Highlights of the Norwich University Board of Trustees Reception and Dinner

Thursday, October 16, 2003

l-r, Trustee Sullivan, President Schneider, and Partridge Society President GiannattasioIn his remarks at the Trustees' reception and dinner on October 16, 2003, Chairman of the Board General Gordon R. Sullivan '59, USA (Ret.), recalled his earliest days as a Norwich student, and how the depth of feeling for the school, engendered in him as a cadet, remains intact to this day. "Forty-eight years ago, I put on my cadet uniform and this badge with the motto, 'I WILL TRY.' I am truly honored to be a part of this Board of Trustees and Norwich University's life, as we move this great university l-r, Trustee Brooks receives his campaign banner from President Schneiderforward into this new century."

Addressing the Trustees, Sullivan spoke of the uniqueness of Norwich, and of the board's duty to remain faithful to the guiding values put forth by Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge USA. "We are charged by him, and we live by his mission today, to work alongside President Schneider, his staff and faculty, to ensure that, as we move together toward our next milestone, the Norwich of 2019, we maintain what he desired this place to be from the early 1800s," Sullivan said

l-r, President Schneider presents Trustee Kisiel '59 with his campaign bannerReferring to today's students as "the lifeblood, the heart, of this university," Sullivan pledged, "I will do all I can within my capabilities, and appropriate limits of the job, to serve the board of trustees, and to serve the president and the staff and faculty, as we develop the next generation of leaders of the United States of America."

Following the General's remarks, President Schneider introduced nine Norwich undergraduate students whose educations were interrupted by deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, l-r, President Schneider shakes the hand of Trustee Pierson Mapes '59Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Noble Eagle. Lauding the students for their altruism and service to their country, the president stated, "This is exactly what Partridge would have wanted. They put aside their personal lives for the good of the Republic, and they have done us proud."

The students who stood and were recognized are: Todd Collins, USAF; Beth Carriere, USA; Anne McShane, USCG; Joseph Benete, USCG; Francis Collyer, USMC; Andrew Kettner, USMC; Bill Franks, USMC; Daniel Daugherty, USMC; and Stephen Kulawiak, USMC (unable to attend).

The president then introduced five students currently receiving Trustee scholarships as part of the $8.5 million in scholarships given annually to Norwich undergraduates. The students are: l-r, President Schneider, Trustee Mack, Library Director Hall, FONUL President WheelerTerrence O'Neill, recipient of a scholarship established by George and Bridget Donovan; Michael Anderson, recipient of a scholarship established by Jo-Anne Kennedy; Matthew Angoy, recipient of a scholarship established by Doug and Naomi McCracken; Amanda Cookson, recipient of a scholarship established by Larry and Christine Wesneski; and William Dougherty, recipient of a scholarship established by Bob Mack.

Next on the program, Library Director Ellen Hall, and Friends of the Norwich University Library (FONUL) President Rock Wheeler '58, presented Trustee Bob Mack '64 with a Partridge print in appreciation for his service as the past president of FONUL, and in acknowledgment of his generous support of the University through continuing scholarships and fellowships.

l-r, President Schneider, the Holdens, and Partridge Society President GiannattasioRising to the podium next, Hubert Maultsby, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, outlined the Charles A. Dana Professorship Program, which annually provides Category I Grants to deserving faculty. The 2003-04 recipients of the Dana Category I Grants are: Richard Dunn, geology; Milt Hammond, psychology; Mary Hoppe, chemistry; Gregory Wight, mechanical engineering; David Woolf, Architecture and Art.

President Schneider then recognized the efforts of the Admissions and Financial Aid staff, congratulating them on their "world-class" job in recruiting the class of 2007, largest, most qualified freshman class ever to arrive on "The Hill."

l-r, Trustee Bride receives a print from President SchneiderNext on the program, General Sullivan and President Schneider presented John Bride '60 with a Leadership Campaign print in recognition of his loyalty and generosity on behalf of the recently completed Leadership Campaign, which raised $28.9 million in support of the university.

To conclude the evening's program, Partridge Society President Ed Giannattasio '79 and President Schneider presented 2-Star General Pins to Trustee Mark Kisiel '59 and Board Chairman Gordon R. Sullivan '59 and 1819 Circle Pins to Trustee Charley '67 and Kathleen Holden, Gordon R. Sullivan '59, and Trustee Pierson Mapes '59. Finally, Trustees Francis Brooks '67, Mark Kisiel and Pier Mapes '59 were presented with their Leadership Campaign Banners.

dweggler@norwich.edu, October 2003

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