February 2013

by inielsen on February 8, 2013

College News

The Norwich University Regimental Band, the country’s oldest collegiate band, was honored to perform in the 57th Presidential Inaugural parade in Washington, DC on January 21. The 55-member band, led by Lt. Col. Todd Edwards, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue following the swearing in of President Barack Obama. This year 2,800 groups applied for entrance into the parade and a group was chosen to represent each of the 50 states with Norwich University representing the state of Vermont. The Regimental Band has performed at the Inaugurations of presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. View the WCAX video and article about the band.

Sarwar-WinCE“The Face of American Leadership in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Sarwar Kashmeri” is a series of talks that will be held on alternate Thursdays at noon during the spring semester. The first talk, “Iraq and Afghanistan: Leading from the Front” was held on Jan. 24, followed by “Libya: Leading from Behind” on Feb. 7. Other talks are scheduled for Feb. 27, Mar. 21, Apr. 4 & 18 and May 2. Mr. Kashmeri is a senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security/Atlantic Council; Fellow, Foreign Policy Association. If you would like to receive reading materials, please email Mr. Kashmeri at sarwar@kashmeri.com. The series of colloquia is sponsored by the History and Political Science Department and the College of Liberal Arts.

The “Expert Voices” series, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts Board of Fellows, will begin in February. Once a month, a member of the Board of Fellows will facilitate a conference call, webinar, or campus meeting with outside experts and students. The goal is to provide insights and examples that students may use in their professional and personal lives. Paul Magness ’95, the first “Expert Voice”, will present “Financial Intelligence 101” which will explore what every student should know about finances when they graduate. The moderator will be Jon Allen ’94, Chair of the College of Liberal Arts Board of Fellows. Check the Norwich Master Calendar or the COLA Facebook page for announcements about date and time.

Mike-McConnell-WinCEThe spring Todd Lecture Series has been announced and the College of Liberal Arts will present VADM John M. (Mike) McConnell on March 26 at 7 pm in Plumley. He is Vice Chairman at Booz Allen Hamilton which he joined after retiring from the Navy in 1996. In 2007 he left the firm to serve as the Director of National Intelligence, and returned in 2009 to lead the firm’s Intelligence Business. The Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of US Army retired Major General and President Emeritus W. Russell Todd ’50, and his wife Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to Norwich University. The lectures are free and open to the public.

PsiChi_Jan2013-WinCEOn January 30, the Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society held an induction ceremony for new members Kristine Brammer ’13, Christopher Legge ’14, Alyssa Menard ’13, William Tinney ‘13 and Austin Wright ‘13. Current officers, who will be graduating in May, are Shaylan Quinn, President; Ben Richards, Vice President; Christie Wells, Secretary and Kayla Carreau, Treasurer.

The inaugural Norwich Undergraduate Research Symposium “Building a Community of Scholars”, was held December 7 & 8. Dr. Marc Nascarella ’99 was the keynote speaker, with opening remarks by 2012 Norwich University Weintz Research Fellows and Grant Recipients Katie Anderson ‘13, Joan Carroll ‘14, Adam Kocienski ’14 and Abraham Mauricio ‘13. The Research Symposium included presentations and discussions by students, faculty and alumni including “Approaches to Research”, “The Mentoring Process” and “Applying for Research Funding” and as well as panel discussions with students about their original research ideas. Principal organizer for the event was Assistant English Professor Amy Woodbury Tease.

Save the date! The Norwich CSI Symposium: the Real Crime Scene Investigation will be held in Dole Auditorium April 16-17, 2013. Details will follow.

Alumni News

Angel Lugo Steidel ‘93, a graduate from the College of Liberal Arts, School of Psychology was featured in the Norwich Record. He has counseled veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD as a civilian for years and recently joined the Navy Reserves after being commissioned at West Point. In addition he will be working as a civilian psychologist for the Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash. Read the complete article.

Faculty Achievements

Department of History and Political Science

Rowly Brucken

– Attended a human-rights conference in Krakow, Poland in December. He shared his experiences as an academic who has helped more than three dozen Zimbabwean refugees in their effort to gain political asylum. You can read an interview by Norwich Today at: http://bit.ly/polishConference.

Reina Pennington

– Is on the Editorial Board of Oxford Bibliographies: Military History. Her bibliography on the Battle of Stalingrad is one of the most viewed out of 64 online articles in the collection.

School of Justice Studies and Sociology

W. Travis Morris

– Was mentor to Christopher Bock ’13 whose summer research project “Mexican Drug Cartels: Should They Be Labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization?” was highlighted in the publication MILITARY ADVANCED EDUCATION (pp. 9-11).

Aimee Vieira

– Will attend the Society for Cross Cultural Research annual meeting at Maxwell Air Force Base. Following the conference, on February 25, she will give a presentation about her research working with interpreters at the Air Force Culture and Language Center.

Department of English and Communications

Gina Logan

– Read from her novel-in-progress set in Philadelphia, 1890-1920 at the Kreitzberg Library as part of a December Colloquium sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

Amy Woodbury Tease

– As chair of the Student Research Committee and faculty mentor, Professor Woodbury Tease was interviewed for an article featuring undergraduate student research opportunities for the publication MILITARY ADVANCED EDUCATION (pp. 9-11). The article promoted Norwich’s thriving Student Research Program and highlighted two of our Summer Research Fellows from 2012, including COLA’s own Christopher Bock ’13 who worked with Professor Travis Morris, Criminal Justice.

Department of Modern Languages

Frances Sikola Chevalier

– Was awarded a Chase International Travel Grant and a Faculty Development Grant to conduct research in the summer and fall of 2012 on CAPT Ralph Weld Gray (US Army, WWI) and the Villa d’Antone in Pierre-Buffière, France.

Department of Psychology and Education

Carole Bandy

– Has overseen a long-term research project, now in its second year, to determine whether Transcendental Meditation can improve troops’ performance and provide resiliency against post-traumatic stress disorder. The project has received national attention from:

Peter Burmeister

– His PY 451 class, Happiness, Resiliency and Empowerment has received very positive responses from students. Meghan Pew ‘15 wrote: “This class really made a huge impact on my experience here at Norwich this semester with the exposure to lots of new and interesting ideas. The concepts and therapy modes that we have discussed have provided me with plenty of food for thought, and a better understanding of the reach of positive psychology field. Having many years experience in the mental health field, I truly feel that the existing paradigm of treating the disease is a flawed model, and true change needs to take a different, deeper approach. I believe this class will prove helpful to me as a future nurse with my patient interactions (as well as my own personal growth!), as it will to my future-therapist classmates. I truly hope that Norwich is able to recognize the value of this course as an important step in building stronger resiliency, both in the military and with civilians, and continue to offer it to students. I have certainly enjoyed myself.”

Isabel Weinger Nielsen, editor

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