Photo: Liz Kennedy '01

A letter from Vice President of Development & Alumni Engagement Elizabeth Kennedy ’01

When I was a student at Norwich between 1997 and 2001, the campus was abuzz with transformation. Bartoletto Hall, was under construction, paving the way for the next generation scientists. The rink in Kreitzberg Arena finished construction my sophomore year, further sparking my passion for hockey. It motivated me to establish the first women’s club hockey team the following year.

In addition to the physical updates to campus and the opportunities they presented, Norwich transformed my life on a personal level. I met my future husband here, not to mention the special friends who are now godparents of our two children. While my time as a student at Norwich lasted only four years, that experience shaped the trajectory of my life afterward.

My story, which countless other alumni are fortunate to share, is a testament to philanthropy. As a student, I was perhaps only vaguely aware that the Leadership Campaign was under-way, raising vital funds to make crucial updates to campus and enable world-class academics and leadership opportunities on a cutting-edge campus.

Today, we remain committed as ever to ensuring the hallmark Norwich experience while also navigating the challenges of COVID-19 and the rising cost of higher education. That is why Norwich launched the Shoulder-to-Shoulder fundraising initiative last fall. Through May 2023, the university aims to raise $28 million for five strategic priorities: the Norwich Fund, scholarships, a technology endowment, academic enhancement, and planned giving. These priorities keep Norwich relevant, agile, and competitive in today’s ever-changing world.

In this and future issues of the Record, as in the past, you’ll find stories that bring to life the many diverse examples of generosity at Norwich. Members of our Norwich community come from all walks of life. We are united by our love of the university and a commitment to paying the benefits we enjoyed as students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends forward. By giving what we can, we see that gifts of all size add up to make a strong impact.

Even though we cannot physically stand shoulder to shoulder at present, we need to move forward as if we were. Together, we will channel Norwich’s trademark grit, enthusiasm, and dedication to see the university through this challenging time and emerge better and stronger.

Norwich Forever!

Vice President of Development & Alumni Engagement

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