SPINNING THE RECORD – WINTER 2018

Jacque Day in front of Kreitzberg Library.

Jacque Day in front of Kreitzberg Library.

Have you ever lassoed a lizard? Used infrared to see the painting beneath the painting? Studied the personalities of fish? If that sounds cool, it’s because it is. It is also scholarship, and it’s taking place right here at Norwich University.

Merriam-Webster defines scholarship as “the character, qualities, activity, or attainments of a scholar.” The order of key words is crucial to understanding the essence of scholarship at Norwich: “character” and “qualities” first, then “activity” and “attainments.” Scholarship lies at the heart of the Norwich guiding values—character—cultivating citizen-scholars who are “dedicated to learning, emphasizing teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking,” which leads to respecting “the right to diverse points of view”—qualities—and encouraging “service to nation and others before self”—activities.

If anyone values the fusion of character, quality, and activity, it is Trustee Fred Weintz ’47, who along with his late wife, Betsy, established the Weintz Research Scholars Program. The Weintz endowment, and the Chase Endowment for Academic Excellence established by Frank Chase ’28 and his wife, Zada, support the present-day Norwich University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Student summer research fellows receive between $2,600 and $4,400 and work under the guidance of faculty mentors. The stipend helps free up the student, who may otherwise have to get a summer job, to focus on the research. And thus leads to the fourth key word in the definition: attainment.

Many Norwich students depend on scholarships. Did you know that alumni and friends of Norwich play an important role in supporting student education through endowed scholarships? In recent years, the number of endowed scholarships available to our students surpassed 200 and stands presently at 218; in the academic year 2016–17, our students collectively received $4.6 million in financial assistance from endowed scholarships. Never underestimate the value of a friend. Born in Northfield, Vt., A. Francis Politi grew up during the Great Depression and served during WWII. Deeply committed to fostering the international perspective, he set up the Politi International Fund to support Norwich students and faculty in their pursuit of global knowledge and expanded worldviews. Dr. Politi reached into the future to lend a helping hand, even though he himself did not attend Norwich.

And, as the stories within demonstrate, the pursuit of scholarships makes our professors stronger teachers. So there’s a lot wrapped up in that three-syllable word. No question, scholarship was a driver in Captain Partridge’s vision when he boldly declared Norwich a university at a time when most institutions of higher learning began as colleges. University: Derived from the Latin, universitas magistrorum et scholarium, “community of teachers and scholars.”

For the Record,

Jacque E. Day
Acting Editor

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