Norwich University Applied Research Institutes Announces $2.3M FEMA Grant for Cybersecurity Consortium Providing Education

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Nov. 6, 2017

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) has been awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training grant for $2,267,000 for cybersecurity training for first responders.

NUARI is a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC). NCPC members have been developing and delivering training in partnership with DHS/FEMA and DHS/Cyber Security and Communications since 2004 through online and face-to-face courses. The NCPC is organized around the Community Cyber Security Maturity Model (CCSMM) that emphasizes cybersecurity as being the responsibility of the “whole community.” The whole community includes the public and private sectors as well as any individual within the community who accesses the internet or a computer network. The other NCPC members are the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance (Memphis); University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute (CJI); University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS); and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

“In order to effectively ensure our continued technical advantage and future cybersecurity, we must develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce and an effective pipeline of future cyber defenders,” NUARI President Phil Susmann said. “The need to provide up-to-date, easily accessible training is critical to the national efforts to reduce and manage cyber infrastructure risks.”

Since the original collaboration in 2004, NCPC members have delivered cybersecurity courses to 73,515 participants. NCPC member training has been delivered in an array of states, counties, local jurisdictions, and critical infrastructure components nationwide addressing cybersecurity and cyber terrorism concerns.

The FEMA Continuing Training Grant (CTG) funds support the development and delivery of courseware to improve the nation’s ability to effectively identify and respond to a cybersecurity incident. These additional funds will support the development of courseware in identified knowledge gaps as well as continue the delivery of existing curriculum to state and local first responders. All of the members of the consortium will assist in the development and delivery of the CTG 2017 project objectives.

ABOUT NUARI

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

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
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Professor Receives $132K NSF Grant for Research on Impacts of Past Climate Change to Vt. Lakes

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 10, 2017

Norwich University Professor of Earth and Environmental Science Laurie Grigg has earned a $132,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research on insights into the impacts of climate change on Vermont lakes.

The NSF recently announced  that Grigg’s is one of 30 faculty research fellowships awarded through NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) nationwide.

Grigg (pictured with students) will be analyzing sediment cores from the bottom of a central Vermont lake in order to reconstruct how the aquatic ecosystems have responded to climatic changes during the last 10,000 years. Changes in the ecosystem will in turn be used to infer changes in water quality. The long-term perspective provided by this study will inform our understanding of how lakes are and will respond to climatic changes.

“Lake sediment, which accumulates in layers at the bottom of lakes through time, provides an opportunity to investigate the dynamics between past climate change and aquatic plant growth over longer time-scales and to gain insights into how aquatic ecosystems will be impacted in the future by climate change,” Grigg said.

Grigg’s research aligns with the mission of Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security to advance interrelationships between human resilience and sense of security in the face of global challenges, and will contribute more broadly to the growing body of knowledge on the projected impacts of climate change to our valuable freshwater resources.

Collaboration with the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming will enable access to critical analyses, as well as training in innovative statistical approaches to analyzing data. The results of this project will build a strong collaboration between researchers at Norwich University and the University of Wyoming while establishing new methods for investigating past aquatic ecosystems and contributing to a greater understanding of the long-term connections between aquatic plant growth, water quality, and climate change. This work will inform future management decisions concerning the conservation of Vermont’s lakes and will provide additional evidence on the impact that projected climate change will have on valuable freshwater resources.

“NSF EPSCoR takes a comprehensive approach to building U.S. research capabilities,” said NSF acting EPSCoR head Uma Venkateswaran. “These awards provide non-tenured researchers with tremendous opportunities and result in EPSCoR institutions gaining faculty members and investigators with cutting-edge research experience, who can help build the vibrant science and engineering laboratories and programs of the future.”

About National Science Foundation (NSF):

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

About Norwich University

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

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

 

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

Norwich University to Welcome Alumni Back to Campus and Launch the “Year of Legacy” at Homecoming

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sept. 19, 2017

Norwich University will host over a thousand alumni and guests during annual Homecoming festivities Sept. 21-24 and kick off the “Year of Legacy,” year four in the five-year, $100 million campaign called “Forging the Future.”

During the Saturday, Sept. 23 “Partridge Society Luncheon and Year of Legacy Launch,” alumni will hear from students and alumni who exemplify the Norwich legacy in various ways, and President Richard W. Schneider will announce campaign progress to date. The campaign will culminate for Norwich’s bicentennial in 2019.

Highlights of Homecoming 2017, open to the public:

Thursday, September 21

  • 4:30-6 “Polynesian Treasures of the Wilkes Expedition, 1838 to 1842,” a presentation by Smithsonian Institution Curator of Oceanic Ethnology Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler. Free and open to the public. Sullivan Museum and History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate.

Friday, September 22 

  • 1:45 Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art kicks off its annual lecture series with Class of ’97 Mo Gagnon, principal of Gagnon Architects in NYC, along with presentations by summer research fellows. Informal reception to follow.
  • 2-2:45 Sullivan Museum and History Center Bicentennial Painting Unveiling, Todd Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library. This rare, large-format (over six-foot) portrait of a cadet from 1826, painted by artist Julian Parisen, reflects the time period when the ALSM (Norwich) was in Middletown, Conn. The companion portrait, also over six feet, reflects a young lady with a basket of flowers from 1827, also by Parisen. These two portraits are rare examples of Parisen’s work.
  • 3-3:45 Harmon Wall and Valor Plaque Ceremony in White Memorial Chapel.
  • 4:15-5 Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat, Upper Parade Ground.
  • 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Emmanuel, Sabine Field.
  • 8-10 p.m. Screening of comedy film “Gentlemen’s Fury” with featured actor Jake Head ’97; Q&A to follow. Cabot 85. Free.

Saturday, September 23

  • 9:30-11 Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets Review, Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Five out of eight NU fall sports teams have games at home; check the schedule here.
  • 1:40 p.m. Corps of Cadets Football March-On, Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field, to begin the football game against United States Coast Guard Academy. After a 12-year hiatus the Norwich University football team will once again renew its storied rivalry with the United States Coast Guard Academy.

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
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Alumnus and Student Scholars Launch School of Architecture + Art’s 2017–18 Lecture Series

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sept. 18, 2017

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art will host a diverse array of guests in its 2017–18 lecture series. Planned around the theme of “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism,” the six events will feature artists, architects, planners, alumni, students, authors, and scholars for individual lectures, gallery exhibitions, classroom and studio visits, and a spring symposium.

All lectures, exhibitions, and the symposium will take place in the Chaplin Hall Gallery, free and open to the public.

The first event of the year continues a tradition of highlighting students and alumni: recent undergraduate Summer Research Fellows will present the results of their work, and an alumnus will discuss his professional work in light of his Norwich education. This year’s kick-off once again will occur during Homecoming Weekend, on Friday, September 22, at 1:45 p.m.

Architecture students Armando Barragan (junior), GianCarlo Greco (senior), Kevin Kazura (junior), Nicholas Hartshorn (junior), and Park Laflin (sophomore) will present their research topics and report on the results of their summer work. Their topics ranged from Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s architecture of resistance; comparative analyses of cities as sites of sustainability; Josef Albers’ color theory and its value today; spiritual implications of light; and medical design/build work in the Philippines. Mo Gagnon, who graduated from Norwich in 1997 with a Bachelor’s of Architecture, is principal of Gagnon Architects in New York City. He will address his experience with firms and projects of varying size and present selections of work from his current practice.

An informal reception will follow the presentations, and all are welcome.

The Norwich University 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
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Call to Submit Proposals and to Register for ALARA 2018 World Congress on the theme: The Action Learning, Action Research Legacy for Transforming Social Change

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sept. 14, 2017

ALARA is putting out a call for proposals to contribute to the global body of experiential learning knowledge that brings about meaningful change through new understandings and building of communities of practice through action learning and action research (AL/AR).

Norwich University will host the 10th ALARA Action Learning Action Research and 14th Participatory Action Research (PAR) World Congress June 17-20, 2018, on its Northfield, Vt. campus. The opportunity to submit proposals for participation in the World Congress is now open, as is registration for attending the event. Visit the event website for more information.

For those interested in submitting a proposal for participation in the World Congress, there are five available tracks. A paper, symposium, workshop, or poster proposal should be submitted that focuses on action learning and action research experiences of one of individuals, professionals, communities’ developments, organizational advancements or global initiatives.

WHO: Action research practitioners and scholars who are passionate about the power of experiential learning to generate collaborative learning, training research and action to advance social change and transform workplaces.

WHAT: 10th ALARA Action Learning Action Research and 14th Participatory Action Research (PAR) World Congress will include concurrent sessions during the four-day event, with the majority of events set to take place on the campus of Norwich University. A full listing of events will be available on the event website online.norwich.edu/ALARA once available.

The Congress theme focuses on the following five streams/tracks of experiential learning knowledge base:

  1. Action Learning/Action Research (AL/AR) Experiences of Individuals
  2. AL/AR Experiences of Professionals
  3. AL/AR for Communities’ Developments
  4. AL/AR for Organizational Advancements
  5. AL/AR for Global Initiatives

More information about the conference tracks can be found via the event website. In addition to inclusion in the World Congress event, selected proposals may be featured in the organization’s publications – the World Congress Proceedings or the ALAR Journal.

WHERE: Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.

As Norwich University prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2019, the 10th ALARA World Congress will complement the university’s 2018 Year of Legacy, which highlights the university’s long-time commitment to providing its students with experiential, hands-on learning opportunities. Additionally, Norwich University’s ALARA chapter will celebrate its first anniversary during the World Congress event.

WHEN: Deadline for proposals is November 15, 2017. Register by April 2, 2018; early bird registration with a discounted registration cost ends March 15, 2018. The World Congress event is June 17-20, 2018

WHY: To contribute to the global body of experiential learning knowledge that brings about meaningful change through new understandings and building of communities of practice through action learning and action research. 

HOW: To submit proposals for the ALARA World Congress event or to register, visit the event website. 

BACKGROUND:

The ALARA Action Learning Action Research and Participatory Action Research (PAR) World Congress is a gathering of more than 200 international scholars, action research practitioners and stakeholders. In June 2018, the World Congress will be held concurrent with the annual Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) Residency Week for graduates of the university’s online degree programs.

ALARA’s (Action Learning, Action Research Association, Inc.) vision is for action learning and action research to be widely used and publicly shared by individuals and groups whose aim is to effect local and global change for the achievement of a more equitable, just, joyful, productive and sustainable society.

ALARA events are designed to bring about meaningful change through new insights and the establishment of communities of practice around action learning and action research. The highly interactive nature of these events inspires and energizes participants as they network with colleagues from around the world, gathering new ideas and inspirations for their own projects. Previous delegates have appreciated the creativity of ALARA events and the strong sense of collegiality therein.

In fact, Bob Dick, an esteemed fellow of ALARA correctly established the interchangeable link between action learning, action research, and experiential learning when he argued that: “Both action research and action learning may be compared to experiential learning. As usually described, it is a process for drawing learning from experience. The experience can be something which is taking place, or more often is set up for the occasion by a trainer or facilitator. Clearly, both action research and action learning are about learning from experience. The experience is usually drawn from some task assumed by a person or team”

As an innovator in the American System of Education, and having demonstrated passionate commitment to transforming civilization throughout the past 200 years, Norwich University is a highly appropriate host for the 2018 World Congress. Furthermore, Norwich University’s legacy as an institution founded upon the principles of experiential learning—hands-on learning complemented by challenging co-curricular activities—firmly cements its suitability for hosting the 2018 ALARA World Congress.

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 198 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
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Museum Presents “The Art of Empire: World War 2 Influences in Star Wars,” on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 1, 2017

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “The Art of Empire: World War 2 Influences in Star Wars,” a lunch and learn presentation on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, with writer and editor Andrew Liptak.

This lunch and learn event, held on Thursday, May 4, at noon, is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary light lunch.

Since its release in 1977, George Lucas’s science fiction film Star Wars has become a world-wide popular culture phenomenon. Underlying its story of good-versus-evil is the influence of the Second World War, which informs the design and the structure of the franchise’s story. This presentation will look at how Lucas used imagery and icons from the World War II era to inform his Galaxy Far, Far Away, and why it holds up four decades later.

Presenter Andrew Liptak graduated from Norwich University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and in 2009 with a Master of Arts in Military History. He is currently the Weekend Editor for Vox Media’s technology and culture website The Verge, and has written for such outlets as Armchair General Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Clarkesworld Magazine, Gawker, Gizmodo, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, Tor.com, VentureBeat, and others. He is a member of the 501st Legion, a group of Star Wars costumers who engage in charitable events (pictured above in a Stormtroopers costume).

Liptak is also a published author, with his first short story, ‘Fragmented’, appearing in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine in 2014 (reprinted at The Art of Future War Project in 2015). In 2014, he published his first anthology (co-edited with Jaym Gates), “War Stories: New Military Science Fiction,” sold by Apex Publications and Amazon.

This presentation is held as part of the Sullivan Museum and History Center’s current exhibit, “World War: America and the Creation of a Superpower,” which examines the way World Wars I and II defined the United States’ place in the world. Featured objects include propaganda posters from both wars, rare uniforms, trench art, medals and objects from the field. Many new propaganda posters were added to the exhibit in mid-January to further showcase the Museum’s large collection.  The exhibit is open through the end of June 2017.

The museum is open to the public from 8 – 4 Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 11 – 4 during the academic year. Admission is free. For more information about the programs or exhibit, please call 802-485-2183 or visit http://academics.norwich.edu/museum.

Editor’s note: The above photo was taken by Matthew Thorsen for Seven Days.

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 Earns Two Federal Cybersecurity Designations: Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 27, 2017

Norwich University has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security through 2022. Also, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) recently certified Norwich as a National Center for Digital Forensic Academic Excellence (CDFAE).

Both federal certifications designate Norwich’s cybersecurity programs as fulfilling the needs of the federal government as well as addressing major concerns of private industry that runs much of the nation’s critical infrastructure, from banking to healthcare. Upon successful graduation from a CDFAE designated school, students will receive a certificate of completion.

“These federal programs recognize Norwich University as a national leader in cybersecurity education, which includes statewide leadership as well as outreach to local businesses and area schools to share our knowledge and expertise to help protect Vermont and the nation,” President Richard Schneider said.

The two certifications:

The NSA’s CAE-CDE program is designed: “to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation.”

Norwich has met stringent CAE criteria including mapping its cyber-curricula to a core set of knowledge units, identifying cyber defense faculty expertise, research output and outreach beyond the University.

The second designation relates to Norwich’s digital forensics curriculum.

The CDFAE program is governed by the DC3 Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance (DACCA) board comprised of organizations from DoD, academic and professional sectors, with the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) acting as host.  For an academic institution to have its digital forensics and cyber investigation programs accredited, they must meet rigid criteria giving structure to what students are learning and how it is being applied.

The program’s rigor is validated based upon common core theories, practice, and applicability to the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) Investigate, Protect and Defend areas of expertise. CDFAE provides individuals the opportunity to validate their skills and knowledge and delivers employment-ready individuals to the workforce.

DC3 explains: “The United States is in a cybersecurity workforce deficit. More than ever, organizations need to plan for the future as significant shifts in cyber operations accelerate globally. Digital forensics skill sets provide crosscutting application to multiple fields. In its strictest connotation, digital forensics is the application of computer science and investigative procedures involving the examination of digital evidence, including proper search authority, chain of custody, validation with mathematics, use of validated tools, repeatability, reporting, and expert testimony. Beyond traditional legal purposes, the same techniques, scientific rigor, and procedural precision now support the range of military operations and course of action (examples: computer network operations and counterintelligence objectives).

CDFAE serves as a prime avenue for cultivating leaders to meet evolving objectives across the digital forensics and cyber communities, as it is vital to protect, investigate, and serve public, private, and national goals.

As part of the new CDFAE designation, Norwich University has signed an articulation agreement with DC3’s Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA) to better serve students pursuing cybersecurity careers within the DoD and those within the DoD seeking formal university degrees.

NU students have the opportunity to apply for two prestigious CDFAE certification: the Digital Media Collector and the Digital Forensic Examiner. Norwich students meeting the requirements for these can apply for certificates that can be exchanged for DoD training course credit allowing them to start working as digital forensic practitioners immediately.

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 Cyber Defense 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 is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com.

Norwich is also home to GenCyber@NU, a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.

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 198 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
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University to Break Ground on New Academic Building, Renovations Totaling $48.5M

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 26, 2017

Norwich University will break ground on a new academic building—Mack Hall—as well as renovations to Webb, Dewey and Ainsworth Halls in a combined $48.5 million project, at a ceremony on Friday, April 28.

At 5:30 p.m., community members will assemble at the west side corridor of Webb Hall to celebrate the start of the two-year construction project. The new building, named for Robert B. ’64, H ’06, trustee emeritus and Tammie Mack, is slated to open in August 2018. When this entire project is completed in 2019, 40 percent of all academic space on campus will be new or have had a complete upgrade or renovation.

Alan F. DeForest ’75 & P ’01, chairman of the board of trustees; Deborah E. McNally, Class of 2018; and President Richard W. Schneider will give remarks to mark the occasion.

This project is the second major construction project undertaken as part of the $100 million Forging the Future campaign. The five-year campaign is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019 and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

The $100 million will fund Mack Hall, a new, four-story academic building on campus; significantly renovate Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls; and grow scholarship endowments. The first major construction project of the campaign was the $6.8 million renovations made to Kreitzberg Library, completed in August 2015, which modernized the campus library to an epicenter of experiential learning.

Mack Hall will feature interactive classrooms; case-study spaces; pocket lounges; a high-tech, cyber-security War Room; and a 400-seat auditorium and performing arts center to host plays and musical events, symposiums and lectures, panel discussions and collaborative interaction.

“Together with the near $25 million renovations planned to transform Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls, Mack Hall will propel Norwich University into an era where technology, collaboration and interdisciplinary studies will attract and retain the brightest students and be the vital foundation for the preparation of the leaders of the future,” Chairman DeForest said.

Total costs:

  • Construction of the brand new Mack Hall – $24M
  • Renovations to Webb Hall – $13.5M
  • Renovations to Dewey Hall – $6.5M
  • Renovations to Ainsworth Hall – $4.5M

Norwich University contractors and corporate partners projects under the Forging the Future campaign include: Benoit Electric; Engelberth Construction; Freeman French Freeman; Jones Architecture; Vermont Mechanical; Thomas Mechanical; Ziter Masonry; S.D. Ireland; Percy Excavation; Rock of Ages; and Northfield Savings Bank.

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 Receives $20K from Olmsted Foundation to Send Students to Israel and Region to Study Conflict

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 21, 2017

Norwich University has received $20,000 from the Olmsted Foundation to send 10 students along with Peace and War Center Director Professor Travis Morris to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, for two weeks in May for cultural immersion and to study the conflict there firsthand.

The trip is organized and planned by the students, who are all cadets on track to commission into the U.S. military. The Olmsted Foundation provides opportunities for U.S. military officers to travel for cultural immersion to enhance the American military. This program falls under the Olmsted Foundation’s undergraduate program, which is described as this: “These trips, typically 1-3 weeks in length, take place in a non-English speaking country with exposure to a national perspective and a focus on the role of US policy in that region.”

The Norwich students constructed this trip in order to seek to understand the perspectives of the Palestinian, Israeli, and international parties to the longstanding conflict in the region. Among the cultural immersion, students seek to learn firsthand how the conflict has evolved over time; what connects and divides those involved in the conflict; how those involved define and value the issues at stake. This is a student-organized study, and will result in a guide for military universities to prepare mixed groups (men and women, military and civilian, younger and older) to conduct similar professionally relevant field studies in the future.

The 10 students range in age from 19-21 and come from a wide range of academic majors including: business management; neuroscience; civil engineering, along with humanities such as criminal justice, international relations and studies in war and peace. The group represents all four service branches of the Department of Defense: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.

The Olmsted Foundation provides financial support to the three Service Academies and four of the Senior Military Colleges for these short-term immersion trips, which often provide the undergraduates with their first exposure to a foreign culture.

Since 1959, the Olmsted Foundation’s Scholar Program has challenged young military officers to learn a foreign language and pursue graduate studies in that language at a foreign university. The Olmsted Foundation was created through an endowment from Gen. George Olmsted, an Army major general who served with distinction in World War II and went on to become a philanthropist and a successful businessman in the insurance and banking industries.

This is the thirteenth year Norwich has received such a grant from the Olmsted Foundation. Since 2005, approximately 50 students have benefitted from this grant and have travelled to: Tanzania, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Senegal, El Salvador, Chile, Turkey and Georgia.

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 to Hold 58th Annual Vermont STEM Fair

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 16, 2017

Norwich University will once again host this year’s Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair on Saturday, April 1. The day-long event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., anchored in Norwich’s state-of-the-art science complex, Bartoletto Hall, with an awards ceremony in Dole Auditorium starting at 2:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the fair showcases the work of Vermont public, private and homeschool students in grades 5-12 who have won local science and math fair competitions. The students will display projects that tackle questions and pose solutions arising from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The event marks the only state-wide STEM fair for middle and high school students, and because of its scope and prizes, it is the premier STEM competition for grades 5-12 in Vermont.

Each accepted project at the state-wide fair will be independently evaluated by at least three judges over the course of the morning to determine winners for medals, cash, trips to competitions beyond Vermont and scholarships.

Some 125 volunteer judges will be on hand. They include industry scientists and engineers, secondary education faculty, medical professionals, military personnel, retirees and other science-related professionals from across Vermont. All hold advanced degrees or have extensive experience in STEM fields.

Students compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and $17,000 in trip awards and expenses donated by local organizations and $500,000 in scholarships to Vermont colleges. The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions, which award additional prizes.

“The Vermont STEM Fair helps encourage and mentor young scientists, enrich high school and elementary school STEM curricula statewide and provide opportunities for outstanding students to participate in national and international science and engineering competitions,” Dr. Richard Milius, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, VSTEMF Co-Director said. “Since its founding in 1819, Norwich University has been a leader in experiential education. By hosting the fair for over 30 years, Norwich plays an important role in promoting hands-on science for Vermont’s future leaders.”

Sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association, VSTEM is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) education organization supported by Norwich University and more than 100 other Vermont organizations, colleges and industry partners, all sharing the common vision to excite young Vermont minds about the STEM fields and the opportunities available to them to complete their STEM education and careers in Vermont.

For more information, please contact Dick Milius rmilius@norwich.edu or Allison Neal aneal1@norwich.edu.
This event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT VERMONT PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION

The Vermont Principals’ Association is a nonprofit alliance of education leaders who collaborate on mentoring, professional development and networking while overseeing Vermont’s co-curricular activities. The VPA coordinates the collective interests and needs of school leaders and enhances their professional growth and competency to help improve the quality of education for Vermont’s youth.

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