Top Norwich University News and Sports Stories of 2003

The 2003 calendar year proved an eventful one for Norwich University. Below are the top ten news and sports stories for 2003.

Norwich Awarded National Science Foundation Federal Cyber Service Scholarships

In January 2003 Norwich University was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive $4.2 million in scholarship funding through the NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program. The program provides funds to universities to award scholarships to students studying in the fields of information assurance or computer science. The goal of the NSF program is to increase the capacity of US higher education institutions to educate qualified professionals in the fields of information assurance and computer science who can help meet the needs of an increasingly technological society. With the NSF funding, Norwich will be able to offer scholarships over the next four years to ten juniors and ten seniors enrolled in one of its undergraduate courses of study that offer training in information assurance.

Norwich University Students Called to Serve

Thirteen undergraduate students at Norwich University were called to active duty in the Persian Gulf and other destinations overseas in mid-February. The students - members of the US National Guard and Marine Corps Reserves - are members of troops called to active duty throughout the United States. "I am proud and honored to count these young people who are postponing their academic lives to serve our country as members of Norwich University," said Norwich President Richard W. Schneider. "They are part of Norwich University's long tradition of service to the nation."

Regimental Drill Team Wins First Place Honors in National Competition

The Norwich University Regimental Drill Team, the Shock Platoon, traveled to New Orleans to participate in the Mardi Gras Drill Competition against 50 drill teams from around the nation in March, and came home with first place honors in two of six events. The Shock Platoon, formed in 1937, regularly perform in parades and official ceremonies throughout New England. Drill team members are required to learn numerous precision drill routines and provide support for special teams such as the Honor Guard, the Saber Drill Team, and the Color Guard.

Cadet Hockey Team Wins NCAA Division III Hockey Title

Norwich University posted a come-from-behind win over Trinity College in the NCAA quarter-finals, winning 5-4 after trailing 4-1 entering the third period; posted a 6-3 victory over St. Norbert (WI) College in the semi-finals; and edged Oswego State 2-1 in the championship game to pick up their second national title in three years. The Cadets finished the season with an overall record of 27-3.

Vermont National Guard Readiness and Regional Technology Center Opens on Campus

At a May ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Vermont Adjutant General Maj. General Martha Rainville, Senators Patrick Leahy and Jim Jeffords, and Governor James Douglas, the new National Guard Armory was officially opened on the campus of Norwich University. The center will house the 86th Armor Brigade Headquarters Company as well as the Information Operations Battalion and various detachments from units around the state. High-tech tank simulators at the facility will provide soldiers with real-world scenarios without the use of live ammunition or fuel and will spare the expense of many other logistical requirements.

First Norwich MBA Class Graduates

Norwich celebrated the graduation of the university's first class of MBA students on Friday, August 8, 2003. Sixty-three students from the United States, Canada, and France received their masters degree at the event. The Norwich online MBA program, which began in September 2001, is an 18-month program that consists of six semesters, each lasting approximately 11 weeks, with a two-week break between semesters. At the end of the program all students attend a week-long residency on the Northfield campus before graduation. Currently there are over three hundred students enrolled in Norwich's MBA program.

Norwich University purchases Vermont National Guard Facility

On August 12, the Vermont National Guard and Norwich University announced Norwich's purchase of the Vermont National Guard's Armory building located on the common in downtown Northfield. The approximately 12,000 square foot facility, located at the intersection of Wall and Central Streets, was built in 1922. Norwich will house two programs in the facility - its online graduate program and the National Center for the Study of Counter-Terrorism & Cyber Crime.

Cadet Football Team Play in the North Atlantic Bowl

After finishing the regular season with a record of 6-4, the Norwich University football team was invited to take part in their first post-season game in 20 years. Norwich was selected to play in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl, one of three post-season games for Division III teams in New York and New England. On Saturday, November 22, Norwich traveled to Geneva, New York, to face a tough Hobart College team. Hobart won the contest 34 to 18.

National Center for the Study of Counter-terrorism & Cyber Crime Secures $4.5 Million Federal Contract

In October the National Center for the Study of Counter-terrorism and Cyber Crime at Norwich University received a two-year federal contract to conduct research and technology development for the US military. Specifically, the contract calls for research in the areas of nanotechnologies, unexploded ordinance detection, and computer network systems. The contract was the result of the efforts of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who placed additional funds in the 2003 Department of Defense budget.

Norwich President Richard Schneider Named VTC Chairman

Norwich University President Richard Schneider was named chairman of the board of the Vermont Technology Council (VTC) at their annual meeting held in Burlington on December 18. The VTC was formed to help create and encourage science and technology-based businesses in Vermont. "One of the main goals of the VTC is to foster ties with the academic community and the business community," stated Paul Hale, executive director of the VTC. "With President Schneider's leadership we hope to strengthen this bond."

Norwich Rugby Team advances to Sweet 16

The Norwich Mens rugby team qualified for the USA Rugby Sweet 16 tournament for the first time in school history. The Cadets' outstanding performance at the NRU playoffs capped a Cinderella season that opened with a disappointing loss to Amherst, and culminated with a dramatic win over perennial powerhouse Dartmouth. Norwich finished 4-3 on the regular season, good enough for third-place in the highly competitive New England Rugby Football Union [White League]. Norwich is seeded fourth going into the tournament, which will take place in Spring 2004 at a venue yet to be determined.

compiled by Mark Albury
January 2004

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