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.”

Norwich University presents chief information officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in June Todd Lecture

Norwich University continues its 2015 Todd Lecture Series with “Leadership in the Digital Age” a presentation by Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman, Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber and the Chief Information Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Thursday June 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Plumley Armory.

At the Pentagon, Bowman develops C4 capabilities; conducts analysis and assessments; and evaluates C4 requirements, plans, programs and strategies.

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Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman

Previously, he served as the Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space, for the Office of the Army Chief Information Officer. Bowman played a central role in establishing strategy, policy, and guidance to integrate, build and facilitate the U.S. Army’s LandWarNet network.

Bowman was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on May 28, 1978. He has served in several joint and operational assignments and has commanded at every level from company to Signal Brigade. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Norwich University, Vt. and a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University, Pa.

Bowman’s lecture serves as the keynote presentation for this year’s annual residency conference of nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs at Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Gathering from across the country and the globe under the theme of “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve,” these Norwich students will gather for a week of capstone/culminating academic work and conferences

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of Army Maj. Gen. Russell Todd (USA Ret.) and his wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. Todd ’50, serves as Norwich President Emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings the nation’s foremost thought leaders drawn from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other arenas to its Northfield campus. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information please check the Todd Lecture Series website or call (802) 485-2633.

Norwich University Army ROTC Program Earns MacArthur Award

Norwich University Office of Communications

May 28, 2015

The U.S. Army Cadet Command has announced that Norwich University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for school year 2013-2014.

The awards, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of, “duty, honor and country” as advocated by MacArthur.

Norwich University is recognized as the birthplace of ROTC.

The Norwich Army ROTC program represents Cadet Command’s First Brigade, which consists of the nation’s six senior military colleges and five of the military junior colleges. For the school year 2013-2014, Norwich commissioned 92 second lieutenants into the U.S. Army, exceeding its goal of 76 for that year.

Known as one of the top producers of ROTC commissions, since 1984 Norwich University has commissioned a total of 1,995 cadets into the U.S. Army. And over the past 10 years, Norwich has commissioned 725 cadets.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission and its cadets’ performance and standing on the Command’s national Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.

Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards annually since 1989.

“This is a huge honor for the Norwich University Army ROTC program and really validates all the work we put into providing cutting-edge training,” said Colonel Eric W. Brigham, dean of the College of National Services and professor of military science.

“This distinction in part recognizes our success at retaining students in Army ROTC, who are attracted to a program full of complex challenges executed both in the classroom and in field training exercises around campus and out on Payne Mountain. As birthplace of ROTC, we prepare our recruits for the complex challenges facing them upon graduation.”

The U.S. Army Cadet Command is responsible for commissioning more than 60 percent of the Army’s new officers each year through 275 host programs, and more than 1,000 affiliated campuses, nationwide. The Command is also responsible for conducting the Army Junior ROTC program at more than 1,700 high schools nationwide.

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Norwich International Center Director Wins Grant for International Education Conference

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

May 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Norwich University

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

Norwich University Office of Communications

May 7, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will celebrate commencement and commissioning with ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, in Shapiro Field House. Both events are free and open to the public.

At a 2 p. m. ceremony on Saturday, former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole will deliver the 2015 commencement address to over 400 seniors graduating from 31 majors. The Class of 2015 is comprised of 264 students in the Corps of Cadets and 168 civilian students.

Perhaps best known as the former president of the American Red Cross and for her own political career as U.S. senator representing her home state of North Carolina, Dole is also the wife of former senator and World War II veteran, Bob Dole.

In 2012, Dole, who will receive an honorary degree from Norwich University, founded Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, to raise awareness and support for the spouses, mothers, fathers, and other loved ones caring for wounded, ill and injured military personnel.

Norwich University officials say Dole was the natural choice for its 2015 commencement address given her lifetime of public service. This year, Norwich is celebrating the 2014-15 academic year as the “Year of Service,” the first of five years in a countdown to the university’s bicentennial celebration in 2019.

At 9 a.m. Sunday, during a joint services commissioning ceremony, graduating future officers will hear remarks from one of their own.

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.

As this year’s speaker, Descheneaux will address more than 100 students anticipated to commission into four branches of the military – Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. The new officers will receive their second lieutenant or ensign bars, and their first salutes.

See the full schedule of weekend activities here. Post-event coverage will be posted on the website of the Office of Communications.

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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Norwich University’s New Residence Hall to be Named Dalrymple Hall

Norwich University Office of Communications

 
May 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich officials announced that they will name the university’s newly constructed, $23.2 million civilian student residence hall Dalrymple Hall in honor of current university trustee Peter Dalrymple ’65 and his wife Marlene ‘66, of Houston, Texas, in recognition of their lifetime of philanthropy to the university.

The modern, energy efficient residence located next to South Hall, opened in Fall 2014 as the second of a three-building plan to house civilian students on campus. With 182 bedrooms, Dalrymple Hall has capacity for 285 occupants.

Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), among other aspects, Dalrymple Hall uses strategies that reduce water usage by over 25 percent, and is heated by steam produced from Norwich’s biomass plant.

The Dalrymples gave the lead gift for a fund-raising challenge established by Norwich Trustee Emerita COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), and the Tawani Foundation, which committed $25 million in advance of the University’s $100 million Forging the Future 2019 Bicentennial campaign.

At the time, Peter Dalrymple said: “Marlene and I want to make sure that other young men and women have the same opportunity that we had to develop our strong values and moral compass. This country would be a much better place if all or our leaders in government and industry had Norwich training and values.”

The couple participated in the funding of the $5.7 million renovation of Sabine Field in 2013 from a grass playing field to a synthetic turf field and illuminated stadium and also provided a $1 million challenge for his class to celebrate their 50th reunion.

“The rewards of a Norwich education far exceed any gift we could give back to the university,” said Peter and Marlene Dalrymple. “We are humbled and honored to have this residence named Dalrymple Hall.”

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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Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole to Speak at 2015 Norwich Commencement

Tracing a career in public service from the White House to the American Red Cross and beyond, Dole speaks to Norwich University’s “Year of Service” 2019 Bicentennial countdown theme
Updated May 6, 2015

 
NORTHFIELD, Vt.–Norwich University is honored to announce that former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole will deliver its 2015 commencement address to graduating seniors on Saturday, May 9.

Sen. Dole will receive an honorary degree from Norwich University.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, Elizabeth Dole earned both a law degree and a master of arts in teaching from Harvard University. She later served in the Nixon White House as Deputy to the Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs, an appointment that sparked a career-long interest in public safety and humanitarian work. President Nixon also appointed her to the Federal Trade Commission, where she served as a commissioner for five years.

Dole later served in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including U.S. Secretary of Transportation—the first female to hold the position. She worked on legislation to raise the drinking age to 21 and issued landmark regulation which is credited with the widespread enactment of the first state safety belt laws and air bags in cars. These three actions have saved nearly 400,000 lives to date.

For those efforts, Dole received both the Humanitarian Award from the National Commission Against Drunk Driving and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

She is perhaps best known as the former president of the American Red Cross and for her own political career as U.S. senator representing her home state of North Carolina. Dole is also the wife of former senator and World War II veteran, Bob Dole.

In 2012, Dole founded the Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, to raise awareness and support for the spouses, mothers, fathers, and other loved ones caring for wounded, ill and injured military personnel. In 2014, she launched a national coalition of public, private, nonprofit, labor and faith leaders to fill the gaps in support provided to these hidden heroes.

Norwich University officials say Dole was the natural choice for its 2015 commencement address given her lifetime of public service. This year, Norwich is celebrating the 2014-15 academic year as the “Year of Service,” the first year in a five-year countdown to the university’s bicentennial celebration in 2019.

During commencement ceremonies starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, Dole will address approximately 400 students matriculating from 32 undergraduate programs and one master’s program. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Shapiro Field House.

During the commencement ceremony, Dole will receive an honorary Norwich degree.

View the schedule to learn more, including how to access the live stream of the ceremony.

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