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

On November 15th, Norwich hosted a state-wide competition for FIRST LEGO® League, a competition for middle school students focused on creativity, problem solving, and teamwork using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to design and program robots to aid in the collection and sorting of recyclables, waste, and compost. Orchestrated by Professor David Feinauer, over 120 of our students and faculty members volunteered to support this event in all aspects from planning to execution.

This event, like the summer camps highlighted in this newsletter, are just another way that our passion for experiential learning and hands-on teaching are having an impact on our community and our nation's future problem-solvers.

At Homecoming I had a chance to speak about events like this and the opportunity they create for current students to practice the leadership, communication and technical skills they are developing through their academic studies. It is reassuring to me that so many of our students embrace the value of these broader teaching-through-service partnerships and repeatedly step up to contribute.

This newsletter spotlights their varied endeavors along with featured work of our alumni and faculty. Admittedly, it feels a little odd to be celebrating our summer activities as we count down to Thanksgiving, but it has been an extremely busy fall term! I hope these reminisces of summer will help bring to mind a few warm summer days as cooler weather comes to greet us.

Norwich forever!


Learning on the Job: Architecture Graduate Students on Summer Internships

Loren CarrierThe distinction between theory and practice is perhaps most tangible when students first work outside of school in a professional firm. MORE

Architecture + Art Hosts High School Summer Design Academy

Josh Chafe with Design Academy high school studentThe inaugural week-long Summer Design Academy focused on design and making and introduced high school students to Chaplin Hall studio culture. MORE

Summer Research Fellows Explore Architecture in Europe, Canada, and the Southwest

Alien Watchtower in San Luis Valley, Colo.Three undergraduate architecture majors were among the 38 Norwich students awarded competitive six- and ten-week Summer Research Fellowships by the university’s Undergraduate Research Program. MORE

Creative Masters Highlight School of Architecture + Art’s 2015-16 Lecture Series

Lecture series posterThe lecture series continues a decade-long tradition of bringing leading creative minds to Chaplin Hall Gallery. MORE

Prof. Mohaghegh Teaches Micro and Macroeconomics in China

The professor of economics and finance spent six weeks this summer teaching at China’s Chengdu University of Sciences and Technology. MORE

Profile: Huw Read, NU’s New Director of Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics

Huw ReadAt Norwich, Read plans to incorporate scenario-based learning into computing and digital forensic programs. MORE

NU Hosts Cyber Summer Camp for High School Standouts

High school student at GenCyber@NULed by Norwich CSIA majors and alumni, NU’s GenCyber@NU summer camp brought a fun, innovative approach to exploring the fields of cyberdefense and cybersecurity. MORE

NU’s Cyber Program Attracts Visiting Scholar from India

Akshay Awasthi and Prof. Mich KabayAkshay Awasthi came to campus to conduct research this summer and will return as a student next fall. MORE

Profile: MassDOT Chief Engineer Patty Leavenworth ’87

Patty LeavenworthSince 2013, the civil engineer has served as the first female chief engineer at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), where she has worked since graduating from Norwich. MORE

ECE Major Helps Army Lab Develop Arctic Sea Ice Data Buoys

James WhitlockInterning at the Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, James Whitlock ’16 helped assemble and ship three buoys that are now deployed in the Arctic and transmitting data about polar ice. MORE

Eight Engineering Majors Land NU Summer Research Fellowships

Maggie CrossThe engineers were among 38 Norwich undergraduates awarded prestigious Summer Research Fellowships by the Office of Academic Research this year. MORE

Norwich STEM Institute Teaches K-12 Teachers Engineering Skills

NU faculty member with K-12 teacherTrying to strengthen the “E” in STEM K-12 instruction, Norwich University’s STEM Institute once again brought K-12 teachers to campus over the summer to demonstrate how to integrate engineering concepts into their classrooms. MORE

8-Week Program Seeks to Bolster Nursing Clinical Competence and Safety

Llynne KiernanBuilding on the adage that practice makes perfect, the initiative is based on research by Assistant Professor Llynne Kiernan on how simulation can improve clinical skills. MORE

Hourly “Huddles” Improve Care for Birthing Mothers

Jessica WoodAsst. Prof. Jessica Wood has developed a protocol to manage second-stage labor, ensuring regular communication and documentation between doctors, nurses, and patients to improve safety. MORE

A Nursing Student Aims to Bring Skills Home to Uganda

Brenda ShattuckRaised in central Uganda, where her mother works as a midwife, Brenda Shattuck plans to bring much-needed modern nursing practices to her community after graduation. MORE

New Nursing Lecturer, Lyndsey Gates, is a double NU alumna

As a professor, Gates gives back the mentorship and guidance she received as both an undergrad and as a graduate nursing student at Norwich. MORE

Great Norwich holiday gifts. Check out our Bicentennial items.


Design Academy

High school student at GenCyber@NUThis past summer, Norwich offered two new summer camps led by standout Norwich faculty and alumni for rising high school juniors and seniors – GenCyber@NU and Design Academy.

GenCyber@NU was a free, US government-sponsored camp for cyber security and cyber defense in which students built their own computers to take home. The week-long pre-college program was held from June 21-27. It was designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

The camp was funded by a grant from the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation and was free with all expenses paid for attending students.

A recent graduate, Katya Lopez, directed the camp. Read more about GenCyber@NU.

Josh Chafe with Design Academy high school studentThe second program was facilitated by Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, which held a Summer Design Academy from July 5-11. During the weeklong program, students grappled with design thinking and explored the communication of their ideas through various media and hands-on projects.
Workshops, lectures, demonstrations and off-campus experiences complemented daily design studios.

Students came away with a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to add to their college applications.

An alumnus of the School of Architecture + Art, Josh Chafe, directed that camp. Read more about Design Academy.