All A-Twitter on the Hill

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In the world of social media, the story of Western civilization is being documented, as it happens, by the multitudes. But in a decade or two, or ten or twenty, where will that history live? Some experts speculate that unless we take measures to preserve it, our digital imprint will fall into a void, and this era will become a virtual dark age. The purpose of the Norwich Record is to serve as a record of the great story of this institution. So this new section marks the beginning of our effort to preserve, in print, some of the Norwich family’s virtual conversation.

What do you, as a member of this family, want Norwich’s early-21st-century digital footprint to convey to future generations? We welcome you to help shape that footprint by adding your voice to the discussion.

Here are just a few ideas to get you involved. In the winter 2017 issue, we’ll publish select excerpts of the ongoing cyber-social dialogues that arise from these prompts.

Renowned author and entrepreneur Marilyn Tam speaks at Norwich University as part of the Todd Lecture Series: 7 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016.

Renowned author and entrepreneur Marilyn Tam speaks at Norwich University as part of the Todd Lecture Series: 7 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016.

Ask the industry superstar.

Marilyn Tam is our fall Todd Lecturer. A former CEO of Aveda Corporation, Tam also served as president of Reebok’s apparel and retail division and vice president of Nike. She has built four companies, and is the author of the books The Happiness Choice, Living the Life of Your Dreams, and How to Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want.

Inc. Magazine ranks her as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world.

Tam speaks at Norwich on November 7 at 7:00 p.m. Can’t make it to campus? No problem. Stream the lecture live at If you are planning to view the lecture remotely but would still like to ask her a question, visit and post your question on or before October 15. We’ll enter it into a pool of potential questions to be posed to Marilyn via our various media outlets and possibly even during the Q & A following the lecture. Chosen questions will be attributed to the original askers.

Deadline: October 15, 2016. Be sure to use the hashtag #norwichtls, and head your post with “Marilyn Tam Question.”

Who was your standout cadet colonel?

This issue features a Q & A with Norwich University’s four former female regimental commanders (“In Their Shoes,” page 14) in which they offer advice and words of wisdom to Erin Gats ’17, who this fall became the fifth woman to step into the role. We’d like to expand this conversation to include all regimental commanders, male and female. If you were an RC, what advice do you have for Erin? Or, who was the standout cadet colonel during your tenure as a student on the Hill? Do you have a particular story about what made that regimental commander such an exemplary leader?

Share your thoughts on and Twitter: @norwichnews #NUintheirshoesDeadline: November 1, 2016.

We ♥ Mary Hoppe.

Chemistry professor Mary Hoppe is a walking anthology of Norwich firsts. Her story, “Just Being Me,” on page 12, celebrates her 35-year service to this institution. Not surprisingly, she is much loved by her colleagues and students, former and present. What was her influence on you? Share your Mary Hoppe stories on, hashtag #iheartmaryhoppe.

Deadline: November 1, 2016.

Where is NU Social Media?

The magic of social media is that they offer innumerable ways to connect with Norwich. Not yet tapped in? We’ve made it easy for you. Visit for links to all our social media outlets.

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