diana“What little success I have had in life I owe to my college training.”
–General Grenville Mellon Dodge, NU Class of 1851

Many alumni have told me that Norwich gave them the foundation for a successful life. When pressed to be more specific, they say it shouldered them with responsibility, held them accountable, and taught them respect for authority. It was here that they became well-versed in self-discipline, time management, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Perhaps most important, Norwich was where they learned how to get along with all kinds of people, from various backgrounds and with varying opinions, in all sorts of situations, while working toward a common goal. These collective experiences—inside and outside the classroom—gave them the tools, skills, and values necessary to succeed, while molding and shaping their characters.

Alumni will be pleased to know that this rock-solid foundation still exists today. In an age where other colleges handle young people with kid gloves, Norwich does not coddle its students—not in the classroom, not on the athletic fields, and certainly not in the Corps. It demands excellence on all fronts, because that is what it takes to be successful in today’s world.

Case in point, a team of five Norwich undergraduates, who hail from four countries and collectively speak 14 languages, recently won a national competition aimed at countering the recruitment efforts of domestic and foreign terrorist groups (add link to story here). Under the guidance of Professor Travis Morris, they completed the project in four months, outside the classroom, on their own time—in addition to carrying full academic workloads and, in the case of two students, competing on varsity teams.

The Norwich team didn’t just place first—they blew the opposition right out of the water. According to the judges, their approach was so innovative, there wasn’t even a close second.

These students embody what Norwich University is today: diverse, innovative, and committed to excellence. As alumni, you should be very proud of your alma mater and her students, faculty, and staff who are perpetuating Captain Alden Partridge’s nearly 200-year legacy of innovation. For every time Norwich wins, you win. Your Norwich diploma buys you a share in every victory, every award, every accomplishment, and every honor this university achieves. And it is my honor, as your alumni magazine editor, to bring these triumphs to light.

I often think of Norwich as “the little university that could.” When stacked up against the Ivies, the federal service academies, the colossal state schools, and the MITs, we may look like the underdog—a tiny, independent, liberal arts school, tucked away in the hills of Central Vermont—but Norwich has proven time and again that it can compete with the best. And the world is starting to take notice.

For the Record,

Diana L. Weggler

Diana L. Weggler

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