Bugler Hayley Vance serenades the Upper Parade Ground after members of the Corps of Cadets marched by Friday. Classes began Monday. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

President and provost welcome freshmen as classes begin for 2020-21 academic year

Richard W. Schneider went out like a graduate last spring. As the Class of 2020 collected its degrees in May, Schneider entered retirement, exiting after 28 years as Norwich University’s president. This year, Mark C. Anarumo comes in like a freshman, beginning his tenure as Norwich’s president as the Class of 2024 arrives.

A Norwich University student wears her blue mask as she takes the Student Oath on Sunday on Paine Mountain. She’s wearing a brown jacket. A male student in a navy blue mask and dark sweatshirts stands behind her to her left. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

I promise ... to wear my mask

A student shows off her mask on campus Sunday as she takes the Student Oath on Paine Mountain. President Mark C. Anarumo has asked Norwich’s community — students, faculty and staff — to keep campus healthy and the semester going, by minding their health, washing their hands, keeping their physical distance and wearing their face masks.

Norwich students are out and about — and tuned in at home ¬— as the 2020-21 academic year gets underway. This space will share photos illustrating student life in our new Photo of the Day feature. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

New Photo of the Day feature will offer up-close looks at life on Norwich University’s campus

Classes have started, the students are here and the electricity of activity — social, physical, intellectual — is coursing through campus for academic year 2020-21. To get your eye on what’s happening, we’re introducing a new feature, Photo of the Day.

Facilities Operations Vice President Bizhan Yahyazadeh helped his team prepare Norwich University’s campus to welcome students and meet Vermont Health Department health protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Tanya Tran.)

A look at the team that worked tirelessly to get campus up and running, outfitted for COVID-19 prevention

The coronavirus pandemic upended the traditional campus preparation model, forcing on-the-fly rethinking of everything.

Custodial Services Manager Gloria Marceau cleans a space on Norwich University’s campus. President Mark C. Anarumo has praised the Facilities Operations team for its work preparing the campus this semester to adjust for the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Norwich President Mark C. Anarumo praises team’s effort to adjust campus for COVID-19

Getting Norwich University’s campus ready for students, already a substantial task for the Facility Operations staff, has taken extra labor and attention to detail this semester with Vermont Health Department COVID-19 guidelines to meet.

Regimental Commander Caleb Miller addresses the newly arrived 2024 rook class on a Facebook video posted Aug. 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy Corps of Cadets via Facebook.)

Regimental Commander Caleb Miller encourages first-year cadets in Facebook address

Norwich University’s new rook class arrived in a two-day spurt last week, heralding Rook Week’s approach and swelling the Corps of Cadets toward its COVID-19-reduced on-campus capacity for the fall semester. Caleb Miller, the new regimental commander, welcomed them virtually.

A student leader in the Corps of Cadets leads and exercise on the Upper Parade Ground on Aug. 11, 2020. The cadets are in gray T-shirts, black shorts and black facemasks; the leader’s long read hair is in a ponytail.

Corps, ROTC begin fall semester training, adjusting for coronavirus health protocols

The thud of boots on pavement, occasional brassy blasts from the band and packs of gray “Corps of Cadets” T-shirts signal a new school year’s approach as surely as robins signal spring.

Breathing mindfully, as this white shirt-and-shorts clad yoga class participant did in October 2019, can help people manage stress, Norwich University Counseling and Wellness Center counselor Kate Morris said. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Mindful breathing and other grounding techniques can bring calm anywhere, anytime, counselor says

Although the Counseling and Wellness Center’s aid is a phone call away for students, counselor Kate Morris said managing this semester’s unusual anxiety is possible  anywhere, anytime with increased mindfulness. Scientist, writer, and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn said mindfulness is as simple as “paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.”

Rising senior Hayley Vance, dressed in her blue Corps of Cadets uniform, communes with a therapy dog in September 2019. Norwich University’s Counseling and Wellness Center hopes to bring therapy dogs back to campus during the fall semester to complement teletherapy and in-person physically distanced crisis therapy. (Photo by Mark Coller.)

Counseling and Wellness Center’s teletherapy and programs will help Norwich students manage semester’s stresses

Although campus is crackling to life with each wave of student arrivals, coronavirus stress may be muting the new-school-year excitement. News outlets of all stripes show the pandemic’s national case count, and headlines, stubbornly remain. Nobody can see the end yet. 

Norwich’s Counseling and Wellness Center stands ready to help. The center has added two counselors — bringing its staff to eight and has introduced teletherapy. Anyone on campus or in the 50 U.S. states will be able to phone in for help. Also, remote students in 36 states will be able to arrange therapy over video.


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