On The International Stage

Norwich Honored in Chinese Exhibit

Norwich dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Michael McGinnis (third from left), is greeted by descendants of Norwich alumni on his first full day at Tsinghua University.

In September, Norwich University sent a delegation to Tsinghua University, a research university in Beijing, China, that has mounted an exhibit honoring the accomplishments of its graduates who studied military science in the United States. Norwich was the chosen university for fully half of the Chinese students who came to the U.S. in the early 20th century as part of the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship. Most returned to China to become prominent generals in their army.

Pictured, descendants of Chinese cadets who studied at Norwich University in the early 20th century.

In attendance at the opening were Thy Yang, Norwich assistant vice president for international education, and College of Science and Mathematics Dean Michael McGinnis. On his first full day there, a granddaughter of Kai Yao ’26 greeted McGinnis at 0800, and they were soon met by a tour bus of 40-plus people, all descendants of Norwich alumni. “These Norwich descendants traveled from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Taipei/Taiwan, Xi’an, Chongqing, Suzhou, and of course Beijing to participate in the event,” McGinnis wrote at the day’s end. “If you ever questioned the international reach of Norwich, look no further than the folks I met today.”

The spring 2014 issue of the Record includes a feature about Chinese students who attended Norwich in the early 20th century, titled “I Will Try.” Read more >>

Cadets Earn German Olympic Sports Badges
More than 120 Norwich cadets competed for the German Olympic Sports Badge during the Reserve Officers’ Association Department of Europe/Verband der Reservisten der Bundeswehr Partnership seminar, hosted by Norwich in September. An official award bestowed under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the badge is earned based on performance in sports including the standing long jump, the shot put, the 100M sprint, the 3K run, and swimming. The activities took place at the invitation of the German Army Reserves on September 10, the day after the seminar concluded. All participating cadets received either silver or gold badges.

Indonesian Delegation Visits the Hill

Hannalore Simanjuntak, head of the Medan Disaster Management Agency, speaks with Norwich engineering professors during the delegation’s visit last October. Medan is the capital of Indonesia’s North Sumatra province.

In October, Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security hosted a delegation of five disaster-management professionals from Indonesia. Their visit to the region was the result of a partnership between the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the U.S. Department of State, which offers a professional exchange program called the International Visitor Leadership Program. The group visited multiple communities around the United States, meeting with various stakeholders involved in disaster management and mitigation.

Lecture Series Continues, Thanks to Byrne Foundation
The Norwich University School of Architecture + Art has received $10,000 from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation to fund the ongoing 2017–18 lecture series. For more than 12 years the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to support the School of Architecture + Art’s Lecture Series. Through these lectures—which are free to students and the local community—the school brings well-known architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus from around the country. The Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, and volunteerism, and many other charitable endeavors.

The fall lecture series kicked off during Homecoming and included a presentation by architecture student Armando Barragán ’19, who traveled to Mexico over the summer to research Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s “architecture of resistance.” Learn more about his research on page 22. For a complete listing of lectures, visit profschools.norwich.edu/architectureart.

And the Band Plays On
✪ At 1700 on Friday, August 18, 2017, the Norwich Regimental Band held a barbecue, sponsored by Al Wurzberger ’60, at the Shaw Outdoor Center. The event’s purpose: to unveil a plan for the ensemble’s 2020 bicentennial celebration. Wurzberger, who is committed to making the band bicentennial a success, has established two trusts to help move that goal along: the Al Wurzberger trust and the Sue Wurzberger trust, in honor of his late wife. The students in attendance arrived with ideas ready to present, and welcomed input from decision-makers and Zoobies past and present. Norwich University’s Regimental Band is the nation’s oldest collegiate musical ensemble.

Would you like to give your input? Contact director of bands, LTC Todd Edwards, VSM, at tedwards@norwich.edu.

Fall 2017 Writers Series

Former Al-Qaeda hostage Theo Padnos spoke
to a captive audience at Norwich University
last fall.

On September 26, 2017, Norwich University hosted Theo Padnos in the kickoff event of the fall NU Writers Series. A former Al-Qaeda hostage in Syria and author of My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun and Undercover Muslim, Padnos addressed issues of violent extremism from his perspective of firsthand knowledge. His stories gave insight to what happened while he was in captivity and his thoughts on Islamic extremism. The event was co-sponsored by the Peace and War Center, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English and Communications.
For a complete listing of 2017–18 Writers Series events, visit writers.norwich.edu.

BG Michael Natali ’87 Heads Veterans Day Observance
Brigadier General Michel Natali ’87 served as the speaker and reviewing officer of the 2017 Norwich University Veterans Day observances. The ceremony included cannon fire in the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, the firing of three rifle volleys, and the playing of Echo Taps. Natali serves as the Commanding General, 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard headquartered in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. As commanding general, he provides leadership and guidance for the formulation, development, and implementation of programs and policies affecting the 4,100 soldiers of the Troop Command. Natali graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and commissioned into the Army in May 1987.
Brigadier General Natali served on active duty for nine years as a military intelligence officer with assignments in Germany, Fort Drum, New York, Haiti, and Somalia.

NU Joins National Cybersecurity Awareness Effort
In October, Norwich University joined the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NSCAM) effort as an official “Champion.” President Richard W. Schneider signed a proclamation recognizing Norwich’s vital role in identifying, protecting from, and responding to cyber threats. “Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility,” said Norwich University Chief Information Security Officer George J. Silowash. Throughout the month, Norwich sponsored informational talks along with special trainings and exercises to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity. Ranked second in the nation for cybersecurity by the Ponemon Institute, Norwich University’s programs are consistently rated among the best in the nation for cyber education.

Cadets Tour White House
In October, while in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the NU chapter of the Association of the United States Army, six Norwich cadets were treated with a visit to the White House East Wing. Chris and Donna Costa ’84 were instrumental in making the White House tour happen.
See thenorwichrecord.com for photos.

Early-Bird Application Incentive
This year, Norwich University introduced the Take the Lead Scholarship, aimed at highly motivated prospective students who completed their applications and filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before December 15. “The admissions team was eager to provide additional funds for new students, as well as encourage them to complete their FAFSA, which has nationally been proven to positively affect students’ ability to graduate with sufficient financial support,” said Celeste Karpf M’14, senior associate admissions director. This four-year scholarship is valued at $2,000 per year, resulting in a total of $8,000 during a student’s Norwich experience. To learn more, contact nuadm@norwich.edu.

Grant Supports Student Internships
Norwich University’s Career and Internship Center has received $15,000 in grant funding from the Vermont Department of Labor to support student internships by providing partial reimbursements for gas mileage. The funding will support 50 students with up to $800 in mileage reimbursement during the calendar year of 2018. “Norwich’s experiential learning model prepares students to be valuable members of local businesses, industry, and government while still students,” said Internship Coordinator Jim Graves, who was instrumental in securing the grant.  “It’s a win-win, and this grant helps Norwich students get there.”

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