Spring 2014

by inielsen on November 25, 2014

College News


CJSA_0976 _Arlington_webV2Members of the Norwich University Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) and CJ Professor David Orrick at Arlington National Cemetery during Washington Week

 Washington, DC was filled with Norwich students during spring break (March 8-15). Some highlights:

Sixteen members of the CJ Student Association, under the leadership of President Roxanne Rodriguez ’14, spent a professionally extraordinary week in Washington DC. Students met with law enforcement officials from the DEA, FBI, Secret Service, and other federal agencies. They also met Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, military officials in the Pentagon, including Provost Marshal General David Quantock ’80, (first class of NU CJ majors) and were able to observe testimony before the Senate by Secretary of State John Kerry. The trip was organized with alumni assistance and would not have been possible without the help of Norwich alumnus and DEA agent Edward Oberti. Many other alumni facilitated meetings and events, including Clem Hourican, Neil Doherty, Mike Parmigiani, and Susan Frese. It was an incredible learning experience for the students and showed them the limitless opportunities of having a BA in Criminal Justice from Norwich.

Professor Dart Thalman’s PO 301 class (US Security Policy: The Role of the Private Sector) gave seventeen students the opportunity to experience first-hand what they had been learning in the classroom. With the help of COLA Board of Fellows members Jon Allen, Clem Hourican, Barbara Foreman and other alumni, the students spent an amazing week in DC. Events included a tour of the White House, and meetings with members of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Michael Daniel (Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator). They also visited Booz Allen Hamilton, Institute for Defense Analysis, Office of Secretary of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, had a tour of the Capitol, and joined the CJ students at Congress to hear testimony by Secretary John Kerry. The capstone was an 18-hour Strategic Simulation of the National Security Council (set up like the Cabinet) where students briefed “President George W. Bush” played by VADM Mike McConnell, former director of US National Intelligence.

On March 14, over 100 Norwich alumni met with the PO and CJSA students for networking and a farewell reception at Sine’s on Pentagon Row.


DC_PO_flag_webProfessor Dart Thalman’s U.S. Security Policy Class met with alumni, visited federal agencies and participated in a national security crisis simulation during their week in Washington..






 On-campus news:


Alpha Phi Sigma, Norwich University’s chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, hosted a spring semester event on March 27 in front of Webb Hall and Wise Campus Center. Law enforcement agencies set up displays and officers/agents were present to answer student questions about their profession and equipment. The following agencies participated:

  • Vermont State Police – Mobile command post, K-9 teams, Traffic Enforcement
  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife – Truck/ATV/Snowmobile
  • Northfield Police Department – Patrol vehicle
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives- Arson & Explosive Response Vehicle & team (the team and vehicle that responded to the Boston Marathon bombing).

WNUB-FM’s license was renewed by the FCC for another eight years, bringing us to 2022!

The Writers Series began its 2014 season on February 10 with a visit and reading by memoirist Jaed Coffin, author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants and the forthcoming book, Roughhouse Friday. On April 2, The Writers Series hosted poet and playwright David Budbill, who lives and works in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The event began with a short reading of Budbill’s acclaimed play Judevine by the Norwich Pegasus Players. A 30 minute discussion with Budbill, creative writing student Giselle Lopez, and WNUB’s Jacque Day can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/#norwich-writers-series/david-budbill-at-norwich

 Norwich University’s Classical Concert Series sponsored Northern Third Collaborations Piano Quartet, performing works of Brahms and Piston, on February 18 in White Chapel. The Northern Third Collaborations Piano Quartet includes Sofia Hirsch, violin, Elizabeth Reid, viola, John Dunlop, cello, and Alison Cerutti, piano.

The History and Political Science Department hosted Dr. Mark Stoler, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont, who spoke on “World War II: Popular Myths and Historical Realities” on March 27 in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

On March 24, James (Jim) Mostyn, Resident Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Burlington, Vt., spoke to a very responsive, standing room only crowd in Cabot 85 on the fine arts of interviewing for federal law enforcement positions.


Student Achievements

Emmanuel Nino Aurigue ’14, a Criminal Justice major who studied at g-MEO Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, was recently featured in the 100K Strong Foundation Newsletter, http://100kstrong.org/2013/10/24/emmanuel-nino-aurigue/


CzumaO_podium_webCzumaO_group_webOliver Czuma ‘15, a Communications major, participated in the Farmers’ Night program at the State Capitol in Montpelier on February 26. He read poetry and letters as part of a program of music and readings commemorating World War I, sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society. His participation was facilitated by English Professors Jeanne Beckwith and Bud Knauf.



PraticoG_ACJS_webRodriguezR_ACJS_webCriminal Justice majors Gianni Pratico ’14 (left) and Roxanne Rodriguez ’14 (right) attended the 2014 meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Philadelphia in late February and gave presentations at the undergraduate panel session. Gianni also chaired a panel “A Potpourri of Criminal Justice Issues: Terrorism, Gangs, and the Death Penalty. He presented “How the Freedom Fighter/Terrorist Paradigm is Framed in Film Between 1980-Present for the IRA and Al-Qaeda,” the product of his work with Professor Travis Morris. Roxanne spoke about “Risk Factors vs. Humanitarian Factors: The Making of the Benevolent and the Malevolent” and was mentored by Professor Elizabeth Gurian. Both projects were conducted under the auspices of the Norwich Summer Student Research Program.

Classroom Events

Criminal Justice, Professor Anne Buttimer

January 28: The CJ310 (The Courts) class travelled to U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont in Burlington to observe several cases in the courtrooms of U. S. Magistrate John Conroy and U. S. District Court Judge William Sessions, who spoke to the class after court.

February 5: U. S. Probation Officer David Sem was a guest speaker in CJ 312/Corrections. Mr. Sem, a career federal officer who specializes in substance abusing and addicted pre-trial and pre-sentencing federal detainees, joined federal probationers to give the students a fascinating look inside the world of probation supervision in the federal system.

February 18: Judge Edward Cashman, (retired), a Vermont District Court judge for 25 years, spoke to CJ310/The Courts. After opening the class with the question to students “how do you think?” the judge challenged students to set aside their emotional thinking patterns and to move towards rational thinking.

February 20: Judy Brassard, a probation officer and supervisor for the Vermont Dept. of Corrections, Barre Probation and Parole Office, and Mary Jane Ainsworth, Policy Specialist, (formerly Vermont’s only Sentence Computation expert) Vermont Dept. of Corrections (Norwich alum  CJ 2002, MJA 2005) spoke to CJ312/Corrections.

March 20: Lori Baker, Executive Director of the Greater Barre Community Justice Center, and Roger Thompson ’14, USMC, spoke to CJ 310/The Courts.. In CJ 102/Criminal Law, Montpelier Chief of Police Tony Facos ’95, M’13,, spoke about the need to understand criminal law as part of the CJ system. Roger Thompson gave an overview of internships and CJ related community service projects.

History, Professor Gary Scott Walsh:

 March 1: Students in HI122/American History and HI212/Modern East Asia viewed Hiroshima, a documentary, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the classic anti-Communist 1950s film. Students were then given guided questions and wrote essays based on the films and materials discussed in class.

Faculty Achievements

Department of English and Communications

Jeanne Beckwith

  • Had a one-act play, Nothing Stays, accepted into The NetWork One-Act Festival in New York City. It ran for two weekends, January 30-Feb. 8.
  • Directed Roger Strauss’s play, Lunches, presented on February 9 in the upper gallery at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph as part of their festival focusing on “social issue plays.”
  • Had a play, Opportunity of a Lifetime presented as a “live” radio drama by The Thistle Dew Theatre in Sacramento, California. The play was done in front of a live audience for three weekends, January 10-24. It is now available as an audio feed at their website http://ktdtdigitalradiotheatre.blogspot.com/. Information is also available at http://thistledewtheatre.blogspot.com/.

Brett Cox


  • Gave a reading of his short story “That We Would End a War” and participated in several panel discussions at the New England Science Fiction Association’s Boskone 52 in Boston, February 14-16.
  • Gave a talk, “H.P. Lovecraft in Vermont: ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’,” at the Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, on February 20.





 Patti Ferreira

  • Had an essay “From a Vermont Urban Bee Yard: The Bees Tell Me” accepted for publication by Southern Review.

Dalyn Luedtke

  • Chaired the Reality TV section of the 35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Presented “Connecting Online and Off: A Mediological Analysis of Reality TV Viewing Practices” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference.

Sean Prentiss

  • Had a new anthology, The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, released in February. The book explores pedagogical questions in creative nonfiction.
  • Had a poem anthologized at the Great American Road Show Volume 3.
  • Had one essay, one story and 18 poems published in Medical Literary Messenger: the British literary journal, The Lake Poetry Review, Stone Path Review, Cirque, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Tampa Review Online, Red Bird, and Five Poetry.
  • Had his poem, “As If,” broadsided (paired with art). It can be viewed here.
  • Presented on a panel “Can You Grade a Poem?” at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle, Washington in March. While at AWP, he acted in his first ever play as poet James Wright in “Seattle- Saginaw: The Reach of Theodore Roethke, a play.” He also gave a reading in conjunction with Cirque Literary Journal.
  • Had an essay published in Thin Air and a story published in Sou’wester.
  • Was recently interviewed on Vermont Public Radio. The link is available at:

Amy Woodbury Tease

  • Had an article “Call and Answer: Muriel Spark and Media Culture” accepted for publication by Modern Fiction Studies.
  • Presented her paper titled “Modernism in the Age of New Media” on the panel “Modernism Backwards and Forwards: Reexamining Intertextuality” at the 2014 International Conference on Narrative on March 27-29 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 Department of History and Political Science

 Rowly Brucken

  • Delivered a presentation entitled, ““Factual Certainty is Desired but Should Not be a Fetish: The Eisenhower Administration’s Aborted 1953 Human Rights Offensive at the United Nations” to the Florida Conference of Historians in February.
  • Had his first book published in February; available on Amazon at:


 Sarwar Kashmeri

  • Hosted podcast interviews for the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decision program on national security and geopolitical issues, which can be heard at


Christine McCann

  • Presented “Keeping on the Sunny Side:  St. Jerome’s Use of Fear and Encouragement as a Spiritual Mentor” on January 21 at the COLA Colloquium, Kreitzberg Library.

 Steven Sodergren

  • Presented “The Horrors I Have Witnessed: Union Soldiers Respond to the Battlefield of 1864” on March 5 at the Sullivan Museum Lunch N’ Learn.

 School of Justice Studies and Sociology

 Anne Buttimer

  • Attended the mid-year meeting of the Vermont Bar Association on March 20 & 21 in Burlington.

 Wendy Fuller

  • Was appointed to the Executive Board of Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE). 
  • Had her manuscript, Rural Young Women, Education, and Socio-Spatial Mobility: Landscapes of Success accepted for publication by Lexington Books. The publisher says that the book will make a significant contribution to the field, and is very excited by the prospect of adding it to their list.

 Travis Morris

  • Gave a presentation “Detecting the Anatomy of Violent Propaganda: Methodological Approaches” on April 4 as part of the Charles A. Dana Category I Lecture Series, Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

 David Orrick

  • Attended the 2014 meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Philadelphia and participated in a panel on the curricular issues in the relationship of two and four year degrees in Criminal Justice.

Stan Shernock

  • Attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences meeting in Philadelphia, Feb 18-23 and attended Executive Committee meetings for the Police Section of ACJS. He also chaired two panels, one on “Police Performance, Accreditation, and Training” and the other on Becoming a Department Chair: Roles, Challenges, and Politics.”

Penny Shtull

  • Conducted a benchmarking research study for Penn State University of a sample of peer/ aspirant institutions that focused on policing, threat assessment, emergency management, electronic security and compliance management. Findings were published in a report entitled the “Pennsylvania State University Police and Public Safety Peer Review”, July-December 2013.
  • Appointed the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) 2015 Restorative Justice Program Committee Chair in January.
  • Reviewed and selected police departments in the Northeast to receive the 2013 Community Policing Award as part of the New England Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award Committee in February.
  • Served as the Chair of the 2014 ACJS Police Executive Section O.W. Wilson Award Committee.
  • Co-presented “Getting to Tenure and Beyond” as part of the SAGE Professional Development Teaching Workshop and was a discussant on the roundtable “Planning and Participating in the New ACJS Section on Teaching, Learning and Scholarship,” at the ACJS 2014 Annual Meeting “Perceptions of Crime and Justice” in Philadelphia in February.
  • Interviewed by ITV Studios America in NYC (in a full day production shoot on February 28) for the A&E TV Network crime documentary series The Killer Speaks. Served as the show’s expert/criminologist providing insight into the Joseph Pruitt Murder. The show will air on A&E in spring 2014.
  • Gave a presentation “The Police and Public Safety Response to the Mental Health Issues on Campus” for the Charles A. Dana Category I Lecture Series on March 28 at the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

 Aimee Vieira

  • Presented a paper entitled “Small Business, Commercial Property Ownership & Household Economic Viability in Rural Recreational Communities” at the Eastern Sociological Society in Baltimore on February 22.
  • Is co-editing the inaugural volume of the new online peer reviewed journal Culture, Language & International Security, which will be out in April. This journal is a publication of the Institute for the Study of Culture & Language at Norwich University.

 Department of Modern Languages

 Xingbo Li

  • Presented “Teaching Chinese as Communication” on February 4 at the COLA Colloquium, Kreizberg Library.

Gina Sherriff



  • Gave a presentation on March 26 on “The Clown and the Tyrant: Representations of the Franco dictatorship in Pan’s Labyrinth and The Last Circus,” as part of the Charles A. Dana Category I Lecture Series, Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.



Department of Psychology and Education

 Diane Byrne



  • Had a productive ISL in The Gambia in Fall 2013, at the end of which Vice Chancellor Kah of The Gambia University arranged a going away dinner for her with the Education Faculty of the university. At this dinner, he extended his thanks to Dr. Diane Byrne for her ongoing commitment and research with the university in the field of curriculum design.



Mel Miller

  • Presented “The History of Psychoanalysis in Vermont” to the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies on Burlington, Vt. on February 9.
  • On May 9-10 will present “Genjokoan, Kintsugi, and Participation Mystique” at the Enlightening Conversations conference “Opportunities and Obstacles in Human Awakening” in New York City.

 Upcoming Events

April 8: The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation and Norwich University will hold a panel discussion and community forum “Is There a Cure to the Drug Epidemic?” with opening remarks by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Panelists include Dr. Henry Chen, Vermont Department of Health; Col Tom L’Esperance, Director, Vermont State Police; CJ Professor David Orrick; and Max Schlueter, Director, Vermont Center for Justice Research. The event will be held in Plumley Armory from 4-6 pm and moderated by Sarwar Kashmeri.

Anyen Rinpoche from Amdo, will give a talk on “Dying with Confidence” from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Kreitzberg Multipurpose Room. He is currently the Spiritual Director of the Orgyen Khamdroling in Denver, CO. The event is being organized by Professor Mel Miller and Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath.

April 9 – 10: Colby Military Writers’ Symposium

On April 9, Political Science major William Cuervo NU’14 and History major Preston Huntington NU’14 will present “U.S. Grand Strategy and Military Force Realignment Interim Report” from 2-3 pm in the Kreitzberg Library. For more information: http://colby.norwich.edu/schedule/.

April 22-23: Seventh Annual CSI Symposium, CSI & Technology, will be held in Dole Auditorium with presentations by experts in the field of crime investigation and prevention. For more information go to http://libarts.norwich.edu/csi-symposium/, or contact Isabel Nielsen, 802-485-2455, inielsen@norwich.edu or Professor Penny Shtull, 802-485-2373, psthull@norwich.edu.

 April 26: 48th Annual Intercollegiate Student Symposium, hosted by Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences will be held in Bartoletto Hall at Norwich University. The Symposium provides a wonderful outlet for showcasing the variety of talents possessed by Vermont undergraduate students in art, music, writing and research.  The VAAS website can be viewed at http://vaas.us/.

April 28-May 2: Student Scholarship Celebration Week highlights the original research that has been conducted by our undergraduates both inside and outside of the classroom for the 2013-14 academic year. For more information contact committee chair Amy Woodbury Tease, atease@norwich.edu.

May 10-11: Commencement and Commissioning, Class of 2014

 June 29-July 1: Amy Woodbury Tease, Travis Morris, David Westerman, and Karen Andresen will present their collaborative presentation and workshop “The Mentored Undergraduate Research Program and Faculty Development at Norwich University: A Symbiotic Transformation of Campus Culture” at the Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference, June 28-July 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Isabel Weinger Nielsen, editor

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