Reflecting upon the articles in this issue of the newsletter its' name Connections truly resonates! Every story speaks to an interaction across institutions, disciplines, and communities. Many of these articles highlight the achievements and impact of our students. All reinforce the experiential learning methods that are so central to the college and our university.

This issue spotlights the various ways our faculty and students are connecting with broader populations, like the mentoring bonds formed with Eagle Scouts on campus and around the state; a multi-year service-learning project in the Philippines; relationships fostered with local schools to create new learning environments; and their individual discovery of Manhattan with the support of local alumni.

We are reaching out to share the energy and expertise of the College of Professional Schools in new and innovative ways. Faculty and students have organized two pre-college camps this summer in Architecture + Art and Cyber Security and Cyber Defense. Both provide excellent opportunities for high school students to test-drive hands-on college-level programs in these majors and experience the power of Norwich to change lives. If you think this would pique the interest of anyone you know, please help us spread the word and share these links which offer students or their parents more information:

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School of Architecture + Art Hosts Symposium on Modern Identity

Sanctioning ModernismAssistant Professor Timothy Parker joined co-editors of a recent book on modern architectural identity and other panelists for a discussion of modern identity in architectural history, theory and practice. MORE

Grad Student Katherine Anderson Gives Architectural History Talk at Harvard

Katherine Anderson in CubaAnderson discussed her research on the history of Cuban architecture at the New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historian’s 37th Annual Student Symposium MORE

Creating Affordable Sustainable Architecture (CASA) Initiative to Launch

Affordable sustainable architectureCollege of Professional Schools faculty and students have launched a project to design affordable, green micro-houses for low-income Vermonters. MORE

Architecture Students Assess Campus Safety, Propose Improvements

Student explaining safety charetteKicking off the spring semester, the School of Architecture + Art held a school-wide, week-long brainstorming session dubbed the SAFE project, focused on improving campus safety. MORE

Architecture Students help with rebuilding in the Philippines

NUVA student in CebuNU VISIONS Abroad included architecture students who will help a Filipino village rebuild after devastating typhoon. MORE

Board of Fellows Host School of Business & Management Students in New York City

Board of Fellows members host studentsStudents got an inside look into the workings of large multinational corporations thanks to BoF’s Robert Bleimeister of AIG and Andrew Bannon of Capgemini. MORE

Inside My Winter Break Internship with GZA GeoEnvironmental

Management major Peter Troiano ’15 describes his experience working with Board of Fellows member Kenneth R. Johnston at the Top 100 environmental firm. MORE

Students Pitch Startups at Inaugural NU Launch! Competition

Presenter at NU LaunchSix teams vied for $7,000 in startup funding in a Shark Tank style competition judged by four NU Board of Fellows and Catherine Collins, entrepreneur VP at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. MORE

NSF CyberCorps Scholars Attend National Cybersecurity Job Fair

Middle schoolers at LEGO competitionSix CSIA majors attended the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service 2015 Job Fair in Washington, DC, networking with top federal, state and other government agency recruiters. MORE

Study Engineering in Turkey Without the Language Barrier

Engineering majors in TurkeyTwo technical universities in Istanbul and Ankara offer the majority of their ABET-accredited engineering classes in English, providing exciting study abroad options for Norwich engineering majors. MORE

Engineering Students Partner With Vermont Schools, Communities for Service Learning Projects

Delta Mu Delta food driveThis fall, 30 civil and environmental engineering majors participated in a four-week lab experience to develop and execute useful projects for community partners, from revamping a school playground to teaching school kids about the trash cycle. MORE

Norwich Cadets Hike 50 Miles from Norwich to Northfield in 5th Annual Legacy March

Cadets on the Legacy MarchA fundraiser for an area veterans’ shelter, the march continues a tradition begun 200 years ago by Norwich founder Alden Partridge, who took students of the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy on long walking excursions. MORE

2015 Engineers Week Highlights Include NASA Astronaut, Challenge Cup

Norwich student with high school studentsNU mechanical engineers won bragging rights for a second year, winning the prized trophy of Engineers Week. Astronaut Col. Michael Fossum also visited classes. MORE

Boy Scouts Visit Norwich for STEM Merit Badge Day

Boy Scout earning merit badgeOrganized by NU’s own Eagle Scouts, the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Merit Badge Day drew scouts from across the state to the College of Professional Schools. MORE

School of Nursing Hosts Nurse Academy Days for Prospective Students

Freshmen at Nurse AcademyTwo programs give prospective students and incoming freshman a preview of the exceptional nursing program at Norwich and the career paths an NU degree make possible. MORE

Norwich Student Nurses and Director Join Philippines Service Learning Trip

Sharon Richie in CebuSchool of Nursing Director Sharon Richie, PhD, reflects on her recent trip to Kawit, part of a four-year Norwich service-learning program to help the village recover from typhoon damage. MORE

In Her Own Words: Assistant Prof. Kate Healy

Nursing classRead about what drives her to teach about medical/surgical nursing, to drill students on high fidelity simulations and to make sure Norwich nursing students are ready for the real world. MORE

Interview: Nursing Professor Ernest Lapierre on Death and Dying

Ernest LapierreThe PhD and psych nurse answers five questions about his popular, powerful and required course, End of Life Issues. MORE

NUVA student in CebuLast December, ten students and five faculty and staff advisors traveled to the Philippines for an NU VISIONS Abroad (NUVA) program, an international service-learning project through the University’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). The trip was conceived and funded by a gift from Chicago-based Tawani Foundation, which supports a plan to send four Norwich teams to the Philippines over the next four years to help local residents rebuild in the wake of the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan. This trip, which lasted from December 24, 2014 – January 10, 2015, was the first of those four visits. Norwich University has a legacy connection to the country through alumnus Dr. Erasmus “Arlie” Arlington Pond, who lived Norwich’s guiding value of service to others before self by dedicating his life to the people of the Philippines. Pond attended Norwich for two years in 1888 before transferring to the University of Vermont. The trip consisted of a needs assessment with the community; craft and activities days with the children; a visit to the hospital that Dr. Arlie Pond founded; a visit to the Armed Forces Central Command Office; construction work; livelihood activities with the women of Kawit; donations to the local health clinic; donations to an elementary school; additional research about Dr. Pond at various libraries and universities and a nursing school visit. You can read firsthand accounts of the experience at the NU VISIONS Abroad blog.