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Civic Scholars-directed blood drives and Norwich Hockey Sock Toss mark year of universitywide altruism

“Service to others before self,” played out all over campus, as students showed compassion and altruism.

Civic Scholar students put “blood, sweat, and tears” into organizing the annual Center for Civic Engagement blood and bone marrow drives in the fall and spring, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Caitlin Dailey ’22 lifted pandemic-battered spirits by passing out kazoos to student peers (including the regimental commander), staff and faculty. “Nobody can be sad when they have a kazoo. It’s like a law or something,” she said.

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Caitlin Dailey ’21 shows some of the kazoos she gave to Norwich University’s students, faculty and staff during the spring to chase the coronavirus pandemic blues. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Neither masks, nor distance, nor pandemic protocols stopped NU students giving back in 2021 through the Center for Civic Engagement. The center hailed the achievements with a virtual awards ceremony.

last spring Norwich University neighbor Darn Tough Vermont and a legion of ice hockey fans threw socks on the ice to warm the feet of economically struggling Vermonters at the annual Norwich Hockey Sock Toss. Four nonprofits — the Veteran's Place in Northfield, Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier, Montpelier Food Pantry and The Committee on Temporary Shelter in Burlington — distributed socks collected at the Oct. 30 men’s ice hockey game at Kreitzberg Arena and from drop-off sites at Northfield Savings Bank in Northfield and on campus.

To strengthen compaus support and discuss suicide prevention, Norwich’s Corps of Cadets and the Counseling and Wellness Center hosted “Supporting Yourself and Others.” U.S. Army 1st Lt. Adam Milano, a behavioral health officer and licensed social worker, led the talk then dropped with the attendees to do 22 pushups to honor the 22 veterans lost to suicide daily.


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