Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets marches on the Upper Parade Ground during the Nov. 10, 2020, Veterans Day celebration. The Corps’ arrival for the 2020 fall semester was one of the year’s most clicked-in newsfeed stories. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

New president’s arrival, president emertius’s departure, rank among year’s most popular newsfeed stories

It’s impossible to say “2020” without adding “coronavirus,” but with grit and focus, Norwich’s community persevered. As we talk through our masks and measure off safe 6-foot distances, we can look back on a busy year in which we adjusted, showed resilience and succeeded.

A rook in Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets wears his mask as he trains on the Upper Parade Ground in September. 2020 was the year masks became part of the uniform for everyone in the university community. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Images capture campus in motion amid coronavirus pandemic, coursing swiftly behind masks

Norwich University Staff Photographer Mark Collier has seen scores of students experience college day-to-day in his 7½ years on campus. He’s captured them in class, on the march, gathered for meals, readying for life’s coming steps. This year, as the university adjusted to the coronavirus pandemic and new health and safety protocols, Collier said he frequently saw resilience in students as they minded distance, washed hands and wore masks. Everyone, he said, seemed to adopt the U.S. Marine Corps mantra: adapt, improvise and overcome.

For the second year in a row, the Norwich University men’s and women’s hockey teams swept the New England Hockey Conference Tournament titles at Kreitzberg Arena. (Photos by Norwich University Athletics.)

Ice hockey conference tournament sweeps, Grit Games debut, Maroon & Gold Challenge fundraising record highlight busy year

The year 2020 will go down as one of the strangest years in Norwich University’s 100-year-plus varsity athletic history. From the men’s and women’s hockey teams losing out on the chance to compete for national championships, the spring sports season being called off shortly after it started, to the entire first-semester schedule for fall and winter sports being wiped out, it was a far different year than anyone could have anticipated.

Civilian students spread out on Paine Mountain in August to take the Norwich oath before the start of classes. (Screenshot from video.)

Rewatch and revisit Military Writers’ Symposium, presidential welcome, traditional rites and ceremonies

This past year has been unlike any other we have experienced. The global pandemic prompted the university to pivot to virtual events to keep our community physically distanced, healthy and safe. 

Norwich University’s virtual tour will help students see all of campus’s buildings and spaces, all from the comfort of your couch. (Screenshot from video.)

With ingenuity and spirit, staff works to welcome new students to Norwich

In the Admissions Office, we stayed true to Norwich University’s “I Will Try” motto, adapting to the coronavirus pandemic and creating a vibrant year.  

Our virtual tour will take you around campus to see the buildings and sights. (Screenshot from video.)

We’ve got answers about academics, affordability, campus life and more

Norwich University’s Admissions Office is closed from noon Dec. 23 until 8 a.m. Jan. 4. However, the office’s staff members will respond to all email, voice and text messages immediately upon their return. 

Students from the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies mingle in Kreitzberg Library during a Residency Conference. (Photo courtesy College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.)

New leader, new courses and programs start, Denver satellite office construction finishes amid busy year

2020 has been quite a year that we’ve all endured! We’ve faced unprecedented challenges and are now entering an unusual holiday season. Despite the obstacles and turns, we are grateful for the tremendous successes this year has brought.

The Bicentennial Stairs seen on a sunny day in October 2020.

Look-back story series will reflect on past year’s trials and triumphs

2020 brought change, challenges and, in its off-kilter way, reflection and celebration at Norwich University.

Civil and environmental engineering professor Tara Kulkarni works with students on the Wastewater-Based Initiative research earlier this semester. On Tuesday, she went on Waterbury, Vermont radio station WDEV to explain the project to the wider public. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Support from university community, standout students help project thrive, co-director Tara Kulkarni says

As Norwich University, and the rest of the country, wait for COVID-19 vaccinations to arrive, the interdisciplinary Wastewater-Based Epidemiology Initiative team keeps working to keep campus healthy in the interim, gathering on-campus samples and searching for genetic tracers of the novel coronavirus.


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