The President’s View – Fall 2014
A new academic year is under way, and what a start it has been. By the time you read this, many of you will have just returned from Homecoming, where we officially launched the “Forging the Future” campaign and five-year countdown to our Bicentennial Celebration. If you were unable to make it back to the Hill this year, don’t worry—bicentennial planning is just getting started, and there will be many exciting events on campus and across the country in the years ahead.
Homecoming also marks the beginning of our Year of Service, the first of five bicentennial themes leading up to 2019. Many students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff live Norwich’s guiding value of “service to others and nation before self.” Several special initiatives are in the works to benefit veterans, the homeless, the hungry, and others in need of a helping hand, and we are counting on you to roll up your sleeves with other members of the Norwich family. Serving our nation is what Captain Partridge had in mind when he conceived the citizen-soldier ethos, and Norwich is proud to continue this legacy of service as we approach the dawn of our third century.
You have heard me say, “If you don’t have the right equipment, you can’t win the war.” On the following pages you will read about the five-year, $100 million Forging the Future campaign, which will transform the teaching and learning environment at Norwich as we know it. Major upgrades to existing classroom space and technology, renovations to the Kreitzberg Library, and the construction of a new academic building will ensure that a Norwich education continues to be a relevant, practical, and transformative one—far into the future. Norwich has always had a first-rate faculty, and these improvements will bring the Norwich academic experience to unprecedented heights.
In closing, let me emphasize that there has never been a better time to get involved with Norwich. Not because the present is better than the past, but because the only time we can act is now. For nearly two centuries, Norwich has enjoyed a rich and distinguished history, but we will never be content to rest on our laurels. We will continue to forge ahead to meet the challenges that lie just beyond our view.
Richard W. Schneider
RADM, USCGR (Ret.)