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Norm Cottrill ’14

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Norm Cottrill ’14

Norm Cottrill

RCC Grad, Veterans Leader Still Serving Country

US Army and Navy veteran Norm Cottrill ’14 blends his patriotic calling with his career pursuits as an audio-visual production specialist for the Army at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. In this position, he produces training videos to assist modern-war fighters in their field roles. “My videos are making a difference in the lives of people who defend our country,” he says proudly. “I am using my experience to help my military brothers and sisters.”

Cottrill served with the US Navy during the Persian Gulf War and later as a parachutist with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He used his AA degree in Communications and Media Arts from RCC as a steppingstone toward a bachelor’s, earning a BA in Media Studies/Film & Television from Marist College in 2016. While a student at Marist, Cottrill served as a communications intern at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a nonprofit advocacy group, and as a production intern at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

At RCC, Cottrill volunteered at the Multi-Media Production Center, producing, hosting and editing segments for RCC-TV. He served as the College chapter’s first president of the SALUTE veterans honor society. He graduated with a 3.55 GPA, earned induction into Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Sigma Omicron, and won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Cottrill credits the “front-line” people at RCC for providing him vital career guidance when he needed it most, people such as Jonathan Barnwell, Janice Goldstein and Beth Robinson. “Without the support and mentoring of good people in the right positions, none of my success would be possible,” he says.

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