#138 The Only Accredited Architecture Program in Northern New England Follows in Alden Partridge’s Footsteps

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In the mid-1880s, Lewis College had just transitioned back to being called Norwich University. The school had been teetering on the brink of financial collapse just a few years prior, and had been rescued by alumnus Charles Lewis. It was during this period of recovery that Norwich offered, for the first time, a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Architectural drawing had …

#134 “Giving Returning Veterans the Best We Have” After WWII And Today

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In August 1945, President Homer Dodge issued a statement in the Norwich Record about veterans seeking an education at Norwich. He articulated the diverse needs of the veteran student body and pledged the university’s support for veterans of varied backgrounds and experiences. The president committed Norwich to “giving returning veterans the best we have.” The policies he implemented included allowing …

#131 For 110 Years, the Record Has Connected Alumni With Their Norwich Family

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

During this festive season, we seek to connect with our loved ones near and far. That is precisely the spirit in which the Norwich Record was started 110 years ago. In 1907, the main publication regularly coming out of Norwich University was the Reveille. The Reveille was founded in 1860 by a student who owned a printing press and his …

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

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

  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 …

#127 Outing Club Sought to Build the Alden Partridge Trail

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

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 …

#116 Student Organization Responsible for 9/11 Memorial

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The initiative is spearheaded by the political science student organization POLITEIA, a decades-old club that has been sponsoring the planting of 9/11 remembrance flags since 2008. The club’s mission is to promote interest in political affairs through research, professional opportunities, leadership, and current events. The first 9/11 remembrance ceremony to be held on campus was just days after the attacks, …

#114 An 88-Year-Old Rivalry Returns to Sabine Field

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The “Little Army-Navy Game” was first contested between Norwich University and the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1929. That year, Norwich defeated Coast Guard, whose team name was then the Seamen, with a hard-won victory of 7 to 0. Though the game was tough, the cadets intermingled jovially after the game, with the Coast Guard cadets staying on campus …

#111 Two Campus Football Tragedies Sparked Major Change

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In 1907 and 1913, the Norwich community experienced a pair of back-to-back tragedies that highlighted a national trend: the dangers of football. In September 1907, Norwich senior and team manager Leonard Clarkson was playing in a game against Dartmouth when he suffered a blow to the abdomen. It aggravated an existing intestinal condition and resulted in his death two days …

#108 A Friendship Between Industrialists Gave Us Norwich Carnegie Library

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

When General Grenville Dodge announced at an alumni banquet in 1905 that his friend Andrew Carnegie had pledged $50,000 for a new library building, it came as a complete surprise to the University community. Grenville Dodge became acquainted with Andrew Carnegie through the railroad business in the 1870s. Carnegie was involved in railroads before turning his attention to steel, where …