News From the Hill – May 2016
ROTC COMMISSIONING May 2016.
TERRI ATWATER ’16 (above and lower right), A BIOLOGY MAJOR, varsity swimmer, and pre-med student from Colorado Springs, Colo., received her commission into the Army Medical Corps on Sunday, May 15, 2016, alongside 84 fellow Army ROTC cadets. Also commissioned that morning were 11 Air Force second lieutenants, 13 Marine second lieutenants, and 18 Navy ensigns.
Commissioning speaker Army Maj. Gen. John Baker ’85 (pictured below) currently the commanding general of the 7th Signal Command (Theater), headquartered at Fort Gordon, Georgia, had these words of advice for the commissioning class: “You will be looked at for leadership among the people that you serve—your platoon, your flight, your ship’s division, your team. They don’t want to be your friend, but it’s okay if you are friendly. They expect a human being, not a machine. But they also expect a leader. They want somebody to stand up and show them the way. That’s what we’ve trained you to do here at Norwich; show them the way!”
Emerging Leaders Recognized
On April 29, Kelley Lebrecht ’16 and Samantha Thornton ’16 took the podium at the Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center in Stowe, Vt., to receive Emerging Leader Awards from the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services. Lebrecht and Thornton are the co-founders of VIPA, Violence Intervention Peer Advocates (formerly Community Against Sexual Aggression, or CASA), a student-led group that works to raise awareness of sexual violence and prevent sexual assaults on campus. Emily Meyer, the Norwich criminal justice professor who nominated the duo for the award, calls them “truly amazing young women who are doing great things—thank you for representing Norwich with such strength and honor.”