Alumni Achievements: Winter 2017

by NU Online on 1/31/17 2:12 PM

nuresults3.jpgOur newest segment on NU Online Viewpoint will feature our alumni and the achievements they are making after completing an online degree. From publishing books to presenting at a conference to advancing in their career, our alumni are leaders in their communities and industries. Here are just a few recent accomplishments.

Meet Sergeant Steven Cooper

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Class of 2016

Sergeant Steven Cooper work’s for the NH Department of Safety, Division of State Police, Troop-A, and has been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. During this time he has been a Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Field Training Officer, Drill Team Member, Division Armorer and Commander of Permits & License Unit. His current assignments are Acting Commander, Special Events Response Team (S.E.R.T) and Patrol Supervisor – Troop-A Barracks.

He served five years in the United States Army from 1988 to 1993 as an Airborne Infantryman, and was honorable discharged as a Sergeant.

Sgt. Cooper has had the honor on a couple of occasions in speaking with the Norwich University Criminal Justice Program regarding his training, experience and stories as a law enforcement officer. His motivation in doing so was to give those students a better understanding of the profession and to hopefully help them decide whether a law enforcement career was a path in their lives they wanted to take. Sgt. Cooper had completed his capstone project which has been used since then as an informational tool for Norwich Criminal Justice students. Sgt. Cooper has agreed to return to Norwich in 2017 to speak again.    

Sgt. Cooper has given back to the community through the years by volunteering in assisting in coaching football, soccer and baseball. He has raised money for the NH Veterans Home for the brave men and women who reside there for the holidays.

A motto Sgt. Cooper framed and has given a copy to his son and daughter and he would like to pass it onto the Norwich students.

"I will succeed and do great things."

More NU Results

Kenneth Alexander, Master of Diplomacy, Class of 2006
Kenneth Alexander was elected Mayor of the City of Norfolk, Virginia on May 3, 2016. Alexander, a 2006 graduate of the diplomacy program, has been working in public service for over two decades. Prior to his election as mayor, he served in the Senate of Virginia where he was a member of the committees on Commerce and Labor, Finance, Transportation and Privileges and Elections. Before his election to the Senate, he represented the 89th District in the House of Delegates from 2002 until 2012, serving on the committees of Commerce and Labor, Education, Privileges and Elections and Rules. Presently, he is working on his doctorate in Leadership and Change with Antioch University.

Erica Bornemann, Master of Public Administration, Class of 2010
Erica Bornemann was appointed Director of Vermont Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) by governor-elect Phil Scott. Bornemann is currently the chief of staff for DEMHS and responsible for the overall management of the four sections of the Division (Operations and Logistics, Planning, Recovery and Mitigation, and Homeland Security). Bornemann earned a B.A. in Political Science from Western New England College and a Master of Public Administration from Norwich University.

Andrew Campbell, Master of Arts in Diplomacy, Class of 2009
At the 2016 International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, Dr. Campbell gave a presentation titled "Leadership Competence of Forgiveness and Reconciliation Within Restorative Justice Practices" based on his recent article that has been approved for publication with the International Journal of Servant Leadership in 2017. He has over 25 years of experience in the Department of Defense as a terrorism expert for Europe and Africa and is widely published in international peer-reviewed journals and a highly sought after speaker on leaders’ roles within peacebuilding. Dr. Campbell published a book chapter on “Leadership Education within Transitional Justice Instruments” in Promoting Global Peace and Civic Engagement Through Education. He holds a Master of Arts in Diplomacy with a focus in international conflict management and terrorism from Norwich and a Doctorate of Global Leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology.

John P. Ceraolo, Master of Science in Information Assurance, Class of 2010
As announced in November 2016, John P. Ceraolo was named Chief Information Security Officer for Sentry Data Systems, Inc. located in Florida. Ceraolo joined Sentry Data Systems with over 20 years of experience in the information security industry and is also a recognized author and speaker. Ceraolo graduated from Norwich University in 2010 with a Master of Science in Information Assurance degree. He holds several security certifications such as CISM, CISA and CISSP, and has taught CISM certification aspirants for ISACA. Ceraolo is also a member of ISACA, ISSA and ISC2, and sits on the board of Crime Stoppers.

Cory Gustafson, Master of Public Administration, Class of 2014
Gustafson was appointed the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access by governor-elect Phil Scott. He most recently served as Director of Government and Public Relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, and previously managed government relations at the Vermont Association of Hospital and Health Systems and at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Ryan Lundbohm, Master of Public Administration, Class of 2014
Lundbohm was recently named the CEO of Vetscape, a non-profit, veteran-operated organization which helps veterans find their next mission in life through physical activity.

Patrick Sharrow, Master of Business Administration, Class of 2013
Sharrow was hired by the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority as an airport manager to assess, evaluate, coordinate and oversee daily airport operations in Ogdensburg International Airport in New York. In his new role, he will assist with executing a $26.5 million dollar expansion project.


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