Norwich University Presents Prominent Oromo Novelist, Scholar and Filmmaker Teferi Niggusie Tafa

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 20, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents “The Traditional Citizen Soldier: The Oromo Gadaa System in Ethiopia,” a presentation by prominent Oromo novelist, scholar and filmmaker Teferi Niggusie Tafa on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 4-5 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library South Instruction Room.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tafa is a visiting scholar at Norwich University. In addition to publishing the first (and so far only) scholarly analysis of Oromo-language novels, he has also published several of his own novels in the Oromo language, including the award-winning “Jaalala Dhuga,” by Macmillan Publishers in London and “Qondalticha,” a satirical film. His research interests ranges from nationalism, literature, and film studies.

Established in 2016, Norwich University’s Peace and War Center advances scholarship and deliberation on warfare and its mitigation, processes, and conditions of peace. The Center’s work emphasizes  research and discussion on the precipitating factors and preconditions of war and peace. In order to understand the cycles of war and peace, it is critical to examine the role of culture and language, analyze the ideological roots of turmoil, and stability, and the evolving role of technology. The Center is designed to be a multi and interdisciplinary mix of international scholars and practitioners.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Associate Professor Gina Sherriff Awarded the Vermont Women in Higher Education Carol A. Moore Scholarship

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 14, 2018

Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) awarded its annual professional development scholarship to Norwich University Associate Professor Gina Sherriff in December to support her work in mentoring women on campus.

The scholarship, named after Lyndon State College’s former president, Carol A. Moore, recognizes women working in Vermont higher education who aspire to advance their careers. This scholarship awards up to $1,000 for professional development.

Sherriff earned the award for her proposal to attend the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity’s (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program in order to strengthen her skills in mentoring women on campus in her temporary appointment heading Norwich’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. Sherriff’s scholarship will be applied towards the NCFDD Faculty Success Program in a 12-week intensive mentoring program designed to increase faculty productivity and retention, and to create a network of faculty across the country. Norwich University is co-sponsoring Sherriff’s participation in the program through the Offices of the Provost and Academic Research.

“By participating in the Faculty Success Program, I will become a stronger and more confident leader on my campus and, in turn, will be ready to mentor other women and help them achieve their personal and professional goals,” Sherriff said.

Sherriff holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University, and has been teaching a Spanish curriculum at Norwich since 2011.

VWHE is celebrating its 40th year and is affiliated with the American Council on Education’s Inclusive Excellence Group and Women’s Network. VWHE works to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education, promote women’s leadership and encourage and support women leaders of diverse backgrounds. The organization maintains an open membership policy and welcomes the participation of Vermont women from all levels of administration, staff and faculty.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center Presents Founder of Afghanistan’s Only Girls Boarding School

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 13, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents “Opportunities and challenges of establishing Afghanistan’s first and only all-girls boarding school” a presentation by Shabana Basij-Rasikh, School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) President & Co-Founder on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 12-1 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room.

This event is free and open to the public. For background, Basij-Rasikh’s TED talk about pursuing education under Taliban rule is available here.

Afghanistan has been embroiled in war for decades now, which has had a significant impact the life of women in the country, especially their education. Currently, only one in four girls receive a secondary education, which is due to the tremendous obstacles they face to attend school. The School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) is trying to address this by establishing the first and only all-girls boarding school in the country. Their mission is to provide Afghan girls a rigorous education that promotes critical thinking, a sense of purpose, and respect for self and others.

Since its establishment in 2008, SOLA students have represented 23 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, they have sent more than 45 students to colleges and universities abroad, who have received more than 194 years’ worth of scholarships, valued at $9.4 million. Shabana Basij-Rasikh will tell the story of founding Afghanistan’s first and only all-girls boarding school and how she believes it is the key to establishing a peaceful, united and prosperous Afghanistan.

Born and raised in Kabul, Basij-Rasikh finished high school in the U.S. through the State Department’s Youth Exchange Studies program. She went on to attend Middlebury College in Vermont, graduating magna cum laude in International Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 2011. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from SOAS University of London.

While at Middlebury, Basij-Rasikh was awarded a Davis Peace Prize—with which she built wells in the outskirts of Kabul—and was selected as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2010. She also received the Vermont Campus Compact 2011 Madeleine Kunin Public Service Award for outstanding leadership and service to others.

While still in college, Basij-Rasikh co-founded SOLA—School of Leadership, Afghanistan, a nonprofit dedicated to giving young Afghans access to quality education abroad and jobs back home. After graduating from Middlebury, she returned to Kabul to turn SOLA into the nation’s first boarding school for girls. SOLA provides college preparatory courses to students aged 11-19 representing all major ethnic groups, religious sects, and tribes. It also helps graduates enter universities worldwide and return to substantive careers in Afghanistan, where they often become the first women to enter their fields.

During this period, Basij-Rasikh served as the National Gender Mainstreaming Advisor at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development’s National Solidarity Program in Kabul, but left the position in 2012 to focus on SOLA full time. In addition to leading SOLA, Shabana’s advocacy work on the importance of educating girls takes her around the world. She is a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a call to action seeking investment in girls’ education worldwide. In recognition for her work, Basij-Rasikh was named one of National Geographic’s 2014 Emerging Explorers, and one of CNN International’s Leading Women of 2014.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Olmsted Foundation Funds International Immersion Trip for Future Military Officers

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 1, 2018

For the fourteenth year in a row, Norwich University has earned a $20,000 grant from the Olmsted Foundation to support the Peace and War Center’s Overseas Cultural Immersion Trip to Israel for students to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict firsthand.

The grant allows seven Norwich students who are on a commissioning track as active duty officers in the United States military to travel abroad to speak to the people and visit the places in person who comprise a relevant international conflict, free of any charge to the student.

“Thanks to the Olmsted Foundation’s focus on internationalizing American military officers, this grant allows Norwich’s future leaders an immeasurable international experience at no cost to the student,” Peace and War Center Director Travis Morris said. “This experience transforms students, tests their leadership skills through task assignments, and deepens greatly their understanding of these complex conflicts. This experience ultimately makes them smarter and more experienced military officers.”

This is the fourteenth year Norwich has received such a grant from the Olmsted Foundation. Since 2005, approximately 60 students have benefitted from this grant and have travelled to: Tanzania, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Senegal, El Salvador, Chile, Turkey, Georgia and Israel.

New this year, two additional students not supported by the Olmsted grant will also participate to diversify the group. The Peace and War Center will choose and support a cadet planning to pursue an officer post with the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Coast Guard. An added layer of internationalization will complement the group through the participation of a cadet from and supported by the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean in Montreal. Peace and War Center students will travel up to Montreal to interview candidates for that position, which will fill the role as the Palestinian perspective contact. Other student roles include: team leader; communication officer; logistics officer; team analyst responsible for the out-report; travel coordinator; budget officer; Israeli perspective; and international perspective.

The Olmsted Foundation provides financial support to the three Service Academies and four of the Senior Military Colleges for these short-term immersion trips, which often provide the undergraduates with their first exposure to a foreign culture.

“We developed skills that will help us sort through floods of information and perspectives to form professional and culturally aware analyses, a skill that will be highly valuable in our futures as officers,” Cadet Elizabeth Gregory said of the 2017 trip to Israel.

Since 1959, the Olmsted Foundation’s Scholar Program has challenged young military officers to learn a foreign language and pursue graduate studies in that language at a foreign university. The Olmsted Foundation was created through an endowment from Gen. George Olmsted, an Army major general who served with distinction in World War II and went on to become a philanthropist and a successful businessman in the insurance and banking industries.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University to Celebrate Completed Renovation of Historic Weather Bureau Building, Ainsworth Hall

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Jan. 31, 2018

Norwich University officials will celebrate on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at 12:45 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, a complete renovation to one of the oldest buildings on campus, the College of Liberal Arts’ academic building, Ainsworth Hall.

The public is invited to join President Richard W. Schneider, along with Provost Dr. Sandra Affenito and College Dean Ted Kohn, Ph.D., who will give remarks and invite faculty back into the building after seven-and-a-half months of construction costing $4.8 million. Please RSVP here: https://alumni.norwich.edu/AinsworthRibbonCutting.

Ainsworth Hall houses faculty offices and classrooms for Norwich’s Peace and War Center as well as the departments of History and Political Science and Justice Studies and Sociology.

When the building was originally built in 1910, it was designated the U.S. Weather Bureau, Northfield Station, from which official weather data was reported to the federal government to be used in weather forecasting.

Norwich University recently installed a new weather station on the roof of Tompkins Hall to provide weather data to support research in high-performance weather forecasting and green stormwater infrastructure. Check local Northfield weather here: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/vt/northfield-center/KVTNORTH22.

This project is the second completed construction project undertaken as part of the $100 million Forging the Future campaign. The five-year campaign is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019 and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

Ainsworth Building Facts:

  • Complete Weatherization of the building, (energy cost savings and rebates from VEIC).
  • Additional 1810 gross square feet, creating a Mechanical room on the 3rd
  • Added a two-stop elevator.
  • A complete ADA and Life Safety upgrade, (lactation room).
  • New bathroom suites on every floor.
  • All new office furniture.
  • The new technology has been installed for presentation and multi-location teaching and conferencing.
  • Two rooms added to the campus scheduling system for multi-purpose.
  • The old south wing of Ainsworth was removed and replaced with new construction, employing the most modern building methods.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

WNUB-FM Celebrates 50 Years of Norwich University Radio with Countdown and Celebration

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 19, 2017

Norwich University officials announced that beginning on Thursday, Oct. 19, WNUB-FM will count down 50 days until Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, when the university’s radio station will celebrate 50 years on air with a reception and prizes in the Wise Campus Center’s The Mill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to join the Norwich community in this noteworthy anniversary milestone. The Dec. 8 event will feature an onsite live broadcast hosted by longtime disc jockey Dex Rowe, who has 47 years in radio and will be showcasing the music from over the past 50 years WNUB has been on the air. Rowe began volunteering at WNUB in 1992. He currently hosts the weekday morning oldies show from 9-11 a.m. and the weekend evening oldies and Variety Shows (syndicated worldwide) on WNUB. Rowe is also the Saturday morning anchor on WDEV AM-FM, Waterbury, and is the recipient of three awards for radio production from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.

The public is also encouraged to listen to WNUB-FM in the greater Northfield area at 88.3, via the RadioFX app, or to livestream it at: libarts.norwich.edu/WNUBstream/. Each day until December 8, WNUB will air historical world, national, Norwich, and music facts as part of Dex Rowe’s 50-day countdown.

The station, led by then-general manager Leo P. Soucy, ’69 (pictured), joined the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and the National Association of Educational Broadcasting in 1967 and began operating on Dec. 8 of that year. The station currently airs programming continuously, 24/7, and offers a dozen or so mostly evening live radio shows with hosts. Depending on the semester, 12-25 students participate in running the station as part of Norwich’s Bachelor of Science in Communications.

Over the years, WNUB-FM has expanded its programming to reflect its burgeoning philosophy of reaching beyond the campus and into the local community with programs such as weekly news and sports updates from the Northfield News and public affairs programming including Norwich Odyssey, the Norwich Writers’ Series, and interviews with all five of the 2016 Vermont gubernatorial candidates.

Other changes have included significant additions to the music playlist and additional special event broadcasts such as coverage of Town Meeting and all three days of Northfield’s Labor Day weekend celebration – the state’s largest – airing continuous coverage from the stage for 10 hours that Saturday and Sunday and three hours Monday afternoon.

For more information, please contact Doug Smith at dsmith@norwich.edu. Learn more about pursuing a major in Communications at Norwich University at Norwich.edu.

Editor’s note: The above photo was taken by Homer E. Smith and shows student Leo P. Soucy, ’69, broadcasting WNUB in December 1967, the year Norwich’s radio station launched. Photo is provided courtesy of Norwich University Archives.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Writers Series Announces Fall Lineup

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sept. 15, 2017

Norwich University presents the fall lineup of the Writers Series. All presentations are free and open to the public and held at 4 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Carol Todd Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Former Al Qaeda hostage in Syria, author of “My Life Has Stood a Loaded Gun” and “Undercover Muslim,” and subject of the documentary film, “Theo Who Lived,” Theo Padnos (pictured above).

Co-hosted by Norwich’s Peace & War Center, the former al Qaeda hostage will address issues of violent extremism from his unique perspective of firsthand knowledge. His stories give insight to what happened while he was in captivity and his thoughts on Islamic extremism.

Padnos will give a brief presentation about his time as a hostage. Afterwards he will open for discussion and questions.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Award winning author Joseph Mazur.  

Mazur is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont. Many of his works have appeared in Nature, New York Times, and several other publications. He has been profiled in media venues such as NPR’s “The Hidden Brain” and PRI’s “Innovation Lab”, CBS, the BBC, Vox, Radio Australia, Radio Ireland, and dozens of others.

Co-hosted by Norwich University’s Department of Mathematics, Mazur is a recipient of several fellowships from the Guggenheim, Bogliasco, and Rockefeller foundations.

He is the author of “Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Mathematics,” which was chosen as a finalist of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award and chosen as one of Choice’s 2005 Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year; “The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space” (Choice’s 2007 Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year); “What’s Luck Got to Do with It? The History, Mathematics, and Psychology behind the Gambler’s Illusion;” “Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers;” and, his most recent book, “Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence.”

His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Thursday, Nov. 16: Professor of Environment, Sustainability, and Philosophy at Western State Colorado University, where he also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Environment & Sustainability and as the Director of the Master in Environmental Management program: John Hausdoerffer.

photo credit: Carlos Porrata

Co-hosted by Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security, Hausdoerffer’s research seeks philosophical intersections between environmental ethics and environmental justice. He will be discussing his most recent book, “Wildness: Relations of People and Place.” Hausdoerffer will talk about how wildness surrounds us in urban and wilderness settings and the value of preserving wildness.

Hausdoerffer’s first book, “Catlin’s Lament: Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the Ethics of Nature,” analyzed George Catlin’s attempt to merge early environmental perspectives with native justice movements during the era of Indian Removal.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

3 Questions for Norwich Criminal Justice Scholar Stephanie Maass

Photo: Studio portrait of Stephanie Maass
Norwich University Office of Communications

May 18, 2017

Corrections scholar Stephanie Maass, PhD, teaches in the School of Justice Studies and Sociology at Norwich, where she says she strives to “foster discussions, the sharing of ideas” in the classroom and broaden students’ conceptual frameworks. Her courses range from intro surveys and senior seminars to examinations of juvenile justice and corrections. During her master’s and doctoral studies at George Mason University, Maass honed a research focus on community corrections, substance use and co-occurring disorders, and organizational change. The scholar has trained corrections officers across the country on the use of evidence-based supervision practices. We recently asked Maass about her teaching and scholarship.

1. Why do you teach?

I teach to help students become critical and responsible consumers of information. I strive to challenge their preconceived notions with information they may not be aware of and guide them while they think through the realistic challenges facing our world today.

2. What drives your passion for the field?

The criminal justice system is often bleakly portrayed as a broken system plagued with corruption and high recidivism rates. I look at the system and I see potential, particularly in the corrections field. Community correction, in particular, offers a significant amount of time to work with justice-involved individuals to rehabilitate them, reintegrate them into society, and increase public safety. We only need to pay attention to what approaches work best and how to successfully implement those strategies.

3. What questions do you explore through your scholarship?

Currently in the field of corrections the adoption rate of best practices is about 33%. We know quite a bit about what works to reduce recidivism but quite a bit less about how to implement those effective strategies on a large scale. My research seeks to understand the adoption—or lack of adoption—of best supervision practices among individuals in organizations. What makes one individual or agency more likely to use best practices than another? And which practices are they likely to use over others?

Norwich’s Fulbright Scholar Presents “Russia: Understanding Foreign Policy and Cybersecurity”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 20, 2017

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents Fulbright scholar and Russia and cybersecurity expert Pierre Jolicoeur, PhD, for a presentation, “Russia: Understanding Foreign Policy and Cybersecurity” on Monday, May 1, at 1:45 p.m. in Milano Ballroom.

Free and open to the public, the presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Jolicoeur is this semester’s Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Peace and War Center. The program between Fulbright Canada and Norwich University establishes a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Peace and War Studies at Norwich University annually to focus on research pertaining to military and diplomatic affairs. Norwich funding for this program comes from a generous gift from Norwich Trustee J. Fred Weintz Jr. ’47.

Jolicoeur received his PhD in political science at Université du Québec à Montréal in 2006, after completing his first two degrees at Laval University. A specialist of the former Soviet Union and South Eastern Europe, Jolicoeur’s research focuses on secessionist movements, foreign policy, and cybersecurity.

In the past three years, Jolicoeur’s research has focused on strategic communications, digital diplomacy and information operations, where he analyzes the impact of social media on the military operating environment. He is specifically looking at how state and non-state actors use social media as strategic tools to promote their goals. His work has produced recommendations taken up by the Canadian government and distributed to NATO allies.

At Norwich, Jolicoeur’s research covers a new angle of the use (or misuse) of social media: the radicalization of Canadian and American individuals to extremist ideas (far right, far left, and religious movements) and the role of social media in that process.

Associate Professor since 2011, Jolicoeur has been director of the Department of Political Science of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) since 2012. In 2015, he was cross-appointed with Queen’s University, where he is affiliated with the Department of Policy Studies.

At RMCC, he teaches international relations and comparative politics. He is author or co-author of two books, 10 articles in peer review journals and 24 chapters in university press. His publications, both in French and English, appear in Études Internationales, Journal of Borderland Studies, Canadian Journal of Foreign Policy, and Connections.

He also has contributed to the public debate, notably by publishing 29 articles in the Point de mire series, which he edited between 2000 and 2006, 20 op-eds (Le Devoir, La Presse, Whig Standard) and numerous interviews. He has been the RMCC representative to the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences since 2011.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University hosts 10th Annual CSI Symposium April 18-19

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 6, 2017

Norwich University will host its tenth annual CSI Symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19 in Dole Auditorium.

All events are free and open to the public.

The symposium begins on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. with “Leadership: Implementing a Cross-Discipline Approach,” a keynote lecture by Lieutenant Robert B. Appleton ’92, Commander, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, New York State. On Wednesday, April 19, presenters from NCIS, FBI and others give presentations beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

Full Schedule of Presentations on Wednesday, April 19:

  • 9-9:50 a.m. Samuel G. Worth ’87 (Deputy Director, NCIS): “The NCIS Mission in the Cyber Domain”
  • 10-10:50 a.m. Dana Lafon (FBI): “Criminal Profiling in Modern (and Uncertain) Times”
  • 11-11:50 a.m. Steve Sobelman ’67 (Psychologist): “PTSD: Not Just a Military or Veteran Diagnosis”
  • 12-12:50 p.m. Trish Driscoll (Tecore Networks): “Manhunt: Utilizing Technology, a Trade Craft in a Non-Permissive Environment”
  • 2-4 p.m. Alumni Career Panel Session facilitated by Matt McCann ’94 (Department of Homeland Security) with Steve Sobelman ’67 (Psychologist); Mike Whalen ’90 (VP of International Business at Ideal Innovations) and Jim Mooney ’93 (U.S. Secret Service)

For more information, please contact the event coordinators: Isabel Weinger Nielsen at inielsen@norwich.edu or 802-485-2455 or Professor Stan Shernock at ssherno@norwich.edu or 802-485-2370 or visit http://libarts.norwich.edu/csi-symposium/.

Norwich University is Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security education in the U.S. Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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