#151 Senior Military Colleges

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

The senior military colleges (SMCs) are institutions of higher learning that operate Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs under special requirements and privileges bestowed by United States law and Army regulation. The designation was created in 1996. In addition to Norwich University, these six venerable institutions are The Citadel, the University of North Georgia, Texas A&M University, Virginia Military Institute …

#149 Admiral Dewey, Class of 1855, Naval Hero and Vermont Celebrity

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

George Dewey was born in Vermont’s state capital of Montpelier in 1837. He attended Norwich for two years before entering the relatively new United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1858. He rose to the rank of lieutenant commander during his service in the Civil War. Continuing his naval career after the war, he became a national hero when …

#148 Horatio Wright, NU 1837: The Unsung Hero of the Battle of Cedar Creek

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

On the morning of October 19, 1864, more than 21,000 Confederate troops descended upon the Union Army of the Shenandoah a few miles south of Winchester, Virginia. It was an early-morning surprise attack meant to throw Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union Forces off guard. The day before, Sheridan had left for Washington, D.C., for a meeting with General Ulysses S. …

#147 Online Programs Continue a Legacy of Alternative Education

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

Norwich University has been awarding graduate degrees since the 19th century. But in the last few decades, innovative low-residency programs have placed it at the vanguard of higher education. In 1981, Norwich acquired a low-residency graduate program from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. Goddard was a pioneer in non-traditional models of education. Known for being experimental where Norwich was steeped …

#146 Pierson Mapes, Class of 1959, Propelled NBC to the Top

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

The son of an advertising executive, Pierson “Pier” Mapes grew up in Sterlington, New York, a hamlet 30 miles outside of New York City. While at Norwich, Mapes majored business administration, was in the Corps of Cadets, and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He assumed many leadership roles across campus, including treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and president …

#145 Stanton Burgess, NU 1917: a member of America’s first Boy Scout Troop?

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

Norwich University is known for having many former Boy Scouts among its students, alumni, faculty, and staff. And scores of Norwich alumni were first introduced to the university through their attendance at Boy Scout camporees on the Hill in the late 1980s through the early 2000s. But it is a little-known fact that nearby Barre, Vermont, holds the distinction of …

#144 Capt. Partridge Inspired the Land-Grant Act that Shaped American Education

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Some of our fellow military colleges like Texas A&M and Virginia Tech owe their existence to the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, which gave public land for the establishment of colleges focused on practical education. The author of that legislation, Vermont Congressman Justin Morrill, lived just up the road from our own Captain Alden Partridge, who very well may have …

#143 Ann Turner – More than a Librarian

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

When Norwich University Head Librarian Ann Turner announced she would retire at the end of the 1990 academic year, she told the Northfield News, “My first reward will be a trip to Greece.” The intrepid Turner was learning Greek in preparation for the June trip, citing, “I want to be able to read the road signs.” And on citing, she …