Olmsted Foundation Funds International Immersion Trip for Future Military Officers

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 1, 2018

For the fourteenth year in a row, Norwich University has earned a $20,000 grant from the Olmsted Foundation to support the Peace and War Center’s Overseas Cultural Immersion Trip to Israel for students to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict firsthand.

The grant allows seven Norwich students who are on a commissioning track as active duty officers in the United States military to travel abroad to speak to the people and visit the places in person who comprise a relevant international conflict, free of any charge to the student.

“Thanks to the Olmsted Foundation’s focus on internationalizing American military officers, this grant allows Norwich’s future leaders an immeasurable international experience at no cost to the student,” Peace and War Center Director Travis Morris said. “This experience transforms students, tests their leadership skills through task assignments, and deepens greatly their understanding of these complex conflicts. This experience ultimately makes them smarter and more experienced military officers.”

This is the fourteenth year Norwich has received such a grant from the Olmsted Foundation. Since 2005, approximately 60 students have benefitted from this grant and have travelled to: Tanzania, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Senegal, El Salvador, Chile, Turkey, Georgia and Israel.

New this year, two additional students not supported by the Olmsted grant will also participate to diversify the group. The Peace and War Center will choose and support a cadet planning to pursue an officer post with the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Coast Guard. An added layer of internationalization will complement the group through the participation of a cadet from and supported by the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean in Montreal. Peace and War Center students will travel up to Montreal to interview candidates for that position, which will fill the role as the Palestinian perspective contact. Other student roles include: team leader; communication officer; logistics officer; team analyst responsible for the out-report; travel coordinator; budget officer; Israeli perspective; and international perspective.

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.

“We developed skills that will help us sort through floods of information and perspectives to form professional and culturally aware analyses, a skill that will be highly valuable in our futures as officers,” Cadet Elizabeth Gregory said of the 2017 trip to Israel.

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.

About Norwich University˜

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

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

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Norwich University to host meeting on bringing international students to Vermont

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

August 5, 2016

Norwich University’s International Center will host the Fall 2016 Education Vermont USA Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to support strategies to bring more international students to schools in the state.

Education Vermont USA is a nonprofit consortium of colleges and secondary schools with the focus of promoting Vermont as an educational destination.

According to the Institute of International Education, nearly 975,000 international students studied in the United States for the 2014-15 academic year, with the majority of students choosing to study in California, New York and Texas.

“Norwich is one of the top five schools in the state in terms of number of international students enrolled, and we hope to increase our numbers by working with Education Vermont to promote and highlight all of the reasons why international students should study in our state,” Assistant Vice President for International Education Thy Yang said.

Norwich University’s tradition of welcoming international students is nearly as old as the institution. Norwich’s first international students began attending classes in 1827 and came from Greece, the United Kingdom, Cuba and the Bahamas, making Norwich the second school in the country to offer an international program.

Most recently, Norwich welcomed Yang as the Assistant Vice President for International Education. Norwich also recently announced an historic exchange with Korea University and the Republic of Korea’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Command, for the semester long exchange of cadets between the two universities, to begin this fall.

Over the past academic year, 69 Norwich students studied abroad and Norwich welcomed 69 students from 23 different countries. This summer, 68 Norwich students studied abroad.

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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University seals historic exchange agreement with Korea University

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

July 15, 2016

Norwich University signed a new agreement with Korea University and the Republic of Korea’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Command, for the semester long exchange of cadets between the two universities.

This is the first agreement of its kind between the ROTC programs of the Republic of Korea and a foreign nation; until a recent change, the law in Korea did not permit cadets to study abroad for an entire semester.

Norwich University will welcome the first two cadets from Korea University, a top university in the country, in the fall of 2016.

This agreement is the direct result of a Norwich student who studied abroad at Korea University through a third party program provider in the fall of 2012. While there, he connected with the Republic of Korea’s Army ROTC Department during his time at Korea University. That paved the way for a visit to Norwich in fall 2013 of Korea University representatives, including two officers, to discuss the possibility of the agreement.

In March 2016, Mindy Ward, senior coordinator of International Student & Scholar Services (pictured above), traveled to Seoul, South Korea to meet with Captain Mihee Park of the Republic of Korea Army to discuss specifics related to the agreement. The final agreement was approved by Norwich University, Korea University, and the ROK Cadet Command the following June.

“It is a privilege and an honor to welcome our first Korean University cadets to Norwich in the fall,” Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Guiyou Huang said. “This is a great development in our efforts to greater internationalize our campus and will complement the entire Norwich community.”

Norwich University’s tradition of welcoming international students is nearly as old as the institution. Norwich’s first international students began attending classes in 1827 and came from Greece, the United Kingdom, Cuba and the Bahamas, making Norwich the second school in the country to offer an international program.

Over the past academic year, 69 Norwich students studied abroad and Norwich welcomed 69 students from 23 different countries. Currently 68 Norwich students are studying abroad this summer.

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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University welcomes assistant vice president for international education

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

July 14, 2016

Thy Yang has been named assistant vice president for international education at Norwich University beginning July 11.

As the Assistant Vice President for International Education, Yang will lead Norwich’s efforts at internationalizing the community with oversight of the International Center.  The International Center acts as the clearinghouse and enabler for faculty and staff to create programs and relationships that increase the affordability and applicability for both incoming and outgoing study abroad and exchange students. One example of their work is CityLAB:Berlin, Norwich’s micro-campus in the German capital, offering academics in architecture, visual and liberal arts.

Yang is an experienced international educator with more than 15 years of serving students and scholars at various universities in the Midwest. Most recently, Yang served as the associate vice president for international studies at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Prior to that, Yang directed international and multicultural programs in Michigan, North Dakota and Kansas.

“I look forward to meeting and getting to know our students and the many stakeholders at Norwich to create a comprehensive internationalization plan,” Yang said. “I intend to focus my work to support and retain our increasing  number of international students and scholars, doubling the number students going abroad, and making valuable contributions to a campus climate which welcomes and encourages global voices and perspectives.”

Yang is most noted for her work establishing 2+2 dual degree programs, joint partnerships, and articulation agreements.  Through this work, incoming and outgoing students are able to enroll in programs with every confidence that their academic credits will be recognized when they return to their home university, greatly increasing the number of participants in international programs.  Yang is active in NAFSA:  The National Association of International Student Advisors. She has presented at conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has contributed to publications on dual degrees and strategic partnerships. Yang is an expert in SEVIS and F-1/J-1 visa compliance and international health, safety, and risk-management issues.

Yang earned an EMBA from Benedictine College and a BA in English from Ottawa University. She studied abroad at Nottingham Trent University in England where she found her passion for international travel. She also speaks Hmong.

Norwich University’s tradition of welcoming international students is nearly as old as the institution. Norwich’s first international students began attending classes in 1827 and came from Greece, the United Kingdom, Cuba and the Bahamas, making Norwich the second school in the country to offer an international program.

Over the past academic year, 69 Norwich students studied abroad and Norwich welcomed 69 students from 23 different countries.

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
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

 

Study Abroad Conference for College Students Returns to Norwich

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

January 19, 2016

Norwich University will host its fourth annual Students Abroad for Growth and Excellence (SAGE) study abroad conference on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Milano Ballroom. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The conference is an informative and inspiring gathering for college students who have recently studied abroad and are looking to leverage that experience, as well as students who plan to study overseas in the future.

A series of workshops, panel discussions and information sessions will address topics such as marketing an overseas study experience, alternative ways of going abroad, how to fund an international educational experience and international experience in the military, among others.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Gina Sherriff will present this year’s keynote, “The Transformative Power of Intercultural Experience.”

During the lunch break attendees will have the opportunity to speak with education abroad program representatives to learn more about opportunities to study, intern or volunteer abroad. Students can also apply for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) at that time. For details about the ISIC and what is required to submit with the application please click HERE.

The SAGE Education Abroad Conference is open to any student who has studied abroad in a foreign country for any length of time and any student who is interested in studying abroad. The conference is free for Norwich students and $10 for other students. Study abroad advisers can attend the conference for free but are required to register online by Tuesday, January 26.

Students are also encouraged to bring photos to submit to the annual photo contest.

For more information, email SAGEConference@norwich.edu.

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 Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu  

Pictured above: Kyle Hay, winner of the 2014 SAGE Study Abroad Conference Photo Contest. His photo “Chased By Wildlife”, taken during his SEAmester abroad, won the award for audience favorite.

Norwich University to Host Dr. Juefei Wang in China Town Hall Event

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host Dr. Juefei Wang, Professor of Education Emeritus of the University of Vermont (UVM) and program director of the Freeman Foundation during the 9th annual China Town Hall event to be held on Monday, Oct. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Wang will speak at 6 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room, followed by a live broadcast of a panel discussion, led by former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Wang’s talk is titled, “Initiating Higher Education Exchange and Conducting Business in China, An Ever Changing Society.”

To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations(NCUSCR) is conducting the ninth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at more than 70 locations nationwide.

The program will feature a live webcast panel discussion with former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Mayor Sheldon Day (of Thomasville, Alabama, location of a major Chinese-owned factory) and Daniel Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group. The panel’s discussion and responses to questions submitted by the nationwide audience will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

China has rapidly emerged as one of the fastest growing sources of foreign direct investment in the United States, bringing increasing numbers of Chinese companies into U.S. communities and providing jobs to tens of thousands of Americans, as described in the May 2015 report “New Neighbors:  Chinese Investment in the United States by Congressional District,” released by the National Committee and the Rhodium Group. While foreign direct investment is a vital component of U.S. economic growth, employment and competitiveness, media coverage of a few high profile Chinese investments has focused on security and economic risks.

In addition to the national webcast, each local venue will feature an expert speaking on a China-related topic of interest to the local community.

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading national, non-partisan public affairs organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

To learn more about the Town Hall, go here; read the “New Neighbors” report, or please contact Joseph Weed, Director of Communications, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations at (646) 604-8001 or jweed@ncuscr.org.

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 Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886; (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu
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In Focus: Prof. Gina Sherriff Visits Madrid for Study Abroad Conference

By David Westerman, PhD
Norwich University Office of Academic Research

July 7, 2015

Norwich University Assistant Professor of Spanish Gina Sherriff snapped this picture of Madrid’s Gran Via upscale shopping street during a trip to the Spanish capitol to participate in an international faculty development seminar. Hosted by the Council for International Educational Exchange, the seminar focused on the importance of study abroad in the development of cultural competence. Her travel was supported by the Norwich University International Center, a Bride Family Foundation Fellowship, and Chase International Travel Funds.

The seminar explored the effectiveness of study abroad programs on cultural awareness, as well as pedagogical best practices for faculty leading programs abroad. Prof. Sherriff learned ways to help students navigate intercultural communication, recognize their own stereotypes and expectations while abroad, and set realistic linguistic and cultural goals for the study abroad experience. She met with colleagues around the world to share ideas about promoting intercultural competence through travel and study. Finally, the seminar exposed Prof. Sherriff to the most recent advances in intercultural learning, including the use of the Intercultural Development Inventory as a tool for program assessment.

Prof. Sherriff plans to use the knowledge she acquired to develop and lead a program to Nicaragua through Norwich’s Maymester Global Classroom series to begin May 2016.

About the Author: David S. Westerman, PhD, is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Geology at Norwich University and the Associate Vice President for Research in the university’s Office of Academic Research.