In his role as Cadet Wing Commander, Cadet Philip Norman initiated "Fireside Chats," weekly motivational messages for cadets. In a recent "Fireside Chat," he said, "Although books are written about great achievements, a man or woman's character is not defined by one moment of brilliance, courage, or strength. Character is developed over a lifetime. It is built upon small daily trials, and supported by determination and perseverance. It is nurtured through self-reflection, and reinforced through proximity to those of similar intention and guiding values."
Sometimes, seven pages of a resume or a through-the-roof GPA don't measure success. In Philip's case, success is measured by selfless leadership, earned respect, and, as one of his many nominators said, "a world-class character and impeccable deportment."
That's not to say that Philip has taken it easy these past five years. He was selected as the top company commander last spring, and, prior to that role, he served as a Resident Advisor in Brodie Hall.
During his time as R.A. and Company Commander, Philip said, "I think I called my parents more times in my life in that semester to thank them for all they had done for me. I'd say, 'I've never thought to thank you for what you've taught me, and the quality education you gave me.' I can't imagine going through life without their stability."
He hosts weekly open-door meetings with cadets needing assistance, and he's spent his Friday nights mentoring junior cadets as they step into the leadership roles he's vacating.
In his little free time, Philip is an avid reader, particularly about U.S. history. He said that he likes to read about individuals coming together for a national cause. He joked that he also enjoys taking personality tests, as he learns how to interact with others focused on strengths instead of weaknesses.
This community-based approach to leadership perfectly describes the way in which Philip led the Corps of Cadets this past spring. He shared that, through this role, he learned to not approach people with a specific bias or lens, but to view others as three-dimensional, multi-faceted people who are trying to do the right thing. He said, "Everyone, at the end of the day, wants to fall asleep thinking, 'Today, I did something bigger than me.'"
During winter break last year, he spent two weeks in Burma teaching English to students in a Buddhist monastery and an orphanage. He said, "From this experience, I learned that there are so many good people in this world. I saw for myself that great people, men and women of character, are everywhere trying to make the world a better place."
After graduating this spring with honors in Mechanical Engineering, Philip will be commissioned into the United States Air Force. He hopes to be placed where he can interact with and help others—whether that is fixing an air conditioning unit or fixing a runway to test airplanes.
One of his nominators said, "Some in life gain respect from others based solely on the position or title they hold, while others truly earn the respect of their followers through devoted care of their physical, mental, and professional well-being. Philip is one of the latter: a charismatic leader who is genuinely committed to the success of those he leads in academic, professional, and moral development."
For his unshakeable character, genuine care of others, and desire to do things bigger than himself, I am pleased to present the Aspire! Award for CIVILITY to Philip Norman.
2017-2018 Aspirations Breakfasts*
December 1, 2017
Owens Banquet Room, 8-10 a.m.
*Registration is required to attend the Breakfast.
April 21, 2017 Recipients
Bobby Hollingsworth - Curiosity
Annemarie Bresson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Christopher Bardo - Civility
Nala Chehade - Courageous Leadership
Elizabeth Galbreath - Ut Prosim
Hillary Kovacs – Ut Prosim
Robert and Kara Julius – Ut Prosim
Jerry Colyer [posthumous award] – Ut Prosim
March 17, 2017 Recipients
Lt. Tony Haga – Courageous Leadership
February 17, 2017 Recipients
Danielle Jeffers - Curiosity
Colleen McGovern - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Min Kyung “Julie” Sim - Civility
Lamont “Gucci” Livingston - Courageous Leadership
Jacob Long - Ut Prosim
Alece Alderson – Civility
November 4, 2016 Recipients
Rhiannon Hasenauer - Ut Prosim
Zack Sever - Civility
David Gardner - Courageous Leadership
Zachary Hoopes - Curiosity
Bridger Johnson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jon Fritsch – Self-Understanding and Integrity
October 7, 2016 Recipients
Zachariah Ewen - Ut Prosim
Jordan Evans - Civility
Megan Lee Myklegard - Courageous Leadership
Alex Hamilton - Curiosity
Bryan Faulkner - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Catherine Cotrupi – Curiosity
April 22, 2016 Recipients
Samantha Hall - Ut Prosim
Charelle Berry - Civility
Audrey Semel - Courageous
Jess King - Curiosity
Mike Schoka - Self-Understanding
Frances Keene – Ut Prosim
John Graham – Ut Prosim
Susan Anderson – Courageous
February 19, 2016 Recipients
Javier González-Rocha – Self-Understanding and Integrity
Obaid Rehman – Civility
Claire Kelling – Courageous
Meghan McLoughlin – Ut Prosim
Erica Nagotko – Curiosity
Anthony Purcell – Civility
Gladys Sartin– Self-Understanding
October 2, 2015 Recipients
Walter Gonsiewski – Self-Understanding
Seyi Olusina – Civility
Skyler Mueller – Courageous
Anastasia Matusiewicz – Ut Prosim
Natasha Laramie – Curiosity
Vera Kidd – Curiosity
Residence Life Resource Officer John Tarter – Ut Prosim
Robby Moser – Ut Prosim
March, 2015 Recipients
Juan de la Rosa Diaz – Courageous
Jamaica Sykes – Curiosity
Luke Birch –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jake Voorhees – Ut Prosim
Turki Saad Al-Zahrani – Civility
Captain Jim Snyder – Courageous Leadership
February, 2015 Recipients
Catherine Goggins – Courageous
Allison Laclede – Curiosity
Samuel Aguilar Chavez –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Larissa Perara – Ut Prosim
Lauren Cashman – Civility
Jay Read – Civility
Scott Busiel – Self–understanding and Integrity
Robin Boucher – Curiosity
Tricia Smith – Ut Prosim