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Giving Thanks and Praise

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The holiday season officially kicks off this week with Thanksgiving, which also marks the conclusion of our fall master's seminars. On behalf of the entire College of Graduate and Continuing Studies team let me offer sincere wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! Congratulations to all of our students and faculty for continued success in your Norwich University programs, and words of encouragement for our degree completion students currently enrolled in fall courses. I would be remiss not to send special congratulations to all of our students who have finished their degree requirements and will be awarded their master’s degree in December. Thanks to all for a job well done!

Let me express a warm welcome to the new students who will join us shortly to begin their master's program in December, and to our military students who are making arrangements to begin the strategic studies bachelor’s program in January. I will be traveling in the weeks following Thanksgiving and hope to meet some of our students and alumni while working on program development and new opportunities for Norwich and our students. Stay tuned for more information about my travels and several alumni club events coming up, and keep an eye on our website and for news about club events near you.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon that for which we are grateful and I hope you have the opportunity to do so with family and friends during the short holiday break. Our thoughts are also with those serving in the military or in other service that takes them away from family and friends for the holiday. We appreciate all you do for us every day.

For those of us in the North Country who haven’t been successful deer hunters this season, the holiday provides one last chance to get out into the woods and work off those Thanksgiving calories! Rest assured that the resident deer population has little to be concerned about when I am in the woods; I believe after many years that I emit a natural warning signal that keeps them safely from my reach.  

I’ll be spending a few more hours this week on a tiny seat about 15 feet above the forest floor in my tree stand, which is by itself a major feat since I am not keen on heights. The safety strap provides some reassurance and after a few weekends there, I have become somewhat desensitized to the height; maybe I’ll go to 17 feet next year! I’ve also become good friends with an assortment of snow shoe hares, ruffed grouse, chickadees, woodpeckers and the king of that part of the woods, a boisterous pileated woodpecker. I’m just a visitor there and they remind me of that regularly!

I normally suggest that we get back to work and hit the books, but at least for the remainder of Thanksgiving week it’s time to relax! Happy Thanksgiving!