Student Thank-a-Thon, Career and Internship Center events highlight calendar

A welcome-back picnic for international students, the deadline for the Olmsted Foundation Overseas Cultural Immersion trip to Kyrgyzstan and a Thank-a-Thon for scholarship-receiving students highlight the week on campus.

The Thank-a-Thon will run during business hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Jackman Hall’s fourth-floor Board of Trustees conference room. Students can write profiles explaining how scholarships helped them succeed and thank you notes to scholarship-endowing donors.

“The Thank a Thon is an opportunity for students to learn why their donors created scholarships that help fund our financial packages,” Norwich Stewardship and Donor Relations Director Chrissie Eastman wrote in an email. “Students have the opportunity to share information about themselves to the donor and thank them for their generosity. We are looking to share the student's voice with our donors, show them how they are impacting the next generation of Norwich students.”

As part of Norwich University’s affordability commitment, students receive a variety of scholarships and awards. Some awards hinge on academic performance or service before applying to Norwich; other awards hinge on interactions and activities with the university before arriving here as a new student. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Chrissie Eastman for details.

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DEADLINE NEARS: Norwich’s John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center and the Olmsted Foundation invite Corps of Cadets and ROTC students to apply for a spot on an exclusive team tentatively set to visit Kyrgyzstan from May 2 to May 16 to learn about the nation’s culture, military history and religion.

This opportunity is open to cadets of all majors who will be upcoming sophomores, juniors and seniors and will commission in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army. Students must have, or be seeking, an ROTC contract to qualify for the trip.

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A team of Norwich cadets, funded through the support of the Olmsted Foundation in partnership with Norwich University’s John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center, visited the Balkans in late spring 2019. (Courtesy John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center.)

The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, a Falls Church, Virginia, nonprofit, funds the excursion. The foundation supports programs for active-duty officers, service academy cadets, and ROTC cadets that provide a comprehensive education, knowledge and understanding of the political, economic and military factors involved in international relations. The idea is to leave armed-forces-bound students better prepared to deploy abroad.

During the trip, participants meet with religious leaders, tour cities, interact with local/international nongovernmental organizations, and visit rural and urban areas.

Since 2005, more than five dozen Norwich University students have benefited from this grant, traveling to Tanzania, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Senegal, El Salvador, Chile, Turkey, Georgia, Israel and the Balkans. The trip hasn’t happened since 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Because applications are competitive, students should submit résumés listing accomplishments, leadership positions, international travel and other relevant experiences. Students selected for the first round will interview in February. 

Email the Peace and War Center for an application at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Completed applications must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 p.m. Wednesday. 

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PRESENTING AND ACCOUNTED FOR: The Career and Internship Center will hold two job market preparation sessions this week. From 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, the center will present “Résumés that Rock” in Wise Campus Center, Room 228. Students can drop in to have their curricula vitae evaluated for substance and style.

In the same place, from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, the center will present “How to Prepare for the Career Fair.” Career and Internship Center officials, including  Director Meghan Oliver, will help students prepare to be ready to explore internships, discover jobs and network with employers. She’ll review the top five career fair tips: develop a strategy, make a good first impression, network, have a polished résumé and follow up afterward.

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International students from Norwich University gather outside Plumley Armory on Oct. 16, 2021. The International Center will on Thursday hold a picnic to welcome back students who have studied abroad during the Fall 2021 semester. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

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WELCOME BACK: From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the International Center will present a picnic and debriefing session for students returning to Norwich after studying abroad or away. Students will discuss re-entry shock, reverse culture shock, international transfer credit and how to capitalize on their experiences.

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FUN AND GAMES: From 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, the Campus Activities Board will hold Trivia Night at the Mill in Wise Campus Center. Teams of up to four students may compete for prizes and bragging rights. From 7 to 10 p.m., the board will present rock-wall climbing at Shapiro Field House. All students may attend and all equipment is provided.

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