New leader, new courses and programs start, Denver satellite office construction finishes amid busy year

2020 has been quite a year that we’ve all endured! We’ve faced unprecedented challenges and are now entering an unusual holiday season. Despite the obstacles and turns, we are grateful for the tremendous successes this year has brought.

On Norwich Pro and Norwich University Online, we’ve been recounting, celebrating and sharing many stories and successes from the year. We’re glad you were along for our journey through 2020, and we are grateful you’ll be along as 2021 comes and Norwich continues its next year of service to the nation.

Here’s a look back at 10 key moments from 2020.

1. Taking the reins: In June, Norwich Pro, the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ professional development arm, welcomed Daniel Daoust, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, as the organization’s new executive director. Daniel brings years of business development and program management experience to Norwich — we are grateful to have Daniel helming Norwich Pro! Read more here.

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The April 1 webinar commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of Okinawa, was Norwich University Online’s most attended of 2020. (Screenshot from GoToWebinar.)

2. Remembering a key battle: Our April 1 webinar, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of Okinawa, was Norwich University Online’s most attended webinar of 2020. In this webinar, Dr. David Ulbrich, Norwich program director and associate professor in the Master of Arts in history and military history programs, discussed tactics Japanese and American used in the battle and reflected on its lasting legacies. Rewatch the webinar here.

3. Medal of Honor recipient: On Sept. 11, U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, who in 2017 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in strategic studies and defense analysis from Norwich University Online, received the Medal of Honor, the American military’s highest honor. Payne received the medal for his service in Iraq during the Oct. 22, 2015, Operation Inherent Resolve mission that helped rescue more than 70 Iraqi hostages. Payne joins eight other proud Norwich University graduates who have received the Medal of Honor. Read more here.

4. Speakers series launches: On Aug. 5, Norwich University Online launched the Master of Public Administration Speaker Series, coordinated by Rosemarie Pelletier, who directs Norwich University Online graduate programs in public administration and cybersecurity. The webinar series included talks by Susan Smocer Platt, Peter Smith, Steve Schmida, Mark Strand and Debby Irving. Make sure to tune into the first MPA Speaker Series webinar of 2021 with Cindy Richmond at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. Click here for details.

5. New courses launch: Norwich Pro launched two new online courses in September 2020, Mental Toughness-Lite and Artificial & Cognitive Technologies Foundation. The courses are open for registration and offer two continuing education units (CEUs) upon completion. Read more here.

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Construction for Norwich University Online’s satellite office in Denver was finalized in March. (Photo courtesy Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.)

6. New space finished: Construction for Norwich University Online’s satellite office in Denver was finalized in March. While we wait to officially open the office, we want to provide you with a sneak peek into our new space.

7. Pair of programs: As part of Norwich University Online’s new-program initiative, we announced a new online Bachelor of Science in data analytics program and an online Bachelor of Science in computer science and information systems program. Both programs started in September and are accepting applications for the next session’s start on Jan. 11. Read more here.

8. Global gathering: The Norwich University Residency conference took place virtually June 20 to June 25, culminating with a graduation ceremony. The Class of 2020 participated in Residency from near and far, representing all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Greece, Norway, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. Read more here.

9. Open for discussion: Norwich University Online presented a virtual open house May 21 that included six presentations hosted by Norwich staff, faculty and alumni:

  • “The post-COVID-19 economy - What master’s degrees will be in high demand?”
  • “Moving out of the recession - High-demand jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.”
  • “Certificates employers demand - How certificates can advance your career.”
  • “Best ways to finance your degree – Options for adult learners.”
  • “Insights into credit transfer - How you can accelerate your degree goals.”
  • “Norwich alumni community - How to help us grow during uncertain times.”

Rewatch “Insights into Credit Transfer — How You Can Accelerate Your Degree Goals” here.

10. Hopeful and helpful: In mid-March, the Norwich University Online office went virtual to comply with COVID-19 safety regulations. Despite the shift to working from home, Norwich staff members remained helpful, hopeful and resilient (and remain so). In these uncertain times of unprecedented change, one thing has not changed — our commitment to serving and supporting our students. #WeAreInThisTogether


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