Times Argus Editorial Takes Up Colby Symposium Keynote on War’s Cost

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 14, 2016

Norwich University’s 2016 Colby Military Writers’ Symposium garnered broad media coverage during its 21st annual event, a gathering that examines challenging issues while celebrating the best in military writing, authors, and ideas.

“The Story of Service,” an editorial in the central Vermont daily the Times Argus, took up the theme of the Colby’s keynote panel presentation “Going to War: The Cost to Families, Communities, and Nation.”

An excerpt:

[blockquote cite=”Times Argus” type=”left”]“After nearly 15 years of war, we have not taken stock of the way this generation of warriors has redefined our nation’s relationship with war. Thanking them for their service became the preferred way to welcome this current generation of veterans home. While it’s a nice thing to do, we as a country have never really shared the burden of their service, or yet really accepted our complicity in our military involvement around the world.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, yet our military is still deployed to more than 150 countries around the globe. We are expanding operations in Africa to meet the threat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Yet the cost, as has been said elsewhere, has been borne primarily by a small minority of Americans — and although Vermont has sent a relatively high proportion of its population to fight, most Vermonters were only peripherally involved.

The Colby Symposium attempts to bring writers and experts together to try to make some sense of these issues, and in doing so provides a remarkable and valuable service to Vermont.”[/blockquote]

The complete editorial is available here on the Times Argus website.

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Ideas @ Work: #1 Tiny House

CAD rendering of Norwich University's CASA initiative tiny house design.
33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Sometimes a big problem requires a small solution. Enter the CASA initiative, a 334-square-foot tiny house with a small $40,000 price tag, solar power included. Norwich University faculty and students developed the house to address Vermont’s affordable-housing crisis. Nearly 12 percent of Vermonters live below the poverty level, and median household income in the state barely tops $54,000. That leaves many low-income residents priced out of the traditional housing market. Those who can, often turn to mobile homes, which cost around $39,900 on average and are typically financed with car loans. But, unlike traditional houses, mobile homes depreciate in value over time.

Seeking to provide an alternative, the Norwich School of Architecture + Art faculty launched the Creating Affordable Sustainable Architecture (CASA) initiative last year. Sparked by a $20,000 seed grant from TD Bank, architecture faculty Tolya Stonorov, Danny Sagan, Cara Armstrong, and Matt Lutz worked on the initial design over the summer. Last fall, CASA principal investigator and civil engineering professor Ed Schmeckpeper began designing and assembling the build-out with Norwich engineering and construction management students. This spring, junior and senior architecture students in a design/build studio led by Professor Stonorov will complete the project.

With clean lines and a gabled roof, the nearly 14- by 28-foot home offers a modernist, minimalist take on a classic Vermont farmhouse. Sliding glass doors open from its small front porch onto a high-ceilinged living room/kitchen/dining area. Beyond lies a bathroom, bedroom, and storage space. The tiny home can accommodate two adults and a child. Solar panels supply the home’s electricity needs, while even more high-powered engineering lies under the roof. Starting next year, the CASA initiative team plans to develop additional units that can “plug” into the starter house, enabling households with growing families and incomes to expand.

Stonorov says CASA’s ultimate goal is to create a house that is not just beautiful, practical, and affordable—but widely available. The CASA team aims to partner with organizations that share the goal of bringing innovative, sustainable housing to income-eligible Vermonters. “This project will fail to fulfill its mission if we only produce one.”

Photo illustration courtesy Tolya Stonorov
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Ideas @ Work: #16 Valor Ale

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Putting yeast, hops, barley, and water to work for a good cause, Norwich alum and Afghanistan War veteran Steve Gagner ’03 brews his standout Valor Ale at his rapidly growing 14th Star Brewery in St. Albans, Vt. A portion of sales helps support Purple Hearts Reunited, a nonprofit that works to restore lost or stolen Purple Hearts and other medals of valor to veterans.

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Ideas @ Work: #14 Local Chow

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Norwich is one of a number of Vermont colleges that has worked with food-service giant Sodexo to turn the multi-billion-dollar behemoth into a locavore. One of the world’s largest employers, the Paris-based company serves 34,000 meals in the state of Vermont every day, including those at the Wise Campus Center dining hall. Sodexo recently launched a “Vermont First” program to source more of its produce, meat, and dairy from the state’s roughly 7,000 farms.

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Norwich in the News: “Vermont Trooper’s Long Road to a College Degree”

Norwich University Office of Communications

July 7, 2015

Burlington-based CBS affiliate WCAX-TV recently profiled Vermont State Trooper Julie Scribner, a one-time Norwich University cadet and single mother who returned to Norwich after a 26-year hiatus to complete her undergraduate degree. Scribner dropped out after her first year at Norwich and later married and started a family. Following her divorce, she enrolled at the Vermont Police Academy and joined the Vermont State Police. The detective sergeant returned to Norwich two years ago to enroll in a bachelors program in criminal justice through the university’s online College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and graduated with the inaugural class last month.

Watch the full video news story here.

Vermont State Science and Math Fair Reaches Critical Mass at Norwich

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Co-directed by Norwich University professor emeritus of biology Carlos Pinkham, the statewide event showcased creative, rigorous science projects by Vermont middle and high school students
Norwich University Office of Communications

March 30, 2015

Middle and high school Vermont science students converged on Norwich University on Saturday to compete in the 2015 Vermont State Science and Math Fair, now in its 56th year. Judges represented over 50 STEM partners from academia, industry and professional organizations.

The event is co-directed by Norwich University professor emeritus of biology Carlos Pinkham. “We are so passionate about fostering a love of the STEM fields from as early an age as possible,” he said. “Norwich University is the perfect setting for it.”

The all-volunteer organization awarded more than $9,000 in cash prizes and $300,000 in college scholarships on Saturday and provided nearly $15,500 to Vermont students and teachers to cover travel expenses to competitions outside the state this year.

In the biggest award of the day, three finalists were chosen to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh May 10-15 to compete for $4 million in prizes and scholarships. The Vermont winners were Nathan Kakalec and Sajani Sivakumar, both from South Burlington High School and the team of Ben Beagher and Vincent Moeykens from Windsor High School. Kakalec’s project used computer modeling to predict the outbreak of emerald ash borer in New Hampshire. Sivakumar’s project studied the effects of vitamin D on pancreatic cells under diabetic stress. Meagher and Moeykens studied whether a home computer server could compete with cloud-based services in terms of speed, cost and ease of use.

All three finalists were awarded Next Generation Scholarships to Norwich University.

Norwich to Host 56th Annual Vermont State Science and Math Fair

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 11, 2015

Norwich University will once again host this year’s Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair (VSSMF) on Saturday, March 28. 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 1:30 p.m.

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).

Accepted projects 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 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 $900,000 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 event marks the only state-wide science and math fair for middle and high school students in Vermont.

“We are so passionate about fostering a love of the STEM fields from as early an age as possible,” said Carlos Pinkham, co-director of the Vermont State Science and Math Fair and professor emeritus of biology at Norwich University. “And as the country’s oldest private military college, which is rooted in experiential learning, Norwich University is the perfect setting for it.”

The VSSMF, sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association, 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 Carlos Pinkham at (802) 485-2319 or pinkhamc@norwich.edu or Tricia Finkle at scifair@norwich.edu.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the 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

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

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

Norwich Students Climb Mountains, In and Out of Classroom

February 12, 2015

Taking advantage of the abundant snow and ice this winter, eight Norwich students recently tried their hand at ice-climbing in Bolton Quarry in nearby Bolton Valley, Vermont. Ice climbing guide Josh Bossin (pictured in blue) led the outing for the first-time climbers. The day-long event was sponsored by the Norwich University College Activities Board through the university’s Shaw Outdoor Center. The event was the latest in an ongoing series of programs designed to expose students to new outdoor activities or build on existing climbing and cold weather survival skills.

Text and photograph by Mark Collier, Norwich University Office of Communications

Norwich to Design Sustainable “Tiny Houses” for Vermonters

Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools has received a $20,000 grant from the TD Bank Charitable Foundation to design affordable, green micro-houses for low-income residents
Daphne Larkin | Office of Communications

 
February 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt.–Norwich University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, to fund the development of affordable solar houses by students and faculty in the School of Architecture + Art and the David Crawford School of Engineering.

The grant will support the Creating Affordable Sustainable Architecture (CASA) Initiative, a new program within the College of Professional Schools that will focus on research and development of affordable alternative-energy housing for low-income families in Vermont.

“In the true Norwich traditions of experiential learning and service to others, we are offering students credit to research, develop and produce a micro-solar house that offers a solution to the housing crisis in Vermont, and this generous gift from the TD Charitable Foundation is helping to make that possible,” said Aron Temkin, an architect, professor and dean of the College of Professional Schools at Norwich University.

The effort builds on lessons Norwich University architecture students and faculty learned over the course of their 2013 competition in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Norwich’s Delta T-90 house won for affordability.

The immediate and long-term objective of Norwich’s new CASA affordable micro-house program is to develop a regionally derived, solar-powered, affordable housing model. Norwich architects and engineers ultimately aim to develop a modular system of “micro houses,” units that can stand alone or be combined to create larger, cohesive structures depending on the needs of the occupant.

“Over half of all Vermonters cannot afford a house that meets the target construction costs of the 2013 Decathlon’s Affordability Contest, regardless of energy costs,” said Cara Armstrong, director of Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art.

“Consequently, we have committed to continuing our work with students and faculty across disciplines to design and build adaptable and sustainable housing to be affordable by a family living at 80% of Vermont’s median income level and below.”

Through seminars and a design/build studio, a team of Engineering and Architecture + Art students and faculty will design and build one “Micro House” of approximately 200 square feet, including a bathroom and kitchen, by the end of the next academic year.

“TD is a strong advocate for environmental sustainability, so we are extremely excited to support this program,” said Phil Daniels, President, TD Bank, Maine. “This initiative will greatly benefit the residents of Vermont and provide students with the opportunity to give back to their community and contribute to its improvement.”

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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