1. Congratulations Class of 2018
More than 500 seniors crossed the stage at Shapiro Fieldhouse on May 12 to re¬ceive their diplomas, emerg¬ing as the newest Norwich alumni. The class of 2018 included 312 Corps members and 197 civilians. Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis delivered the com-mencement address.
The following day, Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83 served as the guest of honor in a joint commissioning ceremony that celebrated 139 newly minted officers: 90 Army sec¬ond lieutenants, 12 Navy en¬signs, 12 Marine second lieu¬tenants, and 25 Air Force second lieutenants.
2. The Right Stuff
Morgan Woods ’19 is the new top Corps leader. The 2018–19 regimental commander formally took charge of the Corps in a change-of-com¬mand ceremony on May 4. Commandant Michael Titus says the psychology major from Newton, Mass., “has the right set of skills and, more importantly, the right atti¬tude to lead the Corps.” After graduation, Woods will com¬mission into the Army.
3. NU Students in Kryptos
In April, three teams of Nor¬wich students placed in the top-20 at Kryptos 2018. A series of cryptanalysis chal-lenges conducted annually at Central Washington Univer¬sity during Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, Kryptos attracts participants from Canada, France, and states across the U.S. Of 61 teams, only 19 solved at least one challenge. Norwich placed 7th, 10th, and 19th in codebreaking.
4. NUARI Teams with Tokyo
Allied Telesis K.K. of Tokyo, Japan, has partnered exclu¬sively with the Norwich Uni¬versity Applied Research Institutes to launch a new slate of cybersecurity train¬ing courses. The Japanese government has made cyber¬security a top priority, iden¬tifying a number of key focal points, including Internet of Things systems security, ed¬ucational initiatives, and in¬ternational cooperation in cyber-defense strategy.
5. Prof. Sodergren Wins Colby Book Award
Of the roughly 150 who as¬sembled for a reception and dinner last April during the annual Colby Symposium, only a handful knew that Norwich history professor Steve Sodergren had made the short list of Colby Award finalists for his book, Army of the Potomac in the Over¬land and Petersburg Cam¬paigns. When symposium co-founder Carlo D’Este ’58 announced Sodergren as the winner, the crowd erupted in a standing ovation.
6. Peace & War Center Israel Trip
For the 14th year in a row, Norwich University has received a $20,000 grant from the Olmsted Foundation to support student travel for international cultural im¬mersion. Of the nine Peace and War Center Fellows who traveled to Israel this past May to observe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seven students, all on commission¬ing tracks, were funded by the Olmsted grant.
7. NSA, NSF Support GenCyber
The National Security Agen¬cy and National Science Foundation have awarded Norwich University a total of $170,549 to host two summer cyber camps. Now in its fourth year, GenCyber@NU will be joined by a new ad¬vanced camp, GenCyberFo¬rensics@NU, for high school juniors and seniors. The camps are free to all partici¬pants and offer hands-on and competitive exercises, as well as off-campus excursions.
8. Capitol Hill Research Showcase
Joshua Sassi ’18 presented his research on the ecology of the lizard malaria parasite in Washington, D.C., at the an¬nual Posters on the Hill in April. Hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, the event showcased 60 top student research projects from over 400 applications across the country. Sassi, who graduated in May with a de¬gree in biology, was the only student chosen from Vermont.