coach Bruce Baroffio Jr. With only three civilian students on the team, the tight bond that is built between all the players in the Corps of Cadets has shown to carry over on the ice.

Baroffio has been the head coach for the last three seasons. Barrofio was the assistant coach for the two years prior to being named the head coach. He credits bringing new structure to the program for the success. “Since implementing a systems approach for the team style of play, we have seen drastic improvements to the team’s success,” said Baroffio. [Read more…]

Big Man On Campus: Mike Hogervorst of Holland easily towers over fellow students

At 6 feet, 11 inches, Mike Hogervorst, #34, towers over everyone else on the court. He's the tallest guy on campus.

At 6 feet, 11 inches, Mike Hogervorst, #34, towers over everyone else on the court. He’s the tallest guy on campus. Photo by Mark Collier.

Mike Hogervorst stands at a towering six feet and 11 inches and wears a size 15 shoe. He’s from the Netherlands and he’s currently attending Norwich and plays basketball on the Norwich men’s team.

Hogervorst’s daily schedule isn’t much different from any other Norwich student. He attends classes and attempts to sneak in a nap or two, but unlike other students Hogervorst ducks his head under an occasional doorway or two and sleeps on a bed that happens to be shorter than he is.

Hogervorst, a 20-year-old sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, is clearly the tallest student on campus. That helps when it comes to basketball. He plays center position on the Norwich University team and has scored over 300 points during the season and pulled down, not surprisingly, 132 rebounds – the most on the team. [Read more…]

Summer internships can help pave the road to future employment

Spring has barely arrived in Vermont, but summer is close behind. Do you know how you are spending your summer break?

If you are like the vast majority of Norwich students, you probably spend the weeks between mid-May and mid-August engaged in temporary employment of one kind or another; but have you considered how your summer job might benefit your future?

Since its founding, Norwich University has promoted experiential learning as a method of acquiring real-world skills and competencies that prepare its graduates for useful, practical professions. Internships are one means to that end.

Usually, entry-level internships may not pay as much as, say, working for your uncle on a construction site, but they will pay huge dividends later in terms of building a career. Today’s job market is highly competitive—companies listing job openings are inundated with applications. Being able to list real-life experience on your resume can make the difference between landing an interview and being round-filed. In fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, nearly 70 percent of interns nationwide are offered full-time jobs at their internship site, and nearly two thirds of people hired straight out of college have some internship experience.

There are a number of tools and techniques available on campus to help you find and apply for internships. Familiarize yourself with the Career and Internship Center on the top floor of the Wise Campus Center. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff is experienced in helping students find and apply for jobs and internships being offered in Vermont and elsewhere. They can also teach you how to conduct your own job search using online tools. Email careers@norwich.edu or dial extension 2125 to schedule an appointment with Jim Graves, the internship coordinator.

Once you have identified which positions you are qualified for, the staff at the Career and Internship Center can walk you through the processes of building a resume and drafting a cover letter. They will even set up a mock interview so that when the time comes you will be poised and prepared. Learn more about their services at careers.norwich.edu.

Another way for Norwich students to pursue internships or jobs is to tap into the alumni network. Norwich graduates span the globe. No matter what your field, there are alumni employed by companies eager to hire Norwich students and graduates.

This year’s spring career fair is this Thursday, March 24 in Plumley Armory, from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Many of the representatives staffing the display tables are Norwich grads who have come to campus to actively recruit for their companies or agencies. They love talking with Norwich students, so take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to get face-to-face with alumni and discuss your future.

Not your usual spring break: Norwich men’s rugby faces tough tournament in Bermuda

Five players were honored by the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference this spring. Junior #8 Eric Pierce , junior fly half Keegan Frick and sophomore scrum half Tom St. Pierre were all named to the All-Conference team. Pierone, fellow junior Matthew Rambin and sophomore Pasquale Cassese were also named to the NECRC All-Academic team which requires sophomore standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Five players were honored by the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference this spring. Junior #8 Eric Pierce , junior fly half Keegan Frick and sophomore scrum half Tom St. Pierre were all named to the All-Conference team.
Pierone, fellow junior Matthew Rambin and sophomore Pasquale Cassese were also named to the NECRC All-Academic team which requires sophomore standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Each year during spring break, a few Norwich sports teams get the chance to travel and compete outside of Vermont. Of those teams, the university’s Men’s Rugby program is one of the only ones to compete internationally on a consistent basis.

“Playing outside the U.S. definitely gives us the ability to really test our skills,” said left side second row James Rowan, a 20-year-old junior construction management major from Fairfax, Va. “We are able to see different styles of rugby used by other countries.”

For the last 20 years, the Cadets have been participating in an annual match against the men’s team from Bishop’s University, a school in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The sides balance the travel between one another, rotating visits each year. The game has become a solidified tradition – held at the end of fall training camp as a kickoff to the regular season.

“The Bishop’s game is probably one of our most fun and friendly matches; they’re a good group of guys,” said second row right side Jack England, a 21-year-old senior criminal justice major from Weymouth, Mass. “It’s also a wakeup call for our team so we know what to expect and what we can work on for the rest of the year.” [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…]

Among faculty at Norwich, survey reveals there is uniform dissent

Unlike some of his colleagues, Prof. Edwin Schmeckpeper, the department chair for civil and environmental engineering, thinks faculty uniforms are an important part of Norwich tradition worth keeping.

Unlike some of his colleagues, Prof. Edwin Schmeckpeper, the department chair for civil and environmental engineering, feels faculty uniforms are an important part of Norwich tradition worth keeping.

Michael Kelley first donned the Norwich cadet uniform in the fall of 1970. In 1974, he traded that in for the uniform of a US Army officer.

Following a two-year break to further his education, Kelley wore that uniform for the next 27 years, rising to the rank of colonel. Eleven of those years were spent as a professor at the United States Military Academy, better known as West Point.

When he retired in 2003, he returned to his alma Mater and donned the uniform of the Vermont State Militia, first as the Vice President of Student Affair and Commandant of Cadets, then as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, where he remains today.

Despite his 44 years wearing a uniform and long history with Norwich, he isn’t convinced that wearing the Army Green uniform is the best choice for the school.

“My recommendation would be: retired military, if you wish to, wear your retired military uniform,” he said. “If you were not in the military, I would go on the side of wearing appropriate civilian attire.”

He is not alone.
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‘Win-Win’ proposal seeks to reduce ROTC course requirement for students not seeking military contracts.

Amber Reichart Photo

Amber Reichart Photo

If proposed changes are approved, Corps of Cadets students not seeking military contracts will have to take just four, instead of the current six, ROTC classes to earn a Military College of Vermont (MCV) diploma and ring effective fall of 2017.

Col.Andy Hird, head of the Air Force department and professor of aerospace science, is acting spokesman for this change. He said the theme is opportunity and diversity: putting the power of decision of how best to develop one’s academic and professional growth in the hands of both cadets and civilians.

“If we do change, it’s going to be a win-win for everybody,” Hird said, “this is intended to be a win for seeking-cadets, non-seeking-cadets, civilian students, and the university.”

Those wins come in the form of five interconnected modifications to how ROTC coursework “interacts with the university,” he said, ranging from a formalized definition of the term free-elective to allowing civilians a seat in military classrooms.

Most critical of these changes, as felt by the three of the ROTC branches, is the “six-to-four” change, as Hird referred to it; the reduction of ROTC classes that corps students not seeking contracts are currently required to take. [Read more…]

Norwich soccer coach Kyle Dezotell left a historic legacy, and his players will miss him

Norwich Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell, who stepped down after ten very successful years.

Norwich Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell, who stepped down after ten very successful years.

“Ten years is a long time to be in a college coaching job in this day and age, and I am incredibly proud of the consistent excellence that our program established over that time period.” – Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell

After a decade as head coach, Norwich University has said goodbye to Kyle Dezotell, who has the most wins as coach in Norwich men’s soccer history.

He compiled a 131-63-18 record and took over the head coach position when he was only 24-years-old.

Dezotell is stepping down as head coach at NU to take up another challenge at Manhattenville College men’s soccer program, where he will also be the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. He also held that position at Norwich since 2013.

“It will be hard to find a replacement for such a great coach like Kyle,” said Anthony Mariano, the Athletic Director at Norwich University. [Read more…]