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Norwich University Office of Communications

May 15, 2017

Norwich University celebrated its 380 graduating seniors at Commencement and Commissioning ceremonies this past weekend, honoring the many accomplishments of the Class of 2017 from the nation’s oldest private military college.

On Saturday, 232 Corps of Cadets and 142 civilian students walked across the stage in Shapiro Field House before an adoring and proud assembly of family, friends, faculty, military leaders, and staff. The graduates received diplomas in 1 master’s degree and 32 undergraduate programs.

Civilian student Timothy Bain '17, who earned a master's in architecture, was the first new alumnus to receive his diploma. Corps of Cadets member Kurtis Leonard '17, a sports medicine and health science major, was the last. But the magna cum laude graduate certainly wasn’t the least.

At Sunday’s Commissioning ceremony, 105 seniors formally began their careers as military officers in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.

Throughout the weekend, the Norwich community, its distinguished guests, and especially the Class of 2017 honored and reflected on the hard work of its newest graduates, the challenges they face, and the hope they embody.

Norwich President Richard W. Schneider began Saturday’s commencement ceremony by wishing everyone a happy Mother’s Day. He invited all the mothers present to stand for a round of applause. (Seizing a marketing opportunity, he also invited all future mothers to send a child to Norwich, a well-worn pitch met with laughter.)

Addressing the Class of 2017, President Schneider, an avid reader of U.S. presidential biographies, quoted John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more, become more, you are a leader.”

“That’s what the entire faculty and staff want for you,” Schneider told the seniors seated before him, dressed in traditional black caps and gowns or elegant navy and white formal cadet uniforms.

Speaking of the ideal character embodied by Norwich graduates, Schneider said, “We may fail, but we never quit.” He then offered a second Adams quote: Try and fail. But do not fail to try. “So that’s my gift to you, the senior class.”

Don Wallace, a professor of mechanical engineering, retired after a 55-year teaching career at Norwich. He was among those to receive an honorary Norwich doctorate on Saturday. In brief acceptance remarks, he shared lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein from the 1945 Broadway musical Carousel with the senior class.

General David G. Perkins, chief of recruitment and training for the entire U.S. Army, gave the Commencement keynote address. He advised graduates that a key to happiness and well-being in life is the ability to feel and show gratitude. Perkins reminded the Class of 2017 that "life is a team sport" and that each and every one of us owe the people around us our thanks.

Perkins also counseled seniors to put character ahead of the career ladder. “Spend some time thinking about who you are,” he said. “Focus on who you are first, and let the accomplishments follow.”

Many faculty, parents, and students shared reflections and advice that day. Earlier, College of Professional Schools Dean Aron Tempkin addressed the 31 graduating nurses and their friends and family in White Chapel at a morning nurses pinning ceremony. “I’m incredibly proud of you, as I’m sure everyone in this room is.”

Upholding tradition, senior nursing graduates Olivia Como '17 and Jill Howard '17 gave a humorous, heartfelt address to their fellow program classmates. “To my classmates entering the military, stay safe,” Howard advised in closing. “To my classmates entering the hospital, stay sane.”

Elsewhere, School of Architecture + Art Program Director Danny Sagan addressed graduates of the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs at Chaplin Hall in a small ceremony before Commencement.

Friends and family gathered in an open, first-floor gallery showcasing senior projects. The designs spanned a light-filled American embassy, an Antarctic research station, a resilient waterfront community, and a cutting-edge project that sculpted a New York City soundscape through architecture.

“This world of our needs a lot of good design—and they need it soon,” said Sagan, one of many faculty who spoke during the ceremony. The professor and practicing architect observed that no one attends a military college or an architecture program thinking it will be easy. Both are environments that value perseverance in the face of adversity, he said.

“It’s always great to celebrate what you have done,” he said in closing. “But really we’re celebrating what you will do.”

Other ceremonies on campus that morning celebrated the work of students at the School of Business and Management and the David Crawford School of Engineering. In Dole Auditorium, Norwich engineering graduates joined the Order of the Engineer, receiving symbolic metal rings.

As the day progressed and Commencement approached, friends and family gathered outside Shapiro Field House.

Kevin Hill from Bridgeport, Conn., intently combed a Commencement program, wearing a suit and a red and gold tie from USC, his alma mater. He wryly explained that he wanted to confirm that his son Trevor, a Studies in War and Peace major and Corps of Cadets cadre member, was indeed graduating.

Hill said Norwich taught his son rigor and discipline and honed his inherent respect for others. “It’s really turned him into a good young guy,” Hill said. “We like him a lot.”

After graduation, the younger Hill heads to California for a summer job as a wildland firefighter, work he hopes to continue in the fall while applying to the California National Guard.

John Dippolito drove from New Jersey to watch his son Peter graduate. The Norwich senior served in the Corps of Cadets, majored in Criminal Justice, and minored in Leadership. “I’m very proud,” the elder Dippolito said. “He’s just grown tremendously.”

Senior LaShawn Thomas, a Business Management major from San Antonio had a baker’s dozen of family members from Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; and Boston, Mass. there to support him.

“He’s going to be a great citizen after Norwich,” said his father Eli. “He was great when he got here, and Norwich made him even a little bit better.”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 31, 2017

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies is honored to announce that Nazanin Afshin-Jam, an award-winning international human rights activist and Master of Arts in Diplomacy graduate, will deliver the university’s 2017 Commencement address to approximately 500 graduating students on Friday, June 23.

Born in Tehran in 1979, as an infant Afshin-Jam fled the Islamic revolution with her family after her non-political father was arrested, tortured and nearly executed. She has gone on to become an international human rights activist, singer/songwriter, actor, Miss World Canada and Miss World first runner-up in 2003 and president and co-founder of Stop Child Executions organization. Her fame has given her the platform to raise awareness and funds for the Bam Earthquake, the 2004 Tsunami, Fistula patients in Ethiopia, Variety the Children’s Charity, youth advocacy to bridge the digital divide, and a movement to stop bear bile farming in Asia.

Winner of several human rights awards, Afshin-Jam is co-founder of the Stop Child Executions to halt the practice in Iran and in the handful of other countries where it still continues. She is also the co-author of The Tale of Two Nazanins and she has released a multilingual album Someday charting hits in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She was appointed to the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to help eliminate racism and discrimination in Canada.

The June 23 commencement ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference of approximately 500 students representing 11 online graduate programs and three bachelor’s degree completion programs at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Gathering from across the country and around the globe under the theme of “Leading Today, Inspiring Tomorrow,” these Norwich students will come together for a week of capstone and culminating academic work and conferences.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 198 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Singer is a leading thinker on the the future of warfare in the 21st century

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 25, 2017

Norwich University continues its 2017 Todd Lecture Series with “NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats,” a presentation by best-selling author and futurist Peter Warren Singer on Wednesday, June 21 2017, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at tls.norwich.edu. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, the author of multiple books, and a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 "leading innovators in the nation;" by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues; by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the 10 most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and 25th most influential in the field of robotics; and to Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers List.

Described in the Wall Street Journal as "the premier futurist in the national security environment," Singer is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare, with more books on the military professional reading lists than any other author, living or dead. He has consulted for the U.S. Military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, as well as advised a range of entertainment programs, including for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO, Discovery, History Channel, and the video game series, Call of Duty. He served as coordinator of the Obama 2008 campaign's defense policy task force and was named by the President of the United States to the U.S. Military's Transformation Advisory Group. He has provided commentary on security issues for nearly every major TV and radio outlet. In addition to his work on conflict issues, Singer served as a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

Singer's award-winning books include “Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry;” “Children at War;” “Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century;” and “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know.” His latest book is “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War;” a techno-thriller crossed with nonfiction research.

Previously, Singer has served as the founding Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He was the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings' 101-year history. He also served as the founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World, where he was the organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global leaders conference. He has also worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.

He received a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard and a BA from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

Singer’s lecture is the keynote presentation for this year’s annual residency conference of 755 students representing 11 online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Gathering from across the country and around the globe under the theme of “Leading Today, Inspiring Tomorrow,” these Norwich students will come together for a week of capstone and culminating academic work and conferences.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Major General Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. General Todd, a 1950 graduate of the university, also serves as president emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings national thought leaders from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other fields and endeavors to its Northfield campus. Lectures are streamed live at tls.norwich.edu.

For more information, please visit the Todd Lecture Series website (tls.norwich.edu) or call (802) 485-2633.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 198 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

June 23, 2017

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies graduated over 580 students representing 11 online master’s programs and three online bachelor’s degree completion programs at a commencement ceremony held Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

The ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference full of culminating academic work, including capstone presentations, several programmatic and interdisciplinary sessions and experiential learning activities. The students gathered from across the country and around the globe under the theme of “Leading Today, Inspiring Tomorrow.”

Nazanin Afshin-Jam, an award-winning international human rights activist and Master of Arts in Diplomacy graduate, delivered the university’s 2017 Commencement address.

Afshin-Jam illuminated the week’s theme of leadership and inspiration by recalling the story of her quest to save the life of a young girl, also named Nazanin, who was sentenced to death in Afshin-Jam’s home country of Iran. “I empathized with her story so much it moved me to action,” she said. The Herculean effort, involving petitions, meetings, marketing campaigns and even a song written for and about the girl and performed by the speaker, eventually led to the girl’s retrial, release, and the founding of an organization to focus exclusively on the issue of child executions.

Afshin-Jam urged the graduates to ignore “the negative voices that say you can’t,” to “be the leader you were meant to be,” concluding: “If you have a dream, make it a goal.” As a fellow CGCS graduate, she also reminded graduates to stay in touch with each other.

Winner of several human rights awards, Afshin-Jam is co-founder of the Stop Child Executions to halt the practice in Iran and in the handful of other countries where it still continues. She is also the co-author of “The Tale of Two Nazanins,” and she has released a multilingual album “Someday,” charting hits in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She was appointed to the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to help eliminate racism and discrimination in Canada.

Prior to graduation, over 300 students were recognized and inducted into eight professional honor societies. Other ceremonies recognized students receiving their master’s hoods from staff and faculty and graduates receiving their Norwich University class rings.

This residency conference also marked the 5th Annual Leadership Summit, an event that pairs a multi-disciplinary group of students with an organization to confidentially tackle leadership challenges identified by each organization. The Leadership Summit was developed as the first offering of the Norwich University Leadership and Change Institute.

The keynote presentation for the week was delivered from best-selling author and futurist Peter Warren Singer, a strategist and senior fellow at New America. The author of multiple award-winning books, he is considered one of the world’s leading experts on 21st century security issues.

Singer presented his address on Wednesday, June 21, on the Norwich campus as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that invites distinguished speakers to campus to engage the Norwich academic community in diverse dialogue.

Students attending the residency conference represented all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and nine international countries. Forty-two students earned their second degree from Norwich. From serving their communities and the nation to leading organizations, the 2017 graduating class exemplifies the Norwich guiding value of service to others. The Class of 2017 graduates include 30-year veterans of the military, CISOs, founders of non-profit organizations, published authors, law enforcement leaders and special agents, vice presidents of companies, individuals actively serving in the armed forces, educators, healthcare professionals, and CEOs. Norwich University is a nationally recognized leader in online graduate and undergraduate education and its residency conference, often cited as a highlight by CGCS graduates, is unique among online programs. About Norwich University˜ Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu  In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.     Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 198 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Localization of the Insulin-sensitive Kv1.3 Ion Channel During Brain Development

Ion channels are membrane proteins that control neuronal activity. Kv1.3 is a specific ion channel that is sensitive to the hormone, insulin, suggesting that this channel may play a role in regulating metabolic function. The purpose of this Charles A. Dana Research Fellowship was to localize Kv1.3 ion channels in the hypothalamus, a region of the brain specialized in regulating energy homeostasis. These experiments confirmed that Kv1.3 is expressed in specific hypothalamic areas governing food intake and energy expenditure during development, suggesting a role for this channel in the early patterning of metabolic circuits. Overall, understanding the role of insulin-sensitive Kv1.3 channels in brain development may provide a target for therapeutic intervention for metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity.

Dana Research Fellowships
These fellowships, supported by endowed funds from the Charles A. Dana Foundation, are awarded to tenure-track faculty on a competitive basis to support research, creative, or scholarly projects.

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