Dean's Blog: Go Residency!

by William Clements, PhD on 6/17/16 3:59 PM

DeansBlog.jpgA warm welcome to our newest students who started their program of study this month, 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 will find your experience challenging and difficult 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 - expect challenge, achieve distinction! 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 team 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. The weather forecast looks relatively good and the water levels in the Dog River are optimal for the Dog River Run. I will participate in my 18th residency event and the most important advice I can give is 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 Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace serve as our keynote speaker in the Todd Lecture Series (http://tls.norwich.edu/). I am sure she will inspire lively discussion on campus and beyond through her talk on Building Peace in a Fragile World.

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. Please share your photos throughout the week, live tweet our events, and share your experiences and use #norwichresidency16 in your posts!

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!

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This post was written by William Clements, PhD

William “Bill” Clements, PhD, wears several hats at Norwich University. In addition to serving as Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS), he is the College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and a professor in the undergraduate criminal justice program. Prior to becoming Dean in 2005, he was the founding director of the Master of Justice Administration program and the executive director of the Vermont Center for Justice Research, an institutional research partner of Norwich University. Dean Clements began his Norwich career in 1987 as a criminal justice professor and was among the first Norwich professors to integrate online instruction and web-based resources into his teaching. In 1999, he piloted a mobile computing initiative with undergraduate criminal justice majors and was subsequently involved in developing the online graduate program model, which today serves several thousand students across 12 master’s degree programs, five bachelor’s degree completion program, and a variety of certificate and enrichment programs.