Norwich University’s College of Professional Schools is committed to educating students in the tradition of university founder Capt. Alden Partridge. By providing our students the means, motivation, confidence and empathy to engage in the problems of our era, disciplined and innovative thinkers will be inspired to create the industries, systems, processes, machines and structures that meet the real-world challenges of our evolving society.

A message from Dean Aron Temkin

The articles in this issue spotlight many strong conclusions to a good year. Heading into summer we have had faculty and students on campus pursuing research and conducting two new pre-college summer camps: the GenCyber@NU camp for cyber security and the A+A Summer Design Academy for architecture.

Vermont and national news agencies featured both programs and create an opportunity for you to learn more about GenCyber on VPR and NPR and Design Academy on WCAX.

Despite our near 200-year history, and the ongoing and noteworthy accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni, there are still many people who have yet to learn about Norwich University. In higher education, being a “best kept secret” isn't an asset, particularly in this age of information.

We have so appreciated the positive feedback from you regarding this newsletter. It is one of the ways that we are trying to make all the great work of our faculty and students more public and visible, first to you, but also to the world at large.

Last year, we were nationally ranked as #2 in the country in cyber security, and I am pleased to report that enrollment in this program is 140% of the previous year. Industry measures, like this, exist for many of our disciplines and can provide another way to make our good work more conspicuous. For instance, are you a current architecture student or an alumnus who hires architects for your firm? If so, please take a few minutes to answer this important annual survey from DesignIntelligence:

  • Survey for current Architecture students.
  • Survey for alumni, who hire architects for their firm.

Like many industry surveys, individual responses have an impact on our ranking. Since we do not have thousands of alumni, it is especially helpful when each of you steps up to be heard.

We hope these articles pique your interest and your pride. You likely have many opportunities to communicate your memories and continued hopes for Norwich in your day-to-day interactions with your professional colleagues and personal friends. I hope we are providing you the fuel to say, “You should hear what they are doing at my alma mater…”

Norwich forever!



Architecture Students Design a New Entry for Military Retirement Residence in Washington, D.C.

Architecture students at KnollwoodStudents in Associate Professor Wendy Cox’s Seminar in Design conceived a new entryway for a continuing care facility for retired officers and their families in Washington, D.C. MORE

EPA Honors NU’s Delta-T90 Solar House Team with 2015 Environmental Merit Award

Delta-T90 team at award ceremonyAt an Earth Day ceremony in Boston, staff from the EPA’s New England regional office honored Norwich students and faculty for their standout 2013 Solar Decathlon solar house design. MORE

Berlin Journal: Karla Brent, ’15 M.Arch., Reflects on Her City Lab: Berlin Experience

City Lab: BerlinJuggling a new life in Berlin while developing her architectural master’s thesis was not the easiest. But Brent was glad she elected to study in this enthralling city. MORE

Graduating Architecture Students Honored with Awards

Katherine Anderson at CommencementAssistant Professor Timothy Parker sketches and reflects on the distinct talents, experience and character traits recent architecture graduate standouts cultivated during their studies at Norwich. MORE

Cyber Expert and Prolific Author Peter Stephenson, PhD, Retires

Peter StephensonPeter Stephenson, PhD, retired from full-time teaching at Norwich University at the end of the spring semester and was awarded the distinction of Professor Emeritus. MORE

How Retirement Party Surprise Kept Prof. Peter Stephenson Clueless, For Once

Senior CSIA major Michelle Kellerman recalls the skullduggery behind a secret sendoff for a beloved professor and campus institution. MORE

Students Pitched Ideas, Visiting Entrepreneurs Shared Insights

Students at the Entrepreneurs' Organization lunchWhen a delegation of successful St. Louis-based business creators visited Norwich, student entrepreneurs grabbed their chance to pitch ideas and get advice. MORE

Retired Vermont Judge Brings Cold Case to Cyberforensics Class

Judge Stephen MartinFormer Vermont Superior Judge Stephen Martin told students that the key to any successful forensics inquiry is to approach it with an open mind. MORE

Award-winning Filmmaker Screens Documentary on Coastal Climate Change

Ben Kalina in a panel discussionIn April, Norwich University hosted documentary filmmaker Ben Kalina during a screening of “Shored Up: When Human Nature and the Force of Nature Collide,” his 2014 Sundance Film Festival winning documentary on climate change and coastal communities. MORE

Annual Steel Bridge, Big Beam Competitions Test Design Skills of Student Civil Engineers

Civil engineering students and their steel bridgeTo design, construct, and test their designs student teams drew upon a raft of skills, from structural analysis and design to project and time management. MORE

Junior Jacob Keasbey Visits Google, Stanford as UIF Program Fellow

Jacob Keasby at Stanford UniversityThe civil engineering major spent six intense weeks this spring at an entrepreneurial hackathon, learning how to become a change-maker for campus innovation. MORE

New Format Meets Old Tradition During 53rd Annual Engineering Convocation

An electric guitar, part of a Senior Project Design PresentationFor the second year, the gathering followed a technical symposium format, with a key note address, TED Talk style presentations of student work, and poster sessions. MORE

SON Interim Director Ann Marchewka Reflects on Teaching and Well-being

Ann Marchewka and studentWorking with students has allowed me to shift my focus from disease to the vital forces that sustain and build on health and well-being. MORE

Capstone Projects Showcase Class of 2015 Nursing Scholarship

Sharon Richie in CebuSenior graduates’ projects ranged from the health effects of poverty to the impact of breastfeeding on infant wellbeing. MORE

2015 Nurses Pinning Ceremony

2015 Nurses' pinning ceremonyInterim School of Nursing Director Ann Marchewka reflects on the Commencement Day celebration for Norwich’s 34 graduating nurses. MORE

S.T.A.R Program Outdoor Classroom

The Dutch Angle outdoor classroomIn January 2015, students from the Northfield High School Students Taking Alternative Routes (STAR) program met with students from the School of Architecture + Art’s 802-Lab to discuss the design and construction of an outdoor classroom in the 135-acre woodland adjacent to the Garvey Hill Soccer Field in Northfield.

The STAR program offers an academic setting for Northfield High School students looking for a more experiential classroom setting.

The building, affectionately named ‘The Dutch Angle,’ is approximately twenty-four feet square by eighteen feet tall at its highest and uses a sophisticated cable and turnbuckle-tensioned king-post beam to span the entire twenty-four feet length. The superstructure was entirely pre-fabricated on the Norwich campus at the Disney Field design/build facility, and then trucked to the Garvey Hill Soccer Field, where it was unloaded and hand-carried across the soccer field and into the forest. It is estimated that together the students carried about four tons of material and tools into the woods to construct the Dutch Angle Classroom.

Read more about the outdoor classroom.