Criminal justice webinars, honor society induction highlight campus activities

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A noon Monday Lunch and Learn on science fiction, the first of two presented this month by the Sullivan Museum and History Center, will lead this week’s campus activities schedule, which also includes several sessions related to criminal justice and law enforcement careers.

Science fiction enthusiasts Glennie Sewell and Joseph Cates will lead the noon to 1 p.m. Monday session, “Star Trek: From Science Fiction to Science Facts,” which will focus on the lasting resonance of “Star Trek,” the television show created by Gene Roddenberry, and what in the show has proven prescient or purely fantastical. The show first broadcast in 1966 and ran for three seasons; it has lived on in movies and television shows, conferences and games for 55 years. 

The Lunch and Learn falls on First Contact Day, which Trekkers will tell you, is a holiday celebrating the first open contact between Humans and Vulcans on April 5, 2063, in Bozeman, Montana.

The “Star Trek”-themed Lunch and Learn falls on First Contact Day, which, Trekkers will tell you, is a holiday celebrating the first open contact between Humans and Vulcans on April 5, 2063, in Bozeman, Montana.

Sewell, who was on Norwich’s faculty before the COVID-19 pandemic, has taught world literature and composition for Troy University Online and has often used science fiction literature and film to teach about the human condition. He leads Messenger Guardians Paranormal Investigation Studios, in Montpelier, aided by former Norwich graduates. 

Cates, the Sullivan education and public programs curator, has studied historical influences on science fiction. (Diehard Trekkers can also visit  to see a full slate of free panel discussions presented by Paramount+. Actors Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton will host.)

Click here for Lunch and Learn details.


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Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society, is one of several academic honorary groups at Norwich University. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

DOING THE HONORS: Norwich University’s Alpha Nu Omega chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society, will gather from 5 to 6:30 p.m., to induct its classes of 2020 and 2021.

As its website reports, Dr. Vivian Anderson Leonard launched Alpha Phi Sigma at Washington State University in 1941. On March 24, 1976, in Dallas, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ executive board voted to designate Alpha Phi Sigma as the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. 

The society, which is also a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has headquarters at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has grown from 14 chapters then to 550 now. 

Click here for induction ceremony details.


SERVING AND PROTECTING: Two webinars will focus on law enforcement careers.

From 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, the Career and Internship Center will host “Demystifying the Federal Application Process.” A U.S. Customs and Border Protection representative will show students how to best position themselves for full-time jobs and student internships listed on Click here for details.

From 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies will hold a webinar on recruiting and retaining law enforcement professionals. Webinar panelists will discuss the skills applicants need for criminal justice careers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that police and detective positions are set to grow by 5% by 2029. Click here for details.


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A student mentor from Norwich University’s Writing Center helps a peer in 2016 at Kreitzberg Library. The Center for Student Success and Center for Academic Achievement will highlight the Writing Center and other resources at a webinar this week. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

SHOW OF SUPPORT: The Academic Achievement Center and Center for Student Success will present a webinar on student support from 8 to 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Academic Achievement Center Director Ted Ingham and Center for Student Success Director Stephen Looke will discuss resources to help students thrive in and out of class. Click here for details.


FISCAL FITNESS: The Career and Internship Center will hold a webinar on money management from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday,. Officials will discuss costs of living, side hustles (off-hours jobs that complement your primary gig), savings and retirement planning.


GAME ON, CLIMB ON: The Campus Activities Board on Wednesday will present a “Call of Duty: Warzone/Gunfight” game night. Students can join in on their computers, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 at 9 p.m. Click here for details.

The Campus Activities Board will lead an excursion to the Petra Cliffs rock climbing complex in Burlington, Vermont, on Thursday. Students of all climbing abilities are invited to join for free; gear and instruction will be provided. Transport to the center will leave at 7:30 a.m.; capacity is 25 students. Register here.

On Saturday, the Campus Activities Board will present a food truck ferrying Open Hearth Pizza. The truck will park near the Wise Campus Center green and deliver 700 slices free to students. The board will set up outdoor volleyball courts nearby to enable postsnack fun (and calorie burning).


These events will complement an address by retired U.S. Army Col. Gregory Gadson from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and the continuation of the 2021 Peace and War Virtual Summit, presented by the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center.

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming Norwich University activities.

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