Norwich University Center for Civic Engagement to Establish Three New Collegiate Chapters

~Girls Who Code, Habitat for Humanity, and Amnesty International to Join Campus~

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

June 28, 2018

Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement will establish collegiate chapters of non-profit organizations Girls Who Code, Habitat for Humanity, and Amnesty International beginning this fall.

Recently celebrating its 16th year, the Center for Civic Engagement is Norwich University’s hub of community service, service-learning and service abroad opportunities. Signature activities of the Center include the biannual American Red Cross Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Drive. Norwich University was recently recognized by the American Red Cross as an “Everyday Hero” for hosting the state’s largest collegiate blood drive and for installing a record-breaking number of smoke detectors in homes of the town of Williamstown in response to a fatal fire there.

“Each of these new student-led and driven organizations brings with them new and exciting opportunities for students to engage in meaningful service, on a local, national and international scale,” Center Director Nicole DiDomenico said. “What’s really inspiring about these particular organizations, and the students who are responsible for bringing them to our campus, is that they represent what’s really important to our student volunteers: a focus on human rights, ending homelessness in the U.S. and abroad, and providing programming for young girls wishing to enter computer programming. I cannot think of a better way to enter into our 200th year than to be launching such a wonderful triad of student volunteer programming than this!”

Service to others before self is a cornerstone of a Norwich education, and as such the Center for Civic Engagement plays a critical role in galvanizing the energy and efforts of students and of the entire Norwich community in thousands of hours of community service annually. Leadership and service projects are local, national, and international in scope and consist of work with the elderly, youth, homeless, hungry, differently-abled, economically disadvantaged, and partnering nonprofit organizations.

Student-led Service Groups are Open to All Students and Include:

  • Norwich University Emergency Medical Services (NU EMS)
  • Rotaract (a collegiate program in partnership with Rotary International)
  • Buddy Up Youth Mentoring Program
  • NU Scouting Association (for all Boy Scout and Girl Scout program participants)
  • Violence Intervention Peer Advocates (VIPA)
  • Unify (NU’s Special Olympics Club)

Additional Programs and Events Offered Annually Through the CCE Include:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) (training and certification through the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with Capstone Community Action of Barre, Vt.)
  • The Legacy March
  • Civic Scholars Program
  • Community-based Work-study
  • Bi-annual Blood and Bone Marrow Drives
  • The Annual Clothing Drop ‘N Swap (Fall)
  • Trash to Treasure (Spring)
  • Mayo Ball (for local seniors on Valentine’s Day)
  • Alternative Breaks (Thanksgiving and Spring)
  • NU VISIONS Abroad (an international, interdisciplinary service-learning program)

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, 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.

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

Norwich University to Host Over 500 Online Students for Residency Conference, Celebrates 20 Years

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

June 11, 2018

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) will host its annual Residency Conference June 18-22. The week represents the culmination of CGCS students’ experiences in online learning, with over 505 individuals gathering on the Northfield, Vt., campus to partake in presentations, academic conferences, networking events and commencement exercises.

The theme of this year’s residency conference, “Build on the Past; Lead into the Future,” serves as a complement to the university’s Year of Legacy—a celebration highlighting Norwich’s history of innovation and achievement as its 2019 bicentennial approaches. In keeping with these themes, the residency conference will feature a number of programmatic and interdisciplinary sessions, as well as experiential learning activities, the likes of which typify Norwich’s commitment to exploring new frontiers.

Students in the business administration program will have the opportunity to apply concepts derived from coursework to hands-on experience working with Vermont Village, a quickly-expanding local cannery that specializes in Vermont grown, organic products such as vinegars, sauces and butters. Students will concentrate on areas such as project and resource management, marketing, leadership, operations and finance as they help Vermont Village identify obstacles to operational growth and prosperity. Additional exercises in forensics and cyber security will allow students in public administration, criminal justice, and information security and assurance to test their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

The 2018 Residency Conference will also feature the 6th Annual Leadership Summit, offered by the Norwich University Leadership and Change Institute (LCI). The Leadership Summit empowers multi-disciplinary groups of students to help organizations address internal leadership challenges. Similar events include the Cyber Security Summit—which brings together luminaries in the fields of business, information security and assurance, and public administration to discuss the challenges relative to the rapid evolution of cyber security—and the ALARA World Congress. ALARA—the Action Learning, Action Research Association—is a global organization committed to the principles of collaborative learning and transformational leadership in service to a more equitable international society.

In disciplines such as international relations, history, civil engineering, diplomacy and nursing, students will present research and capstone projects that demonstrate the apogee of their academic experiences at Norwich; students in diplomacy and international relations also participate in comprehensive case studies relevant to their fields.

Entrepreneur, magician and motivational speaker Vinh Giang will deliver the keynote presentation. Giang’s presentations combine cutting-edge business insight with dazzling displays of magic to create his signature brand of performance-enhanced communication—a valuable tool that has helped thousands transform their personal and professional lives.

Giang will deliver his address Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory on the Norwich campus as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that brings distinguished speakers to campus to participate in rigorous philosophic and academic dialogue with the community. This event is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed on the Todd Lecture Series website.

While Norwich’s Year of Legacy serves as a celebration of the university’s traditions and successes, the theme carries special significance for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies—now in its 20th year of operation. Having endured significant technological changes and shifts in academic thought and practice, CGCS is proud to bring Captain Alden Partridge’s pioneering spirit and vision for service-driven leadership to cyberspace in order to reach a broader audience of adult learners. The 2018 Residency Conference boasts some impressive figures:

  • 505 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and nine countries across five continents.
  • 51% of the graduating class has served or is currently serving in the military.
  • An additional 112 guests will gather on campus during Residency.
  • 51 faculty members will participate.
  • 60 students will receive their second degree from Norwich University.
  • 142 unique academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene during the week.

Comprised of working professionals from all walks of life and myriad industries, the 2018 graduating class will become part of a legacy of leadership, service and experiential learning that has lasted nearly 200 years. The Class of 2018 graduates include active duty and veteran military personnel, CEOs, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers and special agents, entrepreneurs, and educators.

Norwich University is a nationally recognized leader in online graduate and undergraduate education. Often touted by CGCS graduates as a highlight of their Norwich experience, the Residency Conference is unique among online programs for creating esprit de corps amongst students while allowing them to fully synthesize the knowledge gained during their education.

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

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 to Break Ground on Bicentennial Stairs

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 22, 2018

Norwich University will break ground on a granite stairway that will mark the university’s 200th anniversary and honor 78 individuals who have made significant contributions to the university in the past century. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m. on the plaza outside the Sullivan Museum and History Center.

President Richard W. Schneider (one of the honorees), along with trustees and some of those whose names will be inscribed in the steps, and some relatives of deceased honorees, among many others, will celebrate the project, which is slated to be completed and dedicated in September 2019 as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.

In keeping with Norwich’s local and sustainable business practices, the project will be completed by firms all based out of Barre, Vt. The mason for the project is Ziter Masonry; the stairs will be constructed of Barre Grey granite from the Rock of Ages quarry; and the stairs will be cut, processed and finished by Vermont Stone Art.

The Bicentennial Stairs are part of Norwich’s $100 million Forging the Future campaign. The largest fundraising effort in the university’s history, the focus of the campaign is on creating a state-of-the-art learning environment, strengthening academic programing and growing scholarship endowments.

The stairs will be constructed between the southeast corner of the Upper Parade Ground and the Sullivan Museum and History Center. The 78 names selected for this monument include Norwich’s leaders, distinguished alumni and others from military and civilian careers and those who represent ‘firsts’ at the university. They serve as a tribute and daily reminder of those who personify Norwich Founder Capt. Partridge’s ideals and exemplify Norwich’s mission “to make moral, patriotic, effective and useful citizens.”

A granite stairway was constructed at the northeast corner of the Upper Parade Ground in celebration of Norwich’s centennial in 1919. Each of the 40 granite steps bears the name of an individual considered important in Norwich’s first 100 years.

Among the Bicentennial Stairs honorees are: Tracey Poirier, NU 1996, Norwich’s first Rhodes scholar; Richard W. Schneider, Norwich’s current and longest-serving president; and members of longtime Vermont families such as Charles Dole, NU 1869, who served as acting president and a trustee; William Mayo, a Northfield physician who created a scholarship that boosted enrollment after the Civil War; and Paul Carrara, NU 1959, former President of J.P. Carrara & Sons and a trustee; Trustee Emerita Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), a distinguished entrepreneur and philanthropist; along with many others. For the entire list of Bicentennial Stairs honorees, click 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 Receives Grant to Study, Invest in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 2, 2018

Norwich University’s Counseling and Wellness Center has been awarded a grant of $88,000 from a private philanthropist working with the JED Foundation to participate in a strategic planning initiative for mental health and suicide prevention on campus through collaboration with “JED Campus” over the next four years.

Norwich was one of six Vermont schools to receive funding, along with Middlebury College, Landmark College, Castleton College, Green Mountain College, and Vermont Technical College. The Jed Foundation (JED) is a leading nonprofit organization that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults through JED Campus. This is a nationwide initiative designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance their policies, programs and systems to help support the emotional well-being of their students and look for ways to reduce suicide and serious substance abuse.

“Having additional support for students who may or may not seek counseling is an important goal of our center,” Director Nicole Krotinger said. “By helping with preventative and psycho-educational materials for our students we would hope they would be better prepared to prosper in life. The online resource center, screening tools, and webinars will be wonderful additions in our ability to reach more students on and off campus.”

The grant is $22,000 over the course of four years. The money pays for a JED campus consultant to work with Norwich’s team and to visit campus; two years of the “Healthy Minds Study” survey administered to students and then evaluated; free Webinars offered for staff throughout the four years; and an online resource component for mental health screening tools and psychoeducation for students.

As a “JED Campus” Norwich will complete a multi-year data-informed strategic plan that not only enhances the work that is already being done, but assesses systems change over time and the impact that change has on student outcomes, helping to create positive, lasting, and systemic change in the campus community. JED Campus is grounded in an evidence-based model, which is used to assess all efforts currently underway on campus in order to identify existing strengths and areas for improvement. This effort will be championed by campus senior leadership and viewed as a campus-wide priority, responsibility and shared value for the entire community.

Norwich University’s Counseling and Wellness Center is assembling a multi-disciplinary team drawing from staff, faculty and students from across campus to take on this critical endeavor.

About JED Campus:

JED Campus is an initiative of JED designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. JED Campuses embark on a four-year strategic partnership with JED that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps to create positive, systemic change in the campus community jedcampus.org.

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 Announces Bicentennial Stairs Honorees, Groundbreaking

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 23, 2018

Norwich University announced the names of 78 individuals who will be memorialized on the Bicentennial Stairs as part of Norwich’s 200th anniversary.

As part of Norwich’s Bicentennial, stairs will be constructed between the southeast corner of the Upper Parade Ground and the Sullivan Museum and History Center. The 78 names selected for this monument include Norwich’s leaders, distinguished alumni and others from military and civilian careers and those who represent ‘firsts’ at the university. They serve as a tribute and daily reminder of those who personify Norwich Founder Capt. Partridge’s ideals and exemplify Norwich’s mission “to make moral, patriotic, effective and useful citizens.”

A granite stairway was constructed at the northeast corner of the Upper Parade Ground in celebration of Norwich’s centennial in 1919. Each of the 40 granite steps bears the name of an individual considered important in Norwich’s first 100 years.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the bicentennial stairs will take place on Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan Museum and History Center. The project will be completed and dedicated in September 2019, as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Among the Bicentennial Stairs honorees are: Tracey Poirier, NU 1996, Norwich’s first Rhode’s scholar; Richard W. Schneider, Norwich’s current and longest-serving president; and members of longtime Vermont families such as Charles Dole, NU 1869, who served as acting president and a trustee; William Mayo, a Northfield physician who created a scholarship that boosted enrollment after the Civil War; and Paul Carrara, NU 1959, former President of J.P. Carrara & Sons and a trustee; along with many others. For the entire list of Bicentennial Stairs honorees, click here.

The Bicentennial Stairs are part of Norwich’s $100 million Forging the Future campaign. The largest fundraising effort in the university’s history, the focus of the campaign is on creating a state-of-the-art learning environment, strengthening academic programing and growing scholarship endowments.

The first construction project in the campaign was a $6.8 million renovation to modernize Kreitzberg Library. In April 2017 Norwich broke ground on a $50 million project to construct Mack Hall, a new academic building, and renovate Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls.

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