News from the Hill: Spring 2018

ALARA 2018 World Congress
The Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc. (ALARA) will host its 10th World Congress on the Norwich University campus from June 17 to 20, 2018. Set to coincide with the Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Residency Conference, the ALARA World Congress will offer panel discussions and speeches featuring a slate of internationally renowned scholars and action research practitioners. Headlining the lineup of keynote speakers is Her Excellency Professor Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the United States and Canada. She will speak on the subject, “Action Learning, Action Research for Global Initiatives.”

Freedom Writers
On November 15, 2017, students in Professor Patricia Ferreira’s course “Jailed & Executed: Writers with Loaded Pens,” conducted a consciousness-raising in the foyer of the Wise Campus Center and the Kreitzberg Library. Their demonstration recognized the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, supporting writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information.

Spanish Program Raises Awareness
In October, Norwich University’s Spanish Program, in partnership with the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors Society, sold hand-woven bracelets, pulseras, to empower the artists who make them in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The sale was organized through the Pulsera Project, a nonprofit organization that educates people in the U.S. and Central America on fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability, and education, while imparting information about the culture, lives, and struggles of Central Americans.

Peace and War Center Presents Founder of Afghanistan’s Only Girls Boarding School
“Opportunities and challenges of establishing Afghanistan’s first and only all-girls boarding school” is the title of a presentation given on the Norwich campus by Shabana Basij-Rasikhm Wednesday, February 14. Basij-Rasikhm is the president and founder of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA). Currently, only one in four girls receive a secondary education in Afghanistan. Since its establishment in 2008, SOLA students have represented 23 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces; 45 have attended colleges and universities abroad, receiving more than 194 years’ worth of scholarships valued at $9.4 million.

New Trustee, Vice Admiral Patricia A. Tracey

In 2004, then the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. Navy, Admiral Patricia Tracey smiles at her retirement ceremony.

In November 2017, the Norwich University Board of Trustees elected retired Navy Vice Admiral Patricia A. Tracey into their ranks. Tracey, the Navy’s first woman three-star, retired from the Navy after a distinguished 34-year career. She then worked as and subsequently retired from her position as vice president of Homeland Security and Defense for the HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector. She has also served as a senior fellow for the Center of Naval Analysis. Currently, she is the director of U.S. Steel Corporation and the Armed Forces Benefit Association.

Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the College of New Rochelle, a master’s degree with distinction in operations research from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a fellowship with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Wilson College, where she has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Outdoor Classroom Earns AIA Award

Norwich students designed the Outdoor Classroom to be gentle on the landscape. By making sure that all of the pieces and components could be transported without heavy machinery, the natural qualities of the site were preserved even during the construction process.

The Outdoor Classroom, which Norwich University students designed and built in 2015 in collaboration with Northfield High School, Northfield, Vt., has been recognized with a Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Region. The building, affectionately named “The Dutch Angle,” is approximately 24′ x 18′ at its highest and uses a sophisticated cable and turnbuckle-tensioned king-post beam to span the entire 24-foot length. The project engaged Norwich students in architecture, civil engineering, and construction management programs.

“This fresh-air classroom is a great example of how a small but thoughtful design intervention, conceived with community input and built with an attention to craft, can have a big impact on the people who use it,” said Dean of the College of Professional Schools Aron Temkin. “It is wonderful to see this project receive broader recognition.”

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Championship Returns to NU

The Montpelier Clicks won the Robot Design Award at the 2017 FIRST LEGO League Vermont State Championship.

For the third straight year, Norwich University hosted the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Vermont State Championship. Made up of students aged 9 to 14, teams are tasked with researching a real-world scientific issue and designing and building an original robot. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technologies, student teams showcased the results of weeks of intense preparation as they deployed their robots to complete thematic challenges in autonomous robot matches. The theme for this event was Hydro Dynamicssm focusing on how we find, transport, use, or dispose of water.

Norwich University established the state’s regional FLL affiliate beginning in 2013, hosting regional qualifiers; in 2015, Norwich hosted the first state championship event. The 2017 FLL took place December 10, 2017, in Shapiro Field House.

Professor Jams with Tech

Professor David Feinauer won the 2017 Vermont Tech Jam Ambassador Award by popular vote.

The 2017 Vermont Tech Jam Ambassador Award went to Norwich Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, David Feinauer. He was nominated based on his hard work leading the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship efforts. Feinauer is well known for bringing the FIRST® LEGO® League to Vermont. Through organizing and hosting FLL, Feinauer has enabled and inspired hundreds of Vermont middle-school students to get excited about technology and engineering concepts, while also introducing them to Norwich.

Each year, the Vermont Technology Alliance, BTV Ignite, and Seven Days recognize outstanding local leaders through the Tech Jam awards. Winners receive a handcrafted robot statuette (pictured) designed by clay artist John Brickels. The Ambassador Award recognizes a business, organization, or individual who leads the support, promotion, and growth of Vermont’s tech economy and ecosystem.

50 Years of the “NUB”

WNUB signed on the air December 8, 1967, with Leo P. Soucy ’69 (pictured) as general manager.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, WNUB celebrated 50 years on air with a live broadcast in the Wise Campus Center. The host was longtime deejay Dex Rowe, a 47-year radio veteran who showcased music from the past 50 years.

In 1967, led by then general manager Leo P. Soucy ’69 (pictured), WNUB joined the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and the National Association of Educational Broadcasting and began operating on December 8 of that year. Since then, WNUB-FM has expanded its programming to reflect its burgeoning philosophy of reaching beyond the campus and into the local community with programs such as weekly news and sports updates from the Northfield News, public-affairs programming to include Norwich Odyssey, interviews with all five of the 2016 Vermont gubernatorial candidates, and coverage of Town Meeting and all three days of Northfield’s Labor Day weekend celebration, the state’s largest.

To learn more, or if you have suggestions, please contact station manager and communi-cations faculty member Doug Smith at Stream live at

Cadets March for Veterans

The Legacy March has raised more than $20,000 over the years to support Vermont and national veterans organizations.

Norwich University cadets have continued their tradition of marching 50 miles to raise funds for the Veterans’ Place, Inc., a Northfield transition home and support center for homeless veterans.

The three-day, 8th Annual Legacy March began in Norwich, Vt., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, and ended with the cadets arriving back at Northfield for lunch on Saturday, November 4. It kicked off with historical briefings from Clarke Haywood ’12, who accompanied the marchers on the first leg of the journey, discussing early Norwich history, visiting the gravesites of Alden Partridge and Truman Ransom NU 1825, and passing by their homes. The cadets then detoured to the Elizabeth Copper Mine in South Strafford, Vt., to learn about the strategic importance of the mine to America and the environmental cleanup of the site in recent years. Along the way they also learned about the impact of U.S. Senator Justin Morrill, the Land Grant College Act that bears his name, and the roots of this far-reaching legislation in Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge’s philosophy of American education.

$2.3 Million FEMA Grant to NUARI
Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) has been awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training grant for $2,267,000 for first-responder cybersecurity training.

NUARI is a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC), whose members have been developing and delivering training in partnership with DHS/FEMA and DHS/Cybersecurity and Communications since 2004. Other NCPC members include the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance–Memphis, the University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute, the University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. The FEMA continuing-training grant supports the development and delivery of courseware to improve the nation’s ability to effectively identify and respond to a cybersecurity incident.

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