Mark Anarumo, with his family behind him, swears in as Norwich University’s 23rd president on Sept. 22, 2021 om Jackman Hall’s steps. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

A picture’s worth a thousand memories.

Norwich University’s men’s rugby team won its fifth straight conference 15s championship and punched its ticket to its sixth overall Division II national tournament appearance.  (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Teams return to play after coronavirus pandemic-forced hiatus

Norwich University’s sports teams eagerly returned to action as coronavirus restrictions eased and vaccinations rolled out. Here’s a chronological 2021 recap.

Dr. Mark Anarumo was inaugurated at Norwich University’s 24th president in September in a ceremony on Jackman Hall’s steps. Hundreds of people watched in person and online. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Dr. Mark Anarumo’s move into dorms during pandemic draws national media spotlight

2021 brought many challenges and opportunities for the university’s 24th president, Mark Anarumo. His first year started when he took the helm in June 2020, and was defined by the then-in-full-swing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Four-star U.S. Army Gen. Paul E Funk II, the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command commander, spoke at Shapiro Field House on Oct. 19. He also delivered the Defense Department ROTC and Educational Institution Partnership Excellence Award to Norwich University’s U.S. Army ROTC Pioneer Battalion. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Four-star U.S. Army leaders visit to deliver Defense Department award and honor a fallen alumnus

Here come the generals! (Rise up!)

William McCollough, a 1991 Norwich University graduate and retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, bounds down Jackman Hall’s steps Sept. 14 after being announced as the 56th Corps of Cadets commandant. He’ll also serve as vice president of student affairs. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Hires include commandant, chief of staff, provost

Several key administrative positions were filled this year, as the university named a vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; a combined vice president of student affairs and commandant; and provost; a chief financial officer; a chief of staff and a new athletic director.

Members of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets line up to talk to panelists during a Mack Hall panel discussion during November’s Military Writers’ Symposium. (Photo by Norwich University Corps of Cadets via Flickr.)

Symposiums for military academies, military writers draw leaders, dignitaries from around the world

Norwich University had several bold-type events in 2021, drawing talented speakers and introducing talented leaders from across the nation and around the world.

After a long awaited reunion, parents and families embraced their students during Family Weekend. Oct. 9 to Oct. 10. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Family Weekend and Homecoming return in person after one-year coronavirus pandemic hiatus

At Norwich University, students develop leadership traits — discipline, integrity, confidence, loyalty and honor — to help them excel in any profession. Year after year, Norwich alumni continue to make the news for their exemplary service and leadership in their personal and professional lives.

Grants to Norwich University’s Applied Research Institutes will support programs to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, such as these listening to a Mack Hall lecture in Mack Hall in October 2019. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes land funding from National Security Agency, Homeland Security Department for cybersecurity-oriented projects

2021 brought large investments through grants and awards to continue to keep the Norwich University education relevant for today’s students and beyond. 

Joint Chiefs chairman, Massachusetts National Guard adjutant general speak to graduates

The 2020-21 academic year, as many others have at Norwich University, ended with a resounding boom. Cannon fire echoed sounds of celebration on Commencement and Commissioning Day, May 1, in honor of the Class of 2021.


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