A message from Interim Dean Lea Williams
Welcome to the Spring 2017 College of Liberal Arts newsletter! As you read the many stories in it, I know you will be impressed by the breadth of activity on the part of our students and faculty. A highlight that you will not want to miss is the story detailing the P2P (Peer to Peer): Challenging Extremism national competition, won by a team of five Norwich undergraduates, four of whom are students in the College of Liberal Arts, with their tool, EMIT—Extremist Mimicry Interception Tool. Many congratulations to these students and to the faculty and others who mentored and supported them along the way.
As you read about this and the many other exciting happenings detailed in the newsletter, it is obvious that the college has grown enormously in the last five years. As many of you know, Andrea Talentino, hired as the first Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 2012 in the wake of a university-wide reorganization of academic units, has left Norwich to take a position as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Nazareth College near Rochester, New York. During her time at Norwich, she did much to encourage initiatives and support our faculty and students as they envisioned new possibilities for our college. To name just a few examples, two new centers were launched: the Peace and War Center, under the leadership of Dr. Travis Morris, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, and the Center for Writing, directed by Dr. Dalyn Luedtke, Assistant Professor of English. Each serves our students in crucial ways, offering them opportunities to pursue their intellectual interests and cultivate their leadership and mentoring skills.
It is clear from the events and accomplishments described in this newsletter that our faculty and students are eager to continue the innovative work they have been doing. I am honored to serve as interim dean of such an engaged and energetic group of faculty and students. Happy reading!