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Annual meal, featuring faculty and staff and volunteer servers, returns for 31st year

The year-end holiday spirit infuses this week’s Norwich University activities schedule, which features ornament making, holiday film screenings and the annual holiday dinner.

By tradition, the dinner, in its 31st year, features faculty and staff volunteers (some festively dressed) serving the meal at 5 p.m. in Wise Campus Center’s dining hall. Norwich’s dining partner Sodexo, which has U.S. headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, creates the menu, which in 2020 featured prime rib.

Matthew McEldowney ’14 told the Norwich Guidon student newspaper that the meal is a pre-exam spirit lifter, letting students convene and relax.

“It’s the time of the school year in which you get that nice, warm environment with your friends,” he said in 2013.

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— SEASONAL SPIRIT: The Campus Activities Board will follow the holiday dinner with ornament making from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Wise Campus Center’s fishbowl lounge. All materials will be provided free; students need bring only themselves and their creativity.

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Members of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets raise a flag at the 2020 holiday dinner at Wise Campus Center’s dining hall. (Photo by Sodexo at Norwich University via Facebook.)

At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Mack Hall Auditorium, the board will screen the 2003 holiday comedy “Elf,” which stars Will Farrell as Buddy, who grows up among elves after he’s errantly sent to the North Pole as a toddler. Sensing he’s misplaced (and learning from Santa Claus of his adoption), Buddy heads to New York City to find his biological father. Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart and Peter Dinklage also star in the movie, which has an 85% positive rating from critics and a 79% positive rating from audiences on rottentomatoes.com.

ADD IT UP: From 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, the Academic Achievement Center will hold a math skills study session on Kreitzberg Library’s fourth floor. The session, designed to prepare students for fall semester final exams, will cover topic lists, study plans and practice tests.

CIRCUIT WARRIORS: Norwich University’s Cyber Rangers club will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Mack Hall’s Thaddeus Buczko War Room. The club, open to all interested students, tests cybersecurity skills, including reverse engineering and cryptology, in capture the flag games and hacking simulations.

CANCELED: The Regimental Band’s holiday concert, which was scheduled for Saturday night in White Memorial Chapel, has been canceled.

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See a complete list of Norwich University activities.


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