Class of 2010 arrives on campus
After a summer filled with the noise of ongoing campus construction, the UP echoes once again with the sounds of marching cadences and students. The class of 2010, made up of over 360 rooks, 200 civilian residents and 50 civilian commuters, arrived on campus last week, eager to begin their Norwich experience.
General Mike Kelley, Commandant of Cadets and Vice President for Student Affairs, has declared "respect and dignity for all and by all" to be the theme for the new academic year, and nowhere was this theme more apparent than during the rook and new student arrival days. Thorough planning with all parties ensured campus-wide teamwork and a warm welcome for new students and their families. In a show of true school spirit, the entire Norwich University football team, corps and civilian alike, took it upon themselves to help out during rook arrival day proceedings. Dressed in new jerseys emblazoned with the Norwich logo, the team arrived on the UP and joined cadre in unloading cars and carrying luggage into new rook rooms.
According to Karen McGrath, Dean of Enrollment Management, this gesture was but one example of "unprecedented collaboration and cooperation between the student life office, admissions, and cadet and civilian student leaders, to make this year's new student arrival days an especially welcoming display of the spirit of the Norwich family."