University mace bearerConvocation 2003

President SchneiderThe 185th annual Fall Convocation was held at Norwich University on Tuesday, September 9th. After the ceremonial introduction, President Richard Schneider opened Convocation saying, "You are the future of Norwich. You hold our reputation in your hands -- 184 years of tradition. Care for it carefully, for many have gone before you, and we stand on their shoulders today." Norwich University Provost Hubert Maultsby then proceeded to identify the faculty and students who had earned academic distinction in the previous year.

One hundred and forty-two individual Corps and Civilian students were selected and honored for their academic achievements, which included some with perfect 4.0 GPAs and many who had achieved placement on the Dean's List. Six students were awarded the Presidential Provost MaultsbyFellows Award for academic excellence. An impressive 56 other individual awards were presented to individual students, and two platoons, Charlie Company and Service and Support Company, received awards.

The 2003 faculty award recipients included Dr. Reina Pennington of Norwich University's History Department, who received the 2003 Homer L. Dodge Award. This award is given every other year to a younger member of the Norwich faculty, Prof. Penningtonselected by a committee of his or her peers. Also recognized was Dr. Edward Carney of Norwich University's Biology Department, who was awarded the Charles A. Dana Professorship, which is given to a full professor at the University and remains with that faculty member until his or her retirement or move to a part-time position.

Convocation is a tradition that unites the whole Norwich family for one afternoon to celebrate success. Provost Hubert Maultsby ended Convocation by having each class, faculty, and staff member stand to take a separate oath. The Provost's oaths were "Culmination," "Fruition," "Solidification," "Exploration" and "Transition," which strengthened students' feelings of pride and determination for future achievement at Norwich.

pubrel@norwich.edu, September 2003

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