#48 “I Will Try” and “Essayons”: A Tale of Two Mottos and the Chapultepec Myth

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

Norwich University has had two official mottos: “Essayons” and “I Will Try.” The origins of both mottos and the relationship between the two are commonly misunderstood. “Essayons” is French for “let us try,” and has been the motto of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since before Norwich was founded in 1819. Conventional wisdom erroneously attributes the phrase “I Will …





#47 Peace Corps Preparatory Program Pioneered a New Concept of National Service

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

In the summer of 1986, Carol Todd returned to Norwich from a volunteerism conference with an idea for her husband, Norwich President Russell Todd. She had just heard Loret Miller Ruppe, the director of the Peace Corps, present the idea of an ROTC-like training program to recruit new volunteers for the Peace Corps. The timing was serendipitous. President Todd had …





#46 Isaac Davis White, Class of 1922, A Hero Descended from Heroes

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Isaac Davis White, Class of 1922, embodied the Norwich spirit from a young age.  A highly decorated four-star general, White descended from a long line of war heroes stretching back to the Revolutionary War. White was born in 1901 and raised in Peterboro, New Hampshire. His father, Major General Daniel Mansfield White, was a Civil War veteran and career Army …