June 2013

by inielsen on June 10, 2013


College News

Rob Appleton

Rob Appleton

Ken Bell

Ken Bell

Chuck Nettleship

Chuck Nettleship

Gary Hoover

Gary Hoover

The Sixth Annual CSI Symposium, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, was held April 16-17 in Dole Auditorium. Experts in the field of crime scene investigation gave presentations on a variety of fascinating topics, and included four Norwich alumni: Rob Appleton ’92 (“CSI Concepts and Illicit Drug Manufacturing”); Ken Bell M’13 (“Cyber Crimes”); Chuck Nettleship ’85, M’03 (“Document and Media Exploitation”); and Gary Hoover ’92 (“FBI Investigations”). Other speakers were Cathryn Levine (“Forensic Science Lab”; Dr. Lowell Levine (“Forensic Odontology”); and Dr. Richard Ovens (“Forensic Interview and Interrogation“). Rob Appleton, Prof. Penny Shtull and Isabel Nielsen organized the event.

AleyaSaid_Andrea_crop-WinCEThe College of Liberal Arts was pleased to welcome Dr. Aleya Said as part of its International Speakers Series in April. Dr. Said gave a lecture on “Teaching Western Literature in Arab/Muslim Cultures” and visited classes. Dr. Said is an Associate Professor who holds a permanent appointment as a teacher of Literature in the English Department, Faculty of Education at Alexandria University, Egypt. She is s currently Assistant Professor of English Literature and Writing at Abu Dhabi University, U.A.E. She holds a B.A. in English and translation from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, an M.A. in English from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Drama, also from the University of Georgia.

JamesPatrickKelly_sign-WinCEThe Writers Series hosted science fiction writer, James Patrick Kelly, in March. Not only did 55 students listen to Kelly read a brand new, yet-to-be published story, but he also visited three classes taught by professors Cox and Prentiss. Afterwards, students and faculty members talked about the energy and passion of Kelly’s reading and students loved having the chance to talk to a major writing in the science fiction community.

MajorJackson_student-WinCEFor Poetry Month, the Writers Series brought in rising star poet, Major Jackson. Major Jackson, the very recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, gave a reading to an overflowing Multipurpose Room. Over 80 students, faculty, and community members listened to Jackson read poems from his first three books as well as brand new poems. Jackson also spoke with two creative writing classes about poetry and becoming a writer. Student after student praised the humbleness of Jackson and the lyricalness of his poems. For more information on the Writers Series, visit writers.norwich.edu.

Norwich students also participated in Montpelier’s Poem City event in April. To read more about it, go to Montpelier Alive at http://poemcityvt.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/bringing-norwich-to-montpelier/ and The Guidon at http://thenorwichguidon.org/2013/04/331/

Student Achievements

Communications students are working on a new project about the seven “Vermont Fallen” soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since the students completed the “Vermont Fallen” documentary in 2008.The 14-minute “Introduction to Vermont Fallen 2013 aired on WCAX-TV on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day. This half-hour broadcast included a 13-minute segment from “The War at Home”, which studies the experiences of Norwich student veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The War at Home” won the national first-place award for In-Depth Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010. The introductory segment can be found at: http://vimeo.com/64318640

Adam Gravano, Abigael Donahue, Cassandra L. Guerrero, Ivy Ceballo, Sarah Debouter, Katherine Proffitt, and Professor Sean Prentiss proudly unveiled the 2013 Chameleon, Norwich’s Literary Journal, at an April 29 dinner for the English Department community including students, faculty and staff. The event also recognized graduating seniors and the soon-to-be inducted Sigma Tau Delta members.

Norwich University hosted the first annual Vermont/New Hampshire Returning SAGE (Students Abroad for Growth and Experience) Conference which brought together students from seven colleges across Vermont and New Hampshire. The students discussed their study abroad programs and learned how to use their international experiences to their advantage in the job market. Keynote speaker Colonel Scott Manning advised students to give their education a global perspective, using his own experience as an example. The winner of the Study Abroad Photo Contest, Robert Cottrell ’13 (pictured above) won a $100 airline voucher from STA Travel.

Dr. Frances Chevalier, Professor of French, arranged with the French Consulate in Boston to have Norwich students of French visit the French naval ship, Le Monge on April 12, 2013. This ship is the only one of its kind. Through laser technology, it is capable of detecting and tracking debris in space (as small as a coin) that could impact satellite integrity. It also tracks missiles and their reentry to the nearest meter. It has radars that weigh 45 tons and can rotate 360 degrees in ten seconds. The students were very impressed with the ship, the technology, and especially the warm reception they received from all the naval personnel on board. They were also able to practice some of their French with Naval officers. Lieutenant de Vaisseau Nicolas Guintrand and Aspirant Matthieu Le Grand gave a two-hour tour of the ship. Upon return to campus, students gave presentations to the French Club and French classes using a PowerPoint of the photos they took on the trip. These images will be used in the future to promote the French language and the French language program at Norwich University. (photo courtesy Frances Chevalier; left to right: Professor Chevalier, Zebulon Coombs, Boyce Leavitt, SGT (USAF) Douglas Delpha, Stephanie Boudro, Gisele Lopez, and Kyle Sawyer ).

Upper-level French-language students are helping the Vermont National Guard teach service men and women how to handle public interaction in countries where the language and culture are unfamiliar. They do so by acting as interpreters for a training exercise. Check out the story at http://bit.ly/languageBarrier.

On April 9 Professor Buttimer’s Courts classes attended oral arguments at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier. In addition to seeing several “rocket docket” cases they were fortunate to observe a full, five justice panel argument. When the cases concluded all five justices spoke with the students and answered questions. They learned that Justice Skoglund is the only Justice in Vermont who did not attend law school. She took her B.A. in Sculpture from Yale, came to Vermont, apprenticed to a lawyer, and read for the law. She passed the Bar exam after that four year apprenticeship. She is also the originator of the Art at the Supreme Court, a rotating art show of Vermont’s visual artists that she started when named to the Court 12 years ago.


Archivist Gail Wiese (standing) shows World War I alumni scrapbook and documents to EN 102 students Angelica Sposato, Christian Vergnes and Nick Kilborn (photo by Kate Donley).

Students in Kate Donley’s two sections of EN 102 “Composition and Literature” supplemented their unit on World War I fiction and poetry with autobiographical essays and primary sources from the Kreitzberg Library Special Collections. Students read documents by Norwich alumni Gustaf Nelson and duVal Allen who fought in World War I and also by military spouse Leona Harmon, whose memoir portrays her WWI-era courtship with former Norwich University President Ernest Harmon. At the Sullivan Museum, students explored artifacts belonging to Allen and Nelson. Of particular interest were duVal Allen’s medals and Nelson’s phonograph, a fifty-pound wooden crate he brought with him to France. This collaboration with archivist Gail Wiese, museum registrar Candace Truso, and museum director Sarah Henrich used Norwich’s unique resources to enrich students’ understanding of the WWI setting and provide contrast for the characters in Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms.

A group of students from Kate Donley’s EN 204, Professional and Technical Writing, successfully wrote a grant as a part of a class project. To complete the grant, students collaborated with volunteers from CERV, the organization that runs Northfield’s foodshelf. Students applied for funding for CERV’s Summer Lunch Program from Northfield Savings Bank, which has donated $500 to the organization in response to the grant. Students Charles Schaub, AJ Marenna, Matt Elbus, Billy Martin, Ian Bernett, and Spencer Jacobs worked on the grant.

The Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Nu Omega, took a trip to visit Vermont’s Forensic Laboratory in Waterbury Vermont. The VFL is the only forensic laboratory in the State of Vermont and provides services to the entire criminal justice system. Police officers representing local and state agencies, in addition to game wardens, state’s attorneys’ investigators and public defenders all bring evidence to the laboratory for examination.

Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, held their initiation ceremony on May 6. From left to right: Giselle Lopez, Brian Keville, Professor Rowly Brucken (faculty advisor), Christopher Bentley, Frank Ruscito, and Andrew Roberts (photo courtesy of Rowly Brucken).

Kimberly Martin ’13 presented her paper, “Deconstructing the Honor Code in “Crónica de una muerte anunciada”, at the 2013 National Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Kimberly’s paper is the result of a Student Research project she conducted with Professor Gina Sherriff (Spanish) during the summer of 2012.

Chris Bock, ’13, Norwich University Student Summer Weintz Fellowship Recipient (2012) presented his work on Mexican gang cartels to the Norwich Board of Fellows. In March 2013 at the recent Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, he presented his research and chaired a panel on The Many Faces of Terrorism. Bock’s work was also cited in the December 2012 edition of Military Advanced Education. Mentor: Professor W. Travis Morris.

Roger Thompson ’13 (CJ major, sociology minor), has been appointed to the board of directors of the Greater Barre Community Justice Center. Roger first became acquainted with the work of the organization through an extra credit activity he completed as part of an Introductory Sociology course. He also serves as a member of their reparative justice board and volunteers time in their circle of support and accountability. He recently conducted a parenting class for offenders (he is a Marine and father of three). It is a significant responsibility and honor to serve on the board of directors.

Emily Lobacz ’13 and William Tinney ’13 will be working on a Summer Fellowship with Professors Carole Bandy and Kevin Fleming through Vermont Genetics Network (NIH) funding.

The 2013 Kreitzberg Library Student Research Paper Prize went to COLA students Dawson Allen ’13 for “Operation Condor”; Kyle Vautrinot ’14 for “Steel, Fire and Courage” and Logan Morrison ’16 for “The Ultimate Question of Why.”

Student Scholarship Celebration and Faculty Mentors

2013 Student Research Fellows and their mentors

2013 Student Research Fellows and their mentors (photo by Chris Koteas)

The 2013 Student Scholarship Celebration was held April 29-May 3. Students gave oral presentations in the Kreitzberg Library and a poster session was held in Milano Ballroom on May 1, followed by a reception and awards ceremony. Weitz Research Fellows and NU Research Fellows for 2013 were announced.

Oral presentations included (student name followed by mentor name):

  • Lisa Belanger (Kevin Fleming) on “Perception of Attractiveness Based on Facial Expression and Color of Attire.”
  • Christopher DeFelice (Kathleen McDonald) on “Individuality and Definitive Ending in Postmodern Literary and Filmic Texts.”
  • Dana DeMartino (B. Allison Crowson) on “Terrorism in the Modern World: Proposed Criminological Theories to Explain the Phenomenon.”
  • Nathan Driscol (Reina Pennington) on “Liberating Leningrad: The Role of the Red Army Artillery”
  • William Mistretta (Robert McKay) on “Revolution of Peace: The Movements, Methods and Success of the American Civil Rights and Indian Nationalist Movements.”
  • Abraham Mauricio (Jason Jagemann) on “Speechmaking and Job Approval of Recent U.S. Presidents: 1993-2012.”

Other research presentations included:

  • Dennis Alvarez (Carole Bandy) on “Music Influence in Exercise Performance.”
  • Baylee Annis (Patricia Ferreira) on “Examining Our Literary Foundations: The Role of Children’s Literature in the Individual, American Society, and Within the Literary Canon.”
  • Christopher Bock (W. Travis Morris) on “Mexican Drug Cartels: The Central Argument Surrounding an FTO Designation.”
  • Christine Brammer (Carole Bandy) on “Does Sex and Character Affect Trustworthiness Based on Stranger Perception?”
  • Kayla Carreau (Carole Bandy) on “Students’ Relatedness to Teachers and Engagement Level Correlating to Academic Achievement.”
  • William M. Dana-Haskell (Carole Bandy) on “Emotional Interpretation Abilities in Military Personnel and Civilians.”
  • Aaron J. Farley (Carole Bandy) on “Learning and Testing Context Conditions and Free Recall.”
  • Shawna R. Gibson (Carole Bandy) on “The Effects of Facebook on Friendship and Social Connectedness.”
  • Christopher Gonse (Carole Bandy) on “The Effect of the Presence of Weapon on Attractiveness and Perceived Personalities Among Different Somatotypes.”
  • Adam Gravano (Patricia Ferreira) on “At the Mountains of Madness: A Study of the ‘Fall into Theory.’”
  • Marie-Philip Guay (Carole Bandy) on “Emotion Regulation: Cognitive Costs of Suppression.”
  • Kimberly Martin, NU Summer Research Fellow 2012 (Gina Sherriff) on “Deconstructing the Honor Code in Crónica de una muerte anunciada.”
  • Abraham Mauricio (Amy Woodbury Tease) on “Does Dystopia Still Matter? How Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go is Paving the Way for the Genre.”
  • Alyssa Menard (Carole Bandy) on “General Strain Theory and the Effect of Strain on the Delinquency and Criminal Behavior in Young Adults.”
  • Timothy Meyer (Carole Bandy) on “The Relationship between Physical Fitness, Exercise Intensity and Depression and Stress Among College Age Students.”
  • Drew Paulson (Patricia Ferreira) on “The Constantly Changing Genre of Military Literature.”
  • Jillian Phillips (Carole Bandy) on “Resilience and Exercise: How Do They Affect Our Emotions?”
  • Shaylyn Quinn (Carole Bandy) on “Rose Colored Glasses: The Influence of Attractiveness and Severity of Crime on Jury Decision-Making.”
  • Benjamin Richards (Carole Bandy) “Do Males Misperceive Female Friendliness?”
  • Andrew Roberts, NU Research Fellow 2012 (Rowly Brucken) on “The Value of Life: Analysis of Funds that Provide Assistance for Victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and September 11th Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center.”
  • Mary Seaberg, Weintz Summer Research Fellow 2012 (Wendy Fuller) on “Exclusion of Racial and Cultural Minorities: Mass Media Reports of Missing Children.”
  • Audrey Seaman (Patricia Ferreira) on “Fighting the English Major Stereotype: Real World Writing Skills In and Outside the Discipline.”
  • Joshua R. Ruby (Carole Bandy) on “Human’s Competitive Nature and its Effect on Aggression.”
  • Dustin Shimkus, NU Summer Research Fellow 2012 (Gary Lord) on “History of Norwich University Baseball 1860-1942.”
  • Caroline Thomas, Weintz Summer Research Fellow 2012 (Gary Lord) on “Leonard Wood and Norwich University: Inspiration for the Reserve Officer Training Corps.”
  • Seth Thomas (Carole Bandy), on “Social Stigma: Rating Perception of Valence, Arousal and Dominance of Facial Anomalies.”
  • Richard Well (Patricia Ferreira), on “If I Don’t Read, Will I Be Able to Write?”
  • Christie Wells (Carole Bandy) on “Resilience, Perceived Stress and the Effect of Habitual Exercise.”
  • Greg Wilder (Carl Martin) on “Norse and Viking Lore: Historical Fiction.”
  • Austin Wright (Carole Bandy) on “Detecting Deception in Others.”

News from Chengdu, China

Thanks to the generosity of the Chengdu Chamber of Commerce, Professor David Orrick and students traveled to Dujiangyan, a UNESCO World Heritage site for the Qingming Draining Water Festival on April 4. The Festival highlights the irrigation infrastructure built in 256 BC where local people drain water off the dam, offering sacrifices to the gods and ancestors. Blessings for prosperity are given and the government honored the people who helped Dujiangyan after the 2008 earthquake. Professor Orrick said it was the most spectacular visual experience he has ever had and believes that the students realize this was a “once in a lifetime” event. Note the pandas in the upper right corner of photo #2. (photos by David Orrick)

They also enjoyed a night at the opera

They also enjoyed a night at the opera

Professor Orrick gave a presentation at the US Consulate, proudly wearing the Norwich Maroon and Gold. The title for his talk was “Some Explanations for Americans’ Relationships with Their Cars.”

Faculty Achievements

Department of English and Communications

Gina Logan

  • Had a poem chosen for Montpelier’s Poetry City display in April.

Sean Prentiss

  • Received a Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship for “Finding Abbey: A Journey Home.”
  • Had a poem chosen for Montpelier’s Poetry City display in April.

Amy Woodbury Tease

  • Received a Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship for “Call and Answer: Muriel Spark and Media Culture.”

Department of History and Political Science

Reina Pennington

  • At Commencement ceremonies on May 11, President Schneider named History Professor Reina Pennington a Charles A. Dana Professor of History, a prestigious award accompanied by an annual stipend of $10,000. Pennington, who has taught at Norwich since 1999, was chosen by a selection committee of current Dana professors.
  • Received a Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship for “The Myth of Lilia Litviak: Rumor, Hearsay and Evidence about the World’s First Female Fighter Ace.”

School of Justice Studies and Sociology

Anne Buttimer

  • Attended the Inaugural Rudman Center Conference at the University of New Hampshire School Of Law titled “The Federal Budget and the Law: Finding a Way Forward” on April 22. Panelists and speakers included Senators John McCain, Phil Gramm, Pete Domenci, Olympia Snow, Bob Kerry, Kelly Ayotte, and former OMB director Dr. Alice Rivlin. The event was moderated by Ari Shapiro, White House Correspondent, National Public Radio.
  • Received a Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship for “Lawyers’ Perception of Female Homicide Offenders.”

W. Travis Morris

  • Has been named an Academic Fellow by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C. As a 2013-14 Academic Fellow, he will travel to Israel at the end of June for an intensive and multi-disciplinary study of the ways in which democratic nations can defend themselves from terrorism. The 2013 FDD Academic Fellows program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University, includes lectures by academics, military and intelligence officials, and diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States. The trip is fully funded by the FDD and will also include trips to police, customs, and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones.
  • In March 2013 at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, Professor Morris chaired a terrorism panel and presented a paper “Techniques of Neutralization in Extremist Propaganda.”
  • Received the Board of Fellows Faculty Development Prize for “Vehement Ideas: Deconstructing Violent Jihadi and neo-Nazi Demagogues.”
  • Received a Charles A. Dana Category I Grant.

Stan Shernock

  • Attended the 50th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences “The Politics of Crime & Criminal Justice” in Dallas, Texas in March. Professor Shernock presented “Conflict and Compatibility Between Military and Police: A Study of the Effects of Military Service and Deployment on Law Enforcement Officers in Small Town and Rural Policing” as part of the panel discussion “Mayberry and Beyond: Issues in Rural and Small Town Policing.”

Penny Shtull

  • Was featured in the spring 2013 Norwich Record Faculty Profile: “A Passion for Teaching- Penny Shtull, Professor of Criminology”. Read the article at: http://thenorwichrecord.com/?p=4447
  • Presented her paper “The Police Response to Mental Illness on Campus” as part of the panel “From Another Perspective” at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Dallas, Texas in March.

Department of Modern Languages

Gina Sherriff

  • Received a Norwich University Curriculum Development Fellowship for “Central America: Language and Culture, with Service-Learning Trip to Nicaragua.”
  • Received a Charles A. Dana Category I Grant

Department of Philosophy

Robert McKay

  • Gave the Gauss Lecture titled “Dr. Samuel Clarke: Science, politics, and Heresy in Early English Enlightenment” on April 6 in the Kreitzberg Multipurpose Room.

Announcing Tenure and Promotions:

Congratulations to our Faculty!

Rowly Brucken
– promoted to Professor of History.
– awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of History.

Jack Hayes
– awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of History.

Daniel Lane
– promoted to Professor of English.

Xiaoping Song
– awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Chinese.

Aimee Vieira
– awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology.

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Isabel Weinger Nielsen, editor

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