New Mexico Military Institute Visits Norwich
During October 19-21, New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) officials RADM David R. Ellison, President; Dr. Larry Skogen, Dean; LTC Gil Alvarado, Chair, Criminal Justice Department; and Cadets Nick Dockery and Gregory Blaine Scheideman visited Norwich University. The purpose of the visit was to discuss articulation agreements regarding general education requirements and the criminal justice programs.
Admiral Ellison and Norwich President Richard Schneider discussed the possibility that Norwich could follow the example of the five service academies and use NMMI to "prep" students for its corps of cadets.
NMMI and Norwich already share one very distinguished alumnus: Carlo D'Este, LTC, USA (Ret.). LTC D'Este graduated from both NMMI's high school and junior college, then matriculated at Norwich, and was subsequently commissioned into the US Army. D'Este is the author of a number of outstanding military histories, including Decision in Normandy (1983), Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily July-August 1943 (1988), World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942-1945 (1990), Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome (1991), Patton: A Genius for War (1995), and Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life (2002). D'Este is also the co-founder of the William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium, which is held at Norwich University every spring.
As a result of the visit, both Presidents believe that a formal relationship can and should be established between Norwich University and the New Mexico Military Institute.