Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools is committed to educating students in the tradition of university founder Capt. Alden Partridge. By providing our students the means, motivation, confidence and empathy to engage in the problems of our era, disciplined and innovative thinkers will be inspired to create the industries, systems, processes, machines and structures that meet the real-world challenges of our evolving society.

A message from Dean Aron Temkin

This newsletter is designed to share with you the enthusiasm, efforts and accomplishments of the College faculty and students, both inside and outside of the classroom, and on campus and in the community. Events like the FIRST® LEGO® League competition (featured below) exemplify our commitment to building the republic in keeping with Captain Alden Partridge's vision of experiential learning through academic engagement and community service.

By now, you have heard about the University's Forging the Future comprehensive campaign and Bicentennial Celebration - a major initiative to support facilities, resources and technology for learning and student scholarships. Many of the programs and projects described in these stories are made possible by your generous support, and that of other Norwich University alumni and friends. By sharing this ongoing work we hope you will get a glimpse of what is possible in the years to come and a clearer understanding of the impact of your gifts. Your gifts build upon a long tradition of gratitude for lessons learned, opportunities received and leadership inspired. They provide scholarships, support specific projects or provide much-needed discretionary funding. Your investment today directly shapes not only the lives of current students, but helps establish the Norwich University of the future.

As we head into the last few days of the fall term, I am very thankful to work with so many passionate and thoughtful students, faculty and staff members, as well as with a supportive and engaged community of alumni. I am eternally grateful to you for helping to create such a productive environment for learning, creating and innovating. Thank you.

We at the College of Professional Schools wish you and yours, a very safe, happy and healthy holiday season.



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Students at the LEGO qualifying tournamentNorwich University hosted approximately 200 Vermont middle school students, their coaches and families during the state’s second annual FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) regional qualifying tournament on Sunday, Nov. 16, in Plumley Armory.

Throughout the daylong event, 23 student teams of 9-14 year olds unleashed their robots to execute pre-defined tasks on table tennis-sized tournament courses. Judges awarded points based on the number of missions completed and their complexity.

In a second phase of the competition, students met with judges to answer questions about their robot’s design and the thinking behind it.

Finally, student teams met alone with judges, who presented them with a problem to solve to see how the team worked together.

During program breaks, hundreds of students and visitors took the opportunity to visit other sites on the Norwich campus. These included the NU Robotics Club, the Civil Engineering Structures Lab, the Advanced Manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping facility and the Sullivan Museum and History Center.

Over 80 volunteer students, faculty and staff led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Lecturer David Feinauer helped organize the event.

Read more about FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) here.