March 2013

by inielsen on May 7, 2013

College News

Elena Passarello, photo by Ivy Ceballo ‘14

Elena Passarello, photo by Ivy Ceballo ‘14

The Norwich University Writers Series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications, hosted their first reading in late February. Elena Passarello read from her new book, Let Me Clear My Throat, to a packed Multipurpose Room. Over 70 people listened to Elena read and talk about writing. Afterwards, many of the audience members hung around to enjoy cheese and crackers, wine and beer, and great conversation. Two upcoming readings are scheduled. Science fiction writer, James Patrick Kelly, will give a reading March 27th at 4:30 in the Multipurpose Room. Major Jackson, an award winning poet, will give a reading April 17th at 7:00 in the Multipurpose Room.

Inspired by the national Favorite Poem Project, created by Robert Pinskey, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, students in Composition & Literature II film various members of the Norwich community discussing and reciting their favorite poem. All explain something of themselves and their interests as well as their first encounter with a poem that matters and has had influence. The videos are developed by first studying drama and the ways that playwrights and, ultimately, producers convey point- of- view through production. Students then create storyboards, constructing plot by crafting their subject into individual frames as well as integrating a script. By completion the Norwich University Favorite Poem Project harkens back to Pinskey’s, “celebrating, documenting, and encouraging poetry’s role in American’s lives.” The poems can be found at

The College of Liberal Arts sponsored a lunchtime concert in the White Chapel on February 5. Vermont Symphony musicians Sofia Kirsch, violinist and John Dunlop, principal cellist, joined Elizabeth Reid, violinist and Alison Cerutti, pianist and adjunct faculty member. Music on the program included the Bucolics of Lutoslawski and Brahms piano Quartet in G minor. Op 25. The Norwich University Classical Concert Series has previously hosted performances by Sylvia Parker, Karen Kevra, Elisabeth LeBlanc and the Heritage Brass. In April Diane Huling will perform at the White Chapel on the new Steinway Grand piano which was donated by Donal Richmond ’53. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The College also hosted a Northfield Youth Talent Showcase on March 3, featuring vocal and instrumental performances by members of the Northfield community, with a special performance by the Norwich University Pipe Band.

Colin McCaffrey teaching Pro Tools to Dong Bin Kim ’15, photo by Prof. Bill Estill

Colin McCaffrey teaching Pro Tools to Dong Bin Kim ’15, photo by Prof. Bill Estill

The Communications Program held professional workshops in Prof. Bill Estill’s TV Lab to learn two new programs, Pro Tools with Colin McCaffrey and Adobe After Effects with Andrew Wilson.


On February 28 Criminal Justice Prof.David Orrick wrote from Chengdu, China that four intrepid Norwich students (left to right) Will Torres ‘14, (Dr. Orrick), Matt Koser ‘14, Victoria Bishop ‘15, and Emmanuel Aurigue ‘14, have completed the first rotation of spring semester classes at the Chengdu Center for Study Abroad at Sichuan University. As should be expected of Norwich people, travel changes such as delayed flights, missed connections, and unplanned layovers in Beijing have not deterred this group from a smooth acclimatization process. The spring weather has been splendid and the cherry blossoms are in bloom. The program, which held its inaugural courses this semester, is under the auspices of G-MEO and Norwich University is a principal partner. Chengdu is a 2,300 year old city is China’s major city in the Southwest and a text book example of the country’s new economic energy. For more information about the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad Program go to:

US District Court, photo by Prof. David Orrick

US District Court, photo by Prof. David Orrick

VT Superior Court, photo by Kate Flanagan ‘14

VT Superior Court, photo by Kate Flanagan ‘14

Prof. Anne Buttimer’s two sections of CJ310 The Courts, accompanied by Prof. David Orrick, braved frigid and windy conditions on Feb. 7 to travel to U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont (Burlington), to observe a Motion to Suppress hearing before U.S. District Court William Sessions. Judge Sessions conducted a personal Q & A with students after the two-plus hour long hearing, and said he hadn’t seen this many uniforms since his days at Fort Benning.

The visitors were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by former VSP Executive Major John Filipek, father of Mike Filipeck ‘09 (CJ major and basketball captain). Major Filipeck, now in retirement, is part of the security team at the US Court House. Court personnel thanked Prof Buttimer for the professional conduct and appearance of the students, and invited them back next spring.

The Courts classes went to Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division in Burlington on Feb. 19 to view arraignments and sentencing hearings as part of their comparative study of state and federal courts in Vermont.

NU students at UNH Law School with Mark Sullivan, photo by UNH VP Karen Borgstrom

NU students at UNH Law School with Mark Sullivan, photo by UNH VP Karen Borgstrom

Thirty-five students accompanied Professors Robin Weber and Anne Buttimer on a trip to University of New Hampshire Law School in Concord, NH on Feb. 15 to hear U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan speak about employment opportunities with federal law enforcement agencies. Director Sullivan met personally with the students after his talk. Two N.U. alums, Kyle Rabadois ’10 and Jason Moore, ’11 were there and a successful day was had by all.

Dr. Saja Taal visited Norwich to share information and ideas with faculty and students on each other’s research and on research opportunities in The Gambia. Dr. Taal has hosted Norwich students in The Gambia and they have been impressed with his wide-ranging knowledge, insights and contacts. On Mar. 4 he presented a lecture on “The Socio-Economic Causes of Violent Conflict in Africa” in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, the Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, gave a lecture on “Contemplation in Higher Education” on Feb. 28. The talk was of special interest to those at Norwich who have been involved with the Transcendental Meditation project over the last few years.

The Psychology Lunch Series continues at noon on Wednesdays this semester, featuring presentations by Senior Psychology majors of original research, the major component of their Senior Thesis. February presentations included: Lisa Belanger on “Perception of Attractiveness Based on Facial Expressions and Attire”, Seth Thomas on “Social Stigma: Perceptions of Facial Anomalies”, Christie Wells on “Resilience, Perceived Stress, and the Effect of Habitual Exercise”, Jillian Phillips on “Resilience and Exercise, How They Affect Our Emotions”, Shaylyn Quinn on “Rose Colored Glasses: Does Attractiveness Influence Severity of Crime by Jury Members? “ and Benjamin Richards on “Do Males Misperceive Female Friendliness?” These presentations are trial runs in preparation for the final exposition of their work at the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences Symposium on April 27.

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Faculty Achievements

Department of History and Political Science

Rowly Brucken
– gave a Charles A. Dana Category I Lecture titled “John Brown: 19th Century Osama Bin Laden or George Washington? The Implications for Human Rights History” at the Kreitzberg Library on February 6.

Yangmo Ku
– presented a paper titled “The Emergence of Deng Xiaoping in North Korea & China in the Late 1970s versus North Korea in the Early 2010s,” at the 2013 Southern Political Science Association annual conference held in Orlando, Jan. 3-5.

– as a faculty advisor, participated in the 2013 Harvard National Model United Nations Conference held in Boston with 20 Norwich student delegates representing South Korea ,Feb. 14-17.

Christine McCann
– presented a paper, “’Your Trials Have Not Been More than You Can Bear:’ Consolation and Advice from St. Jerome” at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History in New Orleans on January 4.

Ray Zirblis
– participated in a panel discussion with two other historians following a screening of excerpts from the new PBS miniseries “The Abolitionists”. The screening and discussion took place on Feb. 5 at the Vermont History Center in Barre, in partnership with Vermont Public Television.

School of Justice Studies and Sociology

Penny Shtull
– served on the New England Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award Committee, fall 2012.

– was interviewed by New England Network News (NECN), Boston on “What Motivates a Serial Killer”, December 2012.

– was interviewed by WCAX, Vermont. Broadcast entitled “Expert Analysis on Serial Killing Suspect Isreal Keyes”, December 2012.

Both news broadcasts were aired nationally and internationally (including Sweden & Canada).

Aimee Vieira
– gave an invited research presentation “Designing research on interpreters in non-permissive environments” at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL Feb. 25.

– was an invited respondent to a panel presentation during the annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research Annual Meeting in Mobile AL. Her response was to the presentation “The Culture-Language Connection: Infusing Culture Content into Foreign Language Curriculum at the Air Force Culture & Language Center,” and it was delivered on Feb. 21.

Department of English and Communications

F. Brett Cox
– his short story “The Amnesia Helmet” was published in January at Eclipse Online:

Patti Ferreira
– gave a presentation on “Douglass, Ireland and the Great Famine” at the Frederick Douglass and Ireland conference sponsored by the St. John Fisher College Irish Studies Program in Rochester, NY on Feb. 22.

Daniel Lane
– attended the Brown Public Library reading by VT poet laureate Sydney Lea on Feb. 21.

Carl Martin
– his article “Bisclavret and the Subject of Torture” will be published in the journal Romanic Review within the year; Prof. Martin presented a version of this paper to the Norwich community as his Dana Category I Lecture in February 2012.

– In April will be presenting a paper on the Renaissance poet Thomas Wyatt entitled ” ‘Nor where I am not…’ Thomas Wyatt’s Broken Homes” at the 34th Annual Medieval & Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University (NH).

Kyle Pivetti
– gave a College of Liberal Arts Colloquium presentation, “Tongue-Tied: The Text as Violent Translation in The Spanish Tragedy,” on Feb. 12 in the Kreitzberg Library Multi-Purpose Room.

Sean Prentiss
– his poem “Majestic Prayers of Bangor” was meshed with art by Kate Baird through the Broadsided organization:

– gave a College of Liberal Arts Colloquium presentation, “Finding Abbey: A Journey Home” on Mar. 5 in the Kreitzberg Library Multi-Purpose Room.

– had three essays accepted or published in Quarter After Eight, New Madrid Literary Journal, and Arts and Letters PRIME. He has also had three poems accepted in Camas: the Nature of the West, The Blue Hours Magazine, and The Meadow. And he has had five short stories accepted at Sou’wester, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters and Riverlit.

Amy Woodbury Tease
– delivered a talk titled “Media Subjects, Mediated Texts” as part of the Charles A. Dana Category I Lecture Series on February 27th. Her lecture engaged Beckett’s Film and the electronic literature of Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries to invite questions about the confluence of media and art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the construction of the human as a media subject, and literary and visual texts as forms of mediated experience.

– will co-chair a roundtable on “Innovative Approaches to Student Resistance” with Dr, Kristina Atkins of Tufts University at the New England Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference in Boston in March. Her paper, “Resistance and Responsibility in the World Literature Classroom” will be part of this roundtable discussion.

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Isabel Weinger Nielsen, editor

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