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Norwich University Hosts Northern Stage Production of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host a Northern Stage Literature to Life stage presentation of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Norwich University’s Mack Hall auditorium.

Author of Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America’s Global Wars to Speak at Norwich

Noah Coburn is a socio-cultural anthropologist focusing on political structures and violence in the Middle East and Central Asia.

War is one of the most lucrative job markets for an increasingly global workforce. Most of the work on American bases, everything from manning guard towers to cleaning the latrines to more technical engineering and accounting jobs, has been outsourced to private firms that then contract out individual jobs, often to the lowest bidder. An “American” base in Afghanistan or Iraq will be staffed with workers from places like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Turkey, Bosnia, and Nepal: so-called “third-country nationals.” Tens of thousands of these workers are now fixtures on American bases. Yet, in the plethora of records kept by the U.S. government, they are unseen and uncounted—their stories untold.

Norwich University Launches New Online RN-to-BSN Degree Completion Program

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s School of Nursing, in collaboration with the University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS), has launched a new online bachelor’s degree completion program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), designed for licensed RNs who want to pursue their degree while balancing work and other life responsibilities. The program is set to begin its first trimester in August 2019.

U.S. Army Alaska Commanding General, NU Alum, to Speak at Norwich ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. U.S. Army Major General Mark J. O’Neil ’86 returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 12, at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Norwich University Writers Series welcomes award-winning author Robin MacArthur

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University Writers Series welcomes Robin MacArthur to campus on Thursday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

MacArthur’s debut collection of short stories, “Half Wild” (Ecco/Harper Collins 2016) won the 2017 PEN New England award for fiction, and was a finalist for both the New England Book Award and the Vermont Book Award.

January 17, 2019, 3:00 P.M.

Gdebanen Clarke ’19 took this celebratory summit photo on Slide Peak, N.H. (elevation: 4,807 feet) during Ice Trek, the annual winter training exercise of Mountain Cold Weather Company. Colin Johnson ’19 and Alex Gonzalez ’19 led two groups of cadets as they ice-climbed and traversed active avalanche terrain to reach the summit. Temps dipped as low as –15°F, with 40 m.p.h. winds and 100 m.p.h. gusts, during the summit push.

Established in 1948 shortly after WWII by former members of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, Mountain Cold Weather Company was formed to teach alpine mountaineering and mountain and cold-weather warfare skills. Today, the student-led company is “like a family,” Clarke says. It continues to thrive thanks to alumni support.

The Early History of Norwich University and Its Boundary-Breaking Founder

By Alex Kershaw

Editor’s note: Former NU President Maj. Gen. Ernest Harmon said that to think of Norwich is to think of its founder, Captain Alden Partridge (1785–1854). In celebration of NU’s Bicentennial, the following is an abridged excerpt from Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich History by bestselling author and historian Alex Kershaw.

It began with a mutiny, by a man who held such iron convictions that he turned his back on his government and began his own revolution, one that would profoundly impact American education. In 1817 America’s fifth president, James Monroe, sent a new man to become superintendent at West Point, the nation’s first military academy. Capt. Sylvanus Thayer, 32 years old, who was ordered to take charge of the institution, arrived in July and walked onto the Plain at West Point. He was met by Capt. Alden Partridge, Thayer’s superior in the Corps of Engineers.

The former ambassador and presidential envoy to Iraq discusses Syria, ISIS, and American foreign policy with College of Liberal Arts Dean Edward Kohn

Most people know Paul Bremer as the presidential envoy appointed by George W. Bush in 2003 to lead the reconstruction of Iraq after U.S.-led coalition forces invaded the country and toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. Even today, the images of Bremer touring wreckage in a suit and combat boots still linger. Less well known, perhaps, is the diplomat’s long career as a foreign service officer, which began in Afghanistan in the 1960s and included posts in Africa, Europe, and Washington, where he served Henry Kissinger at the State Department and later in the private sector. In 1999, Bremer chaired the National Commission on Terrorism. His office was located at the World Trade Center when the 9/11 attacks occurred. Bremer later served on a National Academy of Sciences committee on science, technology, and counter-terrorism.

Amazon’s Jon Allen ’94 on self-driving cars, cloud computing, the automotive future, and why he loves his job: “It’s the pace of innovation.”

Interview by Sean Markey

Last year, NU Board of Fellows Chair Jon Allen joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) to lead its global automotive practice. Working from a satellite Amazon campus in northern Virginia but more often hopping time zones, Allen and his team help global automakers leverage the power of AWS using data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and high-process computing to innovate and think big. “It’s about taking what seems like an impossible task and making it into a reality.”

The NUCC Regimental Band performed a traditional “Farmers Night” concert at the Vermont State House on Feb. 20, capping a fitting end to Norwich University Day in the Capital City of Montpelier. Earlier in the day, Norwich hosted public events in the capitol with Gov. Phil Scott and guests. This being Vermont, the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams also scrimmaged on an outdoor rink on the State House grounds.

The Norwich Record | Spring 2019

Cam Beecy ’19 is a 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award Finalist

Nursing major, student athlete, and Air Force ROTC scholar Cam Beecy epitomizes NU’s “I Will Try” motto.

The senior defensiveman is a two-time New England Hockey Conference All-Academic team honoree. In 2017, he helped the Cadets win the NCAA Division III National Championship, their fourth national title in program history.

Nearly a year ahead of schedule, NU’s five-year Forging the Future (FTF) capital campaign has raised $100 million, the largest fundraising drive in university history.

Thanks to the generosity and support of alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends, the FTF campaign has grown student scholarships and transformed academic buildings on campus. In August, Mack Hall—the new four-story, $24 million academic building—opened its doors. Current renovations to Dewey Hall are nearing completion.

Communications Major and Cadet from Enterprise, Alabama

Why Norwich?

In high school I took AP classes and JROTC, because I wanted to be challenged. The logical next step was to go somewhere that really pushed me to develop who I was—intellectually and on a character level.