Norwich University Division of Architecture awards

Norwich University's Division of Architecture and Art held its Senior Show Opening and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2006. In attendance were Architecture and Art faculty, students, their family and friends. Select student projects were on display in the Chaplin Gallery, and the viewing and the discourse inspired by the work lasted over an hour, in an atmosphere and setting similar to a professional art gallery.

The identities of the award recipients were a well-guarded secret, so the attendees gathered for the award ceremony with suspense and anticipation. Division Head Arthur Schaller, Program Director Kirsten van Aalst, and Director of Graduate Architecture Michael Hoffman told the students and soon-to-be-graduates that they have become an integral part of the Norwich Architecture program and family, and that their contributions to the values and traditions of the student community would continue long after they, themselves, have moved on in their professional lives.

Professor Earl Fechter's retirement was announced. Prof. Fechter has championed the arts for many years at Norwich University, and the students and faculty in attendance wished him well in his future artistic endeavors.

Awards for those at the Baccalaureate level were given as follows: both the Highest Studio GPA and the Highest Overall GPA were awarded to Blake Civiello; Best Comprehensive Portfolio went to Erika Satteson; Best Innovative, Professional, and Exciting Graphics in a Portfolio to Thomas Mitchell; and the ARCC Medal went to both Alison Paddock and Moriah Gavrish. Awards at the graduate level were: Vermont AIA Best in Show to Sean Hughes; Henry Adams Certificate to Eric Bach; Henry Adams Medal to Amanda Hyde; Alpha Rho Chi Medal to Jillian Roehmer; Professional Development Award to Eileen Hee.

Norwich University offers a Master of Architecture (MArch) professional degree. Successful students receive a B.S. in Architectural Studies at the completion of their first four years. The Master's degree is awarded upon the successful completion of a curriculum which typically encompasses a fifth year plus one summer. The combined curriculum is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The minor in Art offered at Norwich includes both Art History and Studio Arts.