December 2013

by inielsen on November 13, 2014

College News

COLA faculty_Nov13COLA faculty gather outside of Webb before Thanksgiving break:Professors Kyle Pivetti, Carl Martin, Jonathan Walters, Brett Cox, Tom Taylor, Stan Shernock, Megan Remmel, Emily Gray, Gina Logan, Sean Prentiss, Jason Jagemann, Michael Andrew, Rowly Brucken, Gary Lord, David Ward. Photo by Isabel Weinger Nielsen

ExcellenceAwards_Oct13_editThe College of Liberal Arts held its first college-wide Student Academic Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 18 during Family Weekend. Students who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher were recognized with an excellence pin. Many students, faculty, staff and parents were present to celebrate our students’ success. COLA Dean Andrea Talentino addressed the audience and COLA Associate Dean Penny Shtull organized the event (and took the photo).


The second annual Norwich University Undergraduate Research Symposium, “Bridges to Transformation,” was held on November 14 and 15 at the Kreitzberg Library and the Sullivan History Center and Museum. The event was a collaborative effort to increase the visibility of Norwich’s thriving Student Research program and to generate interdisciplinary conversations about research within the campus community. The symposium provided a forum to build and strengthen the community of research at Norwich. Roundtable discussion topics on the first day included research, mentoring, archives, literature, and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). On the second day, panels of students presented original research ideas for input and discussion. Faculty and students from all disciplines participated. Criminal Justice Professor Travis Morris chaired the event and English Professors Kyle Woodbury Tease and Kyle Pivetti served on the committee and roundtables. Also included:

  • Criminal Justice Professors Stan Shernock, Johannes Wheeldon, and Elizabeth Gurian
  • History Professors Rowly Brucken and Reina Pennington
  • English Professor Kathleen McDonald
  • COLA students (major): Christopher Bock ’14 (CJ), Evanna Mills’14 (PO & EN), Megan Snyder ’14 (SP & ED), Joe Dvorak ‘14 (SWP), James Letcher ’15 (HI), Roxanne Rodriguez ’14 (CJ), Baylee Annis ‘14 (EN), Jason Kaplan ’15 (SWP), William Mistretta ’14 (SWP & HI), Andrew Roberts ’14 (SWP & HI), Amos Gaylord ’16 (CJ), Samantha Thornton’16 (CJ), Kyle Vautrinot ’14 (CJ & SWP), Steven Carter ’16 (CJ), Mariah Howard ’15 (CJ & PY), Joseph Babitsky’14 (IS & CH), Rachel Cote ‘14, (SWP), Brendan Perry’15 (SWP) and Ian Thomas’14 (CJ).


Student Research Symposium

Professor Travis Morris, faculty, and students at the Mentoring Roundtable on November 14. Photo by David Orrick






During the 11th annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration, October 23-25, professors presented on their current research or read from their creative works in the Kreitzberg Library. COLA faculty participating included:

  • Sean Prentiss reading from “Clarion, PA,” his recently published nonfiction.
  • Kyle Pivetti presenting on “Conjuring a Nation: Memory Tricks and Henry V.”
  • Dalyn Luedtke presenting on “Complex Webs of Interaction: A Mediological Analysis of Contemporary Television.”
  • Wendy Fuller presenting on “Building Communities (?): Living Conditions, Home Ownership, and the Smart Growth Initiative in the state of Vermont.”

 Pegasus Players







The Pegasus Players presented “Laundry and Bourbon” (above) with Stephanie Shatney, Heidi Schneider and Alecia Nickerson and “Lone Star” (below) with Logan Potskowski and Joseph Rock in Dole Auditorium on November 8-9. Both plays were written by James McClure. Photos courtesy of Jeanne Beckwith.












Students enrolled in Professor Patricia Ferreira’s Survey of American Literature (EN227) visited the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. on October 23 to take in the extensive holdings of Americana on exhibit.   Many of the objects that are part of the collection make up the cultural backdrop of the texts studied in the course.  For instance, a set of “Nine Pins” that are played in Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” is on display as are tavern signs, scrimshaw, and naval paraphernalia evident in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux.”  A “Victorian Sleigh” that Sarah Kemble Knight taxied in Manhattan is part of the exhibit as is the “Cutter Sleigh” that she made her way in back to Boston.  Moreover, portraits of African Americans, such as those of the Reverend and Mrs. Lawson, held at the Shelburne, were central extra-textual material found in the narratives of Olaudau Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, and Frederick Douglass.  Course members explored the museum, studying three particular items and will write “Object to Story” narratives as well as curating them for the final.

EN2227_Arriving at the Museum






Arriving at the Shelburne Museum (above) & Evanna Mills and Shanoui Gunn (below) enjoy the carousel. Photos courtesy of K. Donley.

EN227_Evanna Shanoui Carousel










The Norwich University French Club/Cercle Francophone welcomed Emmanuelle Marchand, the new French Cultural Attachée, and Magali Boutiot, Education and Linguistic assistant at the Consulate General of France, at their lunch meeting in Webb Hall on October 10. Dr. Guiyou Huang, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs hosted the event which was organized by Dr. Frances Chevalier, Club adviser and French program director. The French consulate representatives from Boston discussed the Consulate’s role and function with thirty French Club members, Drs. Huang and Chevalier, and Dr. Morin, adjunct professor of French.  The visit concluded with a campus tour led by French Club president SSGT Douglas Delpha (USAF), Rooks Danielle Richards and Friedrich Sala, and two French officers from the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, SLT Guillaume Segond and Simon Pitance. The French officers are at Norwich for a semester to pursue research in electrical engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Jacques Benéat. Active participants of the weekly French Club sessions, Segond and Pitance have made presentations to Club members on a wide array of topics such as:  the Saint-Cyr military academy, the French Foreign Legion, commando training, etiquette and French food. The French Consulate in Boston posted information about this visit and Norwich University at

As part of Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the internationally acclaimed Poet of the Guitar, Maestro Soler from Barcelona, Spain, performed a recital on October 9 in Dole Auditorium, his third performance at Norwich since 2009. He captivated and amazed his audience with an array of styles ranging from Spanish, classical and popular as well as Latin American guitar, contemporary, jazz, “bossa”, be-bop and blues. Prior to the recital Sodexo prepared a Spanish dinner including paella, gazpacho soup and flan. Professor Judith Stallings-Ward presented Soler with a certificate of appreciation for his outstanding service as cultural ambassador to the members of the Norwich community. In conjunction with the visit, Soler also gave a lecture/performance in the Krietzberg Library Multipurpose Room. The events were sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Modern Languages.

Spanish ClubThe members of the Spanish Club sold CDs after the guitar recital by Maestro Soler. (L-R) Nick Morely, Alicia Colon, Kelsey Soares, Professor Judith Stallings-Ward, David Pinto, Mike Gossens, Daisy Mirafuentes, and Chris Clifton. Photo courtesy of J. Stallings-Ward.





Day of the DeadOn November 1, the Spanish program and the Friends of the Norwich University Library invited the campus and surrounding community to help celebrate El día de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, in the Library Multipurpose Room. Day of the Dead is a Hispanic holiday that focuses on the gathering of family and friends to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died. In the Mexican perspective, death is a part of life in a cyclical process. Traditions include the building of altars using photos and personal items from the deceased, and providing ofrendas or offerings of favorite food and drinks. The altar and ofrendas are an invitation for the deceased to return and visit with the family. Students, staff and faculty gathered to enjoy traditional Hispanic food and drinks and to celebrate the day.

Norwich’s own WNUB 88.3 FM radio is working closely with Norwich’s IT Department to begin streaming its radio programs on the internet by May 2014.

Ten students from Professor Doug Smith’s Broadcasting Techniques class boarded the University bus on November 20 to visit and tour two radio stations and one television station in the greater Burlington area: WVMT-AM/WXXX-FM (95 Triple X), Vermont Public Radio (VPR), and WCAX-TV 3. Everyone at each station was very friendly, welcoming, and informative. The students were provided with information including best audio editing practices and techniques, the importance of internships and how to secure them, and strategies for successful job-hunting.

Broadcasting_WCAX_webA view from off-set as WCAX-TV 3 anchors Kristen Kelley and Darren Perron prepare to deliver the 6 pm newscast

Photo by Cameo Lamb ‘16




The Writers Series held two readings this semester. Translator David Hinton spoke with five classes and gave a talk to 100 people at Chaplin Hall in September. Caitlin Horrocks and Todd Kaneko spoke with two classes and gave a reading to 60 people at the library on October 29. Two more readings will take place in spring 2014 by Jaed Coffin and David Budbill. For more information, go to

Nicolas Nobbs of the International Committee of the Red Cross presented “The Role of the ICRC in Armed Conflict” on October 22 in Milano. He discussed the mission, role, mandate and activities of the organization in connection to military operations and with reference to the potentials and challenges of delivering humanitarian aid.

The first four episodes of the HBO Miniseries “John Adams: the Early Years” were presented to faculty, staff and students on October 29 and December 4 in the Faculty/Staff dining room, introduced by History Professor Rowly Brucken.

The seventh annual CSI Symposium, “CSI & Technology” will be held April 22-23, 2014 in Dole Auditorium, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and COLA Board of Fellows. Updates will be posted at

VWHE dinnerNorwich faculty and staff gather at the Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) Annual Leadership Dinner on October 17. From left to right (standing): Priscilla Morin, Lisa Brucken, Amy Woodbury Tease, Wendy Fuller, Dalyn Luedtke, Isabel Nielsen, Gina Sherriff, Kathleen McDonald, Beth Bowles, Norwich President Richard Schneider, Darlene Goodrich; (seated) Lea Williams, Megan Remmel, Elizabeth Gurian (recipient of the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award), and Christine Latulippe.

 Student Achievements

World Leadership ForumNorwich cadets George Bausch ’14 (left) and Steven Bartomioli ’14 at Foreign Policy Association’s annual World Leadership Forum on September 20 at the Harvard Club in New York City. They are with Robert Nolan, producer of the FPA Great Decisions series on PBS. His father, Robert Nolan’65, was a star football player at Norwich and inducted to the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.



William Cuervo ’14 and Steven Bartomioli ’14 participated in West Point’s prestigious 65th annual Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA 65) held October 30-November 2. The 200 invited seniors from around the world were divided into roundtables with the objective of preparing a policy paper at the end of the conference which they presented with a skit. William and Steven were chosen to be lead actors in their roundtable’s skit “Revolution will be tweeted….” which was a huge honor. Here’s the link for SCUSA 65:

SCUSA 65 Cuervo and Bartomioli 110213_editSteven Bartomioli (3rd from left) and William Cuervo (in suit) at West Point’s SCUSA 65 conference




Dawson Allen ’13 was accepted to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program (SSP) and began classes this fall. The SSP is the largest and oldest graduate level degree in security studies in the United States and a valuable professional credential for those wishing to enter or currently working in the defense and security communities.

Students in Professor Kate Donley’s summer EN 102 class had writings published in The Dog River Crier which connected artifacts from exhibits in the Northfield Historical Society to the novel Summer by Edith Wharton.

Faculty Achievements

Department of English and Communications

Narain Batra

 -His book The First Freedoms and America’s Culture of Innovation: the Constitutional Foundations of the Aspirational Society was published in October by Rowman & Littlefield,

 Jeanne Beckwith

-Her plays, “Happy Trails” and “Doll Hospital” were presented as part of “Caught in the Act(s)” a production by the Old Church Theater in Bradford Vermont, September 20-22 and 27-29. A different production of “Doll Hospital” was presented November 8 at the Off Center for the Performing Arts as part of the third annual Burlington Fringe Festival.

-Directed a staged reading of Steel Magnolias, presented on October 11 and 12, as part of the Classics Series sponsored by Moxie Productions at the White Meeting House in Waterbury, Vt.

-Is on the Board of Directors for the annual New England Theatre Conference which was held October 26-29 in Natick, Mass. She attended the conference, introduced speakers at two academic panels and, as a member, met with the subcommittee on Colleges and Universities.

Brett Cox

– His poem “First Rodeo” was published in Manifest West: Even Cowboys Carry Cell Phones, an anthology edited by Theresa Milbrodt (Western Press Books, 2013).

– Read his short story “Road Dead” (forthcoming in Shadows and Tall Trees magazine) at Read Your Face Off, Renegade Writers’ Collective, Burlington, Vt. on October 24.

-His two 10-minute plays, “Christopher Durang Is Under the Weather” and “They Got Louie,” were performed at the Burlington Fringe Festival, Burlington, Vt on November 7.

Kate Donley

Had a letter published in the Northfield Historical Society’s journal The Dog River Crier.

-Wrote a grant for the Hunger Mountain Coop Community Foundation which awarded $750 to the Northfield Senior Center.

Patricia Ferreira

 -Presented her paper “Zip Coon, Jim Crow, and Dan Tucker: Conflations of Irish and African Americans in Minstrelsy and Vaudeville” at the Northeast Popular Culture Conference, held at Saint Michael’s College in October.

-Has been asked to serve on the editorial board of the Green Mountains Review, one of the seven small press publications that U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway focuses on as she “spreads the holy gospel of poetry across the country.”

Dalyn Luedtke

 -Was invited to be the Reality Television Section Chair of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference for the 2012-2015 term.

-Presented “Complex Webs of Interaction: A Mediological Analysis of Contemporary Television”–which argues that a mediological approach to TV can account for both form and content through it’s technological, social, economic, archival, aesthetic, subjective, and epistemological dimensions–at the Faculty Scholarship Celebration in October.

 Carl Martin

 -Presented a paper, “Guy Endore’s Dialectical Werewolf,” at the 8th Rethinking Marxism Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in September.

-Has received a spring ’14 course release for a project to translate the Middle English poem The Awntyrs [Adventures] off Arthure.

-His book reviews will be published in the journals Arthuriana and Socialism & Democracy.

Sean Prentiss

 -Presented a creative essay at the Headwaters Conference at Western State Colorado University in September. He read his essay, “A Cabin, a Woods, a Mountainside.”

-Had three essays accepted at SLAB Literature Journal.

-Five of his poems will be published at Five Poetry Literature Magazine, three poems have been placed at Cha: an Asian Literary Journal and poems have been accepted for publication at Tampa Review Online and Stone Path Review.

-Two stories have recently been published at Cease, Cow and one story has been published at Crack the Spine.

-His anthology, the Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, is now available for pre-order and will be in bookstores on March 1, 2014.

 Department of History and Political Science

 Yangmo Ku

 -Presented a paper titled, “Identity, National Image, and National Loss: A Comparative Analysis of Divergent Responses to the North Korean Abduction Issue in Japan and South Korea,” with Sam Chaussee at the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia in November. He also served as chair and discussant in a panel, “The Impact of the International System on Domestic Conflict,” and served as chair in a different panel, “Issues in East Asian Politics,” at the same conference.

Jill Mudgett

– Gave an invited talk at the Vermont History Center in Barre on “Indian Joe: Using Vermont Historical Society Collections to Teach College History” as part of National Archives month (October).

-Was a panelist, along with Norwich professors Seth Marineau and Wendy Fuller, on a panel titled “Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Vermont Youth and the Importance of Place” at the Northeast Popular Culture Association annual conference.

Reina Pennington

-Presented at the 2013 International Conference on World War II, 1943: Victory in the Balance, at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans on November 22. Prof. Pennington spoke on total war on the home front in the Soviet Union. The annual conference was attended by experts in the field, including historians Rick Atkinson, Mark Stoler, Paul Kennedy, and Gen. David Petraeus. Go to more information.

Andrea Talentino

 Spoke about “Country Branding: International Legitimacy and the Olympic Games” on December 3 in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room as part of the COLA Fall Colloquium, Kreizberg Library.

 School of Justice Studies and Sociology

 Wendy Fuller

 -Her paper,”‘This class isn’t just about older people, this class is about everybody’: Pedagogy, Ontology, and Interdisciplinary Learning in an Undergraduate Social Gerontology Course” was given virtually at the 2013 International Aging and Society Conference in Chicago, IL.  The paper is also currently under review for publication in the journal Aging and Society.

 Elizabeth Gurian


-Presented “Lawyers’ perceptions of female homicide offenders” at the Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology annual conference in Brisbane in October.
-In November, was interviewed on the Mark Johnson Show (WDEV radio), where she talked about her research, work at the United Nations Department of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and The Athena Society and undergraduate research at Norwich:


Scenes from Australia: Professor Gurian as conference speaker and koala hugger.

Photos courtesy of E. Gurian











Travis Morris

 -Presented “Yemeni Justice: Urban Law and Rural Mediation” on September 25 as part of the Psychology Brown Bag Lunch Series.

 Penny Shtull

 -Received an award for Excellence in Research at the Norwich Faculty Scholarship Awards Ceremony in November.

-Awarded ¼ Release Time to research “Stalking Awareness for College Mental Health Counselors” for spring 2014.

-Appointed Chair of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Police Section 2014 Awards Committee.

Aimee Vieira

 -Presented on her research in progress “Words, Work & War: Interpretation in Non-permissive Environments” to the Culture Committee of the Interagency Language Roundtable at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Va. on November 15.

Johannes Wheeldon

-Presented “Toward Visual Criminology: Potential and Problems,” a College of Liberal Arts Fall Colloquium on October 1 at the Kreitzberg Library.

– Developed the program Debate and Dialogue in partnership with Walla Walla Community College, Washington State University, and Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, and Washington State Penitentiary. The program focuses on a novel model of classroom debate that emphasizes respectful dialogue, acknowledging counter evidence, and audience participation to facilitate meaningful learning. Applied in correctional settings and college classrooms throughout Washington State, the model makes extensive use of diagrams, idea maps, and other visual approaches to brainstorm, plan, and spur cognitive development among participants. It formed the basis of a documentary “The Walls” available here: Mr. Vivian Gerian, Director of the National Probation Service for the Republic of Ireland tweeted “Very impressive video of the project. Humanising effect of connection ‘through the walls’ is striking”.

Department of Modern Languages

Frances Chevalier

-Presented a paper about the importance of the French language for AFRICOM and business and described opportunities for service-learning with the military at the annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French in Providence, RI on July 13: “French, Your Immediate Investment Strategic Language: Serving the Community.”

-Thanks to a Bride Family Foundation Award and a Chase International Travel Faculty Development Grant, Professor Chevalier participated in an intensive pedagogical workshop at the Institut de Touraine in France, photographed and filmed materials for use in the classroom, and met with representatives of the Institut and professors from the department of Sociolinguistics and Language Pedagogy from the Université François Rabelais de Tours in July and August. She had the opportunity to review summer courses taught at the Institut and explore possible partnering opportunities. The pedagogical workshop provided an international forum for exchange of information with French professors about methodology, use of current technology, assessment, and approaches. It included a study of examples of implementation of the policy guidelines set by the European Union, The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment and tools for the design of French courses for the professions.

Chevalier _BeckwithProfessor Chevalier and Joyce Beckwith, New England Regional Rep at the American Association of Teachers of France Convention. Photo courtesy of Fran Chevalier







Department of Psychology and Education

 Kevin Fleming

– Presented “Predicting Trauma and Stress Reactions in Military Cadets using ERNs and Novelty P300s,” research by Kevin Fleming, Carole Bandy, and John Dulmage, at the College of Liberal Arts Fall Colloquium on November 5 at the Kreitzberg Library.

-Presented “Improved Novelty P300 in Healthy Veterans: Evidence of Military Training or Resilience?” research by Kevin Fleming and Carole Bandy at the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Traumatic Stress Studies held in Philadelphia, November 7-9.

Mel Miller

-Was a discussant for the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies Annual Scientific Meeting on October 26. The topic for the day was Dr. Dominique Scarfone’s research on “The Actual in Psychoanalysis.”

-Presented a paper entitled “Death and Impermanence in Psychoanalysis:  Death and Death Talk in the Consulting Room. “ This presentation was part of a panel Professor Miller organized on Death and Mortality for the Annual IFPE conference in Philadelphia—October 31 through November 2.

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