Summer 2014

by inielsen on November 25, 2014

A Message from the Dean

What a fantastic year we had in the college! Students, faculty, and staff were engaged at full tilt and the days just flew by. I am particularly delighted by the expansion of the intellectual community that we are seeing, with more of our students than ever involved in independent research, packed houses from across all disciplines at our creative writing events, and a lot of speakers, off-campus experiences, and internships being tied to course work. These trends reflect the purpose of the Norwich mission, to think and to do, and have been made possible by the great energy of our faculty and staff and their willingness to do extra. It takes a lot of time to develop those kinds of experiences, but the pay-off is student discovery and engagement. It was clear to me in talking to students before graduation that these activities have really enhanced the student experience and catalyzed their transformation as thinkers and actors.

We also have some new initiatives coming up that you should look to hear news about next year. Our Center for Studies in War and Peace, approved in January, will host a conference in October on the topic of US Leadership in the 21st Century. This is the first major initiative of the center and will involve participants from the Department of Defense, Department of State, service academies, and academic institutions. We’re excited about this program, particularly as a means of launching the center, and expect it to be a noteworthy event. Look for information on the center’s website, which will be up and running in late summer. Another up and coming program is PoemCampus, which will extend our literary community and is designed to highlight poetry in all forms and make it accessible around campus. A pilot version of the program debuted last spring and the organizers are working to make it bigger and better for Spring 2015. We will also have many activities in our Creative Writers Series and International Visitor Series, as well as all the fabulous things that faculty are doing in and with their classes. (Not to mention a few things that I probably don’t know about yet that our great faculty are thinking up as I write!)

We’ll be back in the fall with a new format to our newsletter, that we’re working on now with the Office of Communications. Expect it to be better than ever!

Andrea_webEnjoy the summer!

Andrea Talentino, Dean

College of Liberal Arts



College News

1_CSI_Kozel_Appleton_Nettleship_BatesThe CSI & Technology Symposium was held April 22-23, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the COLA Board of Fellows. Students, faculty and members of the community filled Dole Auditorium for presentations by crime investigation experts from New York, New England, and Canada. The seventh annual symposium opened with “CSI Overview” by Lieutenant Rob Appleton’92 and “Technology Used in the Amy St. Laurent Case” by investigators Joe Loughlin (author of Finding Amy) and Gerard “Biff” Brady. Other topics included “Using Social Media” (Scott Mills, Gary Margolis), “Crash Reconstruction” (Daniel Bates), “Mobile Device Investigations” (Peter Kozel), “Using Technology for Crime Prevention” (Mike D’Agostino). The program closed with a presentation on “Knowledge Management and Information” by Chuck Nettleship ’85, M’03. In a first for the Symposium, Scott Mills of the Toronto Police interviewed speakers online about cyberbullying and teen suicide, and then tweeted about the event. To see how it was done go to: CJ Professor Penny Shtull and Isabel Weinger Nielsen coordinated the event with alumnus and Board of Fellows member Rob Appleton‘92. Investigator Peter Kozel (New York State Police), Lieutenant Rob Appleton ’92 (NYSP), Chuck Nettleship ‘85, M’03 (Triquetra Technologies) and Technical Lieutenant Daniel Bates (NYSP) are shown in in the photo below. (Photo by Scott Mills)




Vermont Fallen 2009-2011, a film produced by NU Communications majors, premiered on April 5 in Dole Auditorium. The documentary tells the story of the seven Vermont/Norwich men who have died since the original Vermont Fallen was completed in 2008: Joseph Fortin, Ryan Grady, Steven DeLuzio, Tristan Southworth, Anthony Rosa, Ian Muller, and Brian Bill. Steven DeLuzio left Norwich to deploy with the Vermont National Guard and Brian Bill ’01 was a US Navy SEAL. Vermont Fallen celebrates the lives of Vermonters who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. Professor Bill Estill’s students interviewed the families of the service men and women who were killed in action. (Photos copyright Norwich University Photography)

 4_DavidBudbill_5_PoemCity_groupTo celebrate National Poetry Month, Vermont writer David Budbill read to a packed house of 136 people in the Milano Ballroom on April 2. The event completed the Creative Writers Series for the academic year and began with a short reading of Budbill’s acclaimed play Judevine by the Norwich Pegasus Players. On April 8, English Professors Brett Cox and Sean Prentiss, writer Jacque Day, and students Dana DeMartino ‘14, Baylee Annis ‘14, and Katherine Proffitt ’14 gave a presentation at PoemCity Montpelier about the Norwich University Literary Arts Community, and a standing room only crowd of 65 students, faculty, and community members attended the first PoemCampus Norwich Poetry Slam in Partridge Pub on April 9. For more information go to and (Photos courtesy Sean Prentiss)









Norwich University’s Literary Journal, The Chameleon, was unveiled at an event in the Multipurpose Room on April 16, attended by forty-five students, faculty members, and staff. The student-run publication, with the help of editor-in-chief Katherine Proffitt’14 and advisor Professor Sean Prentiss, worked together to publish a stunning collection of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography and visual art.

8_Chameleon_Proffitt_Prentiss_PresEditor Kat Proffitt and Professors Sean Prentiss and Brett Cox present President Richard Schneider with the 2014 Chameleon.





The Athena Society sponsored a showing of the film Girl Model on April 25, followed by a Q & A session with the filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin. The documentary explores how a 13 year old girl is “discovered” in Siberia and is brought into the Japanese modeling industry. One student commented, “Girl Model was an eye-opening, jarring look into a secretive world. It made me think twice about my own participation in the consumerism of the fashion industry.” The Athena Society engages in dialogue, activities, and social events to help promote social justice at Norwich and within our society. The event was funded by the Campus Climate Committee and the College of Liberal Arts.

Michael J. Armstrong, 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar and Visiting research Chair, Studies in War and Peace, and Associate Professor, Brock University, gave a lecture on “Modeling Past and Future Military Combat” on April 22 in Kreitzberg Library as part of the 2014 COLA Colloquium.

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Inside & Outside the Classroom

9_HarperCollinsEditorChristineRen-webKristin Daly Rens, Senior Editor at Blazer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, visited the Norwich campus on April 4 to talk with Professor Amy Woodbury Tease’s EN220 students about her role within the publishing industry. She spoke about the editorial process, her work with writers and illustrators, and joined faculty and students for lunch. Professor Woodbury Tease worked with Kristin when she was an editorial assistant at HarperCollins and described her as a wonderful, engaging person as well as an accomplished editor. (Photo copyright Norwich University Photography)



10_EN_Library_DanielGriffin_CamdenGould_webStudents from Professor Gina Logan’s Summer EN 220 class (Children’s Literature) attended the preschool story hours at Northfield’s Brown Public Library. The Children’s Librarian, Ms. Snow, met with the class following the story hour and talked with studentsabout her work, trends in children’s literature, and the various offerings that the library has for people of all ages.



 Student Achievements

Forty-nine COLA students gave presentations on their research projects in International Relations, English, Criminal Justice, Bilingual Scholarship, and History as part of the university-wide 2014 Student Scholarship Celebration. Professors Dart Thalman, Amy Woodbury Tease, W. Travis Morris, Yangmo Ku, Matthew Thomas, Reina Pennington and Lisa Brucken served as faculty mentors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             11_COLAAwards_groupThe College of Liberal Arts held a Student Academic Awards Ceremony on April 2 to honor students who received GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Lauren Dudley ’14 spoke on behalf of the students and later joined Criminal Justice professors Stan Shernock and Penny Shtull for a photo. (Photos by David Orrick)












Twenty-four Psychology and Education majors attended the annual Vermont Genetics Network Undergraduate Student Career Day on April 16, 2014. Two students, Emily Lobacz ’14 and William Tinney’14 presented a Poster for their VGN-sponsored Summer Fellowship and won an award as the best presentation as judged by VGN staff and faculty. Twenty-three majors presented their research and received certificates at the 48th Annual Vermont Academy of Arts and Science (VAAS) Intercollegiate Symposium which was held at Norwich this year.  

 14_CJHonor_inductees_web15_CJHonor_Morris_webAlpha Nu Omega of Alpha Phi Sigma, the NU Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, inducted ten new members on March 27: (L to R) Jeff Dziardziel ‘14, Delaney Welch ‘14, Viktor Abrams ‘14, Emma Smith ‘14, Luke Rand ‘14, Melissa Rome ‘14, Anthony Marotta ‘14, Mariah Howard ‘14, Lauren Dudley ‘14, and Will Hevey ’14. Professor Travis Morris, advisor, is shown presenting Delaney Welch with her Alpha Phi Sigma membership certificate, while chapter president Roger Thompson ’14 and Brian Rudd ’14 look on. Guest speaker Sgt. Kevin Oxford ’94 of the New Hampshire State Police looks on. (Photos by David Orrick)


16_HI_HonorSociety_2014_webPhi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society held an induction ceremony on April 29. Christopher Delmas ‘98, Curator of the Northfield Historical Society, was the featured speaker. The following students were inducted: Reilly Bayer ‘14, Andrew Beattie ‘14, Wendy Brown ‘14, Mark Chapman ‘14, Rachel Cote ‘14, Robert Danaher ‘15, Joseph Dvorak ‘14, Seth Fuller ‘14, Meghan Grenier ‘14, Emily Hart ‘14, Caitlin Holliday ‘14, Christian Hoskey ‘14, Morgan Keffer ‘14, Benjamin Kroll ‘14, Katrina Laidlaw ‘14, William Mistretta ‘14, Hilary Rogler ‘14, Morgan Ross ‘14, Brian Rudd ‘14, Benjamin Severson ‘15, Nicholas Tebbetts ‘14, Allyson Tsybenko ‘14, James Weinhold ’14.



17_PO_HonorSociety_ 2014_webPi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society, held its 2014 initiation ceremony for new members on May 1. An honorary membership was presented to Carolyn Dwyer, a political consultant who has worked with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Peter Shumlin. (Photo courtesy Jason Jagemann)





18_SocSci_HonorSociety_2014_webPi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Sciences, held a ceremony on April 28 to induct its 2013 and 2014 members: Stephanie Baulig (non-matriculating), Rachel Cote ’14, Joseph Dvorak ’14, Wendy Fuller (faculty), Vernon Gomes ’13, Meghan Grenier ’14, Andrew Knapp ’14, William Tinney ’14. (Photo L to R Meghan Grenier, Joseph Dvorak, Stephanie Baulig; courtesy of Amy Vieira)


The recipients of the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships were announced in early May. The following students from COLA will be working on projects this summer with their mentors:

Weintz Research Fellows (The designation of Weintz Scholar is given to fellows who received the highest ratings on their proposals and who are in strong academic standing):

  •  Hannah Bell ’15 (Dr. Amy Woodbury Tease), “Reading the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Church Through Contemporary Women Writers”
  • Frank Carissimo ’14 (Dr. Rowly Brucken), “Frederick Charles Miller: A Memoir of War and Hardship on the Nile”
  • Mariah Howard ’14 (Dr. Travis Morris), “How Does Neutralization Theory Apply to the Actions of Female Suicide Terrorists?”
  • Tory Kethro ’15 (Dr. Elizabeth Gurian), “A Tale of Two Killers”
  • Dustin Reinauer ’15 (Dr. Travis Morris), “Sandy Hook and Chenpeng; a Comparative Analysis Concerning Mass Violence and Weapon Lethality”
  • Muhammed Shahidy ’16 (Dr. Travis Morris), “How do Afghan Religious Fundamentalists’ Epistemic Beliefs Correlate to Right-wing Authoritarianism?”

 NU Research Fellows:

  •  Jesse Abruzzi’15 (Dr. Lea Williams), “Kipling and Tagore: Two Indias”
  • Dana DeMartino’14 (Prof. Sean Prentiss), “The Forgotten Fire: A Creative Take on the Rhoads Opera House Fire”
  • Ryan Fecteau’14 (Dr. Travis Morris), “Drinking Culture: A Comparative Study between Military Colleges”
  • Jacob Freeman’17 (Dr. Andrea Talentino), “Transitions from Destruction to Stability”
  • Zachary Larson’14 (Dr. Elizabeth Gurian), “Capital Punishment: Mistakes Made by the Criminal Justice System”
  • Wilma Melton’14 (Dr. Gary Lord), “Norwich University Alumni Service in World War I”
  • Shaili Patel’15 (Dr. Emily Gray), “Rationalizing London: John Gwyn’s Revival of Christopher Wren’s City lans, 1666-1780”
  • Kateryna Voytenko’14 (Prof. Gary Scott Walsh), “An Analysis of Post-Soviet era Political Corruption within the Ukraine”

Alumni News

Sho Konishi ’94, International Studies major, recently had a book published by Harvard University Press, Anarchist modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian intellectual relations in modern Japan. He is Associate Professor in Modern Japanese History and Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford, U.K.

Faculty Achievements

Department of English and Communications

Jeanne Beckwith

  • Her play Serpent Swimming West was presented in a staged reading at Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, Vermont on April 13. The play was the final presentation in the Issues Play Series of new work by Vermont authors, sponsored by the Walter Cerf Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Humanities Council.

Brett Cox

  • His short story “Road Dead” published in Shadows and Tall Trees 2014, an anthology of original fiction edited by Michael Kelly (Toronto: Undertow Publications, 2014).
  •  Gave a fiction reading at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida in March.
  •  Presented a lecture, “H.P. Lovecraft in Vermont: ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’,” on April 10 at the Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls, Vermont


Dalyn Luedtke

  • Presented “Rethinking the (Student-Centered) Classroom: Reasons to Open Up Online Spaces in Physical Environments” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March.
  • Co-presented “Building Connection, Creativity, and Collaboration Across Disciplines” at the Vermont Women in Higher Education Women’s Leadership Conference in March.
  •  Received the Bride Family Foundation Endowment for Faculty Development in April. The award will be used to attend the Digital Media and Composition Summer Institute at Ohio University in May 2015.

 Carl Marin

  • Presented a paper “Warlocks & Mastermen: A metonymic Reading of The Second Shepherds’ Play” at the Annual Medieval & Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, New Hampshire on April 25-26.

 Sean Prentiss

  • Recently signed a contract for his book, Finding Abbey: the Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave. This memoir about his search for Abbey’s hidden gravesite will be published in April 2015 by University of New Mexico Press.
  •  Creative essays were accepted at Stonecoast Review, Superstition Review, Rappanhannock Review, High Desert Journal, and SLAB Literature Journal.
  •  His poems will be published at Words and Images, Bird’s Thumb, Pilgrimage, Steam Ticket, Canyon Voices Literature Magazine, The Meadow, and Blueline.
  •  Sean’s new anthology, The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre, was reviewed at Brevity and MI Live He was interviewed about the anthology at Hippocampus: ( and on Vermont Public Radio (

 Department of History and Political Science

 Christine McCann

  •  Presented a paper “The Sunny Side: Jerome’s Use of Fear and Encouragement” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society in Chicago on May 24.

 School of Justice Studies and Sociology

 Elizabeth Gurian

  •  Received a summer fellowship for “Serial murder offending and adjudication patterns: a comparison of male, female, and partnered serial killers” and Dana I grants.
  •  Began the next stage of her research in June when she interviewed a female homicide offender at a medium security facility in Arizona.
  •  Will present a paper, “Female Homicide Offenders: An Exploration of Personal Narratives” at this year’s British Society of Criminology Conference which will be held in Liverpool, England in July.

 Penny Shtull


  • Was interviewed on WCAX TV program The :30 by host Mike McCune about the Norwich CSI & Technology Symposium on April 21. (Photo courtesy WCAX TV)



  • Appeared on the A & E TV crime documentary series The Killer Speaks, broadcast May 15. As the program’s criminologist, she provided insight into the murder of Joseph Pruitt.

 Aimee Vieira


  • Is Deputy Director of The Institute for the Study of Culture and Language at Norwich University (ISCL-NU) and on the Editorial Review Board of its biennial multi-disciplinary peer online Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (JCLIS) which premiered May 12. The first issue is available at
  • Presented at the 2014 Colby Symposium at Norwich University with ISCL-NU Director Robert Greene Sands on “The Institute for the Study of Culture and Language’s Role as Military and Civilian Personnel Prepare for Tomorrow’s Missions” on April 9.


Department of Modern Languages

Gina Sherriff

  • Was named a 2013-2014 American Fellow by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She received a Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant to work on a book project.

Judith Stallings-Ward

Judith Stallings-Ward

  • Was the recipient of an honorary turban at the Gypsy and Flamenco Festival held in Jodhpur, India held in March at the Mehrangar Fortress.






Department of Psychology and Education

 Kevin Fleming

  •  Organized the 48th Annual Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences (VAAS) Intercollegiate Symposium held at Norwich this year. Fifty presenters from five different colleges attended.


Mel Miller

  •  Presented his paper on “Kintsugi, Genjokoan, and Participation Mystique: Mutual Transformation through Shared Brokenness” at the Enlightening Conversations conference at the Blood Center in NYC on May 9-10.
  •  Will present his research on Understanding Spiritual Perspectives at Chautauqua Institute on July 9-11.

 Announcing Tenure & Promotions

Congratulations to our faculty!

  •  Penny Shtull, School of Justice Studies and Sociology – promoted to Full Professor
  •  Carl Martin, Department of English and Communications – promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure
  •  Scott Field, Department of English and Communications – awarded Professor Emeritus
  •  Linda Karch, Department of English and Communications – awarded Professor Emeritus

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