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Monday, November 29, 2010

Nonprofit Consultant Marty Jacobs '82 Leads MLDP Session on Strategic Planning

On November 16th, MLDP welcomed Marty Jacobs '82 as she lead her session titled "Turning Dreams Into Reality: The Power of Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking." Marty Jacobs, president of Systems In Sync, has been teaching and consulting for almost twenty years, applying a systems thinking approach to organizations.

Ms. Jacobs began the session by breaking the participants into small groups and presenting them with a challenge. Not long into the challenge, she changed the variables in order to reflect real-life planning processes. Following the exercise, Ms. Jacobs mapped out the steps in the strategic planning process from assessing current realities to developing an implementation and evaluation plan. Towards the end of the session, the participants rejoined their small groups and drew from their own experiences to form case studies. This provided a great opportunity to immediately apply strategic planning and systems thinking to real challenges. The participants thanked Ms. Jacobs and left the session with a more holistic approach to problem solving.

-- Julius Bedford '12

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RLF Explores the Strength of Weak Ties with Prof. John Campbell

A student directed presentation, led by Fabeah Adu-Oppong, kicked off the evening on Thursday, November 11th by educating Rockefeller Leadership Fellows about noted education reform leader Marian Wright Edelman.  The session then switched focus to a conversation via Skype with two young Dartmouth alums - Ariel Stern '05 and Oyebola Olabisi '06 - on graduate school options after Dartmouth and how to pick a program that matches ones interests and career objectives.  Then Professor of Sociology John Campbell took the floor for a presentation entitled: Careers and Networking: The Strength of Weak Ties. 

Based on the principles of Granovetter's seminal work on weak ties, he led Fellows through a summary of his professional life, demonstrating how weak ties opened doors to many of his academic positions.  He cautioned Fellows that weak ties are not guaranteed job offers, but rather extra assistance in the search process.  The session then turned to an interactive activity, as the Fellows collectively decided on a list of the top ten strategies for establishing these weak ties.  To conclude, Professor Campbell sparked a discussion on the ethics of networking that left Fellows continuing the conversation long after the official end of the session.

-- Karen Doster '11

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dartmouth Alums Use Parthenon Group Experience to Lead MLDP Session on Excel

Excel is one of several optional sessions offered through the Rockefeller Center Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) each fall, winter and spring term.

On November 6, 2010 members of MLDP and various other Rockefeller student programs came together to learn how to use Excel effectively. The session was lead by two Dartmouth alums, Natalya Shulga a Dartmouth '07 and Tom DeFalco a Dartmouth '09, both of which currently work at the Parthenon Group Consulting Firm in Boston.

The session began with an introduction to basic skills of excel to ensure all participants had a basic knowledge of how to use the office application. Once they had addressed the basics, Shulga and DeFalco began to help students go further expand their knowledge of Excel by addressing skills and tips. To ensure students understood the material, they had students complete exercises linked to each lesson.

The two presenters noted that the training that students were receiving was very similar to a three-work course that they and many other employees are given in the beginning of their job training. Students learned several skills including but not limited to: how to navigate through excel, using math formulae, using logic statements, several shortcuts, and more. By the end of the presentation each student was left with at least five to ten new skills to use in the future with Excel. The goal is to have students feel more comfortable with the application and to be able to help fellow classmates and colleagues in the future with the new knowledge they have gained.

-- Troy Dildine '13

Friday, November 19, 2010

UNH School of Law Professor Leads MLDP Session on Negotiation

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) welcomed Professor John Garvey in a session titled Negotiation: You CAN Get There from Here on November 9, 2010. Professor Garvey is the Director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the UNH School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire.

MLDP participants discussed the different stages in planning for and executing a negotiation as the discussion moved from problem identification to decision-making and actual negotiation. Throughout the session, Professor Garvey illustrated different negotiation strategies with clips from popular movies such as "The Untouchables" and "Reservoir Dogs".

In the second part of the session, participants, who were asked to arrive with real-life issues that could potentially require negotiation, broke into small groups and engaged in a role-playing exercise. In the exercise, participants stepped into the shoes of whomever they were in opposition with in order to appreciate both sides of an argument and gain a more objective view on how to approach a solution that works for both parties. After debriefing the role-playing exercise, Professor Garvey left the MLDP participants with a clear guide on how to reach outcomes that work for everyone.

-- Julius Bedford '12

Monday, November 15, 2010

MLDP Participants Discuss Global Leadership

The Center's Management & Leadership Development Program (MLDP) welcomed Sadhana Hall and Professor Christianne Wohlforth to present a session on Global Leadership on November 2nd. Sadhana Hall is the Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center and Professor Wohlforth is the Associate Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Dartmouth's Department of Government.

The speakers described intercultural sensitivity to MLDP participants as one's willingness to adapt to a different cultural context without changing his or her identity. Moreover, they emphasized that the ability to develop intercultural sensitive will broaden one's worldview and increase his or her capacity to learn within different contexts.

MLDP participants worked together in small groups to analyze different intercultural dialogues and practice how they would respond to different situations with greater intercultural sensitivity. The session concluded with the participants creating individual SWOC analyses (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Challenges) to determine how they can best become effective global leaders.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Rockefeller Center hosts Joshua Compton for Freespeaking Workshop

The Rockefeller Center selects a number of public speakers to give talks and lead workshops here at Dartmouth.  “Freespeaking: Speaking With (and Listening Up) Before Speaking Out”, led by Joshua Compton, was one of our numerous Fall 2010 programs.  This particular session was in support of the Dartmouth Centers Forum theme for the year "Speak Out! Listen Up!".  You can read an article about the event here and read a student summary from one of our discussion group leaders below.

What did you eat for dinner last night?

Beginning with this question, Dr. Joshua Compton led students on an unconventional quest for innovation. Compton, a Senior Lecturer in Speech at Dartmouth, directed a workshop entitled “Freespeaking: Speaking With (and Listening Up) Before Speaking Out.” The Rockefeller Center hosted the workshop on November 4th.

Exemplifying the dialogic approach to speech that he espoused, Compton insisted on his audience’s participation. Students freespoke about their dinners, expressing all thoughts that came to mind. By listening to each other, freewriting, and reflecting on their output, students generated potential speech topics. After discussing the speech-creation process, participants partook of a dinner catered by the Orient.  Everyone left ruminating.

-- Nicole Yunger Halpern ’11

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dartmouth SEAD Director Jay Davis '90 leads RLF Facilitative Leadership Session

Jay Davis '90, director of the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program, opened the session on November 4th by sharing how his time as an undergrad at Dartmouth led him to the world of education and back to the Upper Valley.  He then opened the discussion by asking Fellows to reflect on what leadership qualities they value that others do not.  The conversation led to the focus of the evening, an activity in which Fellows had to identify and understand their own leadership style. 

Davis used the compass model to divide Fellows into four groups (north, east, south, and west) based on their values and personalities.  In these small groups Fellows brainstormed the strengths and limitations of their "direction," and identified which other "directions" they worked well with.  The practical implications of the activity were evident in the discussion that followed, and Davis closed the session by reminding Fellows of the importance of building in time to reflect on group dynamics both individually and collectively.

-- Karen Doster '11

Center Provides Support for Recent Campus Events with Brent Wilkes '88

The Rockefeller Center provides support to a limited number of events that Dartmouth student organizations host.  A recent campus visit from Brent Wilkes '88 allowed an opportunity for two student groups to hold relevant events to take advantage of the speaker's expertise.  Below you will find summaries of both events, written by students representing those campus organizations. 

On Saturday, October 23, the Dartmouth Political Union held a debate about illegal immigration.  Brent Wilkes ’88, National Executive Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, came as the guest speaker. The Union debated the resolution “Pass the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act (The ‘DREAM Act’)”.  The bill would offer citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants who meet criteria such as an educational requirement and military service.

Wilkes spoke in support of the resolution, arguing for the economic and social benefits as well as the bipartisan nature of the bill. Some students spoke in opposition, questioning the wisdom of weakening restrictions on illegal immigrants. Others spoke in affirmation, identifying the negative consequences of not naturalizing those already here. It was a lively debate with around 45 students attending. 

-- Nathan Gusdorf '12, Dartmouth Political Union

Noche Dorada Keynote: “Immigration and Advocacy in the US”

The event was well attended and highly successful. There were over 250 people in attendance, and these attendees consisted of faculty, administrators, students, visiting guests, and community members. Brent Wilkes' '88 address was everything we'd hoped for: very inspiring and relatable to the Dartmouth experience. He not only gave history around immigration law and reform, but he related his work to his Dartmouth education and gave a call to action for others students to use their education to change the world we live in.

After dinner was over, an unprecedented number of people stayed to watch the performances and dance (around 100 people). The live salsa band played until around 11pm when we finally closed down the affair.  It was a wonderful evening.

-- Angelo Carino Jr '11, Lambda Upsilon Lambda

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuck Professor Punam Keller speaks to Rocky Leadership Fellows

Punam Keller, Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business, used social marketing principles to show Rocky Leadership Fellows how they can persuade others and affect positive change.  The session on October 28th opened with a discussion on whether businesses have any responsibility for solving social ills.  Most agreed that while companies are in the end responsible to their shareholders for the bottom line, they do have a civic responsibility. 

Keller stressed the importance of empowering individuals to either take action on a specific goal or to change their behavior.  Using examples of major corporations, she highlighted the different real-life approaches companies have taken to change the world and rated their effectiveness.  The session then changed focus to what the Fellows can do in their own on-campus groups to help causes they are passionate about. 

-- Karen Doster '11

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Public Policy Courses Available Winter 2011

As course selection for the Winter 2011 term ends on November 11th, the Rockefeller Center is pleased to offer three courses for students interested in public policy.

For students who are considering a minor in Public Policy, or would like to apply for our First-Year Fellows Program, Introduction to Public Policy is for you!  It is only offered in the Winter term of each year, and is taught by Prof. Ronald Shaiko.
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If you have heard great things about our Policy Research Shop, or are interested in exploring issues at the local community level, Policy Analysis and Local Governance is a course to consider.  Prof. Andrew Samwick, Director of the Rockefeller Center, teaches this course.
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Health care is one of the top issues of the day, and our new course Health Care Reform is a great way to learn more about access, cost, and quality of health care.  Ellen Meara, of The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice, will be teaching this course.  With the results of the 2010 Midterm Elections still very fresh, this is sure to be an interesting course.
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You can view the syllabi for all Public Policy courses online.  Questions?  Contact Prof. Ronald Shaiko.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

MLDP Midterm Special Topics Continue on October 26th

During the October 26th meeting, Management & Leadership Devevlopment Program (MLDP) welcomed both Kari Jo Grant and Danielle Thompson ’97 for its second week of midterm period condensed sessions.

After Kari Jo Grant's presentation, students explore some of the various tip sheets and tools for stress management.
Kari Jo Grant is the Health Education Coordinator in the Health Resources Office at Dick’s House. She spoke to MLDP participants about Time and Stress Management. Throughout the session, Ms. Grant polled the audience for common reactions to stressful situations such as exams. As sleep deprivation and food avoidance topped the participants’ lists, Ms. Grant emphasized the importance of sleeping and eating by comparing the symptoms of sleep deprivation to inebriation and claiming that at a certain level of exhaustion, “your body will shut down.” She provided alternative ways to cope with stress ranging from time management tools to physical contact. The session ended with a stress-reducing Guided Imagery/Visualization Exercise and an invitation to try out a variety of stress-reducing toys.

Danielle Thompson began her session with an interactive, real-time poll via text message.
Danielle Thompson introduced MLDP participants to the rapidly growing world of Social Media and specific tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Flickr. She began the session by emphasizing the breadth and growth of Social Media Tools with statistics stating that, “80% of companies use social media for recruitment.” Throughout the session, participants navigated the world of social media and even set up their own Twitter accounts. Ms. Thompson encouraged each participant to use these tools wisely to start building their brand and share it with a world of prospective employers and contacts.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Make Presentions to Peers

During the October 21st RLF session, the focus turned from guest presenters to the six Fellows that kicked off the first student-directed sessions. 

Dan Van Deusen used concepts from Northouse's Leadership: Theory and Practice to clarify the poor leadership displayed by Michael Scott, the fictional boss on the popular TV show The Office. Nick Downer presented on a leader of personal significance to him, his grandmother, who emigrated from rural China at the age of 42 and worked to put her children through school. Fernando Rodriguez-Villa looked to the world of sports to find his leader, Alex Ferguson, longtime coach of the British soccer team Manchester United. 

Media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was the focus of Chris Han's presentation because of her enormous influence and empathetic leadership style.  Maria Fillas presented a case study of the leadership exhibited by David Breashears during a challenging expedition to the summit of Mount Everest.  Maya Granit concluded with a presentation on Banksy, an anonymous British graffiti artist who uses art to express often radical political views.

-- Karen Doster '11

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dartmouth MLK Celebration Seeks Student Organization Nominations for Social Justice Awards

The MLK Celebration Committee is currently taking student organization nominations for the Social Justice Awards!

So many Dartmouth student organizations work to promote the principles of equality and solidarity through their demonstrated compassion, perseverance, courage, and leadership.  These organizations work incredibly hard, yet there are limited ways in which they can be recognized for the outstanding work that they do.

The Social Justice Awards seeks to do exactly that!  We hope to honor those organizations that have tirelessly engaged in the difficult work of fostering human dignity and our common humanity.  For it is their projects, programs, and visions that truly inspire the Dartmouth community to want to make a difference.

Student organizations that have been nominated in the past include:
    o    DMS Community Service Committee ('05)
    o    Girls Mentoring ('05)
    o    Darfur Action Group ('06)
    o    Engineers Without Borders ('06)
    o    Outdoor Leadership Experience ('06)
    o    Mascoma Clinic ('07)
    o    Student Enrichment At Dartmouth (SEAD) ('07)
    o    Dartmouth Ends Hunger ('08)
    o    MedLife ('08)
    o    DMS Physicians for Human Rights ('10)

We hope that you will consider nominating an organization that has inspired you through their passion and dedication to social justice work.  Nominations are due Monday, Nov 15th, and are welcome from all members of the Dartmouth community.  We look forward to reading yours!

For more information, and to find the nomination form, visit the SJA site.  You can also get the form below:
SJA Student Org Nomination Form

Thursday, November 4, 2010

MLDP Participants Work on Meeting Facilitation and Event Planning Skills

During the midterm exam weeks, participants of the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) have the opportunity to attend one or both of the one-hour special topics offered.  During the October 19th session, both special topics offered were extremely valuable skills that student leaders of campus organizations.  Theses skills are also transferable to life after Dartmouth.

“Facilitation: Putting an End to Boring Meetings”
City Councilor of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Karen Liot Hill, led part one of the MLDP session on meeting facilitation.  A member of the Dartmouth Class of 2000, Councilor Hill also served as Mayor in 2008-09. 

Drawing on her experience in the political realm, Councilor Hill spoke with MLDP students about the importance of excellent facilitation when conducting meetings.  She spoke of how to make meetings more productive and effective, focusing on the importance of The Facilitation Framework Triangle.  This diagram highlights the three main points of facilitation: purpose, process, and people.  Councilor Hill also conducted an activity in which students explored how to be both a great facilitator and an active participant before, during, and after a meeting.

“Event Planning: Steps to a Successful Presentation”
Keely Ayres conducted the second part of this MLDP session, with a focus on event planning.  The Senior Production Manager for the Hopkins Center, she has production managed for a wide range of events, including the 2007 MSNBC Democratic Debate and President Kim’s Inaugural “Dartmouth and the Performing Arts” performance with Rachel Dratch and Buck Henry.

During this session, Ms. Ayres shared her wealth of experience in production management, giving valuable tips and techniques on how to successfully plan for an event.  She highlighted the importance of organization and introduced the Gantt chart, a valuable scheduling tool that can be used for any event.  The session concluded with students in small groups using a Gantt chart to organize their own events.

-- Kali Montecalvo '13

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Prof. Jay Kralik Presents "The Evolution of Self-Regulation" at SPRIG Faculty Workshop

The first Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) Faculty Workshop of the academic year was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  Professor Jay Kralik, from the Dartmouth Psychological and Brain Sciences Department, presented the results of his ongoing research project, "The Evolution of Self-Regulation," to an audience that included scholars from psychological and brain sciences, anthropology, and economics, Dartmouth's professional schools, and many graduate students. 

Professor Kralik reported the results of several field experiments on the self-regulatory behavior of rhesus monkeys conducted with the assistance of several Dartmouth undergraduate research assistants.  Taken together, the findings indicate that some aspects of self-regulation in people are shared with rhesus monkeys, and thus may have evolved with or prior to our last common ancestor (25-30 million years ago), while other aspects advanced considerably during ape and human evolution, after their evolutionary divergence from monkeys. The abstract for this presentation can be found at the end of this post.

The Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is an interdisciplinary workshop devoted to research on social behavior.  It is supported by the Rockefeller Center and includes faculty and graduate students from Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, Economics, the Tuck School of Business, the Dartmouth Medical School, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Government. These workshops are focused on empirical research devoted to understanding social behavior broadly defined.  The group has been convened by Jay Hull, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, since 2003 with the assistance of Jane DaSilva of the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.

Past SPRIG presentation titles can be viewed online.

Dr. Jay Kralik  - 11/2/10
Presentation Abstract:  Evolutionary psychologists believe that social factors strongly influenced the evolution of the human mind, and among social factors the ability for self-regulation is especially important.  The study of self-regulation in monkeys can help us understand when and how the capacity for it evolved.  In this talk, I will consider three studies of self-regulation in rhesus monkeys.  The first shows that the monkeys steeply discount the value of food that is farther away than other food.  The monkeys act as though a "bird in the hand" is worth "eight in the bush" instead of two.  Such steep discounting can be understood as a consequence of self-regulation in a competitive social environment.  The second study shows that the color red is especially important as a cue for self-regulation.  The third experiment uncovers a suboptimal decision-making bias in rhesus monkeys in which, under certain conditions, they prefer less food over more.  The finding relates to--and may help explain--human decision-making findings like the 'keeping-up-with-the-Joneses phenomenon' in social psychology.  Taken together, these findings indicate that some aspects of self-regulation in people are shared with rhesus monkeys, and thus may have evolved with or prior to our last common ancestor (25-30 million years ago), while other aspects advanced considerably during ape and human evolution, after their evolutionary divergence from monkeys.