Professor Huw Read, director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Forensics Education and Research, aka CyFER, works with Norwich University cybersecurity students on campus in 2015. Students in his information assurance classes credit him with helping them learn skills that eased the transition to remote learning during the coronavirus mitigation shutdown. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Cybersecurity majors reflect on securing remote networks, transitioning to online learning in COVID-mitigation campus shutdown

The coronavirus crisis couldn’t stop Norwich University’s semester. With traditional moxie, faculty and students set up at home, mastering GoToMeetings, webinar-style lessons and remote learning. The transition wouldn’t have worked without ingenuity, but it also wouldn’t have happened without technology, and the internet.

Norwich engineering graduate and Master of Business Administration degree recipient Brian Griffin’s engineering firm helped complete several rooms in St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, New Hampshire. The hospital was on coronavirus pandemic front line, serve in influx of patients. (Photo courtesy Brian Griffin.)

In show of service, pair of Norwich graduates support delivery of critical coronavirus care

As scores of Norwich graduates will attest, “I will try,” Norwich University’s war-forged motto, resonates on campus and off, in everyday life and in crisis. This spring, the words inspired a pair of Norwich graduates involved in Northeastern U.S. efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Campus was alive with color in fall 2016, when Angelina Coronado was a freshman. She writes that she was sorry to leave campus so abruptly when the coronavirus shutdown was instituted. (Photo my Mark Collier.)

Graduation was supposed to be a final moment with our full cohort; this year’s reality was different

When I moved into Goodyear Hall in August 2016, I didn’t realize what was ahead at all. I was drawn to this place by the family atmosphere and the strong emphasis from the cadre that “when you’re this far away from home, you have nothing, and when you have nothing, all you have is each other. Lean on each other and learn from one another.”

Over the next three years, that would be the most important mindset to maintain.

U.S. Army officer says ‘I will try’ motto and Defense Department ‘kill the virus’ hashtag offered inspiration

EDITOR’S NOTE: U.S. Army Reserve officer Thomas Parshall ’94 has been part of the Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Enterprise since 2013, serving on a mobilization tour in Massachusetts from Oct. 1, 2013, to May 31, 2019. Lt. Col. Parshall describes testing positive for COVID-19 in an essay submitted to Norwich University’s Archives and Special Collections. This essay has been edited for presentation.

Norwich University alumna Kimvy Lor, left, stands in her protective mask and scrubs with nursing colleagues at Stanford Hospital in California. She has been on the medical front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy Kimvy Lor.)

Even as it scatters and sequesters, Norwich community shows resilience, cohesion

How has Norwich’s community adapted to the coronavirus pandemic’s brave new world? Recent picture-and-narrative-packed missives suggest it’s with trademark mettle and moxie and sometimes merriment.

Norwich University’s Regimental Band, clad in its blue Corps of Cadets dress uniforms, takes the stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on March 12, 2020. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Long-awaited bicentennial concert is Carnegie Hall’s last act before coronavirus shutdown

Norwich University’s Regimental Band played on at Carnegie Hall, becoming the last act standing before New York’s concert halls and theaters closed to stave off the novel coronavirus.

The band performed its bicentennial concert March 12 in the 599-seat underground Zankel Hall for a crowd of about 150 people, including parents and friends of the musicians and alumni, Col. Todd Edwards, assistant commandant of Norwich’s Corps of Cadets and the Regimental Band’s director, said.

 

Student bloggers write about transitioning to e-learning, missing routine

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic turned the world upside-down, mostly emptying campus,  distancing classmates and sending learning online. As they transitioned, Norwich student bloggers used the “In Their Words” webpage to document challenges logistical and emotional and offer advice and encouragement.

On March 20, when Norwich extended spring break to monitor the pandemic and keep students safe and healthy, blogger Isabella Anemikos, a freshman nursing major from Milton, Vermont, wrote that she’d yearned to resume campus life but understood why she couldn’t.

Coronavirus pandemic reminds us that global challenges are best solved through rigorous scholarly experimentation, innovation

Over the past few weeks, Norwich University faculty have used their areas of expertise as frameworks to deliver perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented crisis. What unites these voices is their emphasis on the power of research to shed light on today’s challenges and to formulate potential solutions to global problems. As teacher-scholars engaging students in research, it is more crucial than ever that Norwich University stand by its commitment to supporting faculty research and innovative curriculum development to prepare students to find novel solutions to the world’s new challenges.

Coronavirus, global warming are parallel problems we can conquer, if we act

In my native country of India, pink flamingos descended upon the once bustling city of Navi, Mumbai, in numbers never seen before — reports say as many as 150,000 or a 25% increase. Farther north in Punjab, people can now marvel at views of the snowcapped Himalayas, something that hasn’t been possible for decades.


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