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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2010
Contact: Daphne Larkin

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Norwich University to host 2nd annual Summer Prevention Institute “Sexual Violence Prevention: Campus Polices and Programs”

On Tuesday, June 15, Norwich University will host the second annual Summer Prevention Institute “Sexual Violence Prevention: Campus Policies and Programs” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The opening panel discussion, “Engaging men on campus: ideas and reflections,” begins at 9:15 a.m. in Cabot 085.

Members of the panel will speak from their different perspectives on working with men in a variety of capacities on campus from counseling to athletics and educational programming to serving male survivors. There will be time for audience discussion and additional questions

Panelists include:

• Keith Smith, men’s program coordinator and senior staff counselor at UVM
• Amy Forbes, assistant coordinator for student-athlete services and life skills coordinator at UVM
• Joe Gervais, assistant athletic director and director of student athlete services at UVM
• Bobbi Gagne, director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Team in Barre

The institute is sponsored by The Vermont Approach, a five-year multidisciplinary strategic plan for comprehensive, collaborative sexual violence prevention in Vermont.

One component of the project is to build individual, institutional and community capacity to prevent sexual violence. The institute offers a format to engage campus communities statewide to develop and enhance their prevention efforts and partnerships with community providers.

At a 9 a.m. welcome session the Sexual Assault Crisis Team (SACT) Director Bobbi Gagne will recognize Norwich’s Commandant of Cadets and Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Kelley for his support of SACT's work on building campus programming and services to prevent and respond to sexual violence.


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. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu