Norwich Gives Colby Award To Marcus Luttrell and Dexter Filkins
Norwich hosted the 14th annual William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium with a documentary film about soldiers returning home from war which followed by a speaker from the class of 1951 who spoke about returning home from the Korean War.
The program brings military writers to the campus for a series of lectures and panel discussions.
The authors interact with the students and each other. It is the only program of this type in an American university according to a Norwich spokesman.
Participants this year were Carlo D'Este, Joseph L. Galloway, James Hornfischer, R. Alan King, Douglas MacGregor, and Donald L. Miller.
The Colby Award was established in 1999 recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction which has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, international affairs, or intelligence operations.
Marcus Luttrell was awarded the Colby for his book, Lone Survivor, the eyewitness account of operation Redwing and the lost heroes of Seal Team 10.
A second Colby was awarded to Dexter Filkins, a foreign correspondent, who wrote The Forever War, relating his experiences in the war zones.
A Veteran's Communication Seminar entitled "The War At Home" was a presentation by the participants in a course designed to facilitate the integration of veterans into the life of a college student. Each of the students in the seminar has served at least one tour of duty in a combat zone.
The documentary demonstrated that the experiences they had changed their lives forever.
As older and more mature rooks they faced new and sometimes frustrating challenges as they re-entered this new world.
These young people have taken advantage of the GI Bill to further their education at Norwich University.
They felt that Norwich is a good match for returning veterans.
However, they also stated that there is much that the University could do to improve the integration process into civilian student life.
Some of their suggestions included facilitating better communication and integration with the Veteran's Administration, academic credit for life/work experience, modification of the rook program including a summer session devoted to veteran's needs and access to counselors.
The students spoke highly of much of their experiences at Norwich. They feel that Norwich would benefit by increasing its outreach to other veterans.
The documentary, Our American Journey: The War at Home which was produced to express their needs and publicize their experiences since returning home was shown. Following the film, Joseph Melville, Class of 1951 spoke of the experiences of the veterans returning from Korea and the similar problems that they faced.
President Schneider promised the students that there would be follow up discussions to resolve some of the difficulties they face.
He said that the University will not loose sight of Alden Partridge's goal to develop wellrounded students who have participated in hands-on learning before pursuing their academic careers.