News Briefs – Summer 2017

News Briefs – Summer 2017

As You Like It was the last play performed by the Pegasus Players in Dole Auditorium (before it was demolished on May 25). A new auditorium will be built in Mack Hall, opening fall 2018. Photo by David Orrick.




The Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha) initiated new members at the Department of History and Political Science Awards Ceremony on May 1 in Milano Ballroom. From left to right: Bethany Towne ’17, Josephine Sosa ’17, Matthew Rambin ’17 (2017 initiates); Daniel Valdes ’17, Prof. Jason F. Jagemann, Eric Rajunas ’18, Duncan Millar ’17, Liam Carroll ’17 (current members); Members not pictured: Daniel Lupacchino ’17. Photo courtesy Jason Jagemann.


Students from Prof. Doug Smith’s Broadcasting Techniques class visited WCAX-TV on April 3. Pictured are Colin Tarpey ’17, Keith McGilvery (WCAX-TV anchor/reporter) and Brandon Bursey ’19. Brandon writes “My visit to WCAX was really a great experience. Keith brought us upstairs to show us the post-production departments first. We met video editors, sound engineers, and even got the chance to sit in the control room during a live broadcast. After that, we made our way downstairs into the studio. Colin and I sat to the side of the set and watched a live broadcast for nearly an hour. After, we were able to meet some of the WCAX anchors and took a picture with Keith on the set. Overall, I’d would recommend [this kind of experience] to anybody who is interested in a career in broadcasting.” Photo courtesy Doug Smith.

Members of the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery during the club visit to Washington, D.C., over spring break. Photo by David Orrick.




On March 23, a student debate was held on the topic “The Trump Administration Has Put America on a Secure, Prosperous, and United Future.” For the motion was Jazmin Goodson ’20, team leader, and against the motion was Dylan O’Brien ’20, team leader. The debate was chaired by Sarwar Kashmeri, adjunct professor of political science and research fellow, Peace & War Center.


Morgan Chapman ’17, an education and psychology major, presented a defense of her senior honors thesis titled “Integrating Cryptology into a Fourth Grade Classroom” on March 31.


Timothy Haggerty ’17, a criminal justice major, presented a defense of his senior honors thesis titled “Body-Worn Cameras: setting the foundation” on April 19.


David Heinsohn ’18, an International Studies and Chinese (Mandarin) major, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in Taiwan during the 2017-18 academic year. He will study Mandarin at the Republic of China Military Academy (ROCMA) in Kaohsiung City, where all of his classes will be taught in Mandarin during the fall 2017 semester. The aim of the award is to encourage participants to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. Recipients of the award must agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.


Professor Travis Morris, Akshay Awasthi ’17, Jacob Freeman ’17, and Yushan Xireli ’18 accept the “Trailblazer” award from the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), presented by President Richard W. Schneider. They won the national competition P2P (Peer to Peer): Challenging Extremism, with their tool, EMIT, which stands for Extremist Mimicry Interception Tool. Not pictured: Emran Babak ’20, Naomi Rinaldo ’19. Photo by David Orrick.


For the third year in a row, the Criminal Justice Students Association (CJSA) won the Student Government Association (SGA) award for best student club. Criminal Justice major Nick Leapley ’18 accepted the award. Photo by David Orrick.



Justin Paddock ’18 received a service award for his work with the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2016-17 academic year. Photo by David Orrick.





Sean Prentiss, associate professor of English, and Spencer Duhamel ’18 were awarded a 2017-18 Apprentice Grant, funded through Chase Scholarship initiatives, to work on the collaborative project “Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology.”


NU Public Speaking students, organized into panels of multiple speakers from Professor Kate Donley’s classes, gave 30 brief (less than 10 minutes each) “STED Talks” on April 11 in the Kreitzberg Library. Topics included tattoos, PTSD, Beethoven vs. Beyonce, time management, Norwich hockey, cyber lives, addiction, conspiracies, and Mom & Dad, to name a few.


At this year’s Colby Symposium, students from Professor Fran Chevalier’s and Professor Steven Sodergren’s classes did a presentation on their WWI service-learning project to provide bilingual biographies of Norwich alumni to le Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux, the largest WWI museum in Europe. The Colby Symposium was held April 12-13 in Plumley Armory and hosted experts in military history, emphasizing the importance of WWI, its legacy, and Norwich’s role in the war.


The Center for Writing held its first All Night Write on Sunday, April 30 (7 pm – 2 am). Tutors were available to support any and all writing during the last week of classes, whether it be a simple citation or help figuring out a topic for a research paper.


The CoLA faculty and staff said a fond farewell on May 2 to three faculty members who are retiring with 111 years of combined teaching and service to the university. Pictured (L to R) are Gary Lord, Charles A. Dana Professor of History (joined Norwich in 1969), Fran Chevalier, Professor of French, (joined Norwich in 1990) and Mel Miller, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology (joined Norwich in 1981). Photo by Isabel Weinger Nielsen.


On May 5, a reception was held in the Partridge Pub to celebrate the publication of books by Travis Morris, School of Justice Studies and Sociology; Kyle Pivetti, Department of English and Communications; Sean Prentiss, Department of English and Communications, Steve Sodergren, Department of History and Political Science, and Aimee Vieira, School of Justice Studies and Sociology.


Yangmo Ku, assistant professor of political science, has been named Associate Director of the Peace & War Center for a three-year term (2017-2020). Prof. Ku has been serving as the Director of the International Studies Program and will bring an excellent record of teaching and scholarship in the areas of US-China relations, politics in North and South Korea, and the politics of memory and reconciliation in East Asia and Europe to his work with the Center.


Kate DonleyKate Donley, adjunct professor of English and communications, was awarded the inaugural Costas L. Caraganis Prize for Teaching with the University Archives. This $1,500 prize is awarded for creating an innovative lesson plan that furthers our students’ primary source literacy skills and encourages creative, faculty-generated use of the one-of-a-kind resources found in the Norwich University Archives. Professor Donley’s award-winning lesson plan will take public speaking students on a two-week deep dive into primary sources related to the Norwich Cadet’s Creed. In addition to analyzing the creed’s content, students will explore the history, context, and current and past cultural significance of this 183-word statement written by Norwich professor and alumnus K. R. B. Flint in 1927.

David Orrick, lecturer in criminal justice, received the Outstanding Mentor award at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) in March. Photo courtesy David Orrick.




The organization that Assistant Professor of Philosophy Brian Glenney co-founded, The Accessible Icon Project, won the 2017 Community Service Award by EPIC (Empowering People for Inclusive Communities) in Boston, Ma. Brian is shown second from left. Photo courtesy Brian Glenney.


On June 8, the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and Vermont Sheriffs invited Norwich’s Career and Internship Center (CIC) staff to present at their annual meeting at Lake Morey Inn. At the request of Association President and Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish ’90, CIC Director Kathryn Provost and Internship Coordinator Jim Graves delivered a one-hour presentation on recruiting and retaining millennials to the packed crowd of about 60 law enforcement leaders. Joining CIC staff was Meghan Duell ’17. As a recently graduated Criminal Justice major, Meghan recently went through the process of applying and interviewing with several departments, and she was ultimately hired by the Vermont State Police. The presentation was designed to give the chiefs and sheriffs some practical advice on what millennials look for in a department and what they can do to better attract them.


Congratulations to the following Faculty on their Tenure, Promotion, and/or Professor Emeritus:

  • Lea Williams Promotion to Professor
  • Dalyn Luedtke Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
  • Gina Sherriff Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
  • Elizabeth Gurian Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
  • Travis Morris Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
  • Amy Woodbury Tease Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure
  • Gary Lord Recommendation for Dana Professor Emeritus
  • Melvin Miller Recommendation for Dana Professor Emeritus
  • Fran Chevalier Recommendation for Dana Professor Emeritus
  • Jonathan Walters Recommendation for Dana Professor Emeritus

Student Scholarship Celebration Week (May 1-5), Over 60 undergraduate research projects were on display, including original work from the following CoLA students:

  • Nicholas Lawrence Allers (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Justin Banks (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Scott Barber (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Jacob Boylan (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Sophia Buono (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Zyla Fisher (Dr. Emily Meyer)
  • Drew A. Graham (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Peter Kinahen (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • David Lynch (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Sean Michael McCrystal (Dr. Miri Kim)
  • Patrick McCurdy (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Wesley Medeiros (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Lauren Nehilla (Prof. Matthew Thomas)
  • Zach O’Neill (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Giovanna Paola Rodriguez (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Muhammad Ali Shahidy (Dr. Mark Stefani)
  • Kelsey Soares (Dr. Elizabeth Gurian)
  • Bethany Towne (Dr. Jeremy Hansen)
  • Mark Walleshauser (Dr. Stephanie Maass)
  • Sam Wheeler (Dr. Stephanie Maass)