Virtual pinning ceremony for nursing students, Admissions Office information session among events

Connection sessions for students past and future, a pinning for Accelerated Bachelor of Science nursing students and the arrival of the Norwich Record alumni magazine’s WInter 2021 issue stud the calendar for the last full week of the Norwich University’s fall semester.

First, for the future. From 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Admissions Office will hold an Introduction to Norwich webinar. Staff will answer questions about academics, scholarships, financial aid and student life, both for members of the Corps of Cadets and civilian students.

Admissions Director Steven Wolf, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, has said these sessions seek to answer the “Why Norwich?” question for prospective students and their parents.

“We will explain to the students and their families how Norwich can help them achieve their personal and educational goals.” Steven Wolf, Norwich University admissions director

“We will explain to the students and their families how Norwich can help them achieve their personal and educational goals,” Wolf, the College of National Service’s former dean, has said. “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.”

Now, for the past and present. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Norwich University’s Alumni Association will hold a virtual Holiday Connections party, hosted by association board members Meaghan McGrath ’18 and Jenny Goudreau ’90.

McGrath graduated from Norwich with a business management degree and recently added a master’s in information systems management from Ashford University, now the University of Arizona Global Campus. She’s talent acquisition coordinator at National Life Group.

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A scene from Norwich University’s virtual tour. In this week’s virtual information session for students, the Admissions Office will answer prospective students’ queries about all aspects of student life, including campus features and academic programs. (Screenshot from Norwich virtual tour.)

Goudreau serves on the Girard School of Business’s faculty at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. She’s also a fellow at Jumpstart for Young Children, a Boston-based focused nonprofit early education organization, and a consultant with Empower Success Corps New England, a Boston-based nonprofit supporting other nonprofits.

Goudreau has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in human behavior and a doctor of management in organizational leadership. She was a panelist for a July “Legacy of Learning” webinar on resiliency.

Norwich University Alumni and Family Relations Office Director Eddie Habeck said Thursday’s virtual gathering fits with the Alumni Association’s efforts to connect constituents and celebrate the season.

“We always push that Norwich is a big family, and this is an event that shows that,” he said. “It’s a way to make new connections and check in on everyone to see how they’re doing.  … No matter what anybody’s situation, they can hop on these and connect with old friends and maybe meet some new ones.”

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— Deadline nears: Norwich’s Design+Build Collaborative and School of Architecture+Art have earned American Institute of Architects plaudits for the NEST outdoor classroom and playhouse it created for Montpelier’s Union Elementary School.

This fall, the school and collaborative launched a contest for high school students to create their own outdoor learning-and-play space. Sunday is the entry deadline.

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The NEST outdoor classroom and playhouse, designed by students in Norwich University’s School of Architecture+Art and Design+Build Collaborative, serves students at Montpelier’s Union Elementary School. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

“Many standards of normalcy have changed considerably over the last year, especially regarding how we gather for teaching and learning,” Design+Build Collaborative officials said in a statement. “While outdoor learning spaces are not a wholly new idea, they have become all the more important in our current situation. With this design competition we are seeking your thoughtful solutions to making effective, thoughtful, and functional outdoor spaces for learning.”

The competition, open to all high school students, launched Nov. 4; the submissions deadline is Dec. 13. Students may register and compete as individuals or in teams of up to four members. So far, 57 students have entered the contest from 10 nations and four continents.

Completed submissions will earn an individual or each individual in a team a Norwich scholarship of $500 per year for four years, totaling $2,000. The first-place winner will earn a Norwich scholarship of $2,000 per year for four years, totaling $8,000; the second-prize winner will earn a $4,000 scholarship to Norwich University ($1,000 per year for four years) 

Click here for all details on the design parameters and submission guidelines.

Properly pinned: This past week, nursing students marked the transition from classroom study to clinical practice in the annual White Coat Ceremony. At 4 p.m. Thursday, the School of Nursing will hold a pinning ceremony for students graduating from the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

During the virtual ceremony, a symbolic rite of passage for graduating nursing students, graduates will receive pins from the School of Nursing, which friends or family members will affix.

The program, launched in May 2018, was created for students with previous degrees to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in five semesters instead of in four years in the traditional program.

— Norwich Record arrives: The Winter 2021 Norwich Record, the “Women in Leadership: The Interview Issue” is online.

The issue includes Alicia Seda ’11’s diaries from her 20,000-mile motorcycle trip to Buenos Aires; U.S. Army Capt. Ashley Barber ’13’s reflections on gender integration in the Army; Cary Brown M ’10 of the Vermont Commission on Women’s reflections on the continued pay gap for women; and Joanna Owen Schmergel ’99’s reflections on working to enrich the lives of Boston-area students.

The issue also includes an interview with 2020 Medal of Honor recipient Thomas “Patrick” Payne, a 2017 College of Graduate and Continuing Studies degree recipient and U.S. Army sergeant major.

— Tune in: President Mark C. Anarumo will be the special guest on the 17th episode of the Reveille podcast, a Norwich University Athletics production. Multimedia Specialist Tanner Acebo hosts. Listen here.

— Fin, for now: Tuesday brings the last day of full-term classes and the end of final exams, ushering in the close of a vibrant semester. 

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