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Norwich University Alumni Awards

The Norwich University Alumni Association, with support of the NU Alumni Office and College of Graduate & Continuing Studies, annually presents special awards to alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to Norwich, their community and profession. The CGCS Alumni Award is presented each June during Residency Week. The Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni Directors’ Award, Sustained Service Award, New Leader Achievement Award, and Honorary Alumni Awards are presented annually during Homecoming Weekend.


2018 Award Nominations

  • Deadlines & Criteria



    The deadline for Norwich University Alumni Association Awards is April 15, 2018. All nominations are welcome, though nominees from classes ending in '3' and '8' will be given first consideration. Nominations must include a description of the candidate’s career achievements and/or military service, community involvement and service to Norwich.

     

  • NU Alumni Associations' Process



    The NU Alumni Association board of directors will review nominations based on the criteria outlined below and recommend the slate of awardees. The CGCS Alumni Award will be reviewed and approved by the Vice President/Dean of the College of Graduate & Continuing Studies. Those selected will be notified in April for award presentation in June. The other alumni awards will be reviewed and approved by the Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations. Those selected will be notified in June for award presentation at Homecoming.

     

  • Who can submit a nomination?



    Nominations may be submitted by alumni, faculty, staff or friends of Norwich. Nomination forms can be submitted via email to alumni@norwich.edu or by fax to 802.485.2156. Nominations can also be mailed to Norwich University Alumni Office, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.


Award Categories and Criteria

  • Distinguished Alumni Award



    Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of Norwich's undergraduate or online programs for exceptional service to Norwich University, outstanding accomplishment in a civilian or military career, and notable public service. Nominees will have given significantly of their time, talents and resources in support of his/her alma mater.

     

  • Alumni Director's Award



    Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of Norwich’s undergraduate or online programs for outstanding contributions and selfless service to Norwich University, and for giving generously of his or her time, talent and service in support of their community.

  • Sustained Service Award



    Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of Norwich’s undergraduate or online programs who demonstrates a constant interest in, and support for the University over time while exemplifying the ideals of a Norwich graduate.

  • New Leader Achievement Award



    Awarded to an alumnus or alumna who graduated within the past 15 years who exemplifies exceptional interest in and service to Norwich University, outstanding accomplishment in his or her civilian career, and a commitment to community service.

  • Honorary Alumnus/na Award



    Awarded to faculty, staff, parent or friend of the University who has demonstrated a great love for Norwich University and reflected the ideals of a Norwich graduate while making a lasting impact on its students, graduates, and the institution.

  • CGCS Alumni Award



    Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of Norwich’s College of Graduate & Continuing Studies for outstanding accomplishment in a civilian or military career, notable public service, and significant contributions of time, talent and resources in support of CGCS.

  • Admissions Sustained Service Award



    The Office of Admissions annually recognizes admissions ambassadors for their volunteer service to Norwich above and beyond the call. These honorees have represented Norwich at college fairs, by visiting their local high schools and meeting with students and guidance counselors for many years—some over decades. Qualified students are the lifeblood of Norwich University. These honorees’ passion and Maroon and Gold spirit is much admired and truly appreciated.


2017 Award Recipients

  • Distinguished Alumni Award



    Steve Knych '82
    Dr. Stephen A. Knych is an established orthopedic clinician and executive leader who has more than 20 years’ experience in the patient care arena in active duty military facilities, Veterans’ Affairs facilities, and civilian healthcare facilities. His career has included serving as Orthopedic Department Chairperson three times, as Vice President of Medical Affairs at ambulatory and inpatient facilities, a Medical Operations Squadron commander, and deployed squadron commander. He has played pivotal roles in the development and implementation of the Air Force’s current theater hospital system deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    In culmination of a distinguished Air Force career, Steve served as the Chief Orthopedic Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General. The Surgeon General appointed him to be the medical lead in standing up the Air Force Directorate of Homeland Security after the terror attacks of 9/11. In June 2013, he became the Corporate Vice President, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Adventist Health System. AHS serves over 4million patients a year from 46 facilities across 9 states. He is responsible for the design, deployment and oversight of the Clinical and Safety Programs for the largest Protestant Health Care System in the United States.

    Hugh McLaughlin '87
    Following graduation, Hugh entered the family business, Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies, a Boston based electrical and telecommunications contracting company. Through visionary leadership, market diversification and a series of acquisitions, Hugh took a strategic role in growing the company from a six-person shop into New England’s largest electrical and telecommunications contracting company, employing 900 people and annual revenues of $180 million. In2014, Hugh sold his interests in the company to pursue other personal and professional goals. He now focuses on real estate development, small business startups, and nonprofit boards. A History of Service. A Promise to Lead. 23With a strong drive for serving the less fortunate, Hugh became involved with several projects in Haiti. Since 1997 he has helped build several orphanages and hospitals, traveling to the island over 25 times. In 2012 Hugh formed a trade craft volunteer corps which assisted in the construction of a 205,000-square foot hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti for the nonprofit Partners in Health. It is the largest in the Caribbean and the only solar dependent hospital in the world.

    Hugh contributes his personal and professional success and his passion for serving others to the values and lessons learned while at Norwich University. He has remained active with his alma mater, serving on the Board of Fellows and as reunion gift chair for his class. He is a member of Nucleus and a lifetime member in the Partridge Society. Hugh lives in Hingham, MA with his wife MaryEllen and their sons Jack (Unites States Naval Academy,2020) and Hugh (St Sebastian’s High School 2020).

    William Preismeyer '67
    Bill graduated with a degree in Economics and went on receive his MBA from Long Island University. As a student, Bill enjoyed the Mountain & Cold Weather Team and served on the Corps Honor Committee. Following active duty in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of Captain, Bill took his first job in research and development at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY. He later became a product manager in the copier business.

    In 1980 Bill moved to Minneapolis for the outdoor lifestyle and to join the Pillsbury Company. He rose through the ranks to become a Vice President. After the sale of company, Bill became the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for several technology companies. While CFO of Jostens, the educational products company, he led the management buyout and eventual sale of Jostens. After a brief retirement Bill became an early investor and CEO of Cymbet Corp, a start-up in the semiconductor industry. He ran the business for 12 years until it was purchased by another industry company. Bill was nominated for CEO of the Year by the Minnesota High Tech Council.

    Bill currently serves as Chairman of Digi International, and Director Emeritus of Children’s Home Society and Family Services. He is an active member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and is an advocate for various local veterans’ issues. Bill lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two children and two grandchildren. He and his wife enjoy traveling and a variety of outdoor activities. 

  • Alumni Director's Award



    Walter Brown '72
    Walter A. Brown graduated in 1972 with a degree in Business Administration. At Norwich he played Rugby and intermural sports well as participating in numerous clubs. He was commissioned upon graduation and served 28 years in the Regular Army and U.S. Army Reserves retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded C Battery 2/52nd ADA on active duty and A Company 1/304th Regt. in the Reserves. Active duty assignments included Germany, CONUS and Korea with Reserve assignments in CONUS, Army Reserve Iceland and FEMA Region 1.

    Walt has been active with Norwich since graduation. His has served as an Alumni Ambassador, NU Alumni Association director, 1972 Class Reunion Committee Member, and architect of the Civil Air Patrol/Norwich University Partnership Program. He was also active as the parent of a daughter and son-in-law that attended Norwich.

    In his civilian career Walt was a Program/Business Development Manager for Countermeasures Systems, a division of the defense domestic and international markets for Sanders Associates, Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Company and BAE Systems. He retired in 2009 after 30 years of service.

    Walt and his wife Barbara reside in Nashua, NH and are the parents of daughter Kristine (Class of 1999), son-in-law John (Class of 1999) and three grandchildren Emily, Zachary and Ryan Ostrowski.

    Bruce Hoogstraten '82 
    Bruce received his BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has been President of Geo-San, Inc. since 1998. He has more than 30 years’ experience in operational management, sales, and engineering working with small businesses and government contractors. He has also worked with a non-profit advocacy group supporting NASA for 15 years.

    He was a project engineer for Westinghouse working on naval nuclear hardware, and a design engineer for a NASA contractor. After receiving his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Bruce worked for Ferguson Enterprises specializing in operations and business processes. The first startup venture he created was centered on laser technology transferred from the NASA Langley Research Center. He is currently involved in another startup effort with LIDAR technology.

    Bruce lives in Hampton, VA. He is married, has two sons and is a very active volunteer at Norwich. He is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Fellows, and is the class agent for 1982. He is also active in his community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA and Vice-Chairman for The Langley Federal Credit Union. He formerly served on the Colonial Virginia Council of the Boys Scouts of America, the Peninsula Baseball Stadium Authority, Chairman of the Pilots Youth Baseball Organization, and the past Chairman of the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council.

    Tony Maida '77
    Tony grew up in Portsmouth, RI, graduating from Norwich in 1977 with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Air Force. Entering active duty immediately following graduation, he was involved with air base facilities, infrastructure, and Major Command operations throughout his career. Tony retired in 2005 as a Colonel. He joined Jacobs Engineering in 2006 as a Principal and continues there today.

    “I’m committed to Norwich,” Tony says. “For what Norwich gave me, I eagerly give back.” Tony has been an active volunteer for the past 27 years, serving as class agent, an Admissions Ambassador, member of the NU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and as Club President for the NU of Washington, DC and the NU Club of Tampa. For the past year he has been a member of the Bicentennial Stairs Committee.

    Tony and his wife, Beth, have five sons and three grandchildren. Tony loves downhill skiing, playing golf, and mentoring young adults in life and career skills. He and Beth travel frequently to visit family and friends and enjoy sharing time with them.

  • Sustained Service Award



    Kim Baumann '87
    Brigadier General (select) Kimberly A. Baumann graduated from the Norwich University Corps of Cadets with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She also holds Masters Degrees in Operations Research and in Strategic Studies as well as a PhD in Information Technology Education.

    Kim received her commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, NU Detachment 867. She is the newly appointed Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Rhode Island National Guard. Kim is also the Senior Cybersecurity Advisor for the Rhode Island National Guard. She recently served as Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Pentagon. Kim has deployed in support of numerous contingencies to include Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle and Jump Start.

    Kim has been employed in public corporations and government civil service in addition to being a small business owner with her husband Phil Jr, NU 1986 and 2014.

    Kim currently volunteers as vice chair of the Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Board of Fellows. She and Phil reside in Connecticut with their children Philipp III and Katelyn, NU Corps of Cadets Class of 2019.

    John Campbell '72
    John graduated from Norwich University in 1972 with degrees in Economics and Business Administration. During his time on the Hill John was Editor of The Guidon, played basketball, worked in the Mess Hall and had an ongoing radio program on WNUB.

    Upon graduation John was commissioned and served 28 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. He commanded B Company 1/181 Infantry, MAARNG and the 3437th Military Intelligence Detachment assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C., retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. In his civilian career John was first hired by George Garrison ’43 at Anderson Corporation in Worcester, MA. He was later associated with Merrill Lynch for more than 25 years, retiring as a Vice President in the Westborough, MA office.

    John has been an active Norwich supporter since graduation. He was the President of the NU Club of Central Massachusetts, served on the Board of Fellows and as a director A History of Service. A Promise to Lead. 27 on the NU Alumni Association. He is a lifetime member of the Partridge Society and a member of the Garrison Associates. He is also the class agent for the Class of 1972.

    John and his wife, Marlene, reside in Shrewsbury, MA where he is active in civic affairs. They have one son, Joseph, and two grandchildren.

    Bob Metcalf '57
    Following graduation, Bob went on active duty in the Corps of Engineers and became the senior technical officer on the General Staff at Fort Dix. He attended Cornell University Graduate School of Management and received his MBA in Production Management.

    “The training, discipline, organizational and leadership skills I received at Norwich University have benefitted me my entire adult life,” Bob says. He spent 30 years at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY. From materials planning for film production to the scheduling of all roll film manufacturing for the US market, Bob eventually went on to Human Resources for the Government Systems Division.

    He has been an active volunteer for many years. He served the Junior Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Rochester’s Resident Camp Branch, Cambridge School of Weston and Hunt Hollow Ski Club, where he has skied for the past 50 years. Bob recently helped create a charitable organization to provide ski scholarships for local youth. Bob has remained an active alumnus of both Cornell and Norwich universities.

    Bob’s wife, Katie, has helped and supported his efforts. They have two children and five grandchildren. Bob says, “Thank you, Norwich for making me know the value of: I will try!”

    Fred VanAlstyne '67
    Following graduation Fred was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation as a junior engineering geologist. He reported for military duty in 1968 and attended the Engineer Officer Basic and Advance Courses. Fred was awarded a US Army medal for heroism for saving people involved in a fiery vehicle crash. While stationed in Korea Fred became the battalion intelligence and operation officer for the 76th Engineering Bn.

    In 1970 Fred joined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Over the next 35 years he progressed to an Associated Engineering Geologist, responsible for numerous geotechnical projects involving groundwater evaluation, protection and development. He also worked with the US Geological Survey to identify and map groundwater resources.

    Fred’s professional memberships include the Geologic Society of America, American Institute of Professional Geologist and the Ground Water Protection Council. He also 28 Norwich University helped the National Water Quality Monitoring Council set standards for monitoring the water resources of the United States.

    Prior to his retirement in 2002, Fred earned his certification with the US Professional Tennis Association and has received numerous awards for his involvement. He was the director of the Skidmore Summer Tennis Program, and continues to teach and coach tennis at the Saratoga YMCA. Fred and his wife, Linda, live near Saratoga, NY, and have daughters and grandchildren in Rochester, NY and New York City.

  • New Leader Achievement Award



    Andy Beichlin '97 
    Andy earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Norwich University. He is the Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of Pathoras Corporation, a National Security consulting firm. Pathoras is a two-time honoree on the INC500 and INC 5000 list, a 2016 honoree of Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, and Inc’s 2016 Top 50 Best Small to Mid-Size Workplaces in the United States.

    Andy has served nearly 20 years as a National Security analyst and software developer specializing in data collaboration, integration, and data mining in support of National Security mission centers.

  • Honorary Alumnus/na Award



    Professor Don Wallace
    Professor Don Wallace became a legend at Norwich. With his trademark coffee mug, pipe, and signature mustache, he has been a towering figure to generations of engineers since 1962. After receiving a B.S.M.E. from the University of Vermont in 1960 and a M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1962, he joined the mechanical engineering faculty. For more than five decades, Professor Wallace has been a stalwart presence, rooted firmly in his commitment to educate competent engineers. His mark on this world is visible, in the work of scores of graduates who have gone on to build, conceive, innovate, lead, and transform.

    Beyond Norwich University, Professor Wallace has provided exemplary community service for many years. He has been a Northfield Selectman and Chair of the Select Board, a Northfield Green Up Day co-chair, Secretary for the Northfield Conservation Commission, Director for the Green Mountain Club, a Northfield representative on Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, a Northfield Ambulance Squad Emergency Medical Technician, and a leader for recycling in Northfield, helping establish a recycling depot. For his environmental stewardship, Professor Wallace received the Christie Prize for Earth Stewardship in 1999 from Norwich University.

  • CGCS Alumni Award



    Susan Fertig-Dykes M'09
    Susan is a retired communications and human resources management professional with domestic and international experience. During her career, Susan worked as a Team Leader at USAID for the Democracy & Governance Bureau for Europe & Eurasia. In this role, she managed a team of democracy experts in programs that developed independent media, civil society, rule of law, good governance and anticorruption, free and fair elections, and other democratic principles and practices in the former communist countries of Europe and Eurasia.

    Since graduating from the MPA program, Susan has tirelessly dedicated her time to the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, serving on our Board of Fellows Visiting Committee and providing valuable insight as to how Norwich can expand its offerings and enhance opportunities for our students to impact their communities, countries and the world.

  • Admissions Sustained Service Award



    James Terlizzi '62
    Upon graduation from Norwich in 1962, Jim completed his three-year military duty with the 4th Battalion, 18th infantry stationed in Berlin, Germany. It was in Berlin that he met his future wife, Marianne. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. Jim spent the next 37 years in the teaching profession which he loved throughout his years in the classroom. It was there that he was introduced to college fairs. For several years Jim represented Norwich at the Peabody, MA college fair. “It was a pleasure to see many North Shore students, both male and female, select Norwich as their first A History of Service. A Promise to Lead. 31 choice,” Jim says. “Attending Norwich produced many lasting friendships. Several of us in the class of ’62 still get together on a regular basis. This is another example of the Norwich experience.