It’s never a dull day for these ADN students of the Class of 1964, who split their time between Vermont College classrooms and clinical training at area hospitals. Boarding the bus to campus from Barre City Hospital are Kay (Alderfer) O’Brien, Christina Donoghue, Deborah Latham, Alice (Hathaway) Brown, and Barbara Scammel.  (Photo courtesy of NU Archives.)

Norwich Nursing – A Half-Century of Service

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

By Jacque E. Day, with contributions by C. T. Haywood ’12. It was a bold step taken more than half a century ago by a forward-thinking college president that gave rise to Norwich University’s nursing programs. It’s never a dull day for these ADN students of the Class of 1964,... 

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Where Are They Now?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Nine Proud Norwich Nurses, By Diana L. Weggler and Jacque E. Day. It has been said that God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers. The same can be said of nurses. The fact is, nurses are everywhere—Norwich nurses, that is: in the radiology department, injecting you with... 

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(Photo: Mark Collier.)


Monday, April 6, 2015

An interview with COL Sharon Richie, USA (Ret.), PhD., By Diana L. Weggler. Dr. Sharon Richie’s office could easily be described as a gallery of “Who’s Who” among Washington’s political elite. On the walls hang more than a dozen photos of Richie next to instantly recognizable... 

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A Sea of Norwich Blue


Record Number of Cadets Attend International Gala Photo courtesy of Stephen Eichner. The 60th International Debutante Ball was held on December 29, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Twenty-six Norwich cadets—the largest contingent ever in attendance—served as the... Read More


Lea Williams

Lea Williams is writing a book on the life and accomplishments of early-20th-century nurse Ellen N. La Motte.

Casting light on an extraordinary nurse. Associate Professor Lea Williams decided to write about early-20th-century nurse Ellen N. La Motte, not because La Motte was an outstanding nurse—which she was—but because she was one of a generation of women who used their profession as a means of making their opinions known to a greater audience, […]


Justina George Steps Up to the Plate

Justina George ‘16 connects with the ball. (Photo: Mark Collier.)

To say Justina George has a lot on her plate is an understatement. As a member of the Cadets swimming and diving team, as well as the softball team, the junior from Wallingford, Conn., is a two-sport varsity athlete. In addition, she is a full-time student in Norwich’s rigorous undergraduate nursing program. It is everything […]



Professor Anita Ristau (left) with nursing students Carol (Silvestrini) Capecilatro (center) and Pamela (Priest) Irving, displaying the safety doll house they constructed. (Courtesy of NU Archives.)

Carol Silvestrini and Pamela Priest, two freshman nursing students at Vermont College, built a three-foot-high “safety” dollhouse for the pediatrics ward at Central Vermont Hospital in 1975. Part of an independent study for a class taught by Professor Anita Ristau, the house was constructed in the students’ home state of Connecticut and driven to Montpelier […]


Michelle Kanavos ’81


Norwich MCV graduate Michelle (Wood) Kanavos ’81 is an adult primary care nurse practitioner who also teaches at Framingham State College. A member of the NUAA Board of Directors, she is married to Lt Col Jay Kanavos, USAF (Ret.) ’80. Their son, Eric, will be a rook in the Class of 2019 at Norwich this coming […]

Trudee Ettlinger and a soon-to-be nursing grad

Trudee Ettlinger of the Norwich nursing faculty places a nurse's hat atop the head of a soon-to-be nursing grad at the 2005 pinning ceremony in Dole Auditorium, May 14, 2005, as Jan Hansen looks on.
Photo: Diana Weggler.