Meet the Author Alex Kershaw & Book Signing Event “Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

November 26, 2018

Norwich University will hold a meet the author and book signing event with New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company in Boston’s Faneuil Hall from 3 – 5 p.m.

In honor of the university’s bicentennial in 2019, Norwich University recently released “Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University.” The beautifully written and illustrated book chronicles the history and legacy of the nation’s oldest private military college and birthplace of ROTC and the alumni who have defined American and world history over the past 200 years. Drawing upon Norwich University’s extensive archives and museum collection, Kershaw spent two years researching and writing the book. Kershaw’s compelling narrative style is interwoven with photos, maps, illustrations, and timelines. Deluxe and commemorative editions of “Citizens & Soldiers” will be available for purchase at this event.

A graduate of Oxford University, Kershaw is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times best-sellers “The Bedford Boys,” “The Longest Winter” and “Avenue of Spies,” and biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa. An honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division of the Virginia Army National Guard, Kershaw said he was drawn to the unique story of Norwich University shaped by its people and many ‘firsts’.

It was recently announced that Kershaw’s book, “The Liberator,” will be made into a four-part animated WWII drama series for Netflix.

About Norwich University˜

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

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. 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 Hosts Fulbright Scholar and Presentation

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 22, 2018

Norwich University is hosting Fulbright scholar Lieutenant Colonel Georgi Marinchev Marinov, Ph.D., of Sofia, Bulgaria.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 12:15–1:15 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library North Instruction Room, Marinov presents “Security Environment in the Black Sea Region.” Marinov is a head assistant professor at the G. S. Rakovski National Defense College, Sofia, Bulgaria, with a Ph.D. in Military Science and 18 years of operational and academic experience.

The Black Sea region is of crucial significance for Europe and the United States, as it is a major crossroad and critical intersection of east-west and south-north corridors. Many experts believe that whoever controls or dominates the Black Sea can easily project power to the European continent, primarily in the Balkans and Central Europe, but also in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the South Caucasus and the northern Middle East. The modern security environment in the Black Sea region is characterized by dynamic, contradictory, and hardly predictable changes that affect national, regional, and alliance levels. Every change in the region exerts influence on the other end of the world.

Lieutenant Colonel Georgi Marinov is a Head assistant professor at the G. S. Rakovski National Defense College, Sofia, Bulgaria with a Ph.D. in Military Science and 18 years of operational and academic experience. During his education he defended his doctoral dissertation in December 2015 at Rakovski National Defense College. His Master’s degrees are in the area of political science, international relations and military logistics. During his service in the Army, he was on a mission in Iraq (2004-2005). Marinov has many publications in the field of military sciences. He works on different projects on a national and European level. From 2016, Marinov is a Vice President of the Military Sports Club in Rakovski College. Marinov uses English and Russian languages. During his free time Marinov likes to play different kind of sports and loves to spend time with his spouse and their two-year old daughter.

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 Alumnus to Give Talk: “Design and Profit: Architectural Practice in the Age of Accumulation”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 8, 2018

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is pleased to welcome back Aaron Cayer (M.Arch., 2012) for a talk on his path after Norwich and on the interdisciplinary research for his recently completed doctorate in architecture history and theory (UCLA, 2018). Free and open to the public, this event is on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Cayer’s talk will focus on the history of AECOM (presently the largest firm in the world), including their close involvement with the U.S. military and the designing of the first intercontinental ballistic missile system in the U.S. His work illustrates the ways in which architects work in a broad range of areas, from Hollywood production design to military infrastructure to the designing of the architecture firm itself.

An ethnographer and historian, Cayer is Assistant Professor of Architecture History at the University of New Mexico. Previously, he taught at Cal Poly, Pomona, and from 2012–2017 he was a Senior Research Associate at cityLAB, an urban research center within UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2016, Cayer co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of The Architecture Lobby, an advocacy organization concentrating on the political and social value of architectural workers. His current research focuses on the histories and theories of postwar corporate architecture practices as they overlap with those of labor, capitalism, and urban political economies.

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 and CCV Sign Air Force Crosstown Agreement

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August 27, 2018

Contact:

Daphne E. Larkin

802-485-2886

dlarkin@norwich.edu

Katie Powers

802-262-6162

katie.powers@ccv.edu

Norwich and CCV Sign Air Force Crosstown Agreement

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University and Community College of Vermont (CCV) have signed a U.S. Air Force Crosstown Agreement allowing CCV students to participate in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Norwich. The ROTC program allows students pursuing a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to commission into the Air Force as Second Lieutenants after graduation. There are also scholarship opportunities for ROTC students who meet certain qualifications.

Norwich University hosts Air Force Reserve Officers Training (AFROTC) Detachment 867.

“Currently a majority of students who are members of Air Force ROTC here at Norwich University are from out of state,” said 1st Lt. Bradley Lilly, Recruiting Flight Commander at Norwich. “Creating this crosstown agreement opens up more opportunities that many Vermont college students have not had in the past. Our hope is to draw in more Vermonters to create a more diverse Air Force ROTC detachment, while giving students at CCV the opportunity to serve their country as a United States Air Force Officer.”

CCV has a long tradition of supporting veteran and military students, with roughly 400 enrolled in classes each year at its 12 campuses and center for online learning. CCV Veterans Service Coordinator Kyle Aines says the new agreement will help CCV expand that service. “This Air Force Crosstown Agreement is a monumental bridging opportunity for prospective students interested in education and a military career. CCV has made accessibility of education part of its mission, and with 12 locations across the state it has achieved just that,” said Aines. “Being a crosstown university means students from around the state can now take advantage of that accessibility for career advancement in the Air Force.”

Norwich University officials welcome the opportunity to host CCV students on campus, where they can learn about academics available to transfer students.

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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

CCV is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.

 

Entrepreneur, Magician and Motivational Speaker Vinh Giang to Give Todd Lecture

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 24, 2018

Norwich University continues its 2018 Todd Lecture Series with “The Psychology of Illusion, the Power of Perspective,” a presentation by entrepreneur, magician and motivational speaker Vinh Giang on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at tls.norwich.edu.

The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies welcomes Giang to campus as the 2018 Residency Conference keynote and Todd Lecture Series speaker. As a magician, Giang is both a “surprising and provocative speaker,” in keeping with the Todd Lecture Series’ mission. His experience and message supports Norwich University’s goal to be a learning community that is “global in perspective, engaged in personal and intellectual transformation and dedicated to knowledge, mutual respect, creativity and service.”

Giang’s drive as an entrepreneur and his methods for constant self-improvement reinforce the week-long Residency conference theme of “Build on the Past. Lead into the Future.” His presentation will cover a wide range of topics including: influence, perspective, goal-setting, and creative thinking. Giang will use magic to illustrate how these topics have affected his life and business practices. His personal experiences align with Norwich’s focus on experiential learning and its values of teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, perseverance in the face of adversity and personal responsibility.

With only six months to graduate, Giang left his degree in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher ultimately building a hugely successful online business, 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students all around the world. This earned him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia.

Giang’s real magic journey began when he finally understood what Robert Houdin (a magician) meant when he said: “A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician.” Once Vinh understood the meaning behind this quote, he focused all his energy on studying the art of performance and not the art of presentation. As such, he has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills.

Giang is also the CEO of Luminary Productions, which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

According to Giang: “I believe that magicians are salespeople; they sell one of the most difficult products in the world. They sell magic – they sell the illusion. The way they’re able to sell magic is by working ridiculously hard. It takes thousands and thousands of hours to be able to sell the illusion, to be able to really sell the magic. Imagine if you applied the same mindset to your company – imagine if you applied the same dedication to your business – think about what you could achieve.”

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Major General Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. General Todd, a 1950 graduate of the university, also serves as president emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings national thought leaders from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other fields and endeavors to its Northfield campus. Lectures are streamed live at tls.norwich.edu.

For more information, please visit the Todd Lecture Series website tls.norwich.edu or call (802) 485-2633.

About Norwich University˜

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

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

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s nearly 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

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

Norwich Receives $100k from Vermont Mutual for Bicentennial Campaign

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 9, 2018

Norwich University has been awarded $100,000 from Vermont Mutual Insurance Group Giving Fund to be paid over the next five years in support of “Forging the Future,” Norwich’s $100M, five-year fundraising campaign scheduled to conclude in 2019, Norwich’s bicentennial.

The Forging the Future campaign is committed to propelling the university into an era where technology, collaboration and interdisciplinary studies attract and retain the brightest students. The largest fundraising effort in the university’s history, the focus of the campaign is on creating a state-of-the-art learning environment, strengthening academic programing and growing scholarship endowments.

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

Susan Chicoine, Vice President of Human Resources, stated: “Vermont Mutual is proud to partner with Norwich University and their Forging the Future Campaign. We could not be more pleased to be able to support such a venerable institution and one that plays such an important role in our community.”

About Vermont Mutual:

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® is a trade name of Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, Northern Security Insurance Company, Inc. and Granite Mutual Insurance Company. Chartered in 1828, Vermont Mutual is one of the ten oldest mutual property/casualty insurers in the United States and provides coverage throughout New England and upstate New York. Through more than 400 independent agencies, the Group insures over 300,000 policyholders with a direct written premium of more than $465,000,000. The group is rated “A+ Superior” by A. M. Best and a Ward’s Top 50 performing property/casualty insurer in the U.S. for the past nine consecutive years.

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 Student Only Vermont Student Invited to Present Research in D.C. at Annual “Posters on the Hill”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 4, 2018

Norwich University Senior biology major Joshua Sassi, of Woodbury, Vt., will present his research on the ecology of the lizard malaria parasite at this year’s Annual Poster’s on the Hill event April 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill 2018 will showcase 60 top student research projects from over 400 applications. Sassi is the only student chosen from the state of Vermont.

Sassi has completed two research projects while at Norwich, both relating to the ecology of the lizard malaria parasite Plasmodium mexicanum. The first project looked at how drought affects the prevalence of the parasite. The second project looks at whether patterns of coinfection of P. mexicanum and another parasite, Schellackia sp., are suggestive of strong interactions within their lizard hosts. The second project is what he will be presenting at Posters on the Hill.  The title of his project for Posters on the Hill is “Investigation of Parasitic Co-infection in the Western Fence Lizard.”

Understanding the factors that control parasite transmission and prevalence is important for reducing human exposure to disease-causing organisms. Often these factors are ecological: they include things like how the parasite interacts with its host(s), how the parasite is affected by environmental factors like temperature or water, and how other organisms that are necessary for the parasite’s development, such as insects that transmit the parasite, are affected by their environment and the organisms in it. Malaria parasites infect hundreds of millions of people each year and we still struggle to understand some of the basic ecology of the parasite, like why the risk of infection can vary so much on small spatial scales. Sassi’s research aims to improve our understanding of the ecology of these parasites by focusing on how living and non-living factors (co-infecting parasites and severe drought) may impact the prevalence of a lizard parasite that is closely related to the parasites that cause malaria in humans.

“We hope that Josh’s research will have a positive impact on society by improving our understanding of malaria parasite ecology and by highlighting the potential importance of coinfection, an often-overlooked aspect of disease ecology, on disease progression and disease risk,” said faculty advisor Assistant Professor of Biology Allison Neal.

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 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 Students Win NASA BIG Idea Engineering Design Challenge with Inflatable Solar Array for Mars

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 9, 2018

A team of five Norwich University students led by Mechanical Engineering Professor Brian Bradke has won NASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Engineering Design Challenge with its Norwich Inflatable Mars Solar Array (NIMSA).

According to NASA: “In 2017, NASA called for proposals for large power systems that could be used on the surface of Mars. Because these systems need to be in place before humans ever arrive on the Red Planet, teams were required to propose robotic or autonomous solutions for deployment and sustainable operation.”

This is the third year NASA has put on the challenge, which “enlists university teams from across the nation to develop creative solutions to some of the agency’s most relevant challenges,” according to a NASA press release.

“I am proud of our team’s work and performance at the competition,” David Crawford School of Engineering Director Stephen Fitzhugh said. “They are a wonderful example of Norwich students displaying the Norwich value of ‘conceiving as well as executing’.”

Along with Bradke, the Norwich team is comprised of Mechanical Engineering majors: Tyler Azure, of Lino Lakes, Minn. (pictured far right); Nicole Goebel, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (pictured second from the right); Laurie King, of Waddington, N.Y. (pictured second from the left); and Braeden Ostepchuk, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (pictured far left); and Electrical and Computer Engineering major Charlene Huyler, of Westport, Mass (pictured, center).

King, Goebel and Ostepchuk are also student-athletes who compete for Norwich’s championship hockey teams. Ostepchuk was a member of Norwich’s 2017 national championship men’s hockey team, while Goebel and King are three victories away from winning the women’s hockey program’s second national championship.

“I am continually impressed by our Norwich students,” Bradke said. “They are knowledgeable, well-spoken, motivated, creative and well-rounded young adults that are capable of undertaking any challenge on Earth (or for that matter, Mars!)  I’d put our students up against any other university, without reservation.”

The four other teams in the competition were: The University of Colorado Boulder, which came in second place; Princeton; Texas A&M University; and The University of Virginia.

About the Challenge:

The BIG Idea Challenge is sponsored by NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Development Program, and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission directorate, go to: http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech. For more information about the 2018 Big Idea Challenge, please visit: http://bigidea.nianet.org/.

About Norwich University˜

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

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

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