#129 Norwich’s First Ski Instructor Was an Austrian Champion

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  Sepp Ruschp was the Norwich University ski coach from 1936 to 1943. After the Outing Club and the first skiing infrastructure on Paine Mountain were both established in the 1920s, cadets showed great interest in continuing to grow the university’s ski program. At the urging of Outing Club members, the university hired Austrian ski coach Sepp Ruschp to establish …

#128 President Charles Spooner, Only Member of His Graduating Class, Doubled the Size of Norwich

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Charles Horace Spooner was born in Charlestown, N.H. in 1858. He entered Norwich University when he was just 16 years old and completed a bachelor’s degree with an A average in only three years. He gained experience in teaching and military training at different schools before being called home to lead his alma mater in 1904. Spooner’s presidency followed the …

#127 Outing Club Sought to Build the Alden Partridge Trail

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The NU Outing Club was founded in February 1922 with the goal of encouraging “healthy and instructive winter sport” in the spirit of our founder, Alden Partridge. The establishment of the Outing Club at Norwich University in 1922 was part of a regional and national movement in favor of outdoor recreation and appreciation of our nation’s natural beauty. Vermont’s historic …

#126 “Hilly Chilly” Has Offered Leadership Opportunities for 70 Years

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“Climb to Conquer” is the motto of the Mountain Cold Weather (MCW) Company, established by the United States War Department in August 1947. The War Department saw the uniqueness of Norwich’s location – near mountains with severe winter temperatures – and its mission to train cadets to be officers in the Army. The first instructor assigned to Norwich was MSG …

#125 Trustee Koziol Held a Top Intelligence Position at the Department of Defense

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Lt. Gen. John “Craig” Koziol, Class of 1976, is a retired Air Force Lieutenant General and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), a career Airman who commanded at the detachment, squadron, center, group, wing, Air Force agency, and joint command levels. Koziol earned his undergraduate degree from Norwich and commissioned through the university’s Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished …

#124 Gideon Welles: Lincoln’s “Neptune”

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Gideon Welles was a native of Glastonbury, Conn., a descendent of 17th century colonists who settled in the state. He attended the Episcopal Academy of Connecticut (now known as Cheshire Academy) before enrolling in Alden Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy in 1823. The academy was only in its fourth year of operation in Norwich, Vt. The academy moved …

#123 Norwich Has Trained Chinese Leaders for Over 100 Years

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In the wake of the Boxer Rebellion of 1899-1901, the Chinese government paid a significant damage settlement—or indemnity—to several countries, one of which was the United States. The U.S. returned a portion of its settlement to China to fund the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship and creation of Tsing Hua Imperial College, a preparatory school, for those students who were sent by …

#122 Keith Aucoin, Class of 2001, Still Making His Mark on Professional Hockey

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Keith Aucoin, Class of 2001, is arguably the most decorated athlete in Norwich University athletics history. The four-year star for the men’s ice hockey team holds the all-time point record with a remarkable 240 points in 116 games played. He scored 116 goals and notched 124 assists and was named an All-American all four seasons he played for the Maroon …

#121 When the Civil War Came to Our Backyard

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On October 19, 1864—the same day Norwich alumnus Major General Horatio Wright played a key role in the tide-turning victory against the Confederate Army at Cedar Creek—Norwich University cadets and faculty set out to defend the U.S.-Canada border in what became the northernmost conflict of the Civil War. Six hundred miles north of the raging battle at Cedar Creek, Va., …

#120 Frank Liebel, Class of 1943, Was a Standout Player for the New York Giants

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Frank Liebel hailed from Erie, Pa. According to newspaper reports, he was six feet tall in the seventh grade, destined for an athletic career. He entered Norwich in 1939 and played on two consecutive state championship teams. He was famous for catching long passes from teammate Walt Domina. Like so many Norwich students during the war years, Liebel entered the …