Traditional formal dance for Corps of Cadets returns after yearlong coronavirus pandemic hiatus

The 19th annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration, a College of Science and Mathematics Board of Fellows lecture and the Regimental Ball’s return highlight the week’s campus calendar.

The Faculty Scholarship Celebration will run in two sessions, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, in Kreitzberg Library’s Todd Multipurpose Room. The Faculty Senate Library Committee and the library organize the celebration.

The celebration traditionally features a luncheon and displays of faculty scholarly and creative works published or presented during the preceding September-to-August period. However, because of COVID-19 considerations, this year’s event will have neither.

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The celebration honors books, chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles, poetry, or fiction; editorial work; juried art shows; encyclopedia and reference work; presentations, papers or posters from professional or scholarly conferences; extended review essays, or overviews of the state of scholarship; and faculty-student summer research fellowship projects.

Tuesday will include presentations by Jeffry Casey, an assistant professor of theater and Dr. Moses Tefe, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Casey, who advises the campus theater troupe, the Pegasus Players, will deliver, “An Invitation from the Displaced: Refuge Restaged in The Jungle and As Far as My Fingertips Take Me.”

Dr. Moses Tefe

Tefe, whose research interests include sustainable transportation planning, transportation planning in developing countries, travel behavior and travel surveys, nonmotorized transportation and traffic safety, will deliver “Smart Cities Initiative: A Threat to Deepen, or an Opportunity To Address Social Exclusion.” 

On Thursday, the College of Professional Schools’ Dr. Tara Kulkarni and the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ Dr. David J. Ulbrich will discuss water as a weapon.

Kulkarni, who teaches civil and environmental engineering and directs Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security, will deliver “Water as a Weapon: Environmental Security in an Age of Climate Change.”

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Dr. David Ulbrich

Ulbrich, who directs Norwich University’s Master of Arts in History and in Military History programs, will deliver “Water as an element in World War II.” Weaponized water was also the theme of 2020’s Military Scholars Symposium.

Admission to the talks is free.

EYE ON SCIENCE: From 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday in Kreitzberg Library’s Todd Multipurpose Room, MediSynergics LLC Managing Partner Dennis Godek ’74 will outline pharmaceutical industry challenges as part of the College of Science and Mathematics Board of Fellows Lecture Series.

Godek, who complemented his Norwich University chemistry bachelor’s with a master’s in organic chemistry from Mount Holyoke College, is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve captain and member of the American Chemical Society. He is an organic chemist with extensive experience in drug discovery and development, listed as an inventor on 18 U.S. patents and co-author of two peer-reviewed journal articles.

MediSynergics, based in Farmington, Connecticut, researches novel therapeutic agents for treating central nervous system disorders.

Admission is free.

JOINT JUSTICE: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Norwich’s John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center, School of Criminal Justice and Criminology and Biology and Biochemistry Department will present a joint FBI-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Criminal-Epidemiologic Investigations webinar.

Experts from both agencies will discuss how criminal-epidemiologic investigations originate and operate and will answer attendees’ questions. Admission is free and open to Norwich’s community; the session will likely appeal especially to students pursuing degrees and/or certificates in public health, biosafety/biosecurity, weapons of mass destruction, and/or criminal justice.

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TAKE BACK THE NIGHT: From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Circle, an advocacy group devoted to ending intimate partner violence will join Norwich University’s  Title IX Office in leading “Take Back the Night,” a vigil on the campus crescent and in Milano Ballroom.

The international demonstration coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October. During the vigil, women and people who support them will walk in solidarity against sexual assault. 

SHARPENING SKILLS: The Academic Achievement Center will hold time management seminars from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday on Kreitzberg Library’s fourth floor. Center specialists will help attendees build short-term and long-term schedules that prioritize academics and promote life balance.

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A couple dances at the Regimental Ball in Plumley Armory in October 2015. The ball returns this week after a year-long COVID-19 hiatus, but attendees must wear masks as they would for any indoor activity on campus. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

LET’S DANCE: The Regimental Ball, which was on hiatus in 2020-21 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will return to Plumley Armory from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Dr. Mark Anarumo will make his first appearance at the ball since becoming president in June 2020. Masks will be required as they are for all indoor events.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The question deadline for the Undergraduate Research Program’s annual Students to Scholars Symposium hasbeen extended to Friday.

Students who join the symposium, Nov. 11 to Nov. 12 in Kreitzberg Library’s South Instruction Room, will share ideas, meet peers and possibly land faculty mentors for collaboration and research.

To apply to present an idea at the symposium, visit Completed applications must be emailed to Dr. Amy Woodbury Tease at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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