Traditional holiday dinner also highlights menu of campus activity

This story was updated Nov. 16, 2020

With a virtual open house and a series of informational webinars, Norwich University’s Admissions Office will spend the weekend and a good chunk of the coming week informing prospective students on studies and campus life.

The events start Saturday, with the Veterans Day Virtual Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakout information sessions will cover academics, civilian life, the Corps of Cadets and financial aid. Click for details.

A financial aid webinar from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday will cover scholarships and the College Scholarship Service Profile. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature three webinars each, several addressing first-year student life.

“The open house and the series of webinars we are running are an opportunity to show prospective students and families the programs, clubs, events and people that make Norwich a special place.” Steven Wolf, Norwich University Admissions director

A criminal justice admissions panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday will feature faculty from Norwich’s College of Liberal Arts discussing studies in war and peace, sociology and criminal justice. Webinars on the Corps of Cadets’ rook year and freshman year civilian-student life will concurrently follow from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, an admissions panel discussion on biology, chemistry and health and human performance will run from 8 to 9 p.m. Faculty from the College of Science and Mathematics, describe programs and answer queries. Webinars on the Corps of Cadets’ rook year and first-year civilian-student life will run concurrently from 9 to 10 p.m.

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Corps of Cadets and civilian students will gather Wednesday for communal bread breaking at the traditional holiday dinner at Wise Campus Center. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

“The open house and the series of webinars we are running are an opportunity to show prospective students and families the programs, clubs, events and people that make Norwich a special place,” Admissions Director Steven Wolf, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, wrote in an email. “We explain to the students and families how Norwich can help them achieve their personal and educational goals, and answer the question, ‘Why Norwich?’” 

Wolf added the sessions will let students meet and engage with faculty members, students, coaches, ROTC personnel, and other campus support staff and explore academic departments, the Corps of Cadets, teams, clubs along with the Corps of Cadets and civilian lifestyles.

“We want to give the prospective students and their families all the information they need to make an informed decision on whether Norwich is right for them, and we make every effort to answer all of their questions,” Wolf said. “While we’d much rather host the students and families on campus so we could show them all we have to offer in person, the virtual open house and webinars allow more people to attend while also demonstrating how the university has successfully adapted to the challenges that COVID-19 presents.” 

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Getting toasty: The Campus Activities Board will present a social bonfire from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Shaw Outdoor Center. Students can enjoy music, s’mores and physically distanced socializing. Also Friday, the board will hold a paint night from 7 to 9 p.m. in Crawford Hall and Milano Ballroom.

Breathe in … and out: The Counseling and Wellness Center will start the week with a mindfulness meditation webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday. As counselor Kate Morris said earlier this semester, managing anxiety is possible anywhere, anytime with increased mindfulness, which scientist, writer and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn describes as “paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.”

Dinner canceled: Out of an abundance of caution, the annual Thanksgiving dinner that had been scheduled for Wednesday evening at Wise Campus Center has been canceled.

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