Norwich University Commencement: Marine General to Speak at ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Updated May 6, 2015

Norwich University Office of Communications 

 
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony.  Brigadier General Raymond R. Descheneaux ’87, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation (Mobilization), returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 10 at 9 a.m.

Descheneaux will speak about the value of Norwich leadership in its unique setting, which embraces all four ROTC branches plus civilian students.

“The Norwich experience uniquely prepares future officers for joint, coalition, and inter-agency operations in the 21st century,” says Descheneaux.

Descheneaux is currently assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in the Pentagon. He is responsible to the Deputy Commandant for Aviation and assists in procuring, employing, integrating, and sustaining current and future aviation capabilities throughout the Marine Corps.

A career aviator and KC-130 pilot, Descheneaux has served in a wide variety of leadership roles since his days on the “Hill” as a Norwich cadet.  He has served in each echelon of the Marine Corps from a squadron through the Marine Expeditionary Force.  A forward air controller with service at sea, Descheneaux has engaged in the full range of military options from assault support missions in Iraq through humanitarian relief operations in Somalia.  In addition, he has served in joint, combined, NATO and United Nation actions in the Middle East, Far East, Africa and in Europe.

Descheneaux received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University, a master’s degree in business from Columbia College of Missouri, a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Air War College and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.  He has flown 319 combat missions while accumulating over 3,700 military flight hours.

Descheneaux is one of 23 Norwich alumni currently serving the nation as a general officer, admiral, or in the Senior Executive Service.

At the 10 May ceremony, Descheneaux will address approximately 110 students anticipated to commission into four branches of the military. The new officers receive their second lieutenant or ensign bars and their first salutes. The event, which begins at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House, is part of Commencement Weekend and is open to the public.

Here are anticipated commission numbers:

Army: 75
Air Force: 10
Navy: 18
Marine: 7

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

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Emmy-Nominated Priest and Professor Will Lead 2015 Norwich Baccalaureate Service

Randall Balmer, PhD, a long-time friend of NU Chaplain William Wick and chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth University, will lead the 2015 Norwich Commencement weekend worship service on May 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in White Chapel.
Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated May 6, 2015
 
Norwich University is proud to announce that this year’s Baccalaureate speaker will be Randall Balmer, PhD, the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts and Sciences and Chair, Department of Religion at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

A prolific writer, teacher and speaker, Balmer has taught at Columbia, Yale and Princeton and is the author of over 15 books. He has also served as an Emmy-nominated writer and host of several PBS documentaries, including a three-part series based on his book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America.

Balmer has been a personal friend of NU Chaplain William Wick since 1974. Born in 1954, Balmer earned a BA in history from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill., an MA in church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, also in Deerfield, Ill., an AM and PhD in religion from Princeton University, and a MDiv in divinity from Union Theological Seminary.

Balmer taught previously at Barnard College of Columbia University, where he served as chair of the Department of Religion and the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Union Theological Seminary, Yale University Divinity School, Hartford Seminary, Northwestern University, Drew University, Princeton University and Rutgers University.

He is both an ordained Episcopal priest and a widely published author, serving as a weekly columnist for Religious News Service in the early 1990s and as a contributing writer and editor for Christianity Today from 1999 to 2013.

His numerous awards over his academic and religious career include the Gabriel Award from the National Catholic Association of Broadcasters and Communicators, the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Sidney E. Mead Prize from the American Society of Church History. He was also nominated for a Emmy Award in 1993 in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement: Informational Programming by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Balmer has delivered numerous national named lectures at a variety of institutions, including American University, Emory University, Lehigh University, Luther Seminary, Mercer University, Miami University (Ohio), Muskinghum University, North Park University, Pepperdine University, Samford University, University of Oklahoma, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and Wheaton College. He has also presented academic lectures at over 60 colleges and universities.

Balmer is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has authored over 15 books, most notably, God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, Grant Us Courage: Travels Along the Mainline of American Protestantism, and Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter. He is a prolific writer who has written op-ed pieces and extensive articles and chapters for encyclopedias.

On television, for PBS, he has been writer and host for three different programs/six episodes including the highly acclaimed three-part documentary, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory. For ABC News, at least eight times he has been interviewed on World News Tonight, twice on 20/20, once on Nightline, and twice on Good Morning America. Other media opportunities span across such venues as Air America, Bloomberg, the BBC, CBC, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, and NPR.

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 ABCNews.com, the Houston Chronicle, and the South Florida Times, among other outlets.

Norwich University’s Award-Winning Solar House Earns Recognition in Regional EPA Earth Day Awards

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated May 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – A team of Norwich University students was recognized by the New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at this year’s Earth Day ceremony in Boston with a 2015 Environmental Merit Award.

The four alumni and two professors present to receive the award helped design and build Norwich’s Delta T-90, the 2013 solar house that won the affordability category at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif.

The team’s latest accolade from the EPA was bestowed in “recognition of exceptional work and commitment to the environment” at a special ceremony held at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass., on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

The annual Earth Day ceremony has recognized the environmental achievements of New Englanders for more than three decades.

“Our students tasked themselves with addressing a real and immediate problem in their community—providing a compelling housing solution that is both affordable and sustainable,” said Aron Temkin, an architect, professor and dean of the College of Professional Schools at Norwich University. “We are very pleased to see them recognized this way, because it reinforces the viability and impact of their work.”

Temkin adds that it also speaks to the impact of the “Norwich educational experience of a cross disciplinary collaboration of designer, engineer and constructor that they will be practicing throughout their careers.”

Today’s EPA merit award is the latest in a string of awards and honors the Delta T-90 solar house has garnered since its inception.

More than a year after successfully competing in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, Norwich University’s Delta T-90 House won the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAVT) 2014 People’s Choice Award.

The Delta T-90 House models how high performance solar-powered dwellings can be made affordably. At the 2013 US Solar Decathlon event in California, the home earned first-place awards for affordability and energy balance. The team also earned the Byron Stafford Award of Distinction for their character and sportsmanship.

Since the competition’s close, the Delta T-90 house has delivered on its mission to educate the public about residential-scale renewable energy and green-design by becoming part of the Westcott Center for Architecture and Design in Springfield, Ohio. The center boasts a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed prairie-style house and seeks to involve and promote architecture and design practices as a medium for educating K-12 students in social studies, math, science, and the arts.

Since moving to Springfield, the Delta T-90 house has graced the cover of Green Energy Ohio magazine and been the subject of many articles. The house has also helped the Westcott Center earn grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Institute of Museum and Library Services by evidencing strong public outreach capabilities.

Through features like its integrated, digital energy-monitoring dashboard, the Delta T-90 house shows students real-time, measurable evidence of the value of design thinking. It does this by comparing real-time energy use to real-time energy production by the Delta T-90’s 5.84KW solar panel system.

Norwich University Associate Professor Matt Lutz, the faculty leader of the Delta T-90 project, praised the Wescott partnership and the role the Norwich solar house plays today to serve the nonprofit’s central mission.

“The Norwich team couldn’t be more proud of the partnership that the Delta T-90 has helped form with the Westcott Center for Architecture and Design. There, the house is really doing what we intended it to do, to become a living laboratory that will educate the public for years.”

Students and faculty in Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools have now embarked on a plan to design sustainable, micro-houses for low-income Vermonters. Read about the project here.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact:
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Norwich University Names Top Corps Leader for Upcoming Academic Year

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University President Richard Schneider and Commandant of Cadets Col. Russell Holden are pleased to announce that Alex Breindel, of Goldsboro, N.C., has been selected to serve as the 2015-16 Regimental Commander, the highest-ranking cadet of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets (NUCC).

Breindel, (pictured here with GEN Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.) ’59, chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees) is a 2012 graduate of Wayne Early Middle College High School. At Norwich, he is a Mathematics major, a perennial Dean’s List student and contracted to earn a commission in the U.S. Air Force following graduation next May. He is also the cadet senior enlisted advisor in 3rd Battalion.

Among other activities, Breindel is involved in the Class of 2016 Junior Ring Committee, Maroon and Gold Key Club and the Center for Civic Engagement.

“Alex has excelled at every level during his first three years in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets,” said President Richard W. Schneider. “He is an exceptional leader, critical thinker and problem solver.  Alex is the perfect choice to command the Corps of Cadets next year.”

Breindel will be formally promoted, along with next year’s cadet officers and NCOs during a Corps of Cadets Review with Change of Command Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 1 p.m. on the Upper Parade Ground.

“I am very humbled to be appointed the next Cadet Colonel,” Breindel said. “I have come a long way through many challenges and have met a lot of great people along the way. With every passing day there is not a decision I make I would not be comfortable telling my mom. As I take command of the regiment it will be the people in my life that I thank and remember.”

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact:
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Norwich University
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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.”

About NUARI

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). www.norwich.edu

Media Contact:
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Norwich Nets $125K Grant to Support Tech Upgrades During $6.5M Library Renovation

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has received a $125,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to support technology upgrades during the renovation of Kreitzberg Library.

Ground was broken on the $6.5 million library renovation last December. The project will add new workstations, group-study and collaborative-learning areas, a café and social gathering place, and significant technology upgrades. Improvements include a ten-fold increase in data speeds and capacity and a digital media commons, all to engage active learning. Students will be able to gather to study, exchange ideas, and socialize in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The renovations will also expand the Academic Achievement Center and increase space for university counseling services and are slated to be completed before the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Kreitzberg Library was constructed 22 years ago at a time when campus libraries were designed to be “cathedrals of the book.” In a sign of how rapidly the computer and information age has transformed higher education and society, campus libraries on the leading edge today are designed to be “cathedrals of learning.” The Kreitzberg Library renovation puts the Norwich campus library squarely in the latter category.

The Kreitzberg Library renovation is part of a broader campus transformation tied to Norwich’s $100M comprehensive campaign in the lead-up to the university’s bicentennial in 2019. Initiatives include a $24M new academic building and $28M in renovations to existing academic buildings.

About the George I. Alden Trust

George I. Alden established the George I. Alden Trust on August 24, 1912. The Trust was established for the general purpose of “the maintenance of some charitable or philanthropic enterprises” with particular expressed interest in “the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions.” The Trustees focus their grant making on capital needs and support institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
802.485.2886, (m) 595.3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Launches New Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Cyber Security

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 20, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has launched its third online degree completion program, the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security. The program is set to begin its first trimester in the fall.

“Norwich is a leader in information assurance and security education and has a nearly 200 year legacy of training leaders in the government, military, and private-sector,” said William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

“Adding the online cyber security bachelor’s degree program expands on this tradition and mission of providing innovative learning opportunities for working adults to effect change in their lives as well as to protect our nation and economy.”

Norwich University’s online cyber security coursework hones students’ skill set to help prepare them to assess, construct, and mitigate vulnerabilities in organizational systems. The new online program is designed for working adults in or looking to transition into the information technology field who want to develop specialized skills in the high-need area of network security.

Similar to other Norwich bachelor’s degree completion programs, the cyber security program can be completed in less than two years. The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies assesses each student’s prior learning and training to determine how it may be applied towards his or her degree. The goal is to help students get the most out of their Norwich education, while accelerating their bachelor’s degree completion when possible.

The new online cyber security bachelor’s degree includes two minors: information warfare and security management, and computer forensics and vulnerability management. The program also offers cutting-edge courses to correlate to the growing field of information assurance and security. Students in the program also benefit from distinguished faculty, who bring a mix of academic and professional experience in the cybersecurity, information security, information assurance, computer science, and information technology management fields.

In conjunction with the program launch, the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies named Henry Collier program manager for the cyber security degree completion program. Collier served six years on active duty in the Army. He currently has 18 years in the Army Reserves, where he has risen to the rank of chief warrant officer 2 as an information systems technician. In the academic arena, he’s developed and taught courses in systems administration, information assurance, network security, healthcare information technology and digital forensics.

“As a respected Army Reserve officer and experienced educator of information assurance, the knowledge Henry brings will help ensure the program’s relevance and real-world application as the need for cyber-educated military and public sector professionals continues to increase,” Clements said.

The online cyber security program offers three start dates throughout the year: January, May and September. For more information, please visit www.online.norwich.edu/cyber.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education

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.

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).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 196 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning 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
(802) 485-2886, (m) 595.3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

NSF Awards Norwich Grant for Free Teen Summer Cyber Camp

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has received a grant for $55,675 from the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Security Agency, to lead a weeklong summer camp on cybersecurity for rising high school juniors and seniors. Dubbed GenCyber@NU, the comprehensive program is free to all participants and will be taught by standout Norwich faculty and alumni.

Students will dive into the fields of cyber security and cyber defense while building their own computers, which are theirs to take home at the end of the week. The pre-college program will be held June 21-27 and is designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

All expenses for the week-long program, including tuition, room and board, field trips, program fees, and round-trip airfare and transportation to and from the Norwich University campus (as applicable), are covered at no cost to GenCyber@NU participants.

Applications are due May 1. Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a letter of recommendation, and an unofficial high school transcript via email to gencyber@norwich.edu. For more information, please visit: http://profschools.norwich.edu/business/gen-cyber-camp/.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education

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.

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).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886, (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

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.