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

This issue of Connections provides a glimpse into our very busy fall, which has included two accreditation visits, departure from campus of both the WheelPad and CASA802 house (see coverage here and here), and a very successful Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Other great news includes: Assistant Professor Tolya Stonorov was named the 2016 Vermont Women in Higher Education Emerging Professional honoree, and our most recent nursing graduates had an impressive 94% first time pass rate and 100% overall pass rate this past summer on the NCLEX exams.
This semester we kicked off a year of student activities and events focused on the theme of innovation as leadership, part of the Bicentennial Year of Leadership:

  • We have hosted several hour-long problem solving “innovation challenges,” led by Assistant Professor David Feinauer.
  • We will invite motivated students to a three-day immersive innovation retreat, called IDEAction, in January, where teams will take an entrepreneurial idea or venture from conception to pitch in roughly 24 hours.
  • The year will culminate in April with an exhibition of students’ best work and a panel presentation featuring leading national innovators. Both events will comprise this year’s Todd Lecture Series scheduled for April 27 in Plumley Armory. Save the date!

Programming such as this is not possible without our alumni’s strong history of support for the College’s many initiatives and efforts. Your support directly impacts the activities highlighted above and in these articles, whether through your time, internship and networking opportunities, contributions toward scholarships and university campaigns, or gifts to funds in the four Schools.

Tuesday, November 29th is #GivingTuesday, a 24-hour initiative to promote philanthropy and giving. The University’s goal is to recruit 200 donors to make a gift on #GivingTuesday at any level, in honor of our Forging the Future Bicentennial Campaign. And of course, we welcome gifts to the School funds on any day; these contributions have a real and lasting impact on the opportunities we can provide for our students.

Norwich forever!


School of Architecture + Art Continues Lecture Series with Frano Violich of KVA MATx

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents a lecture by Frano Violich, principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd. (KVA MATx) on Friday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. in

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School of Architecture + Art Inducts Accomplished Alumni and Supporters to New “Wall of Fame”

By Danny Sagan, Associate Professor, Program Director, School of Architecture + Art

As visitors enter historic Chaplin Hall, lining the left side of the main staircase are clear acrylic and wooden

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Summer Research Fellows Explore Architecture in Europe and USA

By Cara Armstrong, Director, School of Architecture + Art

Three undergraduate architecture majors were among 26 Norwich students awarded competitive six- and ten-week Summer Research Fellowships by the university’s Undergraduate Research

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Safer Skies: Real Time Hypoxia Monitoring for Pilots

By Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Brian Bradke, PhD

Norwich engineering student Kevin Taylor ’17 spent the summer working on a new system for improving safety and efficacy of fighter pilots.

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Wheel Pad: A Great Idea, and a Beautiful Alliance

By Professor of Civil Engineering Edwin Schmeckpeper, P.E., Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Management

Take a great idea, add a few Norwich engineering professors and eager architecture and

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Construction Management One Step Closer to Accreditation for B.S. Degree

By Professor of Civil Engineering Edwin Schmeckpeper, P.E., Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Management

This October, the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program in the Department of Civil

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In a Student’s Trip to China, a World of Cultural Revelations

By Hannah Malone, Class of 2018, business management major

Editor’s note: Hannah Malone grew up in Manchester, N.H. She earned an extremely competitive four-year ROTC scholarship with the U.S. Marines. A

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Norwich University Holds Inaugural Cyber Security Awareness Month

By Kris Rowley, lecturer, computer security, School of Business and Management

For the first time, Norwich University recognized and celebrated Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsoring a number of events on campus

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Business Honor Society Delta Mu Delta Offers Local Kids Some Halloween Fun

By Maurice Bolduc, Class of 2017, Bachelor of Science in Management and Delta Mu Delta President

The inaugural “WICK”ed Halloween event took place on Wednesday, October 6, in conjunction with Residential

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Apple iPad Pilot is Connecting and Transforming the Classroom

By Llynne C. Kiernan, DNP, MSN, RN-BC and Lorraine B. Pitcher, MSN, RN

When Aron Temkin, dean of the professional schools at Norwich, notified university faculty in February 2016 of a

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Three Questions for Sarah Manacek, a New Lecturer in the School of Nursing

By Daphne Larkin, Office of Communications

In 2016, Sarah Manacek graduated from Norwich’s Master of Science in Nursing, completing the education track because she wants to teach. She currently teaches clinical

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School of Nursing Partners with Kingdom County Productions to Raise Awareness about Eating Disorders

By Annelies Heni, NU Nursing student, Class of 2017                                                             

This September, the School of Nursing partnered with Kingdom County Productions to raise awareness about eating disorders through the

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Facing Growth, School of Nursing Adds New Clinical Placement Coordinator

By Cheri L. Goldstein, MSOL (NU ’96 &15)

Like other undergraduate programs at Norwich University, the School of Nursing saw an influx of students enter its bachelor degree program this fall.

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Wheel Pad: A Great Idea, and a Beautiful Alliance

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The Wheel Pad is an ecofriendly 200-square foot accessible bedroom and bathroom designed to be attached to an existing home. It provides a respectful and supportive space for people with mobility issues, making it easy for friends or family to provide support while figuring out long-term solutions.

Wheel Pad was conceived by Joseph Cincotta, Principal Architect of LineSync Architecture and Wheel Pad L3C, a green design architecture firm in Wilmington, Vt.

Norwich students were intrigued with the idea of Wheel Pad, its possibilities for veterans, and opportunities for engineering, architecture, and project management students, so they built the Wheel Pad prototype.

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