Norwich In the News: “Camp Teaches Teens to Solve Cyber Crimes”

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated July 14, 2015

Vermont Public Radio’s story on the Norwich GenCyber@NU digital forensics summer camp for high school juniors and seniors was rebroadcast by the national news program Here & Now. A co-production of NPR and WBUR in Boston, Here & Now is carried on 383 radio stations across the country and is heard by an estimated 3.6 million listeners each week. The midday news program aired the GenCyber@NU segment on July 13, 2015.

VPR radio reporter Charlotte Albright first profiled the GenCyber@NU program on June 25, 2015. The free, weeklong camp allowed 20 rising high school juniors and seniors to explore the fields of cybersecurity and digital forensics with Norwich faculty and cybersecurity majors. Participants built their own computers and solved a fictional crime by real-life gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. Albright interviewed camp co-directors Prof. Peter Stephenson and recent Norwich computer security and information assurance graduate Katya Lopez ’15.

You can listen to the full VPR story here.

NU’s Sarwar Kashmeri Introduces Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Keynote Address

Norwich University Office of Communications

July 8, 2015

Sarwar Kashmeri, an adjunct political science professor and applied research fellow with the Peace and War Center at Norwich University, introduced former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at a recent dinner and keynote address hosted by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. Kashmeri is a fellow at the nearly 100-year-old nonprofit, which aims to raise “awareness, understanding and informed opinion of U.S. foreign policy and global issues.” Last fall, he organized a three-day US Grand Strategy Conference at Norwich on “The Future of American Leadership in the World.” Hagel, a former two-term senator from Nebraska, served two years as the 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense. He redesigned his post in February 2015.

Watch a video of Kashmeri’s introduction and Secretary Hagel’s address here.

Read Kashmeri’s op-ed column at US News & World Report.

At the FPA New York dinner held on July 24, 2015, Kashmeri presents the FPA Medal to Sec. Hagel. Photo courtesy Sarwar Kashmeri

In Focus: Prof. Gina Sherriff Visits Madrid for Study Abroad Conference

By David Westerman, PhD
Norwich University Office of Academic Research

July 7, 2015

Norwich University Assistant Professor of Spanish Gina Sherriff snapped this picture of Madrid’s Gran Via upscale shopping street during a trip to the Spanish capitol to participate in an international faculty development seminar. Hosted by the Council for International Educational Exchange, the seminar focused on the importance of study abroad in the development of cultural competence. Her travel was supported by the Norwich University International Center, a Bride Family Foundation Fellowship, and Chase International Travel Funds.

The seminar explored the effectiveness of study abroad programs on cultural awareness, as well as pedagogical best practices for faculty leading programs abroad. Prof. Sherriff learned ways to help students navigate intercultural communication, recognize their own stereotypes and expectations while abroad, and set realistic linguistic and cultural goals for the study abroad experience. She met with colleagues around the world to share ideas about promoting intercultural competence through travel and study. Finally, the seminar exposed Prof. Sherriff to the most recent advances in intercultural learning, including the use of the Intercultural Development Inventory as a tool for program assessment.

Prof. Sherriff plans to use the knowledge she acquired to develop and lead a program to Nicaragua through Norwich’s Maymester Global Classroom series to begin May 2016.

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

Norwich professor selected to participate in special seminar on teaching interfaith understanding

Norwich University Assistant Professor Timothy Kent Parker, Ph.D., has been selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding to be held in Boston later this month.

The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Twenty-five faculty members will participate in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place June 21–25, 2015, at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Parker teaches history and theory of architecture and art in Norwich’s School of Architecture + Art. His interest in this topic stems from a desire to promote interfaith understanding at Norwich University and to connect several disparate efforts that support that goal.

Although Norwich has both military and civilian students and programs, Parker feels that, in particular, Norwich students planning on commissioning into the Armed Forces can benefit from these conversations.

“Given the presence of religion—however variously interpreted—in areas and events of conflict, military personnel and their leaders should be among those most aware of world religions,” he said.

Parker is a practicing architect with a graduate degree in philosophy, a brief stint at an Episcopal Seminary and a doctorate in Architectural History and Theory that includes a dissertation on modern Catholic churches in Rome. His doctoral work employed interdisciplinary methods to relate theological and architectural conceptions of modern identity, and his most current work focuses upon the art and architecture of religious pluralism.

“Professor Parker has ongoing teaching and research initiatives that will be enriched by the seminar, and Norwich University is ideally situated to embrace and nourish the results of this timely opportunity,” said Guiyou Huang, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “This seminar will in turn benefit Professor Parker’s students.”

The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Catherine Cornille, Newton College alumnae chair of western culture, chair of the department of theology, and professor of comparative theology at Boston College; and Noah Silverman, director of faculty partnerships at IFYC. Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, will be a special guest speaker.

The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding with the development of new courses and resources.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America’s future success,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The number of institutions that nominated faculty members to participate in the interfaith understanding seminar is most impressive.”

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The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 750 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

A Chicago-based nonprofit organization, Interfaith Youth Core’s (IFYC) mission is to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Since its incorporation in 2002, IFYC has worked on five continents and with over 200 college and university campuses, trained thousands in the principles of interfaith leadership, and reached millions through the media. IFYC has worked with partners including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the White House, and the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Eboo Patel is the founder and president of IFYC.

NU Wins Grant for Interdisciplinary, Environmental Service-Learning Projects

By David Westerman, PhD
Norwich University Office of Academic Research

May 28, 2015

Norwich University has been selected to receive a sub-grant of up to $4,000 from a four-state Campus Compact consortium and the Davis Educational Foundation to create institutional change by embedding environmental service-learning projects into courses, thereby strengthening teaching and curriculum, student learning outcomes, and interdisciplinary approaches to education.

Management of the grant program in Vermont is by the Vermont Campus Compact.

The approved proposal, submitted by Profs. Tara Kulkarni, Matthew Lutz, Tom Roberge and Dave Westerman, calls for offering an “integrated, interdisciplinary set of curriculum modifications built around geology, environmental engineering, sustainable architecture, and outdoor education, all in collaboration with the Town of Northfield and its many partners.”

Northfield zoning administrator Michele Braun will manage the project, which aims to develop an education park about flood zones along the banks of the Dog River. Sited near Northfield’s village green, the park will also include a community garden and a playground.

In their proposal, the four Norwich faculty stated: “We do this because one of the founding principles almost 200 years ago [of Norwich] was to promote experiential learning, cast in the framework of ‘service before self.’ The University’s original concept of developing the citizen soldier has evolved to match the changing nature of our nation, now striving to develop leaders to implement change for the good, from the global stage to the local neighborhood.”

The overarching issue being addressed in this integrated project was presented as follows:

“The largest overriding issue regarding the future of Earth’s habitability is climate change, with the myriad repercussions that stem from the current warming trend. We want to focus on this tremendous issue, while carrying out a project that highlights the need for interdisciplinary solutions. Our specific project addresses living with flooding, and we seek to use this as a means of helping our students, members of the local community, and ultimately the world at large as they face the process of designing solutions to global environmental change.”

Members of the grant team will receive training in June in Portland, Me., as well as ongoing support in the development and delivery of courses that will partner with community organizations to address environmental challenges.

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

Norwich International Center Director Wins Grant for International Education Conference

Assistant VP for International Education David Clubb will visit Germany next month to explore new and strengthen existing study abroad opportunities for Norwich students.
Norwich University Office of Communications

May 15, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Assistant Vice President for International Education David Clubb has been awarded a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to participate in the week-long conference, “Germany Today 2015: Institutions of Higher Education and their Internationalization Strategies,” from June 14-20 in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Dresden.

Norwich hosts a dynamic and growing international presence in the German capital via its City Lab: Berlin microcampus, making Clubb’s participation in the upcoming conference a natural fit.

During his time in Germany, Clubb, who heads Norwich’s International Center, will also take the opportunity to nurture and maintain Norwich’s current partnership with the Bundeswehr, or German armed forces, in Munich and Hamburg, and to seek out additional partnerships and other opportunities in Germany.

“This program will help me learn more about the German higher education landscape, to identify funding opportunities, to develop internationalization strategies and more,” Clubb said.

Clubb added that the program is designed to give participants both a broader overview of Germany’s higher education landscape and a more in-depth understanding of recent developments on the government level, as well as within individual institutions. Conference participants will discuss funding opportunities, internationalization strategies, and the potential for cooperation between German and North American institutions.

On the trip participants will visit Frankfurt, Berlin and Dresden. Frankfurt University and Freie Universität Berlin will share their experience with one of DAAD’s newest and largest funding programs, “Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks” with the group. At Technical University Dresden, participants will learn about the role of strategic partnerships for the development of the high level research projects the university is pushing forward. While in Dresden, the group will also visit the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, or University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics.

Besides strategic partnerships other topics currently of relevance for German institutions of higher education and research will also be covered, including training of doctoral candidates in structured PhD programs, the increasing importance of third party funding in research, and student and researcher mobility.

At various times during the week the group will meet additional guests from the political sphere, independent research institutes and industry.

This grant-funded program is just one of many initiatives of Norwich’s International Center, which works to promote internationalization, an institutional priority at Norwich University.

About Norwich University

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

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

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Norwich in the News: AP Story on GenCyber Summer Camp

A feature on free summer cyber camps sponsored by the NSF and NSA spotlights the GenCyber camp for high school juniors and seniors at Norwich this summer and quotes Prof. Peter Stephenson.
Norwich University Office of Communications

May 4, 2015

Wilson Ring of the Associated Press wrote about Norwich University’s free, week-long GenCyber summer cybersecurity camp for high school juniors and seniors in a May 2, 2015 article, “Summer Camps With a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts”:

    “At Vermont’s Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they’ll be able to take home … And none of the children or their parents will have to pay a cent.”

Picked up by national and international media outlets, the wire service feature takes a broad look at a variety of National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-sponsored cybersecurity camps for tweens and teens being held across the country this summer. The article explains that the free day or overnight summer programs are part of a larger effort by the federal government to nurture an interest in cybersecurity among young people to better meet the country’s growing—and largely, unmet—need for a well-trained cybersecurity workforce.

Among other sources, Ring interviewed Norwich University professor and cyber expert Peter Stephenson, PhD, who teaches classes in network attack and defense, digital forensics, and cyber investigation:

    “The 20 high school students who will attend the Norwich University camp in Northfield, which is national recognized for its cybersecurity programs, will build their own computers, learn about attacking and defending networks, and hear from speakers, said Peter Stephenson, the director of the school’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics.
    ‘Obviously, the government is hoping, especially the NSA, is hoping that they’ll be able to take advantage of some of these students as they progress, but there’s no requirement here that these students move on to government,’ Stephenson said.”

The AP story has been picked up by, the Houston Chronicle, and the South Florida Times, among other outlets.

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes Names New Board Member

Bank president and CEO Thomas S. Leavitt will join the 11-member board, bringing particular expertise to NUARI’s financial-sector cyberthreat security work
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) named Northfield Savings Bank President and CEO Thomas S. Leavitt, of Waterbury Center, to the NUARI board of directors.

Leavitt joins 10 directors on the board, bringing 22 years of banking experience, including oversight of all functions and a history of community and board involvement.

A Burlington, Vt., native, Leavitt holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business & Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Leavitt will bring significant insight to NUARI’s focus on supporting the U.S. financial sector with unique cybersecurity tools.

“NUARI is at the vanguard of cybersecurity research and information assurance education. Leading an institution that is part of the nation’s financial system, I am acutely aware of the threats that must be vigilantly managed,” Leavitt said. “It is an honor to join a board comprised of leaders that have served at the highest levels of national defense, industry and academia.”

NUARI has collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security to help prepare individuals and institutions to respond to catastrophic network failures, natural disasters, distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks and other events that can impact market activity, communications and essential services for critical infrastructure.

To that end, NUARI created DECIDE-FS®, a massive, multi-participant simulator that places decision makers, securities traders, IT and other stakeholders into complex, simulated scenarios focused on the effects of cyber incidents as well as other hazards.

In 2011, NUARI ran Quantum Dawn I, the largest critical infrastructure cyber threat exercises for the U.S. financial sector. A follow-up exercise in 2013, Quantum Dawn II, drew 50 organizations and 500 participants in the financial sector. The only cyber threat exercise of its kind, Quantum Dawn III is planned for later this year.

“NUARI is building upon its leadership in developing [its] cyber threat war-gaming platform, DECIDE-FS, and is looking forward to Tom’s significant service in banking and finance to help NUARI’s strategic focus in this area,” said Phil Susmann, NUARI president.

Directors serve two-year terms and can serve up to ten years.

“Norwich University and Northfield Savings Bank have a strong bond that dates to the founding of our bank in 1867” Leavitt said. “I look forward to working with Phil Susmann and the NUARI team to support the advancement of a vital 21st century mission.”


The Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) were federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) in 2002 and are funded in part through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge to participate in the building of the nation and to prepare its graduates to protect the American way of life. NUARI builds on the university’s status as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

NUARI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs by conducting rapid research, developing and deploying necessary technologies, and by addressing related policy, information management and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission by developing strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders, communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and business and industry associations and entities.

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).

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NU in the News: Professor Sean Prentiss Publishes Book on Edward Abbey

The Times Argus writes about Norwich assistant professor of English Prentiss and his quest to find the final desert resting place of environmental writer Edward Abbey
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 15, 2015

The Times Argus profiles Norwich University Assistant Professor of English Sean Prentiss in a March 28, 2015 article and discusses his new book on Edward Abbey.

A poet and author, Prentiss teaches creative writing at Norwich and runs the Norwich University Writers Series. In his new nonfiction book, Prentiss describes his search for the final desert resting place of famed environmental writer Edward Abbey.

Prentiss, who grew up in the same Pennsylvania town as Abbey, tells the Times Argus that his book is part memoir, part biography and part travelogue.

“Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave” will be issued by publisher University of New Mexico Press on May 1, 2015.

An essayist and novelist, Abbey loved the desert and has been described as the Thoreau of the American West. Among his best-known books are “Desert Solitaire,” an ode to time spent in his favorite landscape.

Before he died in 1989 at the age of 62, Abbey asked four friends to bury him in the Cabeza Prieta Desert in Arizona.

“It was one of Abbey’s favorite deserts,” Prentiss tells the Times Argus. “Maybe America’s most beautiful desert, it’s a spectacular place — a vast wilderness, very stark, very rocky. Full of saguaro cactus and very little else.”

“This book is about mystery, about the search for home and about asking a mentor for advice,” Prentiss says. “Yes, it’s about the search for the grave, but the search doesn’t matter. What matters is the journey.”

Read the full article here.

Norwich Professor Examines Botswana’s Nation-Building Success

By David S. Westerman, PhD
Office of Academic Research

April 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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