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Ready, Set, Go Residency!

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A warm welcome to our newest students who started their program of study this week, we look forward to getting to know you and the many accomplishments that I am sure you will achieve during your studies and time at Norwich University. We are delighted to have you join one of our programs and of course, the Norwich family. I know you may find your experience challenging at times, but in the end it will be a very rewarding experience. Those things in life that are worth much also require dedication and hard work to attain. Here’s to a great start and the first steps toward completing your Norwich University degree!

Congratulations to those students who have recently completed courses and another step towards the degree. Special congratulations go to those who have met degree requirements and will be attending residency to receive their diploma next week. The major activity on campus and for the CGCS community in June is the annual residency conference. Rest assured your faculty and support staff have worked very hard to prepare for your arrival, and have constructed another fantastic residency program this year. I look forward to meeting all of you next week on campus as we kick off academic and social activities in all of our programs.

The CGCS faculty and staff are busy putting the final touches on the program and preparing for the arrival of our students. Be sure to get some rest this weekend because the conference will kick off on Monday and the week will be a whirlwind of constant activity. A highlight of the residency program this year is having Dr. Condoleeza Rice serve as our keynote speaker in the Todd Lecture Series, who I am sure will certainly inspire lively discussion on campus and beyond.

In addition to our keynote speaker, be prepared for a variety of lectures, presentations, roundtables and other academic events that will keep us busy, as I am sure those who are making last minute preparations for a presentation or travel already know. And don’t forget to bring running shoes suitable for walking in the river since I hope to see many of you at the Dog River Run scheduled for 0600 HRS on Wednesday morning. Be sure to take full advantage of your time on campus, the week will go quickly.

Other Updates

Commencement of our undergraduate residential programs last month also saw over 400 degrees awarded in a wonderful ceremony with former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander delivering inspiring remarks. Commencement also signals spring in the North Country, although the long winter this year and cold weather well into May made it difficult to tell if spring was actually here! In any event, the annual hockey puck contest came to a conclusion with Military History student Anthony Lozano taking the prize of an official Norwich University hockey puck and pint of local maple syrup this year by correctly guessing the puck would emerge on April 30. It’s hard to believe, but I am already cutting, splitting and stacking firewood for next winter! We have a busy week ahead with the arrival or residency and new classes underway, so once again it is time to hit the books and get back to work!