#70 Regimental Ball, Past and Present

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The first Regimental Ball was held in March of 1960 (the event was moved to the fall in 1964 to spread it out from Winter Carnival and Junior Ring Weekend). Coverage in the Guidon declared the first ball a great success. Miss Marilyn Adams of Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer College) was crowned Queen, and over 900 attendees from Norwich and surrounding …

#64 Southern Families Flocked to Partridge’s Academy

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At a time when transportation infrastructure was scarce and Vermont winters unforgiving, nearly 15 percent of Alden Partridge’s earliest academy students came from the Southeastern United States. They came from North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but predominantly from South Carolina. In droves they traveled from larger towns like Columbia and Charleston, as well as little coastal islands …

#50 Memories of Dewey Hall

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By Martin Suydam ‘65 The cornerstone of Dewey Hall, named after Norwich University cadet and hero of Manila Bay Admiral George Dewey, was laid on September 14, 1899. The building was completed in 1902 and was the third building on the campus. It housed administrative offices, an assembly hall, the library and museum, the chapel, and space for the U.S. …

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

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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 …

#45 The “College Wars” of 1914 Highlighted What We Love About Norwich

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In 1914, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching completed an extensive study and report on the state of primary, secondary, and higher education in Vermont. Commissioned by the Vermont Education Commission, the recommendation of the “Carnegie Report” shocked the Norwich community. One of the report’s key conclusions was that the state was putting too much funding—a total of …

#41 Memories of Dodge and Jackman

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By Martin Suydam, Class of 1965 In the late 1800s, Norwich University consisted of two imposing structures on “The Hill”—Jackman and Dodge Halls. Today, with 53 buildings and counting, the campus evokes pride in all graduates. The buildings of Norwich, both past and present, have generated a lot of memories over the years. Much has changed about both the buildings …

#38 The Move to Northfield

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The South Barracks, Norwich University’s principal building at the original Norwich, Vermont campus, burned nearly to the ground on March 13th, 1866. No historical records mention deaths or injuries associated with the fire. In an April board meeting that year, the trustees resolved that they would endeavor to keep the university in Norwich if possible, but if not, they would …

#37 The Space Research Institute Brought Space-Age Innovation to Vermont

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Norwich University has always been on the cutting edge of technological education, beginning with its pioneering engineering curriculum in the 1820s. In the late 1960s, the world of science and technology was exploring a new frontier: outer space. The Norwich trustees voted in 1967 to partner with the Space Research Corporation to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in aerospace studies. …

#34 Norwich on the Cutting Edge of Computing Technology

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In January 1962, Norwich entered the digital age when an IBM Model 1620 computer was installed in Norwich University’s new Computer Center. It was purchased to “provide Norwich students with the most up-to-date apparatus for solving the complex problems of space-age science and engineering education.” The IBM 1620 was about the size of an upright piano, and was run using an …