General Richard I. Neal to Give Commencement Address for Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

June 8, 2018

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is proud to announce that author, highly decorated U.S. Marine and Norwich Trustee General Richard I. Neal will deliver the university’s 2018 Commencement address to over 500 graduating students on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Born in Hull, Massachusetts, Neal studied history and education at Northeastern University in Boston before commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1965. In the ensuing 33 years, Neal commanded at every level within the Marine Corps—battery, battalion, brigade—and was the Commanding General of the Second Marine Division. He served two tours in Vietnam and was twice honored with the United States’ third-highest award for gallantry, the Silver Star Medal. Among his many decorations, Neal has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Bronze Star (with valor device); the Defense Superior Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster); and the Purple Heart.

During Operation Desert Storm, Neal served as the deputy director of operations for General Norman Schwarzkopf; in this capacity, Neal was responsible for briefing the international press on the war. He was promoted to four-star rank in 1996 and assumed the duties of assistant commandant of the Marine Corps until his retirement in 1998.

Since retiring from the Marine Corps, Neal has served as the president of three private sector companies that deal in the licensing of intellectual property, as well as chairman of the board for the Military Officers Association of America. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for several organizations to include Humanetics Corporation and Steel Partners Holding, LP; and he serves on the Norwich University board of trustees. Neal was the senior mentor for the United States Marine Corps for five years and is currently a senior fellow for the National Defense University. He recently published a memoir entitled, “What Now, Lieutenant?” lessons from which he will share with graduates at the 2018 commencement ceremony.

The June 22 commencement ceremony is the culmination of the weeklong annual Residency Conference, where over 500 students representing 12 online graduate programs and four bachelor’s degree completion programs at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies will come together for a week of academic capstone work and conferences. Gathering from across the country and around the globe under the theme of “Build on the Past. Lead into the Future,” these Norwich students will have the opportunity to meet and network with peers, faculty and staff on the Norwich University campus in Northfield, Vt.

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.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s nearly 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.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 Host Forensic Exercise with Law Enforcement and Hacking Workshop with State of Vermont

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

June 4, 2018

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) will host its second annual Forensics Exercise and the third annual Hack-a-Thon as part of the 2018 Residency Conference. These events will take place June 18-20 on the Norwich campus.

Furthering Norwich’s commitment to innovative educational experiences, these exercises are fully immersive and provide master’s degree candidates in Information Security & Assurance, Public Administration and Criminal Justice with the opportunity to apply the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom to a series of real-world scenarios.

The Hack-a-Thon provides individuals in the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance (MSISA) program’s Vulnerability Management concentration with the opportunity to conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration tests on the information technology of a Vermont state agency. This relationship is mutually beneficial; MSISA students gain practical experience in assessing threats to cyber security while the participating state agency will learn more about vulnerabilities in its information technology systems, and how to rectify said insufficiencies. This hands-on experience allows participants to explore the boundaries of ethics in cyber security, as well as develop a sense of business acumen and communication techniques that can complement their technological prowess. Consequently, students are better able to gather and analyze cyber intelligence and extrapolate outcomes based on data trends and observable evidence.

The Forensics Exercise represents the continuing evolution of Norwich’s foundational experiential learning, combining principles of incident response, computer forensics, criminal justice and public safety. The exercise begins with the discovery of a (staged) crime scene at which student investigators from the Criminal Justice, Public Administration and Information Security and Assurance master’s programs gather physical and digital evidence before embarking on an in-depth investigation that will span the Norwich campus. The scenario for this year’s exercise is written by Vermont mystery author, Archer Mayor and will test participants’ ability to protect evidence assets and incorporate emerging trends in forensic investigation. Supporting the participants in their endeavor will be local and state police—such as the Northfield Police Department and the Vermont State Police—as well as personnel from the State Attorney General’s office. Through this cooperation, student forensic investigators will gain access to sophisticated technology and valuable professional mentoring as they explore investigative practices and procedures.

As part of the forensics exercise, miscellaneous evidence will be scattered throughout the Norwich campus. Should you see something you believe constitutes an emergency, please dial 911. If you see something unusual but do not believe it to be an emergency situation, please contact Dr. Rosemarie Pelletier at 703-728-9304 or Professor George Silowash at 802-485-2638.

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.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s nearly 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

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

Entrepreneur, Magician and Motivational Speaker Vinh Giang to Give Todd Lecture

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 24, 2018

Norwich University continues its 2018 Todd Lecture Series with “The Psychology of Illusion, the Power of Perspective,” a presentation by entrepreneur, magician and motivational speaker Vinh Giang on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at tls.norwich.edu.

The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies welcomes Giang to campus as the 2018 Residency Conference keynote and Todd Lecture Series speaker. As a magician, Giang is both a “surprising and provocative speaker,” in keeping with the Todd Lecture Series’ mission. His experience and message supports Norwich University’s goal to be a learning community that is “global in perspective, engaged in personal and intellectual transformation and dedicated to knowledge, mutual respect, creativity and service.”

Giang’s drive as an entrepreneur and his methods for constant self-improvement reinforce the week-long Residency conference theme of “Build on the Past. Lead into the Future.” His presentation will cover a wide range of topics including: influence, perspective, goal-setting, and creative thinking. Giang will use magic to illustrate how these topics have affected his life and business practices. His personal experiences align with Norwich’s focus on experiential learning and its values of teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, perseverance in the face of adversity and personal responsibility.

With only six months to graduate, Giang left his degree in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher ultimately building a hugely successful online business, 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students all around the world. This earned him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia.

Giang’s real magic journey began when he finally understood what Robert Houdin (a magician) meant when he said: “A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician.” Once Vinh understood the meaning behind this quote, he focused all his energy on studying the art of performance and not the art of presentation. As such, he has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills.

Giang is also the CEO of Luminary Productions, which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

According to Giang: “I believe that magicians are salespeople; they sell one of the most difficult products in the world. They sell magic – they sell the illusion. The way they’re able to sell magic is by working ridiculously hard. It takes thousands and thousands of hours to be able to sell the illusion, to be able to really sell the magic. Imagine if you applied the same mindset to your company – imagine if you applied the same dedication to your business – think about what you could achieve.”

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Major General Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. General Todd, a 1950 graduate of the university, also serves as president emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings national thought leaders from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other fields and endeavors to its Northfield campus. Lectures are streamed live at tls.norwich.edu.

For more information, please visit the Todd Lecture Series website tls.norwich.edu or call (802) 485-2633.

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.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s nearly 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

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

Norwich University Graduates Over 500 Students

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 12, 2018

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Norwich University graduated over 500 students from 33 undergraduate academic programs and the Master of Architecture program. The Class of 2018 hailed from 33 U.S. states and 10 different countries abroad. The largest numbers of graduates were in the following majors: Criminal Justice, Management, Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, and Biology.

At a 2 p.m. ceremony held in Shapiro Field House, U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University James G. Stavridis delivered the university’s 2018 Commencement address to the graduating seniors, comprised of 197 civilian students and 312 students in the Corps of Cadets. Just over 100 graduates will commission into the military in a ceremony on Sunday.

In his address, Stavridis connected the graduates’ educational experiences to their roles in helping to solve the most pressing problems of the day to include: a return of the great power politics; threats to democracy; climate change and pandemic. He noted there are many ways to serve the country in addition to military service and their role in building a strong military. He urged the Class of 2018 to “Listen better – to each other, allies, friends and partners and the ‘other’.”

“Pledge to build intellectual capital now…keep educating yourself…read extensively and learn a language…[and] hold onto our values.”

He further advised the graduates: “You can help security by facilitating the rise of women…and rely upon alliances and partnerships.”

Stavridis retired from the Navy in 2013 after 37 years of service and became dean of The Fletcher School in summer 2013. He is the author of several best-selling books, including: “The Accidental Admiral;” “The Leader’s Bookshelf;” and “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans.”

During the ceremony, Stavridis received an honorary Doctor of Naval Science degree.

Stavridis (pictured in the final photo provided) is a retired United States Navy admiral and the current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He serves as the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News in New York. He is also chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an associate fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

He holds various decorations and awards, including two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit. He is author or co-author of several books on naval ship handling and leadership, including “Command at Sea,” “Destroyer Captain,” and “Partnership for the Americas” about Latin America.

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, over 100 students will commission into four branches of the U.S. military.

U.S. Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83 returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers commissioning into the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines and their families during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 13, at 9 a.m.

In his address, the Marine officer will touch on themes of service to nation and the importance of a military commission.

These are the anticipated commissioning numbers:

Navy: 12

Marines: 12

Army: 90

Air Force: 25

A photo gallery of commencement photos is available for download here: http://bit.ly/2IbXs0O; password to download is ‘norwich’ lowercase, no quotes.

Please attribute photos to Mark Collier/Norwich University.

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 Commencement and Commissioning May 12-13

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 7, 2018

Norwich University will celebrate commencement and commissioning with ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, in Shapiro Field House. Both events are free and open to the public.

At a 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 12, U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University James G. Stavridis will deliver the university’s 2018 Commencement address to over 400 graduating seniors. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Naval Science degree.

Stavridis is a retired United States Navy admiral and the current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He serves as the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News in New York. He is also chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an associate fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Stavridis retired from the Navy in 2013 after 37 years of service and became dean of The Fletcher School in summer 2013. He is the author of several best-selling books, including: “The Accidental Admiral;” “The Leader’s Bookshelf;” and “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans.”

He holds various decorations and awards, including two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit. He is author or co-author of several books on naval ship handling and leadership, including “Command at Sea,” “Destroyer Captain,” and “Partnership for the Americas” about Latin America.

At 9 a.m. Sunday, during a joint services commissioning ceremony, Norwich’s future officers will hear remarks from one of their own.

U.S. Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83 returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers commissioning into the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines and their families during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 13, at 9 a.m.

In his address, the Marine officer will touch on themes of service to nation and the importance of a military commission.

See the full schedule of weekend activities here.

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 Announces Vermont Genetics Network Research Grant Funding

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 1, 2018

Norwich University officials announced that several members of the faculty have secured competitive research grants through the Vermont Genetics Network, which is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). In addition, Norwich has received funding to award three student fellowships for research during either the summer or academic year.

The professors and their research:

  • Megan Doczi (pictured) in Biology received a Pilot Award for $25,000 titled “Pharmacological Isolation of Kv1 Channels During Hypothalamic Development.”
  • Joe Latulippe in Mathematics received a Project Award for $75,000 titled “Mathematical model for the effects of Amyloid beta on calcium regulation.”
  • Tom Shell in Chemistry received a Project Award for $75,000 titled “Tissue Penetrating Photopharmaceutical to Head and Neck Cancers.”
  • Brian Glenney in Philosophy received a Small Award for $5,000 titled “Heading off Helmut Interventions for Injury Prevention in Skateboarding.”

VGN has additionally awarded Norwich three student fellowships for research during the summer or academic year to work with any of these funded faculty. In addition, some students are directly funded through the faculty’s Project Awards.

Molly Alfond, Mathematics, and Tom Wagner, Physics, will work with Dr. Joe Latulippe. Mallory Dutil, Environmental Science and Chemistry; Dillon Zites, Biology; and Colter Sheveland, Biochemistry, will work with Dr. Tom Shell. Additionally, two Norwich students were accepted to the Vermont Genetics Network’s undergraduate student summer research program. Lauren Kenneally, Nursing, will work with Dr. Paul Holtzheimer at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Warren Yacawych, Exercise Science, will work with Dr. Bryan Ballif with the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont.

“The impact of these awards will be far-reaching, not only on the professional development of the faculty and students that are working on the projects, but in recovered indirect costs that are generated from the grants that continue to support research in the departments, colleges, and university,” Norwich’s VGN Coordinator and Professor of Mathematics Darlene Olsen said.

Norwich University’s Office of Academic Research encourages and supports Norwich faculty and students in their efforts to carry out original research, scholarship and creative projects, and to promote the exchange of their results at all levels within academia so as to contribute to global knowledge and further enhance our academic reputation.

“The Vermont Genetics Network has been the funding source responsible for furthering my passion in biomedical research since I began undergraduate coursework,” Yacawych said. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work at a research institution this summer, and to work with researchers that I would not have had the chance to otherwise study under.”

“The Vermont Genetics Network summer research opportunity ties together my interests, goals, and background and helps me network with people at both the VAMC and Dartmouth. I’m really hoping to work at the VAMC after graduation and obtain further education to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. This VGN internship in behavioral health research is helping me along that path and I couldn’t be more excited!” said Class of 2019 nursing student Kenneally.

Over the past decade Norwich has grown its investment in faculty and undergraduate research of endowed income and reinvested grant overhead to over $800K, to go along with approximately $3 million annually of externally acquired research and institutional grants managed by the Office of Academic Research. Approximately 300 students have conducted research since the Office of Academic Research was created in 2007, thus formalizing research activities at Norwich.

Research reported in this release was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103449. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIGMS or NIH.

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 Receives $170K NSA/NSF Grant to Host Two GenCyber Summer Camps

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 30, 2018

Norwich University has earned two grants totaling over $170,549 from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host two summer camps. Now in its fourth year, GenCyber@NU will be joined by a new advanced camp, GenCyberForensics@NU. The camps will teach high school juniors and seniors about CyberSecurity.

These comprehensive programs are free to all participants and will be taught by standout Norwich faculty and students including Director of the Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics Professor Huw Read and Associate Director for Computer Science and Computer Science and Information Assurance programs Matthew Bovee.

Applications are invited from high school students who will be entering their junior or senior year in the fall of 2018. Deadline to apply to both camps is May 9, 2018. All expenses for the week-long programs, including tuition, room and board, and applicable local commuting to and from the Norwich University campus, field trips, and other program fees are at no cost to GenCyber participants.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, letter of recommendation and an unofficial high school transcript via the online submission form: http://bit.ly/2rbtXRe

The Cyber Security and Cyber Defense Camp runs July 22-28, 2018, and features:

  • Introduction to Cyber: Learn about information security and cyber forensics through lectures, labs and from guest speakers.
  • Hands-On Exercises: Cyber camp counselors and faculty will reveal the inner workings of computers, networks, security and forensics in a “War Room.”
  • Outdoor Exercises: Including a cyber treasure hunt where the rogue WiFi hotspots mark the spot.
  • Guest Speakers: Experts will present “hot topics” in cyber and facilitate a Q&A with campers about life as a cyber specialist.
  • Off-campus excursions: A tasty trip to the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will show how cyber is everywhere, even in the heart of an ice cream factory, and learn what happens during a real cyber-security attack on a national infrastructure with various hands-on team exercises.
  • Competitive Exercises: Surprise cyber forensic challenges with prizes awarded to the winners.

The Advanced Cyber Forensics Camp runs July 29-August 4, 2018, and features:

  • Introduction to Cyber Forensics: Learn about the different jobs you can do within forensics, and get a sense of each.
  • Deep-dive: Enjoy detailed training with hands-on exercises in several tools used for analyzing computers and mobile devices – with the opportunity to take a certification exam!
  • Outdoor Exercises: Including Norwich’s first digital detective whodunit! Did we mention you get to keep the mobile phone?
  • Guest Speakers: Experts will present “hot topics” in forensics and facilitate a Q&A about life as a
    forensic specialist.
  • Off-campus excursions: A look at how industry is helping to combat challenges to new
    technology such as the Internet of Things.
  • Competitive Exercises: Surprise cyber forensic challenges with prizes awarded to the winners by DontPayFull.

Additionally, GenCyber@NU participants will be provided with the hardware and software to build a mini computer, which campers keep at the end of the program. GenCyberForensics@NU participants will be provided with hardware and software to perform mobile security assessments, which campers keep at the end of the program.

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security 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.

For more information, please visit: http://profschools.norwich.edu/business/gen-cyber-camp/

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 Administrator Selected for National Leadership Development Program

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 19, 2018

Norwich University is pleased to announce that Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment Natalia Blank, Ph.D. is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2018–2019 Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the year-long program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Blank will participate in an opening seminar in St. Louis, Missouri, November 2–4, 2018, and a closing seminar in Washington, D.C., June 20–22, 2019. She also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

The Academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.

“Because the generation of senior leaders now on campus is rapidly approaching retirement, the need for able new leaders is significant,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Natalia Blank has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”

Blank joined Norwich University in 2005 after receiving her Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. She is currently a tenured Associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; she teaches Organic Chemistry for students majoring in STEM disciplines. As an Associate Provost, Blank oversees curriculum development and assessment; creation and implementation of academic policies; student academic support and advising among other things. Prior to the current position, Natalia served as a founding director of Norwich University’s Honors Program and a Chair of Chemistry Department.

“Dr. Blank demonstrates great potential through her foresight to establish and direct pivotal University initiatives,” Provost and Dean of the Faculty Sandra Affenito, Ph.D., said. “She has the proven ability to advance University-wide agendas across all disciplines and co-curricular units whose focus on retention and persistence complemented the work of academic committees. I look forward to providing my support and direction as a mentor to Dr. Blank throughout this leadership program.”

Sixty-one percent of participants in the first Senior Leadership Academy cohort (2010–2011) have advanced in their careers, and 28 percent of all participants in SLA thus far have earned more advanced positions. “These indicators suggest that CIC is helping to meet the leadership needs of higher education by offering highly effective leadership development programs for modest fees to member institutions,” Ekman said.

The Academy is co-sponsored by CIC, the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), and Academic Search, Inc. Linda M. Bleicken, president of AALI, will direct the program. For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit www.cic.edu/SeniorLeadershipAcademy.

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 Receives $150k from George I. Alden Trust for New Academic Building, Mack Hall

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 16, 2018

Norwich University has received a $150,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to support its brand new academic building, Mack Hall. The gift builds upon a 2015 grant of $125,000 to support technology upgrades in the renovation of Kreitzberg Library.

Ground was broken on the $50 million construction project in April 2017, which includes $24 million for a brand new academic building, Mack Hall; as well as renovations to Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls. The construction is part of a broader campus transformation tied to Norwich’s $100 million comprehensive campaign in the lead-up to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

The $100 million will fund this current construction project and grow scholarship endowments. The first major construction project of the campaign was the $6.8 million renovations made to Kreitzberg Library, completed in August 2015, which modernized the campus library to an epicenter of experiential learning.

Mack Hall will feature interactive classrooms; case-study spaces; pocket lounges; a high-tech, cyber-security War Room; and a 400-seat auditorium and performing arts center to host plays and musical events, symposiums and lectures, panel discussions and collaborative interaction.

In addition to the 2015 grant and this 2018 grant, in 1998 Norwich received a $75,000 3:1 Challenge grant for the Faculty Development Endowment Fund. The funds are used in conjunction with other funding sources to support faculty and staff in scholarship and curriculum development. In 1985, the George I. Alden Trust Scholarship at Norwich was created to encourage students in Associate Degree programs to continue their education in Bachelor Degree programs studying elementary or secondary school teaching, science or mathematics.

About the George I. Alden Trust

George I. Alden established the George I. Alden Trust on August 24, 1912. The Trust was established for the general purpose of “the maintenance of some charitable or philanthropic enterprises” with particular expressed interest in “the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions.” The Trustees focus their grant making on capital needs and support institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration.

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 Student Only Vermont Student Invited to Present Research in D.C. at Annual “Posters on the Hill”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 4, 2018

Norwich University Senior biology major Joshua Sassi, of Woodbury, Vt., will present his research on the ecology of the lizard malaria parasite at this year’s Annual Poster’s on the Hill event April 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill 2018 will showcase 60 top student research projects from over 400 applications. Sassi is the only student chosen from the state of Vermont.

Sassi has completed two research projects while at Norwich, both relating to the ecology of the lizard malaria parasite Plasmodium mexicanum. The first project looked at how drought affects the prevalence of the parasite. The second project looks at whether patterns of coinfection of P. mexicanum and another parasite, Schellackia sp., are suggestive of strong interactions within their lizard hosts. The second project is what he will be presenting at Posters on the Hill.  The title of his project for Posters on the Hill is “Investigation of Parasitic Co-infection in the Western Fence Lizard.”

Understanding the factors that control parasite transmission and prevalence is important for reducing human exposure to disease-causing organisms. Often these factors are ecological: they include things like how the parasite interacts with its host(s), how the parasite is affected by environmental factors like temperature or water, and how other organisms that are necessary for the parasite’s development, such as insects that transmit the parasite, are affected by their environment and the organisms in it. Malaria parasites infect hundreds of millions of people each year and we still struggle to understand some of the basic ecology of the parasite, like why the risk of infection can vary so much on small spatial scales. Sassi’s research aims to improve our understanding of the ecology of these parasites by focusing on how living and non-living factors (co-infecting parasites and severe drought) may impact the prevalence of a lizard parasite that is closely related to the parasites that cause malaria in humans.

“We hope that Josh’s research will have a positive impact on society by improving our understanding of malaria parasite ecology and by highlighting the potential importance of coinfection, an often-overlooked aspect of disease ecology, on disease progression and disease risk,” said faculty advisor Assistant Professor of Biology Allison Neal.

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