How NU is dealing with sexual violence

In its effort to create a safe student environment, Norwich is working on several fronts to deal with sexual misconduct or violence, including collaborating with a novel student-run organization.

Norwich University has always tried to maintain the safest environment for students and the overall community, free from any form of sexual misconduct and sexual violence, according to Stephanie Drew, who oversees the university’s programs under Title IX. That 1972 federal education law prohibits sex discrimination and sets out procedures to deal with sexual assault and harassment in colleges and universities that receive federal funding.

“Unfortunately, here at Norwich like any other institution, violence is a reality,” said Drew who is Employee Relationship Equal Opportunities and Title IX Coordinator at N.U. “It does happen here, but we are not unusual with dealing with these cases. We are trying really hard with our programming efforts to share a better awareness and prevention of this topic.”

Sexual misconduct refers to different unwanted actions, behaviors, and words forced on a non-consenting person, including sexual assault and sexual exploitation. Even though in the majority of the cases reported women are the victims, this type of violence happens also among men. [Read more…]

Campus construction, renovations on target

Other than some minor setbacks due to weather and injuries, construction on the Norwich campus is well underway, keeping under budget as well as sticking to a tight schedule.

“Construction has gone as smoothly as expected,” said Dick Terk, project manager for construction at Norwich University. “It has been a great place to work, and the people we are working with are fantastic.”

Engelberth Construction of Colchester, Vt., has been the main contractor in the construction on campus, working with Norwich Facility Operations to ensure that all construction goes smoothly for both the company and the Norwich community.

“The students especially, are the most respectful of any campus that I, myself, have worked on,” said Terk, noting the company has had no problems with students or faculty interfering with construction. [Read more…]

Hypocrisy and leadership

This weekend at drill an officer asked me a question that turned into a mulling session over the rest of the day. He asked me why I hadn’t corrected a buddy on a uniform deficiency (wearing the fleece as an outer layer).

My response for why I hadn’t corrected him came surprisingly fast; “I wear the fleece on the outside sometimes too,” so I didn’t make beans about it.

Of course, there was some joking about that statement, but it actually spawned some thought about several conversations and experiences I have had in the past about leaders and hypocritical behavior.

I’ve had cadet officers in the past stand in front of their subordinates and explain why we had a certain standard and that it was expected of us to enforce and uphold that same standard. Then they would break that exact same standard. [Read more…]

Womens hockey team clinches #1 seed, heads to playoffs on Saturday

Sophomore Amanda Conway, the top scorer for the undefeated women’s hockey team, will join her teammates in facing off against new England College in the playoffs this weekend. Norwich Athletics photo

  The Norwich Women’s Hockey team heads into the post-season with the number one seed for the NEHC playoffs. With an outstanding record of 21 wins, one loss, and three ties (21-1-3), the team clinched the top ranking and now begins its quest to be in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Frozen Four tournament in March.

  The women will host New England College at 3 p.m. in the NEHC Quarterfinals at Kreitzberg Arena on Saturday, Feb. 17.

  “We have so much team chemistry and I think that’s what makes us so successful,” said sophomore Amanda Conway, a 21-year old forward and physical education major from Methuen, Mass. “Our record just reflects that and proves we are a force to be reckoned with.”

  This past week, the team closed the regular season with a dominant 6-0 victory over the University of New England to seal its third perfect league regular season in program history.The team has been building momentum all season. In one of their best efforts of the season so far, the Cadets blanked the UMass Boston Beacons in a 7-0 domination Jan. 26 at Kreitzberg Arena in the battle between the top two NEHC teams.

  “We really just played as one unit,” said junior co-captain Bryn Labbe, a forward and psychology and education double major from Calgary, Alberta. “There’s nothing like winning in the end, but when you truly earn that win, it makes it that much better.”  
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Chris Czarnota is having fun behind the bench at Kreitzberg Arena

Assistant men’s ice hockey coach Chris Czarnota is enjoying life behind the bench after skating four years on the Norwich University hockey team. “I loved my time as a player here,” said Czarnota, Norwich class of 2014 and a goalie for the Cadets. “When the opportunity came up to take the assistant coach job it was a no-brainer. From the facilities to the coaching staff, everything is top notch and it provides the players the best opportunity to succeed.”

Now deep into the season, he is “excited to be back” with a new role on the team. Czarnota was previously working with the Tufts University men’s ice hockey team as goalie coach. “I felt that being a first-time coach, working with Tufts was a wonderful experience to get my feet wet and working with players,” Czarnota said. “I have definitely taken a lot of great learning experience from this and am excited to carry this over with the Norwich team.”

With the teams’ current goalie coach Cap Raeder retiring next season, Czarnota will be taking over the duties for next year. “Anytime anyone is replacing a guy like Cap and the incredible resume he brings it is going to be tough,” said men’s assistant ice hockey coach Ron Dimasi. “But we must remember that Chris was trained by Cap during his time at Norwich, and has learned so much from Cap that he can then use this knowledge with the goalies and make for a smooth transition after Cap’s tenure.”
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Tattoos are a proud mark of accomplishment for athletes and club members at Norwich


Earned, Never Given.

This concept reflects long-standing tradition throughout many Norwich University clubs, teams, and specialty units. For each of these groups, earning one’s place means reaching a level of achievement and dedication – and often that recognition comes with the right to wear a tattoo if you are selected or deemed eligible by your team or group.

These inked designs serve not just as an image of one’s sacrifice and dedication to these organizations, but a more permanent reminder of how far one has come during their time here at Norwich.

Since the Norwich campus is home to many extracurricular organizations, some notable organizations in the scheme of tattoos would be the men’s and women’s rugby teams, the Norwich Artillery Battery, and the Mountain and Cold Weather Company. [Read more…]

Happy faces on 100s night

Seniors gathered for Legacy beer from 14th Star brewing and celebratory glasses as they started their countdown to graduation. Video whiz Jim Black, a former Guidon reporter who just graduated this fall, captured the scene. 100th night

The iPad Initiative

You may have noticed many students on campus working on Apple iPads this year, or writing on them with a high-tech “pencil” in some cases. Norwich is one of a few universities leading the way in exploring use of the powerful devices in classes, labs and for homework.

So what do students using them think? Opinion depends on the students and the major, but based on interviews, the iPad initiative holds promise – and also some issues for Norwich administrators.

Professor Aron Temkin, the Dean of the College of Professional Schools, oversees the iPad initiative working with the Norwich president, board of trustees, and the provost. “The iPad initiative is an effort to enhance the access faculty and students have to technology in a way that supports their teaching, their learning and their scholarship,” explained Dana Routhier, the office manager of college of professional schools, who is playing an important role in the deployment of the iPad initiative.

According to Routhier, there are approximately 240 iPad users this semester. The users are upperclassman who are majors in nursing, athletic training, history, studies in war and peace, psychology, education, geology, environmental science and Chinese.

In interviews, students in those departments shared the experiences and impressions that had using the devices. Most students held a positive initial reaction when finding out that they would get iPads, but some expressed confusion about what they were supposed to do with them.

“For me, I have a lot of technology so I felt like it was another thing to try out,” said Alec Schreurs, a 20-year-old junior health science major from Ansbach, Germany. [Read more…]

Dean Temkin explains the iPad Initiative

In August of 2016, Norwich began to equip some students and faculty with Apple iPad Pros. The principal hope of this initiative is to provide a robust set of tools to our students, through a mobile computing platform, that can expand and improve opportunities for engaged personal learning.

In some companies, like IBM, mobile computing devices now outnumber laptops and desktops. Encouraged by this evolution and the growing scope of mobile computing in primary education, industry, and professional practice, this initiative has been exploring how iPads may be used to enrich studying and learning at Norwich while promoting another level of digital literacy for all students.

What changes occur when an instructor at Norwich can count on everyone in a classroom having equal resources and ready access to information? We expect that providing a common mobile device to every student will provide new opportunities for studying, collaboration, experimentation, fact-finding research and content generation.

The iPad Initiative’s first group of faculty and students began in fall 2016 with 113 student devices issued to sophomores in nursing, sports medicine, athletic training, and studies of war and peace, together with the seniors in psychology. Initially a group of 25 faculty volunteered to participate and explore how the device could impact teaching and learning in their classes. By the end of the first semester more faculty expressed interest and by last spring more than 60 faculty were using iPads. As of January 2018, the number of faculty and staff users will total 119.

Approximately 230 students in eight departments are using iPads this year, a number that is planned to nearly triple in fall of 2018 to more than 600 students when iPads will be required for all students in nursing and all incoming (i.e. freshmen) students in the Bachelor of Arts majors. Last year’s and this year’s students have been using university-owned devices and the students have not incurred any individual cost. Once the iPad is required for an academic program, students will be issued iPads to keep and will pay for the device through a dedicated fee. We are still determining how the fee will be structured, but the intent is for this expense to simply cover the educational cost of the iPad Pro, Pencil, and case – the same “kit” students are using now. [Read more…]

Former commandant looks back, with humor

Professor Michael Kelley sat back in the library armchair as he looked through the Norwich War Whoop of 1974. As he flipped through the pages, he knew exactly where to go as he pointed at a picture of a cadet colonel that shared a striking resemblance with himself.

“Here I am over here, without the mustache”, said Kelley. “The mustache started at ROTC summer camp in ‘73, I didn’t want to have my official portrait in Jackman Hall and the one in the yearbook having a mustache.”

Kelley would keep his mustache during his reign as cadet colonel in 1974 and during his tenure of commandant of cadets as well.

Kelley keeps in contact with the current corps of cadets leaders, both students and administration while he teaches as an engineering professor.

“When you give up command, you should let the new guys have the job,” said Kelley. “I’ll occasionally go up there for a meeting or something, but I try to leave them to their jobs.”

Kelley offered some advice to the new leadership in the commandant’s office as well.

“Get out there and mix it up with the students. That’s an easy thing to say and a hard thing to do,” said Kelley. “Go to pub night or karaoke over at The Mill, or show up at an event where they don’t expect you to be there, just observe, participate, strike up a conversation with somebody. It’s important to see the commandant as a human being.”

Kelley and his wife would often go to the dining hall once a month.

“We just showed up, and I believe that’s important,” said Kelley. “Let the students see you have a human or family side too as well as the job part of your presence.”

Kelley had a lot of respect for his own commandants that were here during his time, and they influenced his leadership style.

“John Wadsworth was the commandant at the time, he influenced me more than he probably knows,” said Kelley. “When it’s a hard time I think about him, and I think about the good people who have come from this place who have miss-stepped now and then or had a bad day. I have to remind myself they are fundamentally good human beings.”

Kelley’s family is unique in another way, which is that he lives in the only commandant housing, famously located right next to the football field. They still pay Norwich to this day. His entire family is a Norwich Family.

“We have four children who went to Norwich, our son who graduated in 2015 is the tenth in our family to graduate from Norwich, and that’s including my wife’s family,” said Kelley. “We got a son-in-law as well who’s graduated from Norwich.”

What many cadets may not know about Kelley is his role in starting what is now known as the Dog River Run, which is a culminating event signaling the end of Rook Week in the modern-day corps of cadets. How it came about has a distinct tinge of humor that involves the longstanding Vermont tradition of skinny-dipping.

“It was a very different time,” said Kelley. “Having to write a letter to Northfield apologizing for the Corps of Cadets going skinny-dipping in the Dog River – that is the product of the very first Dog River Run.”

It was the end of Rook Week in 1974 and the corps wasn’t nearly as organized, according to Kelley.

“Yes, we did things like get uniforms and teach people how to march,” said Kelley. “But it wasn’t quite nearly as structured as it is today.”

The Corps of Cadets not only looked different in 1974, but also thought differently. Kelley remembers that day when they brought the Rooks up to what is now the Norwich Cemetery, which was then Dole Farm.

“The view was even more spectacular then it was today, and we wanted to do something physically demanding, but we also wanted them to see down and see the university from that perspective”, said Kelley. “We were in Vietnam-style fatigues and t-shirts, and we ran them through the river to cool them off.”

Some of the cadets took it upon themselves to go skinny-dipping, according to Kelley. Little did they know the Corps of Cadets weren’t the only ones out that day enjoying the weather.

“There were some people at a bridge that doesn’t exist anymore, and people were standing there, civilians from the community,” said Kelley. “It was then I had my first opportunity to write my letter of apology.”

The spur-of-the-moment decision would go down in history and forever change how the modern corps came to signal the end of Rook Week. As Kelley notes, the aftermath was not as fun as the actual event.

“I did have to eat a dose of humble pie,” said Kelley. “The phones had been ringing and the people from town had been calling and ‘oh by the way you need to write a letter and here’s the people you need to write to.’”

According to Kelley, that little bit of spontaneity and fun is healthy. “At first, I was chagrined at the idea I had to write a letter,” said Kelley.

“I took a deep breath, smiled, and guess you could say ‘the rest is history.’”