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Happy Thanksgiving!

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The holiday season has officially arrived this week with the Thanksgiving holiday, which also marks the conclusion of our fall master’s courses. 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 all of students working hard to complete a degree. Special congratulations are in order for those who have finished degree requirements and will be awarded a degree in this winter. Thanks to all for a job well done!

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 in the North Country who haven’t been successful deer hunters this season, the Thanksgiving holiday provides one last chance to get out into the woods and work off those calories! I am a late in life deer hunter who did not start until about sixteen years ago, although I have been afield most of my life having grown up in the shadows of the Remington firearms factory and worked there during college summers. That all changed this year when I bagged my first buck last weekend after numerous close calls over the years in the Vermont woods. A weather change and a few good decisions in the field allowed me to be adding venison to the Thanksgiving table this year. My back is still a little sore from dragging a 150-lb deer through the woods by myself, but it was worth the wait!

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