Mark M. Kisiel NU’59

Mark M. Kisiel NU’59

 

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

 

Words from Our Campaign Co-chairs

We launch Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign at a moment when higher education is being challenged to reinvent itself, and we embrace this opportunity for a campaign that aims to do more than merely extend or reinforce the long-standing strength and distinction of Norwich.Mark M. Kisiel

Few American institutions of higher learning as old as Norwich University still closely adhere to the educational principles of its founders. Norwich is one of the exceptions and in a very substantial sense the institution today is the lengthened shadow of its founder, Captain Alden Partridge. For nearly two centuries, the educational philosophy of Alden Partridge has served as a touchstone by which young men and women have strengthened themselves mentally, morally and physically, and by which the university has been measured and appraised.

Partridge originated a novel system of education which combined civilian and military studies in order to produce enlightened and useful citizen-soldiers. The visionary purposes and precepts established by Partridge in 1819 continue to have extraordinary currency today, as classroom theory is connected to solving real world challenges.

Every individual, whether student, faculty or staff member connected with Norwich, is expected to live by the University’s guiding values: intellectual growth, mutual respect, creativity, and service to nation and others before self. Norwich cultivates these values in each generation of students through its emphasis on experiential learning, the development of leadership skills, and community service.

It is now up to us to make sure that the next generation of students continues to innovate, to lead, and to advance in a global arena unimagined by Captain Partridge nearly two centuries ago.Joel A. Kobert

We launch Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign at a moment when higher education is being challenged to reinvent itself, and we embrace this opportunity for a campaign that aims to do more than merely extend or reinforce the long-standing strength and distinction of Norwich. The Forging the Future Campaign calls on us to articulate and affirm the fundamental values and purposes of higher education in a world transformed by globalization and technology, a world filled with promise for improving human lives, a world in which talent recognizes no boundaries, and in which creativity and curiosity will fuel the future.

The Forging the Future Campaign will ignite limitless possibilities in the academic and collegiate lives of our students as they find their passions and pursue their dreams. That enriching, transformative experience will draw them back, as it does every alumni and alumnus, to share their stories and relive a time when the bonds of a lifetime friendship were formed.

The power of that connection to Norwich, to one another, and to our students, has never been greater as Norwich has left an indelible mark upon us all and upon the world. Captains of industry, military leaders, scholars and teachers, architects and artists, public servants and cybersecurity specialists have helped build our society, serve our country and better our world. It is now up to us to make sure that the next generation of students continues to innovate, to lead, and to advance in a global arena unimagined by Captain Partridge nearly two centuries ago.

The Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign commemorates Norwich’s history of service and restates our promise to the attract deserving young men and women of honor, integrity and principle. Together, and through our support of the University, we will make Norwich better, strengthening our institution for those who will become our next generation of leaders who will meet the demands of world change. Norwich Forever!

A letter from the co-chairs

Mark M. Kisiel NU’59

Mark M. Kisiel NU’59

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

Joel A. Kobert NU’65

We launch Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign at a moment when higher education is being challenged to reinvent itself, and we embrace this opportunity for a campaign that aims to do more than merely extend or reinforce the long-standing strength and distinction of Norwich.Mark M. Kisiel

Few American institutions of higher learning as old as Norwich University still closely adhere to the educational principles of its founders. Norwich is one of the exceptions and in a very substantial sense the institution today is the lengthened shadow of its founder, Captain Alden Partridge. For nearly two centuries, the educational philosophy of Alden Partridge has served as a touchstone by which young men and women have strengthened themselves mentally, morally and physically, and by which the university has been measured and appraised.

Partridge originated a novel system of education which combined civilian and military studies in order to produce enlightened and useful citizen-soldiers. The visionary purposes and precepts established by Partridge in 1819 continue to have extraordinary currency today, as classroom theory is connected to solving real world challenges.

Every individual, whether student, faculty or staff member connected with Norwich, is expected to live by the University’s guiding values: intellectual growth, mutual respect, creativity, and service to nation and others before self. Norwich cultivates these values in each generation of students through its emphasis on experiential learning, the development of leadership skills, and community service.

It is now up to us to make sure that the next generation of students continues to innovate, to lead, and to advance in a global arena unimagined by Captain Partridge nearly two centuries ago.Joel A. Kobert

We launch Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign at a moment when higher education is being challenged to reinvent itself, and we embrace this opportunity for a campaign that aims to do more than merely extend or reinforce the long-standing strength and distinction of Norwich. The Forging the Future Campaign calls on us to articulate and affirm the fundamental values and purposes of higher education in a world transformed by globalization and technology, a world filled with promise for improving human lives, a world in which talent recognizes no boundaries, and in which creativity and curiosity will fuel the future.

The Forging the Future Campaign will ignite limitless possibilities in the academic and collegiate lives of our students as they find their passions and pursue their dreams. That enriching, transformative experience will draw them back, as it does every alumni and alumnus, to share their stories and relive a time when the bonds of a lifetime friendship were formed.

The power of that connection to Norwich, to one another, and to our students, has never been greater as Norwich has left an indelible mark upon us all and upon the world. Captains of industry, military leaders, scholars and teachers, architects and artists, public servants and cybersecurity specialists have helped build our society, serve our country and better our world. It is now up to us to make sure that the next generation of students continues to innovate, to lead, and to advance in a global arena unimagined by Captain Partridge nearly two centuries ago.

The Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign commemorates Norwich’s history of service and restates our promise to the attract deserving young men and women of honor, integrity and principle. Together, and through our support of the University, we will make Norwich better, strengthening our institution for those who will become our next generation of leaders who will meet the demands of world change. Norwich Forever!