News from the NUAA – Winter 2017

Will You Accept the Charge?

nuaa_logo_[converted]c_copyOver the years, Norwich University students have expressed how much they value opportunities to interact with alumni. Students enjoy making connections, hearing stories of alumni experiences, and gaining insight into what helped them be successful at Norwich and in life.

To this end, the NU Alumni Association developed Accepting the Charge (AtC), an initiative to foster lifelong relationships across the generations. The program pairs current students, both Corps and civilian, with alumni 50 years their senior. For example, this year’s Class of 2020 is paired with the Class of 1970, which is referred to as their “Guardian Class.”

AtC benefits alumni, students, and Norwich itself. The program provides opportunities for alumni to meet the students who are Norwich’s future. The Guardian Class can share life lessons and pass on long-held Norwich traditions. They can also provide students with career guidance and support, and potential internship and employment contacts. Students benefit by meeting experienced leaders in public and private sectors who appreciate the caliber of education and experience Norwich graduates bring to the table. Incorporating the Guardian Class into the student support system will boost retention and strengthen the Guardian Class’s pride in their alma mater as they approach their 50th reunion and entry into the esteemed Old Guard.

Over the four years of their cohort’s experience, the Guardian Class is encouraged to attend signature events in the undergraduate class’s development. It begins by attending Student Sendoffs to make connections even before students arrive on the Hill. On-campus events include Arrival Days, First Read, Rook Recognition, Junior Ring Ceremony, 100s Night, Commencement, and Commissioning. Each milestone provides an opportunity for the Guardian Class to have meaningful interactions with undergraduates and foster a bond between the classes. Then, at the Homecoming following their graduation, the younger class will return to campus to present their Guardians with their Old Guard medallions during the Alumni Parade ceremony.

Though participation is optional, the NUAA encourages every member of the Guardian Class to take part in at least one event between their 46th and 50th reunions. The cycle begins with alumni classes setting goals for participation following their 45th reunion to ensure the Guardian Class is represented at each milestone event over the four years.

The program launched two years ago, pairing the Classes of 2018 and 1968. 2019 and 1969 were next, and now the Classes of 2020 and 1970 are beginning their journey together. If you are approaching your 45th reunion and are interested in learning more about the Accepting the Charge program, please contact the Alumni Office for more information at or call (802) 485-2100.

David Ortiz ’97
Accepting the Charge Committee Chair
NU Alumni Association

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