President Mark C. Anarumo hails university community’s effort to help fall semester succeed

As the calendar heads toward Thanksgiving, and Norwich University’s students head home to celebrate the holiday, President Mark C. Anarumo expressed gratitude to the community for helping the semester run smoothly.

In his hourlong virtual town hall Thursday, broadcast on GoToWebinar, Anarumo answered queries about the waning fall semester, arrivals for the spring semester and spent more than three minutes on thank yous, to student leaders, faculty and staff for steering through the coronavirus pandemic and adapting to new kinds of learning.

“Our student leaders in the Corps (of Cadets) our student leaders in the civilian dorms, you’ve done an amazing job,” Anarumo said. “What you’ve done here is more than a lot of folks who have graduated from college in the last 10 years have been able to do out in the world.”

“Our student leaders in the Corps (of Cadets) our student leaders in the civilian dorms, you’ve done an amazing job.” Norwich University President Mark C. Anarumo

Anarumo hailed faculty for their flexibility. Instructors’ ability to adapt and inform benefited students present and future in lasting ways, he said.

Anarumo praised the athletics coaches for maintaining practice and activity during a season without any games. He thanked the staff for enabling students to attend; he again hailed facilities operations for getting learning, living and playing spaces ready and keeping them so, cleaning vigilantly and often.

“Everyone has performed at a very high level,” he said.

Lastly, Anarumo hailed alumni, trustees, parents and the community.

“Parents, you trusted us with your sons and daughters during a perilous time,” he said. “Our community has become one of our strongest … advocates when we negotiate with the state and regional government to show that we have done things right.”

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Dr. Michael Prairie teaches an electrical engineering class in September. Norwich President Mark C. Anarumo listed faculty’s ability to adapt amid the coronavirus pandemic among many things he’s been thankful for during the Fall 2020 semester. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Anarumo also reinforced information delivered in an Update from the Hill earlier this week, particularly on departures and arrivals.

— The campus will close, and all students must depart by Wednesday. Students who want to leave earlier may do so as long as they work with their academic advisers, professors, company mentors, ROTC staff and civilian resident life staff, Anarumo said. Students who stay through Wednesday can still take advantage of dining (through takeout meals and Pick Five) and support services.

— All students must have a negative COVID-19 test within 10 days of departure. The semester’s final COVID-19 tests will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Plumley Armory.

— Although 2019-20’s Rook Recognition ceremony happened during the fall semester, 2020-21’s will happen during the spring semester. Recognition will come when training is complete, Anarumo said.

— Parents coming to pick up students should stay in their cars, wear their masks and not enter campus buildings.

— Spring semester arrival dates are Jan. 15, Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. Watch norwich.edu/psa for further details.

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Accolade: Norwich University received a 2020 Honorable Culture of Well-Being Award from insurer Cigna for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving employee health and well-being. 

In a statement, the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium said Cigna evaluated applicants on five key well-being components: leadership, foundations, program implementation, tools and health promotion participation data. A multidepartmental committee from Cigna reviews and judges the applicants. 

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