Norwich University Honors U.S. Senator Robert Dole in a Ceremony at the WWII Memorial in D.C.

Norwich University officials presented former U.S. Senator Robert Dole with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in a public ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m.

Retired Army General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, former Army chief of staff and chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees; Trustee Joel A. Kobert ’65 and Vice President for Academic Affairs Guiyou Huang joined President Richard W. Schneider during the hooding ceremony.

Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Captain Alden Partridge, who created Norwich to educate citizen soldiers by providing the skills necessary to both build and defend the republic. Its structure inspired the Land Grant Act of 1862, and Norwich is regarded as the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

Schneider has been president at Norwich for 23 years.

“Bob Dole is an American hero who lives a life that embodies the very essence of what Norwich was founded upon – leadership, integrity and service,” Schneider said. “It is an honor and a privilege to forever bond Senator Bob Dole with America’s oldest private military college, Norwich University.”

A highly decorated veteran of World War II and lifetime public servant, Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole was born July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas.

In 1942 he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served as a combat infantry officer in Italy in 1944. During his service, he was severely wounded while attempting to save another’s life. For his actions, Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Dole finished college and attended law school on the G.I. Bill. He began his political career by serving as a member of the Kansas State Legislature from 1951 to 1953, and later served four terms as prosecuting attorney for Russell County.

A U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1969to 1996, Dole served part of that time as U.S. Senate Majority Leader, setting a record as the longest-serving Republican leader.

Married to former cabinet member and former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole of North CarolinaNorwich’s honored 2015 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipientBob Dole was the Republican vice-presidential nominee in the 1976 U.S. presidential election and the Republican nominee in the 1996 U.S. presidential election.

In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dole as a co-chair, along with Donna Shalala, of the commission to investigate problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dole is special counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Alston & Bird.

At the June 25 ceremony, the Honorable Robert Dole was recognized for his dedicated service to others and country before self, a Norwich guiding value celebrated during the Year of Service, the first of five years counting down to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

Editor’s note: Pictured above (l-r) Retired Army General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, former Army chief of staff and chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees; Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider, Senator Elizabeth Dole and Senator Robert Dole during the June 25 ceremony. Photo by Judy Licht

American Legion donates scholarships to Future Leader Campers

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, (l-r) American Legion National Vice Commander Doug Haggan along with Department of Vermont Commanders Rick Gray and Frank Killay presented four checks for $250 each for four Vermont students participating in the upcoming Future Leader Camp, which begins on Sunday, June 28. Receiving the checks on behalf of Norwich University are Vice President of Enrollment Management Greg Matthews (l) and Associate Director of Recruiting and Leadership Programs Frank Hotaling (r).

The Future Leader Camp (FLC) is a two-week summer camp that develops leadership potential in high school students. FLC is a challenging, meaningful adventure that builds understanding of small-group leadership techniques, leadership ethics, teamwork, problem solving and communication.

Dept. of Vermont Cmdr. Gray said the American Legion wanted to contribute to supporting Vermont students interested in participating in this unique leadership opportunity. Thank you, American Legion!

Norwich University welcomes high school students to GenCyber cybersecurity camp

Today, Norwich University kicks-off a week-long pre-college cybersecurity program for 20 high school students called GenCyber@NU. Funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, participants will learn, explore, experiment and apply basic concepts of programming, forensics and cryptography, through a series of gaming, modeling, and simulation activities with peers and faculty mentors in a university setting.

The week-long overnight camp is offered at no cost to the students and includes building a computer for each student to take home. All classes are taught by faculty and alumni of Norwich University’s nationally recognized cybersecurity program.

GenCyber summer camps will be held on 29 university and college campuses in 18 states this year – exposing largely middle and high school students and teachers to subject matter and cyber problem solving that will help prepare them for college coursework. The camps, some of which are overnight, are free for participants.

This is the second year of the program. The goal is to expand GenCyber from the current 43 camps to 200 by 2020.

About GenCyber:

“GenCyber” is a new partnership between the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to help young people learn about cybersecurity and how skills in that area can pay off for them in the future. Educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts is a priority for leaders in both the public and private sectors. Cyber threats are only growing, and improving defenses to better protect the nation is a must in this digital era.While the program, launched in 2014, focuses on raising awareness among students, camps for teachers are also available to help educators build curricula for their own schools.

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 is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education.

Editor’s note: Pictured above, Jake Poretsky, 17, of Northborough, Mass., checks into GenCyber@NU, a weeklong cybersecurity camp held at Vermont’s Norwich University and funded by the NSA and NSF.

Photo credit: Norwich University/Mark Collier

College of Graduate and Continuing Studies holds 3rd annual Leadership Summit

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 70 of 575 students on Norwich University’s Northfield, Vt. campus for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ (CGCS) annual Residency Conference week participated in the Third Annual Leadership Summit. Students spent the day split up into cross-disciplinary groups and paired with partner business representatives, who brought organizational leadership challenges to the group in a think tank problem-solving event.

Read a story about the 2013 inaugural event here. In 2014, CGCS awarded scholarships to employees of participating businesses. Read about those here.

Norwich’s online program graduates will hear from Gen. Alfred Gray, former Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is honored to announce that General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.) will deliver its 2015 commencement address at a ceremony for nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Retired General Alfred Gray was the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991. As Commandant, General Gray assisted in the formulation of national and international policy and strategy. He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as being military advisor to the President, the National Security Council and the Secretary of Defense.

In 1991, after 41 years of service, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, General Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined Garver International Associates.

For 15 years, General Gray served on the Norwich University Board of Trustees and was instrumental in assisting Norwich in achieving the NSA designation for “Center of Academic Excellence” for Information Assurance education. He has been chairman of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Marine Youth Fitness Foundation. He has been Chancellor of the Marine Military Academy and a director of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. He is a member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board and is an advisor to the National Reconnaissance Office.

General Gray currently serves as a member of the board for the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes where he has been critical in supporting the creation of the DECIDE program which was awarded $9.9 million in cybersecurity contracts in 2013.

Currently General Gray is Senior Fellow, Board of Regents Chairman, and member of the Board of Directors at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

General Gray holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York. He is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College.

The June 19 ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference for which students travel to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus from all 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, Puerto Rico and six international countries. Here, they present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

According to university officials, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General Alfred Gray embodies this year’s residency conference theme of “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve.”

Norwich University bell concerts kick off July 4

Bring a picnic and a lawn chair to the Upper Parade Ground on the beautiful campus of Norwich University and enjoy free outdoor concerts performed on the Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon.

Concerts will be held rain or shine on five consecutive Saturdays from July 4 to August 1, and all concerts begin at 1 p.m. Following each original, hour-long performance, guests are invited to tour the bell tower and view a demonstration of the instrument.

Programs feature a variety of classical, folk, traditional, and contemporary music arranged specifically for carillon.

The largest musical instrument in the world, the carillon is played with both hands and feet. Notes are played by striking levers stoutly wired to the clappers of a tower’s many bells. Norwich’s carillon, one of only two such instruments in the state of Vermont, comprises 47 bells, the largest of which weighs 3500 pounds.

2015 CARILLON CONCERT SCHEDULE

July 4: George Matthew Jr. (Middlebury College and Norwich University)

July 11: Gordon Slater (Canadian Dominion, carillonneur emeritus)

July 18: John Widmann (Municipal Carillonneur, Frederick, Md.)

July 25: Sergei Gratchev (Belgian Carillon School)

August 1: Elena Sadina (Belgian Carillon School)

Fun facts about carillons:

  • The art of bell-tuning was perfected in northern Belgium in the 15th Norwich’s bells were cast and tuned at foundries in Belgium and France.
  • Every carillon has a name. Norwich’s is called the Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon.
  • To be considered a “true” carillon, the instrument must have at least 23 bells. Norwich’s original carillon had 36 bells, and in 1959 it was expanded to 47.
  • The largest bell in a carillon plays the lowest note and is called the “bourdon.” Norwich’s bourdon is four feet in diameter and weighs 3,500 pounds.

For more information about the concert series, please contact George Matthew at gmatthew@middlebury.edu or 802-247-9873.

Norwich welcomes students in online programs for a capstone week of academic face time

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) welcomes to campus today nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs for its annual residency conference June 15—19.

The students traveling to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus represent all 50 states, including the nation’s capital and Puerto Rico, and six international countries. Here, they will present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

The conference includes a public keynote presentation.

The CGCS residency conference theme this year is “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve,” and includes a keynote presentation by U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman, Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber, Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6/CIO, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

LTG Bowman presents his address Thursday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Plumley Armory on the Norwich campus as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that invites distinguished speakers to campus to engage the academic community in diverse dialogue. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live online.

LTG Bowman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Norwich and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1978. He has served in several joint and operational assignments and has commanded at every level from company to Signal Brigade. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, Pa.

Norwich University is a nationally recognized leader in online graduate and undergraduate education and its residency conference, often cited as a highlight by CGCS graduates, is unique among online programs.

This year, Norwich’s online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program was ranked among the top 10 online programs in the field in a recent report compiled by TheBestSchools.org.

Also this year, Norwich’s online MBA, Project Management concentration was accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the leading professional association worldwide for the project management field.

2015 Residency by the numbers:

  • 575 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and six international countries.
  • An additional 156 guests will gather on campus during residency week.
  • 65 faculty members will participate.
  • Nine master’s programs will be represented: diplomacy, history, military history, business administration, civil engineering, public administration, information security and assurance, leadership, and nursing.
  • Two bachelor’s degree programs will be represented: strategic studies and defense analysis, and criminal justice.
  • 100 students will join four professional honor societies.
  • 160 different academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene.
  • 15 Norwich employees will graduate.

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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.”

For more information, visit www.cic.edu/TeachingInterfaith.

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.

Norwich University to honor U.S. Senator Robert Dole in a ceremony at the WWII memorial in D.C.

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Norwich University will present former U.S. Senator Robert Dole with an honorary degree in a public ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

A highly decorated veteran of World War II and lifetime public servant, Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole was born July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas.

In 1942 he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served as a combat infantry officer in Italy in 1944. During his service, he was severely wounded while attempting to save another’s life. For his service in the military, Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Dole finished college and attended law school on the G.I. Bill and began his political career by serving as a member of the Kansas State Legislature from 1951–1953, and later served four terms as prosecuting attorney for Russell County.

A U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1969–1996, Dole served part of that time as U.S. Senate Majority Leader, where he set a record as the longest-serving Republican leader.

Married to former cabinet member and former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole of North Carolina –Norwich’s honored 2015 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient – Bob Dole was the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 1976 U.S. presidential election and the Republican nominee in the 1996 U.S. presidential election.

In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dole as a co-chair of the commission to investigate problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, along with Donna Shalala.

Dole is special counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Alston & Bird.

At the June 25 ceremony the Honorable Robert Dole will be recognized for his dedicated service to others and country before self, a Norwich guiding value celebrated during the Year of Service, the first of five years counting down to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

Photo credit “Field of Stars”: Rick Latoff / American Battle Monuments Commission

Norwich University names new vice president for enrollment management

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Norwich University has named Greg Matthews as the new vice president for enrollment management responsible for the admissions and financial aid operational units and working on branding and recruitment beginning June 1.

Matthews is a proven enrollment management and financial aid leader with 26 years of experience in higher education including Landmark College, Colby-Sawyer College and Ohio Wesleyan University.

As the new vice president, Matthews will develop a comprehensive strategy for recruitment and selection of a talented, diverse student population that values the exceptional environmental and educational experience Norwich University offers.

“Higher education is experiencing greater external pressures and scrutiny, as well as growing  competition  for  a  declining  population  of  high  school  students,  particularly  in  the northeast,” said President Richard W. Schneider.

“Matthews’ distinctive set of skills are well matched to provide the pivotal leadership needed to build on the current successes of Norwich University. It is critical  for  a leader  in higher education  to  be  collaborative,   innovative  and  to  possess  a  strong  understanding  of  market analysis,  enrollment  management,  financial  aid,  and  the ability  to  strategically  use  data  to maximize opportunities for Norwich. I am confident that Mr. Matthews is that leader.”

“Norwich University provides not only great academic programs, but delivers a distinctive student experience for both cadets and civilian students that prepares them for life and work after graduation,” Matthews said. “I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to represent this remarkable institution.”