Top Norwich University Stories for 2004

The 2004 calendar year proved an eventful one for Norwich University. Below are the top ten news and sports stories for 2004.

Norwich University's Online MBA students out-perform 70-95% of traditional MBA students across the nation

In February Norwich learned that Educational Testing Services (ETS), the largest testing organization in the world, chose the University's MBA program as its sole online program test site for the development of the online version of its nationally publicized MBA Field Test. ETS is the provider of the SAT, GMAT, GRE, CLEP, TOEFL, and other major exams.

Norwich University's MBA students took the Field Test in place of their normal program-end comprehensive exam. The Field Test is administered to students enrolled in over fifty MBA programs nationwide - all traditional, face-to-face programs, with the exception of Norwich. Test results showed that Norwich MBA students are outperforming 70-95% of traditional MBA students as determined by their scores on the ETS exam. Norwich students scored better than 95% of all students tested in Management, 85% of all students tested in Accounting, and 70% of all students tested in Finance, Marketing, and Strategy.

Cadet men's ice hockey team wins third straight ECAC East title, lose to Middlebury in Division III Final Four

Paul Mattucci stuffed home the rebound of Chris Fuss shot at 2:40 of overtime to lift Norwich University over Babson for the school's third straight ECAC East tournament title in March. The defending national champions went on to host the Men's NCAA Division III men's ice hockey final four at the Kreitzberg arena. The Cadets fell to a tough Middlebury team 2-1 in double overtime to end their season.
Norwich University Redesignated as Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

In May the National Security Agency (NSA) notified Norwich University that the school had been re-designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) for the academic years 2004-2007.

NSA's national CAEIAE program, established in November 1998, helps NSA partner with colleges and universities across the nation to promote higher education in information assurance (IA). This program is an outreach effort that was designed and is operated in the spirit of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD 63), the Clinton Administration's Policy on Critical Infrastructure Protection, dated May 1998.

Information Assurance Security Conference at Norwich University

The first annual MSIA Security Conference at Norwich University was held on Wednesday, June 23, in the Milano Ballroom. Organizers of the event plan, on an annual basis, to invite keynote speakers with great experience in the field on campus to make a presentation, and then have Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) students and faculty present papers on a variety of interesting and valuable topics in information assurance. The keynote speaker for the first meeting was Dr. Peter Neumann of SRI International, who spoke on the topic, "Security Risks and What to Do About Them."

Norwich awards 132 online Master's degrees (112% increase over last year)

Norwich University awarded 132 Master's degrees to online graduate students during a June 25 graduation ceremony in Andrews Hall. Students receiving diplomas came from as far away as Germany, China, and Guam to as near as Northfield. Norwich offers five different online graduate programs: Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Diplomacy, Master of Justice Administration, and Master of Information Assurance. At the conclusion of 18 months of coursework, students come to Norwich for a week of academic activities.

Norwich receives $13 million in gifts - largest gift ever received

Norwich University received a total of $13 million, in two gifts from the estates of friends of the University. In July Norwich learned that it would receive $7.4 million from the estate of former trustee Henry Prescott Chaplin. The gift is the largest single gift to the University to date, surpassing the $7.25 million gift from the estate of David B."Dixie" NU' 22 and Ruth Hollis in 1996. While serving on the University's Board of Trustees, Chaplin and his wife, Rheta, established a trust for the benefit of Norwich University. Norwich learned that it would receive the balance of the trust following the death of Chaplin's only heir, son Peter Goffe Chaplin, who passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2004. Norwich also announced that it is the beneficiary of a $5.6 million trust from the estate of Frank Chase 1928 and his wife, Zada.

Pro golfer Allen Doyle pledges $1.1 million to alma mater

Norwich University received a pledge of $1.1 million from Allen Doyle, a 1971 graduate who is a now a professional golfer on the PGA Champions Tour, and his wife Kate. Fred Haynes '58, the vice-chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees announced the gift in August during the Fifth Annual Allen Doyle Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament played at Lake Morey Country Club that benefits the Norwich University Blue Line Club and hockey team.

"Allen and Kate's tremendous generosity is going to enable us to begin planning Phase II of the Kreitzberg/Andrews athletic complex," said Haynes. Kreitzberg Arena was opened as the home of the Cadets' highly successful hockey team in 1998, but was not connected to adjacent Andrews Hall, which houses the basketball gymnasium and many of the University's other athletic facilities.

Norwich grad Caruso makes Olympic team

In August Emily Caruso, a 2000 graduate of Norwich University, became the school's first female Olympian when she represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Caruso, a former member of the Norwich University rifle team, was a four-year All-American and the 1998 NCAA individual air rifle champion. Caruso narrowly missed advancing to the final round of the women's 10m air rifle competition, finishing ninth in that event at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games on Saturday, August 14.

Norwich University filmmakers receive national recognition

Norwich University students received national recognition for their film-making efforts during the 2002/2003 academic year. The Society of Professional Journalists' "Mark of Excellence Awards" were presented on September 11 at the organization's national convention in New York City. Norwich University television productions received top honors in three categories during the event.

Two of the awards were in recognition of "Our American Journey: The Road Back to the Frozen Four," in the Sports Program and Sports Photography categories. The third award was for "Our American Journey: High School" in the Feature Photography category. "The Road Back to the Frozen Four" captures the 2002/2003 journey of the Norwich University Hockey Team to the NCAA Division III Finals. "High School" studies the link between truancy and incarceration and what traditional high schools might do to improve graduation rates. "High School" was made possible by a grant from the Vermont Department of Education.

Norwich students deployed with National Guard

Twelve Norwich University students were called to active duty by the Vermont National Guard (VNG) on October. On November 19, the students joined 605 fellow guardsmen in a send-off ceremony at Norwich commencing the largest VNG deployment in history.

Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider, VNG Major General Martha T. Rainville, U.S. Senators Jim Jeffords and Patrick Leahy, Congressman Bernie Sanders, and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas each addressed the soldiers during the brief ceremony. Following their remarks, the guardsmen had an opportunity to say goodbye to family and friends before boarding buses and heading for the Burlington Airport.

The Vermont troops are training in Mississippi for six weeks before being shipped to the Middle East to help support the U.S.-led war in Iraq, although the guard members will be based outside of that country. The VNG will be charged with providing security for moving conveys and at installations such as bases and airports.

National Center for the Study of Counter-terrorism & CyberCrime secures $5.0 million federal contract funds to support US military research and development

The National Center for the Study of Counter-terrorism & CyberCrime at Norwich University received a two-year $5 million federal contract in October to conduct research and technology development for the US military. Specifically, the research will be performed in the areas of nanotechnologies, unexploded ordinance detection, and computer network systems. The contract is the result of the efforts of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who placed the additional funds in the 2004 Department of Defense budget. Senator Leahy was also instrumental in the creation and location of the National Center at Norwich University.

compiled by Mark Albury
December 2004

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