I'm sure everyone's heard the news that Norwich University has recently received it's largest alumni donation in the entire history of the school by now, but in case you haven't, here's a copy/paste from the official announcement from President Schneider:
"I am thrilled to announce that at the April 25, 2013, Board of Trustees dinner, COL (IL) J. N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) committed $25 million toward the University’s upcoming bicentennial campaign.
This is by far the largest gift in our 194-year history. It will transform the University and make a significant impact on future generations of students and faculty. Col. Pritzker served on Norwich’s Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2007. His gift is a challenge to current, former and emeriti trustees to cumulatively match the contribution.
We will publicly launch the bicentennial campaign at Homecoming 2014, and this gift positions us to be successful in meeting our fundraising goals.
“It gives me great joy to support Norwich’s upcoming fundraising campaign with this gift to ensure that it has the facilities and resources to meet every challenge as it begins its third century of service to the nation,” said Pritzker. “There is no other place like Norwich University. This gift demonstrates my dedication to the University, its mission and my faith in its leadership.”
Col. Pritzker is president of the Tawani Foundation, trustee emeritus and founder of the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago. This historic donation was made through the foundation.
We are all here at Norwich for one purpose: to educate America’s future leaders. I am humbled by this charge and extremely grateful for Col. Pritzker’s remarkable support as we prepare to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our founding in 2019."
I was totally floored by this announcement. The generosity of the alumni, and their dedication to this university and our education never fail to amaze me. When I read this announcement, it reminded me what I am a part of as a student here at Norwich, and the incredible network of alumni that came before me.
This news also served as a reminder that no matter what, Norwich students past and present are always, and will always be there for each other. This is truly the spirit of the university, and it makes me proud to say that I go to Norwich University, and in two short years when I graduate, I'll certainly be proud to tell others about my alma mater.
For all of those prospective students out there, know that this is the legacy that you will become a part of if you choose to come here, the legacy that you will carry on when you graduate from this institution.