THE PRESIDENT’S VIEW – SPRING 2013

PresSchneiderforRecord_LnInnovation has always been a part of Norwich University’s identity. When Captain Alden Partridge founded the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy in 1819, he introduced a model of education different from any other at that time. Norwich was the first private institution in the country to teach engineering and incorporate physical education into the curriculum, and one of the first to teach agriculture. Today we are breaking new ground in such areas as information assurance and computer forensics.

But while the methods and subjects of study evolve and change, Norwich remains true to the values Partridge established nearly 200 years ago.

Norwich innovation is evident on many fronts. We are involved in a three-year experimental study providing Transcendental Meditation (TM®) to new platoons of rooks. This discipline has shown to provide great benefits to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. It is our hope that by adding TM® to a soon-to-be commissioned officer’s tool kit, we give him or her additional skills to reduce stress during and after combat.

This work is being conducted as part of our Resilient Leader Training Program. Over the next several years, we will be exploring the effects of yoga, cross-fit training, and prayer on resiliency.

We are also exploring innovative ways of learning. A team of students from disciplines as diverse as architecture, business, and construction management are working together on an ambitious solar energy project. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition challenges collegiate teams worldwide to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses. The 2013 competition is being held in October in Irvine, Calif.

The Norwich team is constructing an affordable, energy-efficient dwelling for Vermont’s cold climate and bioregion. The team’s interdisciplinary approach to the project is fostering the acquisition of comprehensive knowledge and experience for our students.

012313 sussman n shtull_jsSM-RsInnovative thinking is omnipresent in the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI), which is creating a virtual computing lab that will permit Norwich to deliver technical cyber-security courses with highly engaging lab activities online. And thanks to a grant from NATO’s Science for Peace and Security program, NUARI will also be using cutting-edge nanotechnology to study the detection and removal of inadvertent and intentional contaminants in water supplies.

The ever-changing demand for solutions to world problems fuels the engines of innovation at Norwich. Just as Partridge designed a curriculum to meet the needs of our young nation in 1819, we will continue to find new methods to prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century.

Norwich forever!

Richard W. Schneider

RADM, USCGR (Ret.)

President

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