By giving patches, stickers and coins featuring U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 867’s Yeti mascot, U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Smith thanked the Vermont National Guard for bringing hope to the March 23 Operation Warp Speed vaccination clinic on campus. (Photo courtesy Jack Thurston/New England Cable News.)

College of National Service dean thanks Vermont National Guard members for running vaccine clinic

After more than a year of COVID-19 distancing, masks and shattered routines, the promise of vaccines felt like a blessing, U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Smith said. When Vermont National Guard personnel came to deliver shots March 23, Smith wanted to thank them.

So he summoned his ROTC detachment’s mascot, the Yeti.

Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe portrait

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s graduating future Officers will hear remarks from a fellow alumnus at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe ’86, U.S. Air Force Reserve and Massachusetts National Guard Adjutant General, returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony at 3 p.m. May 1, 2021.

With the three-year $2.9 million contract it landed from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes will expand the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-Making Exercises (DECIDE®) cyber training platform.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) has been awarded a three-year $2.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to expand the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-Making Exercises (DECIDE®) cyber training platform.

The 2021 Peace and War Virtual Summit discussion about potential U.S.-China conflict will expand this week to look at Israel. (Photo by Shutterstock.)

2021 Peace and War Virtual Summit will examine Israel’s potential role in U.S.-China strategic square-off

Heated rhetoric during this month’s diplomatic summit in Anchorage, Alaska, and a torrent of recent news has illustrated escalating tensions in the U.S.-China relationship, a tie U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called the world’s most consequential relationship. This week’s Peace and War Virtual Summit session will examine how Israel fits.

Abdi Nor Iftin will speak virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, a Norwich Writers Series event sponsored by College of Liberal Arts and the English and Communications Department. (Photo courtesy Penguin Random House.)

‘Call Me American’ author will share stories of escaping war-torn Somalia in Norwich Writers Series event

As he wrote his book about his hanging-on-life’s-edge coming of age in Somalia, the “almosts” would make Abdi Nor Iftin shake. Growing up in Mogadishu, he was almost recruited by radical Islamists, almost killed many times, as civil war ravaged his country. He told The New York Times the memories knowing his family still lived on the same street, where the echo of gunfire made it hard to hear phone conversations, made him shake.

Professor Donald Wallace, who died in 2018 after a 55-year teaching career at Norwich University, was legendary for holding his mechanical engineering students to rigorously high standards. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Dedication of Wallace Materials Testing Facility in Juckett Hall will come Thursday

The dedication of a materials testing laboratory in honor of longtime engineering professor Don Wallace, the launch of a virtual Center for Civic Engagement book club and an Admissions Office webinar for prospective students on study tracks for medicine and health careers leads this week’s Norwich University activities calendar.

Norwich University President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider holds the certificate for his Vermont Distinguished Service Medal, flanked by Tracey Poirier’96, left, and Gene Enriquez ’07 and Juan Coleman ’06 on Thursday at the Vermont National Guard’s headquarters in Colchester, Vermont. (Photo courtesy Vermont National Guard.)

Richard W. Schneider, who retired in 2020 after 28 years as the university’s top leader, receives Vermont Distinguished Service Medal

Norwich University has honored President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider’s 28 years of presidential stewardship many ways, renaming a campus building in his honor and etching his name of the top rung the Bicentennial Stairs’ top flight. On Thursday night, the Vermont National Guard’s adjutant general added his own accolade, the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal.

Norwich University President Mark C. Anarumo delivers his Update from the Hill video address Thursday. (Screenshot from video/Norwich University.)

Because of Vermont coronavirus protocols, in-person Commencement will have no outsider audience

“Everyone” is a short word for a large group and complicated spirit, President Mark C. Anarumo said Thursday. And Norwich University, true to its “I Will Try” and “Norwich Together, Norwich Forever” mottos, has worked to include everybody in everything this semester, wherever they chose to study.

Norwich students who have contracted with or are planning to commission into the U.S. armed forces composed a majority of the vaccine recipients at Tuesday’s Operation Warp Speed clinic on campus. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Operation Warp Speed clinic draws 200 vaccine recipients, 88% of them students

Norwich University students contracting into the armed forces showed service-before-self spirit Tuesday, rolling up their sleeves and taking COVID-19 vaccines in a clinic organized by the Vermont National Guard.

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