Norwich’s online program graduates will hear from Gen. Alfred Gray, former Commandant of the Marine Corps


Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is honored to announce that General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.) will deliver its 2015 commencement address at a ceremony for nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Retired General Alfred Gray was the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991. As Commandant, General Gray assisted in the formulation of national and international policy and strategy. He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as being military advisor to the President, the National Security Council and the Secretary of Defense.

In 1991, after 41 years of service, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, General Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined Garver International Associates.

For 15 years, General Gray served on the Norwich University Board of Trustees and was instrumental in assisting Norwich in achieving the NSA designation for “Center of Academic Excellence” for Information Assurance education. He has been chairman of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Marine Youth Fitness Foundation. He has been Chancellor of the Marine Military Academy and a director of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. He is a member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board and is an advisor to the National Reconnaissance Office.

General Gray currently serves as a member of the board for the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes where he has been critical in supporting the creation of the DECIDE program which was awarded $9.9 million in cybersecurity contracts in 2013.

Currently General Gray is Senior Fellow, Board of Regents Chairman, and member of the Board of Directors at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

General Gray holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York. He is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College.

The June 19 ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference for which students travel to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus from all 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, Puerto Rico and six international countries. Here, they present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

According to university officials, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General Alfred Gray embodies this year’s residency conference theme of “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve.”

Norwich University names new vice president for enrollment management

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Norwich University has named Greg Matthews as the new vice president for enrollment management responsible for the admissions and financial aid operational units and working on branding and recruitment beginning June 1.

Matthews is a proven enrollment management and financial aid leader with 26 years of experience in higher education including Landmark College, Colby-Sawyer College and Ohio Wesleyan University.

As the new vice president, Matthews will develop a comprehensive strategy for recruitment and selection of a talented, diverse student population that values the exceptional environmental and educational experience Norwich University offers.

“Higher education is experiencing greater external pressures and scrutiny, as well as growing  competition  for  a  declining  population  of  high  school  students,  particularly  in  the northeast,” said President Richard W. Schneider.

“Matthews’ distinctive set of skills are well matched to provide the pivotal leadership needed to build on the current successes of Norwich University. It is critical  for  a leader  in higher education  to  be  collaborative,   innovative  and  to  possess  a  strong  understanding  of  market analysis,  enrollment  management,  financial  aid,  and  the ability  to  strategically  use  data  to maximize opportunities for Norwich. I am confident that Mr. Matthews is that leader.”

“Norwich University provides not only great academic programs, but delivers a distinctive student experience for both cadets and civilian students that prepares them for life and work after graduation,” Matthews said. “I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to represent this remarkable institution.”

Norwich Professor Examines Botswana’s Nation-Building Success

By David S. Westerman, PhD
Office of Academic Research

April 8, 2015

History Professor Rowly Brucken will present his findings on nation-building at the 13th International Conference on African and Latin American Studies in Lisbon, Portugal on April 16-17.

His paper, entitled “Botswana and Nation-Building Theory,” discusses which of the major theories of nation-building explains the post-independence evolution of Botswana into a multi-party democracy with a stable, prosperous capitalist economy.

The key finding of the work is that the establishment of democratic and transparent governance before the discovery of diamonds and other mineral wealth laid the basis for responsible, sustainable, and participatory economic development.

Professor Brucken’s research has been supported by a Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship and a Chase International Travel Grant. His paper will be published in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

About the Author: David S. Westerman, PhD, is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Geology at Norwich University and the Associate Vice President for Research in the university’s Office of Academic Research.

8th Annual Norwich CSI Symposium Convenes April 28-29, 2015

By Isabel Weinger Nielsen | College of Liberal Arts

Updated April 13, 2015

The 8th Annual CSI Symposium will be held in Dole Auditorium on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29. Speakers will include

  • Sergeant Brook Rollins (Arlington, TX, PD) on “Drone Technology and Surveillance”
  • Lieutenant Rob Appleton ’92 (Computer Crimes Unit, State of New York) on “Internet Crimes Against Children”
  • Martin Davin and Miguel Perez (formerly with NYPD, now with Absolute Software) on “Computer Tracking and LoJac for Laptops” and
  • Gary Margolis (Margolis Healy/Social Sentinel) on “Threats in a Social Media World.”

Norwich University has hosted the CSI Symposium each spring since 2008, presenting a cross-disciplinary approach to crime scene investigation, case resolution, and crime prevention. The symposium aims to boost student interest in forensics, crime investigation, criminal justice, and related fields. Presentations are given on a variety of topics and demonstrate that law enforcement is supported by many professions, including law, information technology, engineering, science, and medicine. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Norwich University Board of Fellows.

Begun as a means of promoting a new forensic science course, the CSI Symposium is designed to appeal to both science and criminal justice majors. Over the years, it has been expanded to attract students from all disciplines. Keynote speakers have included Dr. Henry Lee on “Crime Scene Reconstruction,” detective inspector Anne Lawrence on “Investigation of the July 2005 London Bombings,” Sgt. detective Daniel Duff and Lt. detective Robert Merner on “Craigslist Killer,” Dr. Richard Ovens on “Forensic Interview and Education,” and detective Biff Brady and former assistant chief of police Joseph Loughlin on “Technology Used in the Amy St. Laurent Homicide Case.” Other notable speakers have included pathologist Dr. Michael Baden and forensic odontologist Dr. Lowell Levine.

Rob Appleton ’92, COLA Board of Fellows member, has been the driving force behind the event since its inception. An 18-year veteran of the New York State Police, Rob has invited experts from New York, New England, Toronto, and even New Scotland Yard (UK) to speak at Norwich. Alumni have also given presentations at the symposium, including FBI special agent Gary Hoover ’92, senior intelligence analyst Ken Bell M’13, and Chuck Nettleship ’85, M’03 of Triquetra Technologies and COLA Board of Fellows member.

The event is free and open to the public. Updates and the CSI Symposium schedule can be found at

For more information, contact event coordinators Professor Penny Shtull at or Isabel Weinger Nielsen,

Norwich Offers Architecture, Cybersecurity Summer Camps for Teens

Rising juniors and seniors will build their own computer and study cyberdefense in a free, week-long camp sponsored by the National Science Foundation, while budding architects explore design with top Norwich faculty.
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University is offering two new summer camps led by standout Norwich faculty and alumni for rising high school juniors and seniors.

The first program, GenCyber@NU, is a free, US government-sponsored camp for cyber security and cyber defense in which students will build their own computers to take home. The week-long pre-college program, to be held from June 21-27, is designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

The camp is funded by a grant from the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation and is FREE for attending students. All expenses for the week-long program, including tuition, room and board, round-trip airfare and transportation to and from the Norwich University campus (as applicable), field trips, and other program fees are covered at no cost to GenCyber participants.

Applications are due May 1. Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a letter of recommendation and an unofficial high school transcript via email to For more information:

Norwich University undergraduate and online graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education and are certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). Norwich University has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service program since 2002.

The second program is facilitated by Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, which will hold a Summer Design Academy from July 5-11. During the weeklong program, students will grapple with design thinking and explore the communication of their ideas through various media and hands-on projects.

Workshops, lectures, demonstrations and off-campus experiences complement daily design studios. Students will gain a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to add to their college applications. Students will also be advised on the college admission and portfolio-building processes.

Local designer and Norwich alumnus Joshua Chafe of Truex Cullins in Burlington, Vt., will join School of Architecture + Art faculty to provide design guidance and critique as students learn to design and build full-scale structures and spaces during studio time.

The cost, including room and board, is $750. Applications will be accepted through May 20. For more information:

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only NAAB accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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).

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here:    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886, (m) 595-3613

Two Norwich Student Projects Showcase Research, Start-up Savvy

Norwich student-led research projects and start-ups showcase their ideas at competitions in Washington, DC, and Texas this weekend
Daphne Larkin
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 9, 2015

As the final weeks of the 2014-2015 academic year wind down, Norwich students are packing in as much experiential learning and service as humanly possible.

This Friday six students plus faculty mentor Tara Kulkarni, PhD, will travel to a national research competition in Washington, DC.

A civil and environmental engineering professor, Kulkarni received an EPA pilot grant in September that funds her collaboration on a student research project led by senior civil engineering student Susan Limberg.

Serving as faculty advisor, Kulkarni wrote a proposal based on Limberg’s idea of developing pervious concrete filters to control stormwater runoff. One compelling component of their project is a filtration process aimed at transforming rainwater into drinkable water.

They received a Phase I, $14,957 grant from the P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability, a national-level competition organized by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

On April 11-12 the team will participate in Phase II at the National Sustainable Design Expo (NSDE) in Washington to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of up to $75,000 to take their design to real world application.

Business Start-up Competition

At the same time, Norwich student entrepreneurs are heading to Texas to showcase their idea for a business startup aimed at the maker movement. Team YETi designed a project board to simplify the electronics of maker applications and will pitch their business start-up at a Texas Christian University competition.

James Whitlock and Josh Coleman, electrical and computer engineering juniors at Norwich, and Joe Poulima, a former Norwich undergrad and current electrical engineering technology major at Vermont Technical College, designed a device to “bridge the gap between conceptual model design and finished product” for the ever-growing maker market.

Norwich faculty helped the team hone their pitch, which won the recent NU Launch! entrepreneurial business competition. Team YETi will now pitch their idea at the 5th Annual TCU Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures student business plan competition to be held at Texas Christian University’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center on April 10 – 11.

This marks the first time Norwich University will participate in the annual competition in which undergraduate students around the world pitch plans for for-profit values-centered enterprises that impact society in meaningful ways.

 Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886, (m) 595-3613

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance Ranked Among Best

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 5, 2015 

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies ranks seventh in a recent report compiled by on “The 25 Best Online Master of Information Assurance and Security Degree Programs.” The selection was based on several factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and reputation.

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program helps working adults interested in the many aspects of information security to develop the business acumen and management skills needed to pursue leadership positions in information security and assurance. Emphasis is placed on best practices in information security technology, organizational structure and policy development, the regulatory environment and compliance, and management strategies.

Notable about the schools highlighted in report is their academic excellence designations. Norwich University, also recognized as a best school for cybersecurity by the Ponemon Institute in 2014, is certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). The national CAE designation program promotes higher education in information assurance, cyber defense and digital forensics.

“This accolade from is a true testament to Norwich University’s legacy as a leader in information assurance education,” said William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “Our alumni go on to achieve prominent careers in a range of technology-focused areas in the military, private, and public sectors around the world.”

About, an independent organization, is a resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree on campus or online. Its editors have extensive experience in teaching, research, and publishing at the university level.

About Norwich

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).

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here:    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 196 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention.

Murder Scholar Prof. Elizabeth Gurian Receives Board of Fellows Prize

January 5, 2015–The Faculty Development Committee recently announced the recipient of the 2015-16 Board of Fellows Faculty Development Prize, Dr. Elizabeth Gurian, for her project, “Female Homicide Offenders: An Exploration of Personal Narratives.”

Dr. Gurian, an assistant professor in the School of Justice Studies and Sociology, completed her doctoral work at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (UK) and was a consultant to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna.

She joined the faculty of Norwich University in 2011, and since her arrival has maintained an active research and publication agenda in her area of expertise, female and partnered homicide offenders and serial murderers.

She is the recipient of several other Faculty Development Program awards, including a Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship and a Charles A. Dana Category I Grant.

In 2013 Dr. Gurian won statewide recognition when Vermont Women in Higher Education selected her as the recipient of the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award.

Geologist Rick Dunn, Unearthed

Norwich’s newest Dana Professor of Geology sees ancient worlds with fresh eyes
By Sean Markey | 2015 Annual Academic Research Report

December 18, 2014

Early one morning in late August, Richard Dunn prowled the grassy expanse of Groningen Garden, a large public park in downtown Tel Aviv. Part of an international research team, the geologist was in Israel to look for a pre-Roman harbor in the ancient city of Jaffa, the storied Biblical port of Solomon. With a coring rig due later that morning, Dunn and his colleagues opted to canvass the site with ground-penetrating radar in the predawn light. Less than an hour into their survey, air raid sirens wailed to life. Dunn, who played semipro baseball in college with an eye on the majors, scrambled for the nearest air raid shelter, hitting the dirt with his colleagues when they found the door padlocked. Overhead, Israeli Defense Force missiles intercepted a Palestinian rocket. As the team dusted themselves off after the attack, they decided it might be a good time to retreat to a local café.

That day in Tel-Aviv stands out in Dunn’s memory as a dramatic moment in the midst of a busy, semester-long, research sabbatical. Earlier that summer, Dunn had visited several sites in Greece, where he is currently involved in four distinct projects with colleagues from UCLA, Vanderbilt, the Field Museum of Chicago, and other institutions.

Deep Geologic Time

An expert at reconstructing ancient landscapes and environments, Dunn chairs the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Norwich University. In 2014 he was named the University’s 21st Charles A. Dana Professor. The author of more than a dozen papers (with a half-dozen more in press), several book chapters, and scores of conference presentations, Dunn majored in geology and anthropology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, which housed a leading archaeometry lab at the time. It was an era, begun in the 1970s and continued in the 80s, when geology and archaeology began to overlap, converging into a dedicated field known as geological archaeology.

Hooked, Dunn earned a master’s in geology from Wichita State University in Kansas and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Delaware. Fieldwork in Florida, Belize, Cyprus, and Greece helped him hone his expertise at reconstructing ancient coasts. Combing geologic fieldwork and mapping with lab analysis of ancient pollen and marine organism microfossils from core samples, he teased out clues about previous landscapes and environmental conditions.

Today, his research follows a transect of deep geologic time, informing the work of archaeological projects throughout the Mediterranean and, more recently, Easter Island. His recent and current projects include a Neolithic cave site and archaeological sites of the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, and ancient Greeks. Providing geologic insight, Dunn seeks answers to important questions, such as the best place to dig for Roman tombs in a dynamic coastal zone, or where the former inhabitants of a long-ago vanished city may have found a plentiful source of freshwater.

Solving Puzzles

The city in question is Korphos-Kalamianos, a 3,500-year-old Bronze Age site on the Aegean coast of Greece. “According to archaeologists, this was one of the sites named by Homer as having sent ships to Mycenae that then went to Troy to get back Helen,” Dunn says. The site was unusual because the walls of its many buildings were exposed, as if archaeologists had abandoned it after 25 years of digging. Dunn was enlisted, in part, to explain why. “It had been covered in this really thick bramble,” Dunn says. “There had been a fire, and it burned off, revealing the ancient port city.”

Korphos-Kalamianos clings to a rocky coast backed by hills and mountains. There is no stream, river, or other obvious source of freshwater. Archaeologists had assumed residents stored rainwater in large underground cisterns, but had yet to unearth any of note.

“That was kind of problematic,” Dunn recalls. He had mapped the site’s basic geology with Norwich undergraduates Devin Collins ’09, Greg Miller ’10, and Ethan Thomas ’11. “We realized that the bedrock had this pattern of fractures in it.” A chat between Dunn and a Greek fisherman hinted at places where freshwater flowed from the seafloor. “Springs, right? Aha!” Dunn hypothesized that groundwater was moving underground from the hills down through the fracture system to upwell at Korphos-Kalamianos. The archaeologists were skeptical, believing that the site’s rocky fissures carried salt water from the Aegean Sea, whose waves crashed ashore just 10 yards away.

A quick taste test proved he was right. Once the team mapped the site, they saw a pattern to the buildings: two rows separated by a blank zone. “Those lines of buildings were situated right on top of these two big fractures. Basically people didn’t want to walk very far to get their freshwater,” Dunn explains, “so they built their homes along this sort of artesian well system.”

Challenging Conventional Wisdom

More recently, Dunn has upended the conventional wisdom at an archaeological site on Easter Island, where a team co-led by Jo Anne Van Tilburg from UCLA is investigating Rano Raraku, the ancient quarry that supplied the stone for the islanders’ iconic moai statues. The team is the first to investigate the site since a 1955 Norwegian archaeological dig.

“His work is fundamental in establishing the probable location of those quarries and helping us to pinpoint the location of the next phase of our investigations,” Van Tilburg says, from Easter Island.

One task Dunn undertook was to produce the first-ever geologic map of the quarry, steep slopes that flank a freshwater lake in what was believed to be a collapsed volcanic cone. Yet Dunn’s fieldwork pointed to a different geologic story altogether—namely, that the site occupies the collapsed basin on the flank of a much larger, older volcano, now nearly completely eroded away. Dunn presented his findings at the Geologic Society of America conference to wide acclaim.

“Things like Easter Island, we think we understand—or the Grand Canyon, or something. It turns out that often not as much work has been done as we think, and we’re still trying to figure these things out,” Dunn says.

“[Easter Island] was a classic example of falling back on literally the things I learned as an undergraduate. The most basic tools, you know… Taking the puzzle pieces from that and putting together the right story. Rather than starting out with what I thought the picture already looked like, [asking] does that make sense?”

New Leadership Minor at School of Business and Management

The new minor helps students gain leadership know-how and experience through multidisciplinary academic exploration and discovery.
By Mike Kelley, PhD, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
School of Business & Management

October 22, 2014

The leadership minor offers students a means to expand their knowledge and experience in leadership via an informally guided, multidisciplinary journey of academic exploration and discovery. Newly offered this 2014-15 academic year, the minor builds on the premise that leadership development is a core mission of Norwich University. The leadership minor focuses on building an understanding of self and others as members of teams. Taken as a whole, the minor enhances development of knowledge and skills essential in the 21st century, particularly the role of the team member; teamwork; critical thinking; ethical decision-making; mental agility; oral and written communications; planning; self-awareness, including self-assessment, self-reflection and self-regulation; and reflection on ethical standards of conduct in the professional world.

Leadership Minor Facts:

  • The NU Leadership minor is open to students of all academic majors.
  • All minor courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to earn the minor.
  • It is most beneficial if the student selects the minor prior to the start of her or his junior year to allow maximum time for personal assessment, reflection, growth and development.
  • All students in the minor will have the opportunity for informal coaching and mentoring by a member of the multidisciplinary Leadership Minor Committee and will have the opportunity to attend and participate in optional leadership development activities.

Minor Requirements:

  • Two prescribed classes, Psychology of Leadership (PY210) and Organizational Behavior (MG351).
  • The NU ethics course required for your major.
  • Two elective courses from two disciplines outside your major. They may be chosen from a broad list that includes one junior year ROTC course.
  • An integrating experience course, such as a senior year ROTC course.