October 2012

by inielsen on October 5, 2012

College News

In June 2012 the former academic schools at Norwich were restructured to form five colleges.The Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences have joined to become the College of LiberalArts. The other colleges are the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies (including the Schools of Business, Architecture and Art, Nursing and David Crawford School of Engineering), College of National Services and College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Dean Andrea TalentinoWelcome to Andrea Talentino, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts!

Andrea received her B.A. from Yale University, and her M.A. and PhD in Political Science from UCLA. She comes to Norwich from Drew University where she was Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development .


Panel discussion participantsNorwich First Read: “Unbroken”

“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand was this year’s book chosen by the Board of Fellows and sent to every freshman during the summer. On September 12, a lively panel discussion about the book was held in Dole Auditorium for students, faculty and staff. Panel members included Board of Fellows members Chuck Nettleship ’85, ’03 and Jon Allen ’94 and students Jackie DeRocher ’14, Jacob Barnett ’13, Brian Dunne ’13 and Roger Thompson ’13. Prof Lea Williams was the moderator.


Welcome to our new faculty!

Sean PrentissSean Prentiss, Assistant Professor of English, comes to Norwich from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he taught at Grand Valley State University (25,000 students). He is a proud alumnus of Western State College in Gunnison, CO and the graduate program at the University of Idaho where he studied with Mary Clearman Blew and Kim Barnes. His areas of specialty include teaching and writing creative nonfiction, environmental writing, and poetry. At Norwich, he’ll teach composition and literature classes as well as creative writing. He is looking forward to teaching at a smaller school and is excited to be working with Norwich’s kind and caring faculty.

Laura Adams GrossLaura Adams Gross, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, lived in Boston for the past six years while completing her PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy at Northeastern University. She graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME and received her M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She specializes in corrections and reentry, examining these processes through the lens of gender and gendered social control. At Norwich she’ll teach Research Methods and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Yangmo KuYangmo Ku, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will teach Intro to International Studies; International Relations; Asian Politics; International Law; International Organizations and The Politics of Memory and Reconciliation. He graduated from Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea and completed his graduate studies (MA & PhD) in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University. Before coming to Norwich he taught at the School of International Studies at American University in Washington, DC. His wife, Min Ku, will teach mathematics at Norwich.

Student Achievements

Andrew Roberts ’15, a History major, received a summer research fellowship. His research paper compares the victim compensation funds created after the two worst industrial accidents in New York City’s history: the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911 and the September 11th Fund. Mentor: Dr. Rowly Brucken.

Faculty Achievements

School of Justice Studies and Sociology

Anne Buttimer

– Attended the Vermont State Colleges Retreat “Classrooms of the 21st Century” on May 24.

– Attended the Vermont Bar Association’s first annual Agriculture Law Day on June 4 and annual Contemplative Practices in the Law Day on June 15.

– Committee member for the Vermont State Colleges Assessment of Prior Learning program, where students’ portfolios, completed after a semester of intensive work, are reviewed to decide if college credit should be awarded for external learning.

– attended the Community College of Vermont Summer Faculty Institute “Classroom and Program Assessment Methods”, June 21 & 22.

 Elizabeth Gurian

– Attended her PhD graduation from the University of Cambridge, England on July 21.

-Received junior faculty startup costs to attend the 5th International Evidence Based Policing Conference in Cambridge, England. While there liaised with professors at the Institute of Criminology regarding a research proposal that she recently submitted to the Guggenheim foundation on interviewing female homicide offenders.

-Had a paper accepted for the annual American Society of Criminology conference to be held this November in Chicago (‘Explanations of female perpetrated homicide’).

W. Travis Morris

-Morris, Travis (2012), “Extracting Affect in Extremist Propaganda” Refereed paper will be presented in Odense, Denmark and published by the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference. August 2012.

-Morris, T. (2012) Achieving National Security: Comparing Four State Security Models. Police Practice and Research. Special Issue: “The interplay between policing, peacekeeping, counter-terrorism, and counter-insurgency.” Vol. 13, No. 2, April 2012, 121-137.

-Trammell, R. and Morris, T. (2012) “The Connection between Stigma and Life Chances: A Qualitative Examination of Gender and Sex Crimes in Yemen.” Sociological Focus, 45:2, 159-175.

-Morris, T. (2012) “Jihad” in Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice. Margaret Beare & Geoffry Golson (Eds.). Sage Publications. 221-222.

-Morris, T. (2012) “Al Qaeda” in Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice. Margaret Beare & Geoffry Golson (Eds.). Sage Publications. 11-12.

Penny Shtull

-Interviewed on WCAX (Channel 3 news) on recent cluster of homicides in NH in May.

– Interviewed and quoted in Burlington Free Press in two separate news articles on violent crime in May and June.

-Participant on Roundtable Panel “Advancing the Professionalization of Criminal Justice” at the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Portsmouth, RI in June.

– Researched and wrote an organizational benchmark study of safety and security operations on a sample of universities and colleges for Margolis, Healy & Associates (a campus security consulting firm) in July and August.

Department of English and Communications

Jeanne Beckwith

Attended The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez Alaska, June 10-17 where there was a staged reading of her play, “Requiem For John” and a featured presentation of her short play, “Doll Hospital.”

– Her play, “Opportunity of a Lifetime” was named the winner of The 2012 Vermont Contemporary Playwrights Forum and presented as a full stage production, July 11th-21st in Waterbury, VT.

– Moxie Production presented her play, “The Auction” as part of the Burlington Fringe Festival at the Off-Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Burlington on August 3, 2012.

-She was Artistic Director of TenFest presented by the Vermont Playwrights Circle at the Valley Players Theatre, August 16-19, 2012. In addition, her play, “M. Dupin Investigates a Strange Disappearance” was performed as part of the production.

Brett Cox

-Publications: “Next Morning,” a poem, in Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, Issue 28, Spring 2012, p. 55.

-Program Participant, Last Frontier Theater Conference, Valdez, Alaska, June 10-18, 2012.  His one-act play “It Came Out of the Sky” was presented in a staged reading in the conference Play Lab, his 10-minute play “They Got Louie” was presented in a staged reading in the conference Ten-Minute Play Slam, and his one-page play “Better Not” was presented in a staged reading in the conference Fringe Festival.  He also was a reader in the Play Lab presentation of Body Language, a full-length play by Kuros Charney.

-Program Participant, Readercon Conference on Imaginative Literature, Burlington, Massachusetts, July 12-15, 2012.  He gave a solo reading of his short story “The Amnesia Helmet,” read his short story “Road Dead” as part of a group presentation by members of the Cambridge Science Fiction Writers Workshop, moderated a panel on “The Next New Wave,” and spoke at the Shirley Jackson Awards ceremony in his capacity as a member of the award’s Board of Directors.  The Shirley Jackson Award is a juried award given annually for superior achievement in the literature of horror, psychological suspense, and the dark fantastic.

Sean Prentiss

Published an essay, “Riverblood,” in Blueline and an essay, “Tonight (the Big Dipper, You Leaving),” at the online creative nonfiction journal, Brevity (Brevity.org).

-Published one poem, “Burn the Silo,” in The Meadow and another poem, “Another Slate Belt Spring,” in Squalorly.

-Was named the new creative editor for Backcountry Magazine, a magazine dedicated to backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Karen Stewart

-Wrote reviews on  textbooks Literature to Go, by Michael Meyer and Acting Out Culture, 2nd edition, by James S. Miller; both published by Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.

– worked on a collaborative project studying the effects of teaching/learning via brick and mortar classrooms and other face to face teaching settings and/vs. online “classroom” settings and their effectiveness.

Lea Williams

-At the end of June, travelled to France and England for two weeks, funded by a Bride award, to conduct research for a biography she is writing about Ellen N. LaMotte. While there Dr. Williams traced LaMotte’s steps when she lived in Paris 1913-1915 and visited the Churchill Archives at Cambridge University to researchthe hospital LaMotte worked in during World War I.

-Attended a conference “Veterans’ Success on American Campuses” sponsored by the Department of Education on Aug 1. A team from Norwich (along with Peg Meyer, Bill Clements and Katie Deemer ’12) gave a presentation on NU initiatives for student-veterans and Dr. Williams talked about a course she developed, “Veterans Literature and Writing”.

Department of History  and Political Science

Rowland Brucken

Mentored Andrew Roberts ‘15 who received a summer research fellowship (see Student Achievements).

-Testified on behalf of two Zimbabwe asylum seekers, one of whom received asylum on the spot and the other who is awaiting a decision from the federal immigration judge.

Jason Jagemann

-Presented “The U.S. Constitution and Elections and the Elections and the U.S. Constitution” for Constitution Day, September 17, in the library.

-Was interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for coverage of how Norwich remembered 9/11. Pictures of the event and Burlington Free Press article here: http://bfpne.ws/S8fbzE

-appointed to the Vermont Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.

Jack Hayes

Jack Hayes in China-was in China mid May to late June doing research on his Chinese environmental and fire history project.  With support from a Dana Fellowship, he conducted archival research in Beijing and Chengdu Sichuan, and some field research in Beijing, Heilongjiang, Sichuan, and Tibetan areas of China.  He also presented a paper at the Southwest Nationalities University and worked from a motorcycle in the Lhagang Grasslands of Ganzi for almost a week. Paper:  “四川松潘族与环境历史” [Ethnicity and Environmental History in Sichuan’s Songpan Region], School of Minority Nationalities Research and Khampa Studies, Southwest Minority Nationalities University, Chengdu, Sichuan PRC, June 2012.

Dart Thalman

was accepted to and participated in the Cambridge 2012 Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy organized by the international association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) in cooperation with the program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at the Harvard University.  It was held at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA, June 18-20, 2012.  Some thirty humanitarian law practitioners and educators from around the world participated.

Department of Modern Languages

Judith Stallings-Ward

-Attended the 10 Congress of the International Association of Visual Semiotics Sept 3-8 at the University of Buenos Aries, Argentina. She presented a paper “Embodiment of Dilemma in Garcia Lorca’s poem titled Double Poem of Lake Eden” one of eleven poems written when he visited Eden Mills, VT. Pictured below are some of the presenters (l-r):


Professor Luis Carlos Migliozzi Ferreira de Mello, State University of Londrina, Brazil ; Professor Gonzalo Ramírez Gómez, University of Santader, Colombia;  Professor José Enrique Finol, University of Zulia, Venezuela; Professor Alfredo Cid Jurado, Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico and Vice President of the International Association of Visual Semiotics; and Professor Judith Stallings-Ward, Norwich University, Vermont.


Xiaoping Song

-Attended the Annual Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics (L3 2012), a gathering of international scholars, in Singapore on July 9-10. Dr. Song submitted her paper “Time, History and Self in Chinese Fiction in the 1980s: A Reading from New Perspectives” which has been published in the Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics. She delivered the first part of her paper “Time, Self and History in Mo Yan’s Novella Red Sorghum” at the conference.



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