#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 …

#142 The Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon

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“Carillon music has the quality of floating between the earth and the sky, and a carillon is capable of effects far different than any other instrument. As body and mind accustom themselves to the new form of music, there are times when only this instrument will satisfy.” – Professor Arthur Lynds Bigelow (1909–1967) In 1934, Charlotte Nichols Greene of Boston …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

#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 …

#116 Student Organization Responsible for 9/11 Memorial

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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

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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 …