#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 …

#111 Two Campus Football Tragedies Sparked Major Change

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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

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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 …

#106 The Cadet’s Creed Rings True for 90 Years

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“I believe that the cardinal virtues of the individual are courage, honesty, temperance and wisdom; and that the true measure of success is service rendered—to God, to Country, and to Mankind.” These words are intimately familiar to every man and woman who has claimed membership in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets for the last 90 years. The Norwich Cadet’s …

#98 Our Iconic Flagpole Was a Gift from the First Vermont Cavalry

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The flagpole that stands outside of Jackman Hall was donated to the university in 1916 by the First Vermont Cavalry Regimental Association. Over thirty veterans of the regiment visited the university in December 1916 to formally present President Ira Reeves with the flagpole, flag, and bronze plaque. As the plaque states, the First Vermont Cavalry participated in 76 battles and …

#95 Junior Rings Keep Tradition Alive

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By Gary Appleby ‘90 In the early days of March 1923, the senior class at Norwich University adopted one of the most cherished of all university traditions—the Norwich University Corps of Cadets class ring. While the adoption of a formally recognized class ring tradition had been discussed by several prior classes, it was the Class of 1923 which finally acted. …

#85 The Norwich Smallpox Quarantine of 1912

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Cadet L.W. Smith had recently contracted an illness believed to be chicken pox while visiting his mother in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He was placed under “light quarantine” and nothing was thought of it until his roommate, Verner Belyea, began exhibiting clear smallpox symptoms a few days later. The first vaccine for smallpox was introduced in 1796. Though it would not be …