Activities include presentation of Defense Department Award to Norwich’s U.S. Army ROTC Pioneer Battalion

The fall career fair, the presentation of the Defense Department ROTC and Educational Institution Partnership Excellence Award and armed forces field training highlight this week’s campus events calendar.

The career fair, directed by the Career and Internship Center, will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Plumley Armory. Past career fairs have brought dozens of businesses and alumni to meet students and discuss open jobs. This week, South Burlington, Vermont-based PC Construction tweeted to tell students it would attend.

Following the fair, Palo Alto Networks, a multinational cybersecurity company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, will host an informational webinar on internships, led by Board of Fellows member, 1996 Norwich graduate and Palo Alto Networks systems engineer Stephan Rockwell.

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At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dr. Dalyn Leutdke, an associate professor of English, will present a Charles A. Dana Category I lecture, “Re-Envisioning the First-Year Writing Sequence” in Kreitzberg Library’s Todd Multipurpose Room.

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Students work in Norwich University’s Writing Center in Kreitzberg Library. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Charles A. Dana Category I Lectures are delivered by professors who received grants from the Dana Foundation, a New York-based philanthropic organization.

Dana Category I grants go annually to tenure-track faculty who demonstrate superior scholarship, teaching ability and university service. To receive the grants, the recipients agree to give a presentation on a topic of their choice. 

Luedtke, who teaches courses in first-year writing, professional and technical writing, writing for the web and rhetorical criticism will discuss revising English 101 and English 102, which hadn’t been revised in at least 40 years. She’ll describe how she added a focus on civic discourse and research identities to align them with the university’s values and reinforce the citizen-scholar model.

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AWARD PRESENTATION: At 1:15 p.m. in Shapiro Field House, U.S. Army Gen. Paul E. Funk II will present the Defense Department ROTC and Educational Institution Partnership Excellence Award to the university’s U.S. Army ROTC Pioneer Battalion.

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U.S. Army captain Clara Leister ’16 pins 2nd lieutenant’s bars on her sister Isabella Leister ’21 in May during U.S. Army commissioning on Sabine Field. The university’s U.S. Army ROTC battalion on Tuesday will receive a Defense Department award for excellence. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Norwich University President Mark Anarumo and U.S. Army Col. Joel Newsom, the College of National Service’s dean, will attend.

Funk is the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s 17th commanding general, responsible for 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence that recruit, train and educate more than 500,000 soldiers and service members annually.

The Defense Department award, which debuted in 2019, is based on accomplishments in program performance, educational institution support and other noteworthy achievements.

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Ed Patru

EYE ON COMMUNICATIONS: The Master of Public Administration Speakers Series will return at 7 p.m. Wednesday with Ed Patru, principal of Direct Communications Co., an Ashburn, Virginia, company specializing in crisis communications; media training and coaching; media relations and message development.

Patru, a 1997 Andrews University graduate, has more than 20 years of political, government and corporate communications experience. In 2010, he was chief communication adviser to Linda McMahon’s 2009 U.S. Senate run and has been a longtime spokesman for Freedom’s Watch, an advocacy organization for political conservatives.

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TRAINING TIME: On Saturday, ROTC programs for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and Naval ROTC, which serves the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, will hold field training exercises.

In 2020, now retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. DeAndre Garner oversaw 410 Army ROTC cadets who applied training from weekly military leadership labs to land navigation, patrols and tactical operations.

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Field training exercises this weekend will let Norwich University ROTC students apply training from military lab training to tactical and logistical scenarios. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

In an email, Garner wrote that to succeed, the cadets, carrying M4 rifles and personal and tactical equipment, some weighing up to 50 pounds, learned to move from among locations by day and night guided only by a map and compass.

Garner, who served 32 years in the U.S. Army, said the exercises exposed the cadets to challenges they’ll likely face at Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, a commission requirement.

“To make our cadets successful at camp, (Army) cadre give the cadets multiple repetitions that instill confidence in their abilities and provide valuable feedback for use in continued training to become agile Army leaders,” Garner wrote. “Norwich cadets arrive to Fort Knox extremely well prepared, having been exposed to challenges we create to mimic those at camp.”


MATH PATHWAYS: The Academic Achievement Center will host a math skills workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday on Kreitzberg Library's fourth floor. Learn to better use your textbook and other resources, prepare for exams and quizzes, and use homework assignments as study aids.  Bring your textbooks, math notebooks, handouts, and laptops.

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QUESTION DEADLINE NEARS: Monday is the deadline to submit questions for the Undergraduate Research Program’s Students to Scholars Symposium.

The symposium, Nov. 11 to Nov. 12 in Kreitzberg Library’s South Instruction Room, will present ideas to a faculty audience through an undergraduate research poster session and showcase. Events also include student panels and an invitation-only awards presentation to recognize 2021 Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Apprentice Grant recipients.

To apply to present an idea at the symposium, visit Completed applications must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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