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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RBEL - The Oil & Gas Industry

The Rockefeller Business Entrepreneurship and Leadership (RBEL) group is an organization dedicated to promoting, fostering and encouraging relationships between Dartmouth alumni and undergraduates who share an interest in business.

If you're interested in learning more about the oil & gas industry, join RBEL on Wednesday, September 17th from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m in Room 209 at the Rockefeller Center for free Boloco and a great discussion!

Joining RBEL for this discussion on the O​il & Gas Industry are the following alumni.

John Turro '12
currently works on the land team at Nearburg Producing Company.  Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in NYC for two years. Turro was a history major at Dartmouth and was co-captain of the Track and Field team.  He also worked at the Rockefeller Center and was the student coordinator for the Dartmouth Republican Debate in 2011.

Brett Gilson '13
currently works for Nearburg Producing as a Petroleum Geologist and for the past two summers was a Ranch hand at Broadacres Ranch. At Dartmouth, Gilson was a Environmental Studies Major, and co-captain of the Track and Field team.

Lowell Reeve ’13
is a petroleum geologist for Nearburg Producing Company in Midland, TX. Prior to his employment as a geologist, Reeve was the director of the Tarratine Yacht Club Sailing Program in Islesboro, ME. While at Dartmouth, he was an Earth Sciences Major and Chinese Language Minor. He was also the Commodore of the Lightweight Rowing team and a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity.

Nearburg Producing Company is an independent oil and gas exploration and production operator in the Permian Basin with offices in Dallas and Midland, TX, and Artesia, NM.  Founded in 1979, the company strives to generate high return, lower risk petroleum opportunities through in-depth geological evaluation, efficient land lease acquisition, and application of innovative technologies.  This comprehensive approach to harnessing petroleum resources has allowed NPC to excel through both volatile and stable markets.  Our team includes geologists, geophysicists, engineers, land and real estate specialists, finance managers, and accountants.
Links about owner Charles Nearburg ‘72:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall 2014 Rockefeller Center Direct Line - The Theory and Practice of Public Policy in the United States

The start of each term brings a direct line from Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick.

With the arrival of the Fall Term, the faculty and staff of the Rockefeller Center welcomed the Class of 2018 to Dartmouth. Over the next four years, the curriculum and programs at the Center will engage them in the theory and practice of public policy. Public policy is relevant in all areas in which stakeholders are diffuse, problems are complex and interdisciplinary, and solutions must mobilize market and non-market resources.

In the United States, as in no other country, solutions to public policy challenges include but extend well beyond the public sector. To see just how unusual the U.S. is, I present below a graph based on research I did with Don Casler ’14 while he was a presidential scholar research assistant of mine. All data are found in publications of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The data are for 2007, the last year before the Great Recession and thus a good indication of longer-term trends.

Source: Author's tabulations of OECD data.

Each point on the graph shows two measures of the size of a country’s “public sector,” with each country identified by a three-letter abbreviation. A country’s horizontal distance from the origin indicates the ratio of the expenditures of its federal, state, and local governments to the size of its economy, measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is the size of the public sector as conventionally measured. According to this measure, the United States is near the middle of the pack. (Note that in analogous comparisons that look only at the size of the federal government, the United States is relatively lower, given the unusually large size of our state and local government sectors compared to other countries.)

The vertical axis provides a different measure of the size of the public sector. It adds private expenditures on health, education, and social welfare to the expenditures of federal, state, and local governments. The vertical distance from the origin is the ratio of all of these expenditures to GDP. The vertical distance from the 45-degree line shows the size of the private sector expenditures as a share of GDP. Two aspects of the graph are noteworthy.

First, many European countries are very close to the 45-degree line. They have almost no private expenditures on health, education, and social welfare. Whatever they spend in these areas, they spend through government entities. Second, the United States has by far the largest private sector focused on these issues. Indeed, the nonprofit sector in the United States accounts for over $1 trillion per year in expenditures. When private expenditures in areas that in other countries are handled almost exclusively by the government are considered, the US has a “public sector” that is as large as France and thus the second largest in the world.

This uniquely American approach to public policy certainly reflects a difference in tastes and culture across countries. But it may also reflect inefficiencies in the American system. Our expenditures in health and education, in particular, are large relative to the economy, handled in no small part through the private sector, and in general not correlated with better outcomes compared to other countries. For all of these reasons, the interplay between government and private entities focused on improving outcomes in health, education, and social welfare is an important part of both the theory and practice of public policy in the United States.

--Andrew Samwick, Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Andrew A. Samwick is the Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a, P'10 Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2003 and 2004, he served as chief economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Since joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1994, his scholarly work has covered a range of topics, including pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice, and executive compensation. Professor Samwick has been published in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Public Economics, and a number of specialized journals and conference volumes. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He blogs about economics, politics, and current events.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Celebrate Constitution Day on September 18th at 4:30 pm with a talk by Professor Sargent

This coming Wednesday, September 17th, marks the anniversary of an important day in our nation’s history. On this day our country celebrates Constitution Day, the date on which the document was ratified at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Although the holiday does not typically invite widespread celebration, it calls to mind the original document that outlined our current rights and laws as U.S. citizens.

Professor Jennifer Sargent

Jennifer Sargent is a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth College. Professor Sargent is also a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Professor Sargent served as a District Court Judge in New Hampshire for eight years before she resigned from the bench to serve as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office.

The Rockefeller Center’s Constitution Day Program will feature her lecture, “Hey, You Can’t Just Look in There: Current Fourth Amendment Issues Regarding Cell Phone and Email Privacy after Riley v. California (2014).” In her lecture, Professor Sargent will discuss the scope of the Fourth Amendment’s privacy law as it applies to digital technology and information. The discussion will analyze how the pillars established by our country’s founders in 1787 still pertain to the American legal system today, as technology has evolved.

Please join us for Professor Sargent’s talk at our Constitution Day Program in Rockefeller 003 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Participate in MLDP at Rocky - A few seats left for this fall - Register by this Thursday

Do you want what it takes to be an effective leader or manager?
Then register for the Management and Leadership Development Program!

We have a few seats left and we are still accepting registrations for the Fall term!
The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Register by this Thursday (9/11) to be considered!

About the program:
  • As a participant, you will focus on developing yourself as a citizen leader;
  • MLDP is a co-curricular program made up of a series of sessions throughout the term led by expert guest speakers (
  • Topics in the past have ranged from developing group facilitation skills, public speaking, writing in the workplace, designing PowerPoint presentations with style and effectiveness, cultural sensitivity and awareness, and problem solving, decision making, and negotiation skills;
  • MLDP is highly interactive and experiential. Each session includes activities, exercises, and simulations;
  • MLDP includes students from all over campus studying any type of academic discipline (it's not just for Rocky students!) – this is a unique networking opportunity to interact on a regular basis with a diverse group of peers;
  • MLDP will strengthen your skills and improve your confidence for current on-campus involvement (including academics, projects, athletics, or Greek-life), upcoming internship opportunities, and more.
  • MLDP is a one-term commitment, and it is offered every Fall, Winter, and Spring term;
  • MLDP sessions occur on Tuesday evenings, and begin with group dinner discussions (dinner is served!) at 6:00pm, with our speaker-led presentations and group activities that go until 8:00pm. Each session is 2 hours each week. There may be a few exercises and readings to do outside of the sessions to help you prepare for our sessions and further develop your leadership skills.
  • You must meet certain requirements, including attendance in MLDP and participation in a limited number of other Rocky events, in order to complete MLDP and earn a certificate. We are only looking for people to register who have every intention of completing the program.

To participate, register at!
Register by this Thursday (9/11) to be considered!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Summer 2014 Recap: YALI at the Rockefeller Center

This week, the Rockefeller Center looks back on the news that defined summer 2014.

This series of articles chronicles the Rockefeller Center's participation this summer in the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI. Six on-campus sessions were hosted for the fellows, facilitated by a wide variety of professionals. Newspapers around the world also covered the program as seen in the following articles.

Though Dartmouth's visiting YALI fellows recently finished their leadership sessions at the Rockefeller Center, their work was not yet finished as they headed down to Washington, DC. Here the fellows heard from such inspirational speakers as Michelle Obama. Her speech is seen here, Mrs. Obama also took an hour of her time to sit down and talk with some YALI fellows, three of whom had recently completed the program at Dartmouth.
Dartmouth's visiting YALI Fellows pose for a photograph in Hinman Forum at the Rockefeller Center

Voice of America covered YALI in a thirty minute segment that featured seven fellows, including Dartmouth's JayJay Segbefia of Ghana:

The reporting on YALI at Dartmouth was not purely international, with local papers such as the Valley News covering the program as well:

For complete session overviews and to learn more about this program, be sure to read our past articles covering every week of the summer: