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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Host Kellerman for First Session

Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, discussed concepts from her most recent publications in the inaugural session of the 2010-2011 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program.  

They included what she considers to be “the social disease of bad leadership” and the idea of followership.  After encouraging fellows not to take a leader-centric approach to the conversation, but rather judge individuals based on the whole picture, Kellerman outlined the characteristics of bad leaders and briefly discussed what can be done about them.  She went on to note that bad leaders cannot exist without bad followers and expanded on the theory of followership.   

According to Kellerman, although it does not receive as much attention as it deserves in the field of leadership studies, the consideration of followers is highly significant.  As technology and communication tools improve, followers are becoming increasingly powerful while leaders are declining in influence and importance.  The session concluded with a discussion of George Orwell’s short story Shooting an Elephant in relation to leadership and decision making.

Limited Spaces Available at Weekend Workshops

Over the past five years, the Rockefeller Center has cultivated student leadership and professional skills in the Civic Skills Training Program in Washington, D.C.  We are now offering an on-campus option as part of the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) that will allow more students to participate over the course of the academic year.  The first training takes place this weekend, October 1-2, 2010.  We have a limited number of spots that are still available.  Interested students can register online before the deadline of Thursday, September 30th at 5 PM.  
Students at the Fall 2009 CST in Washington, D.C.

Want to be successful at your upcoming internship?
The Pre-Internship Training offered on campus by the Rockefeller Center’s Management and Leadership Development Program is based on the curriculum of the successful Civic Skills Training (CST) that the Center delivers in Washington, D.C. each June for first-year students. 

Participants will gain valuable workplace skills before their first day on the job. Pre-registration is required as spaces are limited.  Plans for a paid or unpaid internship in the near future are highly suggested. This internship does not have to be public policy-related, nor does it have to be funded by the Rockefeller Center.

Additional details about the Pre-Internship Training:
·         Training will take place prior to campus Internship Funding Application Deadlines.  Students who complete this training will have a competitive advantage when applying for Rocky funding.
·         This training does not take the place of the full term MLDP, but supplements what that curriculum offers.  The emphasis is on the practical skills needed to be successful in the workplace.
·         This training is capped at 30 students. 

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Fall 2010 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 16, No. 2 -- Fall 2010

The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.
Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick, Leah Daughtry '84, former member of the Center's Board of Visitors, and Center Associate Director and Senior Fellow Ron Shaiko at the 2010 Dartmouth Convocation
“To be a true scholar, to be an avid learner, we must learn to match our intellectual pursuits with hands-on practical activity,” -- Former Rockefeller Center Board Member, Leah Daughtry '84, in her Convocation Address. Read more...

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick discusses the impact of the Tea Party movement in his Fall 2010 Direct Line.

Dartmouth alums in Washington, D.C. are likely to increase following the November 2010 elections. Read more about it in this recent post.

Jeffrey Sachs, Class of 1930 Fellow.  Public program scheduled for October 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM.
Upcoming Public Programs this term include Jeffrey Sachs, who has been selected as the Center's Class of 1930 Fellow.  See the full list of programs here, and on the Rocky CalendarRead more...

Public Policy students have more Health Policy classes to choose from as that track of the PBPL minor continues to grow.  Read more...

The 2009-2010 Annual Report is now available online.  Links to videos, photos, reports, news items and more!  Check it out and let us know what you think.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Fall 2010

When he campaigned for President, Barack Obama used a slogan, “Change We Can Believe In,” which also served as the title of the book he published before the election outlining his plan for America.  Change in our public policies is very gradual, sometimes frustratingly so, but the promise of change by candidates and demands for change by voters figure prominently in most of our elections.  This year’s midterm elections are no exception.  The vehicle for that change comes in the form of the so-called Tea Party movement. 
Elements of the Tea Party movement began to form within a month of President Obama’s inauguration, primarily in response to his signing of the stimulus bill and his announced plan for further mortgage assistance to struggling homeowners.  At the time, the Republican leadership in Congress was an unlikely champion for the movement – both deficit spending and further government intervention in the housing market had strong bipartisan support. 
With the guidance of Republicans outside the party’s Washington inner circle and some other conservative figures, the Tea Party movement has used the most natural vehicle available to exert its influence.  It has been putting pressure on the Republican Party to move its agenda toward Tea Party positions.  The movement’s effects can already be seen in the results of a number of Republican primaries for the House, the Senate, and governorships.
There is a good chance that the Tea Party movement will play an important role in the November elections.  It is the history of our political process that the party that controls the White House tends to lose seats in Congress in the midterm election, particularly when the President’s popularity is unsteady.  This was the case in both 1994 and 2006, when control of the House and Senate switched parties.  In the late summer of 2010, experts were estimating a 79 percent chance of the Republicans capturing a majority in the House of Representatives, with an expected 50-seat loss by the Democrats.
The separation of powers in the national government provided by the Constitution, along with the important role of state and local governments, ensures that movements have to build outside of government before they have an impact on government.  If the Tea Party movement can go from its creation to a decisive impact in one election cycle, it will be an impressive display of how change comes to politics – if not to policy – in our system of government.

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 and current events at Capital Gains and Games.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dartmouth Ranks in U.S. Senate Set to Grow After November Elections

Currently, Dartmouth’s sole representative in the United States Senate is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 (D-NY).  Senator Gillibrand is poised to win her special election to the Senate in November, following her appointment to the Senate to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, now Secretary of State.  It is likely that at least two Dartmouth alumni and perhaps three will join Gillibrand in the United States Senate next January following the November elections. 

First, former Member of Congress, former Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and former United States Trade Representative under President George W. Bush, Rob Portman ’78 (R-OH) has a double-digit lead against his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, according to two polls conducted in the past two weeks—Quinnipiac and CNN/Time. Portman also maintains a two-to-one fundraising advantage over Fisher. 

Second, Governor John Hoeven ’79 (R-ND) has more than a 40-point lead in the North Dakota Senate race over his Democratic opponent, State Senator Tracy Potter.  This Senate seat was long held by Democrat Byron Dorgan. When Dorgan announced his retirement, Hoeven, the popular Republican Governor, quickly announced his intention to run for the Senate.  Both Portman and Hoeven have been honored by the Rockefeller Center in recent years.  Portman received the Center’s Distinguished Public Service Award at the Rockefeller Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2008; Governor Hoeven received the same award in 2009. 

Finally, a fourth Dartmouth alumnus, Rep. Paul Hodes ’72 (D-NH), is in a battle for the New Hampshire Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Judd Gregg.  Hodes has represented the 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire since 2007.  He is not running for that seat in order to seek the Senate seat.  Currently, Hodes trails in the polls by single digits to former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte.  Despite Hodes vacating his House seat to run for the Senate, Dartmouth will not lose its New Hampshire representation in the United States House of Representatives as both the Republican nominee, Charlie Bass ’74, who held the 2nd District seat for twelve years prior to being defeated by Hodes in 2006, and the Democratic nominee, Anne McLane Kuster ’78, a Concord lawyer-lobbyist, are Dartmouth graduates.                                        

Health Policy Track Taking Shape in Public Policy Minor

With the addition of two new courses, the Health Policy track within the Public Policy Minor at the Rockefeller Center is a great opportunity for Dartmouth students.  We now have multi-year commitments from two Dartmouth faculty members to teach health policy classes annually.  Professor H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine and community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, is also affiliated with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  A trained medical doctor, Professor Welch also holds a master’s degree in public health (MPH).  During the Spring 2010 term, Welch offered for the first time PBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Seventy students enrolled in the class; student responses to the course were overwhelmingly positive.  Professor Welch will continue to offer PBPL 26 during the spring term at the 10 hour. 

Our newest addition to the health policy curriculum is a policy seminar to be taught during the winter term by Professor Ellen Meara.  Professor Meara holds a Ph.D. in economics and is also affiliated with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Her seminar, Health Policy Reform, will be limited to sixteen students and will be offered at the 10A hour.  In addition to these two courses, students minoring in public policy who are interested in health policy have also taken a variety of courses across campus, including SOCY 28: Health Care and Health Care Policy, taught by Professor Denise Anthony, and HIST 36: Health Care in American Society, taught by Professor Allen Koop. 

Public Program Preview: Jeffrey Sachs, Class of 1930 Fellow

Jeffrey Sachs
Director, Columbia University Earth Institute
Ending Poverty in Our Generation: Still Time if We Try
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
4:30 PM • Room 28, Silsby Hall

Class of 1930 Fellow

Jeffrey D. Sachs, the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University will be visiting campus this fall as the Center's Class of 1930 Fellow. Professor Sachs is one of the leading international economic advisors of his generation. For more than 20 years, he has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing.  Sachs believes that ending extreme poverty is not a dream but a practical possibility. Improvements in science, technology, and global networks make possible advances in wellbeing at unprecedented rates. Yet a high degree of social organization is needed for success. In his public lecture on October 13, he will describe the main contours of an effective global effort against poverty, hunger, and disease to the year 2025.
Sachs serves as Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary- General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.
He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and as Director of the Earth Institute leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change. In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine.  He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian honor bestowed by the Indian Government, in 2007. Sachs  was the 2007 BBC Reith Lecturer. He is the First holder of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair in Poverty Studies, at the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies, University of Malaya. He is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (Penguin 2008) and The End of Poverty (Penguin, 2005).
Sachs is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

How Do I Participate in the First-Year Fellows Program?

The Rockefeller Center's First-Year Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for you to combine the academic study of public policy with real-world experience. Here's how you participate:
  • Take "Public Policy 5: Introduction to Public Policy" during the Winter Term.
  • Take a statistical methods course (e.g. ECON 10, SOCY 10, MSS 15, GOVT 10) during the Fall, Winter or Spring terms of your first year.
  • Apply to be a First-Year Fellow during the Spring term of your Freshman year.
  • Participate in the special Civic Skills Training after Spring Term.
  • Intern in Washington, DC, during the summer after your first year in a congressional office, policy think tank, executive branch agency, or advocacy organization with support from the Rockefeller Center, and Dartmouth alumni serving as mentors.
  • Complete final report and program evaluations at the end of your internship experience.
  • Attend a debriefing session when you return to Hanover.
For more, see the First-Year Fellows page at the Rockefeller Center website.

Former Board of Visitor, Leah Daughtry '84 chosen as Convocation Speaker

Dartmouth opened its 241st year with a convocation that featured an address by Leah Daughtry '84, a former member of the Rockefeller Center's Board of Visitors.  Shown here with Center Director Andrew Samwick and Center Associate Director and Senior Fellow Ron Shaiko, Daughtry encouraged the Class of 2014 to learn with "mind, body, and spirit engaged." 

As a Board member at the Rockefeller Center, Daughtry worked tirelessly on behalf of Dartmouth students -- by helping the Center build its presence in Washington, DC for the First-Year Fellows and Civic Skills Training programs, by helping Dartmouth to secure a nationally televised Democratic Presidential Candidates debate in 2007, and by coming to campus as part of past Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations.  The Rockefeller Center is grateful to Leah for all of her contributions to the Dartmouth experience of our students.  You can keep up with Leah at her web site, On These Things.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Open House 2010 Draws Over 100 First-Year Students

The Rockefeller Center Open House drew over 100 First-Year students to the Hinman Forum on Monday, September 20.  Members of the Class of 2014 came to check out both curricular and co-curricular program offerings - reviewing informational displays, picking up information sheets, and talking with Rockefeller Center staff and upper-class students who have been affiliated with the Center.  New students spoke with curricular program representatives about public policy courses and the public policy minor, the Policy Research Shop, Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program at Keble College, and funding for senior honors thesis work. 
Interested students also discussed the First-Year Fellows Program, Civic Skills Training, public policy internship funding, and leadership programs (Management and Leadership Development Program and Rockefeller Leadership Fellows) with the co-curricular team.  The four student-led discussion groups were promoted by current discussion leaders, and will begin the week of September 27th.  Attendees learned about the Center’s fall-term Public Programs, as well as the role that Dartmouth plays in the democratic process, with leaders from various campus political groups on hand to talk about their group’s upcoming events. 
In all, over 350 students connected with the Rockefeller Center during Orientation 2010 events which included the Open House, a Public Policy Minor Open House on Friday, September 17 and the campus-wide Information Expo on Wednesday, September 15.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Connect with Rocky on Google Calendar and Facebook

Did you know that The Rockefeller Center has a Google Calendar that lists all events that are open to the Dartmouth and Upper Valley Community?  This calendar can easily be added to your personal electronic calendar so that you never have to worry about missing another application deadline, public lecture or special event.  See the notes in Google Help, or let us know if you have any trouble doing so.  Clicking on the button below will bring you to the Rockefeller Center Calendar.

You can always receive the latest and greatest news from The Center by connecting with us on Facebook, or you can subscribe to our news feed by entering your email address in the box on the left hand side bar, or check out our videos on YouTube.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dartmouth Class of 2014 Looks Forward to Rocky Leadership Programs

It was great to meet some of the newest Dartmouth students at the Class of 2014 Expo yesterday. According to the recent Dartmouth Now post, one of the opportunities the '14s are looking forward to are the many leadership programs we offer at the Rockefeller Center.

We encourage you to explore our web site and to attend our Open House on Monday, September 20th from 10 AM to 12 PM. Meet the faculty, staff, and students who make Rocky’s programs successful.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rockefeller Center Provides Research about Poverty in Vermont to VT Child Poverty Council

On September 9, 2010, Travis Blalock '12 of the Policy Research Shop (PRS) gave testimony before the Vermont Child Poverty Council at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Council, chaired by Rep. Ann Pugh and Sen. Douglas Racine, is a working group composed of legislators, non profit leaders, and representatives from executive agencies who deal with child poverty issues in Vermont. The presentation was mentioned in a recent post on the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition web site.

Travis's presentation was part of the report by the Families in Deep Poverty Working Group of the Council, headed by Legislative Counsel Robin Lunge. Travis's presentation outlined the characteristics of the deep poverty population in Vermont compared to the nation as a whole, and highlighted some of the challenges posed by its different characteristics. He then offered recommendations for reaching the deep poverty population, including addressing compounding issues and improving public transportation in rural areas. The presentation was based on the PRS Report “Poverty in Vermont: Reduction and Profiles: A Profile of Vermont Residents in Deep Poverty Prepared for the Vermont Child Poverty Council” written by Travis Blalock ’12 and David Lumbert II '12 which may be found on the PRS website.

Rockefeller Center Updates Online

“The Rockefeller Center seeks to educate, train, and inspire the next
generation of public policy leaders” - Andrew Samwick, Director

Welcome to our newest tool to share updates about the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College.

We look forward to sharing more stories about the work we do at the Center; profiles of our students, faculty, alums and staff; opportunities - on campus and off - including events and internship opportunities; and the Rockefeller Center resources that are available to students, alums and the community beyond Dartmouth.

If there is something in particular that you'd like to learn more about, please let us know! Visit our web site for more information about Rockefeller Center programs and events.