Norwich University Presents Award-Winning Real Estate and Community Developer Elinor Bacon of E.R. Bacon Development

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 5, 2018

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art continues its lecture series with Elinor Bacon, President, E.R. Bacon Development, who will discuss her experience in the world of real estate and community development in both the private and public sectors in a lecture at Chaplin Hall on Friday, February 23, at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all lecture series events are free and open to the public. The School of Architecture + Art’s 2017-18 Lecture Series is themed: “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism.”

Elinor Bacon, the 2017 recipient of the prestigious American Institute of Architects D.C.- Washington Architectural Foundation Glenn Brown Award, has more than 35 years’ experience in housing, real estate and community development.

Currently, Bacon is a partner in the nationally acclaimed project, The Wharf, a mile-long stretch along the Washington Channel, Potomac River in Washington, D.C., developed with restaurants, retailers, residences, businesses and performance venues, led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette. In 2002, she formed E.R. Bacon Development, LLC, a real estate development and consulting firm that focuses on urban infill, mixed use, mixed income development, affordable housing and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Beginning in 1997, Bacon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at HUD, during the Clinton Administration. In 2001, Bacon launched the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, a quasi-public real estate development corporation established by the Washington D.C. Council, with the mission to spur economic development throughout the District.

Bacon studied at Bennington College, earned a bachelor’s degree from The New School for Social Research, New York City, and a master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Congress for The New Urbanism. She is a member of the Montpelier Development Corporation Board of Directors since 2016, and served on the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

About Norwich University˜

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

Public Event: Book Launch and Pop-Up Exhibit for “The Design-Build Studio: Crafting Meaningful Work in Architectural Education”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Jan. 17, 2018

Norwich University will celebrate “The Design-Build Studio: Crafting Meaningful Work in Architectural Education,” a new book edited by Assistant Professor of Architecture Tolya Stonorov, with a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 4 p.m. at the Sullivan Museum and History Center Rotunda. Refreshments will be served.

The public is invited to this free event which includes a pop-up exhibit of Stonorov’s original drawings from the book. Other Norwich book contributors, Associate Professor Danny Sagan, Dean of the College of Professional Schools Aron Temkin, Adjunct Professor Steve Kredell and alumnus Dan Wheeler, 2015, will be on hand to sign books and discuss their contributions.

“The Design-Build Studio” examines 16 international community driven design-build case studies through process and product, with chapters on community involvement, digital and handcraft methodologies and a graphic Time Map. As a field guide to current trends in academic design-build studios, including Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, the work offers a look into the different design-build processes and methodologies and how they can be used to transform communities.

Design-build supports the idea that building, making and designing are intrinsic to each other: knowledge of one strengthens and informs the expression of the other. Hands-on learning through the act of building what you design translates theories and ideas into real world experience. The work chronicled in this book reveals how this type of applied knowledge grounds us in the physicality of the world in which we live.

“The pedagogies and methodologies exhibited in ‘The Design-Build Studio’ embody the ethos of architecture education at Norwich, which is rooted in doing, but also in doing with purpose,” Stonorov said.

The book has received great praise since its recent publication. Bryan Bell, Executive Director of Design Corps, notes: “The Design-Build Studio is a deep dive into the methods and lessons of the important educational tool known as design-build. The content provides a thorough presentation of the state of the art, and allows the reader to compare and contrast the thinking and making of thirty of the outstanding leaders in the field. This book presents a learning opportunity that will allow us all to better define what works well, and move further forward in the evolution of this inclusive, pluralistic, and transformative teaching method.”

Clifford Curry, FAIA & Co-Founder of the Curry Stone Design Prize notes: “Stonorov advocates for a better architect – one that builds in a more complete way. The multi-faceted approach of building one’s designs with the added value of community contributions should be a required experience for every budding architect.”

About Norwich University˜

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

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

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

 

Norwich to Host Annual FIRST® LEGO LEAGUE Vermont State Championship

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Dec. 4, 2017

Norwich University will host the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Vermont State Championship on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Shapiro Field House beginning at 9 a.m.

Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to inspire children in science and technology through the use of robotics. Open to 9 to 14-year-old students around the world, teams are tasked with researching a real-world scientific issue and designing and building an original robot.

Norwich University established the state’s regional FLL affiliate beginning in 2013 hosting regional qualifiers, and beginning in 2015 hosting the state championship event.

The Norwich event on Dec. 10 marks the third year of an independent FLL region in the state of Vermont. With 17 teams of up to 10 students each, along with coaches and parents, there will be much to see throughout the day, and spectators are encouraged to attend. Additionally, 6 Junior FLL teams comprised of elementary school-aged students will be exhibiting their work related to the challenge at an unofficial showcase during the event.

Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies, student teams showcase the results of weeks of intense preparation as they deploy their robots to complete thematic challenges in autonomous robot matches. Teams connect with their local and global communities by using critical thinking, creativity, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM ) concepts to create and present innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

This year’s theme is “Hydrodynamics” and focuses on how we find, transport, use, or dispose of water.

Events are scheduled throughout the day:

  • Pre-registered team arrival | 8:00 a.m.
  • Opening remarks | 9:00 a.m.
  • Judged events start | 9:40 a.m.
  • Robot matches start | 1:00 p.m.
  • Robot matches conclude | 3:30 p.m. (approximately)
  • Awards ceremony | 4:15 p.m. (approximately)

Spectators will also have the opportunity to see demos from Vermont high school robotics teams (FRC) at the competition. Starting at noon, spectators are welcome to visit the on-campus Sullivan Museum & History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, or they may visit water-themed engineering demonstrations in Norwich’s newly remodeled Carrara Family Engineering Lab. The schedule is approximate and subject to change.

Opening and closing ceremonies, as well as robot matches, take place at Shapiro Field House. Event highlights include team presentations to judges on their robot design choices and on their innovative solution to a water-themed community problem. Teams also complete challenges during the event to demonstrate their ability to work as a group—an important component of the competition.

While the robots often attract the most attention, a key aspect of the FLL program is its “Core Values” which, according to its website, “are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.”

After teams check-in, Executive Director at Friends of the Winooski River (a local nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Winooski River and its tributaries), Michele Braun, will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

Team presentations begin at 9:40 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Robot matches begin at 1 p.m. and run throughout the remainder of the event. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony around 4:15 p.m.

For more information, contact the FLL team at FLL@norwich.edu, 802.485.2256.

About Norwich University

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

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

Media Contact:
Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty
Associate VP of Communications & Marketing
Office Tel: (802) 485-2292
kmurphym@norwich.edu

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art to Feature Talk by Peter Ozolins, Ph.D., Architect and Leader in Sustainable Development Internationally

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Nov. 15, 2017

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents a lecture on sustainable design in response to local cultures and climates as exemplified by the work, scholarship, and experience of Peter Ozolins on Friday, December 1, at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Sponsored by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all lecture series events are free and open to the public. This lecture is co-sponsored by Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement.

Ozolins earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Illinois in 1976 and a Master of Architecture at the University of Minnesota in 1983. With more than 20 years of field experience in Minnesota, Virginia, Madagascar and Tanzania, he established his own architectural firm in 1998. Ozolins completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2010 on the topic of sustainability in developing countries.

Ozolins’ work in the U.S. is primarily focused on university projects but also includes the design of residential and commercial projects. He resided in Tanzania and Madagascar for nine years, where he designed education and health-related development projects such as Guest Flats for the Dodoma Christian Medical Center, Tsimbazaza Biodiversity Center in Antananarivo, and the International Biodiversity Training Center in Ranomafana, both in Madagascar. Ozolins has also been involved with international development including work for USAID-sponsored projects in Madagascar, for UNESCO in Iraq and for various non-governmental organizations in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana.

By associating with other architects for domestic and international commissions, Ozolins has endeavored to work across a broader range and scale of projects than would otherwise be possible. Throughout a diverse practice, Ozolins has received numerous awards for green building design and has established himself as a leader in the field. For more information, see http://peterozolinsarchitect.com/.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

About Norwich University

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

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

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

Norwich University Outdoor Classroom Earns AIA New England Award

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Nov. 14, 2017

A Norwich University design/build project, an outdoor classroom produced in collaboration with the classroom’s recipients—Northfield High School students—has been recognized with a Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture by American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Region.

The building, affectionately named ‘The Dutch Angle,’ is approximately 24 feet square by 18 feet tall at its highest and uses a sophisticated cable and turnbuckle-tensioned king-post beam to span the entire 24 feet length. The project engaged Norwich students in architecture, civil engineering and construction management programs.

AIA New England announced on Oct. 20 that the Norwich project earned a citation among seven Honor Awards, six Merit Awards, and twelve Citation Awards out of 275 total entries submitted for consideration.

“This fresh air classroom is a great example of how a small but thoughtful design intervention, conceived with community input and built with an attention to craft, can have a big impact on the people who use it,” Dean of the College of Professional Schools Aron Temkin said. “It is wonderful to see this project receive broader recognition.”

In January 2015, students from the Northfield High School Students Taking Alternative Routes (STAR) program met with students from the School of Architecture + Art’s 802-Lab to discuss the design and construction of an outdoor classroom in the 135-acre woodland adjacent to the Garvey Hill Soccer Field in Northfield. From the outset the students designed this work to be gentle on the landscape. By making sure that all of the pieces and components could be transported without heavy machinery, the natural qualities of the site were preserved even during the construction process.

Jury comments included: “We commend this project based on the exemplary fact that it brought together three generations of architects together: past students (professionals), current students and future students. This project proposes an innovative model for engaging with the emerging architectural community which we appreciate.”

The superstructure was entirely pre-fabricated on the Norwich campus and then trucked to the Garvey Hill Soccer Field, where it was unloaded and hand-carried across the soccer field and into the forest. It is estimated that together the students carried about four tons of material and tools into the woods to construct the Dutch Angle Classroom.

The STAR program offers an academic setting for Northfield High School students looking for a more experiential classroom setting.The STAR Program seeks to establish relevance and purpose in students’ education by facilitating fundamental bush-craft skills like making fire through friction, learning how to identify wild edibles, and how to build primitive shelters from woodland debris.

Read more about the design/build project here: http://profschools.norwich.edu/newsletter/cops-students-design-and-build-an-outdoor-classroom/

Photo at top by John W. Hession

About Norwich University

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

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

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

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art to Feature Talk and Mini-Exhibition by Artist Johnny Swing

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 18, 2017

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents a lecture on his socially informed art practice by furniture master Johnny Swing on Friday, October 27, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery. A sample of Swing’s work will be on display in the gallery Oct. 18-27.

Sponsored by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all lecture series events are free and open to the public.

Swing was born in Salisbury, Conn., remaining in New England for his adolescent and young adult years. In 1984, he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine two years later. He furthered his education and professional identity when he earned his Class 1 Structural Steel Welding License in 1990. His early career years were spent in New York City’s Lower East Side making sculptures and furniture from reclaimed industrial materials; these have been displayed in various museums and institutions around the world. In 1995 Swing moved to Vermont where he runs both his workshop and farm.

Swing is celebrated as a distinguished member of the American Studio Furniture movement and is well known for his coin furniture. These elegant structures can be observed in the permanent collections worldwide, including the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, N.Y.; the Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, England; and the Modernism Museum in Mount Dora, Fla. Museum exhibitions of his work include the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

About Norwich University

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

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

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

Norwich University Alumnus and Student Scholars Launch School of Architecture + Art’s 2017–18 Lecture Series

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sept. 18, 2017

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art will host a diverse array of guests in its 2017–18 lecture series. Planned around the theme of “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism,” the six events will feature artists, architects, planners, alumni, students, authors, and scholars for individual lectures, gallery exhibitions, classroom and studio visits, and a spring symposium.

All lectures, exhibitions, and the symposium will take place in the Chaplin Hall Gallery, free and open to the public.

The first event of the year continues a tradition of highlighting students and alumni: recent undergraduate Summer Research Fellows will present the results of their work, and an alumnus will discuss his professional work in light of his Norwich education. This year’s kick-off once again will occur during Homecoming Weekend, on Friday, September 22, at 1:45 p.m.

Architecture students Armando Barragan (junior), GianCarlo Greco (senior), Kevin Kazura (junior), Nicholas Hartshorn (junior), and Park Laflin (sophomore) will present their research topics and report on the results of their summer work. Their topics ranged from Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s architecture of resistance; comparative analyses of cities as sites of sustainability; Josef Albers’ color theory and its value today; spiritual implications of light; and medical design/build work in the Philippines. Mo Gagnon, who graduated from Norwich in 1997 with a Bachelor’s of Architecture, is principal of Gagnon Architects in New York City. He will address his experience with firms and projects of varying size and present selections of work from his current practice.

An informal reception will follow the presentations, and all are welcome.

The Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

About Norwich University

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

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

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

Byrne Foundation Awards Norwich University School of Architecture + Art $10K Grant to Fund Free Lecture Series

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

August 25, 2017

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art has received $10,000 from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation to fund the upcoming 2017-2018 free lecture series.

For more than 12 years the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to support the School of Architecture + Art’s Lecture Series. Through these lectures—which are free to students and the local community—the School of Architecture + Art brings well-known architects, designers, artists and writers to campus from around the country.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education and volunteerism, among many charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England. The Norwich curriculum offers a minor in architectural studies, two art minors, a four-year bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and a one-and-a-half-year Master of Architecture degree. Combined, the bachelor and master programs form a five-year professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), a prerequisite for licensure in most states. These programs are challenging, fun, and dedicated to producing architects who will serve the needs of people.

With approximately 100 students, the School of Architecture + Art is one of the smallest programs of its kind in the country, fostering a natural and effective mentoring relationship between faculty and students. Courses take a balanced approach to both the art and science of architecture and embrace environmental sustainability as part of Vermont’s ethos.

“An incredibly valuable resource for our students and the regional community alike, this lecture series brings transformative designers, artists, and makers to the heart of Vermont,” Dean of the College of Professional Schools Aron Temkin said.

About Norwich University

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

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

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

Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security Co-Hosts State Hazard Mitigation Plan Working Groups

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

August 17, 2017

Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security together with Vermont Emergency Management will co-host Vermont’s Hazard Mitigation Action Planning workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Kreitzberg Library.

The workshop brings together Vermonters from diverse walks of life to develop a sound plan and informed actions to build resilience and create a stronger Vermont. In May, the 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan’s vision that “Vermont will be safe and resilient in the face of climate change and natural disasters” was approved. The mission of the group: “To protect life, property, natural resources and quality of life in Vermont by reducing our vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters” was also approved.

Several goals, and overarching principles now guide the work assigned to three groups in the following topic areas: Environment & Natural Systems; Built Environment; and Plans and Policies. In addition, a steering committee will work on a fourth goal categorized under Education and Outreach, which emerged from the meetings of the steering committee, and working groups so far.

The meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested in joining, please register with Stephanie.a.smith@vermont.gov. Learn more about Vermont Emergency Management here: http://vem.vermont.gov/plans/SHMP.

Launched in 2017, the Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) is a Norwich University research center of excellence dedicated to the advancement of the interrelationships between human resilience and sense of security in the face of global challenges. Its first major initiative upon its founding was to take over the role of coordinating the Resilient Vermont Network and host its annual conference, among other activities. CGRS is focused on challenges in the areas of climate change, water, energy, and infrastructure and their impact on resilience and security. CGRS will craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities, through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration.

About Norwich University

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

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

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

Norwich University Launches Inaugural Governor’s Institute in Architecture, Design & Building

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

July 14, 2017

Norwich University welcomes 36 Vermont high school students on Sunday, July 16, for its inaugural Governor’s Institute on Architecture, Design & Building, a brand new Governor’s Institute of Vermont (GIV) program.

The institute offers a residential week of hands-on learning in working with concrete, masonry and wood across the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and construction management with an emphasis on regional materials and best practices of sustainable design and craft.

“This partnership between Norwich University and the Governor’s Institutes brings Norwich’s incredible teaching and mentoring resources to any Vermont high-schooler with a strong interest in the topic, regardless of their location or income,” said Karen Taylor Mitchell, who coordinates all 13 Governor’s Institutes programs throughout the state. “We’re over the moon that these young women and men are getting this chance to build confidence and try out their interests in one of Vermont’s most promising career fields.”

Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools includes all three of the primary architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) disciplines together. The School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England, and Norwich is the only university in northern New England teaching all the A/E/C disciplines. The College of Professional Schools includes shop facilities for wood and metal; its new “CoLab,” a design/build area suitable for building full-scale buildings like the award-winning, 1000-square foot house completed for the 2013 Solar Decathlon; and digital fabrication labs that include 3D printers, 3D scanners, a five-axis CNC mill, and a 5’x9’ three-axis CNC mill.

Students will work with Norwich faculty, alumni, and undergraduate students in architecture, engineering, art, and construction management who are dedicated to a collaborative education model and project delivery. This college has a tradition of sustainable design/build projects including the Solar Decathlon DeltaT90 house; the outdoor classroom, Dutch Angle, conceived, designed and executed for Northfield High School in 2015; and CASA 802, a recently completed tiny house of 380 square feet. Other school projects include the award-winning Archistream mobile design gallery for AIA Vermont; the EMBarc, a mobile and self-powered earth-science lab created from a twenty-foot shipping container that travels in the state to teach about geology and water quality; and the recently built Wheel–pad, a modular accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be temporarily added to a residence, permitting residents to remain in their own homes during a period of recuperation.

“As the global population continues to expand and urbanize there will be massive challenges for humanity and the environment,” said Cara Armstrong, director of the School of Architecture + Art and Institute co-director. She promises incoming teenagers: “Design will help you meet those challenges; it will help you think about systems, not just things, so you will learn to see that the world is not made up of individual, disconnected things but that everything is causal, interrelated and connected.”

About Governor’s Institute of Vermont:

At 34 years old, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont is a nonprofit organization committed to making life-changing accelerated learning opportunities accessible to all talented Vermont teens, especially those from rural and economically disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented populations. With the help of the Vermont legislature and many donors, the Governor’s Institutes serves 630 students a year with sliding scale tuition that starts as low as $10 for a full weeklong Institute, including room and board.

Other Governor’s Institutes topics include arts; astronomy; Asian cultures; current issues and youth activism; entrepreneurship; environmental science and technology; information technology and digital media; mathematical sciences; engineering; and writing. Registration for the next Governor’s Institutes, Winter Weekends will open in December.

More information is available at www.giv.org or by calling (802) 865-4448

About Norwich University

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

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

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