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 Professor Wins Colby Award for Best Military Book

Norwich University has awarded its annual book prize to Steven E. Sodergren for his history of Union soldiers and trench warfare.

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 12, 2018

Steven E. Sodergren has won the 2018 William E. Colby Award for his book, “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns” (LSU Press, 2017). Now in its 19th year, the Colby prize is awarded annually by Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., to a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.

Sodergren, the first Norwich University author to receive the award, is associate professor of history at Norwich University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas; serves as program coordinator of the Studies in War and Peace degree program at Norwich; and serves on the Advisory Board for Norwich’s Peace and War Center at (PaWC).

“I am so pleased that my work has been recognized in a such a manner, and I extend my thanks to the Pritzker Military Foundation and the Colby Award Selection Committee for this great honor,” Sodergren said. “I also wish to extend my thanks to the faculty, staff, and students of Norwich University for their support as I pursued the research for this project.”

Sodergren explores the many factors that enabled the Army of the Potomac to endure the brutal physical conditions of trench warfare and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose as fighting resumed on the open battlefield in 1865. Drawing from soldiers’ letters and diaries, official military correspondence, and court-martial records, he paints a vivid picture of the daily lives of Union soldiers as they witnessed the beginnings of a profound shift in the way the world imagined and waged large-scale warfare.

The final year of the Civil War witnessed a profound transformation in the practice of modern warfare, a shift that produced unprecedented consequences for the soldiers fighting on the front lines. In “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns,” Sodergren examines the transition to trench warfare, the lengthy campaigns of attrition that resulted, and how these seemingly grim new realities affected the mindset and morale of Union soldiers.

“Steven E. Sodergren’s elegantly written, superbly researched and often gut-wrenching account of what the Union soldiers of the Army of the Potomac endured in 1864-1865 in Virginia has earned the author a place among the finest writers of the Civil War,” Carlo D’Este, Colby Symposium co-founder said. “This book is history at its very best. We congratulate Prof. Sodergren as the recipient of the 2018 Colby Award.”

Winners of the Colby Award receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation. The award and honorarium will be presented to Sodergren at Norwich University during a special fall presentation of the Colby Award, October 3-4, 2018. The award was announced at the 2018 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on April 12, 2018. Visit Colby.norwich.edu for information.

Finalists for the 2018 Colby Award included: “Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story” by Jon Kerstetter (Crown/Penguin Random House, 2017); “Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield” by Robert H. Latiff (Knopf/Penguin Random House, 2017); “Spoils: A Novel” by Brian Van Reet (Lee Boudreaux Books/ Little Brown, 2017); “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” by Nicholas Reynolds (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2017).

Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The William E. Colby Award began at Norwich University in 1999.

Previous recipients of the Colby Award include Nisid Hajari, Thomas McKenna, James Bradley, Nathaniel Fick, Jack Jacobs, Dexter Filkins, Marcus Luttrell, John Glusman, Karl Marlantes, and Logan Beirne.

Colby Award Selection Committee:

  • William E. Butterworth, III is the author of more than 150 books, most notably the W. E. B. Griffin novels, and more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. He is the co-founder of the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.
  • Karl Marlantes is the author of “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” a New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, and “What It Is Like To Go To War.” He is a 2011 Colby Award recipient.
  • Jerry Morelock is a prize-winning military historian whose numerous publications include his latest book, “Generals of the Bulge: Leadership in the U.S. Army’s Greatest Battle.”
  • John A. Glusman is vice president and editor-in-chief of W. W. Norton and Company, the largest independent, employee-owned publisher in the U.S. He is the 2007 Colby Award recipient for “Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945.”
  • Frederick J. Chiaventone, a retired cavalry officer, is a novelist, screenwriter, and military historian. His novel “A Road We Do Not Know: A Novel of Custer at the Little Bighorn” won the 1999 inaugural Colby Award. His work has also won the Western Heritage and William Rockhill Nelson Awards and has been nominated for a Pulitzer.
  • Carlo D’Este is a renowned military historian and biographer, and the 2011 recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He is the co-founder of the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.

About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Open to the public, the Museum & Library features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military that are available to visitors in person and online at pritzkermilitary.org. Opened in 2003, the Museum & Library is a center where citizens and service members come together to learn about military history and affairs. Each year, the Museum & Library awards the prestigious Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing to recognize a living author who has made a lifetime contribution to the understanding of military history affairs. The Museum & Library is a living memorial to current and former service members and their families that is supported by its members and sponsors.

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, (802) 485-2886, dlarkin@norwich.edu

Scott Manning, (646) 661-6665, (603) 491-0995 (cell), scott@scottmanningpr.com

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Presents National Symposium “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 30, 2018

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art will host a symposium, “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism,” a roundtable discussion preceded by brief individual presentations exploring the ways the arts and humanities contribute to building a more humane, just, and integrated world on Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Free and open to the public, the Symposium is the final installment of The School of Architecture + Art’s 2017-18 Lecture Series. A reception will follow in the Atrium of Chaplin Hall.

Four dynamic leaders in the field make up the panel:

  • From Washington University, Assistant Professor Jesse Vogler is an artist and designer whose work sits at the intersection of landscape, politics, and performance. His work addresses the entanglements between landscape and law, taking on themes of work, property, expertise, and perfectibility. Vogler is a MacDowell Fellow, Co-Director of the Institute of Marking and Measuring, and teaches across the fields of landscape, architecture, art and urbanism. Vogler’s work has been supported by Graham Foundation grants as well as the Mellon Foundation’s Divided City initiative, and has been exhibited and published broadly.
  • Helen Slade is a founding member of Territory, an award-winning design studio program in Chicago. Territory focuses on giving youth a voice through design work in the community. Through their programs for Chicago’s youth, students become involved with community planning, urban design and public-art projects, helping students become engaged with different groups of people and develop as leaders. Slade is also a licensed architect, public art organizer, educator and curator.
  • Anna Goodman, Assistant Professor of Practice at Portland State University in Oregon, received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and is a Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design. According to Goodman, her work “focuses on the politics of architectural practice and the role of making and craft in defining the boundaries of professional identity.” Goodman’s writing on design-build practice has been widely cited and she has won multiple awards for her research, including the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the Carter Manny Award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
  • Eric Morrow joins us locally from Burlington, Vt. Morrow was the AIA 2017 Vermont president and is the Burlington 2030 district chair. Morrow is currently an architect with Centerline Architects Inc, and received his BArch from Pennsylvania State University. Morrow is a teacher at the acclaimed design-build school, Yestermorrow, and has a passion for “carefully crafted projects that are sophisticated in design and in harmony with their surroundings.”

The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professors of Architecture Tolya Stonorov and Timothy Parker and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Brian Glenney.

The 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
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Appoints New Director of Continuing & Professional Education in Online Programs

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 29, 2018

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is pleased to announce that Kristen Pedersen, Ph.D., has been appointed to Director of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), effective March 12, 2018.

In this newly created role, Pedersen is responsible for providing strong leadership and strategic management of CGCS’ CPE programming to position Norwich University as a premier provider of CPE to organizations in the public and private sectors, as well as the military. Among her many duties, Pedersen will establish pathways for both credit-bearing and non-credit offerings, and assist CGCS Dean Bill Clements in generating opportunities for business development.

Pedersen possesses over a decade’s worth of experience in executive education and professional development, including stints as managing director, program manager, professional consultant, and recently, as Director of Executive and Professional Education at Portland State University’s School of Business, where she spearheaded the design and implementation of customized executive training and leadership programs applicable to county, city and state government organizations throughout the region. A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Pedersen has a deep personal connection to the military and an affinity for designing degree programs and courses specifically for cadets, active duty and veteran students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication (1997) and a Master of Arts in Communication (2000), both from the University of South Alabama, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Communication (2008) from Bournemouth University in Poole, England.

In addition to her work as a manager, course designer and administrator for academic programs, Pedersen has taught online courses in communication, management, public relations and more for Portland State University. She has served on a number of boards and committees—most recently, the advisory board of the Conference for Management and Executive Development—and takes an active role in professional development, having earned certifications from BBC London, LERN Institute and The Brussels School of International Studies.

About her role with Norwich University and CGCS, Pedersen said: “Being part of the deep and distinctive Norwich tradition is a dream job and I feel lucky to be part of the CGCS team!”

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

Norwich University Professor Researching Evolution of American Education System Earns Several Prizes

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 5, 2018

Norwich University Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Mark Boonshoft has been awarded three prizes for his research on the evolution of the American education system.

Boonshoft earned the Board of Fellows Faculty Development Prize for the 2018-2019 academic year for his project, ““The Rise and Fall of ‘Monarchical’ Education and the Making of the American Republic.”

The $8,000 award will support Boonshoft’s work to finish the writing and revision of a book manuscript that analyzes a transformation in American education during the 1810s-1820s, traces the emergence of republican self-government in America, and, in turn, explains why future generations of Americans would demand access to schooling in order to lay claim to the rights of citizens.

Boonshoft was also named a 2018-19 fellow for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. The $10,000 award will fund three months of residency at Mount Vernon, during which time Boonshoft will research partisan debates over education in the first decades after American independence.

In addition, Boonshoft recently was awarded a $1,500 grant from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati to research the archives of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783 by former officers from the Continental Army. He aims to uncover why, in the years after independence, the organization invested in schools, especially elite secondary schools called academies, research critical to his book project.

Boonshoft explains: “Neither the American Revolution nor the Constitution resolved the two central dilemmas of transitioning from monarchical to republican governance: how to transform subjects into citizens who can rule themselves, and how to determine who should wield power in a society premised on equality. This project argues that founding-era Americans solved these dilemmas through education.”

In researching the history of the American system of education, Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge features prominently. Boonshoft writes: “Alden Partridge revolutionized military and civic education in this period when he founded the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, which later became Norwich University. In the brief justifying his new ‘system’ of education, Partridge decried the ‘anti-republican and monastic’ sort of schooling that dominated the United States.”

Boonshoft’s expertise focuses on the American Revolution and the American founding as well as the history of American education. He served as a post-doctoral fellow at the New York Public Library as the historian on the Early American Manuscripts Project.

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 Museum Presents Historian on Partridge’s Rugged, Outdoor Lessons

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 15, 2018

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents Norwich historian Dr. Gary Lord on “Norwich Pedestrian Excursions: Learning in the Field,” in a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at noon.

The event, sponsored by the Sullivan Museum and History Center Associates, includes a light lunch and is free and open to the public.

When Captain Alden Partridge established his military academy in 1819 he introduced a highly innovative system of education that included field excursions as an integral part of the learning experience of his students. These “pedestrian excursions” not only challenged students to endure “hardship and fatigue” but provided opportunities to supplement classroom instruction with what Partridge called “practical and everyday knowledge of the world”–knowledge which “can never be derived from books.”

The field excursions undertaken by Partridge’s students extended to the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, westward along the Erie Canal to Niagara Falls, and southward as far as Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon. These field trips provided students with valuable experiences in botany, mineralogy, surveying, engineering, military science, political economy, and history. Student participants observed factories, navy yards, arsenals, waterworks, canals, railroads, and bridges. They also visited legislative assemblies, museums, and historic sites.

Clearly, Alden Partridge was one of the very first American educators to grasp the pedagogical value of experiential learning and give it a prominent place in the curriculum of higher education.

Gary Lord is Emeritus Dana Professor of History at Norwich University. His fields of interest include American Colonial History and the Early U.S. Republic. Lord has a particular interest in the early 19th century educational reformer Alden Partridge who placed a high priority on experiential education and assigned it a prominent place in his innovative system of education. Lord has written extensively on Partridge and in 1981 led a group of Norwich and Dartmouth College students, along with a contingent of faculty, in a recreation of Partridge’s 1821 expedition to measure the height of Mount Washington.

The talk is held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, “Explorers of Norwich: On Land and Sea,” which runs through June 30, 2018. The exhibition focuses on the stories of Norwich alumni who traversed the United States, the continents and the world to learn of new lands and opportunities on behalf of the still young United States. Also on display is “Discovering Mother Tongues: Writing, Place, and Identity.” This exhibit asks: what about the perspectives of those that explorers encountered? Each piece features text in a writing system on the verge of extinction, carved in wood from the region where that culture lives.  “Discovering Mother Tongues” is sponsored by Norwich University’s Academic Achievement Center, and the International Center.

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center is the only museum in Vermont to be named a Smithsonian Affiliate. The museum is open to the public from 8 until 4 Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 11 to 4 during the academic year. Admission is free. For more information about the programs or exhibit, please call 802-485-2183 or visit http://academics.norwich.edu/museum.

About Norwich University˜

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

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

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

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

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Norwich University˜

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

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

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

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

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Jan. 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ainsworth Building Facts:

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

About Norwich University˜

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

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

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

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 Promotes Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to VP of Communications

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Jan. 16, 2018

Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider announced the promotion of Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to Vice President of Communications beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Murphy-Moriarty has led Norwich University’s Office of Communications since August 2013, when she was hired as Director of Communications and Marketing. She had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Vermont.

The Office of Communications spotlights the leadership, service and academic excellence of Norwich University students, faculty, staff and alumni, and enhances and protects Norwich University’s reputation as a leading senior military college. Through brand management, compelling storytelling and the production of high-quality informative content, the Office of Communications enhances appreciation for Norwich University’s contributions to the world for the past 200 years and the understanding of its place of distinction within higher education.

“As we prepare to celebrate 200 years of Norwich University and enter into our third century of service to nation, never before has effective communication and brand management been more important,” Schneider said. “We are so grateful to have Kathleen, who has served Norwich expertly and admirably, forging the path of this very important new leadership position.”

Reporting directly to President Schneider, Murphy-Moriarty is responsible for managing the Norwich brand and developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive outreach strategy. She oversees a 16-person team that is responsible for advancing the university’s reputation, enrollment, alumni engagement, and fundraising.

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