Veterans' Day Open House a Success

folding the flag before a crowdApproximately 700 individuals (just over 200 families) attended the Norwich University Veterans' Day Open House, held on Saturday, November 12. According to Lieutenant Colonel Skip Davison, Director of Corps Recruitment, the Veterans Day Open House is primarily focused on attracting prospective students who are interested in The Corps of Cadets.

"Since military tradition, customs, courtesies and honor play a significant role in the military, as well as the Corps, this day has special meaning to all of us who have served or are currently serving," Davison said.

discussionThe Admissions Office conducts four open houses per year. Each has its own focus. The Fall Open House conducted in October is for high school seniors who are currently looking at colleges. The Veterans Day Open House is geared towards attracting those interested specifically in The Corps of Cadets, which is the hardest type of student to recruit. The Spring Open House is focused on high school juniors who are just starting their college search. And the April Open House (NU 101) is for accepted students looking at entering Norwich in the fall.

The Veterans Day Open House began with a ceremony in Plumley Armory to honor those men and women who have served in our armed forces. This event included the posting of colors, singing of the National Anthem by the Regimental Chorus, singing of each service branch song by all in attendance, a Veterans' Day prayer by Rev. William Wick, and remarks by Regimental Commander Benjamin Brewster.

shock platoon performs for the crowdDuring the Open House weekend, 133 interviews were held with prospective students, 75 high school students spent the night at Norwich, and 50 college applications were received.

"This was an extremely successful event for Norwich University and the Admissions Office," Davison said. "Comments from faculty, staff, students and Cadets indicate this was a superb group of prospective students. We all appreciate the help and assistance from all those who participated and made this one of our best open houses ever."