Bicentennial Commemoration Update

Fifteen months from now we will be launching a yearlong commemoration of Norwich’s 1819 founding. Our countdown officially began at Homecoming 2014, but many alumni, faculty, staff, and students were involved in the planning process long before. To date, more than 300 people have served on steering committees or contributed ideas for commemorating this historic milestone.

In the first phase of planning, five committees were established to brainstorm, assess, and implement a number of initiatives that have advanced our goal “to engage the Norwich family in honoring our past, present, and future, tell the Norwich story, and commemorate our bicentennial.” To date, we have achieved the following:

Alumni/Student Programs Committee: Launched the “200 Things About Norwich” weekly email campaign to 24,000 recipients, further developed the Coaching for Leadership Program, and created bicentennial patches for student uniforms and commemorative streamers for flags.

Commemorative Works Committee: Produced historically accurate reproductions of Norwich uniforms that are modeled by students at special events, and developed a line of commemorative items including Vineyard Vines® ties, scarves, and belts, a custom-blend coffee, canvas tote bags, Darn Tough® socks, Alden Partridge bobbleheads, and a limited-edition Henry® .30-.30 rifle.

Events Committee: Supported the Bicentennial Kickoff Gala in 2014, Year of Transformation, and Year of Leadership launch events on campus and 51 events in cities across the nation.

Academic Programs Committee: Hosted the ROTC Centennial Symposium in 2016 and the Making Innovation Symposium in 2017.

Bicentennial Stairs Committee: Developed the criteria and nomination process for selecting those to be memorialized on the Bicentennial Stairs.

We are sincerely grateful to all who have contributed and supported the bicentennial projects to date.

In the fall 2017 issue of the Norwich Record we will announce the 2018–19 schedule of events and activities. Among these will be the unveiling of commemorative artwork, the premiere of a documentary film on the history of Norwich, and ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Bicentennial Stairs, renovations of Dewey, Webb, and Ainsworth halls, and the construction of Mack Hall. We will also release the bicentennial history book on Norwich written by New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw. In addition to spectacular Homecoming events in 2018 and 2019, there will be gala celebrations in Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Naples, Fla., as well as bicentennial “birthday parties” in NU clubs across the nation.

There is a great deal to look forward to as we mark Norwich’s 200-year legacy and embark on our third century of service to our nation, and, by extension, the entire world. We encourage your participation in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Norwich Forever!


Doug McCracken ’70
Bicentennial Commemoration Committee



Diane Scolaro
Associate Vice President
Bicentennial Celebrations

Mack Hall
A Modern, Flexible Hub for Active Learning

The second phase of our $100 million Forging the Future campaign is scheduled for completion in August 2018. This $24 million academic building features interactive classrooms, case-study spaces, pocket lounges, a high-tech, cyber-security War Room, and a 400-seat auditorium and performing arts center.

Pictured (l-r): On May 1, 2017, President Richard Schneider, Debbie McNally ’18, and Chairman Alan DeForest ’75 broke ground on Mack Hall with the help of Chris Yandow, vice president of Engelberth Construction, Rick Jones, president and principal of Jones Architecture, Josh Crandall, architect with Freeman French Freeman, and Norwich senior project manager Norm St. Onge.


Bicentennial Merchandise
Limited-Edition Commemorative Rifle



Henry®, America’s storied rifle maker, is producing a limited-edition .30-.30 rifle to commemorate Norwich University’s Bicentennial. Each masterpiece of finely crafted gunsmithing is numbered and features Norwich’s Bicentennial logo engraved into the American walnut stock. It is both lightweight at just 8.3 lbs., and maneuverable at 39 inches. Like every Henry® rifle, it is
100 percent American-made.

Commemorative Rifle Discount

The Norwich Bicentennial special price is $750, a $200 discount from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. The cost includes shipping to your local Federal Firearms License dealer. The order form is available at
Have questions? Call R&L Archery at 800-269-9151.

Norwich University
Today. Tomorrow. Norwich Forever!

(photo of book cover here)

To commemorate Norwich’s bicentennial and mark the rich heritage and traditions that define this remarkable institution, the Norwich University Alumni Association presents Norwich University. Today. Tomorrow. Norwich Forever!, a year in photographs of life on the Hill.

From orientation to graduation, academics and athletics, CGCS Residency Conference, and the Green Mountains that surround the campus, the images enshrined in this hardcover book speak to the beauty, camaraderie, commitment, and lifetime bonds formed over two centuries.

$49.95 includes shipping and handling; if purchased in Vermont, a 6-7% state tax will apply. Available for shipment after August 15, 2017.

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